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A short video showing how hand made hydraulic tiles (i.e. encaustic cement tiles, Cuban tiles, mosaicos hydraulica, etc.) are made (with a hydraulic press as opposed to heat)
posted on May-11-15 at 2:34 PM

Italian artist Angelo Musco constructs complex compositions of naked models into feathers, nests and other shapes. Kind of a second-generation Spencer Tunick. (NSFW)
posted on May-2-15 at 10:47 PM

Shake It Little Tina: Dance by Adam Carpenters and a rock-n-roll song by duo Low Cut Connie
posted on Mar-14-15 at 8:03 PM

A nice collection of "Five best moments" at The Guardian:
"Each week readers help us pick five highlights from an actor's film career"
posted on Mar-13-15 at 5:37 PM

Comparing photographs of glaciers from the 1920's to today: Repeat photography is a technique in which a historical photograph and a modern photograph, both having the same field of view, are compared and contrasted to quantitatively and qualitatively determine their similarities and differences. The following sections depict how this technique was used at a number of locations in Alaska... to document and understand changes to glaciers and landscapes as a result of changing climate.
posted on Mar-7-15 at 2:48 PM

...One night in October 2012, while Mary Cain was in bed, the house phone rang. Cain’s mother answered. A man claiming to be Alberto Salazar, the legendary runner and coach, was on the line. At first she thought the call was a prank. But then Salazar explained that he’d recently reviewed the video of her daughter’s Barcelona run. An obsessive about form, Salazar said that Cain’s lower-body mechanics were excellent, good enough to make her the best in the world, but that her upper body needed work. In particular, if she wanted to reach her potential, she needed to keep her left elbow closer to her body, swing it straight, front to back, instead of out and across her torso. He referred to the elbow as her “chicken wing.”
posted on Mar-5-15 at 1:21 PM

Infamous was a 2014 magic show from Derren Brown: This is an hour long Youtube video with a fantastic finale.
How does he do it, on Quora.
"...look like you are witnessing true magic": A positive review from a fellow magician.
posted on Mar-3-15 at 12:49 PM

Full of assumptions, still thought-provoking article about self-driving cars by writer Zach Kanter, How Uber’s Autonomous Cars Will Destroy 10 Million Jobs and Reshape the Economy by 2025.
posted on Feb-1-15 at 3:46 PM

A reflective view of the main core of The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale.
The building was designed by Gordon Bunshaft, of the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and completed in 1963. When visitors first enter the building they are faced by two large marble staircases that ascend up to the mezzanine level and a large glass tower that is the central core of the building. The mezzanine level allows for people to rotate around the glass tower which holds 180,000 volumes.
posted on Jan-23-15 at 9:34 PM

Danderin' down the loanin'
On a day of spring wi' Kathy McIlvenna
Says I, "The whin's a tidy thing,"
Says she, "I wouldn't wonder,
But I never thought much about whins," says she,
An' me just studyin' to be polite,
Ach, girls is a mystery to me, girls is quare!

posted on Jan-14-15 at 9:29 AM

"This subreddit is exclusively for pictures of infrastructure. Paved roads and other public transit, agriculture, freight, waste management, and water systems are all things we could live without but we really don't want to (and they look cool too)"
posted on Dec-26-14 at 7:40 AM

A mahout is the person charged with looking after an elephant, a relationship that lasts for the duration of both their lives. As part of his responsibilities, the mahout regularly bathes the elephant in his charge, massaging its thick hide with the husks of coconuts.
posted on Jun-29-14 at 1:29 PM

Old school cool“ are recent history's coolest kids, from beatniks to bikers, mods to rude boys, hippies to ravers. And everything in between.
For example this stylish, handsome 1940’s swagger, which was found on this maternal family album.
All are taken from r/OldSchoolCool.
See all images on one page @ imgur.
And of course, an original source of The Cool Hall of Fame at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger
posted on Jun-28-14 at 12:38 PM

Artist Mike Stinnett carves one-of-a-kind walking sticks out of a single piece wood, often with elaborate rattlesnakes motifs.
posted on Jun-24-14 at 10:39 PM

Charlie Barsotti, one of the great cartoonists, passed away. Charlie drew close to fourteen hundred cartoons for The New Yorker over the years, beginning in the nineteen-sixties and continuing right through last week’s issue.
Many more here. Previously.
posted on Jun-22-14 at 12:02 PM

The Hex clock is a clock that tells both what time and color it is.
The Color Clock converts the time to hexadecimal.
Some other formats.
posted on Jun-20-14 at 8:32 PM

The psychedelic, Tangerine-Dream-like, light dances of time lapse filmmaker Richard Bentley:
The Atomium in Brussels
Dubai skyline
Washington DC
Others
posted on Jun-15-14 at 9:53 AM

Shit Showreels Say, by Peter Quinn
posted on Jun-9-14 at 1:52 PM

Burritos provide a good way to experiment precisely because they represent a relatively narrow range of experience. There are different burrito styles across the country — more than you might gather if your burrito-eating ambitions have never ventured beyond Taco Bell. But there are fewer parameters to control for when rating burritos than when comparing movies, or doctors, or colleges.
Nathaniel Read ("Nate") Silver is launching a national, 64-restaurant Burrito Bracket
posted on Jun-8-14 at 9:28 AM

How the US Postal Service works offers a glimpse into the massive automation behind the AFCS (Advanced Facer Canceller System) which helps deliver 150 million of pieces of mail daily
posted on Jun-6-14 at 8:57 PM

The stirring story of Ryland Whittington's family. (SLYT)
posted on Jun-2-14 at 9:28 PM

"Pumpkin-style" watermelon carvings, and "watermelon-style" pumpkin carvings, by 'sparksfly'
posted on Jun-1-14 at 12:14 PM

The old Country store on dirt road, on 75 Wheelers Church Rd Hurdle Mills, NC 27541.
Here is what it looked like on Sunday afternoon in July 1939, (A 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.)
Current and recent visits.
Models from the American Adventure attraction in Epcot at Disney World (scroll ½ way down).
And colorized.
(Shorpy, previously.)
posted on May-30-14 at 9:08 PM

Johnny Cash Has Been Everywhere (Man)
posted on May-25-14 at 3:50 PM

From the VIBE hip hop dance competition (University of Southern California, Irvine / Segerstrom Hall - January 18, 2014): 2nd place, The Company
posted on May-24-14 at 1:43 PM

Anonymous Redditor ’Your Post As A Movie“ takes photo comments that members post, and Photoshops them into spot-on fake movie posters. Here's his/her prolific output from the last 6 months. (the first link is the original photo, the second one, is the poster, which is often created right after the post goes up)
posted on May-21-14 at 10:15 PM

Four cute kids dance The "Bean Bag Dance", The "Hokey Pokey", and a few other kids' favorites
posted on May-18-14 at 8:54 AM

Moments of the Human Condition, a photo-essay by renown photo-journalist Peter Turnley.
Some powerful highlights:
Ft. Wayne, IN, 1974
Rwanda, 1994 (NSFL)
Kosovo, 1999
Basra, 2003
Seville, 2010
Havana, 2012
posted on May-11-14 at 10:20 AM

A tribute to Breaking Bad, or rather to WW's implosion, by Alexandre Gasulla, part of his Tribute Series
posted on Apr-29-14 at 10:42 PM

Michael Faraday's chemical chest, 19th century.
The end of Darwin's walking stick.
Galileo’s original telescope.
Napoleon’s toothbrush, c 1795 (with engraved "N“ at bottom).
Carved Olive Pit, China (1737).
Throne of Charlemagne (790). Until 1531, it served as the coronation throne the Kings of Germany, being used at a total of thirty-one coronations.
Ishtar Gate, ca 575 BC. Built on the orders of Nebuchadnezzar II, it was a gate to the inner city of Babylon.
Tolkien's service weapon from WWI.
Breastplate, North Peru - A.D. 1000/1470.
posted on Apr-27-14 at 6:11 PM

The trailer for the 2012 documentary The Raw and the Cooked stands alone as a work of art, by capturing perfectly the best scenes from this beautiful film. Created by German filmmaker Monika Treut. Background.
posted on Apr-20-14 at 2:15 PM

Fanesca is a traditional soup from Ecuador and is a special soup or stew because it is only prepared once a year during Easter. From a blog of Ecuadorian dishes by Layla Pujol. A few ceviches.
posted on Apr-18-14 at 11:00 PM

Experience the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing: This project is an online interactive featuring the Eagle lunar landing. The presentation includes original Apollo 11 spaceflight video footage, communication audio, mission control room conversations, text transcripts, and telemetry data, all synchronized into an integrated audio-visual experience.
posted on Apr-13-14 at 10:54 AM

Stockholm - it's not a coincidence!
posted on Apr-9-14 at 9:46 PM

Fast workers:
Manual hand rolled bagel maker.
Lace Maker in Brugge, Belgium.
Beer bottle opener (9 sec.)
Dismantling a Jeep (4 min).
Apple cutter.
Veggie cutting (must be a re-post).
Also, watermelon. etc.
posted on Mar-22-14 at 12:51 PM

"Magician Prankster" MagicofRahat gives a homeless man a 'winning' lottery ticket
posted on Mar-16-14 at 6:56 PM

Hip hop artist Mac Lethal recites the alphabet very fast.
posted on Mar-8-14 at 10:30 AM

Conducting is the art of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. (Wiki). Case in point (SLYT)
posted on Mar-6-14 at 9:21 AM

Kurt Vonnegut Reads Slaughterhouse-Five in 6 parts. Via discogs.
posted on Mar-2-14 at 3:53 PM

Three random walks through eastern food markets: One in Bangkok, one in Taiwan and one in Delhi.
posted on Feb-14-14 at 7:12 PM

How to make handmade Japanese scroll paper.
(Many other traditional artisans at Gucci Japan)
posted on Feb-8-14 at 10:48 AM

Unedited footage of the bombing of Nagasaki: This silent film shows the final preparation and loading of the "Fat Man" bomb into "Bockscar," the plane which dropped the bomb on Nagasaki. It then shows the Nagasaki explosion from the window of an observation plane. This footage comes from Los Alamos National Laboratory. (SLYT)
posted on Feb-6-14 at 9:38 PM

Jacques Pépin debones a Chicken Galantine Ballotine. (SLYT)
posted on Jan-24-14 at 4:46 PM

I'm the world's oldest wing walker. I was 82 when I performed my first wing walk – standing on top of a plane while it's in flight. Looking back, that seems relatively young.
More than 384 other shared stories, many of them interesting, in this Guardian series.
posted on Jan-18-14 at 1:59 PM

You'll never find, as long as you live / Someone who loves you tender like I do. / You'll never find, no matter where you search / Someone who cares about you the way I do /
posted on Dec-22-13 at 10:11 AM

Weird Vintage - a tumblr of weird ads, illustrations, and photographs of a vintage or antiquated nature
posted on Jan-26-13 at 7:29 AM

"Footage of Pope John Paul at an indoor batting cage during his 1987 visit to California"
posted on Jan-22-13 at 10:29 PM

Aaron Peterson is a nature photographer and writer based near Lake Superior on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He takes many photographs of bike trips, like this ice biking series.
The rider, Ryan Labar, chimed in with a technical comment.
More of Aaron's galleries.
posted on Jan-18-13 at 11:18 AM

Cancerous skull (NSFW for some links of skulls below)
Carved skull
Just some skulls I picked up today from my skull guy...yeah, I have a skull guy”
Tree
Tibetan Ritual Skull
Too many drinks?
Skull Bookshelves Formed with Everyday Items
Crania Anatomica Filigre by Joshua Harker
Lies & persuasions by Kris Kuksi
Lily of the Valley (Welcome BB fans)
A skull made from typewriter parts
Apple & potato skull
posted on Jan-11-13 at 3:23 PM

Every minute a new impossible thing is uploaded to the internet and that improbable event becomes just one of hundreds of extraordinary events that we'll see or hear about today. The internet is like a lens which focuses the extraordinary into a beam, and that beam has become our illumination
posted on Jan-9-13 at 5:32 PM

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