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27 Feb 07:37

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I’ve made a terrible mistake



I cannot breathe oh god

Lol, this cat though…

27 Feb 00:59

Scientists puzzled by 'bright spots' on surface of dwarf planet Ceres

by Billy Steele
Cooper Griggs

alien base

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaches orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, researchers aren't sure what's causing the "bright spots" on its surface. The imaging orbiter snapped the above picture from 29,000 miles (46,000 km) away just last week, but u...
27 Feb 17:17

Whats going on with #TheDress?

by Bhautik Joshi

At FlickrHQ we were totally intrigued by #TheDress illusion. Was it white and gold, or blue and black? Opinion is strongly divided, voices have been raised and much confusion has followed.

Here’s our own attempt to clear it up by experiment.

Human vision is affected by ‘color constancy’ – thats why when we’re indoors things look natural, but a camera sometimes sees it as ‘yellow,’ and when we’re outdoors we see a natural scene, but the camera sometimes sees it as ‘blue’.

#TheDress illusion - experiment

Add both a blue and a yellow light source and the camera will capture both yellow and blue tints – like the foreground and background of the dress picture.

#TheDress Illusion - corrected tints

Thanks to our tendency towards seeing color constancy, some people’s visual systems assume there is only one color light source (when there are actually two). Some people will correct towards a daylight light source – the dress looks yellow and white – and some will correct towards an indoors light source, so the dress looks blue and black.

Here’s a video to illustrate the illusion in action:

The elephant silhouette stays the same color throughout the video; it’s a combination of blue and yellow tones (like the dress). When the elephant is up against a blue background (i.e. like daylight lighting) it appears strongly yellow and when it’s up against a yellow background (i.e. like it’s being illuminated by indoors lighting) it appears strongly blue.

Find some more mind-bending optical illusions from the Flickr community here.

27 Feb 17:00


27 Feb 15:40

airows: supercompressor

Cooper Griggs

via David Pelaez

airows: supercompressor

27 Feb 18:33

Smart liquor bottles can keep tabs on your bourbon collection

by Billy Steele
A close friend of mine returned home from vacation to discover his house sitter -- his brother-in-law -- had downed an entire bottle Pappy Van Winkle 20 year bourbon. A tragedy, really. However, if an alcohol tech duo in Europe has its way, keeping t...
26 Feb 17:09

streetphysician: The night is dark and full of terrors

Cooper Griggs

via Carnibore


The night is dark and full of terrors

27 Feb 07:30

So majestic.

Cooper Griggs

via David Pelaez

So majestic.

27 Feb 10:00

Empirical learners

by sharhalakis
Cooper Griggs

via David Pelaez

by Nathan

27 Feb 15:48

alto151: nevermindjustsaveyourself:chalkandwater:Southern fur...

Cooper Griggs

via GN




Southern fur seal pups in Kaikoura (NZ) have figured out a way to avoid taking their first swim in predator-filled waters. By travelling up a nearby stream, they reach a secluded waterfall pool where they can learn vital swimming skills in complete safety. A pup makes this journey only once, spending 3 days in the pool before returning to the sea with its newfound skills.

Life Story (2014)




27 Feb 09:49

'House of Cards' season three is now available on Netflix

by Daniel Cooper
Cooper Griggs


It's been too long since we had lovable psychopath Frank Underwood in our lives, which is why it's so good to see him back on Netflix. The third season of House of Cards is now available on the streaming service, although eagle-eyed viewers may have ...
27 Feb 12:13

Happy net neutrality day! Here are some llamas and a dress

by Steve Dent
Cooper Griggs

Shared for the photo.

Where were you the day the internet was freed from ISP tyranny? Apparently, you were either watching two llamas on the lam or tweeting that a clearly black and blue dress was actually gold and white. When two escaped camelids sent a Phoenix sheriff's...
27 Feb 13:23

Giant Freezing Waves Infused with Ice Slowly Roll in off the Coast of Nantucket

by Christopher Jobson
Cooper Griggs

I can imagine the slushy sounds they make.

Photo © Jonathan Nimerfroh

Photo © Jonathan Nimerfroh

Photo © Jonathan Nimerfroh

Photo © Jonathan Nimerfroh

Photo © Jonathan Nimerfroh

Photo © Jonathan Nimerfroh

Earlier this week photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh was walking along the coast of Nantucket when he noticed something odd about the waves crashing on shore. The high temperature was 19°F (-7.2°C) and while the waves weren’t completely frozen, they were thick with pieces of ice, much like the consistency of a Slurpee, or an slushy, or an ICEE, or whatever. It’s amazing to see how the ice changes the form and color of the waves, making them seem almost solid. You can see a few more shots over on Stay Wild Magazine. You can follow more of Nimerfroh’s photography on Instagram. (thnx, Amber!)

27 Feb 00:11


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27 Feb 00:25

Robear is a robot bear that can care for the elderly

by Mariella Moon
Cooper Griggs

A little too close to Pedo Bear IMHO.

It's 2024. An older Japanese gentleman wants to watch the International Space Station's closing ceremony, but he can't get out of bed. No problem! All he has to do is call Robear to help him get up. Yes, that's his caregiver's name, but you see, Robe...
27 Feb 02:32

Harrison Ford will return in 'Blade Runner' sequel

by Richard Lawler
Need more good news after today's net neutrality ruling? Deadline and Variety report it has been confirmed that Harrison Ford will return to the role of Rick Deckard in the Blade Runner sequel that's currently in the works. Ridley Scott is producing ...
26 Feb 23:23

Islamic State fighters smash historic statues in Iraq - Channel 4 News

26 Feb 15:00

Heavy Metal Addiction

Cooper Griggs

\m/ \m/

Rumor: A Swedish man once received benefits for his addiction to heavy metal music.
27 Feb 05:00


26 Feb 18:15

Kaboom! A Couple Falls in Love While Skydiving and Spends the Next 30 Years Creating Pyrotechnic Shows

by Christopher Jobson

For their latest Op-Doc, the New York Times traveled to El Salvador where they caught up with Rich and Dee Gibson, an unusual couple who have spent their entire relationship literally playing with fire. Sparks first flew when the couple met while skydiving. Rich (a Vietnam vet) was the pilot and Dee (formerly employed by the Army Corps of Engineers) was jumping. By 1981 they founded a pyrotechnic business out of Rockford, Illinois and for the next three decades designed orchestrated explosions for air shows.

If the story of the Gibson’s relationship isn’t enough, watch the short documentary above to see what extraordinary passion and love for your craft looks like. The Gibsons mention that in 30 years in the business “no spectator, crewmember, or volunteer has been hurt or injured.” You can read a bit more over on the New York Times.

26 Feb 23:33

The net neutrality war of words wages on

by Billy Steele
While you may have been doing a victory lap around your cubicle in the last few hours, not everyone is so enthused about the FCC's decision today. The commission voted to officially classify broadband internet as a Title II public utility, and it's a...
26 Feb 19:54

The Big Picture: Buzz Aldrin's vintage selfie from space

by Mariella Moon
Cooper Griggs

Best hipster shot EVAR.

Back in November 1966, Buzz Aldrin took a self-picture that will blow all Caribbean vacation selfies out of the water. Aside from the fact that it doesn't have a duckface in it, the photo was taken in space during the Gemini 12 mission. This historic...
26 Feb 22:20

Facebook lets you specify any gender you want

by Jon Fingas
Cooper Griggs

There. That wasn't so difficult, was it?

Facebook already has a range of gender options for those who don't fit neatly into male/female categories, but it just took that accommodation one step further. Much like Google, Facebook now lets you specify any gender you want -- you're not limited...
26 Feb 20:48

incidentalcomics:This is how creativity works.

Cooper Griggs

via David Pelaez


This is how creativity works.

26 Feb 22:56

thecindercone: Hunkering down and working on a print project...

Cooper Griggs

via David Pelaez


Hunkering down and working on a print project document in the design and build of the tree houses and bowl.

26 Feb 17:48

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26 Feb 17:59

FCC approves net neutrality rules, reclassifies broadband as a utility

by Devindra Hardawar
It's a good day for proponents of an open internet: The Federal Communications Commission just approved its long-awaited network neutrality plan, which reclassifies broadband internet as a Title II public utility and gives the agency more regulatory ...
26 Feb 19:00

Adult Themes: The rise and fall of America's first digital brothel

by Daniel Cooper
Cooper Griggs

Shared more for the image than the story.

If someone forced you to describe RealTouch Interactive in just two words, you'd probably call it a "digital brothel." And rightly so, as the North Carolina-based business specializes in teledildonics, wearable gadgets that let people "have sex" thro...
25 Feb 21:30

by Poorly Drawn Lines

Cooper Griggs

via David Pelaez

26 Feb 16:21

State laws restricting city-run broadband overruled

by Terrence O'Brien
Today is one of the more momentous days in the FCC's recent history. Its net neutrality vote will get most of the press attention, but its moves to protect municipal broadband from state legislators are also quite important. The proposal adopted toda...