The latest music and choreography from British animator Cyriak = cows getting down. He writes: "No cows were harmed during the making of this video, though their future prospects probably aren't as optimistic." Video link.
If I had a kid and $650 to spend lavishly, I might get this colorful fiberglass bench from Kid Robot. It's called Mr. TTT and it doubles as a piece of furniture and an imaginary friend.
In this video from the 1930s, a man hops away from the dinner table and goes on an amazing adventure up building walls, out of windows, and inside a car tire. The part where he's clambering up the wall with a kid on his back made me a bit nervous!
I know there's some debate as to what should be called parkour v. freerunning — I'm not exactly sure which this qualifies as, but nonetheless it's totally cool and enjoyable to watch.
The WattStation comes imbedded with GE's Smart Grid technology which enables the station to charge a vehicle in 4-8 hours compared to the typical 12-18. By communicating wirelessly with digital platforms and mobile devices, users will be able to remotely locate, operate and monitor the unit. The WattStation is also the very first charging station with a self-retractable charging cable, keeping streets tidy while protecting the cable from weather elements. All of these innovations are jammed tight into a compact metal shell, which is solidly constructed to withstand any harsh weather and usage conditions. It even has a built-in heater to defrost the snow!fuseproject [via Dezeen]
Wired.com has a gallery up today of plane crash photos plus tips on how to survive a plane crash. (i.e. "Don't cross your legs or your ankles at takeoff or on landing. If you have a rough landing and you've got one broken ankle, you can limp off the plane. If you have two broken ankles, you'll have to crawl off.")
Gallery: People survived these dire plane crashes [Wired's Autopia]
I loved Jack Mercer, and I got him. I understood him. And what helped me understand that Popeye voice -- it's a high voice and a low voice at the same time -- cause when I was a kid, we all used to try to do that and we all stunk. It didn't sound right. So one day, I see this film -- it was an independent film called Genghis Blues. And it was about this blind singer in San Francisco who wrote a hit for Steve Miller. ... And he was listening to a world-band radio one night, and he heard this strange noise. And it was a program about Tuvan singers. And Tuvans had a way of singing where they could do one and two voices. And I realized, 'Oh man, that's how this guy did it. Jack Mercer.' [He imitates both voices.] There'd be two voices, an octave apart. And he'd put them together."It's worth listening to the whole segment (it's 28 minutes long), but the Popeye bit starts at about 17:05.
My friends over at Creative Commons are listening to this lovely song — Oh Paris! performed by Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele — in their office today. I'm putting it on my playlist for this weekend's road trip to Yosemite.
(Thanks, Lisa Green!)
From July 24th through November 7th, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo will feature the work of Indonesian art trio Tromarama. Tromarama uses animation, stop-motion, woodblock prints, and other crafty things to create these fun music videos. I highly recommend you check it out if you're passing through Tokyo — the museum also has one of the best views of the city.
In case you haven't seen this already, here's a trailer for The Social Network, a movie about the making of Facebook. David Fincher's the director, Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, and the film hits theaters October 1st.
Note: I just updated it with the new trailer.
What a great idea for a salt and pepper shaker! I'm all for simple things that take up less counter space.
[via Yanko Design]
The venting store located in the fourth floor of a shopping mall has a sign "No Men" at the door.[via People's Daily Online]
The store is divided into several zones such as a living room and a bedroom. Wang Jingyu, the business manager of the shopping mall said they would like to open a kitchen-like zone later, and they have done this so "women can come here to feel like they are in their own homes but without any limitations, and they can break anything here."
According to Wang, all the facilities in the store are real, such as second-hand mobile phones and second-hand television sets they purchased from 30 yuan to 100 yuan each. In addition, customers can tear paper, throw plates and beat big beanbags in the corners to vent their frustrations.
LA-based artist Audrey Kawasaki's newest creation is a collection of 1200 limited edition brooches engraved onto alder wood using a laser machine. They're $45 each, and they'll go on sale on her web site at 3PM PST this Saturday. There are some beautiful photos of the production process here.
Our friend Joe Sabia found this video of a Holocaust survivor, his daughter, and his grandchildren dancing to Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive at various concentration camp sites throughout Europe. The YouTube comments seem to be split between those who are offended by it and those who are on board with this celebration of survival.
Will: Because no one else wants to post first!
Tami: There's a shirt on the statue!
Jon: Here comes the balloon! Oh the humanity!
Maggie: It's HUGE!! RT @Jon Here comes the balloon. Oh the humanity! #bbpicnic
Toni: Hahaha you can do ART here!
Monica: I can has boingboing?
Andy: LOL IZ PICTURE twitpic/:)
Jeff: Every1 is so happy and mutated #Gotmeradiumlollipop
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It's summer in San Francisco, which means it's freezing in the city and super warm if you drive a couple hours north or south. That's why I'm going camping this coming weekend. I wish I had one of these new Black Diamond headlamps — in really cool retro and cute girly patterns + same or better awesome tech as its predecessors — to light up my path with when I need to find a place to pee.
One day, while prospecting in Golden Gate Park, Jackhammer Jill came upon an unbelievable sight. An enormous, hairy beast in a tutu! "Pickles!" he exclaimed. A she ran, no, PRANCED, towards the luscious fields of pickles... he gasped! Four hours later, he was in the ER, overdosed on sodium and dill. "Don't worry," said the doctor, "We can fix you with science! Quick! Swallow this!" Reaching into his lab coat pocket, he pulled out a spike-studded bowling ball. Three holes, filled with strawberry jam, exquisitely telling of a past affair with a breakfast bun in an empty Coney Island fun house. As the soul eating clowns emerge I run toward a blinding light. Which turns out to be a fireball that I quench with my ice rod. You know, my "Ice Rod," wink wink. I'll quench your "fireball" with it, if you know what I mean. "What do I mean?" I thought, what a rude thing to say to a perfect stranger. However, an imperfect stranger, someone who's strangeness was somehow flawed, would understand the hidden alchemical reference. The hour of mice was drawing closer... if they could not decipher the message... then the world will change in a way no one could predict. They had to act fast.
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