Industrial mechanic Ulf Hoffmann has created the UHTTR-1, a robot specifically designed to play table tennis with the help of a mounted camera. Development on the project took two years, and it’s currently only able to play in a passive reactionary mode. Previously we wrote about a table tennis match set to take place on March 11th between professional player Timo Boll and a Chinese industrial robot.
If I could tell my closeted self something from my out self, I would say, don’t wait until someone drives you to do it that you should do it for you.
In this wonderful video posted by BuzzFeedYellow, seven young people talk about their experience coming out to their families and their friends. One young man shared he had come out when he was a sophomore and how his crush translated “into so much hate so easily”. A blonde haired woman in yellow talks about the standing ovation she got from her little town when she brought her date out on stage at an event. Another man talks about how his mother said that his being on drugs would be better because “at least drugs could be fixed”. But over time, things got better, families became more engaged and accepting and although coming out was scary, not one of the interviewees regretted doing it.
Their advice? Like so many other things, you should only do what you want to do when you are ready to do it for yourself. No one else needs to decide it for you.
Slide on our brand new Pandito balaclava and boost your Tai Chi skills to level 11. Comes in handy when flying wuxia style through bamboo forests with Ziyi Zhang.
images via Blamo Toys
Emily James is a beautiful 3-year old girl who very graciously allowed her filmmaker mom to document the process of her getting a hair cut for donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. The result is the lovely short film, Emily’s Hair by FlyPress Films.
To make the transition from long hair to short hair easier on the little girl, Emily’s stylist, Matthew Collins first cut her doll’s hair giving it the same chic bob that Emily would be getting. Then it was Emily’s turn.
It was Mommy and Daddy that suggested the idea to Emily to cut her hair and donate it for cancer wigs. They sat down and explained to her that to donate her hair, she would need to cut it fairly short, and that it would be a long time before she had long hair again. They looked at pictures together of little kids with no hair, they looked at pictures of wigs and they also looked at shorter styles – and she still wanted to make the donation. It probably doesn’t hurt that in the final scenes of Tangled, Rapunzel is sporting a pretty cute bob.
As it turns out, so is Emily.
On a personal note, last year our 7-year old niece Elli also cut her very long beautiful hair and donated it to an organization that makes wigs for children. We couldn’t have been more proud of the selflessness shown by such a wonderful child.
via Huffington Post
Jimmy Kimmel recently released footage of Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing an incredible job of recreating the hilarious “David After Dentist” video from memory. Previously, we wrote about Jimmy Kimmel Live and their series of big-budget Hollywood movie trailers based on classic viral videos.
Joseph memorized the entire David After Dentist video – for no reason. We didn’t ask him to and most of it wasn’t in the script. This was shot without any assistance from cue cards, he wasn’t watching along with the video to get the timing right, and somehow he managed to duplicate the video of this kid coming home from the dentist perfectly.
Here is the original “David After Dentist” video from 2009:
Museum Hack Is Now Offering Non-Traditional Tours of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City
Back in 2013 we wrote about Museum Hack, a tour group founded by Nick Gray that provides non-traditional, “un-highlight” tours of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Nature fans take note—the group is now offering non-traditional tours of the American Museum of Natural History. Each tour runs about two hours and maxes out at nine participants.
photo by Winston Struye