We know gravity, but visualizing it on the fabric of space-time can be a bit daunting. This excellent video shows a simple way to visualize gravity, and on its way plays along with some pretty interesting facts and trivia. It is about 10 minutes long, but it is 10 minutes well spent.
Watch as expert pencil sharpener David Rees starts off with a small tutorial on sharpening a pencil. Yes, sharpening pencils is an art. The video “How to Sharpen Pencils” takes the viewer through a tutorial on how to sharpen a pencil like a gentleman or a lady, not in the least using modern peasant-like tools as exemplified by pencil sharpeners. You could order a newly sharpened pencil through Rees’ website, but the inventory is all sold out till 2014. There is always a book that could come in handy to learn the skill of pencil sharpening.
Butterfly wings are colorful and beautiful, and mysteries of things get deeper when you take a closer look at them; electron microscope close. Destin at SmarterEveryDay took a few samples of butterfly wings and headed over to the Georgia State University. At the university, Dr. Robert Simmons put the wings under a scanning electron microscope to show the butterfly wing in stunning detail, with even the tiny micrometer sized structures in the wings showing up in excellent detail.
Watching this video, you realize that cats are quite consistent in their “meow” throughout the world, though the others can vary quite a bit between languages. A nice touch to the video is that native speakers of the language say the word out for you, so it’s quite fun to watch and you get a feel of the actual local pronunciation as well.
There is always time to watch something like the Ferrari Enzo drift in slow motion.
The television has been universally regarded as the “idiot box” ever since it came into being. It sits so firm on the title, we seem to have forgotten the new, improved idiot box that rolled around: the smartphone. iDiot is a very cute animation that takes a dig at our smartphone addiction, more specifically, the iPhone that we all heart so much. Cute robots parade a world, enjoying their smartphones, and doing, well, the dumb things we love to do with our smartphones. The video environment was created using cardboards and the robots come from a real Japanese robot kit. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go stare at my smartphone screen.
Hominid is an animation written and directed by Brian Andrews and produced at the Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. The video shows insects who apparently have forsaken their exoskeletons in favor of human skeletons. It’s weirdly fascinating and creepy.
A warehouse on the demolition list in Brisbane gets its blaze of glory before it goes down, in the video titled Limitless. Filmmaker Selina Miles worked with street artists Sofles, Fintan Magee, Treas and Quench, who were given an unlimited amount of Ironlak paint and asked to unleash their talents on the warehouse.
Kids do disgusting and weird stuff, only, it is “cute” when kids do it, but can get totally weird if adults do it.
For those who are not keeping track, Professor X is busy firing X-Men in a series of sketches. Firing the mutants goes from cruel to extra cruel, as they get ripped a new one by the Professor for the series of sketches called Ex-Men. So far, the Professor has fired Wolverine, Gambit and Angel, and now it’s turn of the very “useless” Jubilee.