Weekend Links: The Weird History of Skulls as Decoration
I visit (lurk?) in a lot of online forums, where I have been exposed to the fantastic world of animated .gifs. Mostly hilarious, they can also be used to punctuate a response with emotion or further description of the poster's feelings. Then I stumbled upon the "cinemagraph" technique of these magnificent mini-films, and have decided this is the pinnacle of what .gifs can achieve. It's motion plus still photography … and it's absolutely stunning. (Be sure to let the page load fully)
Is anyone up to babysit? Here are the details: thousands upon thousands of baby King Pengiuns. Don't get them mixed up! Oh, and sub-zero temperatures. Your mission: to keep them from dying. Interested? Please report to the Biggest Day Care Facility on the Planet.
Skulls come in and out of fashion as decorative accessories but … why? It is our brain-case, after all. Here's a brief history of skulls as decor. Do any of you guys have a skull or two lying around your house? You know, just for laughs!
The Vivid Sydney Festival brings lights, creativity, music and possibly the Robot Revolution to the famous harbor (thanks Jan!)
Where math meets "fuzzy studies" (as one former math teacher of mine called it): in this case, poetry. The style is called Fib, as in Fibonacci. In it you compose verse, like a haiku, with a certain number of syllables in each line. As it's Fibonacci-related, the syllables go 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, etc. Give it a go in the comments! Here's mine:
Spain versus U.S.
in a soccer friendly today.
Let's face it - though we consider ourselves the dominant species because of our brains, we are not the best fighters (no weapons allowed!). As one former teacher put it, "we are virtually hairless, cannot withstand great heat or cold, and walk upright so that all of our soft bits are exposed." He had point. But humans do have a great deal of fear responses from our primitive days that may not make much sense now, but surely served a purpose in the past … maybe?
Like ships passing in the night … spaceships, that is: see the letter one Endeavor captain wrote to the other. Sometimes I forget the Future Is Now.
I like comics, and I like movies. But a comic book movie coming out seemingly every month for the last 10 years has been … overwhelming. There are a lot of dregs out there, but also a few diamonds in the rough. Consider these Marvel Comic movies in particular, ranked from worst to best.
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