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What if the Earth suddenly turned flat?

22 minutes agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

We all know the Earth is (nearly) spherical. Wellllll, not everyone does. So what if our planet did suddenly turn flat? Gizmodo recently asked a bunch of scientists this question and the answer came back: certain death for all life on Earth. Show More Summary

Rakka, a short film by Neill Blomkamp

6 hours agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) is planning on making a series of experimental short films as proofs-of-concept for possible feature film development. His first short has just been released through Oats Studios; it’s called Rakka, stars Sigourney Weaver, and is kind of a cross between District 9 and Edge of Tomorrow. Show More Summary

What if animals were round?

6 hours agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

An outfit called Rollin’ Wild makes these fun videos imagining if animals were super round, like balloons. (via swissmiss) Tags: video

Hayao Miyazaki’s favorite children’s books

6 hours agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Back in 2010, legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki picked his 50 favorite books for children and young adults. Here are the top five: 1. The Borrowers by Mary Norton 2. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 3. Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren 4. Show More Summary

NASA Apollo Saturn V Lego set

6 hours agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Lego has introduced an Apollo Saturn V rocket set, complete with lunar lander and 3 astronaut minifigs. Packed with authentic details, it features 3 removable rocket stages, including the S-IVB third stage with the lunar lander and lunar orbiter. Show More Summary

Blade Runner 2049 making-of featurette

6 hours agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

As if I weren’t looking forward to this enough: this four-minute making-of featurette on Blade Runner 2049 features Harrison Ford, Roger Deakins, Ridley Scott, Denis Villeneuve, Ridley Scott, and others talking about the forthcoming film. Come on October, get here already. Tags: Blade Runner movies video

An update to Hidden Folks

2 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

I love the aesthetic for Hidden Folks, an iOS game that’s like an interactive version of Where’s Waldo? in black & white. The creators just released a big update to the game and explained how they designed and built the new level. Like everything in Hidden Folks, the Factory started on paper. Show More Summary

Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy

2 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Tim Harford, aka The Undercover Economist, is coming out with a new book called Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy. New ideas and inventions have woven, tangled or sliced right through the invisible economic web that surrounds us every day. Show More Summary

The view from Mars

2 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

NASA’s Opportunity rover started exploring the surface of Mars since January 2004. Its mission was supposed to last about 90 days, but over 13 years later, Opportunity is still rolling around the red planet, doing science and taking photos. Show More Summary

Narrative flowcharts for Choose Your Own Adventure books

3 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

The newest editions of Choose Your Own Adventure books come with maps of the story structure that depicts all the branches, endings, and links of each story. On the official maps, however, the endings aren’t coded in any way that reveals their nature. Show More Summary

Why did Amazon buy Whole Foods? World domination.

3 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Amazon’s New Customer is a really great analysis by Ben Thompson of Amazon’s strategy and why Amazon bought Whole Foods: they purchased a new customer for Amazon infrastructure, not a retailer. Early on in the piece, Thompson lays this one on us: Amazon’s goal is to take a cut of all economic activity. No qualifiers. Show More Summary

Ikea’s “Cook This Page” posters

3 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

For a promotion in a Canadian store, Ikea developed a series of posters that help you cook dinner. You lay the poster down, place the food directly on it according to the printed directions, and then you fold up the ends to cook it — the posters double as cooking parchment. (via fast company) Tags: cooking food Ikea video

Japanese robot sumo wresting is incredibly fast

3 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Robots fighting each other in arenas is a popular sporting event; see Robot Wars. In Japan, such competitions often take place in small sumo rings and the robots need to move incredibly fast to achieve victory. Robert McGregor compiled some of the fastest and most vicious footage in this video…and none of the footage is sped up in any way. Show More Summary

When you walk over to shoot hoops at Drake’s house with Kanye

3 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

A celebrity story is usually far more interesting when the person telling the story doesn’t give a shit about offending the celebs in question (or talking to them ever again). This story told by Ninja, one half of the Die Antwoord musical group, is clearly in that category. Show More Summary

Quantum entanglement effects observed over 100s of miles

4 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

A group of Chinese scientists say they have demonstrated the effects of quantum entanglement over a distance of 1200 km (745 miles). Entanglement involves putting objects in the peculiar limbo of quantum superposition, in which an object’s quantum properties occupy multiple states at once: like Schrodinger’s cat, dead and alive at the same time. Show More Summary

WoodSwimmmer, a gorgeous stop motion journey through wood

4 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Engineer & animator Brett Foxwell and musician & animator Conor Grebel collaborated on this gorgeous stop motion animation of pieces of wood being slowly ground away by a milling machine. Watch as the knots and grain of the wood come alive to mirror teeming cities, spiraling galaxies, flowing water, and dancing alien worlds. Show More Summary

Robots dreaming of flowery dinosaurs

4 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Chris Rodley (who is also partially responsible for @MagicRealismBot) is using deep learning (aka artificial intelligence aka machine learning aka what do these things even mean anymore) to cross illustrations of dinosaurs with illustrations of flowers and 19th-century fruit engravings. Show More Summary

The Defiant Ones

last weekHumor / odd : Kottke.org

From HBO, The Defiant Ones is a four-part documentary on Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine directed by Allen Hughes (who co-directed Menace II Society). The four-documentary event is told with the help of many of the most notable artists andShow More Summary

An entertaining short documentary about Jeff Koons

last weekHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Fun fact: Koons listens to Led Zeppelin for about an hour every day. From the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA, this is a short documentary on the life and work of artist Jeff Koons, narrated by Scarlett Johansson. I’ve been experiencing...Show More Summary

Man uses a 3D model of his face to get a national ID card

last weekHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Frenchman Raphael Fabre recently requested a French national ID card, but instead of sending in a headshot, he sent in a 3D model of his face created on a computer. The French government issued the card to him. The photo I submittedShow More Summary

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