Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Links

Hummingbirds often brave downpours to gather the nectar needed to avoid starvation.
This Anna’s hummingbird shakes off rain as a wet dog does, with an oscillation
of its head and body (Sources: Victor Ortega-Jimenez and Robert Dudley)

Unlocking the Secrets Behind the Hummingbird's Frenzy: High-speed cameras show us what makes these birds perfect flying machines. Incredible!

Black is an invisible colour This is a very interesting blog post about Johnny Cash's first wife, Vivian.

The inspiring final push in Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope Terry is a Canadian hero. Even today this young man's courage brings a tear to my eye. Via

"Incubus," the horror film made entirely in Esperanto, starring William Shatner  Bizarre.

The Role of Cats and Dogs in Cases of Spousal Abuse  For a battered Victorian wife animal intervention could sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Via

Rebekah Del Rio performs "No Stars" (Twin Peaks 2017) Haunting and lovely

Ouch! Surgeons Find 27 Contact Lenses in "Forgetful" Woman's Eye

Northern Ireland Game of Thrones Tapestry This 77 metre long medieval wall-hanging brings to life the events, locations and story of GofT.

10,000 Hours With Claude Shannon: There are plenty of mathematicians and engineers who write great papers. There are fewer of them who are also jugglers, unicyclists, gadgeteers, first-rate chess players, codebreakers, expert stock-pickers, and amateur poets. Via PfRC

COPS - Trump Edition (Bad boys, whatcha gonna do?) 

From coffee shops to airports, Googie architecture is a futuristic style that embraced space age USA

The170-Year History of Foodporn Via 

Basement Reels, a Canadian-based group, makes 5min short films, both serious and silly, tailored to the Tamil diaspora community. Via MetaFilter

Elegant Underground Winery in Southern Italy Architects from the Flemish studio De Vylder Vinck Taillieu created this underground winery in the ancient city of Matera. Under the carved vaults, Enoteca dai Tosi is both a wine bar and a wine cellar.

20 Beautiful Words That Will Make You Fall in Love With the French Language

Two days in an underwater cave running out of oxygen As hours turned into days he realised he might not be found in time. Via Bruce

How India’s Gig Economy Is Trapping its Workers in the Cycle of Poverty "But hey, they're micro-entrepreneurs in the gig economy. That's pretty good, right?" Actually it's not good at all.

10 of the best public gardens in Italy  The Grandi Giardini Italiani – the country’s largest network of gardens – are celebrating its 20th anniversary. Come è bello!

What happened when Walmart left  “They screwed us real hard by leaving us like that. It’s so sad they thought they could just walk away.” Thanks Bruce!

8 of KFC's Weirdest and Most Wonderful Promotional Stunts: The fried chicken chain has done everything from sunscreen to space travel.

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