‘Nudibranchs of Papua New Guinea’, A Short Film About This Unique and Colorful Species of Sea Slug

Nudibranchs of Papua New Guinea is a beautiful short film by underwater photographer Dustin Adamson taken during a recent trip to Papua New Guinea. The film focuses on the gorgeous form, color and slow movement of the eponymous nudibranch, a soft-bodied mollusk that comes in varying sizes, colors and shapes.

Nudibranchs are generally small, a bit like a traditional slug. But these slugs are much more interesting that the ones we find in the garden. The different shapes, colors, and sizes make each species of nudibranchs unique. Hopefully with this video that is up close and personal with the nudi’s, you gain the appreciation for their beauty.

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Park or Bird? A National Park and Bird Identifying App Inspired by an xkcd Comic

Park or Bird App by Flickr
screenshot via Flickr, photo via penguinthemagpie

Park or Bird? is a web app by the Flickr Vision and Search team that can determine whether a photo depicts a bird or a National Park. The app stems from an xkcd comic about the often confusing difference between a simple computer task (determining whether a photo was shot in a National Park) and an extremely challenging task (determining whether a photo contains a bird). After seeing the comic, Flickr engineers built the Park or Bird? app using existing technology. National Park photos can indeed be identified easily through a photograph’s location data. Birds, on the other hand, require complex computer vision algorithms and something called a “deep convolutional neural network”, which can be read about in a Flickr blog post.

Tasks by XKCD
comic by XKCD

‘SkyMaul 2′, A New Parody of SkyMall Catalogs by Kasper Hauser

SkyMaul 2 Parody SkyMall Catalog by Kasper Hauser

SkyMaul 2: Where America Buys His Stuff is a hilarious parody of the SkyMall catalogs that are found in the seat pockets of commercial airliners. Created by San Francisco comedy group Kasper Hauser, SkyMaul 2 includes such wonderful gifts as the Garbage Detector, Personality Alert Bracelet, and Forever Diaper. It is a sequel to SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy from a Plane.

SkyMaul 2 Parody SkyMall Catalog by Kasper Hauser

SkyMaul 2 Parody SkyMall Catalog by Kasper Hauser

SkyMaul 2 Parody SkyMall Catalog by Kasper Hauser

SkyMaul 2 Parody SkyMall Catalog by Kasper Hauser

images via Kasper Hauser

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‘Dachshund’s Creek’, An Adorable Recreation of ‘Dawson’s Creek’ Using Dachshunds

Filmmaker Michael Immerman recreated a promotional trailer for the 1990s teen drama Dawson’s Creek using dachshunds to create “Dachshund’s Creek.” The video uses promotional voiceover and audio clips from Dawson’s Creek, but replaces the video with footage of dachshunds in wigs and costumes meant to make them look like the characters from the show.

via Chris Hauselt

‘Cat Circles’, The Amazing Phenomenon In Which a Cat Will Always Sit Inside a Circle on the Floor

Cat in Wire Circle

Cat Circles“, the amazing phenomenon in which a cat will deliberately sit in a circle on the floor, has been a subject of discussion on thread on reddit. The original thread, started by admancb featured photos by guremike, who lays out the process very simply with his own cat as the subject.

Empty Tape Circle
Make a circle on the floor

Cat Entering Tape CircleThe cat zeroes in on the circle

Cat in Tape Circle
The cat sits down

Et voilá, a cat circle is made. Here are some other examples from around the world.

Black Cat in Circle

Orange Tabby in Hoop

Calico Tortie Circle

via reddit, Bored Panda