Brian Skerry: The ocean’s glory — and horror

In an era when our Conservative government cares little about conservation, this TED Talk shows both the horror and the hope of climactic and human changes to the ocean.  A more progressive approach is needed, and soon, but there is still a chance we can save our beautiful blue.

Brian Skerry: The ocean’s glory — and horror | Talk Video |

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Bean: The Ultimate Psychopath Movie Trailer

Ridiculously well done. This is creepy as hell.

Bean: The Ultimate Psychopath Movie Trailer – YouTube.

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Whipping boy

Fascinating. I’d heard the term but didn’t realise its significance.

A whipping boy was a young boy who was assigned to a young prince and was punished when the prince misbehaved or fell behind in his schooling. Whipping boys were established in the English court during the monarchies of the 15th century and 16th centuries. They were created because of the idea of the divine right of kings, which stated that kings were appointed by God, and implied that no one but the king was worthy of punishing the king’s son. Since the king was rarely around to punish his son when necessary, tutors to the young prince found it extremely difficult to enforce rules or learning.

Whipping boys were generally of high status, and were educated with the prince from birth. Because the prince and whipping boy grew up together they usually formed a strong emotional bond, especially since the prince usually did not have playmates as other children would have had. The strong bond that developed between a prince and his whipping boy dramatically increased the effectiveness of using a whipping boy as a form of punishment for a prince. The idea of the whipping boys was that seeing a friend being whipped or beaten for something that he had done wrong would be likely to ensure that the prince would not make the same mistake again.

via Whipping boy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Boba Fett Mixer

The Susan Komen pink stuff can take a flying leap. I want this mixer in my kitchen!

Boba Fett Mixer by tommyfilth on deviantART.

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2014 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award Winners

The guy on the left is my friend Michael. I was lucky enough to have visited with him just a few hours after he found out about this prize. His work is fantastic and honest and challenging, and now recognised. I am beyond thrilled for him.

2014 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award Winners Announced.

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Generation X Doesn’t Want to Hear It

Generation X is used to being ignored, stuffed between two much larger, much more vocal, demographics. But whatever! Generation X is self-sufficient. It was a latchkey child. Its parents were too busy fulfilling their own personal ambitions to notice any of its trophies—which were admittedly few and far between because they were only awarded for victories, not participation.

In fairness, Generation X could use a better spokesperson. Barack Obama is just a little too senior to count among its own, and it has debts older than Mark Zuckerberg. Generation X hasn’t had a real voice since Kurt Cobain blew his brains out, Tupac was murdered, Jeff Mangum went crazy, David Foster Wallace hung himself, Jeff Buckley drowned, River Phoenix overdosed, Elliott Smith stabbed himself twice in the heart, Axl got fat. 

Generation X is beyond all that bullshit now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up really early tomorrow morning.

Generation X is tired.

via Emptyage — Generation X Doesn't Want to Hear It.

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Video: Poppy memorial time-lapse at Tower of London from dawn to dusk – Telegraph

I got to see this in September, before the moat was totally full. A humbling and sobering sight.

Video: Poppy memorial time-lapse at Tower of London from dawn to dusk – Telegraph.

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Space Sloth

Each day I get on the train to make the half hour voyage into San Francisco for work, I am surrounded by people using their phones. Many have iPhones or iPads, and have a setting turned on that lets me send them unsolicited files through AirDrop. Where Apple envisioned it as a way to send useful files and websites to friends and acquaintances, I use it to send photos of sloths to strangers. And not just any sloths, but sloths wearing spacesuits.

I’ve done it perhaps a hundred times, and the thrill has not waned one little bit. I’ve seen reactions that range from amused to confused, but never has anyone been visibly angered.

Part of the act involves a poker face and pretending to be doing something more important so as not to be caught. Though the beauty of the technology is that your targets can be far away by the time you’ve done the deed. You may think I’m looking at a spreadsheet or playing Candy Crush, but I am trying desperately to hold my shit together knowing you saw Neil Armslow.

via I used Apple's AirDrop to troll strangers with photos of space sloths | The Verge.

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Guinness Trivia

I’m in Dublin, and the Angelus has just rung. Reminds me of this story that a friend related upon hearing the bells:

Most people think that 1759 printed on glasses is the year that Guinness was founded, but according to legend it’s actually the time that Arthur Guinness poured his first pint. Being a religious man, at exactly 6pm he had to stop in the middle of pouring it to say the Angelus Ireland still does this. We are the only country I’ve ever seen that has “6:01 news” so people can say their prayers at 6pm. In continuing to pour after this he quickly realised that he had discovered the way to pour the perfect pint.

via Pour a Guinness – Ireland favorites.

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Scott Wade’s Dirty Car Art

Dirty Car Art, aka how to guarantee they will never wash their cars again.

Image Gallery | Scott Wade’s Dirty Car Art.

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