Watch a breaching whale almost land right on kayakers

Humpback whales doing what they do, off Moss Landing, California. They kayakers were fine. From the YouTube post:

On our 08:00 am Sanctuary Cruises whale tour, just outside the harbor in Moss Landing, two kayakers on a tandam kayak were almost crushed to death by a massive, near full-size humpback whale. We stopped to see a large aggregation of humpbacks feeding and carrying on with random acts of hijinks. There were also a lot of kayakers right in the middle of it all. Humpbacks were coming up next to and in the middle of many kayakers. It was amusing. It's all fun and games until someone gets jumped on. The next thing we knew, this thing launched right on top of these two kayakers. That was heavy. The video was shot by Sanctuary Cruises passenger Larry Plants.

More: "Humpback whale breaches on top of kayakers in Moss Landing" (KSBW)

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Stunning oil paintings of astronauts and rockets

Brooklyn-based artist Michael Kagan creates oil paintings of astronauts and other space-themed subjects. They are indeed out of this world. Read the rest

Everything is a Remix: the remastered fifth anniversary edition

Kirby Ferguson writes, "Everything is a Remix has been polished, merged and rereleased for its fifth anniversary." Read the rest

Non-religious woman who refused judge's order to meet with Christian counselor loses her sons

Holly Salzman of Albuquerque, New Mexico went to court to resolve coparenting issues with her ex-husband. The judge ordered Salzman to attend 10 sessions with a counselor named Mary Pepper (Photo). When Salzman went to the first session, Pepper began praying out loud, Salzman objected but Pepper told her, "well this is what I do." When Salzman attended the next session, Pepper prayed out loud again and spoke at length about God. Salzman asked the court to let her see another counselor, but the court never responded. Salzman stopped seeing Pepper and the court took her sons away.

In order to regain custody of the boys, Salzman would have to complete the sessions. KRQE News Channel 13 and Salzman worked together to covertly record three of the final sessions with Pepper.

“The meaning in my life is to know love and serve God,” Pepper told Salzman in one of the recorded meetings. “If you want to explore how God was in your past, how God was in your life and not in your life… I know you don’t believe in God which is fine but I now at some points he was in your life in some way.”

Pepper frequently handed Salzman religious tracts and gave Salzman a “homework” assignment, to write an essay titled “Who is God to me?”

Pepper sounds like a real piece of work. KRQE News found out she uses public libraries to conduct her counseling sessions:

“That way I can keep my costs down,” Pepper said.

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Trunk Archive abandons its ink-blot shakedown of 2600, likely still shaking down others

Emmanuel from 2600 Magazine writes, "Trunk Archive has apparently looked over its recent claim against 2600 for its Spring 2012 cover and realized how wrong they were. Read the rest

Happy 40th Birthday to Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here"

This month marks the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here. It's a good time to celebrate that moment, when the portals opened and a stream of cosmic creative force spilled into our reality.

Pink Floyd need no introduction, being one of the most influential superstar bands of the 20th century. Their sound concoctions, played and aired for millions of hours all around the globe, generated a sonic morphic field of unparalleled beauty. These guys hit their musical nail heavy on our collective subconscious' head.

Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd's ninth studio album, strikes a balance between commercial craftsmanship and inspired artistry. Ironically more shining than their previous album's lunar success, this work remains a remarkable exemplar of the prog rock and psychedelic era. The band conjured up a melancholic soundscape, weaving kaleidoscopic interstellar jams carrying emotional weight, grief, loss, disillusionment, yet leaving the door open to the manifold possibilities of love and mystic enchantment.

Forty years after the release of Wish You Were Here we live in a world where the experience of consuming music is peculiarly fragmented: we listen to tunes on YouTube, impatiently skipping from to song to song, or randomly accessing tracks on iTunes and mp3 players. In our hectic and disenchanted times, the electro-mechanical reproduction of musical artworks contributed to the loss of aura in artworks in general. Devoting our full and undivided attention to listening a whole album - from the beginning till the very end - is a sporadic experience and a rare luxury. Read the rest

Weekend of Wonder: hang out with Xeni, Jason, David, Cory, and Mark

Last chance to join us at our 3-day extravaganza this weekend in Southern California!

Generic version of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is like TiVo. You don't "get it" until you get it. It's a plain looking white sponge that looks like a chunk of cheap mattress foam. You would suspect that it would do a good job of cleaning anything. But it removes stains from painted walls and other surfaces without damaging the surfaces. Magic Erasers work with water - no soap or detergent is needed.

I used a Magic Eraser once to remove a nail polish stain from some fake leather furniture and it lived up to its name. The stain was completely gone and the upholstery looked as good as new. My friend Mister Jalopy used Magic Sponges to remove decades of built of grime from a pinball machine, making it look like it had just come off the Bally assembly line.

I love Magic Erasers. People think of new uses for them all the time. Here's a car detailers who uses it to remove paint scratches and other kinds of surface damage on cars:

The Magic Eraser is a block of melamine foam. How Stuff Works explains why they are so good at removing stains:

[W]hen melamine resin cures into foam, its microstructure becomes very hard -- almost as hard as glass -- causing it to perform on stains a lot like super-fine sandpaper ... The cavity-ridden open microstructure of melamine foam is where the second major boost to its stain-removing capabilities comes in. Apart from being able to scrape at stains with extremely hard microscopic filaments, with a few quick runs of the eraser, the stain has already started to come away.

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Luxury Star Wars wristwatch is $28,500

Devon's new Star Wars wristwatch is $28,500, but at least they make it worth it by throwing in a pair of TIE Fighter cufflinks. Read the rest

The best children's music compilation record and turntable!

Most contemporary "kids music" sucks. However, my favorite reissue label Light In The Attic is releasing a killer children's vinyl compilation titled "This Record Belongs To______" that includes the likes of Shel Silverstein, Nina Simone, Donovan, Van Dyke Parks, Vashti Bunyan, Woody Guthrie, and many other musical greats, along with a storybook illustrated by the talented Jess Rotter. Read the rest

Delightful abstract animations controlled by drum kit

Colin Toupé set up his electronic drum kit to trigger animations. Simple idea and wonderfully executed! Read the rest

The antique tech shortage that hurts the vinyl boom

As the vinyl record resurgence continues, the problem is that there simply aren't enough record pressing plants to meet the demand. Indie labels get pushed to the back of the line when the majors place a big order. Read the rest

Dust and Grooves: fantastic photo book about vinyl record collectors

“Contrary to what conventional wisdom would have you believe…record collecting isn’t about music. Not entirely, anyway,” says music writer Jeff “Chairman” Mao in Dust & Grooves. Rather, it’s about the passion of collecting, and that’s what this captivating book is about.

Photographer Eilon Paz spent six years traveling to forty cities in twelve countries to meet the world’s most enthusiastic vinyl collectors. The result is the seductive book, Dust & Grooves, originally published as a Kickstarter project but released today in this newer edition by Ten Speed Press. The book is split into two hefty sections. The first half is the “coffee table” section of glossy, sumptuous images of collectors with their records. The second half is the magazine-style section of interviews on wonderfully textured matte pages. In both sections Paz plops us into the rooms of these collectors, giving us a voyeuristic glimpse into their vinyl-obsessed lives. What we take away is that every collection is unique and is a reflection of its avid collector’s personal story. This book isn’t for music lovers as much as it is for anyone interested in seeing what makes a passionate collector – of any kind – tick.

Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting

by Eilon Paz

Ten Speed Press

2015, 428 pages, 9.8 x 12.2 x 1.4 inches

$34 Buy one on Amazon

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Duck Army bomb

Adam Savage is becoming obsessed with this thing. He's created a "bomb" comprising a compressed #duckarmy that, when triggered, unleashes the collective moan.

How Miss America winners’ body types have changed from 1921 to 2015

PsychGuides.com created the Miss America Morph, which shows how the winners' body mass index has declined over time, while the average American woman's body mass index has increased of the same period.

The women who compete in Miss America, as well as other pageants, dedicate a lot of time and effort to maintaining their physique and health. Still, nearly a third of Miss America winners are considered to be underweight*, making their figures almost unattainable for the average American woman. While the underweight frames of Miss America contestants don’t necessarily represent disordered eating and exercise habits within that group, they can perpetuate an unrealistic expectation for the average female’s body.

Research has shown that during puberty, adolescents, especially females, experience higher levels of body dissatisfaction which can be attributed to the many physical and chemical body changes during this time. Studies have also shown a correlation between ideal body images highlighted in television and the media. This makes teens, and even adults, more susceptible to be influenced by media portrayals of the ideal body. In addition, people with negative body images are also at higher risk of developing eating disorders, suffering from depression, and becoming obsessed with weight loss.

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We Know The Devil is a horror game about being the odd friend out

We Know The Devil is a visual novel about three friends consigned to a miserable Christian summer camp. Eventually they'll have to confront the Devil, which might just be allegorical for how, in a group of three, two will always bond a little more closely.

4-year-old twin girls request Hulk Princess cake, get one

NobodyLikesASmartAss said, "My 4-year old twin girls wanted a Hulk Princess cake for their birthday. So I made one!"

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