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How Noiseless Props Are Made For Movies And TV Shows
Insider has been doing a whole series of videos on how movie props are made (view the entire thing here) and I found this one on
A History Of The World According To Getty Images
An extraordinary amount of human history -- cultural, scientific, artistic -- is held in private hands, unable to be viewed or u
kottke.org on Art
The Best Book Covers of 2022
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The Best Movie Posters of 2022
It feels weird to admit this, even to myself, but maybe I love movie poster design even more than I love book co
kottke.org on Baking
Inside the Epicenter of the Pandemic Baking Boom at King Arthur Flour
Marker's David Freedman has a great look at how Vermont's own King Arthur Flour has dealt with a massive increase in demand for
kottke.org on Biking
Danny MacAskill’s Postcard From San Francisco
Trials rider and mountain biker Danny MacAskill is one of my long-running obsessions here -- I first posted about him all the wa
kottke.org on Creativity
The Little Games We Play
There are all these simple little games that people play using their surroundings: don't step on the cracks, balance beam railroad
20 Mechanical Principles Combined in a Useless Lego Machine
ASMR videos don't really do anything for me, but I could watch videos of gears and mechanisms doing their thing all day long. I
kottke.org on Drawing
Lessons on How to Draw by Hokusai
In 1812, Japanese woodblock print artist Katsushika Hokusai, who would later become famous for his iconic Great Wave off Kanagawa
kottke.org on Lego
Why Lego Won
Lego did not invent the stacking, interlocking plastic brick -- Kiddiecraft did. So why did Lego's version win? As Phil Edwards
kottke.org on Nature
The Sizes of Flying Creatures, Compared
Using 3D models, this video compares the sizes of various flying creatures (insects, bats, birds, dinosaurs) past and present, f
kottke.org on Sports
The Greatest Unexpected NBA Performances
Ok this video from The Pudding is cool for two different reasons. First, you learn about which NBA player had the most unexpecte
Extreme Pogo Stick Riding
Inspired by this short video I found on Twitter of people doing extreme stunts on pogo sticks, I found a few videos on YouTube tha
kottke.org on Walking
Walking, the easy superpower
One of the very few productivity tips I trust 100% (ok, probably the only one) is the recommendation for getting up and walking
kottke.org on Weather
Finally, the Answers to Cold Weather Mysteries
If you live in any sort of winter climate, you have, at one time or another, wrestled with the two great mysteries of cold weath
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Always. Be. Knolling.
You've probably seen instances of knolling without knowing there was a word for it. Knolling at the Apple Store: Knolling the c
A Potential Major Discovery: An Aperiodic Monotile
The authors of a new preprint paper claim that they've discovered what's called an aperiodic monotile, a single shape that can c
Why Did South Koreans Get So Much Taller in the Past 100 Years?
Genetics determines most of how tall children will grow as adults, but environmental factors affect it too. As the wealth of man
Some of the Best Moon & Earth Photos from NASA’s Artemis I Mission
Over the weekend, NASA's Artemis I mission returned from a 25-day trip to the Moon. The mission was a test-run of th
Some people feel helpless & anxious. Some people are bored. Some people are self-quarantined alone and are lonely. Some peo
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