A bearded fellow endures a “fire slap,” eggs are eviscerated by a sword, and a baseball bat meets Santa Claus in this montage of slow-motion footage by Kuma Films. The video was created in collaboration with Darren Dyk of Beyond Slow Motion and Ryan Chann.
A Short History of Unusual Duels is a four-part series of animated shorts by Atlas Obscura that examines some of history’s strangest duels. Among the duels recounted: a topless duel between a countess and princess in the late 19th century, and a duel between rival billiard players in which the chosen weapon was billiard balls.
The 2015 Obscura Day (previously), a worldwide celebration of the “world’s most curious and awe-inspiring places,” takes place May 30. This year’s celebration includes 150 events across 20 countries, including a ride on the Death Valley train in California, and a tour of the ghost cities of Chernobyl.
image via Atlas Obscura
via Atlas Obscura
Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder, a new three-day festival of creative workshops, tech demonstrations, performances, and more, takes place September 18 to 20, 2015, at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, California. The festival will include special guest Adam Savage and the Room Escape Adventure reality game. The festival is produced by Boing Boing and Baby Tattoo.
Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder in association with Baby Tattoo is a three-day festival where you will learn about exciting new DIY technologies, make cool stuff, immerse yourself in an alternate reality adventure, hang out with nerd superstars, and be surprised by cool special events you’ll never forget.
photo via Boing Boing
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Among the luxury interior design offerings of Dubai-based design firm Imperial Interiors is “3D Liquid Flooring,” a technique that allows the company to install permanent color images on floors. The images–printed with a special photo printer–are covered in protective epoxy and lacquer. The technique is particularly well suited to creating photorealistic 3D illusions–because who wouldn’t want a pair of life-size dolphins leaping out of their bathroom floor?
photos via Imperial Interiors
Yesterday Freightliner introduced the Inspiration Truck, a prototype commercial semi-trailer truck that is capable of operating autonomously on public highways. Furthermore the truck is the first vehicle of its kind to receive a license to operate autonomously on an open public highway in the United States. The license, granted by the state of Nevada, allows the truck to drive autonomously on highways in the state with a couple of restrictions: it can only operate in daylight and in good weather, and driver must be in the vehicle to take over in certain circumstances.
photos via Freightliner
via IEEE Spectrum