Short film of drivers making last minute decisions

"Terminal Communication"(2007) is a film made from found security camera footage, accompanied by accordion music that drives home the idea that life is absurd.

From the YouTube description:

Terminal Communication is a fixed-frame work featuring the actions of drivers as they approach a badly signed junction leading into Rosslare Harbour ferry port, in County Wexford. Filmed from a vantage point overlooking the junction, the camera captures the incidents which locals then claimed was an everyday occurrence. Since the work was made the temporary blockade has been removed.

This work was made with the assistance of Mike Kavanagh and commissioned under Wexford County Councils Per Cent for Art Programme in 2007. Music used in the work is by Valerio.

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Oops! BBC worker watches R-rated scene on screen in back of live newscast

Someone at the BBC is in trouble with the boss. During a news broadcast where anchor Sophie Raworth is talking about the game of cricket, a more interesting video is playing on a screen in the background, watched by a BBC employee who was slumped in a chair wearing headphones. A half-dressed woman peels off her shirt, and then proceeds to take off her black bra. The BBC's 3.8 million viewers got an eyeful – if they happened to look towards the left of the screen.

According to The Sun:

“The employee is on borrowed time when bosses catch up with him. You can’t get away with this sort of stuff anymore.”

Andrew Allison, of The Freedom Association, which wants to axe the BBC license fee, said: “I’m surprised the BBC hasn’t got internet filters to stop staff doing this sort of thing. I bet they get them now.”

Bemused viewers took to social media. Zane Jawad tweeted: “@BBCNews why is there a porn video playing behind one of your news anchors during a report?”

Another user wrote: “Did I just see boobs on News at Ten?”

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IKEA made a 25-minute ASMR video

IKEA offers the soothing sounds of its products gently purring, racheting, and rubbing against each other, narrated by a soft-voiced narrator in this 25-minute tingle-inducing ASMR video. Read the rest

Hunt for creepy jogger who pushes woman in front of a moving bus

A jackass jogging down Putney Bridge in London pushes a 33-year-old woman out out of his way and into oncoming traffic. A bus has to swerve to avoid hitting her. According to The Telegraph, the bus stopped and passengers helped the woman, who had minor injuries.

Officers said the jogger ran the other way across the bridge around 15 minutes later and the victim attempted to speak to him, but "he did not acknowledge her".

An appeal has been launched for witnesses or anyone who recognises the jogger in the CCTV.

The jogger is described as white in his early to mid-30s, with brown eyes and short brown hair.

He was wearing a light grey T-shirt and dark blue shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Last footage of Godzilla actor Haruo Nakajima (RIP) wearing the monster suit

Japanese actor Haruo Nakajima who rocked the Godzilla suit in a dozen movies died on Monday at age 88. Above is the last video of Nakajima as Godzilla for a 1983 photo shoot.

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U Thant, a tiny man-made island you're not supposed to visit

U Thant, or Belmont, is a tiny artificial island in the East river made from the detritus drilled out for the 7 train's tunnel. Leased to a religious sect since the 1970s, it was designated a bird sanctuary in the 2000s after a protestor occupied it and declared it a micronation. Since then, no humans, please. [via Metafilter; Photo: Pacific Coast Highway] Read the rest

Watch this mesmerizing drone timelapse of Los Angeles

It takes a steady hand to pilot a drone so smoothly that the images can be used for a timelapse. Behold Matt Dutcher's aerial ode to Los Angeles. Read the rest

Watch the first-ever kayak race on one of the world's hardest rapids

It's astonishing that these kayakers survived, let alone navigated a slalom course as they plunged down the class IV+ – V rapids of Norway's lower Myrkdalselva. Read the rest

Game announcement booed

Valve, publisher of legendary game series such as Half-Life, Portal and Team Fortress, announced a new game at The International, a convention for players of DOTA, one of its big hits. The hyped-up crowd's reaction to finding out that Artifact is to be a "DOTA card game" is quite something.

It seems like a perfect conceptual faceplant, where two popular things are combined to form something comically unappealing. But is there an ironic angle? The völkisch consumerism of gamers got out of hand years ago, so it seems unlikely to be a joke at their expense. In any case, one hopes players have to pay for every single card: a good innovation would be a micro-transaction for every time a card is deployed. Read the rest

The Game of Thrones cast 'sings' the '90s rap hit 'Ice Ice Baby'

Vanilla Ice's legacy lives on through the Game of Thrones cast as they "sing" a portion of his 1990 rap hit, "Ice Ice Baby." This music video is apparently a promotion for the show by TV channel Sky Atlantic.

And, what the heck, here's the original music video for comparison/amusement sake:

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Production crew (allegedly) made a music video secretly on their clients' film sets

Droptree, a video production company in Portland, Oregon, spent two years surreptitiously producing their own music video on their clients' film sets.

Or did they?

Though, this recent post on their Facebook feed suggests otherwise:

Either way, the video's song "HD Delivery," is a lot of fun and a great way to market their services. It's got a Beastie Boys vibe and they've packed in a kajillion industry-specific lyrics, like:

Droptree is the team.

Our methods seem obscene.

But when you see it on screen

You know we’ll be redeemed.

MIO LOOKIN’ GOOD!

He busted out the flowbee.

HOW YOU GET THAT SHOT?

A Boosted and a Movi.

Local crews be thinking:

“These guys DON’T KNOW SH**!”

But by the time we wrap,

They know that WE’RE LEGIT!

Also fun: take a look at Droptree's website, it's intentionally 1990s retro.

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Flip animation on a power drill

Maker Federico Tobon of WolfCatWorkshop wanted to test out a 24-frame flip box animation he was working on, so he attached his art to a power drill.

Here's a closeup:

Tobon told Doodlers Anonymous that he was inspired by mutoscopes, "old-timey coin-operated machines" that are animated using flipbooks, to test his work out on a drill.

I wanted to make my own from scratch so I started building it. When I had the frames mounted on the spindle I wanted to test it and since I didn't have a box yet, or any other plans for a crank or a motor, I mounted it on the drill to get a smooth rotation. The drill seemed like the easiest thing that was lying around at the moment.

This flip box isn't quite finished. You can follow its progress on Tubon's Instagram.

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How to make hikaru dorodango, shiny mud balls

Over the years, Bruce Gardner has mastered the Japanese craft of hikaru dorodango, polished mud balls that literally mean "shiny dumplings." Read the rest

This five-year-old kid is a log-splitting maniac

Salem Barker's kid isn't afraid of a little hard work. At five, he already knows how to run the hydraulic logsplitter they rigged up at their farm. Read the rest

Stepping into the trippy, sensational world of artist Bonethrower

Last Saturday on August 5th, the LA venue Rhabbitat held a special release party for the limited edition Adidas Skateboarding x Bonethrower footwear and apparel collection and gave people a chance to step into the trippy, sensational world of artist Bonethrower. Put together by Juxtapoz Magazine and Adidas Skateboarding, the event featured otherworldly sculptures, statues, and paintings by Bonethrower that seemed to come to life through changing, colorful lights and a funky DJ.

Bonethrower was at the event and gave away Adidas Skateboarding x Bonethrower shirts as well as signed posters and skate decks. I had a moment to speak with Bonethrower, who told me that he wants people to have fun when they see his art and to interpret his work in their own way. His art was super fun and psychedelic to be surrounded by for an entire night. One of my favorite pieces at the event was an alien-like throne that people could sit in and put on masks. It was so cool to see everyone interacting and hanging out on this art piece. Be sure to also check out the 200th issue of Juxtapoz magazine which features Bonethrowers’ art.

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Watch: Baby cries furiously whenever phone taken away, instantly pacified when returned

Even infants are seduced by the smartphone. Watch this baby throw a tantrum with kicking legs and loud cries every time an adult takes away the phone. Once the phone is returned, all is immediately well in the world again. Read the rest

The Voyager Golden Record now available as a vinyl box set

Forty years ago this month, NASA launched two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, on a grand tour of the solar system and beyond, into the mysteries of interstellar space. Mounted to each spacecraft is a golden phonograph record, a message to introduce our civilization to extraterrestrials, perhaps billions of years from now. The Voyager Golden Record tells a story of our planet expressed in sounds, images, and science. The Voyager Golden Record is a gift from humanity to the cosmos, but it’s also a gift to humanity. It lies at the intersection of science and art to spark the imagination, and delivers a dose of hope that so many of us are jonesing for these days. Two years ago, my friends Timothy Daly, Lawrence Azerrad, and I embarked on a long journey to release the Voyager Golden Record as a box set of vinyl LPs so those on Earth can hear it as it was meant to be played. We were humbled by the incredible support our project received. (You can read about our experience in the project updates here.)

Ten months after our Kickstarter ended, the enthusiasm and excitement around the Voyager anniversary and the golden record continues to increase. We feel very fortunate that the story of this historical artifact resonates with so many people! As promised, we will never reproduce the Kickstarter "40th Anniversary Edition" box set again. Our Kickstarter backers took the journey with us and we are deeply grateful. However, for those who were not able to participate in the Kickstarter, we have decided to repress the Voyager Golden Record in a different edition than the one our Kickstarter backers will receive. Read the rest

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