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There are so many more pants puns that can be made about this video, but I will restrain myself. Mostly because the concept is so rad!

Beautifully shot and edited in the style of a Mystery Guitar Man video, artist Andrew Huang created a musical master piece using 1000 pairs. How’d he get his hand on so many jeans? M Jeans, a Singapore-based brand dedicated to hooking tall men up with the perfect fitting jeans, asked customers to send us their unflattering in jeans in to be a part of the art piece. Personally, I approve on this unconventional means of recycling!

Note: If you are in the need for an afternoon pick me up, I highly recommend checking out Andrew’s previous viral hit “Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows.”

(via The Daily What)

Our goal is a repository of published designs so clear – so complete – that a single burned DVD is effectively a civilization starter kit.

It’s hard not to find the above concept compelling. Even with the internet, the idea that the essential knowledge of several thousand years of human progress can be collected, collated and distributed so completely as to be considered “a civilization starter kit” is amazing. This is the goal of Marcin Jakubowski and Open Source Ecology.

OSE is a maker-like collective of engineers, farmers, and various other interested parties whose goal is to distill the technological necessities of agriculture, building, and manufacturing down to the smallest point possible; ideally allowing a small group of people with access to nothing but basic tools and scrap materials to build or rebuild a sustainable and viable, modern civilization from scratch. It’s incredibly ambitious, unwaveringly idealistic, and truly has the potential to unleash a massive amount of change across whole swaths of the planet.

And this is the first two minutes of the unsold pilot:

What’s impressive is how lively and cinematic it feels, with the camera truly capturing an audience-level point of view; given how much Welles contributed to the reinvention of film, it’s incredible to imagine what he would have done to television had he had a shot.

Also worth watching — a eerily re-edited snippet of Welles interviewing Muppets creator Jim Henson.

Lesson learned: Everything is more dramatic when Orson Welles says it.

For some people, a kitchen is a place where wonders never cease. For others, it’s akin to Mordor: a place into which one simply cannot walk and expect to survive. For Hannah Harto, the kitchen is where one goes to drink heavily while playing with fire.

Equal parts Brooklyn, alcohol, and self-deprecating whimsy, there’s something remarkably charming about Hannah’s kitchen exploits. The show is in its sixth episode, so while it’s still a bit uneven at parts, it continues to improve as Hannah gets more comfortable with public insobriety. Even given its ultra-low-fi setup of a one person talking into a stationary laptop camera and purposefully sloppy edits, there’s no denying the sparks of genius that are becoming more and more frequent as the series goes on. I’m still not sure whether she’s acting or serious, but either way she’s far more entertaining than she has any right to be, and I can’t wait to see more.

I confess that this week’s post is a little more simple than usual. There’s no music, and almost no sound. Essentially it’s just one shot – with a twice-used additional side angle – of fifteen suspended pendulum balls, seen head on. This simplicity is what makes it so awesome though, as because of that simplicity, your entire understanding of science and beauty come colliding together.

To me, there is something very enchanting about waveforms. There’s something…elemental about the way waves transfer energy on both the very small levels of photons, and the largest gravitational forces that move and shape the universe. More often than not, our understanding of waves and waveforms are from the long-forgotten theoreticals of graph paper and high school trig, the visualizer from an MP3 player, and real world of bodies of water. Sometimes though, you find a video that answers a question that not only had you never thought to ask, but whose answer you could never have pictured in your mind:

What happens if I set fifteen staggered pendulum balls in motion at the exact same time with the same amount of kinetic energy?

What happens, if you’re me, is that you end up watching the video a dozen times throughout the day just to marvel at the beauty.

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