Sure, most lighthouses these days are automated. But imagine, back in the day, being on your own at night with just a gas light while the ocean tries to eat you. Bad-ass dudes.
In case you thought you had seen everything while out driving...you may want to visit Russia. Low-flying jets and helicopters, horses using pedestrian crossings, random shootings. Everyday is an adventure!
Also: Hooray for Russian sousveillance!
How many hair styles and goatee styles can you get through in 5 years. This guy might be able to tell you.
Scottish trials cyclist Danny MacAskill showcases his insane cycle-skills on a road trip from Edinburgh to his home on the Island of Skye. You may need to wear a helmet yourself, in case you you fall off your chair watching:
Check out this amazing art installation, in which 28,000 potted flowers were placed inside a mental health centre slated for demolition:
In 2003 a building housing the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC) was slated for demolition to make way for updated facilities. The closure was a time for reflection and remembrance as the MMHC had been in operation for over 9 decades and had touched countless thousands of patients and employees alike, and the pending demolition presented a unique problem. How does one memorialize a building impossibly rich with a history of both hope and sadness, and do it in a way that reflects not only the past but also the future? And could this memorial be open to the public, not as a speech, or series of informational plaques, but as an experience worthy of they building’s unique story?
To answer that question artist Anna Schuleit was commissioned to do the impossible. After an initial tour of the facility she was struck not with what she saw but with what she didn’t see: the presence of life and color. While historically a place of healing, the drab interior, worn hallways, and dull paint needed a respectful infusion of hope. With a limited budget and only three months of planning Schuleit and an enormous team of volunteers executed a massive public art installation called Bloom.
What is this strange Tron dub-step neon magic dance-fu? Stick with it past the slow-ish introduction...some very nicely executed moves:
A religious experience, courtesy of science: the "most astounding fact" known to Neil DeGrasse Tyson, accompanied by striking visuals and a great soundtrack. In short: that we are all made of star stuff.
For a wonderful exploration of the scientific history behind this most astounding fact, I highly recommend Marcus Chown's The Magic Furnace.
Some sage thoughts on advertising and copyright from the artist known as Banksy:
People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.
When dancing becomes optical illusion...
Jeb Corliss has thrilled many with videos of his amazing wingsuit flights, such as his now-famous "Grinding the Crack":
However, on a January 16 'flight' from Table Mountain in South Africa, Corliss went a little too close in skimming his way down the incline, and his bottom half hit rocks at around 180km/hr. He was sent careering towards the ground, and - despite having broken most of the bones in his legs - managed to pull his chute in just enough time to save his own life.
After five weeks in hospital, Corliss has taken his first steps (with the aid of crutches), but has no thoughts of hanging up his wingsuit: "“The only reason I’m getting better is so that I can jump again. That’s what I do. There’s absolutely nothing in this world that’s going to stop me from jumping.”
Corliss has released the video from his near-fatal crash at Table Mountain - showing it from various angles - which you can view below:
Reaction from one wag on YouTube? "He used to wingsuit, then he took a mountain to the knee."