Sunday, April 22, 2018

Windows Math

How to Speak Meerkat

In this segment from the BBC Earth series Natural World, Dr. Marta Manser studies the language meerkats use to communicate with each other. Yes, she's scaring them with a fake jackal. Sir David Attenborough makes it sound wonderfully dramatic. (via Tastefully Offensive)


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The Sisterhood of the Mother Cats

I posted about the TinyKitten birth watch webcam a couple of weeks ago, in which three feral cats awaited their litters of kittens. Black cat Ramona gave birth first, and now has four kittens. Rula, the other black cat, had three. Chloe, the ginger cat, just gets bigger every day. Here we see Ramona and her four kittens making a big fuss over Chloe. Is Ramona comforting Chloe? Is she trying to warn her what she's in for? Or is she just climbing on Chloe to get away from all those kittens? In a later video, we see that they've settled down bit, and it appears that Ramona is comforting Chloe as her labor pains strengthen.

Check out the live webcam to follow Chloe's labor and imminent birth.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Government Officials Stick Together

Charlie Eilhardt noticed a perfect example of a crash blossom in a headline in Thursday's Alameda Sun. You can just picture the City Manager and the District Attorney trying to walk around with their heads taped together, presumably duct tape. What we have in two words in a row, "tapes" and "head," that are both used as either a noun or a verb. What is really happening is that secret recordings will be given to the prosecutor. You can enlarge the picture to read the story. (via Dave Barry)

The New Boat has a Name

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These Six Stories Are as British as it Gets

There's a royal wedding coming up, as Prince Harry will marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19, and today Queen Elizabeth II turns 92 years old. In honor of the occasion, let's celebrate British culture with a compilation video from Great Big Story, in which we will learn about about swan uppers, beadles, jellied eels, the Queen's stand-in, the world's best taxi drivers, and the history of the British obsession with tea. The eels are last, so you can stop there if you're squeamish. I did. 

Stark Snark

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There you are, acting like popping bubble wrap is an uncontrollable urge, when really all you want to do is touch Michael B. Jordan's muscles. (via Buzzfeed)

The True and the False Self

The School of Life explains something that many (but not all) parents know instinctively: that children need freedom to flourish and the security of unconditional acceptance before they can learn to be their true selves. There will be plenty of time as they grow to teach empathy, social norms, and the rules of civilization. British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott tells us that young children who don't get the chance to be normal selfish kids may end up paying for that deprivation later in life. A transcript of this video can be found at The Book of Life. (via Laughing Squid)


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Flowers and Trees

The classic Silly Symphonies cartoon from 1932. Flowers and Trees was the first cartoon to win an Oscar for animated shorts, a category introduced in 1932.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Cannot Be

Every Rod Serling Twilight Zone Opening Monologue

Rod Serling perdonally introduced every episode of The Twilight Zone, setting us up for the awesome story to follow. The intros were not timed, and came in many different lengths. Yet they all ended the same way. In this video, they are all synched to end together. It's weird, but the payoff at the end is worth it. (via Boing Boing)

Kylo Ren Explains The Last Jedi

Now that he's caught up with the story so far, Supreme Leader Ren, or Supreme Leader Kylo, or Supreme Leader Ben, lets us in on how he sees his progress and where things may go from here. He's pretty confident in this video from Auralnauts.   


Nothing Compares 2 U

Prince originally wrote "Nothing Compares 2 U" for his side project The Family. The song was purportedly about Susannah Melvoin. After the release of one album in 1984, the members of The Family were reorganized into Prince & The Revolution. The song was later a global hit for SinĂ©ad O'Connor in 1990. To coincide with the two-year anniversary of Prince's death tomorrow, his estate has released the original studio recording, accompanied by video footage of Prince & The Revolution's rehearsal sessions from 1984.  (via Uproxx)

Miss Cellania's Links

Time's Most Influential People of 2018. They are divided into categories instead of ranking, and each have a tribute written by their biggest fan.

The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool. (via Metafilter)

A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

How the Panama Canal Took a Huge Toll On the Contract Workers Who Built It. The world's greatest infrastructure project took ten years and thousands of lives, but even more were permanently injured. 

The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

After an 11-year-old Navajo girl was kidnapped, her family and friends sprang into action to find her. Why did it take so long for law enforcement to join them? (via Digg)

Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

Why in the World Did Ancient Humans Perform Brain Surgery on This Cow? It could have been practice for human trepanation.

The Restaurant Industry Ran a Private Poll on the Minimum Wage. It Did Not Go Well for Them. (via Boing Boing)