Sunday, June 30, 2019

Allow Me To Give You The Gears

Available in paperback here

This post at shows us the beauty of mechanical movement. In 1868  Henry T. Brown wrote a book with a cumbersome title (Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements: Embracing All Those Which Are Most Important in Dynamics, Hydraulics, Hydrostatics, Pneumatics, Steam Engines, Mill and Other Gearing, Presses, Horology, and Miscellaneous Machinery; and Including Many Movements Never Before Published and Several of Which Have Only Recently Come Into Use).  In his book Brown uses simple drawings to explain 507 of the small components that constitute complex machinery.

Ralph Steiner’s 1930 short film Mechanical Principles, illustrates many of the mechanisms from Brown’s book in action.

World's Largest Human Maple Leaf

Yesterday 3,942 people gathered in Trenton, Ontario to set an official Guinness world record for forming the world’s largest-ever human maple leaf.

It was a fundraiser for Soldier On, a charity that supports Canadian Armed Forces veterans with permanent physical or mental health injury or illness.

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These Photos Ended Child Labor in the US

In 1900 there were 1.75 million children in the US younger than 16 (some as young as 4) who were employed at farms, mills, factories, and mines. The National Child Labor Committee hired American sociologist and photographer Lewis Wickes Hine to travel across the country and use his camera to document the plight of the working children.


Sunday Links

Illustration by Homestead
John and Paul’s Lost Reunion: Five years after the Beatles disbanded, a period fueled by intense acrimony, Lennon and McCartney set aside their differences and got back together one more time.

This is hilarious: Maura Quint’s Presidential Debate Recaps: The One Where Everyone Tries to Speak Spanish 

Very cool: Lights at sea An interactive map of the world’s lighthouses and their signal patterns. Via

Elvis Costello’s 500 Must-Have Albums: From Abba to Zamballarana, and from Mozart to Eminem, one of rock’s finest talents (and an enduring favourite of mine) has identified 500 albums essential to a happy life. If they're good enough for Elvis they're good enough for me. Via

July 1 Is Moving Day for All of Montreal’s Renters : Moving Day is a 269-year tradition in Quebec with no end in sight. I grew up in Montreal and am familiar with this mayhem. My mother never found an apartment she liked and we moved every year like clockwork. Back then Moving Day was May 1.

He Cyberstalked Teen Girls for Years—Then They Fought Back

A quiz for the last day of Pride Month:  Stories with Pride 

These Fourth of July Inspired Cocktail Recipes would work for Canada Day too.

No soundtrack, no commentary, just old toy restorations  Rescue and Restore is a YouTuber who takes vintage to antique toys and makes them look and work like new.

What It’s Like to Work on a 30-Year-Old Macintosh  (It's awesome)

Why China Has Hundreds Of Empty 'Ghost' Museums

The Louvre in Paris has commissioned two of France’s top perfumers  to come up with fragrances to go with some of its greatest treasures. Link

Captain Ginger is a New Comic Book About a Starship Run By Cats You know you want it.

DIY Wool Dryer Balls They cut drying time by up to 25% and reduce static. Grabbed from my FB friend Edith who also suggests buying and unravelling a thrift shop wool sweater instead of buying wool.

World's Largest Hot Dog 

The Most Striking Photojournalism of June 2019

Check out Boluddha's breathtaking photographic exploration of space and lines.

How many squirrels live in NYC’s Central Park? We finally have the answer.

The London Transport Museum sells subway-themed socks

The Pianist and the Lobster : What if the lobster was essential? What if every pianist needs a lobster? What if everyone needs a lobster for something?

Here's another beauty from The Modern House. I check in at this site when I feel like dreaming.

How the Tower of London's Ravenmaster Sets the Scene for Avian Romance 

Cult of the Dead Cow: the untold story of the hacktivist group that presaged everything great and terrible about the internet

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019

Norman Stone got the obituary he deserved: “Many parents of Oxford students must be both horrified and disgusted that the higher education of our children should rest in the hands of such a man.” Via

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, June 29, 2019

80" Symphonic Gong played by Paiste Gong Master Sven

Thanks Bruce!

Fuck the Draft by Kiyoshi Kuromiya (1968) is up for auction.

One of the most iconic protest posters ever created is being offered at Heritage Auctions.

In 1968 Japanese-American activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya distributed the poster via mail order, with suggestions to mail a copy to mothers and the White House. Eventually, the FBI arrested Kuromiya for using the US postal service to distribute 'lewd and indecent materials.

Kiyoshi Kuromiya's life as a committed civil rights and anti-war activist is worth a read.


Paroles d’Amour

This charming animated short film reminds me of the golden age of Italian film comedies from the 60s and early 70s.

Paroles d'Amour from Passion Paris on Vimeo.


All the rain we've had this season has made for lots of roses in the garden.

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A Weaving Loom Controlled By An iPhone

It took a year for Youtuber RetroTech Journal to build a Jacquard Loom that is controlled from an iPhone. It's built from laser cut plywood, and 3D printed parts.

Via Geekologie

Read more here

Recreating John Pemberton's 1886 Coca-Cola Recipe

In 1886, John Pemberton decided to cure his morphine addiction by substituting cocaine for morphine. He developed a tonic that he could infuse the drug into and swallow in a few refreshing gulps. YouTubers Glenn and Friends Cooking whipped up a batch of Coca Cola, based on Pemberton's hand scrawled instructions (sans coca leaves of course).

Via Boing Boing

Balalaika Cover of "Still Loving You"

Andrey, a balalaika-master from Perm, Russia, performs Scorpion's hit “Still Loving You”.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Digital Mirrors

Daniel Rozin, artist/ professor, Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU, makes interactive digital artworks that respond to the presence of the viewer, in many cases serving as mechanical or digital mirrors.

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Fast Food Commercial Pays Homage to Richard Linklater’s "Boyhood"

Timeline is a 2016 commercial by Ryan Simmons that is also an artsy short film. Can you guess which brand is being promoted?


Manivald, a fox, is turning 33. Overeducated, unemployed and generally uninspired, he lives with his overbearing, retired mother and spends his days learning piano while she makes his coffee and washes his socks.

Manivald from Chintis Lundgren on Vimeo.

Japanese Woodblock Prints Portray Inner Workings of The Human Body

A pregnant woman's belly contains Tainai jukkai no zu (Ten realms within the body)

Ukiyo-e. the Japanese woodblock print art form popular in the 17th through 19th centuries, often portrays landscapes, courtesans and kabuki actors. Some, like these odd anatomical prints, were used  for educational purposes. Japanese artists like Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) filled the guts of  men and women with little workers, making sure the human body worked like a functioning village or town.

 “Mirror of the Physiology of Drinking and Eating”
A man dines on fish and drinks sake while little men scurry about a pool wrapped in intestines.

Boji Yojo Kagami (“Rules of Sexual Life”) focuses on the reproductive organs. 

More: Open Culture

Trove of historic silent movie posters were used as insulation.

David McLean and Bud Orr were clearing out the storage shed behind a small museum in Forest, Ontario when they discovered dozens of vintage movie posters on the wall. According to a historian, the building the museum is in was once owned by the Rumford family who ran the bakery and then got into the movie business. They showed films at the town hall and, as the films came and went, someone tacked the posters on the wall.

"The Heart of Texas Ryan" (right) is a silent film dating back to 1917.
(David McLean/Forest Museum)
A poster for a 1924 silent movie called "Married Flirts." 
(David McLean/Forest Museum)

Because the paper is very brittle they will consult with professional conservationists before removing them from the walls.

More:  CBC News

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Big Excitement Chez Nag

Our young cat, Carmen (previously), slipped out the back door today. She's an indoor cat because the traffic on our street is horrendous in summer and there are predators at night so I left the door open and went searching for her in the vast jungle that is my backyard. Mr. Nag indicated a zooming shape that was headed toward the open door. "Look out," I screamed. "She has a chipmunk in her mouth!"
She ran upstairs to the bedroom and I slammed the door shut behind her.
I told Mr. Nag he was going to have to deal with this one. "Get me my gloves'" he said as he entered the bedroom. I was going to ask him if he needed his pith helmet and blunderbuss but thought that might not be wise. When Carmen dropped the animal he ushered her out of the room and went back to hunting his prey.
Meanwhile I secured our cat, Joyce, and Parker, the guest dog. When I looked for Lizzie, our 15 year old dog, she was nowhere to be found. I ran around the neighbourhood calling for her and finally discovered her in the parking lot behind the house chowing down on some fast food in a styrofoam carton that someone had carelessly tossed there (shame on them). When Lizzie and I returned to the house there were loud noises coming from the bedroom; I was afraid to investigate. Finally Harold emerged. He'd been unsuccessful at trapping the critter. I'm not going to be able to sleep tonight with that thing loose in the house.

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Sunglasses Make Your World Look Like a Wes Anderson Film

Tens has unveiled a new pair of photographer-made sunglasses called Spectachrome that’s designed to give your life the colour palette of a Wes Anderson movie.

They even made a Wes Anderson-type video to illustrate their awesomeness:

I want at least one pair.



Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States

The mid-20th century retablos in Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States tell stories of people crossing the border; the small paintings are their gifts of gratitude.

Retablo of Unknown Votary (1954), oil on metal. Massey-Fiske Collection
(images courtesy of the Princeton University Museum of Art)

Retablo of Juan Jose Sánches (ca.1990), oil on metal.Arias-Durand Collection
Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States continues at Princeton University Art Museum (Elm Drive, Princeton, New Jersey) through July 7.
Read more 

#Un Mundo Sin Muros

Over the past two and a half years, nearly 4,000 volunteers have converged on the US/Mexico border to assist artist Enrique Chiu with painting a mural. When complete, the “Mural of Brotherhood” will span a mile of Mexico’s border frontage in Tijuana.

More: Colossal

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Shooting a Commercial with Robots

Visual engineer, photographer and robot master Steve Giralt demonstrates how he makes his creative videos using high speed robotic cameras.

Via Pasa Bon

Former CIA Chief of Disguise Analyzes 30 Spy Scenes

Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise, takes a look at spy scenes from a variety of television shows and movies and breaks down how accurate they really are.

Jonna and Tony Mendez's book The Moscow Rules is out now

Kiki, The Discerning Martini-Swilling Tabby

Kiki, a martini-drinking, boxing cat, made the pages of the Oshkosh Northwestern in July 22, 1949 when he came to the US and promptly went on the wagon. He couldn't stomach American martinis. Not sweet enough.

Read More About Kiki: Strange Company

Space Camp Teaches the Art of Martian Medicine


About seven miles outside of Hanksville, Utah, a man stood inside a grain-silo-like building that he and the crew called the Hab. On the other side of the door stood his wife. She begged for entry, but he remained adamant: He could not let her in. 
The Hab is part of the Mars Desert Research Station where more than 1,200 wannabe astronauts participate in serious research simulations of life on the Red Planet.


LEGO Build Of The Beast's Library From Beauty And The Beast

Behold the Beast's library from Beauty And The Beast imagined in 25,000 piece LEGO form by builder Sarah von Innerebner.

Via Geekologie

50 years on people are still digging Woodstock

Image: AP

From August 15 to 18, 1969, over 400,000 people descended upon a 600-acre dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, New York to celebrate peace and music. The festival site became a protected area in 2017 when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Binghamton University’s Public Archaeology Facility is helping to map out the site to  help the Museum at Bethel Woods plan interpretive walking routes in time for the concert’s 50th anniversary.

Maria O’Donovan, the project director, says the festival did not always follow preliminary plans:
“Archaeologists located 24 potential vendor booths concentrated on one side of the Bindy Bazaar area and not distributed as on the 1969 plans. This is more evidence that the festival took on a life of its own that organizers could not control.”



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Spirits of Havana by Luis Osvaldo Garcia, Bay Weyman

This feature documentary offers a glimpse of contemporary Cuba’s rich musical culture through the experiences of renowned Canadian soprano sax player and flautist Jane Bunnett.

More: NFB

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Top of Mount Everest. Whoo-hoo!

Miss Cellania shared this goody. Now you too can impress your friends with your awesome climbing skills.

Tiny Slug Brings Japanese Rail Line to Standstill

Photo: Carl Court (AP)
On May 30, 26 Japanese high-speed trains were canceled due to power outages, causing delays for an estimated 12,000 commuters. JR Kitakyushu engineers say the outage was caused by a 0.7 to 1.1 inch (two to three centimeter) slug which crawled across a power cable in electrical equipment connected to the network. It then fried, taking out part of the electrical grid with it.

More here

"Toy Story" Sneakers

One foot gets Woody, the other Buzz : "The important thing is that we stick together!"

Via Boing Boing

We’re here, we’re queer, come dance with us!


Western Fronts

In September 2017, the United States Secretary of the Interior revealed plans to drastically reduce the borders and protections for four national monuments established by the Obama administration. The sites included Casacade Siskyou which reaches across Oregon and California, Gold Butte in Nevada and Utah’s Grand Staircase Escalante and Bears Ears. Digital artist Rick Silva’s latest work Western Fronts is a response to this harebrained decision.

Western Fronts from SILVA FIELD GUIDE on Vimeo.

More: It's Nice That

The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts

Against the backdrop of the ornate altar of New York City's Riverside Church, a cast of Hollywood A-listers participated in a live reading of portions of the Mueller report last evening as part of The Investigation: A Search for Truth in Ten Acts.

The reading was streamed by Law Works.

Monday, June 24, 2019

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Berlin in July 1945

This footage filmed just after the German surrender shows  daily life among the ruins of Berlin in the summer of 1945.

Restoring Family Memories

Michelle Spalding likes the challenge of restoring badly damaged family photos in Photoshop.

The photo below is the only one a man had of his mother, who died when he was born.

Spalding repaired emulsion loss from the only photo (below) of the subject as a child.

More: Bored Panda

The Polaroids of Robby Müller

Robby Müller, was a director of photography on some of the most strikingly composed films of the late 20th century. In the hours he wasn't working he captured the everyday details he saw around him with a Polaroid camera. He stored around 2,000 of these photos, taken over three decades, in a wooden box at home in Amsterdam.

Müller died last year.  His wife, Andrea Müller-Schirmer, a Dutch art magazine photo editor, has curated an exhibition of his Polaroids.
Robby Müller: Like Sunlight Coming Through the Clouds is presented by Polaroid at the Place de la République 12, Arles, France, 1-28 July
More: The Guardian

Flying Wallendas cross Times Square on high wire

Two siblings from the famed Flying Wallendas safely crossed Times Square on a high wire strung between two skyscrapers 25 stories above the pavement.

More here

Giant Squid Caught on Camera for First Time in the US

Scientists funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research just released video of the first time a giant squid has been filmed in the waters of the United States.

More here

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Paul McCartney and his mullet go for a ride on the London tube in 1986.

Macca's demented journey takes him from South Kensington to Oxford Circus via Swiss Cottage, then on to Bond Street, back to Swiss Cottage, over to Green Park, then Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, before finishing, unexpectedly, at Tooting Bec. Londonist describes the video as "cringey" and I'm afraid they're right.

More here

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Fragments, graffiti and a hologram are all that remain of the giant Bamiyan Buddha

In March 2001, the Taliban destroyed two giant statues which were thought to be the two biggest standing Buddhas on the planet. The statues, built over perhaps a century from 550 A.D., were just the most prominent parts of a complex of hundreds of caves, monasteries and shrines. Since then hundreds of people have further defaced the site  carving their initials into a domed chamber inside the cliff where the Bamiyan Buddhas stood for 1500 years.
Most archaeologists oppose restoration, arguing that the damage was too great and that the cost would be prohibitive. Estimates range from $30 million for one Buddha to $1.2 billion for the whole complex.
A wealthy Chinese couple has financed the creation of a huge 3D light projection of an artist’s view of what the larger Buddha, known as Solsol to locals, might have looked like in his prime.

But Bamiyan has no city power supply, other than fields of low-capacity solar panels. The 3D-image projector requires its own diesel generator which is only brought out on special occasions.

More about the site: The New York Times

Music For Sunday Morning

I saw this guy in Buffalo on Friday. Great concert!

Sunday Links

Image: Sami Ucan, Turkey
Street Photography Awards 2019

LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2019

Game, set, match: The Bastard Professor

Apollo 11: A real-time journey through the first landing on the Moon. All mission control film footage! Via 

Because you love optical illusions: All the balls are of the same color. Brown.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Where Is It? This is a fascinating read.

What do tinnitus, gangrene and cheesemonger have in common? They are all names given by neural networks to cats Via

Reframing the Black Model at the Musée  d’Orsay Her name was Laure.

A Dying Miner's Letter To His Beloved Wife (1902) : On May 19th, 1902 an explosion rocked the Fraterville Coal Mine in Tennessee killing 216 miners. For a while, 26 miners survived in an underground side passage.

Music Documentaries: 37 Essential Watches For Music Fans  Via

On the Hunt for the World's Rarest Pasta Su filindeu (or the "threads of God") is a pasta made of hundreds of tiny strands by a single woman in a hillside town in Sardinia. She'll make it for you too—if you're willing to walk 20 miles overnight.

James Mwenda, Carer of the World's Last Northern White Rhinos

Unbuilt Tokyo: Protected by cylindrical walls of reinforced concrete, the steel and glass “depthscrapers” extend hundreds of metres underground. Only a single floor of each inverted 35-storey skyscraper is visible at ground level.

A Pied Piper Mystery What happened to the children of Hamelin? Via

I hear marbles: Why so many apartment dwellers hear the sound of rolling objects through the ceiling

Shot on iPhone XS — Christopher Anderson

Drag lip-sync history: Prancing around the kitchen with a wooden spoon as a microphone, Luster was acting out the personae and identities of men in the adult world. But, as Luster became a gender-nonconforming adolescent and teenager, the options for self-expression and experimentation shrank.

"Perhaps We're Being Dense." Rejection Letters Sent to Famous Writers  Some kind, some weird, some unbelievably harsh.

How Birds and Bees Survive in Cities 

When shoes go rogue: Some TV shows have been ruined by sneakers on the bed. Via

Every year a bobcat mama gives birth to a litter of kittens on his roof. He set up a camera this time around.

Purses made from household trash

Cowboy Throat Singing

Saturday, June 22, 2019

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Cycles Of Nature

This is a stunning collection of insects and flowers on colored backgrounds.

-N- Uprising HDR from Thomas Blanchard on Vimeo.

Via Miss Cellania

First Contact

What if aliens arrived tomorrow?


Joni Mitchell Hanging Out at Gordon Lightfoot's Place With Bob Dylan & Roger McGuinn

Joni Mitchell plays Coyote with Bob Dylan and Roger McGuinn at Gordon Lightfoot's house in 1975. An excerpt from Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Métis Child

This film by Alanis Obomsawin shares the intimate perspective of a young person lost to suicide after struggling in the child welfare system, and serves as a powerful call-to-action to review Canada’s racist policies and procedures on the forced removal of Indian children from their homes—also known as child apprehension under the Child and Family Services Act.

More: NFB Blog



Dubai-based artist Maitha Demithan creates unusual-looking portraits. The subjects' eyes are always closed because the photos were all captured using an ordinary flatbed scanner.

A Film About The Whitechapel Bell Foundry

For many years London's East End has been threatened by development with many historic buildings replaced by soulless highrises. Developers bought the historic Whitechapel Bell Foundry (established in 1570) to convert it into a bell-themed boutique hotel. The UK Historic Building Preservation Trust with its partner Factum Foundation has put forward a proposal to continue to operate a full-scale working foundry. This proposal will ensure that East London retains one of the finest craft facilities in the world, adding to the cultural and artistic value of Whitechapel for generations to come.

We visited the foundry shortly before it closed in 2017. Here's a picture of Mr. Nag standing out front:

Read more about the fight to save the foundry here and here

Jet Engine Grill

This barbeque grill, built by Delta techs using scrapped Pratt and Whitney PW2000 series engine parts, looks like a real 757 jet engine.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Purrfect Summer Shoes

Japanese sandal manufacturer Nara Getaya recently updated its line of cat-shaped geta sandals with new designs, making them the purrfect pair of sandals for feline fans this summer.

More here 

Nike kitten heels?

Romanian designer Ancuta Sarca had a pile of old shoes that she didn't want to throw away so she decided to re-use them. Her solution was a sneaker-heel hybrid.

Would you wear them? I'd sooner go barefoot.

Via The Calvert Journal

Anatomy Of A Figure Skater

French Olympic finalist Maé-Bérénice Méité demonstrates her surprising all-round body strength and control.

The Flying-V

Image: edwin wallet, studio OSO

Inspired by Gibson's Flying-V guitars, Delft Polytechnic is working with Dutch airliner KLM to prototype a more sustainable aircraft that may be the world's most fuel-efficient long haul plane.

More here

Via perfect for roquefort cheese

How to Land the Space Shuttle... from Space

You're traveling at 17,500 miles per hour (28,000 km/h) in low earth orbit, your main engines are out of fuel, and it's your job to guide the spaceship through a fiery re-entry without burning up or skipping out of the atmosphere, navigate to your landing site, and arrive with just enough energy to make an unpowered landing on a runway which is halfway around the planet from where you started. No problem.

Note: Despite the outfit Bret Copeland is not an astronaut and has no affiliation with NASA.


Said The Whale – Record Shop

This video was created with 129 spinning vinyl records shot in sequence. There were NO visual FX or digital animations used in the making of this video. The effect was achieved by looking at the spinning disk through a camera with the proper frame rate and shutter speed.

Read more about how the video was made.

Via Kraftfuttermischwerk

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

How a City Planner Spends 3 Days in Buffalo

Buffalo is undergoing a major resurgence. City planner Chris Hawley’s three-day itinerary features spots that have been “vacant for a generation or more and are now becoming special places again."

Hotel Henry was formerly the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane.

(Buffalo is just down the Niagara Parkway from me and it has a lot of hidden gems as well as the Albright-Knox Gallery, a major showplace for modern art and contemporary art.  I'm shuffling off to Buffalo on Friday to see John Prine at Shea's.)

Read more: Atlas Obscura

The Space Lady

Susan Dietrich Schneider, known as The Space Lady, born 1948 in Pueblo, Colorado and raised in Las Animas, Colorado, US, is a singer and musician in the genres space music, synth pop, and psychedelic pop. She is also a paradigm of the genre known as outsider music. - Wikipedia



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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

From Tadpole to Frog

TadpoleFrog from Harry Warne on Vimeo.

via TwistedSifter

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The Colorful History of the Rainbow Flag

Baker in Ireland in 2014. Courtesy of Gilbert Baker

The rainbow flag was created by San Francisco–based queer artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. He met politician Harvey Milk, who recognized his adept sewing skills and the strong political messaging behind his work. Baker began making political banners for the protest marches Milk organized in San Francisco—and he was commissioned to create the rainbow flag for just $1,000.

There have been several versions of the flag. The six-stripe pride flag was established in 1979 with the following colors: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for harmony, and purple for spirit.

More: Dwell

Drone Footage of Chernobyl

Drone footage filmed between 2013 and 2016 shows the Ukrainian city of Pripyat and the Chernobyl nuclear facility.

Ethereal Hand-Knit Jewelry Inspired by Nature and Science

Nora Fok is fascinated by different aspects of nature, structure, systems and order and combines jewelry design with textile art in her science- and math-inspired wearable artworks.

More: Colossal

That Yorkshire Sound

Made for BBC4's Listen to Britain, this hand drawn animated documentary captures the everyday sounds of Yorkshire.

That Yorkshire Sound from Marcus Armitage on Vimeo.

Monday, June 17, 2019

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How To Improve A Press Conference

Which Europeans Believe in God?

The interactive map in How Do European Countries Differ in Religious Commitment? shows the percentage of people in each European country who self-identify as 'highly religious'.

More: Maps Mania 

New tech helps Maisy see again

Maisy McAdam lost most of her vision six years ago due to a brain tumour. Her vision is now reduced to a small blurry circle in one eye. Remarkable new goggles allow her to see again.

BBC World News 

Bondi-to-Manly hyperlapse

Guardian Australia's David Fanner took four days to trek the new coastal walk linking two of Sydney's favourite beaches. Experience his 80km hike around the city's harbour – in just five minutes.

Read about how he made the video

This Short Film Is Written Entirely By AI


Roller Skates