Thursday, March 31, 2016

'A Caballo': Argentine Polo Player Nacho Figueras on Horseback Captured in Slow Motion

In photographer and filmmaker Matthew Donaldson's short, "A Caballo" (By Horse), Argentine polo player and model Nacho Figueras (@nachofigueras) rides one of his favorite horses, and it's all captured in slow motion.

[…] "A Caballo", a new film exclusive to NOWNESS, from photographer and filmmaker Matthew Donaldson, who celebrated the raw power of man and beast by capturing Figueras on one of his favorite horses (he has over 250) in minute detail. […]

For more from Donaldson, watch his meeting during a sunny drive through Los Angeles with artist Ed Ruscha in "Getting There: Ed Ruscha".

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Meditative Sound of Sparkling Water

I stumble upon the work by Wryfield Lab a few weeks ago when their video of reverse tomato slicing appeared on several well-known blogs. Looking through their YouTube channel, it's filled with videos that are meditative and relaxing, so why not take a stroll in the forest during light summer rain, watch ink in water, go ice fishing in reverse and/or listen to the relaxing sound of sparkling water.

Candy with Panda Design by CandyLabs

Montreal-based candy shop CandyLabs demonstrates how to make candy with panda design. Kids must love these!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Watch the Non-Narrative Feature Film 'Koyaanisqatsi' (1982) by Godfrey Reggio and Ron Fricke

Filmmaker Ron Fricke is well-known for his time-lapse photography such as in his film "Chronos" (1985). In the mid-seventies, he began the production with the non-narrative feature film "Koyaanisqatsi" (1982) together with Godfrey Reggio who directed. The film's music was created by composer Philip Glass and later released as a soundtrack in '83.

The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse footage of cities and many natural landscapes across the United States. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music. Reggio explained the lack of dialogue by stating "it's not for lack of love of the language that these films have no words. It's because, from my point of view, our language is in a state of vast humiliation. It no longer describes the world in which we live." In the Hopi language, the word Koyaanisqatsi means "unbalanced life". The film is the first in the Qatsi trilogy of films: it is followed by "Powaqqatsi" (1988) and "Naqoyqatsi" (2002). The trilogy depicts different aspects of the relationship between humans, nature, and technology. "Koyaanisqatsi" is the best known of the trilogy and is considered a cult film. However, because of copyright issues, the film was out of print for most of the 1990s

Watch the full film:

"Koyaanisqatsi" is also up on The Internet Archive.


No Refund: VIP Fans Meet with a Justin Bieber Cardboard Cutout Backstage After Having Paid $2,000

After Justin Bieber cancelled the meet and greets during his Purpose World Tour because they make him feel mentally and emotionally exhausted afterwards, fans who had paid $2,000 (£1,409) for the VIP package didn't get a refund and instead they met with a cardboard cutout of Bieber backstage.

Justin Bieber was replaced by a cardboard cutout after pulling out of a fan meet and greet on his US tour.

Fans who paid thousands for VIP tickets which include the chance to meet the star backstage after his concert, were left disappointed after Bieber announced last week that he was cancelling all paid-for public appearances.

Despite the cancellation, fans were unable to get a refund for the $2,000 (£1,409) VIP package to Bieber's Las Vegas show without also forfeiting their gig ticket, the Mirror reports.

Featured image: Justin Bieber fan Patrik Bachraty from Slovakia. Photography by REX via Metro (UK).

Monday, March 28, 2016

'The Man in the Van': When You Don't Like to Pay Rent But Still Want to Live in Manhattan

The short "The Man in the Van" by filmmaker Sean Dunne portrays Jimmy Tarangelo, who after a divorce lost his house and most of his possessions and ended up living in a van in Manhattan.

Watch the Feature Film 'Too Big to Fail' (2011) That Deals with the 2008 Financial Crisis

The feature film "Too Big to Fail" (2011) based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's non-fiction book "Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System–and Themselves" (2010), chronicles the financial meltdown of 2008 and the work of U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson played by actor William Hurt.

Watch part one:

Watch part two:

Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Burst of Speed: Driver Unloads Pallet by Backing Truck Incredibly Fast

The following looks legit – a truck driver unloads a pallet by using speed as the only force.

Via Holy Kaw.

Friday, March 25, 2016

A Mashup of Bloodhound Gang and Swedish Rock Band Kent

Swedish rock band Kent's newly released single "Egoist" taken from their twelfth studio album "Då som nu för alltid" (Then as Now for Ever) shares some similarities with Bloodhound Gang's "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" from 2005.

Someone uploaded a mashup of the two, and I must say they sound great together.

Bloodhound Gang – "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo":

Kent – "Egoist":

Featured image: The single cover for Kent's "om du var här" (If You Were Here) from 1997. Via Reddit.

The Art of Wasting Tax Dollars: Man Arrested for Failing to Return a VHS Copy of a Tom Green Film 14 Years Ago

What a waste of tax dollars! Author and artist James Meyers was arrested and need to appear in court for failing to return a VHS tape 14 years ago of the film "Freddy Got Fingered" (2001) by and with comedian Tom Green.

The law caught up with a wanted man on the streets of North Carolina this week.

The man, James Meyers, was driving his 10-year-old daughter to school in Concord, northeast of Charlotte, when a police car pulled him over for a broken brake light.

But when the officer ran his license, he confronted him with an older crime, from 14 years ago. "Sir, I don’t know how to tell you this," the officer began. Mr. Meyers had a 2002 warrant out for his arrest for failing to return a VHS movie rental of "Freddy Got Fingered."

But thankfully, the story isn't all that bad:

Mr. Meyers said he rewatched "Freddy Got Fingered" on Wednesday. About 1:30 a.m., his phone rang. On the other end was a voice re-enacting one of the most famous scenes from the movie, when Freddy ties sausages to his fingers and chants, "Daddy, would you like some sausage."

"I instantly knew who it was," Mr. Meyers said. "I almost died."

Mr. Green, who is on a comedy tour in Australia, told Mr. Meyers he would help with any fees related to the case.

H/t the Daily Mail.

Image credit: Amazon

'10% Happier with Dan Harris' Podcast: Filmmaker Brian Koppelman on Why the Characters in 'Billions' Meditate

In episode three of Dan Harris' podcast "10% Happier", filmmaker Brian Koppelman (who also is one of the most engaging and kindest Twitter users I've encountered) explains why the characters in the TV series "Billions" meditate, something that Koppelman does himself on a daily basis by practicing Transcendental Meditation.

Koppelman said he started practicing Transcendental Meditation about five years ago and practices it for 20 minutes twice a day.

"For me it was a way to control anxiety, and I found that the physical manifestations of anxiety just dissipated by about 85 or 90 percent," he said. "So that was a gigantic life change, to not feel a fluttering stomach, to not get a stress headache and things like that. Whatever the anxieties are, being someone trying to make a living in show business or, more to the point, like a parent who loves his kids, any kind of outside worry that I might have."

"It doesn't mean that I still don't have concerns, that I don't still worry, as we all do," Koppelman explained. "But the physical manifestations, the actual way I walk through the world and feel, changed a dramatic amount when I started meditating after probably three weeks of meditating."

Listen to the "10% Happier with Dan Harris" podcast on Podtail, Player FM or on iTunes.

And here is the video versions:

Featured image: Actor Paul Giamatti's character Chuck Rhoades meditates in the first episode of "Billions".

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Saying the Words 'I Am Excited' Can Turn Anxiety Into Excitement

These three simple words, "I am excited" (excuse me for The Pointer Sisters reference above), can help transform anxiety into excitement. For those of you who are familiar with the quote "Fear is excitement without the breath" from Fritz Perls, founder of Gestalt therapy, this might not come as a total surprise.

The Atlantic's Olga Khazan talked to professor Alison Wood Brooks about her findings:

[…] When most people feel anxious, they likely tell themselves to just relax. "When asked, 'how do you feel about your upcoming speech?', most people will say, 'I'm so nervous, I'm trying to calm down,'" said Alison Wood Brooks, a professor at Harvard Business School who has studied the phenomenon. She cites the ubiquitous "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters as partial evidence.

But that might be precisely the wrong advice, she said. Instead, the slogan should be more like, "Get Amped and Don't Screw Up."

That's because anxiety and excitement are both aroused emotions. In both, the heart beats faster, cortisol surges, and the body prepares for action. In other words, they're "arousal congruent." The only difference is that excitement is a positive emotion‚ focused on all the ways something could go well.

Calmness is also positive, meanwhile, but it's also low on arousal. For most people, it takes less effort for the brain to jump from charged-up, negative feelings to charged-up, positive ones, Brooks said, than it would to get from charged-up and negative to positive and chill. In other words, its easier to convince yourself to be excited than calm when you’re anxious.

You find Brooks full paper "Get Excited: Reappraising Pre-Performance Anxiety as Excitement" to read for free here.

Individuals often feel anxious in anticipation of tasks such as speaking in public or meeting with a boss. I find that an overwhelming majority of people believe trying to calm down is the best way to cope with pre-performance anxiety. However, across several studies involving karaoke singing, public speaking, and math performance, I investigate an alternative strategy: reappraising anxiety as excitement. Compared to those who attempt to calm down, individuals who reappraise their anxious arousal as excitement feel more excited and perform better. Individuals can reappraise anxiety as excitement using minimal strategies such as self-talk (e.g., saying "I am excited" out loud) or simple messages (e.g., "get excited"), which lead them to feel more excited, adopt an opportunity mindset (as opposed to a threat mindset), and improve their subsequent performance. These findings suggest the importance of arousal congruency during the emotional reappraisal process.

And in closing, I highly recommend you to watch health psychologist Kelly McGonigal's excellent TED talk "How to Make Stress Your Friend" that urges you to befriend stress and thus transform it into something more pleasurable and healthier.

This House in Southern Sweden Has Stood Untouched for 39 Years

Seeing images from this house in southern Sweden is like traveling back in time. Since the previous owner left the house 39 years ago, it has stood untouched.

Northlandz: The World's Largest Model Railroad

Northlandz is the name of the world's largest model railroad built by Bruce Zaccagnino.

For the past 16 years, Bruce Zaccagnino has worked alone to build what is thought to be the world’s largest HO-scale model railroad set. Featuring more than nine miles of track, Zaccagnino's masterpiece also boasts 400 bridges, 3,000 miniature buildings and 50,000 streets. Welcome to your childhood fantasy. Welcome to Northlandz.

And here is a segment about Northlandz by Plum TV:

A Collection of Nearly 1,000 Indian Matchbox Labels

A Flickr user has uploaded a wonderful and large collection of Indian matchbox labels. Due to the fact that so many labels appealed to me, this post is rather long.

The following text is taken from the back cover of the book "Matchbook: Indian Match Boxlabels" (2012) by Shahid Datawala:

Sold in every road-side booth, matchboxes are part of daily life in India. Curious, hilarious and visually stunning, matchbox labels come in a staggering variety of designs. Inspired variations on successful labels are an accepted part of the matchbox world, deliciously turning the whole notion of branding upside down.

Matchbook showcases over 500 quirky members of this extended family, and includes a thoughtful essay on locating them within the web of Indian commerce and popular culture.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Winners in Smithsonian Magazine's 2015 Photo Contest

The winners in Smithsonian Magazine's 13th annual photo contest has been announced.

We are excited to announce the winners and finalists of the 13th Annual Photo Contest. This year, we received over 46,000 submissions from photographers in 168 countries and territories. The images below stood out to the and Smithsonian magazine photo teams as the most striking and memorable entries. From Albert Ivan Damanik’s Grand-Prize-winning shot of ash flowing from the slopes of Mount Sinabung to Radim Schreiber's photograph of fireflies in a twilight forest, these photographs capture a moment in time for readers around the globe. Alice van Kempen's image of her bull terrier, Claire, in an abandoned train received the highest percentage of nearly 40,000 reader votes, earning her the Readers' Choice award. Congratulations to all!

Via The Atlantic.

Featured image: The Grand Prize winner that depicts volcanic material that flows from Mount Sinabung. Photographed by Albert Ivan Damanik in the village of Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia on June 26, 2015.

It's All About Balance: Model David Gandy's Relaxed Attitude to Stay in Shape

Male model David Gandy has a healthy attitude towards food and exercise. Whenever I read or watch an interview with him, he seems balanced whether it's about food, exercise or life in general.

The Gentlemans Journal met up with Gandy to ask him some questions about how he stays in shape.

On Diets:

"The right amount of water, the right foods – not crappy, fatty processed foods. It's everything in moderation, you can eat too much fish or too much meat. I actually had mercury poisoning from tuna because it topped off the levels in my body and made me quite ill."

"People say to me, 'my God, you must not eat something', and then, 'good God, you're eating cake'. I probably eat more than most people think I might, but I'm actually a foodie and I eat a lot. I just stay away from processed foods – white pastas, white carbohydrates, high sugar content, saturated fat – but I can still eat so much because of that. People [unnecessarily] go to the extremities of something."

Featured image: Gandy for Marks & Spencer's Spring/Summer 2015 campaign photographed by Blair Getz Mezibov. Via agency Quadriga.

Dutch News Aggregator Blendle Tries to Counteract Declining Ad Revenues with Paid Content

In an attempt to counteract declining ad revenues on the web due to widespread use of ad blockers (myself included), Dutch news aggregator Blendle is entering the U.S. market with a service that let users pay for content from different media companies. And it looks like users are drawn to more comprehensive material.

For more than a decade, newspapers and magazines have been struggling to make up for plummeting revenues from print advertising. Web ads aren't nearly as lucrative, and most readers aren't inclined to shell out for access to content behind a digital paywall. Increasingly, readers are getting their news on Facebook and Twitter, or surfing the web with ad blockers that eliminate all marketing. From August 2014 to 2015, ad blocking cost publishers nearly $22 billion, according to a survey by Adobe and PageFair, a company that measures use of ad blocking by visitors to publisher websites. In the US, ad blocking rose by over 48% in the same time period.

Blendle, a Dutch news aggregator, thinks it has the solution for publishers. Founded almost two years ago, the platform enables readers to use a single account to purchase individual stories from different media companies, without a subscription, an a la carte approach to consuming content on the web. The platform has over 650,000 users in Germany and The Netherlands, more than half of whom are under 35. Today it's launching to 10,000 customers in the US with big name media partners like The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and Bloomberg Businessweek.


On average about 10 percent of users asked for a refund as of a April 2015. But gossip magazines, listicles, and other clickbait material see very high refund percentages, up to 50 percent. "It's the original reporting, great background stories, deep analysis, big profiles and interviews that make the top of the list," Klöpping [Alexander Klöpping, co-founder of Blendle] wrote in an e-mail. Of course, it's not clear if asking people to pay per article will help cultivate more informed citizens. A study by two University of Tennessee professors showed that micropayments in journalism actually hinder discovery, as people are unlikely to pay to read articles that they believe will contradict their opinions.

Taste Art with These Chocolate Bars Inspired by the Paintings of Jackson Pollock

Now you can both be inspired and eat the paintings by painter Jackson Pollock at the same time! In a collaboration with chocolate maker Unelefante, maitre chocolatier Chef Jorge Llanderal has created Pollock inspired chocolate bars.

Inspired by the unmistakable works of Jackson Pollock, these chocolate bars look nearly as good as they taste. Crafted by the dedicated artisans at Unelefante, the Pollock bar is first created by maitre chocolatier Chef Jorge Llanderal and his family. The bars are then hand-painted with cocoa butter in vivid colors, ensuring that each bar is totally unique and one of kind. Finally, the bars are tucked safely inside a hand-painted package. Perfect as a gift or a special treat for yourself. Eat half and frame the rest.

Via Flodeau.

The Major Difference Between How Obama and Trump Handle Protesters at Rallies

A video presented by BuzzFeed illustrates how differently President Obama and Donald Trump handle loud protesters at rallies.

Watch 4,000 Matches Catch Fire in a Chain Reaction

Watch 4,000 matches lighting up in a chain reaction.

Via Holy Kaw.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Adorable Baby Elephant Struggles with His Trunk

Oh, this is just some adorable footage! A baby elephant in the Kruger National Park is a bit frustrated with the little trunk of his.

While guiding in the Kruger National Park, me and my guests came across this breeding herd of elephants who were about to cross the road and we decided to stop and watch them cross. That's when this little one appeared from the long grass and had us entertained for a while. He clearly was frustrated with his trunk if you look at the way he was shaking it, blowing air through it and trying to step on it. The reason he is doing this is not known but it could be that there might have been something in his trunk that made it itch or maybe he just didn't understand this long thing on his face… either way it was very funny and made our day.

Meet a Toastmaster: The Art of Making the Perfect Toast

In the short "The Toastmaker" directed by Patrick Kehoe, we meet someone who has perfected his skills of making toast since childhood. What begins as a serious story, quickly transforms into laughter. Love this!

This short reminded me about Ben Brucker's parody trailer for season two of the Netflix series "Chef's Table".

Via Holy Kaw.

TechCrunch Contributor Takes a Well Deserved Break After Having Written 11,000 Blog Posts

John Biggs, who writes for TechCrunch and is the former editor-in-chief of Gizmodo, has decided to take a well deserved break from blogging after having written 11,000 blog posts. And for aspiring bloggers, he doesn't paint a pretty picture about the craft.

You learn that most of what appears online goes unread. Nobody cares. Nobody will read you. The only way to make them care is to keep doing it, day after day. Write 1,000 words a day. Don't stop. This holds true in everything. Can you write more words per day? You can, but start at 1,000. Once you do that, day after day, people will notice. Then people will read. Then people will come back. Then you’ll gain a following. You probably won't make any money but you will have a marketable skill that you can sell.


You learn that what you're doing will probably change in the next few years. Blogging is about to go down the tubes. Long form writing is being replaced by other media. We are consuming soundless videos at an alarming rate, as if we were all rolling back to Charlie Chaplin-era films. We are amazingly stupid. There is something to be said about a really nice, really well-written post. You get a lot out of it. You learn something, you get to think, you get to feel. But "these kids these days" want their Snapchats and VR so whatever. Go forth and monetize.

Via Boing Boing.

It's Finally Here!: Watch "Daft Punk Unchained" About the French Electronic Duo

The first documentary about the French electronic music duo Daft Punk, "Daft Punk Unchained", is out now.

You can also watch it on Hulu.

Via Lady Danger.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Meteorologist Pranks Viewers by Accidentally Tearing a Rare Comic Book Poster Worth $217,069 on Live TV

Broadcast meteorologist Laura Tobin on ITV's Good Morning Britain pranks her colleagues and the viewers with accidentally tearing an extremely rare and expensive comic book poster of "The Replicator", one of tenth in the world and worth $217,069 (£150,000).

Friday, March 18, 2016

'The Simpsons' Predicted a Donald Trump Presidency 16 Years Ago

In an episode of "The Simpsons" 16 years ago, the writers of the show predicted a Donald Trump presidency.

The now infamous "Bart to the Future" episode of The Simpsons, which aired almost exactly 16 years ago, on March 19, 2000, predicted a Donald Trump presidency. The outlook was not bright.

"It was a warning to America," writer Dan Greaney tells The Hollywood Reporter.

He adds: "And that just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane."

In the episode, Bart is shown a vision of his life. As an adult, he is pretty much a loser. Lisa, on the other hand, becomes the first "straight female" president of the United States. Enter the possible prediction.

"As you know, we've inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump," Lisa says to her staff, who inform her the country is broke due to her predecessor. In actuality, Trump will likely be the 2016 GOP presidential nominee.

The economic climate after President Donald Trump:

Featured image: From episode 1 in season 26 "Trumptastic Voyage".

Rain Turns Into a Show of Light and Sound in Campaign for Spa Mineral Water

The Belgian brand Spa bottles natural mineral water and to celebrate this process with rain turning into mineral water, they made an installation that turns rain into a beautiful show of sound and light.

Spa's natural mineral water originates from the pristine nature surrounding the Belgian town of Spa in the heart of the Ardennes.

In this area, soil and nature work together to transform every drop of rain into one of Europe's purest mineral waters. It takes an underground journey of years before a raindrop becomes Spa mineral water.

Spa goes to great lengths to protect the region's nature and purity of its mineral water. The new campaign aims to demonstrate this in an intriguing way.

As ode to the never-ending source of Spa mineral water, J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam created The Rain Project, a short film in which drops of rain turn into beautiful sounds and projections, projected onto the nature in the area of Spa.

Watch how it was all made:

Weezer's Rivers Cuomo Is the Peter Pan of Social Media

Writer Alexis Wilkinson describes Rivers Cuomo, lead vocalist, lead guitarist and songwriter of Weezer, as the Peter Pan of social media – someone who still seems to blend his childhood self and adulthood with a perfect balance.

Cuomo — both on social media and in reality — does not seem to be a man-child in this traditional sense. He has a grown-up life. He has children. He works hard, having released a 2014 album with Weezer that was well received by critics. He isn’t dragged down by drug use or other criminal drama, nor does he constantly chase women 20 years younger in a public and embarrassing way. He’s just…consistently angsty. Or at least he has constructed his entire social-media presence to suggest as much.


When I first started following him on Twitter, I was shocked to discover that instead of finding an older, wiser, perhaps more boring version of the rock icon I loved, I had stumbled upon a social-media Peter Pan. But after that shock and confusion slowly unraveled like the sweater of Weezer's "Undone," I realized that for a celebrity from my adolescence, this was perhaps the best of all possible worlds.


You find Cuomo's Twitter account here.

Featured image: Cuomo during the festival Corona Capital 2014 in Mexico City. Photography and copyright by Jorge Yau.

Suck.Com: One of Internet's Earliest Webzines Gets a New Audience with the Newsletter 'Suck, Again'

Atlantic's Anna Wiener writes about, a webzine that was founded in '95 and ran for six years. With the newsletter "Suck, Again" that publishes Suck's archived material, the site gains new interest in today's crowded media landscape.

Suck emerged at a time when nobody—publishers, marketers, readers, or writers—really had any idea what they were doing on the web, or what the web would do for them. "Stumbling on this sly, skeptical voice in a sea of repurposed press releases was so refreshing," Havrilesky [Heather Havrilesky, employee] wrote. It still is: These types of voices still exist on the Internet, but they are a minority and can be harder to surface, surrounded as they are by optimized, data-driven content.


Mark Macdonald, the 32-year-old developer at the helm of the "Suck, Again" newsletter, seems to have felt this loss acutely. For him, part of Suck's appeal is its singular editorial vision. (Appropriately, Macdonald is building a website called Gazet, a platform for assembling and dispatching "hand-picked digests of stories and videos.") Macdonald uncovered the site's archive using the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, and his newsletter is copy-pasted verbatim from the original versions, including images and links. "Suck, Again" is neither monetized nor advertised; it has several thousand subscribers. "It lives or dies depending on whether people tell each other about it," he said, but regardless of subscriber numbers he intends to send out the full archive—all 7 years of it.

Resources mentioned in the article:

Featured image:'s Net Moguls trading card series with art by Charlie Powell.

Does This Sounds Burger to You?: Radio Shack's '83 Burger King AM Radio Headphones

Back in 83, Radio Shack sold Burger King AM radio headphones.

As you can see this radio was really a promotional item for the Whopper, and features Burger King's "Aren't You Hungry?" slogan from the early-to-mid 1980s. The back of the packaging features a detailed breakdown of the Whopper, as well as a nice black and white illustration of the standard BK franchise design that lasted through the decade at least.

What isn't immediately visible from this is just how awesome the headphones looked outside the packaging. They were in fact Whopper halves featuring the classic Burger King bun logo.

Image credit: Lazy Game Reviews (YouTube channel)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Simple Spelling Mistake Prevented One of the Biggest Bank Heists in History

A simple spelling mistake prevented hackers to get away with nearly one billion American dollars, a heist that involved the Bangladesh Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York – and had it been successful – would make it one of the biggest bank thefts in history.

The hackers "only" got away with $80 million, although some of the sum now has been recovered.

The hackers breached Bangladesh Bank's systems and stole its credentials for payment transfers, two senior officials at the bank said. They then bombarded the Federal Reserve Bank of New York with nearly three dozen requests to move money from the Bangladesh Bank's account there to entities in the Philippines and Sri Lanka, the officials said.

Four requests to transfer a total of about $81 million to the Philippines went through, but a fifth, for $20 million, to a Sri Lankan non-profit organization was held up because the hackers misspelled the name of the NGO, Shalika Foundation.

Hackers misspelled "foundation" in the NGO's name as "fandation", prompting a routing bank, Deutsche Bank, to seek clarification from the Bangladesh central bank, which stopped the transaction, one of the officials said.

Featured image: From the hacking documentary "In Search of the Most Dangerous Town on the Internet" directed by Sean Dunne.

20 Optical Illusions Drawn by Artist Howard Lee That Will Trick Your Eyes

Artist Howard Lee draws optical illusions that certainly will trick your eyes.

Via Holy Kaw.

Zlatan at Work: Swedish Footballer Zlatan Pranks Bike Messenger

This guy must be the bike messenger of the day! In footballer Zlatan's second office prank, he convinces a bike messenger to deliver some bottles of Vitamin Well, a lot of them. And to top it all off – a cutout of Zlatan himself.

In the first episode of this (hopefully) ongoing series, he pranked a job applicant during an interview.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Voice-Actor Imitates the Voice of Actor Morgan Freeman by Inhaling Cold Air

Voice-actor and impersonator Boet Schouwink is able to imitate the voice of actor Morgan Freeman by inhaling cold air, the opposite to inhaling Helium.

The Top 25 Wall Street Films to Watch

The Corporate Culture has compiled a list of the top 21 Wall Street films to watch.

Not available in stores, this nearly 50-hour program includes 25 required viewing classes, and it's free. This guide to the top 20 Wall Street films is not just entertaining, it is educational. From 1981's Rollover to its younger brother Wall Street The Movie, and even the late 90's Pi, these movies explore the complex world of finance. From Danny DeVito in Other People's Money to Eddie Murphy in Trading Places, Wall Street has always relied on its sense of humor to get through the tough times. Some of my favorite picks are Barbarians at the Gate, Working Girl, and the timeless American Psycho. Forget the MBA and watch these 25 films.

Featured image: From the official trailer of "Pi" (1998).

Watch BBC's Three-Part Series 'Alaska: Earth's Frozen Kingdom' (2015)

BBC has done it again! The three-part series "Alaska: Earth's Frozen Kingdom" (2015) presents the beautiful landscape of Alaska in an entertaining and perfect way.

Alaska is the latest wildlife trilogy from the BBC’s award-winning Natural History Unit, showcasing one of the most iconic wildernesses on the planet.

Narrated by Dougray Scott, this three-part series takes in a year in Alaska, revealing the stories of pioneering Alaskans, both animal and human, as they battle the elements and reap the benefits of nature’s seasonal gold rush.

Alaska is huge – by far the biggest US state, and still one of the wildest places on earth. It has deep forests and vast mountain ranges, and a third of it sits above the Arctic Circle.

The whole state goes through some of the most extreme seasonal changes: where temperatures can reach in to the 90°s F in summer and can plummet to -80°F in the winter.

Yet plenty survives here, and it is home to some of the hardiest animals on the planet. Each one has its own quirky way of getting through the challenges of the seasons. Above all, this is a land of great characters.

Watch episode one – "Spring":

And here is episode two – "Summer" and episode three – "Winter".

Rock Climber Alex Honnold's Greatest Challenge: Free Solo Climb the Rock Wall El Sendero Luminoso

Watch rock climber Alex Honnold's difficult 2,500 ft free solo climb of El Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) in El Portrero Chico, Mexico – in three hours. With the climb, Honnold became the first person who has made it to the summit without wearing any safety equipment most of the climb.

Alex Honnold started off 2014 with one of his most ambitious and difficult free-solo ascents to date: a sustained 2,500-foot limestone big-wall route called El Sendero Luminoso in El Potrero Chico, Mexico.

The demanding route entails many pitches of technical 5.12 climbing. Parties often take two days to climb this impressive monolith, but Honnold’s ascent took only three hours.

Last week, fellow climber and North Face team member Cedar Wright traveled to Mexico to help Honnold clean and prepare the route, and also to pioneer the final thousand feet of terrain to the true summit.

"I climbed the route four times with Alex, and each time I was struck by how complex and tenuous the climbing is," Wright says. "There are hundreds of hand and foot moves to remember, and at times it’s just a few millimeters of your fingers and toes that are keeping you connected to the wall. Mostly I just tried not to think about him soloing the route while I was up there because it was so terrifying."

Another spectacular climb of Honnold was when he free soloed the mountain face of Sentinel in Yosemite National Park.

A Compilation of 101 One-Armed Saves Found in Films

From the production company Lucky Treehouse, a compilation of 101 one-armed saves found in films. Music by Beatles and their "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (1964).

Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Inexpensive Way to Learn How to Make Films: Casey Neistat's Guide to Filmmaking

Can't afford an expensive film school?! Don't worry, filmmaker Casey Neistat comes to your rescue with his guide to filmmaking.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Man Pays $35,000 to Trump University: Only Gets a Picture with Him Standing Next to a Donald Trump Cutout

The American Future Fund has released three videos with former students of the now-defunct Trump University, who claimed they have been scammed by Trump when they took part in his real estate training. One man named Bob Guillo, said he paid the university $35,000, but the only thing he got out of it was a picture with him standing alongside a cutout of Donald Trump.

Two of the 60-second commercials feature Kevin Scott and Bob Guillo, men who say Trump's real-estate seminar salesmen took advantage of them.

'I was trumped by Trump,' Guillo says in one ad. 'I paid $35,000 at Trump University and all I got was a picture of myself with a cutout of Donald Trump.'

Looking into a camera lens, he says he was 'scammed because I believed in Donald Trump.'

'Please don't fall for the same line that I fell for,' Guillo says. 'He can make people believe practically anything.'

However, Trump says that this isn't accurate and refers to a glowing review written by Guillo himself. To this, Guillo responded:

But in an interview with the Daily News, Guillo, 76, claimed Trump was again misrepresenting himself — and the reviews.

"The one he is waving around with my name on it, that was from a retreat that was done in 2009, before I actually enrolled," explained Guillo, who lives in Manhasset, Long Island. "That evaluation is from a retreat where they try to get you sign up for the actual course. And I was very happy with the retreat."

After the retreat, Guillo signed up for a full course called the "Trump Gold Elite Program," putting a hefty $34,995 dent on his American Express card in the process.

Guillo said he also ended up writing positive reviews for the actual course "because the instructors were begging us for them so they could come back and teach again."

But Guillo said he knew with moments of starting the course that it was "garbage" and "a scam."

Sacha Baron Cohen's Apple Parody for 'Grimsby' (2016)

As part of promoting Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film "Grimsby" (in the U.S. as "The Brothers Grimsby"), a short Apple parody film was created.

Sacha Baron Cohen, a comedian best known for playing the clueless Borat, revealed a hilarious new persona on Tuesday: he plays an Apple-like executive unveiling a new movie character instead of an iPhone.

The video is pretty funny, and it should be pretty familiar to anyone who's watched an Apple product keynote, from Cohen's speaking rhythms to the same Helvetica Neue font that Apple used to use in its signage.

Mesmerising Performance on Georgia's 'Got Talent' by Performer Who Improvises Space and Silence

In his appearance on Georgia's "Got Talent", actor Gennady Tkachenko-Papizh made a mesmerising performance by improvising space and silence.

The History of the Modern Waterbed

This is the history of the modern waterbed which was invented by Charlie Hall in 1968 while a design student at San Francisco State University.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Welder Puts Out a Cutting Torch Flame Only By Using His Tongue

Welder Doug Thompson claims he's the first person who has put out a cutting torch flame using only the tongue. With the cutting torch reaching temparatures of 3480 degree Celsius / 6300 degree Fahrenheit, I wonder why?!

Via Holy Kaw.

'I'll Teach You to Master Transcendental Meditation In a Single Evening'

Anthony Norvell was an writer and lecturer in occult and esoteric topics such as meditation who frequently held lectures at Carnegie Hall.

In an ad placed in the Florence Times on Dec 21, 1975, Norvell promoted his version of Transcendental Meditation in a home study course called De-Mystified Transcendental Meditation.

In the ad, Norwell promises that you'll be able to learn the technique of Transcendental Meditation in a single evening.

Meanwhile, However, I Have Seen People Waste Hundreds Of Dollars Of Their Money, And Months Of Their Time, TO GAIN WHAT I COULD GIVE THEM IN LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES!

So I have now decided to take Relaxation-Meditation … Health-Meditation … Tension-and-Stress-Removing Meditation … in fact, all the benefits these men and women could get in any course they could purchase, for any amount of money – and "boil it down" into a brief Confidential Report so simple, so clear, and so immediately and apparently effective that they could master it, COMPLETELY, in just 5 life-transforming minutes!

This simple at-home technique completely does away with any belief you may have – or others have tried to give you – that there is any mystery whatsoever in utilizing the full power of Transcendental Meditation!

It proves to you immediately that, this way, you need neither "Guru" nor "Master"! That there is no need for you to leave your own home to learn to use it to full efficiency! That there are no long, involved courses to master! No high-paid instructors to dominate or humiliate you! No $I25, or more, paid before you receive the first lesson alone; and no further cash outlays for "follow-up lessons," or "periodic check-ups"!

And as for your private Mantra, once you send me your name, I will send you – FREE — a private Mantra for yourself alone, that will belong to no one else in all the world. Once you have this Free Private Mantra. then the ability to gain this deep relaxation, peace and overwhelming release from hypertension is yours already! Yours as your natural human heritage! What I have done for you is simply given you what I believe to be the shortest and most effective — and scientifically proven — way (a "Key," if you wish to call it so) to tap that natural gift!

So this is NOT an "esoteric," "mystic," or "magic" specialized technique, available only to the wealthy few! It is, instead, a "universal path" that is accessible at once to all, no matter what their age or financial position, or psychological state today!

I have looked for some further information about the report, but unfortunately the only thing I could find was a listing for a copy that is up for sale at a second hand bookshop. Either way, the ad is a good example of great copy writing and marketing!

Via Info Marketing Blog.

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