Monday, December 18, 2017

Playing Piano at the Goodwill Store



A donor took a piano to a Goodwill store. Is it in tune? Why, no, but that only lends an air of authenticity when a patron sat down and played "Alley Cat" by Danish composer Bent Fabric. The ragtime tune sounds right at home on this instrument. With a one-time tune-up, it would be a fine addition to a home with children learning to play. (via reddit)

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sitting Horse

Simon's Cat in Christmas Yarn



The latest video from Simon Tofield is a Christmas story. Playtime is interrupted by a phone call, and the cat doesn't appreciate it at all. It's a single sight gag. but it's cute.

Far, Far Away

(via reddit)

Personalized Christmas Stocking

Who would hang a stocking by the chimney with care if they didn't want treats stuffed in it? That's not the case here. Craig Groeschel posted this picture of his wife Amy showing off the new Christmas stocking that just arrived. The caption says,

Guess what @amygroeschel typed in the box that said, “Would you like a name to personalize your stocking?”
We come across the command that "all fields must be filled" so often that we forget that there are some fields that truly do not need to be filled. This one's funny enough to become a family heirloom. (via reddit

White House Tree Trimming



The opening scene on last night's Christmas episode of Saturday Night Live had our president and first lady decorating the White House tree with ornaments of erstwhile staffers presented by surviving staffers. Kate McKinnon plays two roles, because she's good at all of them. Scarlett Johansson makes a special appearance as Ivanka.  

Making Do

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DIY Gingerbread House for Cats



Chris and Jess Poole decided it was asking for too much trouble to put up a Christmas tree this year, because Cole and Marmalade would just trash it again. Instead, they built a cat-friendly gingerbread house out of cardboard! They decorated it so festively that they don't miss having a tree. And the cats love it. Watch them build the Christmas cardboard gingerbread house in this video. (via Laughing Squid)

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Chili Klaus with the Herning Boys Choir



Chili Klaus is a musician and hot pepper seller. He went back to visit the Herning Boys Choir, the choir he used to belong to, to sing some Christmas music. Here they perform "Oh, Come All Ye Faithful." But Chili Klaus always has a hot pepper up his sleeve. I don't know how he convinced the entire choir to eat a ghost pepper and sing, but he did, and the resulting music will being tears to your eyes. It certainly brought tears to their eyes! (via reddit)

He Will

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Special Delivery



Home security cameras in Oklahoma City on Thursday caught a mishap between a postal carrier and his truck. It appears he falls out of the truck and then gets run over. He doesn't seem injured, though, because he's up quickly trying to catch the truck. The truck, however, keeps on going until the forces of inertia show up in the form of a brick house. It seems that the stresses of the holiday season had gotten to this driver, but good. (via Geekologie)


Ambidextrous

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Parrot Uses Alexa



Petra the African grey parrot has learned to get what she wants, just by asking. A human can say no, but Google's Alexa is programmed to carry out your wishes. This video is essentially over at two minutes.
Petra made a shopping list on the Amazon Echo. We are having Alexa tell us what the list contains then when we ask Petra WHY she made a list, All she can say is "I want a Peanut"
Yeah, voice recognition in a household assistant is a wonderful thing, but you have to remember that parrots learn your voice and use it. Making a shopping list is not the only thing Petra uses Alexa for.



(via Bits and Pieces)

Hark!


The Season's Upon Us



Family is family, no matter how nutty they are. Christmas family togetherness is accurately described  in "The Season's Upon Us," from the Dropkick Murphys album SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD. (via Daily of the Day)


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There's something satisfying about watching little critters enjoy their food so much.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Punderland



Kyle and Cori Gunderson are into Christmas decorations in a big way. But they are all based on puns ...and a few glasses of wine. Cori is determined to leave the interpretation of each pun up to you, while Kyle knows that sometimes you have to spell it out. Maybe they both needs another glass of wine. (via Tastefully Offensive)

4 Ton Wrecking Ball in Slow Motion



What could be more fun than watching the destruction of a wrecking ball used on a bunch of cars? Watching it all in slow-motion with the Slow-Mo Guys! Gav and Dan start out small, smashing a brick wall, but quickly move on to vehicles. There are many ways to smash a car with a wrecking ball, and they have to try them all out. How did they come up with so many cars to smash? The video is sponsored by Amazon to promote their TV series The Grand Tour, starring the guys who used to be on Top Gear. (via Tastefully Offensive)

A Wreath of Franklin

Debunking the Flat Earth Theory



Meteorologist Keith Carson addresses the people who believe that the earth is flat (called flat earthers) by presenting solid evidence for the contrary. He can't help but be a little snarky about it. Along the way, we find out how flat earthers explain all the things that tell us that the earth is round: day and night, the changing of the seasons, and NASA. Those explanations are painfully and unnecessarily convoluted. That's what happens when belief shapes evidence instead of the other way around. Occam's razor, y'all. (via Digg)


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10 Songs Inspired by Real Women.  And the stories behind them.

Republicans Just Sold Out the Internet. Now What?

The Man Who Killed Santa Claus. No one died, but children were traumatized for life in Arizona in 1932.

How Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Inspired a Scientific Revolution. The story of the discovery of green fluorescent protein.

Ranking America’s Top 10 Chain Restaurants. When you're on the road for the holidays, you'll know what to expect for dinner.

Meet the Most Toxic Plant in North America. Whatever you do, do not eat the spotted water hemlock.

Why Millennials are Facing the Scariest Financial Future of Any Generation Since the Great Depression. Being born in the wrong year has consequences that last a lifetime.

How Titanic’s Iconic Necklace Almost Sank an Entire Company. The J. Peterman Company was the only officially licensed producer of the Heart of the Ocean.

Sexual Harassment Training Doesn’t Work. But Some Things Do

13 Weird and Wonderful Gingerbread Houses. You can make anything from imagination and royal icing.

The Elf

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Wild Christmas



Let's take a look at the magical woodland creatures and how they prepare for Christmas! You've got the turkeys, and the candy cane-antlered deer, and the, uh, elusive Christmas pudding emerging from his den. Not the way you expected that to end, huh? Birdbox Studio presents an animated Christmas greeting card for you. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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At least she can laugh, which makes us all laugh! (via Buzzfeed)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Isn't It Already Dead?

16-Year-Old Accepted into Harvard



Ayrton Little is only 16 years old, yet he's a senior at TM Landry College Preparatory in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. He'll be 17 in February. But students must apply early to get into competitive colleges, and Ayrton's first choice was Harvard University. In this video from earlier this week, he's wearing his Harvard hoodie, surrounded by classmates, as he checks the early acceptance notifications. The students are yelling "three-pete" because this is the third year in a row that a student from the school has been accepted to Harvard. There are only 16 students in the Landry graduating class this year, and one of them is Ayrton's brother Alex. He was the first student from the school ever accepted into Stanford University, which was recorded last week.



WBUR talked to the family about the double accomplishments.
"Is this really happening?" The boys' mother, Maureen Little, kept repeating the question, delighted that both her sons were invited to the prestigious schools.

She said there were difficult times raising her sons as a single mom, but she felt lucky that she never had to worry about their performances in school.

“They brought home good grades,” she said.
I bet they did. (via reddit)

Rudolph's Response

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The Star Wars: Concept Trailer



What we know as Star Wars went through a lot of changes on the way to the silver screen. We know that the film was completely re-edited after shooting. The story went through even more changes between George Lucas' original concept and the final screenplay. To see what his initial ideas might look like in a movie, students from the DAVE School took Ralph McQuarrie's concept art for The Star Wars along with some early script drafts and make an animated trailer-length version.
It's pretty cool to see Luke Skywalker as a girl, but hey, we finally got that in the new trilogy. I'm glad they changed Chewbacca from a scary monster into a hairy hero. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Seven Years


Life becomes more precious when you realize how precarious it is. Joy is celebrating the milestones of life. Hope means making plans in spite of your experience.  In 2010, Randall Munroe's  fiancée (now wife) was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. Even after treatment, the only way to know if you beat it is to go on living. 

In 2012, I posted an update as they were celebrating two years cancer-free. It was a relief after following their story for so long. Now he has an update on the story at xkcd

Miss Cellania's Links

Dr. No: The First James Bond Movie. Peruse the trivia behind the film that started it all in 1962.

How Black Voters Lifted Doug Jones Over Roy Moore

5 Fun Ways to Call or Track Santa This Holiday Season. Your children will never forget the experience.

The Rise and Fall and Rise of South Africa’s Ostrich King. Lithuanian entrepreneur Max Rose raised his own birds to decorate European ladies' hats.

In 1932, Rabbi Dr. Akiva Posner and His Wife Rachel of Kiel, Germany, Placed Their Hanukkah Menorah in a Window Facing the Nazi Party Headquarters Across the Street. The family still uses that menorah.

The Doomsday Diet. Cold War bunkers were stocked for survival, not gourmet dining.

All 218 U2 Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best. Kudos to the long-suffering staffers who had to listen to them all enough to get a ranking. 

Cold Weather Safety for Dogs: Insights from a Sled Dog Veterinarian. (via a comment at reddit)

Down the Chimney

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The Latke Recipe



Hanukkah is here, time to cook! Or at least get your recipe for latkes. The Maccabeats sing the recipe for u, set to the tune of “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon. The lyrics are at the YouTube page. This is from their album A Maccabeats Hanukkah.  (via Viral Viral Videos)

Due to popular demand, they had to make another video that actually shows us how the latkes are made.


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fire Station

Sign at a Liquor Store

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Using Amazon Prime for a Good Deed



Rob Bliss lives in New York City, where "same day delivery" means someone will bring what you buy fairly quickly. What would be the greatest good he could use that for? He approached homeless people and asked them what they needed the most. Click, click, click, and someone was on the way to deliver what they told him.
Note: this video is NOT SPONSORED OR AFFILIATED WITH AMAZON. I'm sure this technique could be used with Postmates or whoever else too. I simply wanted to demonstrate how easy and convenient it can be to bring a person in need, what they need, and to encourage that behavior.
That said, Bliss was impressed at how the delivery guys were cheerful and respectful when they delivered the goods. It had to leave them with a good feeling, as well as Bliss and the people who received the warm clothing and other supplies. (via Laughing Squid)

Congratulations, Alabama!



Roy Moore said that we should dispense with all the constitutional amendments after the Bill of Rights. Those are the amendments that abolished slavery and expanded voting rights to non-whites, women, and young people. He ran for senate against Doug Jones, who prosecuted KKK members for murder. The difference made the difference in last night's senate election, along with organized outreach and voter turnout. Alabama is a lot more than just people who would elect a pedophile in order to outlaw abortion. Thank you.

Robot Carries Olympic Torch



The Olympic Torch Relay is underway in South Korea, even though the Winter Games in Pyeongchang are still two months away. One of the torch bearers in Daejon on Monday was a Hubo robot from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. The robot, wearing a stocking cap and nothing elsein the cold weather, took advantage of its time in the spotlight to show off a little, by using a tool to cut through a wall and hand off the torch to the next runner.
According to Olympics news website Inside the Games, it’s not the first robot in history to carry the torch—or even the first one in the 2018 relay. Earlier this year, an “undersea robotic craft helped carry the flame” for a separate stretch of the months-long relay, which involves some 7,500 volunteers. Once the competition in Pyeongchang does kick off in February 2018, approximately 85 robots will be “deployed as volunteers.”
Read more about the robots of the 2018 Olympics at Sploid.

Miss Cellania's Links

Medical Effects of Vegemite and Marmite. They might be good for you, if you can stand them.

This Moment Isn’t (Just) About Sex. It’s Really About Work.

The Groundbreaking Life of the First Black Astronaut. In 1966, Robert Lawrence, Jr. was selected for a space program you've never heard of.

The Little Blue Pill: An Oral History of Viagra. A trial of the blood pressure medicine sildenafil had a strange side effect that made it world-famous.

Banner Ladies: The Human Billboards of Yesteryear. Looking back on a peculiar advertising trend of the 1870s.

The Surprising History of the Kimono. It went from simple body covering to cultural icon during the Edo period.

Confessions of a Star Wars Nerd. No matter how much of a fan you consider yourself, there is always someone who will out-geek you.

Roy Moore Retires From Politics To Spend More Quality Time With Someone's Kid.

A Visit with Santa

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An Honest Trailer for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi



Just before we all go see The Last Jedi, Screen Junkies found it necessary to take a look back at the third Star Wars film from 1983. After we waited for what seemed like forever (at the time), we found out how the Rebellion defeated the Empire once and for all. The one that introduced us to the Sarlacc, Luke's twin sister in a bikini, and the Ewoks. Wait a minute- the special edition doesn't have the Yub-Nub song? It seems like the Star Wars you get is heavily dependent on your age. Oh, well. Watch this and get a little more amped up for The Last Jedi, which is only two days away. (Thanks, Lacey!)

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He's been elected to office three times, yet he was completely floored to learn that there's no law that requires you to swear an oath of office on the Bible. Watch the rest of the interview here.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Church Happenings

Rise Up



The singing group Y-Studs A Cappella perform Andra Day's "Rise Up" as a Hanukkah celebration. The story accompanying the video is about two lonely young people who find comfort in a Hanukah party while battling the latest round of antisemitism in the U.S. May you have a blessed Hanukkah.

Camouflage

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Thieving Seabird Films Award-Winning Short



Kjell Robertsen lives on the coast of Norway. He set out his GoPro camera to record seagulls eating bread off his railing, but one kleptomaniac bird helped himself to the camera as well as the bread. The camera kept recording. It was five months later that Robertsen finally found his camera with the data intact. Robertson called the incident his "seagull drone." The footage won him a GoPro Award, even though it was technically the seagull who filmed it. (via Tastefully Offensive)



Church Sign

How Star Wars was Saved in the Edit



George Lucas made a little movie back in 1976. You may have heard of it. Star Wars was unwatchable to the few filmmakers who got to see it. But it was an important project for Lucas, one he'd already poured his best efforts into. So they went back and re-edited the entire thing. When I say "they," I mean the production team, but the magic that took place in the re-edit was due to the talents of Marcia Lucas, George's wife at the time. 

David Welsh of RocketJump Film School goes through how the rough cut was changed into what we now know as Star Wars: A New Hope. You'll see a lot of the rough footage that was deleted and how it was changed -and even more important, why it was changed. You can see why Marcia Lucas won an Oscar for editing the movie, along with Paul Hirsch and Richard Chew. (via Metafilter)   

Miss Cellania's Links

The Christmas Bird Count. The hundred-year-old tradition is yielding useful information about how our world is changing.

25 Unsung Christmas Icons. You know them, from Yukon Cornelius to Emmet Otter.

The Feminist Case For Single Payer Health Care. (via Boing Boing)  

The Billionaire Who Refused to Pay Kidnappers to Save His Grandson's Life. The true story behind the movie All the Money in the World. (via Nag on the Lake)

19 Weird Ways Christmas Was Totally Different 100 Years Ago. Only the best traditions stand the test of time.

The Deaths That Come When an Industry's Left to Regulate Itself.

Why Your Brain Has Trouble Bailing Out Of a Bad Plan. Dialing it back takes too many steps.

Christmas Time Means Sneaky Cats Getting Stuck in Trees. And they're not the least bit sorry about it.
30 Cold, Hard Facts About Die Hard.

The History of Christmas in New Zealand.

UPS man

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I Gotta Feeling



The Ein Prat Fountainheads celebrate Hanukkah, which begins tonight at sundown. The Fountainheads are the group who brought us Livin' in a Booth And Dip Your Apple. Here's to a blessed celebration!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Trapped by a Turtle

The Real-World Locations Behind The Last Jedi



The cast of The Last Jedi traveled around the world to work in otherworldly places that could pass for a galaxy far, far away. That includes the Bolivian salt flats, Skellig Michael in Ireland, and Dubrovnik, Croatia. We also get to see some scenes of the film shoot and a glimpse or two or the special effects we'll see in The Last Jedi, which opens this coming weekend. (via io9)

Everything I Know I Learned from Elvis

Some people follow Confucius, others swear by the philosophical insights of Plato or Sartre. Why not instead study the songs of Elvis Presley?

Taken as a whole, they contain everything from handy tips about geography ("a river flows surely to the sea") to practical travel advice (the YMCA in Memphis has cheap accommodation), right through to religious instruction ("I'm lonely like Adam, you're evil like Eve"). Herewith the 30 things I've learned about life from listening to Elvis.

TRAVEL

1. The typical train is 16 carriages long.

2. All food in Germany consists of hasenpfeffer and black pumpernickel.

3. The Heartbreak Hotel is located at the end of Lonely Street and its desk clerk dresses in black.

4. Hula dancers are best judged by their ability to really move that grass around.

5. A harem in the Middle East contains 20 women.

6. So efficient is the US postal service that it will return an unwanted letter within 24 hours of its initial posting.

7. There are few sounds that make you feel more lonely than that of the midnight train.

8. If hitchhiking, it's hard to choose a better destination than Memphis Tennessee.

RELATIONSHIPS

1. When inviting a young woman to dance, you may increase your chances by noting that chicken is being served in the barn.

2. If rejected by the older sister in a family, by all means have a crack at her little sister, who may have matured more than you at first noticed.

3. Women named Marie are naturally duplicitous.

4. It's OK to date your cousin, providing she's a distant cousin "but not too distant with you".

5. Girls named Daisy tend to drive you crazy.

6. If caught without a partner during a dance at a federal penitentiary, why not try dancing with a wooden chair?

7. Conversation with a girlfriend can become tiresome if she fails to break up the conversation every now and then with a little action.

8. A .44-calibre pistol is an excellent firearm choice for a woman whose partner was doin' her wrong.

PERSONAL GROOMING

1. If wearing suede shoes, particularly of a light hue, one should make their protection one's No. 1 priority, even above that of preventing arson attacks on one's own home.

THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

1. There are few looks in life more intense than that of a one-eyed cat peeping in a seafood store.

2. A passionate kiss can be measured by the fact that even a team of wild horses would be unable to drag apart the two participants.

3. The embrace of a grizzly bear provides a useful point of comparison when considering the pressure necessary to demonstrate real passion during an affair.

4. A good hound dog should be able to catch a rabbit.

GEOGRAPHY

1. People are more likely to be alone during a blue moon than during any other lunar event.

2. In the state of Kentucky, precipitation usually occurs when a man is hitchhiking from town to town, having been abandoned by his baby.

MEDICAL

1. The lips of attractive women tend to taste like breakfast spread, in particular honey.

2. A temperature of 109 is quite common during the early stages of an affair.

3. The experience of love, especially early in life, can have serious medical consequences including sensations of itching, hand tremors, leg spasms, heart palpitations and language difficulties.

HISTORY

1. American soldiers were unable to approach young women in Germany in the period after the war, as local women wore signs in German saying, "Keepen Sie Off The Grass."

PHILOSOPHY

1. Children born in disadvantaged areas such as ghettos should receive special assistance as this reduces the likelihood of them turning to a life of crime, thus perpetuating an endless cycle of disadvantage.

2. A rabbit's foot, while widely considered a creator of good luck, makes only a moderate contribution to one's happiness compared to the impact of finding a good life partner.
3. If you suspect someone is evil check their middle name because it may well be "Misery".

Now, show me one passage in Plato, Sartre or Confucius that can match all of that for depth, width and wisdom. I've lived my life by it, how about you?

(via Phil’s Phun)

Peeping Snowman

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I Won't Wear a Jacket



Gus Johnson is a YouTube comedian with a short rap about pretty much anything you can think of. In this one, he looks at the campus phenomenon of that guy who never wears a jacket. You've seen him around, although it's more common in high school, as far as I can tell. My kids, and all the kids I knew, went to high school all winter without coats (although most would wear a sweater or hoodie). They said it was because there are no coat hooks in their huge school, and people would steal a coat even if there were. Lockers are too small for winter coats, and security rules prohibit students from wearing coats in class. A story from opie2 gives us another reason.
I teach middle school. One day a 12-year old boy shows up in my classroom at 8:00 in the morning dressed in a t-shirt, shorts, and flip- flops. It's about 45F outside. He stands there with his teeth chattering, shivering like a leaf in the wind.

Me: Dude, you're cold because you're not dressed properly. You need pants, long sleeves, socks and shoes, and a jacket.

Kid: That's exactly what my mom said to me this morning.

Me: Well why don't you listen to her?

Kid: Because I can't let her win.
The jacketless guy on campus may be simply retaining his earlier habits, and might learn his lesson eventually as he trudges several blocks between each class on winter days. Unless he's just too high. (via reddit)

Miss Cellania's Links

What's in a Name: Nominative Determinism in Medicine. Some doctors had their specialty chosen by their moniker.

The Consent of the (Un)governed. You bet women are angry, and it's about time.

How Anthony Daniels Gives C-3PO an Unlikely Dash of Humanity.

The LOLcats of 1911. The children's book Kittens and Cats: A First Reader tells the story of a cat throwing a party for all her friends in photos of dressed-up cats. (via Metafilter)

The Urban Institute has an interactive map that shows how many Americans are behind on their debt payments county-by-county.  You might be shocked at how many are.

Every Christmas Horror Movie, Ranked. There are 79 to choose from, with critiques. (via Metafilter)

Academic Publishing is Headed for a Day of Reckoning. When you must pay to publish and then pay to read, how can we afford to learn science?

12 Bizarre Inspirations Behind Star Wars Movie Characters. The creators have been asked time and time again where they got their ideas, and the answers range from goofy (literally) to sublime.

Why Pineapples are the New Christmas Trees. They are small, hold decorations nicely, and are more delicious than evergreen trees. 

The Curvature Blindness Illusion. How we perceive angles and curves depends on their shade, contrast, and background.

Good At It

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Special Episode

A Visit with Santa



Kids ask the darnedest questions when they visit Santa Claus. Even a child psychologist would have a time with this bunch, but Kenan Thompson majored in musical theater. This skit opened the show on Saturday Night Live last night.

Calorie Count

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Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, Alabama

FistfulofBeard saw this sign Saturday as he ran the marathon, and had to go back afterward to document it on film. The election is Tuesday, and the results depend totally on voter turnout.

The Shakedown

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The Quest for the Holy Grail Meets Parkour



A group of Knights Templar are on a quest to "liberate" the Holy Grail from the fortress of the Frenchmen who have it in their possession. They'll have to harness their best weapons skills and ability to leap tall buildings! Oh yeah, and a bit of trickery, too.

This is what happens when you give Devin Supertramp a television production budget and access to a French castle. Its a promotional film for the History Channel series Knightfall. And it's pretty durn good. (via Geeks Are Sexy

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Enjoy the serenity of a swishing elephant tail.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

This is a Bom

Delivery Treats

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I've Made a Huge Mistake



In this clip from the BBC Earth series Little Big Cat, a lion cub voices her desire to "play" with the birds. I don't think that's really what she was thinking. I think she was seeing dinner. But soon the cub gets a taste of her own medicine. This sequence gets a little intense. (via reddit

Robot Christmas

The Personal Assistant Robot

Wait, what? It was enough of a shock to realize that I am talking to the robot instead of the guy, but the underlying implication of that last line is a bit ominous. Am I one of those friends he finds boring? Does that explain the contrast in happiness lately? And here I was, getting a bit jealous because I don't have my own personal assistant robot. Now I just want to go sulk. This is the latest comic from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble

How to Take Out AT-ATs



What's the best way to take out an AT-AT? Tie a rope around its feet until it trips, while riding your unicycle and playing a Star Wars tune on your flaming bagpipes. We learned that secret in The Empire Strikes Back. Since we know from the trailers that there are AT-ATs in the new movie The Last Jedi, the Unipiper donned a rebel pilot uniform to demonstrate the tactic for the new generation of Star Wars characters. The Unipiper (Brian Kidd) performs all this in front of the most appropriate backdrop for his act. (via Laughing Squid)

Family Christmas Card

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The Evolution of the Movie Trailer



What's the best way to promote a film? Show a small portion of it to movie fans! And where are those movie fans? In the theaters! That's how trailers got started. Now you see them on TV and online, too, and probably on one of those gas pumps with screens. But it took a long time for the movie trailer to become the art form that it is now. Granger Willson of Vulture http://www.vulture.com/2017/12/the-evolution-of-the-movie-trailer.html takes us on a historical ride through how movie trailers have changed from the beginning of theater runs 100 year ago to today. (via Laughing Squid)

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Does the Straw Come With It?

The Second to Last Jedi



If Star Wars were an opera, or even a Broadway musical, the producers could do much worse than to hire Whitney Avalon to write the tunes. In this song, she narrates what is going through her head as she struggles to harness the Force to pull off a Jedi mind trick in The Force Awakens, even though the title is a reference to The Last Jedi, out in one week. Yeah, it's a hokey idea, but it's also clever and well-done. You might recall Whitney Avalon from the Princess Rap Battles. Her wish is for Daisy Ridley to see this video. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Mucking Out

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Animals Hugging Humans



It's time for a little warm-and-fuzzy break! Take a few minutes and revel in seeing all kinds of animals giving hugs to people. We have cows, chimpanzees, parrots, fish, elephants, poultry, bears, pigs, goats, cats, dogs, and ferocious wild animals -some you may not even be familiar with. Need we say it? Don't try this with just any animal. 

When you feel the world is falling apart, enjoy the power of touch and the pure signs of affection from critters who don't care about our wealth or our pasts or our politics. (via Tastefully Offensive

Syllabus

This Land is Mine



If you're confused about the controversy over Trump moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, you are not alone. But it may be the perfect time to revisit Nina Paley's video of Andy William's version of "This Land is Mine," the theme from Exodus. It tells the history of Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant. If you can't keep up with the players, there's a viewer's guide at her blog.

Miss Cellania's Links

How the CIA Rescued Modern Art. As long as it wasn't communist, it was good.

“Alt-right” women are upset that “alt-right” men are treating them terribly. The very definition of cognitive dissonance. (via reddit

10 Holiday Controversies. What were once personal choices are now public arguments about how it should be done.

Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers? 

How Zarafa, France’s First Giraffe, Became a Cultural Sensation. Artists across the country wanted to draw or paint her.

Who Gets to Live in Fremont, Nebraska? A new Costco plant could save the town -by bringing hundreds of immigrants to the only place in America that passed a law to keep them out.

When They Tried to Collect on a Nonexistent Debt, This Man Fought Back. Andrew Therrien took the harassment personally, and set out to find out who was behind it.

Ada Blackjack, the Forgotten Sole Survivor of an Odd Arctic Expedition. She didn't know how to shoot or trap, but she had to make it back to her young son.

The American Savings Crisis, Explained. Even if we could build savings in this economy, it wouldn't be worth the effort.

12 Heroic U.S. Military Chaplains. They didn't want to kill, but served by their own sacrifice.



Slow But Eco-Friendly Lawnmower

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The Cat and the Cop: A Love Story






There's just something about a man in uniform. However, most of us don't throw ourselves at a man in such a blatant manner. The music adds a special touch to this video. (via YesButNoButYes)



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The headline screwup apparently did not affect sales. (via Metafilter)

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Weather Forecast

That's why meteorologists make the big bucks! (via Bad Newspaper)

The Supporting Act



A young girl is excited about the school's holiday talent show, and puts in plenty of time practicing her dance. But her father is always busy working. Will he make it to the big event? Will he even remember it? Sometimes parents can surprise you. This heartwarming Christmas short film is from BBC One. (Thanks, Ken D!)

Clark Kent Remembers His Childhood Christmases

You know Clark believes in Santa Claus. After all, he, too, has an Arctic fortress and can fly around the world in one night. (via reddit)

Universal Basic Income Explained



A universal basic income (UBI) has been proposed now and then in different places as a response to income inequality, unemployment, low wages, automation, and inadequate social safety nets. Everyone would be given enough money for basic survival, whether or not they also have a paid job. The theory is that some will still work and earn extra money, while those who cannot work (the elderly and disabled), can't find a job, or choose not to work (new parents, family caregivers, students) will not starve. Others will find the freedom to start their own business, go to school, or do volunteer work. Kurzgesagt explains the basic principles of UBI, the many ways it could be implemented, and the arguments for and against. Don't hold your breath, though.

Bert's Shirt Shop

This appears to be a comics about a woman shopping for a shirt. However, as you read, you find that the dialogue is strangely poetic. Wouldn't you love to hear two people act this nonsense out? Good luck finding anyone who can read it out loud and not trip over the words. This is a non-obvious tongue twister disguised as a comic. I spent the biggest part of my adult life reading advertising voiceovers, and can see myself having to do this one over and over before getting through it without hesitation. Try it yourself. This is from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe.

Well Groomed



Competitive creative dog grooming is an activity that makes dogs into an art medium. The biggest competition is the annual Groom Expo, which took place in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in September. Watch as dog groomers Adriane Pope and Angela Kumpe negotiate the four-day grooming exposition and sculpt and dye their poodles, transforming them into magnificent, if odd, works of art.

As with other obscure pastimes, creative dog groomers know each other, know the rules and trends, and work diligently to make a name for themselves among those in the creative dog grooming community. The short film Well Groomed by Rebecca Stern is being developed into a feature film. (via Laughing Squid)

Miss Cellania's Links

Horse Feathers: the Marx Brothers at Their Best. The 1932 film is better than its reputation.
Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2017 is a group. They call them the Silence Breakers- women who have come forward to call out men for sexual harassment or sexual assault by name. (via reddit)

A Brief History of the 404 Error. (via Digg)

The Trump Team, starring in Spy Stories for Dummies.

The Heikki Lunta Snow Dance Song. The Finnish god of snow was born in 1970.

Solving the Mystery of Lyme Disease. When a shocking number of children in one town developed rheumatoid arthritis, doctors and public health officials teamed up to find its cause.

A Child Interviews Her Cat. Any cat owner can relate to the absolute accuracy of the cat's responses.

10 Reasons Why We Already Know Rey Is a Skywalker. This speculation is derived from clues in The Force Awakens, and contains no spoilers for The last Jedi.

The Netflix Movie A Christmas Prince is a Hit for All the Wrong Reasons. It might even be worth borrowing a Netflix password.

What Was FDR Doing On the 'Date Which Will Live in Infamy'? Read how the president took the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Winter Cat

(via Fark)

Hypnotised Rabbits



Irene Burton demonstrates how she hypnotizes her rabbits. From 1954.

Tweet of the Day


Don't believe her, Charlie Brown!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

The Cat Did It

Pelican Invades Directors Tent



There's a video of a sea lion blocking the way of the crew filming the BBC series Blue Planet II. The world's wildlife may be trying to make a statement that they don't really appreciate people invading their territory, even to make a beautiful television documentary. A pelican in the Galapagos Islands made his opinion known when he checked out the film crew's campsite, especially the tent of director Rachel Butler. Maybe the pelican is saying,"This is my island, and I'll go where I want to." Or maybe he's just plain curious, and isn't afraid of a mere TV producer. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Product Review

(via reddit)