Thursday, January 08, 2015

A crow snowboarding...

This new sport already has a name: crowboarding.

(This page has a few more time-waste videos which may entertain.)

Strum the Sky said:
I'll never forget sleeping in a hut, backpacking the snowy mountains of New Zealand, and waking up early in the morning to hear a ruckus on the roof and cackling laughter and a carrying-on that got me up out of my warm sleeping bag in a good mood to check out what idiots outside were doing... Turned out it was a flock of kakapo (mountain parrots) on the roof... sliding on their backsides down the snowy corrugated tin roof from its peak, and then adroitly rolling over just at the edge of the lip and marching back up to the top to do it all over again, all of them cackling like kids and taking turns. Amazing. Watched it for half an hour.

Make emergency candle

How to make an emergency candle out of a can of Crisco vegetable fat and a strip of paper. Works great and lasts for several weeks.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Photos of the unusual

46 Unusual Photos.

This is apparently from nature:

Glass melted in a fire: 

Carved eggshell: 

No, not a digital glitch, it's carved like that: 

Marlon Brando Before and After His Makeup Was Done for His Role in the Godfather
(I'm often amazed at what actors are permitting themselves to be made up to look like, given that most audiences will assume that "that's how he looks now!")

Cross-section of undersea cable. Dang.