Monday, January 26, 2015

The Looping Effect: An Escalator and Some Colourful Plastic Balls

A bunch of colourful plastic balls get poured onto an escalator and a loop effect takes place:

(Via @jwz.)

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Richmond Golf Club's WW2 Temporary Rules of Golf

After a bomb hit the property of Richmond Golf Club in Surrey, England during "Battle of Britain" in 1940, the club implemented some temoporary rules of golf so the game could continue as normal despite the attacks of the Luftwaffe:

  1. Players are asked to collect Bomb and Shrapnel splinters to save these causing damage to the Mowing Machines.
  2. In Competitions, during gunfire or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play.
  3. The positions of known delayed action bombs are marked by red flags at a reasonably, but not guaranteed, safe distance therefrom.
  4. Shrapnel and/or bomb splinters on the Fairways, or in Bunkers within a club’s length of a ball, may be moved without penalty, and no penalty shall be incurred if a ball is thereby caused to move accidentally.
  5. A ball moved by enemy action may be replaced, or if lost or destroyed, a ball may be dropped not nearer the hole without penalty.
  6. A ball laying in a crater may be lifted and dropped not nearer the hole, preserving the line to the hole, without penalty.
  7. A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place. Penalty one stroke.

(Via @SheAHow and

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21 Animated GIFs for Tranquility

A list from BuzzFeed with 21 animated GIFs that can maintain or instill more tranquility in your life. Love this little cottage animation:

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The Evolution of the Bicycle

What we recognize as the bicycle today, looked in the early stages of its development, more like something of a box. Here is a 90-second animation of the evolution of the bicycle (I only wish the animators had put some timestamps in there):

(Via TAXI.)

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Japan's Underground Bicycle Parking System

Wow! The way Japan has solved the issue with lack of parking space for bicycles is just fantastic. The solution: you simply send your bike underground. And by parking it underground, you also protect it against weather and thieves. A brilliant solution!

Via @strombo.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Rare View of a Flipped Over Iceberg in Antarctica

That is one dark and beautiful formation of ice! Photographer Alex Cornell shoot this rare occurrence of an iceberg that has flipped over when on a visit to Antarctica. I just love it's vast thickness and colours.

During an expedition to Antarctica, photographer Alex Cornell was lucky enough to see an iceberg flip over and was able to capture these spectacular images. Such flips are rare and often dangerous, because of the waves they make. Some iceberg flips can even cause tsunamis.

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Will Letter for Lunch

Most of us appreciate a good and visually pleasing hand-lettered sign when visiting anything food related and/or shops in general. To help the businesses "blossom", this skilled artist in NYC has come up with the creative idea to craft those signs in exchange for a meal (and I also hope this leads to a full-time job eventually):

It’s simple: you have a lovely restaurant, bakery, bar, or coffee shop in New York City. I have a terrifying, yet impressive appetite. You have a little chalkboard or dry erase sign with your daily specials, happy hour deals, etc. I happen to have a knack for drawing pretty letters. Let’s make a deal.

I’ll write out your lunch special on your chalkboard in exchange for one thing: that exact lunch special. Want to promote your amazing lasagna? I’ll do it for a plate of that amazing lasagna. Have the best cocktails in the city? Whip some up for me and I’ll whip up a beautiful sign for you. Whatever you want me to write is exactly what you’ll pay.

Via @alexred.

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Crazy Longboarding Down a Very Steep Hill

Liam Morgan longboard down a very steep hill in this one. At 1:12, I think even Liam got a bit nervous. Hold on!:

Via The Inspiration.

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A Bad Lip Reading in the NFL

"More NFL" is the follow-up video of "The NFL: A Bad Lip Reading" (video), a great compilation of wonderful funny voice-overs of players and coaches in the National Football League. I'm not surprised this work became a viral success!

Via The Inspiration.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ray Dalio and Martin Scorsese Talk About Transcendental Meditation

A short conversation with hedge fund manager Ray Dalio and filmmaker Martin Scorsese about Transcendental Meditation. Maybe we have TM to thank for the completion of the great movie Hugo (2011) that Martin talks about.

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How to Make the Escape from a Runaway Taxi

Stuntman Adam Kirley, once acting as Daniel Craig's stunt double in Casino Royale, shares his knowledge on how to escape from, e.g., a runaway taxi:

If I were in a runaway taxi, I’d probably try to throw the taxi driver out, but if you absolutely have to make an exit try your hardest to slow down the vehicle. Slamming on the handbrake is a bad move – it will cause the car to slide and increase the risk of you getting run over when you disembark. Distract the driver to slow his speed, and make your move when he least expects it.

Illustrations done by Nick Hardcastle.

Via @jordisoler.

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Cinematic Montage: Three Hundred Movies Became One

300 movies were included in the creation of this cinematic montage. And for those of you that want the details, here is a list with all the films that were used.

Via @misscellania.

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Guinness Flavoured Chips from Burt's

I'll definitely give "Burt's Guinness Chips/Crisps" a taste when walking by one of the English shops in my area, although I swore not that long ago, to never eat chips again due to its ingredients.

The chips are thick cut and hand-cooked, seasoned with roasted barley and hops. Together, these make them taste pretty much like the bittersweet stout from Ireland. They can be found at UK retailers in various sizes or purchased online.


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The Workout Routine of Genius Rick Rosner

This is the rather unconventional workout routine of genius Rick Rosner, and who, as a side note, went to high school for 10 years despite having a measured IQ of 150:

"I just go from gym to gym to gym to gym to gym," Rosner told Business Insider UK in an email.

The exercise routine sounds wacky, but Rosner insists on his unconventional regime as a way to stay motivated. The constant change of scenery means he never gets bored. Plus, he doesn't waste time waiting for equipment.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Snapshot in 60 Seconds

Nothing to tell really, just a "Snapshot in 60 Seconds" by Kevin Steele:

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