Warning: If you don't want to cry or be sad, don't proceed any further. In fact, I hesitated to even post this video from The Moth, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art of storytelling because it's such a personal and heart-wrenching story. But it also has a message (I think) about illusions, about looking beyond the surface. Even more than that is the lesson of putting things in perspective and realizing what matters most in life, so for that reason, I'm sharing it.
This is a cute video by the National Film Board of Canada. The king and queen are distressed. No one can wake Sleeping Betty. Various conventional and unconventional solutions are attempted and, of course, there is an unconventional ending.
I'm sure that most of you know that there is an official Star Trek store, where fans can buy anything from bathrobes to beach towels to salt and pepper shakers. But I like to support the underdogs and independents, and if you go on Etsy and type in Star Trek, you'll find almost 2,000 items (I'm not sure that all of them are relevant, since I didn't click through the entire list). Here are a few:
On the west side of Manhattan, there is a public park called The High Line. It's built on an historic freight line and elevated above the streets. At one point, the freight line was in danger of being demolished, but some forward thinking people saw a better purpose (and were able to demonstrate that the project would be economically favorable) joined together and, eventually (I'm obviously leaving out a lot of details), the park got the green light and work began. Part of the focus of the park is that it should be green/sustainable. It certainly looks inviting (I'm very interested because Chicago is thinking of building a similar part on some abandoned elevated tracks). Here's a link to the High Line site, with all the info anyone could want.
Clocks and clock towers have been such a part of books and movies over the years (think last fall's movie, Hugo). The concept of time or stopping time can create stress or even a sense of sadness, such as in this wonderful Aniboom video by Arenyth from a few years ago:
It's a mobile espresso maker for your car. You put it in the cup holder, plug it into the cigarette lighter, add water and an espresso pod. When it beeps three times, it's done.
My first thought was "Danger, Will Robinson. You're in a car making espresso?" Of course, I suppose as long as you're not driving while you're making it (the right way being demonstrated in the video below), it would be no worse than drinking any other cup of coffee in your car.
I used to dabble in leather at one time. Nothing fancy (stamped leather belts and purses were popular at the time). But I've been looking at mystery braid bracelets, and they look like just the type of thing I'd like to make. This one's on the thick side and a bit more masculine, but you can make them in any thickness you like.
You can buy them, of course. There are a number of Etsy shops that sell them. But you can also make your own if you have the supplies, and in the Internet age, it's easy to purchase supplies. Tandy, the company I purchased leather supplies from many years ago, is still in business (they actually sell kits for a narrow version of this bracelet).
So, if you have access to leather, here's a video of how to braid the bracelet.
Here's the link to the actual site, Duolingo (it's also beneath the video).
Then, while trying to learn more about Duulingo, I came across this TEDx talk by Luis von Ahm, the man who brought the world CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA. In the (somewhat amusing) video, he describes some things about CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA (that part was really interesting. I had no idea what it was or what it was accomplishing). Then he goes on to explain Duolingo.
Who says fire and water don't mix? This is the fountain at the new City Creek Center Mall in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was designed by the same company that built the fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
We're having a wonderful spring here in the US Midwest, at least so far. It's been very warm (record-setting warm), which may, ultimately, not be a good thing, but for now it's very nice. The bizarre thing about it, though, is that usually the flowers and trees bloom somewhat sequentially. First the snowdrops and crocuses, then the forsythia, then the...well, you get the idea. This year, however, it was as if there was a competition among the blossoms on which plants could bloom first. And they were amazing blossoms. I've never been a forsythia fan. They usually look a bit leggy to me, but this year...such vibrant yellows and soooo many blossoms. The magnolias were in fine form, the daffodils, the hyacinths. Already some tulips are blooming. Gorgeous stuff. So, I'll take a break from videos and just...post a few flowers. Enjoy!
Postman's Park in London has been around since 1880. Its name comes from its popularity with employees from the now gone General Post Office (GPO) which was nearby. But it's not just a park. Located on the site of former burial grounds, it became the location of George Frederic Watts Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice, showcasing the plaques that bear the names of ordinary people who died saving the lives of others (there are 54 plaques). In 2004, some scenes from the 2004 movie, Closer, were set here.
A week or two ago, there were lots of articles on the Internet about an upside down house in Malaysia, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. But apparently, upside down houses are a bit more common than one might think, as evidenced in these images.