05.10.15 by Jeff

Epic Craigslist Post: “I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972”


Illustration by Harriet Lee-Merrion

This Boston m4w missed connections post begins: “I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself” and you’re instantly absorbed in a very different kind of personals ad. In fact, whether or not the OP (“an old man now”) ever finds the woman who grabbed his hand and chatted with him over pecan pie at a five and dime one rainy New Year’s Eve becomes irrelevant.

I want to believe this is real but it’s too good to be true. Read the full missed connection below.

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23.09.15 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Memorable Phone Calls in Movies Combined into One Hilarious Conversation


The guys at Burger Fiction created a highly entertaining supercut combining dozens of memorable phone calls from various films into one perfectly nonsensical conversation. Bonus points if you can recognize all the films (there’s lots)! Watch “Movie Phone Super Call” below.

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21.09.15 by Staff

Hayao Miyazaki’s Nature Park for Children


Hayao Miyazaki’s latest project, “The Forest Where the Wind Returns,” isn’t a movie—it’s a nature park!

Keeping with the spirit of many of his films, Miyazaki is donating 300 million yen ($2.5 million USD) of his own money to create a place where children can commune with nature. Although the facility is set to include a 2-story library and sleeping quarters to house up to 30 children from the surrounding area, all the play equipment in the proposed park will incorporate the trees and boulders of the existing landscape (rather than relying on man-made structures).

“The Forest Where the Wind Returns” will open in the Zendo Forest Park on Kume Island in Okinawa. Click below for a sneak peek at the initial renderings from the design firm, Kume Creation! (It’ll be about a two year wait before you can see the real thing).

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21.09.15 by Jeff

Animation: Prefuse 73 “Still Pretending”


Animator Adam Fuchs aka Lilfuchs channels a little M.C. Escher in this animation for Prefuse 73’s track “Still Pretending”. I feel like the wavy ramp may be a little nod to the classic pinball animation from Sesame Street. Watch the video below.

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17.09.15 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Huge Nerds Build Beautiful Scale Model of Solar System in Desert

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This is incredible (and incredibly nerdy). Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh have built the first scale model of the solar system in the form of a beautiful time-lapse. They used an Earth the size of a marble, and a sun the size of a big reflector disc, measuring out the various planetary orbits in the middle of Black Rock Desert in Nevada. At night, they used their cars to drive the orbits of each planet with a different colour lightbulb.

I’m just gonna stop trying to explain it and just let you watch it. It’s more beautiful than I’m making it sound! Trust me! Watch “To Scale: The Solar System” below!

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10.09.15 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Wouter Hisschemöller


Intriguing collage-like painting style and great use of colour in these street scenes by Dutch artist, Wouter Hisschemöller. Discovered via this month’s Reader Submissions (so consider this your reminder to submit here too)! More of Hisschemöller’s paintings below!

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04.09.15 by Staff

Nostalgia of the Day: The Last Audio Cassette Factory


In the late 90s everyone was getting out of the audio cassette game. Everyone, that is, except for The National Audio Company. “Too stubborn to quit,” the Spingfield, MO-based manufacturer is now the last remaining source for audio cassettes in the country. And thanks to the growing retro movement, they’re producing more cassettes than ever before!

Check out the video below! Besides sharing a great story, the short video has a great how-it’s-made vibe, reminiscent of old school Sesame Street. Enjoy!

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31.08.15 by Jeff

Ones to Watch: An Interview with Atlanta-based Adam Alexander aka Demo Taped

Adam Alexander is one to watch. The 17-year-old Atlanta native is making music under the name Demo Taped, and while he’s no household name yet, people are starting to take notice. The first single off of his debut EP,  “I Luv U” is the definition of feel good music and has been stuck in my head all summer long.


Read the full interview, and listen to more of his music, below.

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