Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Man Behind the Twitter Sensation UberFacts

Starting out in 2009 while in college, Kris Sanchez's persistent work with his Twitter account UberFacts has now turned into serious business:

UberFacts might seem like one of those deceptively simple ideas that we all could have thought of, had we been thinking about deceptively simple ideas that would take off on Twitter. But the art of the brand is more than just coming up with oddball trivia and shaving it down to 140 characters. Sanchez has a unique style that is itself deceptively simple, as well as a knack for coming up with facts that walk the line between totally unbelievable and just believable enough. Sample: "Blue whales are so big that a human can swim through their largest veins and arteries."

He is also a keen student of how the web works.

Says Jones [Scott Jones, the CEO of ChaCha]: “Kris only had 200,000 followers when we first met. And in just a matter of a few years, he’s grown that to 7 million. The real trick he pulled off is, he’s tweeting at the right times, and tweeting stuff that resonates. He pays attention to the engagement level of his audience, and he tweets more of the stuff that works and less of the stuff that doesn’t work.”

Featured image: Kris Sanchez via the UberFacts site.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Saipancakes: Not Your Ordinary Pancakes

This dad started to make silly pancakes to entertain his kids while living in Saipan. Some pancakes later and he has definitely turned this into serious art.

The Beatles pancakes:

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Bubble Gum Pink Lake in Western Australia

The water in Lake Hillier located in Western Australia looks like bubble gum pink when seen from above. It's currently not entirely known why the water is pink, but one guess is that it's caused by dye created by some organisms or due to red halophilic bacteria in the salt crusts. Reminds me of the toxic soda lakes I've written about previously.

SciShow gives us the details:

Featured image: Via Found the World.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

25 Years Later: 9 New Episodes of Twin Peaks to Be Shown on Showtime in 2016

David Lynch and Mark Frost will start shooting 9 episodes of Twin Peaks in 2015:

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How to Use Essential Oils

A Cup of Jo has compiled a great little list on how to use essential oils, everything from how to create your very own fragrance to how to get your vacuum cleaner to smell fresh.

Featured image: Photos by Kate Jordan for A Cup of Jo.

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Detroit Tigers Turned to Transcendental Meditation

Back in the 70's, some of the members of Detroit Tigers turned to Transcendental Meditation to relieve tensions and stress in mind and body:

From the Lakeland Ledger - Apr 27, 1975.

Via @ChillRadio365.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Narrated by Johnny Depp, here is Alex Gibney's portrait of American journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson in the documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008):

From Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney and producer Graydon Carter comes a probing look into the uncanny life of national treasure and gonzo journalism inventor Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. A fast-moving, wildly entertaining documentary with an iconic soundtrack, the film addresses the major touchstones in Thompson's life--his intense and ill-fated relationship with the Hells Angels, his near-successful bid for the office of sheriff in Aspen in 1970, the notorious story behind the landmark Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, his deep involvement in Senator George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign, and much more.


Full documentary:

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Yogi Cameron's Super Tea

Yogi Cameron shares the recipe for a super tea using turmeric, coriander (also known as cilantro) and ginger and how to use them individually. As of this week, I've added the super tea to my daily regimen:

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Fan Ho's Magical Photographs of Hong Kong During the 50's and 60's

While a student in Honk Kong, photographer, actor and director Fan Ho, captured the city with his camera during the 1950s–60s when it underwent a major transformation. His black-and-white images with it's incredible light, are the legacy of an era that no longer exists.

Approaching Shadow, 1954:

In a Chinese Street, 1964 (via SFO Museum):

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David Lynch's Transcendental Meditation Documentary School of Thought

I´ve mentioned before that as a result of watching David Lynch's Transcendental meditation documentary School of Thought (2008), I began practicing mantra meditation.

Here is the full version playing on Vimeo with download option enable (for some reason, it doesn't show up easily in the Google search results):

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