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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Pro Skateboarder Goes to Skate Park Disguised as Old Man

This is in Spanish, which I don't speak, but you can definitely get the idea. Per Tastefully Offensive:
In this funny segment from the Spanish comedy TV show El Hormiguero, Madrid, Spain-based professional skateboarder Danny Leon pranked a group of young skaters at a skate park by pretending to attempt skateboarding for the first time while disguised as an 80-year-old man.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Independence Day links

Want some inspiration? Read Lincoln's 1858 speech on the meaning of Independence Day: "Let us stick to it then. Let us stand firmly by it then." More excellent speeches from Coolidge (1926) and Reagan (1986). Video of the Reagan speech is here.


Journal of the American Revolutions' 10 Myths for the Fourth of July and Breaking News From 1776: First News Reports of Independence.

All about the Statue of Liberty.


Videos: The Science of Fireworks and of Barbecue.

PBS's description of various fireworks effects, and a quiz.

America The Beautiful: the story of the song.


When in the course of human events... here's the full text of the Declaration of Independence.


Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Video: excellent shark avoidance advice: Don't go in the ocean - that's the shark's house

Veronica-Pooh Nash Poleate, a Tennessee school counselor, made a video on shark safety tips: 
That's the shark's house. The shark has a right to eat you up when you in his house. When chickens come in my house, guess what. They get ate.

Thursday links

One for you New Yorkers: extraordinary collection of footage of NYC taken between 1896 and 1905, with maps.

The First Car Accident.


Communist Dollhouses: Stasi Chic in Miniature.

Winner of The 2015 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, plus some previous winners.

Python Realized (Too Late) That Eating a Whole Porcupine Is Actually a Very, Very Bad Idea.

Discussion of the legal implications of using velociraptors in war.

ICYMI, Tuesday's links are here, and include the anniversary of the Night of the Long Knives, an extremely weird Norwegian potato chip video, funny clothing tags, the winners of NOAA's weather photo contest, and North Korean propaganda videos.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Extraordinary collection of footage of NYC taken between 1896 and 1905, with maps

This collection of footage was taken between 1896 and 1905 and shows various places around New York City, all identifiable by location on a map.



Via youtube, in order they are:

1. Panorama from Times Building, New York - W. 42nd Street and 7th Avenue, up 6th Ave ending at Times Square

2. Interior N.Y. Subway, 14th St. to 42nd St. ending at the Old Grand Central Station

3. Opening of New East River Bridge, New York - Williamsburg Bridge, on the East River

4. 'Move On' - A fruit market somewhere on the lower East Side

5. At the Foot of The Flatiron, or Fuller Building on Broadway and 23rd Street, on the Broadway side near the narrow north corner.

6. Parade of "Exempt" Firemen - Washington Square Park (Greenwich Village) showing Washington Square Arch

7. Panorama of Blackwell's Island, N.Y. - Heading along the eastern shore of Blackwell's Island, known today as Roosevelt Island. Shows Lighthouse Park and the construction of the Queensboro Bridge over Roosevelt Island, with Manhattan in the far background.

8. Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River - On the Hudson River, looking toward the piers of Lower Manhattan. Shows approximately where the World Trade Center would be located many years later. 

9. Old site of the New York Aquarium (which moved to Coney Island in 1957) and Battery Park.

10. Panorama of Flatiron Building - Looking south from Madison Square across Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street

11. Parade of Horses on Speedway - on the West Bank of the Harlem River, Highbridge in North Manhattan. Taken from Harlem River Drive, the footage shows the old High Bridge at 175th Street and the Washington Bridge at 181st Street

12. Lower Broadway - Looking north up Lower Broadway from Wall Street, at the Trinity Churchyard Cemetery

13. Looking along the length of 23rd Street, with the elevated EI in the background.

14. Time-lapse demolition of the Star Theatre on 13th Street and Broadway.

15. Buffalo Bill's Wild West Parade on Fifth Avenue

16. Skating on the Lake - Ice skating in Central Park

17. Dewey Arch stood at Madison Square over 5th Avenue between 25th and 24th Streets. It was demolished in 1900.

18. Automobile Parade - Downtown Manhattan on the corner of E. 27th Street and Madison Avenue, with the old Madison Square Garden in the background (now the New York Life Building). Stanford White, the building's architect, was murdered in the rooftop restaurant.

19. New York Police Parade - Parade turning into 14th Street from Broadway. In the background is Morton Hose, today the Union Square Theatre.

20. A month earlier from almost the same spot, footage shows the great blizzard that year. In the background is the statue of Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, who designed the Statue of Liberty. The statue still stands today.

21. Union Square - a fight between two newspaper sellers, likely young boys.

22. Panorama from the Tower of Brooklyn Bridge

23. Liberty Island - the island which holds the Statue of Liberty was called Bedloe's Island until 1956. The statue was erected 12 years before this footage was taken.

24. Racing At Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island. Old maps indicate that the race track was east of Ocean Avenue, between avenues X and Y.

25. Union Square, looking north-east from the corner of E 16th Street, with 33 E.17th Street Center Publishing Company in the background.

26. Mounted Police in Central Park

27. Bergen Beach near Coney Island. Shooting the Chutes was one of the first amusement rides.

28. The oldest footage of New York City ever - 11 May 1896 - Herald Square, at the intersection of Broadway, 6th Avenue and 34th Street.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday links

June 30, 1934 was the Night of the Long Knives, Hitler's purge of those standing in his way.

Pee, not chlorine, causes red eyes from swimming pools.


The Frightening Yet Fascinating World Of North Korean Propaganda Videos.

The weirdest thing you'll see all day: this Norwegian potato chip video.

Here are the winners of NOAA's 'Weather in Focus' photo contest.

Funniest Clothing Tags Ever: this is an open list, so you can add your own.

ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include the battleship built in Union Square (NYC) in 1917, video of a 57-story modular skyscraper being constructed in 19 days, and a gallery of terrifying prehistoric sea monsters.

Winner of The 2015 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, plus some previous winners

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A 10-year-old mutt named Quasi Modo, whose spinal birth defects left her a bit hunchbacked, is the winner of this year's World's Ugliest Dog contest.

The pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix and her owner took the $1,500 prize Friday night, besting 25 other dogs competing in the contest that applauds imperfection, organizers said.


I dunno - choosing a deformed dog who wouldn't be ugly if it weren't for the deformation seems wrong to me. This runner-up looks like a better bet:


And last year's winner was much uglier:


2013 winner:


I don't see it - this dog is not that ugly.

2012:


Monday, June 29, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Video: watch a 57-story modular skyscraper go up in 19 days

A Chinese entrepreneur who took just 19 days to build a 57-story tower says he has triggered a construction revolution. And his dreams soar far, far higher.
Steel is delivered to one of Broad Group’s six huge hangar-like factories, where it is machine-cut and welded into one of a few basic modules – a column, crossbeam or floor section. These are then loaded on to lorries and driven to the site, where they are slotted into place like Tetris pieces, and finally bolted and welded together.
The company behind the construction, Broad Sustainable Building, previously built a 30-story building in Changsha in just 15 days.


Video: BBC's documentary "Bat-Crocodile War", if the bats had bombs and the crocs had light sabers

I'm not sure what weapon(s) the bats are using, actually: apparently they're from Halo (wiki) and I've never played it. If you know, please supply the information in the comments. Per youtube:
Many sounds from Halo 4 including Plasma Pistol, Bolt Shot Rifle, Fuel Rod Cannon, Carbine Rifle (zoom and shots), and Armour Abilities.