If you need a 30-second respite from the avalanche of terror and anxiety bearing down upon us like a 10-ton Mack Truck, here’s something that might help. On Sunday, Shedd Aquarium in Chicago released a short but adorable clip of a resident waddling over to visit his neighbors.
Shedd Aquarium is unfortunately closed to the public until Mar. 29 due to coronavirus concerns. However, it has given some of the animals an opportunity to safely stretch their legs under the caring supervision of the animal care staff.
“Some of the penguins went on a field trip to meet other animals at Shedd,” said the aquarium in the video’s caption. Read more…
Peter Biddle writes, “I get I myself into trouble. I don’t claim that bad stuff happens to me more often than others – it’s more that I find more ways to happen to bad stuff. I actually found a way to get severe hypothermia in 105°F heat.” (more…)
Animator Chad Essley writes, “The new MC Frontalot (previously) nerdcore video is out for the 4th of July! Celebrate our nation’s hostility toward the British crown by listening to Front rap about internet arguments over Free Software!” (more…)
In 1984, the Stasi — East Germany’s notorious secret police — searched the flat of an auditor to determine if he’d leaked files that put the country in a bad light to Stern, a West German magazine, published in Hamburg. They recorded the clandestine search for posterity, and used it as the basis for a training video explaining to other secret police operatives how to search a dissident’s home without alerting them that they were under suspicion. (via Grugq)
The Chainsmokers have been blowing up the music scene with the kind of songs that get stuck in your head immediately and permanently, even if you don’t know half the words.
But it turns out that all successful Chainsmokers songs have a pretty formulaic construction, and YouTuber John Fassold is letting everyone in on the secret. You basically pick three chords, pick a noun, and you are on your way to stardom.
Fassold not only hits it right on the head, but he also includes some sample songs about Febreeze and Tide detergent. And they really do sound like they’ll be the next big hit. Read more…
Tim from Windfire Designs writes, “We got excited about making our own stroller after getting sick of trying to choose between really giant expensive and clunky strollers, or putting up with cheap, throw away strollers. We made our own — which is always great — because we could decide what was cool, rather than being told and sold. This thing goes everywhere, and the kiddo loves it. This video should show others the path to not accepting the de facto standards in stroller design.”
I was listening to the latest Judge John Hodgman podcast today (as I do every week!) which was performed live in Washington DC; as with every live show, there was a musical guest, and this guest was so completely awesome I made a note to post about him when I got home. (more…)
Heckling a police officer is never a good idea. But doing it in front of a pack of press? Now you’re really asking for a trouble.
An unknown Australian man man (beer bottle in hand) learnt that the hard way when he shouted “BULLSHIT!” during an unnamed officer’s address to reporters in Albury earlier this week, as per a video uploaded to Facebook on Tuesday by Prime7 News Border.
That’s despite authorities warning people to stay out of the floodwater, because well, there might be sharks lurking underneath — if the threat of drowning in fast moving water wasn’t enough of a threat.
Take these dudes surfing on raging floodwaters Murwillumbah Weir, and there’s a jet ski at about 28 seconds in too. Australians, hey. Read more…
It just can’t be a coincidence that April the Giraffe, the perpetually pregnant and viral video star, is named April and that April Fools’ Day is coming up.
The internet’s latest conspiracy theory involving the upstate New York zoo’s giraffe and its much-watched livestream of her very, very long pregnancy (she was due in mid-February and giraffes gestate for about 15 months) is that it’s all an elaborate April Fools’ joke.
With the pranksters’ holiday of April Fools fast approaching, April the Giraffe could be a really long joke that duped everyone. Come on, look at her; she seems to just be chilling — so don’t discount this as an epic prank yet. Read more…
In this gorgeous video produced by Al Jazeera’s media literacy show The Listening Post, Amy Goodman from Democracy Now narrates an explanation of the “5 Filters of Media Manipulation” set out by Noam Chomsky and Edward S Herman in their 1988 classic Manufacturing Consent, brought to life by Pierangelo Pirak’s spectacular animations. You could hardly ask for a more timely intervention in our current media and political landscape. (via JWZ)
While there’s plenty of films that run for ages (looking at you, Lord of The Rings trilogy) it’s not easy to fit a television series into a movie-length format. Especially not one that’ll put you to sleep.
As many of the series’ best moments take place at the end of an episode, the “film” is missing those heavy-breathing, suspenseful moments before the credits flash “Executive Producer, Vince Gilligan.” However, it’s not at all bad.
In fact, at over two hours running time, it’s perfect for that one friend of yours who can’t be bothered watching the whole series. Read more…
Peegar is an Arduinio-style electronics kit that you design programs for by dragging and dropping Scratch-style objects around in a browser; when you’re done, the program is converted to a brief snatch of sound that you transmit through the board by plugging a standard audio cable into your device’s headphone jack. (more…)
Government advertisements usually fall into two different categories: They’re either forgettable, or they’re really, really bad.
This ad for Australia’s Department of Finance falls into the latter category. It’s to promote its graduate program, but we can’t help feel that some people might delete their applications after watching the video.
The fully-funded Macchina project on Kickstarter is an Arduino-based, “open, versatile” gadget that bypasses the DRM in your car’s network, allowing you to configure it to work the way you want it to, so you can customize your car in all kinds of cool ways. (more…)
It’s the narration of two gentlemen (Spencer Laboda and his father) who record and comment upon this incident in which a crew of construction workers improvise a series of tactics (some very unwise ones included!) to recapture, a spinning, potentially lethal concrete polisher on a jobsite that really makes this work. Laboda notes, “nobody was injured… we bought lunch for some of the participants. This was a great construction crew and they built a magnificent facility for us to enjoy every day.” (via Wil Wheaton)
dj BC writes, “In 2006 I mixed a bunch of New Orleans artists with Wu Tang rappers to make the record ‘Wu Orleans.’ 11 years later, here’s part two, with ten new songs. Free MP3 download of both albums here. A very limited run of vinyl with all 20 Wu Orleans songs on two records, and new art, is allegedly coming on record store day in April. Here’s the video for ‘Express Your Brain, Champ’ with Ghostface Killah, Nicky Da B (via Diplo), Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and dj BC. Laissez les bon temps roulez!”
There’s very little in the way of explanation, besides a message saying “I will not stop” and the hashtag #eatmyfacesegel. The YouTube video is currently one of the most popular posts on Reddit, but the uploader offered no additional comments. Read more…
Tens of thousands of women in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have complained to police about harassing phone calls from creepy men who bought their phone numbers from the operators of mobile phone recharging stations; they say the operators sneakily captured their phone numbers and sold them off to the stalkers. (more…)
Bill Binney resigned from the NSA in October 2001, after 30 years with the agency where he was viewed as one of their best analysts: he quit because he believed that Bush-appointed leaders in the Agency had chosen to respond to the challenge of electronic communications by building out illegal, indiscriminate mass-surveillance programs that left the country vulnerable to terrorists while diverting billions to private contractors with political connections. (more…)
The humble “slip ‘n slide” is a fixture of summers in backyards around the world, but in Australia some people have taken the act of wetting a bunch of plastic and sliding around on it, to a spectacular level.
This giant slip ‘n slide is round, centring around an outdoor rotary washing line (a.k.a. a hills hoist) with a rope attached. Hours of fun!
17 minutes of funny and informative notes from the history of DRM from Lazy Game Reviews, starting with Bill Gates’s infamous Open Letter to Hobbyists and moving through to the modern era with its activation codes, rootkits and scandals. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
The new scary movie Rings, the third feature film in the Ring franchise, gets released next Friday, so, Paramount Pictures decided to try to get potential moviegoers excited about the movie by playing the ultimate prank: having a girl, dressed like the movie’s villain Samara Morgan, crawl out of a TV and sneak up on customers. As you can imagine, almost everyone either screamed or ran out of the room with no hesitation.
Always, always, be on the lookout for long-haired girls crawling out of your TV.
Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin (aka @ThePieous) writes, “It is National Pie Day in America tomorrow (not to be confused with “International Pi Day” – the cooler big cousin of pie holidays on March 14th…) In honour of this occasion I’ve posted a new tutorial video that is very attainable for any novice pie-geeks out there thinking about whipping something up nifty. It features our favourite 8 bit plumber hero, with a special guest appearance at the end.”
Judah Adunbi is a 63-year-old black man who lives in Bristol, England, where he volunteered as chairman of the independent advisory group on race relations; police confronted him while he was walking his dog in front of his home on Saturday. When he refused to show them ID, they tasered him, sending him crashing to the ground, cracking his head on the pavement. Then they charged him with “assaulting a constable in the course of his duties.” (more…)
With Congress set to defund Planned Parenthood and millions of women and allies on the march across America, what better time to reacquaint yourself with this amazing, vital, brave organization that has withstood domestic terror, vile slander, and endless depredations to provide services to women for more than a century. (via Kottke)
Seth Godin sends us this trailer for Coded, a new documentary series on hackers: “There’s an invisible war being waged. And we’re all part of it. Foreign governments are hacking major corporations. Major corporations are collecting massive amounts of consumer data. And the NSA is listening…to everything. But a new generation of programmers armed with powerful technology is rising up and fighting back. Freethink presents a new original series: Coded.”
Of 1700+ known acts of global power-grid sabotages, affecting some 5,000,000 people, 879 were caused by squirrels; between 0 and 1 were caused by Russia, and another 1 was caused by the USA (Stuxnet). (more…)
Vince Weaver is reimplementing Portal — “the cake acquisition simulator released in 2007” — to the Apple II series of computers, bit by bit — inspired by the fact that the Apple II hires mode has “the perfect Aperture Science orange and blue colors.” He’s released a disc image of the game in Apple Basic, as well as sourcecode. (more…)
James O’Keefe is the Breitbart-affiliated fraudster and fake news pioneer who staged the hoax videos about Acorn and Planned Parenthood that disrupted the last two election cycles; his MO is to dress up in disguises and then attempt to trick progressives into saying damning things on camera (he’s not very good at it, having been rumbled by both CNN and Jay Rosen and Clay Shirky).
After wandering around the Pacific Crest Trail, YouTuber decided to live out of an undisclosed storage unit while he was turning his Honda Civic into a cozy camper. The unit features running water but also a bar, toaster oven, hot plate, bed, 4K TV, internet and surround sound.
Obviously, living in a storage unit is illegal, and given the hot plate and toaster oven this guy has, it’s also a fire hazard. Just look at the placement of his paper towel holder.
Jumpy is a border collie mix who can use a urinal without missing, and flush after he is done. This is very impressive, because there are still many humans that have not mastered either one of those two things.
Keep showing us up with your agile and adorable ways, Jumpy. You inspire us.
Jake Yapp is a British comedian who specialises in doing high-speed summaries of pop culture phenomena, like this Radio Four in 4 Minutes sketch, which is a work of genuine genius, especially the radio drama bits.