Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Year, New You

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Year-end Lists 2017: Miscellaneous



99 Reasons 2017 Was A Great Year.


These 50 actually nice things happened in 2017. 

Silicon Valley’s Worst Apologies of 2017.

The Best of 2017’s Bad Restaurant Reviews.

Lobsters, Fajitas, Sex Toys, And More: The Best And Weirdest Heists Of 2017. 

The Ten Best STEM Toys of 2017.

The Ten Best Board Games of 2017.

The 17 weirdest fashion trends of 2017.

The 50 Best Big Companies to Work for of 2017, According to Employees.

Dancing Robots, Da Vinci, and a Dunking Bunny Highlight the Year in World Records.

Things We Should Have Learned From 2017, But Probably Didn't.

30 innovations that improved the world in 2017.

The A.V. Club's favorite games of 2017. 

Things We Got Stuck in Our Orifices in 2017.


Who would've guessed that the best goodbye to 2017 would be an ad for a streaming TV series? I guess that's actually kind of appropriate.


See all the year-end lists here.


How The Animal Kingdom Sleep



All animals sleep, although we really don't know why. We have several theories, but there is no consensus on the matter. Animals don't sleep the same way. Elephants sleep only a few minutes at a time, while cats sleep most other lives. And dolphins only sleep with half their brains at a time.

Ed Yong tells us about research into how different animals sleep. One thing we're sure about -you have to get the right amount of sleep to function properly. I've been reading his science articles for years, and this is the first time I've ever heard him speak. Up until now, I've read those articles in an American accent, but will read them in a British accent from now on. (via The Atlantic

Bananas

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Tips for a Fun New Year’s Eve



New Year's Eve is the one occasion where you might feel an obligation to party. Everyone else is celebrating, and it may be the only opportunity to let your hair down for a long time. It doesn't always turn out how you expect it to. That's the point of this video from College Humor.  

In fact, New Year's Eve rarely turns out to be the happy celebration it's portrayed to be in movies, your friends' stories, or even in your fuzzy memories. There's nothing more traditional than starting out a new year with profound disappointment, loneliness, and regret. Look at it this way: if you spend New Year's Eve watching TV or even by going to bed early, it won't make a bit of difference in what's going to happen in 2018. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Year-end Lists 2017: Best of Blogs


Once again, Beutler Ink has produced a year-end poster paying tribute to the newsmakers, celebrities, trends, and memes of the closing year, titled Here's to 2017. This year, that involves a lot of details. I'm happy that Wonder Woman is front and center. Among the politicians and protesters, you'll see plenty of pop stars, athletes, and fictional characters -and a crowded RIP section. That's a lot of people, which makes it hard to see at this size. Enjoy a much larger -and enlargeable- version at Beutler Ink, where there's a link to purchase the poster if you choose.

Maybe I should rename this category "Best of Websites," since blogs aren't so much of a thing these days. Yet I am still linking the year-end retrospectives of the same blogs, as well as other types of sites.

Neatorama's Top Ten Posts of 2017.

Reddit Year in Review Post Roundup.

The Year in Digg.

Mental Floss's 35 Most Popular Stories of 2017.

Fark's Headline of the Year Poll. 

The A.V. Club's favorite pieces from 2017.

The 100 Most Popular Gizmodo Posts of 2017.

The 50 Most Read Jezebel Posts of 2017. And their Favorite Jezebel Posts of 2017.

National Geographic's 21 Most Popular Stories of 2017.

The Top 20 Cracked Articles Of 2017.

The 100 Most Popular io9 Posts of 2017.

The Twenty-Five Most-Read New Yorker Stories of 2017.

Lifehacker's Most Popular Posts of 2017.

Buzzfeed's 7 Biggest Investigations Of 2017.

The 30 Best Dorkly Comics of 2017.

WIRED's 16 Favorite Longform Stories of 2017.

Deadspin's Best Long Stories Of 2017.

A Strange Company 2017.

McSweeney's 17 Most Read Articles of 2017.

The best kottke.org posts and links of 2017.

Snopes: 2017’s Biggest Conspiracy Theories.



See all the year-end lists here.

Old Acquaintance

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Star Wars Medley in Dubstep Style on Bagpipes



The title struck me as just so weird that I had to listen. It's good. The artist goes by The Snake Charmer. Her name if Archy J, and she's the first professional female piper from India, self-taught because there was no one in India to teach her. Check out her metal cover of the theme from The Walking Dead, too. Or if you prefer something softer, how about the theme from The Godfather. Or the orchestral sounds of Pirates of the Caribbean.


Tweet of the Day

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Mookie

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Year-end Lists 2017: Internet



Besides the presidential Tweets, the big stories regarding the internet were the death of net neutrality, constant hacking, and Facebook's role in Russian influence of US elections. Oh yeah, Mark Zuckerberg was thought to have considered a presidential run, but now that idea seems doomed as well as silly.

2017 Was a Terrible Year for Internet Freedom.

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2017.

Ten genuinely great things the internet gave us in 2017.

These Were The Top 10 Most-Instagrammed Places In 2017.

Here are the best Tweets of 2017.

Top 10 Most Retweeted Tweets of 2017.

23 of the funniest British tweets from 2017.

Twitter’s most memorable meltdowns of 2017.

38 Great Memes That Defined 2017.

Jimmy Kimmel's Viral Clip of the Year 2017


The Top 50 Searches at Wikipedia in 2017.

The 25 Most Popular Gifs of 2017, from GIPHY.

11 of 2017's funniest Tinder interactions.

35 Times Privacy Was A Lie In 2017.

100+ Must-Listen-To Podcasts Of 2017.

Jukin's Top 100 Viral Videos of 2017.

Google's Year in Search 2017



One valid way to look back at the year gone by is to see what people wanted to know more about. Search engines are not only the easiest way to get more information, but those searches are also documented. Every year, Google releases their statistics on what people searched for the most. which gives us an overview of the world's curiosity. The most asked question was "how," meaning that people were planning to do something, whatever that thing was. The top search terms of the year in the United States were:

1 Hurricane Irma
2 Matt Lauer
3 Tom Petty
4 Super Bowl
5 Las Vegas shooting
6 Mayweather vs McGregor fight
7 Solar eclipse
8 Hurricane Harvey
9 Aaron Hernandez
10 Fidget Spinner

The global results are quite different, and you can also find lists of top search terms broken down by category as well as location at Google Trends.

See all the year-end lists here.

The Rattlin' Bog



You may start watching this thinking that they are lip-synching to a record, but no, this woman's voice is just that good. And at the end of an all-night wedding reception.
She is Clodagh McCarthy, singing an old Irish folk song at the wedding of her sister Patrice O’Connor and Donagh Davern in Tipperary. The video has become quite popular.
Patrice comes from a family embedded in music and it was therefore no surprise that a sing-song started after the wedding.

However, what has happened since has been phenomenal, as the video of Patrice’s sister Clodagh McCarthy singing, with Patrice harmonizing, has gone viral.
You can learn the lyrics to "The Rattlin' Bog" for your own wedding if you like.  (via reddit)

Year-end Lists 2017: Animals

This is my cat Marshmallow.


The 11 Weirdest Animal Stories of 2017.

7 Times Animals Bit Off More Than They Could Chew in 2017.

The Year in Animal Accomplishments.

Nice to meet you: amazing new animal species discovered in 2017 – in pictures.

The animals that went extinct in 2017.

These are all the good things that happened for animals in 2017.

37 Cats Who Made 2017 A Little More Bearable.

2017 Top 25 Winning Cats and Kittens.  From the International Cat Association.

2017 Dogs in Review.

The Top 100 Male and Female Dog Names of 2017.

50 Dogs Who Made 2017 A Little More Bearable.

2017 Was Terrible, So Here Are Some Adorable Cats and Dogs Photos.



See all the year-end lists here.

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Simon's Cat's Guide to Cats' Eating Habits



Cats are strictly individual in their eating habits. One cat will gobble everything quickly while another nibbles slowly. Still another turns his nose up to salmon because it's not tuna, then eats a spider for the fun of it. And then there's the one in every crowd that gets food all over the floor and himself. This video from Simon Tofield is actually an ad for his new (free) video game called Crunch Time, in which Simon's Cat and the cats from the video hunt for treats to eat. (via Laughing Squid)


Year-end Lists 2017: People


People Are Awesome



Victims of Anti-Transgender Violence in America in 2017.

The Most Beautiful Celebrity Weddings Of 2017.

21 Heartbreaking Celebrity Breakups From 2017.

52 Totally Freakin' Adorable Celebrity Babies Born In 2017.

45 Awesome Things People Did in 2017.

2017 Brought Disasters, and Brought Out the Best in People.

19 Teens Who Did The Most In 2017.

Here's What Happened To Young Couples Whose Relationships Went Viral In 2017. 

The Luckiest People of 2017.

Not everyone has been so lucky.

CNN Heroes of 2017.

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In Memoriam

The People and Things We'll Actually Miss From 2017.

Looking back on science and sci-fi icons we lost in 2017.

12 Famous People You Didn’t Notice Died In 2017, Part 1 and Part 2.

The year in R.I.P. in comedy for 2017.

Remembering The Musical Titans We Lost In 2017.

Culture stars who died in 2017: from Rose Marie to Bruce Forsyth. This gallery is UK-based.



See all the year-end lists here.

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The Last Jedi Throne Room Scene in LEGO



It's been two weeks since the newest Star Wars movie hit theaters -is it too soon to post a LEGO scene from The Last Jedi? If you are trying to avoid spoilers, don't watch this video. But if you haven't seen The Last Jedi by now, you probably don't care all that much. Then again, if you are in China, you still have another week to wait for the film to open. 

This must be record time for turning a new film into a LEGO short, but that's exactly what Huxley Berg Studios did in this LEGO recreation of a scene from The Last Jedi. Many fans, even those who didn't like the movie overall, thought this was the best scene in it.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Important!

The American Medical System

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Year-end Lists 2017: Political News

The Top 7 Political Stories of 2017


2017 changed American politics forever. Here are the biggest stories of the year.

2017 Lie of the Year: Russian election interference is a 'made-up story.'

2017 is the year when every unthinkable idea became thinkable again.

From 'Covfefe' To Slamming CNN: Trump's Year In Tweets.

The International Incidents Sparked by Trump's Twitter Feed in 2017.

What we learned about Trump, Russia, and collusion in 2017.

Trump’s Most Racist Moments of 2017. 

Who Trump Attacked in 2017


5 tough lessons Congress learned in the Year of Trump.

Fox News' 7 biggest political scandals of 2017.

2017 was a great year to be rich.

World's Wealthiest Became $1 Trillion Richer in 2017.

6 Ways Trump Frustrated Native Americans In 2017.

Under the radar: Five big overlooked political stories of 2017.

The Craziest Political Moments of 2017


See the original video here.

See all the year-end lists here.

War Pigs: Star Wars Version



The Black Sabbath song "War Pigs" is illustrated with the dark side. YouTuber voordeel edited war scenes from all nine Star Wars films into the song with an emphasis on the long line of the bad guys of the galaxy wielding death and destruction. There are grand entrances, light saber fights, and space battles, edited into a breathtaking clash of evil vs. good. The biggest drawback is that it's pretty short. (via Laughing Squid)  

Dog Water

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Serenading Daddy



Three-year-old Isabella doesn't want her daddy to leave her. The ukulele was right there, so she stalled by singing a little song for him. She made it up as she went along. It's adorable. That's pretty resourceful for her age. And now Bella's got a viral video to put on her resume when she's trying to get into a performing arts school in about 15 years. (via Digg)

Year-end Lists 2017: News



2017 Year in Review: Here are the top 10 biggest news stories.

The biggest international stories of 2017.

A Singing Volcano, a North Korean Nuke, and Other Earth-Shaking Events of 2017.

Dave Barry’s 2017 Year in Review: Did that really happen? 

2017, the Year Pop Culture’s Darkest Thought Experiments Came to Life.

105 power brokers who have been accused of sexual misconduct in 2017.

15 Stories About Justice That Outraged Us In 2017.

The deadliest natural disasters of 2017.

The biggest Hollywood scandals of 2017.

The Great Data Breach Disasters of 2017.

The 8 best poop stories of 2017.

If You Had to Have a Scandal in 2017, Why Not Make It a Charming One?

Year in review: The 50 stories from 50 states that moved us in 2017.

17 Things That Happened for the First Time in 2017.

The Best New Bloopers of 2017

See part two here.


There was so much news on the political front that I decided to create a separate post for those year-end lists. You'll see it later today.

See all the year-end lists here.

Miss Cellania's Links

Do Mice Really Love Cheese? Eddie Deezen explores the Tom and Jerry trope.

Ways To Hide The Ugliest Stuff In Your Home.

A couple in Idaho raise chickens, but they are also artists. When they expanded their flock, they decided to build a UFO chicken coop! (via Everlasting Blort)

We’re witnessing the wholesale looting of America.

The Forgotten Sanatorium That Was Cooled by Cave Air. Limair had natural air conditioning, provided by air pumped up from Virginia's famous Luray Caverns. 

The Worst Part of Working Remotely Is Trying to Guess What Your Boss Is Thinking. (via Digg)

10 Amazing Facts About Stan Lee.

Ben Barres was an eminent neurobiologist whose passing from cancer is being mourned by the scientific community. He was also a determined advocate for women, who knew what they were up against because he was born female. (via Metafilter)

How to make America great again, like in the good old days.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

What a Relief!

Back to Work

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Year-end Lists 2017: Photographs

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2017: CNN's Year in Pictures.

The New York Times Year in Pictures.

Reuters' Pictures of the Year 2017.

The Washington Post's Year in Photos.

ABC News Pictures of the Year 2017.

The Atlantic's Top 25 News Photos of 2017.

The Guardian's best photographs of 2017, with commentary by the people who shot them. 




Flickr's Top 25 Photographs of 2017. And if you've got time, there are 612 galleries of top photos broken down by category here.

35 Of The Most Powerful Pictures From The Year In Politics.

The Most 2017 Photos Ever.

2017 through the eyes of American teens.

Smithsonian Magazine’s Most Powerful Photos of the Year.

52 Of The Most Truly Memorable Pictures From 2017. These are UK-based.

The Best New Yorker Photography of 2017.

The Best Animal Photos of 2017.

The Best Travel Photos of 2017.

26 Photos That Show The Natural Disasters Humanity Faced In 2017.


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See all the year-end lists here

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Emma, an Award-Winning 15 Second Film



Can you scare people in only 15 seconds? Sure! Emma, a video from Daniel Limmer, could have been even shorter, but the set-up is part of its charm. You don't know what's going to happen, and the few seconds leading up to it is all you need to develop a real dread.

This very short film ended up as the first-place winner in the 2017 15 Second Horror Film Challenge. It also won in the category of twist endings. You can learn more about the competition, like how each celebrity judge voted, at Facebook. The contest is now accepting entries for the 2018 competition until October 15. (via Boing Boing)

Dropping a GoPro Down a Well



Mathany Green House is a sustainable off-the-grid home in upstate New York. When their well was installed, they sent a GoPro camera down into the newly-drilled well because the driller said there were limestone caves down there. As the rope is fed, you see what the inside of a modern day drilled well looks like. Then all you can think is "How deep is this well?"

It's 120 feet deep. Or maybe more, but that's as far as the camera went down. Most of it is under water. They either reached the bottom, ran out of rope, or gave up when the light was gone. The caves were reported to be at 110 feet, but we can't see anything that far down. Still, the video is mesmerizing as it plunges further and further into the depths. The ride might be a little claustrophobic if you are so inclined, but you can pretend you're traveling through a wormhole into another dimension, if that helps. (via Geekologie

Year-end Lists 2017: Sports



NFL protests named top sports story of 2017.

From Tom Brady to #TakeaKnee: 2017's Most Memorable Moments in Sports.

The Top Sports Moments of 2017 (a slideshow). 

A list of the top sports stories of 2017.

The top US sports stories of 2017: NFL, Conor McGregor and Dennis Rodman.

In 2017, Our Sports Got Loud and Weird.

Best boxing fights of 2017.

An ode to the 2017 Major League Baseball season: Year of the homers and juggernauts.

The Top Baseball FAILS of 2017.

2017's Most Inspiring Hockey Stories.

FIFA's Best of 2017.

MMA Tap Out: The Year-End Awards Edition. 

The WWE's Top 10 Hardcore Moments of 2017


See all the year-end lists here.

Miss Cellania's Links

Space Junk. The earth is surrounded by a cloud of dangerous floating garbage.

Porgs now have their own subreddit.

Andrew Jackson had a magnolia tree planted on the west side of the White House lawn in 1835. The Jackson Magnolia has come to the end of its life after being on display for 182 years. (via Uproxx)

It Didn’t Take Very Long For Anesthesia to Change Childbirth.  

He’s 79 and working full time at Walmart: A sobering truth for those without pensions.


If Movie Poster Taglines Were Honest. You'll laugh at the ones you understand, and maybe you'll become curious about what actually happened in those movies you haven't seen.  

Years of Attack Leave Obamacare a More Government-Focused Health Law.

Bike Ride

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A Bad Lip Reading of Donald Trump



The folks at Bad Lip reading made a Christmas video of Donald Trump singing about the holiday, and it didn't get posted until a couple days after Christmas. I don't know if that was unintentional, or a joke about Trump doing things backwards. The song is fairly catchy, and may just stick in your head.




Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Mystic Story

Serves 80 to 100

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Year-end Lists 2017: Music

United State of Pop 2017 (How We Do It)


DJ Earworm is back with the ultimate year-end music mashup. His mix for 2017 highlights the dance sounds of modern pop music. The 25 biggest songs of 2017 are all in the mix, which has a definite Latin tone. The song list and lyrics are at the YouTube page.

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2017.

Vulture's 10 Best Albums of 2017.

Uproxx's Best Albums Of 2017, Ranked.

NPR's 50 Best Albums Of 2017. https://www.npr.org/series/534681872/best-music-of-2017

The Celebration Rock Podcast Discusses The Best Albums Of 2017.

Uproxx's Best Songs Of 2017, Ranked.

NPR's 100 Best Songs Of 2017. 

All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2017.

The Most Overrated Albums Of 2017.

Spotify’s Global Year in Music 2017.

The year in band names 2017.

The Year in Protest Music 2017.

Nate Chinen's Top 10 Jazz Performances Of 2017.

NPR Music's Top 10 Classical Albums Of 2017.

The 20 Best Latin Songs of 2017: Critics' Picks.


The Best Hip Hop Albums of 2017.

The 10 Best R&B Albums Of 2017.

The 10 Best Country Albums of 2017: Critics' Picks.

Vulture's 10 Best Music Videos of 2017.

Remembering The Best Concerts Of 2017.

Pop Music’s Heroes, Villains, And In-Betweens In 2017.

The Worst Songs Of 2017.

See all the year-end lists here.

70 People from 70 Countries Imitate Americans



Condé Nast Traveler asked folks from other countries to show what an American is like. They pulled up US slang, put on their best American accent, and planted a big smile on their faces, because we're known for that. Taken all together, they seem to have the same stereotype of what an American is like. Did they get that from tourists, or from the movies? I would guess movies. Mean Girls, to be specific. The woman from South Africa talking about Texas is my favorite. Or maybe Japan, when she just imitated us eating. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Simon's Cat's Guide to New Year's Resolutions



The new year is a time to start fresh, which is why we make resolutions to improve our lives. While our record for keeping those resolutions is pretty poor, there's nothing wrong with starting off with a new calendar and good intentions. Simon Tofield brings us some of the more common and useful New Year's resolutions illustrated by the cat. You and I know full well that cats don't change. But sometimes they can inspire us to change by being a good example or a bad example. Simon's Cat is both.

Migrating Herd

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How Extreme Things Become Normal




The news out of Washington is more and more outrageous every day, but we have gotten used to it. The question is, should we have gotten used to it? Vox explains how this past year has left us cynical and strangely accepting of a new normal. Now it's normal to hear our president spew alternate facts and attack our government institutions, because our Overton Window has shifted. The effect is summed up succinctly in the latest comic by Sarah Andersen.


Year-end Lists 2017: TV

2017 Late Show Year In Review

Stephen Colbert's 2017 in a nutshell.

The New York Times Best TV Shows of 2017.

Vulture's Best TV Shows of 2017.

The A.V. Club’s 20 best TV shows of 2017.

The BBC's list of the 10 best TV shows of 2017.

The Top 10 TV Shows Of 2017, According To Everyone.

io9's 10 Best (and Five Worst) TV Shows of 2017. 

The Worst New TV Shows of 2017.

The Most Disappointing TV Shows of 2017.

Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked.

The 10 best Netflix originals of 2017.

The Best (and Worst) Television Moments of 2017.

23 TV Moments From 2017 We'll Honestly Never Forget.

Mustaches, Invisible Snakes, And Robots: Some Extremely Specific TV Awards For 2017.

The Best SNL Sketches of 2017.

The Most Surreal TV Moments of 2017.

The Top 10 Underrated TV Performances of 2017.

29 TV Deaths From 2017 That Were Completely And Utterly Heartbreaking.

The 10 Weepiest TV Moments of 2017.

In Memoriam: A Tribute To The TV Shows We Lost In 2017.

Late Night Comedy’s Best Moments Of 2017.

The State Of Anime In 2017.

See all the year-end lists here

Miss Cellania's Links

Centrifugal Research Review. Some truly odd science reports about spinning around.

Donald Trump Just Pulled Off the Greatest Long Con in History.

Meet Bettie Bee, the Two-Faced Kitten. 

The Delicate And Draining Task Of Tending To America's Fallen Troops. Army Sgt. 1st Class A.G. Shaw explains his job as a specialist in mortuary affairs.

Delightful Bird Sculptures Made From Silverware and Kitchen Utensils.

What’s at stake when you marry for love? In India, it can still be a seriously dangerous undertaking. (via Metafilter)

The Jedi as samurai vs. the Jedi as ninja.

What We Really Mean When We Talk About 'Entitlement Reform.' It really means gutting Social Security.

A Story of Territory

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Why Love Never Works in Star Wars



Romantic relationships in Star Wars are rare and doomed to fail. If you are avoiding spoilers for The Last Jedi, stop reading now, and don't watch the video. There's one main romance in each trilogy (so far), and the one we've seen in the new movie most resembles the passionate yet abusive relationship between Anakin and Padme in the prequels. It would have been enjoyable if they had a better actor to play Anakin. The thing between Han and Leia should have been the exception, as they don't represent different sides of the Force, and the fact that they eventually separated is just sad. But this video from ScreenPrism is mainly about the light side and the dark side in The Last Jedi and the sparks that flew. It won't work out, which is the best thing in the long run for Rey. (via Digg)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Turtle

2D And 3D Simultaneously: the Pulfrich Effect



The Pulfrich Effect is a way to present a video in both two dimensions and 3D -at the same time. How can they do that in a YouTube video? We don't have the glasses! Tom Scott explains why it only works in a motion picture, because time is actually part of the formula. It's not new, so you may have seen this effect used in movies and never even realized it. The Pulfrich Effect is said to work better with the bigger sizes of video, and at higher resolutions. Try it in full screen mode to get a more pronounced effect. How does it look to you? I have poorer vision in one eye than the other, so I'm seeing some weird effects that are not easy to describe. (Thanks, Edward!)  

Household Tip

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Year-end Lists 2017: Science

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2017 in news: The science events that shaped the year.

The Coolest Scientific Discoveries of 2017.

7 science stories in 2017 that made us go, “Whoa, that’s awesome.” 

The Top 10 Science Stories of 2017.

2017 review: The 12 best science and tech stories of the year.

Our favorite science news stories of 2017.

Unsolved Science Mysteries From 2017.

How Trump Shaped Science in 2017.

2017 Was Full of Problems, Here Are Some That Got Solved.

The Worst-Reported Science Stories of 2017.

The Most Significant Science Setbacks of 2017.

The Biggest Junk Science of 2017.

The Biggest Science Scandals of 2017.

These are the 10 most popular academic papers of 2017.

The Top 10 Websites for Science in 2017.




The Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2017.

2017's Best Space Explosions.

The Biggest Spaceflight Stories of 2017. 

The Most Life-Changing Breakthroughs in Genetics of 2017.

The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2017.

21 Of The Most Extraordinary Science Photos Of 2017.

2017 in pictures: The best science images of the year.




See all the year-end lists here.

The Sacred Riana



The winner of the second season of Asia's Got Talent is The Sacred Riana, an Indonesian illusionist. Her magic tricks are fairly standard, but her presentation is quite unique. The best way to describe it is "creepy." It's possible that she won because the judges were too terrified to give the title to anyone else! You can imagine her crawling out of a TV set in the movie Ringu. There are four performances in this video, at 00:20, 5:15, 10:30, and 17:10. You can see more of The Sacred Riana at Instagram. (via Metafilter)

Ingenuity

Year-end Lists 2017: Movies

The 25 Best Films of 2017: A Video Countdown


David Ehrlich gets three minutes into this video before the countdown begins, but the montage getting there is really nice. The countdown does not include December movie releases, which is sad. The Last Jedi didn't have a chance. Read more on each film here.

I saw exactly three new movies in 2017: Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman, and The Last Jedi (twice so far), so I'm no expert on film. But there are plenty of people around who are, and you might want to read what they think of the state of cinema in 2017. 

An overview of 2017 in film.

The Top-US-Grossing Feature Films Released 2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31.

The New Yorker's Best Movies of 2017.

Vulture's 10 Best Movies of 2017.

The AV Club's 20 best films of 2017.

io9's 10 Best (and Five Worst) Movies of 2017.

Vox's 21 best movies of 2017. 

The Top 10 Movies Of 2017, According To Everyone

John Waters' favorite films of 2017.

These Are The 11 Best Movies Of 2017 (According to me).



2017: the sequel … seven lessons for Hollywood after summer’s disasters.

The best film scenes of 2017.

The 6 Big Superhero Movies Of 2017, Ranked From Worst To Best.

The Best Documentaries of 2017.

The Best Horror Movies of 2017.

The AV Club's 20 worst films of 2017.

Rolling Stone's 10 Worst Movies of 2017.

Sleepy Skunk's 2017 Movie Trailer Mashup

See all the year-end lists here

Miss Cellania's Links

The list is  short today, since no one was blogging yesterday, as far as I could tell.

The Dancing King. Louis XIV was a ballet dancer who was quite proud of his legs.


I love this interview with Kelly Marie Tran, as we get to see the inside of The Last Jedi through the eyes of a longtime Star Wars fan who gets to live the dream.

Why Don’t Americans Understand How Poor Their Lives Are?


12 Fast Facts About Catch Me If You Can.

How Did Fans React To The Empire Strikes Back In 1980? The complaints may sound familiar to anyone reading about The Last Jedi




What Did You Get for Christmas?

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Tweet of the Day

Monday, December 25, 2017

Convoluted Plot

A Bad Lip reading of The Empire Strikes Back



Who knew that Luke Skywalker liked to sing while he piloted his X-wing into battle? Bad Lip Reading took the back-and-forth between fighters and made it into a song called "Hostiles on the Hill." While earlier bad lip readings put nonsense into the actors' lines, the more recent videos have incorporated complete sentences that hang together loosely, and even tunes. Even if you aren't impressed with the song, you have to admire the deft editing that makes it seem like those exact words are coming from the mouth movements seen in a decades-old movie. And even if you aren't impressed with any of that, this is an excuse to watch Luke and company defeat the AT-AT walkers in the Battle of Hoth again.

Year-end Lists 2017: Books



We've reached the last week of 2017, and for that we are thankful. As I do every year, this next week will be full of posts about the highlights and lowlights, the best, worst, and most notable things about 2017, arranged by category. Let's begin the year in review with books. 

The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2017.

The Top 10 Books Of 2017, According To Everyone.

The most enlightening, irritating, daring and disturbing books of 2017 — and the best one, too.

The most thrilling and fascinating books of 2017.

The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2017.

The Best Nonfiction Of 2017.

The 17 Best Debut Novels By Women In 2017.

The 10 Best YA Books of 2017.

The Ten Best Children’s Books of 2017.

The Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2017.

The Ten Best Books About Food of 2017.

The Best Cookbooks of 2017.

2017’s Most Wondrous Photography Books.

Top 12 Crime Books of 2017.

The Must-Read Space Books of 2017.

The 10 Best Thriller Books of 2017.

The Best Poetry of 2017.

The Ten Best Travel Books of 2017.

The Ten Best Science Books of 2017.

The Best Science Fiction Books of 2017. 


The 8 best graphic novels of 2017.

The Ten Best History Books of 2017.

The A.V. Club's best comics of 2017.

Great Group Reads 2017.

The Best Literature-related TED Talks.

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