‘BLACKBIRD’, A Beautiful Side-by-Side Visual Comparison of the Films ‘Birdman’ and ‘Black Swan’

Film editor Michael Branco (previously) has created “BLACKBIRD“, a brief but beautiful side-by-side visual comparison of the films Birdman by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Black Swan by Darren Aronofsky–both of which explore the psyche behind the individual as performer.

While watching Birdman recently, I realized how similar it was to Black Swan decided to purchase the Blu-rays and edit a quick 1.5 minute video comparing the similarities. …New York City — two artists, two opening nights, two rival figures, and one center stage. Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “Birdman” bares many striking resemblances to Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” in terms of plot, characters, and on-screen imagery. Having seen both films beforehand is highly recommended. Spoilers [in 4k!] ahead.

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German Activists Coat Walls With a Superhydrophobic Substance to Splash Pee Back on Public Urinators

Residents of the St. Pauli quarter of Hamburg, Germany took matters into their own hands by declaring “peeback time” after the frequent urination on walls by a steady stream of partygoers stunk up their businesses, playground, and alleys. St. Pauli’s Community of Interest organized a project to apply a superhydrophobic coating to walls in the area–some marked with warning signs, some not–that causes urine or any other fluid sprayed on the wall to splash right back at the perpetrators. The group hopes this deters people from peeing outside, though they don’t mean to be unfriendly to tourists.

Julia Staron of the Community of Interest recently spoke with Spiegel about their project, saying that while the message is “St. Pauli can defend themselves,” tourists are welcome, but must follow their rules, including the one stating “Do not piss on walls!” The project has already had more than a wee effect on the area, as the campaign has gone beyond St. Pauli as it whizzes around the Internet.

The group also plans to roll out a program in which people using the restroom at bars can get a stamp on a special card that can be redeemed for a shot on the house after the sixth restroom trip. One thing is for certain: if you pee in public in St. Pauli, “urine” trouble.

St. Pauli Peeback

image via IG St. Pauli

via Spiegel, CityLab

The Story of Olinguito, A Mammal That Was Finally Identified Nearly a Century After It Was First Collected

A recent episode of the American Museum of Natural History series Shelf Life tells the story of the olinguito, a mammal in the raccoon family that was finally described and identified nearly a century after it was first collected and put in the museum. In the episode, museum curator of mammals Kristofer Helgen tells how he first found the unusual pelts and skulls of the olinguito, and how that led to the search to find living specimens in the wild.

As we have previously written, the olinguito is quite adorable.


photo via Smithsonian Science

‘TL;DW’ Sums Up the Complex Film ‘Inception’ in Three Animated Minutes

In a new three-minute episode of the animated web series Too Long; Didn’t Watch (previously), hosts Max Knoblauch and Bob Al-Greene attempt to sum up the complex sci-fi heist thriller film Inception.

We know what you’re thinking: “There is no way to sufficiently and accurately explain a film as complex as Inception in such a short time.” Point taken! Your instinct is correct — we wish we had instincts like yours.

The First Official Trailer for ‘Ex Machina’ Turns a Harmless Study Between Man and Robot Into a Sinister Experiment

A24 studio has released the first official trailer for their upcoming sci-fi thriller film Ex Machina (previously) directed by Alex Garland, the writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine. The trailer begins with a harmless study between a young coder named Caleb Smith and Ava the artificially intelligent robot, but soon turns into a much more sinister experiment.

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

Ex Machina

image via Ex Machina

A Simple Way to Create Elaborate Braids for Bread, Hairstyles, and Crafts

The folks at The Bread Kitchen give a demonstration showing how to create elaborate-looking braids of bread dough with three strands, then more examples up to nine strands. The techniques can be used not only to make bread, but also braided hairstyles and crafts with yarn or leather. They recommend using a similar technique to create braids with even more strands, saying to make 10- and 12-strand braids, “You simply follow the principle used in the 6- and 8-strand braids: bring the arm to the middle and pull the opposite leg across to replace it.”

via The Kid Should See This