A tall smokestack collapsed on an excavator, and a drone filmed it


This 115-year-old smokestack in Pell City, Alabama didn't go down without a fight. The 158-foot chimney survived two attempts to demolish it with explosives. That's when Tim Phifer was brought in to knock it over with an excavator. But in a final throe of resistentialism, the smokestack decided to collapse on the backhoe burying it in 2.6 million pounds of rubble. Fortunately, Mr. Phifer survived the attempt on his life. Read the rest

Parrot admires self in the mirror

A Caique Phoenix enjoying the thrill of seeing oneself in a mirror. [via] Read the rest

Easily open a Masterlock padlock by tapping it with a hammer


"Rappin' on MasterLock" (Lock Lab)

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This drummer plays with more feeling than any other musician ever

Can you dig it? I knew that you could. (YouTube)

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Watch this killer pirate television station from 1986

For several months in 1986-87, Network 21 was a pirate television station in the UK that broadcasted coverage of avant-garde art and fringe culture for 30 minutes every Friday evening. The fantastic content included the likes of: Warhol films, a post-punk fashion show by the BodyMap label (above), interviews with Sonic Youth (video below), Derek Jarman, and Genesis P-Orridge, a William S. Burroughs reading, and concert footage by the likes of Diamanda Galas and Einst├╝rzende Neubauten. Sigue Sigue Sputnik's album "Flaunt It" included an advertisement for the station.

Raided more than once, Network 21's goal was to see the UK government use a "similar approach to TV as has been afforded to radio, for the BBC and ITV to release their monopoly on frequencies and make some available to the community."

Watch clips from Network 21 on YouTube. (Thanks, UPSO!)

More background here: Network 21 (Wikipedia)

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Animated map shows the Civil War's front lines in 5 minutes

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Watch the U.S. Civil War unfold a day at a time in this animated map. The creator, EmperorTigerstar, attempted to represent every single day's movements in the front lines, resulting in a fascinating view of the conflict. He's made many more just like it. See your favorite war from a completely dehumanized perspective!

It's strange how some of the most superficially spectacular gains and losses on land were mostly side-events to more important battles. To look at this map, you'd guess the critical events of October 1862 happened somewhere in Kentucky. On the other hand, Sherman's March to the Sea is like OMGGGGGGGG it's all over now. [via] Read the rest

Eerie skyscraper moans in the wind


Every time the wind picks up in Manchester, England, Beetham Tower automatically generates another Architectural Moancore Drone epic. I hereby confer upon the building our inaugural award for excellence in this genre.

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Dog has had quite enough of this Thanksgiving shit

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Gus the dog tries to comprehend a Thanksgiving toy, and gives up.

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Gorgeous robotic cosplay wings


Leo spent 1,000 hours making these 17kg robotic cosplay wings, modeled on Kayle from League of Legends. Read the rest

Tiny open-source gadget simulates replacement Amex cards, disables chip-&-PIN


Hardware hacker/security researcher Samy Kamkar is legendary for his legion of playful, ha-ha-only-serious gadgets that show how terrible information security is, and now he's turned his attention to the American Express company, which turns out to be a goddamned train-wreck. Read the rest

William S. Burroughs: "A Thanksgiving Prayer" (1986)

Uncle Bill, please lead us in A Thanksgiving Prayer.

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Veronica Belmont on being overtaken by a meme

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A long time ago, Veronica Belmont was featured in a blooper reel for her old TV show in which she clowned around with a Cthulhu t-shirt, wiggling back and forth and saying "So lifelike." A creepy Internet person turned the moment into a GIF that has followed her around ever since, so that other creepy Internet people post it every time she opens her mouth online, and creepy Internet porn companies use it in their ads. Read the rest

When a freight ship loses control of its anchor, bad things happen


This video appears to be a freighter's anchor being lost as it is dropped. The situation just gets worse and worse as the chain's momentum increases and whatever braking mechanisms exist fail. Soon, metal is on fire, and it seems clear that it is now time to back away from the gigantic runaway anchor chain whose back end components are likely to go places unknown when they emerge from the ship. Yet our intrepid shooter keeps filming!

I see no gloves, goggles, hard hats or fear, and thereby suspect this involves Russians.

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Hamster gets cozy with a carrot

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Watch a woman get 11 tattoos representing American tattoo history

Tattoo artist Clae Welch gives Casey Lubin eleven tattoos, in the styles of representative American tattoo artists from each decade in the last century. (WatchCut Video)

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Open source hardware autonomous tractor uses repurposed drone autopilot


Matt Reimer's homebrew autonomous tractor uses open source components to accomplish the kind of automation that John Deere's super-proprietary tractors are known for. Read the rest

Watch a kid smash the Rubik's cube speed record


Lucas Etter, 14, broke the 5 second barrier with this 4.9s completion of Rubik's Cube. [via]

"Oh my god! Oh my god!"

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