A Brief Yet Entertaining Explanation Regarding the Many Facets of the British Educational System

In the latest episode of Anglophenia (previously), host Siobhan Thompson offers a brief but entertaining explanation regarding the many facets of the British educational system and how it differs from that of the United States.

From Harry Potter to Lindsay Anderson‘s If, Tom Brown’s Schooldays to The History Boys, many of Britain’s most famous stories are set in schools. But how much do you know about the U.K. education system, and how is it different from America’s?

Tiny English Bulldog Puppy Willingly Allows Her Human to Zip Her Up in a Fuzzy Carrier

An absolutely adorable little English bulldog puppy named Lola, whose tiny little legs made her lag behind the other dogs during their daily walk, willingly steps into a fuzzy carrier and allows her human Emma to zip her safely in.

It seems that Lola’s little legs can’t carry her down the stairs either, despite Emma’s encouragement.

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A Praying Mantis Performs Complex Choreography to Complete a Jump

This slow-motion video of a praying mantis leaping onto a vertical pole reveals the complex choreography that the insects must perform in order to successfully reach their target. To maintain a steady course, the mantis twists and rotates three body parts: its front legs, its abdomen, and its rear legs. The front and rear legs are rotated in opposing directions and swap directions a few times during the maneuver. The jump is completed in just 100 milliseconds.

The video was created by University of Cambridge researcher Malcolm Burrows.

Adam Sandler and Bob Barker Reunite for a Violent Rematch of Their ‘Happy Gilmore’ Fight for an Autism Benefit

Adam Sandler and Bob Barker reunited for a violent rematch of their fight in the 1996 film Happy Gilmore. The sketch was for the Night of Too Many Stars autism benefit, and features Sandler visiting Barker who is recuperating in a hospital room. After the two men exchange verbal barbs they turn to violence.

Night of Too Many Stars is a live telethon that will air on Comedy Central Sunday, March 8, 2015 beginning at 8:00pm. Comedy Central has already put up an online donation page to raise money for the event.

Here is the original scene in which Barker and Sandler have it out.

‘The Pedal Powered Talk Show’, A Portland, Oregon Talk Show Recorded From a Desk Mounted to a Cargo Bike

The Pedal Powered Talk Show is a Portland, Oregon-based talk show in which host Boaz Frankel interviews guests from a desk fashioned onto the front section of a cargo bike. Co-founder of Metrofiets Cargo Bikes Phillip Ross steers Frankel to locations around Portland and beyond as they feature guests such as “unicycling bagpipers, best-selling authors, 80-year old drag queens, famous musicians and Baldwin brothers.” The show, now in its fourth season, is available to watch on YouTube.


Pedal Powered with Bagpiping Unicyclists & Goats

Bike on raft

Unipiper

Cheetah and bike

images via The Pedal Powered Talk Show

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A Short Animation That Also Exists as an Installation in Which Each Frame Is 3D Printed

“FREEZE! An adventure in 100 frames” is a short animation that exists as a CGI short and in physical form, as a 3D-printed installation. Dutch animation studio Job, Joris & Marieke first created the 100-frame animation, which depicts a whimsical figure running amok on a table. They then 3D printed each frame and created an installation of the animation. The installation is on display at the exhibition MOVE ON…! 100 Years of Animation Art at Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, the Netherlands through May 10, 2015.

CGI Animation and 3D-Printed Installation

CGI Animation and 3D-Printed Installation

CGI Animation and 3D-Printed Installation

CGI Animation and 3D-Printed Installation

photos by Went&Navarro

via The Creators Project

Beautiful 3D Lighting Sculptures Made From Engraved Acrylic Slides and Illuminated by LED Lights

Crystal Ball
Crystal Ball

Vancouver-based Blue Pine Studio has created wonderful 3D-illusion light sculptures made from engraved acrylic slides and illuminated by LED lights. The sculptures come in an array various eye-catching designs that use 16 different colors and 4 different lighting modes, all of which can be controlled with an included remote.

The lighting part is made of clear acrylic, known for its excellent light transmission properties. Where the acrylic piece is engraved light shines through. The approximate overall dimensions of the lighting piece are 150x160mm (exact dimensions depend on the selected design). The lighting base is made of two parts: the lower part is made of solid pine and the upper part is made of plywood. Both parts are machined with CNC milling machine then sanded and finally coated with a clear coating. All the works involved in this project including design of 3D forms, engraving of the acrylic piece, machining of the lamp base, sanding, coating, and assembly are done by Blue Pine Studio in North Vancouver.

The project was successfully funded through Kickstarter in September 2014 and now three of the most popular designs, “Crystal Ball,” “Buckeye Butterfly,” and “Octopus,” are currently available in the Laughing Squid Store for a limited time.

Base and Control
Base and Remote

Octupus
Octopus

Buckeye butterfly
Buckeye Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

Lepeidos
Lepeidos

images via Blue Pine Studios

Valve Announces the Source 2 Engine, Steam Link, and SteamVR at GDC 2015 in San Francisco

HTC Vive Headset
image via HTC

As part of their presence at the GDC 2015 conference in San Francisco, Valve has officially announced the Source 2 engine, Steam Link, and SteamVR–the last of which is specifically being used in conjunction with HTC‘s Vive headset.

Two new technologies are part of the VR release – a room scale tracking system codenamed Lighthouse, and a VR input system. “In order to have a high quality VR experience, you need high resolution, high speed tracking,” said Valve’s Alan Yates. “Lighthouse gives us the ability to do this for an arbitrary number of targets at a low enough BOM cost that it can be incorporated into TVs, monitors, headsets, input devices, or mobile devices.” Valve intends to make Lighthouse freely available to any hardware manufacturers interested in the technology.

The Steam Link is a device for streaming Steam content from a PC to a monitor or device on the same network. Though the device initially appeared on Steam itself, it has since been removed for reasons unknown.

Steam Machines, Windows PCs, Macs, and Linux PCs will be able to take advantage of a new product announced at GDC called Steam Link. Designed to extend your Steam experience to any room in the house, Steam Link allows you to stream all your Steam content from any PC or Steam Machine on the same home network. Supporting 1080p at 60Hz with low latency, Steam Link will be available this November for $49.99, and available with a Steam Controller for an additional $49.99 in the US (worldwide pricing to be released closer to launch).

Steam Link
image via Steam Database

Those interested in more information are directed to a Steam Universe page which appears to be mostly a placeholder at this time.

via Steam Database