War is easy. Art directing is hard.
Vsauce3 host Jake Roper explains three different time travel paradoxes in a recent video, and in doing so accidentally blinks Bill Nye the Science Guy out of existence. Roper explains the bootstrap paradox, the grandfather paradox, and the predestination paradox and includes examples of the three from pop culture.
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ThinkGeek has created an amusing set of LED dice (specifically a d10, d12, and d20) that light up when they roll a critical hit–meaning that the d10 lights up when it rolls a 10 and so on. Previously, ThinkGeek had only produced a d20 die in this style.
Each set comes with a d10, d12, and d20, which all flash red when their highest number is rolled. Now, we’ve done everything in our powers to ensure these dice are weighted as evenly as possible considering the electronics inside. We did this because we’re gamers and we really wanted to use them ourselves and cheating sucks.
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ZaziNombies has built an impressive LEGO Minecraft castle out of over 20,000 blocky Minecraft-style LEGO bricks. The prestigious video game castle measures two feet high by approximately three feet wide, is large enough to house a small pet, comes equipped with a series of elaborate rooms, and numerous outfits for Minecraft‘s main protagonist Steve.
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Our friend Drew Olanoff of Blame Drew’s Cancer, who was recently diagnosed with hodgkin’s lymphoma for a second time and is currently seeking a bone marrow match, has now partnered with filmmaker Kestrin Pantera of Let’s Ruin It With Babies, to create the Swabface project, a web project that encourages/challenges people to register with the Be the Match bone marrow registry. Kestrin also created the accompanying amusing video “Be the Match – #Swabface” in which she portrays several “posh” characters making ugly faces while swabbing themselves and challenges others to post their own videos with the #swabface tag.
recently a few friends got super bummer diagnoses and i felt paralyzed by the darkness, but with the help of #LOLAWOLF and some amazing friends,* we took action by showing how glamorous and easy it is to join the bone marrow registry to save a life: Go to bethematch.org, get a kit and film it (slomo = best). upload to fb/vine/IG & tag the shit out of friends who’d make funny-ass videos. for sure tag your most prolific friends/colleagues/crushes and get them on-fucking-board. …Post your #swabface and tag 5 friends to share their #swabface
Be The Match is a non-profit organization that assists in matching people with blood cancers with those who are able to donate their marrow. The simplest way to find out if one is a match is to do a simple cheek swab (with or without making ugly faces in the process).
By joining the registry you are taking the first step to being the cure for patients with blood cancers like leukemia and other marrow diseases. It is also a commitment to take the next step if a patient needs you to donate your cells for a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Joining the registry requires a sample of cells, usually collected by swabbing the inside of your cheek. We use this sample to compare specific protein markers, known as human leukocyte antigens (HLA) with HLA markers of patients who need a bone marrow transplant.
Be the Match has also provided “The Journey of a Swab“, to help people understand the process more clearly.
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Yost also points out the curious entomological etymology of the name ladybug, also known as the ladybird, lady beetle, and even ladycow.
For the past three years, Brad Goldpaint has been recording time-lapses of the night sky over the western United States. In 2013, Goldpaint and his partner Marci Buckner quit their jobs in order to tour the West in an RV, with Goldpaint photographing along the way. The project will culminate in the film Illusion of Lights: A Journey Into the Unseen, which is expected to be completed in 2017. Meanwhile, Goldpaint has released a trailer full of beautiful night sky time-lapses. Photos from Goldpaint’s travels can be purchased on his website.
The School of Life offers incredibly good advice with an animation adapted from Roman Krznaric‘s book “How to Find Fulfilling Work” that focuses on how to find career satisfaction with step-by-step pointers that help narrow in on what will ultimately make a person feel fulfilled. One such step is finding confidence in oneself.
Be confident. So many bad self help books were about confidence, it could be tempting to dismiss the whole topic as nonsense but in a peculiar in rather humbling way it really does seem as if the difference between success and failure is sometimes nothing less than the courage to give it a go. The ability to imagine oneself into a role, to surmise one doesn’t need to ask anyone for permission that many the top positions simply belong to those who dare to boldly as for them. A lack of confidence is at heart a misunderstanding the way the world works, it’s an internalized feudalism which imagines that only certain people, but not oneself, have the preordained right to get certain things. It isn’t true, as we know lot more is possible. That we might think are moments of timidity and doubt that’s a start up the path towards a job we won’t regret on our death beds, which should always be the ultimate criterion