Pretty drone footage of San Francisco Bay's vibrant salt ponds

If you've ever approached San Francisco's airport from the south during landing, you may have noticed the colorful salt ponds along the southern shore of San Francisco Bay. Read the rest

Beautiful and haunting human forms made of driftwood

Nagato Iwasaki scours beaches for driftwood he can repurpose into lovely sculptures. Read the rest

How to make a cool Iron Throne phone charger

Martina at Natural Nerd takes Game of Thrones fans through instructions on making a badass-looking Iron Throne phone charger. Read the rest

1988 home video of driving on the 10 freeway in Los Angeles

Gilbert Arciniega was an early adopter of shooting videos of 1980s day-to-day life, like this footage of him zipping down Interstate 10, aka the 10 freeway in LA lingo. Includes 1978 Datsun 280Z car radio in the background. Read the rest

Meet Jerry Foster, colorful pilot who brought helicopters to TV news

Jerry Foster came back from Vietnam with extensive experience piloting choppers. How he turned that into one of the pioneering careers in aerial coverage of local news is a terrific longread brimming with 1970s nostalgia.

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Watch wireless dominoes topple without touching each other

Eser Dominoes are an interesting proof of concept that won a juried award at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival.

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Delightful animations of colorful distorted cars

Cut & Shut is the latest work by illustrator Chris Labrooy, showing whimsical imaginings of icon VW Beetles and other models come to life. Read the rest

Short documentary on Cleveland's disastrous 1986 Balloonfest

In 1986, Cleveland was desperate to put the nickname "Mistake by the Lake" behind them, so they tried to set a world record for a balloon release. Balloonfest takes us through the failures.

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Hilarious video on speedy package shipping options

The fine folks behind the series CrapShots did this very funny short clip called The Shipping, on the inevitable outcome of the race for faster packing shipping speeds.

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How badly do streaming services rip off musicians? A chart, updated

Information is Beautiful has updated their comparison of artist payments on streaming services, estimating that 2.4 million plays on YouTube will net a whopping $1,472 for an unsigned artist. That's $0.0006 per play!

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Watch pink legless lizards, mysterious dongs of the desert

The dongs of the deep have nothing on the hearty Mexican mole lizard, aka dongs of the desert.

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Helpful invention for handling unsolicited NSFW faxes

Unsolicited images of dongs have become a sad part of life as a modern human. We can block senders after the fact, but what about those pesky genital faxes? Now there's an answer. Read the rest

Engineers create smart glove that turns sign language into text

University of California San Diego engineer Timothy O’Connor led a team that developed a smart glove that turns the American Sign Language alphabet into text. The project used inexpensive off-the-shelf products totalling about $100. Read the rest

Artist uses food to make portraits of famous people with food-like names

Allan Pachino Wallace uses edibles to create detailed portraits, like athlete Stef Curry made from curry. He also made Salt Bae of salt: Read the rest

Here's the unusual creative process of Aphex Twin's anonymous visual artist, Weirdcore

As part of the Nicer Tuesdays series, Designer Weirdcore treats viewers to a rare historical overview of his concert visuals for Aphex Twin. Read the rest

Scientists finally discover why this river has such an unreal shade of blue

Rio Celeste is a gorgeous Costa Rican river with a length that's famous for its unusual turquoise waters. After decades of guessing, scientists finally determined the cause was aluminosilicate: Read the rest

Trippy ceramic busts depict mind-altering revelations

Sculptor Johnson Tsang (previously) has a cool new series of ceramic busts titled the Open Mind Series. Each one depicts a different way one's mind can be expanded.

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