The Bristlecone’s Fate is a short and rather beautiful (if haunting) documentary film that looks at the looks at threat that global warming poses to California’s bristlecone pine trees, which are the oldest living things on the planet. ”From their perch atop the White Mountains at California’s eastern edge, the bristlecones have survived as entire human civilizations have arisen and disappeared. But there’s a new threat to the bristlecone’s existence, a globe-spanning emanation more menacing than anything they’ve faced in thousands of years.” The short is based on “The Vanishing Groves,” an essay in Aeon Magazine by Ross Andersen that we encourage you to read.
Watch this mockumentary in which an advertising executive rejoices and expounds on the art of the “natural” sell, because the word “natural” is used in marketing genetically modified and pesticide-heavy foods, you just have to laugh. Money quote: “We pride ourselves on this kind of confusion.”
In this outstanding advertisement, tattoo artist Nekkid Nate of Liberty Tattoo in Atlanta wants to turn your shitty ink “into a masterpiece”. Bonus: he’s not only an employee, he’s also a client (NSFW: language).
PBS just dropped an excellent animated treatment of Jimi Hendrix’s last interview on September 11th, 1970 (a week before he died). Hendrix spent a lot of his childhood in Vancouver, living in Strathcona with his grandmother, Nora, who was a cook at Vie’s Chicken and Steak House. The eatery used to sit near the corner of Prior and Main in what was then known as Hogan’s Alley, Vancouver’s first (and last) black neighbourhood, which was largely destroyed when the City tried to get into the freeway business and failed (as evidenced by the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts). In case you didn’t know, there is a shrine/micro museum dedicated to Hendrix where the eatery used to back onto the alley that now faces the Union Bar.
This video is a typographic representation of noted storyteller Ira Glass’ famous quote about the gap between a creative person’s good taste and their actual skills. Whether you’re a chef, a wine maker, an architect, or a public relations executive, if you’ve had a tough day in your line of work, Glass’ quote has always made for a good, inspiring listen, and now, with this new interpretation by Daniel Sax, it also makes for a good watch. “I made it for myself and for anybody who is in doubt with his/her creative career,” Sax says. “I also think that Ira Glass’ message isn’t only limited to the creative industry. It can be applied to everyone who starts out in a new environment and is willing to improve.” Enjoy!
Even if you only have a passing bandwagoneer’s interest in mass market pro hockey, this short, touching, and beautifully filmed memorial documentary will probably still move you. Legends of the Isles is about a decades-old shinny game and the young and old Fargo-esque Minnesotan characters who play it for the love and sheer joy of it. It’s a tough guy tear-jerker; why anyone who has ever laced up a pair of skates in Canada gets all goosebumpish about the NHL Winter Classic and why a man willed it so that his ashes could be scattered at center ice. Required: tissue, Tim Hortons, and six and half minutes. Enjoy.
(via) Dig this “Day In The Life” style time-lapse of the goings-on inside a typical day at San Francisco’s consistently rammed Delfina restaurant in the Mission District. It was made to celebrate the eatery’s 15th year in business. “They don’t serve lunch there,” says the film’s co-creator, Gary Yost, “but they start on prep at 4:00am and a full team of over a dozen people crank until service begins at 5:30pm. With a combination of time-lapse and realtime cinematography, along with Mark’s fabulous direction and editing, we’ve captured a little glimpse of what their (incredibly long) typical day is like.”
From Animal NY: “There’s a UPS parking lot packed with truck trailers behind our Hell’s Kitchen office. On any given day–but during the holiday season in particular–the place is buzzing with activity, as its delivery fleet hitches up to and drops off the trailers. Due to space constraints, this plays out like an IRL game of Tetris, which we captured from a camera mounted on our roof in this 24-hour timelapse. Watch the entire puzzle-like dance play out in about three minutes above…” One eagle eyed YouTube commenter noticed a wee accident at 1:49…
…a loyal dog. Mari-kun the Shiba Inu knows when to draw the line whenever its owner forgets. Good dog!
(via) The grace and efficiency with which this helicopter moves about its business – tearing up Oregon trees that would shade so much Lego and socks from The Gap on Christmas – is disturbing. The pilot works the forest like a skateboard works a half-pipe, cruising back and forth from lip to lip with compelling fluidity, his movements without pause or doubt. And in dense fog, no less! Here’s what it looks like from inside the cockpit on a clearer day.
Got ten minutes? Great. Watch Winter, a short film shot in a Dutch nature reserve during one of the coldest winters on record in Holland. It’s fitting for today’s weather and made sublime by Light, one of my all-time favourite pieces by score composer Hans Zimmer (used in Terrence Malick’s Guadalcanal epic, A Thin Red Line). The music really gives it a Malick feel. If you start to cry, just go with it and brew a nice cup of tea.
Dan Burns, a high school physics teacher in Northern California since 1992, explains how gravity and space-time warping work at a teaching workshop at Los Gatos High School.
Stretch a sheet of lycra over a drum shape made out of PVC and electrical conduit. Put a 2kg mass in the middle and roll marbles to show orbits. Put 2 large metal spheres on it and they will slowly attract. Put a large marble rolling with a smaller one next to it and it will orbit the larger marble mimicking the Earth-Moon system. Throw a handful of marbles going one way and a slightly larger handful going the other. They collide and fall in, leaving most of the survivors all going in the same direction, just like the formation of the solar system. Put 2, 2kg masses apart from each other and try and get a marble to do a figure 8 orbit around them both. Have a pole stick up from below creating a force of repulsion and you have Dark Energy.
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(via) 83 year old Italian architect Luigi Prina has a unique hobby. He makes model ships with his bare hands, but not just any model ships. Using balsa wood, ultra-light paper, and some very particular rubber bands, he makes ones that fly. And they, in turn, make him happy, even when they crash.