The Record Breaker: Fascinating Documentary on Ashrita Furman, the Man With the Most Guinness World Records
At first, Furman comes off as incredibly eccentric. The types of records he pursues are sometimes silly (catching the most malt balls in your mouth, as an example). But as you learn more about how he grew up, and how he chose to live his life… the pursuit of records begins to make a little more sense.
I’m a big fan of Animaniacs, but though I’ve seen a lot of episodes… I just realized that I’ve by no means seen every one. I just came across this Pinky and the Brain clip via Boing Boing and it’s totally new to me. And it’s totally awesome.
Created by Bot & Dolly (a design/engineering studio specializing in automation, robotics, and filmmaking), Box is an incredibly mesmerizing mixture of technology and robots. Using projection mapping, two flat surfaces are given the illusion of great depth.
This is all sorts of nerdy awesomeness: Commander Chris Hadfield performs a modified version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity while aboard the International Space Station. I saw one or two links posting to this video, and figured I’d watch a few seconds and quit. But the backdrop of the ISS (and the views of the Earth) made it simply impossible…
“The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.”
Created by Kijek / Adamski, the stop-motion animation was created with about 2,000 silhouettes extracted from PVC plates using a computer-controlled cutter.
I was up early this morning, running a few errands before the start of the day. As I was driving down Logan Boulevard, a flash of white caught my eye: an enormous, origami crane sitting quietly in someone’s yard. I made a mental note to stop by on my way home, but an hour or so later on my return… had forgotten all about it. Later on in the day, I decided to trek over there on foot to take a few photos.
Spotted this on BoingBoing at it absolutely blew me away. Watching and listening to this thing move leaves me in awe, to say nothing of the machine’s age.
For this site-specific installation, Creed fills half the space of a room with balloons, giving tangible form to something that’s usually invisible: the air around you. This lively artwork is meant to be enjoyed as you walk through it and not just viewed from outside. In Chicago, the artist has installed four versions of this work in different neighborhoods throughout the city, choosing a different color balloon for each site to give the installations their own feeling.
Made to look like a real toy store on the outside, the interior reveals that there are actually no toys for sale at all – just lots and lots of cardboard. Kids are encouraged to pick from a variety of cardboard boxes, each featuring an augmented reality barcode (when scanned, it reveals a possible toy that can be made). In the rear of the store is a “Workshop” area, featuring a lot of markers, crayons, scissors, tape and glue… where each child can run wild with their imagination, creating whatever they like.
As a quick overview: The Color Run is a national charity event, where participants run/walk a 5K and get doused in colorful powder along the way. Most participants don white clothing, and by the time they finish… they’re a brilliant, colorful mess.
To honor the memory of his wife and working day and night for 22 years (1960 – 1982), Manjhi carved a 110 meter long passage through a mountain in the Gehlour hills – drastically reducing the distance to the nearest village/doctor. He did all of this with hand tools.
So you know, this is a kind of commercial (it’s sponsored by Trident, hence all the gum-chewing). BUT. It’s still awesome, and still worth a watch. Normally, I dislike having two video posts back to back… but I was just laughing so much at this, I needed to share it. In case you have doubts (or in case you have…
What’s incredible to me is that there never seems to be an area where the balls are backed up. There was maybe one spot where I could see that a few balls got stuck, but other than that – no traffic jams, and things just seemed to move along at a consistent clip.