Two Orphaned Baby Wallabies Nuzzle and Swipe At One Another Upon Meeting For the Very First Time

Two orphaned baby agile wallabies named Gough and Salvador nuzzle, paw and even swipe a bit at each other upon their very first meeting at the Daintree Wonder Tours in Far North Queensland, Australia. It appears from this first meeting that the two little joeys will be good friends for a very long time.

via Right This Minute, The Huffington Post

Colorful Abstract Illustrations Animated in Mesmerizing Loops

Abstract Illustration Animated GIFs by Drew Tyndell

Colorful abstract illustrations transform and evolve in endless loops in the mesmerizing and beautiful animations of artist Drew Tyndell. Tyndell bases the animations on his abstract wood paintings. Each animation is created in Photoshop (the first of the series, however, was painted by hand.)

Abstract Illustration Animated GIFs by Drew Tyndell

Abstract Illustration Animated GIFs by Drew Tyndell

Abstract Illustration Animated GIFs by Drew Tyndell

Abstract Illustration Animated GIFs by Drew Tyndell

Abstract Illustration Animated GIFs by Drew Tyndell

GIFs by Drew Tyndell

via The Fox Is Black

‘The Gobble Games’, A Thanksgiving-Themed ‘Hunger Games’ Parody Featuring Turkeys Battling for a Presidential Pardon

The Gobble Games” is a Thanksgiving-themed Hunger Games (previously) parody by Nerdist where turkeys battle to the death for a Presidential pardon. There is a long tradition of United States presidents ceremonially pardoning turkeys, and even a list of pardoned turkeys on Wikipedia.

A Fictional Street Map Composed of Over 500 Video Game Titles

Game Map

UK-based conceptual design studio Dorothy has created a fictional street map composed of over 500 video game titles. The map, which features several districts devoted to genres of video games like survival horror and beat ‘em ups, is available in seven colors as well as a special signed limited edition.

The imaginary map is loosely based on an area of Tokyo, a city that was home to some of the all time classic arcade games of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s that paved the way for the modern day gaming industry.

Game Map

Game Map

Game Map

images via Dorothy

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Ethereal Frost Flowers Form Under Special Weather Conditions in the Ozarks

Frost flowers

Jennifer Fenwick, the director of institutional giving at Science Friday, received photos of ethereal, beautiful frost flowers from her mother.

Over the weekend, my mom stumbled upon some frost flowers on her farm in the Ozarks. I had never even heard of them, but they are fascinating. The “flowers” are actually ice extruded from the stems of certain plant species — but they only last until the sun comes up when they melt.

These formations occur when the air temperature reaches freezing before the ground is frozen. Water in the plant escapes through tiny cracks in the plant and then freeze in gorgeous, strange shapes.

Frost flowers

Frost flowers

Frost flowers

photos via Science Friday

via Science Friday

A Solar-Powered Kinetic Sculpture of a Bird That Flaps Its Wings Gracefully

Artist Tim Laursen has created Sun-Bird, a beautiful kinetic sculpture of a bird that uses an electric motor and a complex array of cams to flap its wings gracefully, as if in flight. The sculpture can be powered by a solar array or a hand crank. It will be installed in 2015 at Cronig’s Market on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Back in 2012 we posted about Laursen’s MIDI-controlled drum machine robots.

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photos via Tim Laursen

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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