July 2011 Archives

Scoop

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QI has a new page on the beta curation website Scoop.it - check out what we've found interesting in the last week:


Oak

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8 months in 3 minutes.  This stop-motion movie shows you how an acorn turns into a mighty oak (ok, a baby oak).


Algorithms

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This is worth 15 minutes of your time.  A great explanation of how important mathematics is to your everyday life.


A Capella

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Any 90s kids out there?  Check out this great á Capella mix of 90s classics...


iPad Illusions

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Some fantastic illusions using the new medium.


Hands

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Fantastic gallery of hand art here, blows any attempt you've ever made at shadow puppetry out of the water somewhat...

http://www.guidodaniele.com/?page_id=8

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Hippo

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We ran a question on QI a few years ago saying that Hippos cannot swim.  Well I think this young fellow heard it and wanted to prove us wrong...


Spiders

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Dancing spiders, enjoy.  Even if you're a bit of an arachnophobe you've got to like this:


Images

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Two great posts in a row from the fantastic site "The Presurfer".

http://presurfer.blogspot.com

Firstly 10 oddly-shaped lakes:

http://www.damncoolpictures.com/2011/07/10-most-strangely-shaped-lakes.html

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And then a great montage of divers' faces...

http://i.imgur.com/2IBwf.jpg

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Flash

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Another music video here, from a Japanese band who have created a display using hundreds of camera flashes.  And furthermore you can put your own messages in if you go on their website:

http://www.androp.jp/brightsiren/


OkGo

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A band famous for their brilliant music videos and the new one's no exception.  If you're not aware of their work then it's well worth spending half an hour exploring Youtube.


Lego

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I really tlike these ads for Lego - very clever indeed.  Click the link for a full gallery.

http://theinspirationroom.com/daily/2011/lego-imagine-windows-into-another-world/

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Things we learned from the interweb this week

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FacePainting

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PlotDevice

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Clever, and well made, this.  A short film about a man who falls for the oldest trick in the Amazon.com book...


Plot Device from Red Giant on Vimeo.

Flying

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Amazing video from our friends at Ted.  A robotic bird, that actually flies like a bird.  Wow!


Photography

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I see hundreds of Rube Goldberg style machines on the web and so it takes a really good one for me to feel it's worthy of this blog.  This one definitely is...


Book

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Boingboing points us in the direction of this gallery of boring books.  I don't know, maybe there's something interesting to say about these subjects...

http://www.bookride.com/2011/06/joy-of-dullness-1.html

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Tyre

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Great art by Yong Ho Ji.   He makes these sculptures from recycled tyres...

http://thisiscolossal.com/2011/07/recycled-tire-sculptures-by-yong-ho-ji/


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Volleyball

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I'd like to see this sport in the Olympics next year...


Timelapse

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The internet loves them, and so do we.  Here are a couple of odd timelapse videos, one of the New York Times front page, and then a bizarre video of a man floating across a busy street:




Galapagos

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This guy went to the Galapagos Islands, and noticed that all the animals have a funky rhythm. And so, of course, put their movements to music and posted it onto Youtube for your delectation:


Fish

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You've Been Framed, for fish.  This is great, I especially like the anglerfish eating his own lure, that must be like biting your tongue...


Things we learned from the Interweb this week

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Zero

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This is the kind of thing we don't link enough of - a great animation - the internet's full of them, well worth 12 minutes 32 seconds of your life...


Zero from Zealous Creative on Vimeo.

Lego

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Their latest advertising campaign is this game where you can create your own levels and play others' - and boy, is it addictive...

http://www.buildersofinfinity.com/Editor.html


Metropolis

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Amazing scalextric set - mine used to be so lame, each race lasting three corners before we had to put the cars back in their slots...


Protein

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A blog that documents the most beautiful proteins in the world - it's right here...

http://beautifulproteins.blogspot.com/

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Writing

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I quite like this - an artist who creates portraits of famous authors using their own words as a medium:

http://www.johnsokol-artist-author.com/id9.html

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Golf

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Great game here - golf on Saturn's moons.  One for any golfer who thinks he (or she) is a big hitter - or indeed anyone who wants to waste half an hour or so...

http://ciclops.org/sector6/golf.php?js=1

English

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A history of the English language from Mentalfloss.com.  I've embedded the first one, but if you want to watch the others, you'll have to follow the linky:

http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/92540


App

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Is this app really going to happen?  Would be amazing if so...


Fireworks

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It's a bit early for those of us in the UK, but kids, don't mess with fireworks.  Or you'll get your polystyrene head blown off:


Bubbles

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The title says it all really.  Bubbles.  But they sure are big ones...


Flag

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The American flag is one of those iconic things that people just love to replicate - no matter what the medium...

http://ifitshipitshere.blogspot.com/2011/07/american-flag-made-of-toy-soldiers.html


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Things we learned from the Internet this week

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Science

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Some science videos after the jump - in fact, they're the winners of the Science Online Film Festival.  Ever wonder how photocopiers work?

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/psi-vid/2011/07/14/winners-of-the-inaugural-science-online-film-festival/


Piano

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Nice video, found via Neatorama.com, of people playing pianos in Central London:

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/16/paint-it-black-played-one-note-at-a-time-on-eight-pianos-in-sequence/


Notes

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This is a book review from Wired which has a rather nice gallery of actual field notes - they're great and really make you want to give it all up and become a scientist out in the field.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/07/science-field-notes-gallery/

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World

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Quite a cool video this, showing how the rest of the world isn't so different to what we experience every day:


Wall

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In the latest of our posts that prove that *everything* is interesting if looked at in the right way, here is an article which lists the 8 most unusual walls in the world:

http://www.theworldgeography.com/2011/07/8-unusual-strange-walls-around-world.html

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On a similar note, here is a nice list of the most interesting beaches in the world:

http://green.yahoo.com/blog/care2/430/seven-of-the-world-s-most-interesting-beaches.html

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English as she is heard

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A great post after the link by Howstufffworks all about how English sounds to foreign ears; apparently yaourter is the French word for an attempt to speak or sing in a foreign language that one doesn't know all that well.

http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2011/06/14/what-does-english-sound-like-to-foreign-ears/

Here's a classic example:



Innovate

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Great video here from Reuters, telling of a genius idea in the slums of The Philippines...


Shuttle

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Check out this rather nice 3D tour of the Space Shuttle, before it's gone forever!

http://360vr.com/2011/06/22-discovery-flight-deck-opf_6236/index.html

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Perspective

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This strange projection onto a theatre in Lyon is apparently controlled by the audience.  Hypnotising stuff:


PERSPECTIVE LYRIQUE from 1024 on Vimeo.

Games

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Oh God.  Google certainly know what we like on the internet - their latest advertising campaign is this extremely addictive flash game:

http://www.youtube.com/nexuscontraptions

Faces

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This is an incredible illusion - it seems that our brains compare quick-changing faces against each other, leading to severe distortion...


Robots

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How long until the US wins the soccer world cup?  Maybe when we're all ruled by robotic overlords?




http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-07/american-robots-dominate-robocup-2011

El Salvador

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The country has it's own Pompeii, a village which was buried and incredibly well preserved after a violent volcanic eruption covered the area in about the year 630.

Movie Titles

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Here's a fan's music video in which Travis Hopkins imagines 60 fictional movie title cards which correspond with the lyrics.  Some NSFW language in this video:




BUCK 65 "Superstars Don't Love" from Travis Hopkins on Vimeo.

Food

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This graphic designer, David Meldrum, has kept a record of everything he's eaten in the last year by drawing them.  Sadly I think mine would be rather repetitive...

http://www.odditycentral.com/news/the-food-illustrator-man-draws-his-every-meal-for-an-entire-meal.html


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Syrup

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This is a quite hypnotic video, a steady stream of syrup falling onto a slowly decelerating belt:


Aurora

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A nice educational video here from Scientific American telling you all about how the aurora borealis is formed from start to finish:


The Aurora Borealis from Per Byhring on Vimeo.

Paint

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Some of this is NSFW, but it's truly beautiful stuff.  From the world body-paint festival:

http://www.boingboing.net/2011/07/06/painted-people.html

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Everest...

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...in 3D, no less.  Get your mountain-climbing fix without leaving your desk.


Sky

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A great gallery of images from Eric Cahan here, who would believe that the sky could create so many different colours?

http://ericcahan.com/portfolio/sky-series/

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Chocolate

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It's a music video that owes as much to tea-break biccies as it does to Peter Gabriel's 'SledgeHammer'...


Jesse & Joy- "Chocolate" from Carlos Lopez Estrada on Vimeo.

Potter

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With the final Harry Potter movie on the horizon, it's a good time to check out Lucy Knisley's fantasticly epic comic strip of the entire franchise...

http://lucylou.livejournal.com/596984.html

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Squares

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"Square", meaning honest or fair is first recorded in the 1560s. By the early 19th century it had added the sense of directness and efficiency - "square deal", "square up", "square away".

It was only in the Forties that it began to be used to apply to people who were conservative or conventional. One theory is that it started as jazz slang and referred to the hand gestures a conductor's hand made when directing music with a regular four beats to the bar (unlike the funky syncopated rhythms of jazz).

"Square toes" was an 18th-century term used for old men - people who were so out of touch with fashion they still wore square-toed shoes.

In the 19th century, "square" was also gin, because of the characteristic shape of the bottle.


More from the QI column in the Daily Telegraph:


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/qi/8607978/QI-Quite-interesting-facts-about-squares.html

Pencil

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Some excellent tiny sculpting by an artist called Dalton Ghetti:

http://www.greendiary.com/entry/dalton-ghetti-creates-amazing-art-on-the-tips-of-used-pencils/

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Lottery

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This is a great idea - what if those who drive legally can win some of the fines paid by those who speed?


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