Leroy Anderson The (Underappreciatedly) Great

View image | gettyimages.com So, I’m not entirely sure “underappreciatedly” is an actual word, but it’s the right word for the job, because I’m just going to come out and say it: Leroy Anderson’s fantastic. Really great, actually. In fact, were it not for the inescapable, ear-boring “Sleigh Ride”, I suspect he’d be far more recognized [Read More…]

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Kite Fighting Is Cool. And Terrifying.

“I think everyone should have wings… …just like the birds.” Here’s a brief (but great) little video on Soltar Pipas, or kite fighting, which is one of Brazil’s most popular sports — after football, that is…er, by which I mean “futbol”.  In the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, flying the pipa is more than a leisurely escape [Read More…]

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SSF: “Paraphernalia”

Another charming, hand-drawn film from a CalArts/Gobelins student. (I’m starting to sound like a bit of a broken record, I know. But if this is what a broken record looks/sounds like, then I’m all for them.) Some very nice little touches in this one, from the way the characters have lines that run down the middle [Read More…]

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Today’s Jolt Of Unexepected Beauty Brought To You By The “Glaucus atlanticus”

Wow! Just look at that gorgeous …thing! It’s a Glaucus atlanticus (more colorfully known as a sea swallow or blue dragon), and its a small, blue sea slug; “a pelagic aeolid nudibranch; a shell-less gastropod mollusk in the family Glaucidae.” I’m not sure what any of those words mean, really. Especially “nudibranch.” But I can translate [Read More…]

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Chameleons Are Amazing

That’s the title of this National Geographic video, and I defy anyone to contradict it. After they watch the video and/or read the article, that is. Truly, these are some strange (and awesome) animals. Watch these charismatic creatures shoot their tongues out like arrows to catch an insect, mimic leaves swaying in the wind, and [Read More…]

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Surfing In Super SloMo With The Legendary Hans Zimmer

This is just a sizzle reel, right? Essentially? That doesn’t make it any less stunning, though. (1,000 fps is amazing. And now I need to go watch Step Into Liquid again. And Epic Tea Time with Alan Rickman. Because of course.) All images where shot using The Phantom Flex, Phantom Miro M-320S and the new [Read More…]

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No Commentary Necessary — “Sulphur Hexafluoride”

I’m putting the chances Cormac will rush off to find himself a big ol’ canister of sulphur hexafluoride as soon as he sees this clip at just about 100%. (I’d go “more definite” if I could, but this isn’t a sports metaphor.) Yes, I realize Adam said no one should try this at home, but this stuff’s crazy. (Which, “inexplicably,” [Read More…]

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Djembe Therapy. It’s Good For What Ails You. I Promise.

I’ve been saving this one for a while, but I decided to bust it out today for no particular reason except that I love it and it makes me smile every time I see it and I’m all about the smiles right now. Oh, and also because James got to play a djembe with the [Read More…]

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Oldie-But-Goodie: The Magic of Prince Rupert’s Drops

Still not in a fit state to post anything meaningful. …which, I tell myself hopefully/delusionally, is somehow different than the state in which I normally post. (Pipe down back there. I’m trying to be encouraging. To myself.) While I wait for the medical merry-go-round to come to a stop — or even just to slow down a [Read More…]

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Remember That Philea Lander? The One That Died Last Year? Well, It’s Alive!!!

Last fall, I spent several weeks being fascinated by The European Space Agency (ESA) and their Rosetta project. ( OK, so maybe “several week full-on obsessing over” is a bit more accurate than “fascinated by,” but why do you wanna be so mean?) Sadly, the indomitable Philae lander proved not actually indomitable, succumbing to a lack of power [Read More…]

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