I’m not interested in sending you all out to stuff that is just a big joke, so here’s some for real cool stuff to check out.
Let’s ease into it with this balloon cat. How delightful and static-y.
Now, I know this might seem really pranky, but it’s for real and amazing. Look at the skill.
I’ve just signed up for a bike sharing program here, so I will have to really remember my helmet wherever I go. Gotta say things would be easier with this awesome design. Fold down helmet! Please.
I’m a huge fan of dogs. I’m a huge fan of rescue dogs. So I’m always a huge fan of tactics to help find rescue dogs forever homes, like this wonderful photobooth initiative. Such sweeties.
I know this was released very close to April Fool’s, but Google’s Pacman layover of maps is a super fun thing! I love it when Google make the fun things, whenever it is.
Morbid but beautiful, ‘Memento Mori‘ is a book that documents sacred sites around the world where human skeletons are displayed. The ways that cultures do this the world over is fascinating.
Have you seen those ‘Shot on iPhone 6’ advertisements around? They’re lining the walls of my subway station right now. So I’m kinda in love with this parody of it, “Also Shot On iPhone 6“.
A quick snippet about how sriracha hot sauce is made! I like the sort of hypnotic factory footage. Mmm, bottles of hot.
Not sure how the drone fared with fireworks attached to it, but the results are gorgeous.
The concept and execution of these movie director portraits is incredible! I’d for real hang this David Lynch one.
I know I don’t have the patience for art. I know because I look at incredible stuff like this and figure I’d have a hissy fit 10 minutes in. But look how pretty and detailed! I’m thankful there’s patient artistic people out there. Make sure to click through for the time lapses.
I need one of these for my desk at work. Or at least I need to figure out how I can make one.
Hello! Here’s an excuse to share cute pictures of Jake putting up with the gaming we do. Poor tortured soul.
Then there was that one time he just gave up and slept on the shelf.
But sometimes he comes to conventions with us!
Greetings, and welcome to your mid-week round of links and fun distractions.
Here’s a little frog riding a beetle, because what could be better? “Hey guys, look at me!”
Dogs are awesome – obviously – and this 5 minute video gives a great picture of how awesome they are with smelling. It’s amazing seeing the breakdown of biology of how smelling for dogs work. For instance, I had no idea dogs breathe in through their nostrils, but out through small slits on the sides of their nose! Whaaaa!
This app, Pivot, looks pretty awesome. An augmented reality sort of thing, where you can be in a place and see the comparison to how it looked through historical photos. So cool! More info is on their Kickstarter.
Local Toronto artist Daniel Rotsztain is visiting every branch of the Toronto Public Library and drawing them – you can see all the sketches here! I think this is my fave so far:
While it’s a bit hyperbolic and silly and US-centric (tis a Buzzfeed production after all), it’s still interesting to see countries compared by their actual sizes and how much different they look when represented not on the Mercator map projection.
Embroidering scenes as she travels, textile artist Teresa Lim creates beautiful keepsakes. I wish I had the skills to try something like this, they’re like little fabric postcards.
I love the patterns created by this artist pouring paint! Super trippy and colourful. I’d love to have something like that hanging in my apartment.
“Better Book Store Sections” has me crying with laughter. Especially “meals you intend to make but never will”. Yeah.
I said dogs are awesome up there – I have a specific love for pups, but I think all animals are amazing. Check out this tricksy praying mantis that makes itself look like an orchid! Next level shit.
I want this. I want many of them, so I can put all the things in them all over my apartment and my desk at work!
Okay, more awesome animals. Because it’s amazing how much fun these squirrels are having. I mean, really.
I don’t understand how it’s already Wednesday, but also, how is is only Wednesday? Hump day, you vex me. Onto the fun stuff!
First of all, I’ve been watching and rewatching and sharing this everywhere, but it needs to take first mention here. Magic dogs. I love it.
Animal problems. They’re real, and they’re adorably illustrated by Geoff Hewer-Candee over at this Tumblr.
Let’s talk about some REAL distractions, like the incredible archive of MS DOS games now available on the Internet Archive! There’s a little about the process behind it here. There are so many to play, right in your browser! Have you any idea how awesome that is? Especially for me to relive all those hours of..
Interspecies friends always make me happy. This squirrel is so persistent, and the dog is so patient! Although I imagine it’s nice to have someone combing around in your fur 🙂 There’s a load more videos here!
Speaking of interspecies interactions.. this kitten’s reactions are pretty priceless. GIF included for good laughs. Oh, the look of terror!
Who knew bananas could be a medium for art? Their very browning nature must make this tough..
If I still played D&D, I’d be on these dice like.. a flash! *zing* The only thing that would be better is if they made a *womp-womp* noise on a critical fail.
It’s amazing what folks can do with digital media nowadays.. these GIFs show the colouring of B&W photos so that they look like they were always meant to be that way. It’s incredible!
This dude climbed the ice next to Niagara Falls. It’s terrifying, when you think about it, and especially when you see the scale of it:
I love the style of these pieces – ‘Super Families‘ – there’s something really sweet about the way they are framed. And it’s safe to say I definitely want this one, because have you met me?
I’m usually not too taken with landscapes unless they really stand out to me – and these did. Look how dreamy they are. Finland! Gosh.
While we’re on dreamy, and somewhat humbling (or should that be Hubbling?) in sense of scale. Check out this amazing image of the ‘Pillars of Creation’ taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s hard to believe something that incredible exists, but look at it.
If you are an animal lover like me, you’ll enjoy this Digital Dozen of animal-related stuff. Obviously dog-heavy, because have you met me? Lots of vids and images and generally things to warm your Wednesday!
This guy knows what’s up.
Look at these beautiful tiny animal embroideries. So delicate.
Sweet hedgehog who can accidentally play some alright improv piano jazz! His name is Marutaro and you’ll want to see more about him here, of course.
Someone in LA is fundraising on IndieGogo for a dog cafe right now! Yesssss!! Take that, cat cafes. I hope they get off the ground, especially considering the idea is to have the dogs there up for adoption to find their forever homes 😀
This rat knows what he likes, and broccoli just is not it. Hilariously the opposite of my dog Jake who WHINES if you’re chopping it and won’t give him scraps.
Pringle is kinda the best lizard, am I right?
Can dogs see in colour, or just black and white? This is a short, informative video that says yeah, they kinda can see some colour.
“Animal Problems” is a really sweet Tumblr blog of little illustrations.
Kanzi the bonobo makes a fire & roasts marshmallows, because wouldn’t you? Also, how amazing are chimpanzees? Oh man. I love the tentative nibble he gives at the freshly roasted treats.
This hamster is such a greedy guts! It’s a small clip of a hamster stuffing his cheeks, then showing an x-ray version of it which is kind of incredible!
If only we could all find our perfect chill zone like this cat – watching videos of Slayer from the couch.