The Royal Game of Ur is a board game that’s at least four and a half thousand years old, and was played in the Middle East by the Sumerians. The rules itself are fairly straightforward, and the gameplay results in some surprisingly exciting scenarios.
It’s a really long movie, clocking in at an hour and a half. I jumped around a lot, and the more I saw… the more I remembered. The talking dog, the evil witch/mother, the princess, the princess-looking mouse, the other mouse who was old and had a sword.
I’m excited to share video from that event, where I had the good fortune to kick off the show. While I’ve done a lot of these short talks before – I decided to mix it up a little more this time. My answer to the question “How Does It Work” involved me singing. Well, a few “me’s” singing. It’s a little hard to explain.
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For those of you familiar with Yakko’s World, this is a variation on the original… with all the countries spoken through dialog found in movies.
Thomas Dambo is an artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and works primarily with recycled materials. His “Forgotten Giants” series consists of six, large-scale sculptures that are hidden in the woods.
When the site loaded up, I looked at it and thought “Wait, this isn’t right.” This is… someone else’s wedding? A whole host of thoughts ran through my mind. Did my domain expire? Did someone take over my site, replacing my images with theirs? Where did all our wedding photos go?
Ten Meter Tower is a fascinating, short documentary about decision and doubt. A part of the New York Times’s Op-Docs, the project found 67 people from an online ad, who had never been on a 10-meter (33 feet) diving tower before.
We noticed this thing with Daisy, though. When she starts eating, she grabs a big mouthful and just goes to town. She won’t try to pick out a modest piece – she’ll grab as much as she can manage, and then wrestle the whole thing in the air as she slowly chews it down.
Watching Adam and Norm create this machine from scratch was a delight. There is something great about watching nerds in their nerd zone, totally nerding it up. It’s amazing.
For two years, filmmaker Jennifer Crandall has crisscrossed this deep Southern state, inviting people to look into a camera and share a part of themselves through the words of Walt Whitman. The 19th century poet’s “Song of Myself” is a quintessential reflection of our American identities.
I happened across this short clip of Astro Teller, talking about failure. Teller, whose name wasn’t cool enough and so needed an even cooler job title, is currently “Captain of Moonshots” at X (which is a very cool company).
“All the entrants are people who neither have the technical expertise, determination, nor the focus it takes to build an actual robot. That is why the robots in this contest can barely even move forward, and why they put on stunningly crappy sumo matches.”
I also love Jones’ incredibly dry descriptions, like when he just nonchalantly says “This is atropa belladonna. Four berries are enough to kill a child.”