Longtime San Francisco Bay Area Street Dancers Demonstrate Early Hip-Hop Dancing

KQED Arts recently brought together veteran street dancers from the San Francisco Bay Area in a very entertaining video feature on the history of Bay Area hip-hop dancing. The video includes demonstrations by Sal “Doc Lock” Barcena of San Francisco dance group The GroovMekanex, and Charles “Chuck” Powell of the Oakland-based Black Messengers dance crew. Both dancers began dancing in the 1970s, and judging by the video, they are still going strong.

History of San Francisco Bay Area Hip Hop
Steven Wayne Harris and Charles “Chuck” Powell (left to right) of The Black Messengers

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“O.G.” Mike Predovic of Boogaloo Conservatory and Sal “Doc Lock” Barcena of the GroovMekanex (left to right)

photos by Marco Villalobos

via Waxy.org

‘Funny Business’, A Photo Book by Photographer Seth Olenick Featuring 200 Portraits of Famous People in Comedy


Funny Business is a photo book by photographer Seth Olenick that features 200 portraits of famous people in comedy. Each portrait includes a caption written by the subjects, which include comedians, writers, and other comedy professionals.





images via Funny Business, Huffington Post

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

A Superman Action Figure Flies to the Upper Atmosphere on a Weather Balloon and Returns to Earth

Mattel and DesignSpark sent a Superman action figure to an altitude of 29,000km, well into the upper atmosphere, before causing the toy to parachute back to Earth. The team used a rig that featured a GPS chip, altimeter, and radio transmitter controlled by a Raspberry Pi computer.

The team at DesignSpark posted the design files for the project to their blog so that it can be replicated, and even created an Instructables post outlining the process.





images via Instructables

via Boing Boing

‘Visions of Arrakis’, An Art Show Tribute to the Sci-Fi Worlds of ‘Dune’ at Bergeron’s Books in Oakland, California

Visions of Arrakis
poster art by Jose-Luis Segura

Visions of Arrakis is an upcoming art show tribute to the amazing characters, creatures, and worlds from Frank Herbert‘s sci-fi masterpiece Dune at Bergeron’s Books in Oakland, California. The show, which will feature original artwork created by over two dozen local artists, is scheduled to open on December 5, 2014 from 7 – 10 PM PST. Interested parties can RSVP for the event online via Facebook.

Second Sight of the Bene Gesserits by Steven Russell Black
Second Sight of the Bene Gesserits by Steven Russell Black

Guild Navigators by Tiffany Turrill
Guild Navigators by Tiffany Turrill

images via Justin Lawrence DeVine and credited artists

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

Grace Helbig and Mike Rugnetta Race to See Who Can Make and Drink a Shot of Thanksgiving-Themed Slurry the Fastest

Grace Helbig of the Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig podcast recently interviewed PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta. As part of Rugnetta’s visit, Helbig challenged him to something called the “Blend Can Challenge”–rules being that the two of them must open several tin cans, dump a spoonful of each in a blender, blend the concoction, and then drink a shot of it. The entire process was thematically associated with Thanksgiving, with each can being a traditional dish of the holiday, and the rules also required them to say something they were thankful for before taking the shot.

Despite an early lead, Rugnetta falls behind and Helbig eventually comes out the victor, assuming one can consider there being a “winner” in such things. The full interview with Rugnetta is available on SoundCloud.

How to Make Beautiful Crystal Bottle Stoppers to Dress Up Liquor Bottles

Bottle stoppers

Emily Schuman of Cupcakes & Cashmere fell in love with the look of some beautiful bottle stoppers by Michael C. Fina, but didn’t love the price tag, so she came up with a quick, inexpensive way to recreate the look in her own home. Using cork bottle stoppers, some craft glue, and flat-bottomed mineral and crystal specimens, Schuman created bottle stoppers that can be put together easily to dress up bottles for holiday parties or to give as gifts to a cocktail aficionado.

Bottle stoppers

Bottle stoppers

Bottle Stoppers

photos via Cupcakes and Cashmere

via Cupcakes & Cashmere, Make, Offbeat Home & Life

The Bottle Boys Perform a Cover of the Village People’s Hit Song ‘Y.M.C.A.’ Using Beer Bottles as Instruments

The five Denmark-based members of Bottle Boys (previously) recently showed off their shared set of skills while performing a cover of the Village People‘s 1978 hit song “Y.M.C.A.” using beer bottles as instruments.

We decided to shoot this video in our own studio, since it’s too cold outside here in Denmark and since we wanted it to have a more cosy look, without too much else going on in the frame. In that way you can really focus on what’s being played. We chose to play Y.M.C.A because it has some fast melodic parts and some really cool secondary melody lines.

The original song for the sake of comparison: