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Film! Film! Film!
Pretty funny Russian animation about the challenges of making a movie. Made in 1968 by Fyodor Khitruk, it catalogs all the frustrations and mix-ups associated with a big production. Check out this episode about the movie director trying to make little girl sing...
Just recently we had to make our 2-year-old son to sit still for the portrait picture, so we can relate to this... See the whole animation (with English subtitles): Part 1 and Part 2.
Today's pictures & links:
(original unknown, click to enlarge)
Death and Taxes
A very interesting visual of the US 2009 proposed budget... where are federal tax dollars going? This is only a small part of larger image, click to see the whole picture - read info and buy the print here.
(image credit: Wallstats.com)
A video interview with the creator of the death and taxes poster - here. - via
Don't tip him over!
(Photo by Ross Land/Getty Images for DAGOC)
"A 300kg Saudi camel is hoisted onto a truck in Doha, Qatar. Camels are priced depending on weight, age and condition; a typical 300kg Camel can sell for just 4,000 Qatar Riyals (approximately USD 1,000)"
A Room with a View
(image credit: NASA)
Astronaut Karen Nyberg, STS-124 mission specialist, looks through a window in the newly installed Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station.
Mixed fresh links for today:
Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction - [unbelievable]
5 Enormous cracks (earthquake faults, that is) - [wow nature]
Goggles... steampunk defined - [geek tech]
More crazy, incredible tables - [design]
Rotating houses of all sorts - [architecture]
Dead Water Phenomenon Explained - [nature]
Nothing's wrong with my car! - [car video]
Stair Kayaking - [fun video]
Cruel Claymation Chess - [cool video]
A community for financial news, ideas, and tips - [promotion]
The "Burning Man" right before the burn
This picture was included in the interesting round-up on WebEcoist 20 Failed Green Innovations. Here is how they put it: "The great green statement of last year’s Burning Man went up in smoke."
(image credit: Barry M.)
Three Cups of Latte? - via
Monteregian hills (a view from space):
(image credit: NASA)
Speaking of incredible textures, visible from space - here is The Rub' al Khali Desert, which covers parts of Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen:
That was NASA's Picture of the Day, by the way, see a lot more here.
Zooey and Marvin
We like this picture... good addition to our "Ladies and Robots" article. Check out "The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy" website, it has pretty nifty opening sequence.
Zooey DeSchanel and Marvin, The Paranoid Android
More Zooey goodness:
Strange Traits in Fashion
African girls traditionally have the ultimate hair style:
(a lot more images here - pretty much nsfw)
(images credit: Atilla Szili)
"Unmarried girl from the Himba tribe in Northern Namibia. Women cover their bodies with a paste made from red ochre, sweet smelling herbs, and butterfat. The paste also helps hold together the braids in their hair...Unmarried women wear their hair braids over the forehead covering partially their face."
In the meantime, Japanese schoolgirls...
(image credit: Jeff "Boof" Bordman)
And a great fashion accessory for those pretending to be very busy in office:
Frozen in Time
Catch that moment!... Sebastien Bourdais gets into trouble in Australia:
Is your kitchen hip enough?
Does it include these cool items? -
(order it here)
Just don't go too far re-decorating it:
Such walls and ceilings are prone to go bad, you know.
More from the "Improbable Research"
This wonderful site continues to list things that people are seriously researching.
"The Role of Armadillos in the Movement of Archaeological Materials: An Experimental Approach"
"Ovulatory Cycle Effects on Tip Earnings by Lap Dancers: Economic Evidence for Human Estrus?"
"The Role of Auditory Cues in Modulating the Perceived Crispness and Staleness of Potato Chips"
"You Bastard: A Narrative Exploration of the Experience of Indignation within Organizations"
"The Definite Article: Acknowledging 'The' in Index Entries"
"Dung Preference of the Dung Beetle Scarabaeus cristatus Fab"
"Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly."
Amen to the last one.
Very possibly Photoshopped sign:
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