Monday, May 23, 2016

Something Quick and Crafty

We eat a lot of cereal here, so this mailbox (mail file, inbox?) made from ordinary cereal boxes worked for me. Take a look:

And here's a cute little clip on holder from a mint container. It's supposed to be for earbuds, but I don't see why it couldn't carry anything small enough to fit in it (keys or spare change on those days when you're out walking and don't want to carry a purse. 

Cute! Let me know if you try either of these.

Have a great day!


Friday, May 6, 2016

No One Likes Inequality

This interesting (but amusing) study is from a few years ago. Two capuchin monkeys are given unequal rewards for doing a task. Watch what happens (if you don't want to listen to the explanation of what is happening, you can click ahead to about 1:26).



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Award-winning Animation

A friend posted a link to this animated video today. Titled The Present, it has won a number of awards (59?) and has been shown at over 180 film festivals. I can see why.

The Present from Jacob Frey on Vimeo.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Unusual Wedding Traditions

It's been a long time since I've posted anything wedding-related, but here's a Mental Floss devoted to weird wedding traditions that I found interesting. I went for a long haul between weddings, and when I attended several last year, I was intrigued to find how much wedding traditions at the reception had changed over the years, and I liked many of the modern additions/substitutions.

But these historical traditions were fun to hear about.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 25, 2016

A New Way to Translate Sign Language

I'm assuming this invention (computer-driven gloves that translate sign language into spoken text) is still being perfected, but it's interesting. I'm not sure how one would reciprocate (how spoken language could be translated into sign language. I'm sure that someone will come up with a solution, however, if they haven't already done so.

(By the way, my apologies for staying away so long. We're doing a bit of remodeling and things are in a bit of a mess here).

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Epitome of Multi-tasking

I'm not a very good knitter (I try), but if I had something like this, I would probably knit more. The rocking chair produces kinetic energy and uses it to knit a hat (I have no idea how it gets finished off).

ECAL Low-Tech Factory/Rocking-Knit from ECAL on Vimeo.

I'd love to see this in person.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A Little Fun with Line Art

Just some fun for the day. Find an image--online or one of your own--and either plug in the URL or upload your image to Linify. Then watch as it recreates the image using only straight lines.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Who Knew Broccoli Could be So Enticing?

A trip to the circus goes horribly wrong (apparently). I hope that the day improved, and the circus turned out to be a treat.

Monday, February 22, 2016

All the Best Visual Effects from Movies Over the Years

Every year at the Academy Awards, an Oscar is given to the movie with the best visual effects. I'm not a major fan of explosions, fight scenes or car chases, but I do like it when the movie makers are clever with their special effects. Here's a supercut showing all the winners.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

How Weird Are You?

Or...maybe not weird. Just different or in the minority. John Green of Mental Floss (and author of numerous bestselling books, including The Fault in Our Stars), tells us about 37 Ways You Might Be Weird. These are based on polls and yes, they're polls taken in the United States, but I have to believe that many (most?) of them would hold true around the world. So...which of these, if any, apply to you?

Not too many of these actually applied to me, which is...weird, because I've always felt that I march to a bit of a different drummer. Who knew I was so normal? Hah!