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04 Sep 17:31

Tiny Shrimp-like Organisms Try to Illuminate the Insides of Fish That Eat Them

by Christopher Jobson

Tiny Shrimp like Organisms Try to Illuminate the Insides of Fish That Eat Them science fish biology

Tiny Shrimp like Organisms Try to Illuminate the Insides of Fish That Eat Them science fish biology

Tiny Shrimp like Organisms Try to Illuminate the Insides of Fish That Eat Them science fish biology

No, these aren’t light vomiting fish, though you would be forgiven for thinking so because that’s exactly what it looks like. What you’re seeing is the defense mechanism of a tiny crustacean called an ostracod, a shrimp-like organism about 1mm in size that some fish accidentally eat while hunting for plankton. When eaten by a translucent cardinalfish, the ostracod immediately releases a bioluminescent chemical in an attempt to illuminate the fish from the inside, making it immediately identifiable to predators. WHAT. Not wanting to be eaten, the cardinalfish immediately spits out the ostracod, resulting in little underwater fish fireworks. What an incredible game of evolutionary cat and mouse. The clip above is from a new show on BBC Two called Super Senses. If you’re in the UK you can watch it online in HD for a few more days. (via For Science Sake)

09 Sep 15:31

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress

by Christopher Jobson

Starting this month Verizon FiOS customers can get upload speeds every bit as fast as their download speeds. Since that means faster, easier sharing of high-res illustrations, designs, and photos, FiOS is sponsoring a series of posts on Colossal to help us commission and share these super hi-res animated GIFs from some of the most amazing artists we could find.

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress history gifs black and white animation

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress history gifs black and white animation

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress history gifs black and white animation

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress history gifs black and white animation

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress history gifs black and white animation

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress history gifs black and white animation

Art director and designer Kevin Weir uses historical black and white photographs forgotten to time as the basis for his quirky—and slightly disturbing—animated GIFs. His path to online GIF superstardom began when he was in high school. He tells us that “my parents’ boss bought me a copy of Photoshop and I decided I wanted to be some kind of designer.” Having mastered the software, he found himself five years later “making black and white GIFs as a way to occupy myself during the downtime of an internship I had during grad school.” He shared the images on his Tumblr, Flux Machine where they quickly went viral.

Weir makes use of photographs he finds in the Library of Congress online archive, and is deeply drawn to what he calls “unknowable places and persons,” images with little connection to present day that he can use as blank canvas for his weird ideas. Perhaps it’s the nature of his imagination, or maybe a result of the medium’s limited frames of animation to communicate anything too serious, but despite the creepiness factor, it’s hard to not to smile at the absurdity of his ideas.

Weir is now an art director at Droga5 in NYC, he also also animates music videos and sassy birds.

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress history gifs black and white animation Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress history gifs black and white animation

09 Sep 16:45

A mesmerizing pendulum wave demonstration with 16 bowling balls in a North Carolina forest

by Christopher Jobson

A mesmerizing pendulum wave demonstration with 16 bowling balls in a North Carolina forest video physics math kinetic sculpture

If you’ve ever been to a science museum or taken a physics class, you’ve probably encountered an example of a pendulum wave. This video shows a large-scale pendulum wave contraption built on private property in the mountains of North Carolina, near Burnsville. The mechanism relies on 16 precisely hung bowling balls on a wooden frame that swing in hypnotic patterns for a cycle of about 2 minute and 40 seconds. Via Maria Ikenberry who filmed the clip:

The length of time it takes a ball to swing back and forth one time to return to its starting position is dependent on the length of the pendulum, not the mass of the ball. A longer pendulum will take longer to complete one cycle than a shorter pendulum. The lengths of the pendula in this demonstration are all different and were calculated so that in about 2:40, the balls all return to the same position at the same time – in that 2:40, the longest pendulum (in front) will oscillate (or go back and forth) 50 times, the next will oscillate 51 times, and on to the last of the 16 pendula which will oscillate 65 times.

Because the piece is outdoors, a number of factors prevent the balls from precisely lining up at the end, but it’s still easy to get the idea. In a perfectly controlled environment you get something like this.

Update: The pendulum was built by Appalachian State University teacher and artist Jeff Goodman.

19 Aug 13:19

Shakespeare Viewing Tip

Chelsea Pearson

YYYYYIIIIT'S BEEEEEEN

05 Aug 17:34

it’s a guy thing

by kris

20140805-sarcasm

you wouldn’t understand, ha ha

for @ryanhartmanwins

26 Aug 05:42

DID IT HURT

by kris

20140826-modolk

WHEN YOU FELL FROM HEAVEN

a reminder! i will be at PAX this weekend in bandland, and all the details on my appearances and panels are in this handy post.

19 Jul 13:13

Cool Hand Luke

by Steve Napierski
Cool Hand Luke

While this, Star Wars/GTAV mashup, might not be the best Photoshop manipulation I have ever seen, it did make me laugh and that’s the true measure of internet humor.

source: deviantART
16 Nov 23:13

The Unsettling GIFs of a ‘Cloned’ Erdal Inci

by Danny Olda
Turkish artist Erdal Inci has a peculiarly unnerving style.  He mixes videos and special effects to create trance-inducing GIFs.  Inci uses a strange cloning effect on short snippets of video he often shoots in and around Istanbul, then turns these videos into the animated image file.  The numerous cloned figures coupled with the never-ending loop of the GIF results in a very unsettling animation.  It's difficult to stop watching though the simple scene endlessly repeats.  The infinitely long line of figures walking in lockstep or perpetually repeating objects lend a feeling not unlike that of a fever dream. See more of Erdal Inci's GIFs after the jump.
21 Jan 18:14

We always keep an emergency stash.

Chelsea Pearson

Nacho problem.



We always keep an emergency stash.

13 May 23:21

They mostly come out at night, mostly...

by Iain

H. R. Giger has passed away unexpectedly, at age 74. For the few that do not recognize the name, Giger was a surrealist artist and sculptor who applied his unique “machine/human hybrid” style of work to the design of the iconic monsters from the Alien movie franchise.

Regular readers will know that many LEGO builders have recreated creatures, scenes and vehicles from the Alien movies over the years. So it seems fitting for us to celebrate Giger’s life with some Alien-themed LEGO builds. The two shown here, by the Arvo brothers, are no doubt familiar to many of you.


But instead of reviewing a lot of older builds, I’d like to show you some completely new ones! Flickr member Missing Brick has carefully recreated memorable scenes from the 2nd movie in the franchise using customized minifigs, huge sets, creative lighting, and vehicle designs adapted from the work of fellow builders.

Click below the fold to see them all. WARNING: What follows is several pages of glorious LEGO Aliens movie scene-porn! Revel in it at your own peril, and remember to nuke the site from orbit afterwards. It’s the only way to be sure.

“Hey Bishop, do the thing with the knife!”

“Well I can operate that loader over there…”

The marines prepare to get their asses handed to them by a bunch of aliens…

“Stop yer grinnin’ and drop yer linen!”

“I’m telling you man, they’re inside the perimeter!”

“There must be an explanation, something we missed…”
    

SCUTTLE SCUTTLE SCUTTLE SCUTTLE

“You always were an asshole, Gorman”

“Hold on Newt, we’re coming for you!”

Excessive dramatic tension scene number 47

Punch it, Bishop!

Dropship and APC (based on designs by Larry Lars and others)

25 Aug 10:30

Jonpaul Douglass: Pizza in the Wild

by Editor@juxtapoz.com (Mary Slinkert)
Chelsea Pearson

Squirrel heaven.

Jonpaul Douglass: Pizza in the Wild
What if pizzas grew on trees, or suddenly appeared out of thin air? Pizza in the Wild by Jonpaul Douglass, shows a series of photographs taken of pepperoni pizza in odd places. Clean compositions of whole pizzas and the occasional slice hanging, balancing, slipping, and melting off all kinds of random things, including the back of a pony. 
16 Aug 19:27

Photo

by High Noon in the Garden of Good & Evil


11 Aug 14:20

Photo



18 Aug 16:41

Watch incredible ‘electronic makeup’ change and transform human face


 
A jaw-dropping short video of Nobumichi Asai‘s real-time face tracking combined with projection mapping of “electronic makeup” applied to a model’s face.

I see a new Björk or FKA twigs video using this technology in the near...

23 Jul 06:35

via @ajlobster​

Chelsea Pearson

There is no dana.

15 Jul 18:01

Jason Edmiston tackled my Fanboy Just Like Us, with this awesome...

Chelsea Pearson

#lifeisfragile



Jason Edmiston tackled my Fanboy Just Like Us, with this awesome little “collaboration” which will be available at #SDCC from either Jason (booth #5015) or me (booth #2743)

Edition of 100 - $30

17 Jul 17:18

Great Job, Internet!: Giant movie monsters trash classical landscapes in “The Ancient Kaiju Project”

by William Hughes

The tendency to mash modern pop culture together with images from a more conservative past—exemplified by “thrift store painting,” the trend of picking up old cheap motel art and then painting stormtroopers or whatever over it—has an element of ironic mockery that often undercuts some of the fun. That’s part of what makes Oliver Wetter’s “Ancient Kaiju Project” so refreshing. Wettel has taken digital images of classic landscape paintings, like Thomas Moran’s “The Juniata, Evening,” and added in giant monsters and other creatures from pop culture, like the kaiju from Pacific Rim. By working only with digital files, and by concentrating on emulating the style and brushwork of the original art, Wetter creates images that manage to be reverent to the original artists, even while they depict Godzilla stomping around their handiwork.

You can see more of “The Ancient Kaiju Project” on Wetter’s blog ...

17 Jul 03:10

Jean & Scott, Episode 8 by Max Wittert (Twitter:...

by skinnygirlscomic




Jean & Scott, Episode 8 by Max Wittert

(Twitter: TallBlondNRich / Instagram: FionaSnapple)

See previous episodes:

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7

15 Jul 19:30

Types of Commas [thenamenononehas]







Types of Commas [thenamenononehas]

15 Jul 13:33

The Thing With the Blue Milk

by nobody@flickr.com (Avanaut)

Avanaut posted a photo:

The Thing With the Blue Milk

Little Known Fact: The Tusken Raiders, A.K.A. The Sandpeople, were a little too keen on drinking the blue milk. Their metabolism caused it to act like alcohol in their body and, well, you know what happens when you refuse to serve another drink to someone who's had too much. The Mos Eisley Cantina had a roof full of blaster holes.

The band, The Modal Nodes, they were jumpy from all the shooting and could not perform for another week – again. Han Solo, on the other hand, was not bothered at all, he played another round of Sabacc with Greedo as if nothing had happened. Yeah, they were both badass gamblers.

I've tried to get this to work many times ever since my second Lego image (well, second and third) uploaded to Flickr. The reflections from a live laser beam make the camera sensor go awry, the sensor just cannot read the parallel waves of laser light coming at it, and as a result the reflections appear as noise. One just has to accept that, or just photoshop the beam in. I didn't want to photoshop the beam in, hence the noisy reflections.

Oh well, moving on...

17 Jul 17:46

War & Pizza! Print for the iam8bit ’COWABUNGA! 30...

Chelsea Pearson

Go for the glory!



War & Pizza!

Print for the iam8bit ’COWABUNGA! 30 Years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ gallery show in LA - opening this weekend! Detail HERE!

14 Jul 18:22

ifc: The right way to approach Mondays.

Chelsea Pearson

I'm a little stinky boy, doodly DOO!



ifc:

The right way to approach Mondays.

14 Jul 17:42

This was quite a journey! I spent the better part of a day going...

















This was quite a journey! I spent the better part of a day going back and forth with a guy that I was not entirely sure was for real at first, then I absolutely got fooled, and then I realized I got fooled. It was fun. The guy said some LEGITIMATELY funny stuff when he was “in character.” And it all ended in a way that I felt good about.

It’s pretty much all laid out in the screencaps, But let me elaborate here:

HEY YOUNG MEN! I know it seems like women complain a lot about how they are represented in media, including fiction, and how it seems like they want entertainment tailored specifically to them, and how they seem to want ALL of pop culture to be politically correct or feminist-ized or whatever it is you think they want, but really, what’s happening is that women are tired of seeing garbage women characters in most of our entertainment. And they’re wondering, Would it really be so much trouble to make more realized female characters? You could still have all your CGI and action and science fiction and drama and swords and stuff, but the female characters could be a little more fleshed out and interesting. And the entertainment would still be good and would, in fact, be better.

Guys, instead of  thinking, “Hey, not everything has to be politicized,” try thinking, “I wonder what it would be like for me if the situation were reversed, and how I’d feel if in the vast majority of the entertainment I consumed, the male characters were few and far between and then mostly used as talking props & plot devices. I wonder if I’d get kinda tired of that and occasionally I’d say something, even a little joke, just to ease the annoyance a little.”

Fellows. Listen to the women in your lives. Ask them questions. It will change your perspective for the better. Years ago, I got into a brief argument with two female friends of mine about a movie— it does not even matter which movie— that they viewed as sexist and I did not. I couldn;t even fathom how they could see it that way. I tried to argue that it was not sexist. In recounting our discussion to another party, it was pointed out to me that they might have a different viewpoint based on their life experiences, and that it was not for me to tell them that their interpretation was incorrect. And that I was probably getting defensive about it because if the movie was sexist, it followed that my liking it would make me appear sexist. And that’s when I realized that none of this was about me, and maybe I should shut up and listen and try to understand. And also to be more aware of things like this and develop not just my sympathy, but my empathy.

I will only ever be able to empathize so much with women, because my experience as a white male in America is vastly different from that of anyone who is not that. But I can relate to:

  • not being taken seriously
  • not being listened to
  • being dismissed
  • being condescended to
  • having something explained to me that I already understand

And I having had those experiences, I am now more inclined to TRY to understand where someone is coming from if they are telling me they are having a similar experience with our culture.

So guys: just try. You don’t even really have to dig that deep. Think about your own experiences as a person, then apply that to someone else. It gets easier the more you do it, and it makes your life better.

Anyway, I hear Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is pretty good! 

14 Jul 19:47

the browns: now with swag-grrr

by Rob Press
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000364960/article/cleveland-browns-to-use-live-bullmastiff-as-mascot

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000364960/article/cleveland-browns-to-use-live-bullmastiff-as-mascot

14 Jul 17:11

X-Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick

by Christopher Jobson

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

Photographer Brendan Fitzpatrick whose floral x-rays we first featured back in 2012, just released three new collections of x-ray photos including toys, creatures, and a new set of flowers, as part of his Invisible Light series. The photos are created with the help of a standard x-ray machine, but are artificially colored to help distinguish different materials. Prints of almost all of the images are available through Behance.

04 Jul 05:03

sirmitchell: The arm folding intros for the World Cup always...













sirmitchell:

The arm folding intros for the World Cup always keep me entertained. Enjoy the best one, and some of the worst ones. 

"How does I fold arms?"

Read more about it

04 Jul 14:21

"Jaws" Is Ridiculous, Say Kids Who Owe Everything to "Jaws" | Mother Jones

"Jaws" Is Ridiculous, Say Kids Who Owe Everything to "Jaws" | Mother Jones:
"Jaws" is a truly wonderful film, but it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Happy Independence Day, my fellow Americans!

03 Jul 13:24

Lseht Daw?

02 Jul 14:09

Lurts Durl

01 Jul 13:23

Let's Draw!

Dear Justin, I cheated and actually drew my tiger from a reference. I'm sorry.

Comic URL: http://www.lefthandedtoons.com/1679/