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.
This jolly fellow spends three months every year putting up some 51,000 lights and sets them to patriotic music through 14 different timers. His electricity bill? $700. Mr. Christmas is “an offbeat, touching portrait of a man who has spent three decades turning his small Northern California home into a beautiful, towering Christmas display people travel across the country to see.” He also parties like a wayward teenager and plays a lot of Liar’s Dice for money, which we were not expecting.
This new video from the Toronto Public Library is as captivating as it is exquisitely, touchingly, and fittingly made (the animated story is told through the turning pages of a book). We wish them the very best of luck in their ongoing tilt for culture against Mayor Rob Ford and his hayseed brother, Councillor Doug Ford, who once boasted - as if it was a badge of honour – that he didn’t know who Margaret Atwood was. Bonus: it’s narrated by Giller Prize winning writer Vincent Lam.
Two years ago we posted a story/video about a group of BC boys who head north to an undisclosed lake-front cabin every winter to build their very own hockey rink in the wilds. Each year, they get a little older and the rink gets a little more sophisticated. They’ve just sent us their newest video, and it’s the type of thing that would leave Don Cherry in a puddle of tears. It definitely has us – stuck in the office today – pining for the flakes and ponds of yore. It’s time to sharpen your skates and tape up your sticks – make hockey happen!
Check out this fake trailer for a fake Rob Ford biopic starring Chris Farley as Rob Ford and Robert DeNiro playing Police Chief Bill Blair. It covers all the bases beautifully, from the drugs and thuggery to the football fixation and the bowling over of councilwomen. He even walks into a camera face first. Total genius!
A French art director named Thomas Jullien stitched together 852 different pictures from 852 different Instagram users in order to create some structure out of the social media chaos. The result is pretty cool.
A new eight-minute short film by Wes Anderson called Castello Cavalcanti has just been released in collaboration with Prada. It stars Jason Schwartzman as Jed Cavalcanti, a race car driver who crashes in a small village during the Italian Motle Miglia rally in 1955. The world premiere was earlier today at the Rome Film Festival. Press play and enjoy a charming, stylish, staccato, typical Anderson piece of work.