Master Sommelier Demonstrates How to Open a Bottle of Vintage Port With a Feather

Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn demonstrates how to open a bottle of vintage port wine with a feather, port tongs and a bit of ice water.

Why would we want to do something like that? Well, with the old vintage bottles of port, maybe something that’s fifty, sixty or a hundred-years-old, what happens is that the cork over time starts to degrade, starts to crumble and if we attempt to use our corkscrew on that, it’s going to fall apart, it’s going to get into the Port and it’s going to make a bit of a mess.

Sommelier Caleb Ganzer from Eleven Madison Park demonstrates a similar process, using a shaving brush in place of the feather.

Adrian Bridge, CEO of The Fladgate Partnership, explains to Potluck Video the process by which Port is made, the numerous pairings with Port and the various types of Port available.

A TED-Ed Animation Explains How Our Brains Process Sensory Data and the Theory of Ideasthesia

A TED-Ed lesson by Danko Nikolic and animation studio nenatv explains how our brains process sensory data and the theory of ideasthesia, which Nikolic introduced. The video points out how associations between unrelated stimuli rely on an intellectual understanding of each stimulus rather than the stimulus itself. One example of this is how an identical shape can be interpreted as either the letter S or the number five, and how that context can impact how a person with synesthesia, the phenomenon where data from one sense is interpreted as another such as tasting color or seeing sound, experiences the shape.

‘Pan’, A Live-Action Peter Pan Origin Story Film Starring Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund

Warner Bros. has released an official teaser trailer for the studio’s upcoming live-action Peter Pan origin story film, Pan. It stars Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and Levi Miller as Peter.

Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on July 17, 2015.





images via Pan

Munchkin the Shih Tzu Walks on a Treadmill While Wearing Her Famous Walking Teddy Bear Costume

Munchkin the Shih Tzu, the tiny dog who wore a walking teddy bear costume this past Halloween, has donned the plush suit again for her rigorous workout on the treadmill. Yes, that’s definitely an incredibly adorable walking teddy bear.

Later on, Munchkin hung out with some protective look-alike friends.

Munchkin and Bodyguards

image via Munchkin the Shih Tzu

Adam Savage Looks Back on the Animations His Father Created for ‘Sesame Street’

Adam Savage, known for his work on the popular television show Mythbusters, recently wrote an article for The A.V. Club about the series of animations his father, Whitney Lee Savage, created for Sesame Street during the 1970s. Savage included examples like “Harry Works High in the Sky,” “Guitar Drawing,” and a hand drawing a train and tracks. As a young child, Savage even voiced characters in some of the animations, including the part of “He” in the “He, She, and It” series.

Savage has also discussed his father’s animation work elsewhere. On a recent episode of the Nerdist podcast, Savage discussed working with his father on the animations and the process of writing the A.V. Club article. In a video for Savage spoke with animator Marty Cooper about the animation process and his father’s work while Cooper created an animation.

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Collection Appareils, An Incredibly Vast Online Archive of More Than 10,000 Analog Cameras

Irwin Lark ‘sardine can’, 1940

Collection Appareils is an incredibly vast online archive of more than 10,000 cameras spanning the history of analog photography. Each camera in the archive is accompanied by a photograph, as well as technical and historical data. The archive is the work of a French camera collector, Sylvain Halgand, who personally owns around 1,800 cameras and has been running the site since 1999. Halgand discusses Collection Appareils in this (French language) Reportages Photos interview. The project can be followed on Facebook.

The Argus C3 Matchmatic (1939-1966)

Haneel Tri-Vision, 1946

Compagnie Francaise de Photographie Photosphere no1, 1899

Argus Lady Carefree, 1967

photos via Collection Appareils

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‘The Book of Hugs’ by Attaboy Now Available for Purchase Through Last Gasp Publishing

The Book of Hugs

The Book of Hugs by artist and designer Attaboy, which features illustrated animals giving each other all sorts of hugs for all sorts of reasons, is now available for purchase through Last Gasp Publishing.

Know someone who needs a hug? The Book of Hugs by Attaboy is a perfect guide to awkwardly squeezing someone with affection. Featuring way too many pages of hilariously illustrated uncomfortable embraces, The Book of Hugs is stupid fun with ridiculous heart. Have you been hugging wrong the entire time? Are you a mismatched hugger? Have you ever done a “Lean and Pat Hug?” Or perhaps you just hug to smell someone’s coconut shampoo. Are you an over-compensating hugger? Or maybe you suffer from the “Fear of Commitment Hug?” Find out in the Book of Hugs. Plus! Get tips on Who to Hug, How to Hug, When Not to Hug, plus the very important Who NOT to Hug.

The Book of Hugs

It'll Have to Do For Now Hug

The Very Bad Situation Hug

Who Not to Hug

The Jelly Fish Hug

images via Last Gasp, Attaboy

photo by Scott Beale