Saturday, February 28, 2015

What we anticipate seldom occurs...

First, a selection of music videos.
Interesting: Mike Rutherford cites King Crimson, the Beatles, the Stones, and Mowtown as early influences in Genesis' music.

Guitar legend Allan Holdsworth will release an album of previously unreleased tracks and you have an opportunity to pre-order with various premiums at Pledge Music. I've already made my pledge.
OK astronomy fan bois, get out your drool cups. Seems that there are two unexplained bright spots on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres. Alien bonfires or maybe raves?
Coin collecting is not difficult because sometimes you just have to look at your pocket change. For example, you can still find Buffalo Nickels that are worth between $0.50-$1.00. Read about four other old coins you can still find.

Seafarers will enjoy this 93 minute, 4K, uncut shot from the bow of a ship as it sails the South China Sea. Be sure to set the playback to 4K and go full screen.

A map of sorts. Countries of the world sorted by land area.
Know yer space probes.

The North Korean government has come up with 130 new patriotic slogans. (I hope they didn't pay their PR firm too much for this.) They are comic gold. A couple examples:
  • Let us build a fairyland for the people by dint of science! (I had to look up dint.)
  • Electricity is the lifeline of the national economy. (If you've seen the same satellite photo I have, this slogan says maybe more than they intended.)
  • Fertilizer means rice and socialism. (There's probably more fertilizer in these slogans.)
  • Builders!
Original concept art for Disney's Cinderella (1950) by Mary Blair. source
Here's the actual carriage (photographed by me at Disney's Hollywood Studios) used in the filming of Disney's new live-action Cinderella, due out next month.
In other movie news, director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) is going to make an Aliens sequel that is independent of Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection. This should be interesting.

From the craft pr0n department comes this video love letter to plywood.

The average American's stress level is in the unhealthy range (4.9 vs. 3.7 on a 10 scale) and you can probably guess what the #1 factor is. So I'll tell you #2: work.

Get lost in Lights.

...what we least expected generally happens. ~Benjamin Disraeli


Joel Mayer said...

Love the comment after bullet 2 of N Korea's snappy slogans

John said...

North Korea is just kinda creepy.