Thursday, March 22, 2018

Left Them Up

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Bean Ballet

The calendar says we're officially into spring, but if you are watching the snow fall outside, you might need some encouragement to remind yourself that the season of growing is just ahead. GPhase grew a kidney bean plant from seed in a glass container and recorded it growing over 25 days. This time-lapse video captures its progress in photos taken every 9.5 minutes. It's set to the most appropriate soundtrack: "The Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss. If you'd like some music that's just as pleasant but more contemporary, enjoy this time-lapse video of eight spinach plants growing for 40 days, set to the song "Spanish Summer" by Audionautix. (via Nag on the Lake

Parental Discretion Advised

A very old joke, but it works well in this scenario. (via Uproxx)

The Hungry Corpse

A hungry corpse in London's Trafalgar Square meets a friendly pigeon. Now, when we Americans think a hungry corpse, the first thing to come to mind is a zombie that is going to try to eat us. In this case, no, all he wants is food, but he is missing the proper organs to consume it. The poor guy just wants a sandwich! This lovely animation, despite the subject matter, is from Gergely Wootsch as part of the Collabor8te project.  (via Laughing Squid)

Flag Waver

Here's an online generator that lets you put any picture you like on a flag and watch it wave! Try Flag Waver with an image URL from any webpage, or upload your own picture. I don't see any option to save your creation the generator itself. You could take a screen cap, or use LICEcap to make your own animated gif like I did. (via Boing Boing)

Miss Cellania's Links

Monkey Business: The Marx Brothers Laugh Fest. The story of their first Hollywood production, with video clips.

Land of the Lawless. Ralph Nader tells how power in America has turned the rule of law into a mere myth.

Alexa Ruins Families. Lauren Lorenzo of eLL cartoons recorded her family trying to explain how to use the Amazon Echo personal assistant, and made a cartoon of the scene.

It's Not Surprising That Han Solo Is a Bad Dad. A new book explains Han as a fish-out-of-water dealing with the difficulties of raising a Force-sensitive child.

A Literal Hidden Figure. A group photo taken at a 1971 science conference identified everyone except for one black woman scientist the photographer assumed was a secretary.

This Couple's Last-Minute Wedding at a Hospital Was Made Possible by Volunteers. The photographer stepped up to pay it forward.

FranΓ§ois Clemmons tells about playing a police officer on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in a StoryCorps podcast. 

This Is A Boring Shark Attack: 8 Rules for Fascinating Storytelling. Talking to a live audience is very different from writing. (via Metafilter)

America's Quietest Routes. Browse an interactive map of the least-traveled roads in each state, according to data from the Department of Transportation. (via Digg

What It’s Like For School Shooting Survivors To Watch The Parkland Protests.


Ha! Ha! Ha!

A 1934 short supposedly banned due to drug use, where Betty Boop and everyone else partakes in laughing gas. Everyone today knows that stuff is way too expensive.

Tweet of the Day

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Kindergarten Weather Report

Carden Corts got a kindergarten assignment to make a weather forecast video. His dad, Charlie Corts, who works in video production, helped a little. It's adorable, but wait until the subject shifts to spring break for things to really heat up! Kindergarten teachers don't grade on a curve, do they? Even without the awesome video effects, six-year-old Carden does a great job doing the weather. That kid is going places. Like reddit, where his uncle posted this video

Instructions Unclear

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Unheard of Instruments in the Saxophone Family

Have you ever seen a slide saxophone? Or a Conn-o-sax? Those are just a few of the rare saxophones in the collection of Dr. Paul Cohen, who plays, writes about, and collects unusual saxophones. Here he gives a tour of his instruments to saxophone players from the United States Army Field Band. The saxes range from tiny little things to the huge 6.5-foot contrabass sax that will make your chest rattle. Dr. Cohen even has some custom-made and one-of-a-kind instruments, such as the saxophone with no keys that you play in the manner of a bugle. You could make an entire band out of saxophones! (via Metafilter)


An Honest Trailer for Every Wes Anderson Movie

The new animated film Isle of Dogs, directed by Wes Anderson, opens this weekend. In honor of the occasion, Screen Junkies has a trailer that includes every Wes Anderson feature film made so far. That's eight of them, none of which I have seen. But apparently they are all alike. Why haven't I ever seen a Wes Anderson movie? Because no one ever told me that I should, and that's saying something because I live on the internet. After watching this Honest Trailer, I don't feel the need to see one, ever. That doesn't mean that Isle of Dogs won't be wonderful -the reviews are pretty good. But I'll wait for the word-of-mouth. (Thanks, Kelli!) 

Miss Cellania's Links

Soft Is Hard: Full Bladders and Cult TV. More strange research studies.

She was the only woman in this photo of 38 scientists. 47 years later, she’s been identified.

Self-employed people are happier and more engaged at work, study finds. I like it; the thought of punching a clock again is terrifying. (via reddit)

The YouTube series Forces of Destiny fills in the gaps between the Star Wars movies. In the latest episode, we find out how Leia first met Maz Kanata.

Exocomets Detected Orbiting Nearby Stars. In other words: alien comets! (via Phil Plait)

My Life in the American Gothic House. The rent was cheap because the house is small, is in Eldon, Iowa, and 15,000 tourists visit it every year. (via Boing Boing)

A Treasury Of Your Best Weird Grandpa Stories. After a certain age, you just don't care what people think anymore.

The Importance of Sleep. What would happen if you tried to stay awake for a whole week?

Gardening is Great. It's a wonderful way to reduce stress, connect with nature, eat better food, and even help the planet.

The earliest known recording of the work chant "Black Betty" was sing by James Iron Head Baker at a Texas prison. The history of the song is in the video description.  

Cat Ears

(via Fark)

Monty Python Communist Quiz

Famous communist leaders from around the world are assembled for a television show. They assume it will be a political discussion, but this is Monty Python, so that's what what happens. This is from their Hollywood Bowl show.

Tweet of the Day

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

More Differences Between New Zealand and Australia

In a followup to his previous video on the differences between Australia and New Zealand, Jordan Watson (also known as the How-to Dad) draws more contrasts between the two. He lives in New Zealand, which he paints as a more peaceful and sensible place. This video delves deeper into the language differences of two English-speaking nations, although he does wander into the wildlife, sports, and geography a bit. (via Tastefully Offensive)