How to Cut String or Rope in an Emergency Without the Use of a Sharp Object

DaveHax (previously) demonstrates how to cut a string or rope in an emergency without the use of a sharp object in his latest video. He simply saws through the rope and string with rope and string.

music by Kevin MacLeod – “Olde Timey

IFC Releases a ‘Portlandia’ Season Five Trailer Highlighting a Variety of Characters and Cameos

IFC has released a trailer for season five of the television series Portlandia that highlights a variety of the characters and cameos in the upcoming season. The show also announced the list of guest stars that will be appearing during the 10-episode season that includes Paul Reubens, Steve Buscemi, Oscar the Grouch, and more. Season five of Portlandia returns to IFC on January 10, 2015.

A LEGO Stop-Motion Animated Short Imagining How a Fight Between Batman and Superman Would Act Out

Tommy Williamson of BrickNerd and animator James “Spastik Chuwawa” Morr worked together to create “LEGO Batman vs Superman“, a LEGO stop-motion animated short imagining how a fight between Batman and Superman would act out. We find out once and for all if the Caped Crusader’s futuristic gizmos and gadgets are able to take down the Man of Steel.

LEGO Batman vs Superman
poster design by Paul Lee

via Brothers Brick

‘Antarctica: A Year On Ice’, A Documentary About Human Life in the Coldest Place on Earth

Antarctica: A Year On Ice is an upcoming documentary directed by filmmaker Anthony Powell that chronicles a year in the life of human settlements in the coldest place on the planet.

Documentary film crews usually only get to visit Antarctica during the few short months of summer. This film includes footage meticulously gathered over 10 years, including 9 winters, isolated from the rest of the world, in 24-hour darkness and mind-numbing cold for months at a time.

The film, which will be released in United States theaters on November 28, 2014, was funded in part via Kickstarter.

via Coudal Partners

‘The Watcher Files Project’, An Investigation and Response to Archived Portland, Oregon Police Surveillance Documents

Surveillance Photo
Activist Lloyd Marbet selling a newspaper in a 1969 surveillance photo

In the 1960s through 1980, the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau conducted surveillance on civic and activist groups, including those not linked to criminal activity, and kept a long series of documentation on their findings. A law passed in 1981 made this practice illegal and surveillance ceased. The surveillance documents were removed and stored personally by a detective, then were donated to the Portland Tribune 15 years after the detective’s death, and eventually were acquired by the city of Portland.

The Watcher Files Project” is an investigation of and response to these documents by poet and teacher Kaia Sand and artist Garrick Imatani, who serve together as artists-in-residence at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center. Selections from the project are on exhibit now through December 5, 2014 at the North Portland Library.

Protest Route
“Occasionally we find maps of protest routes, which inform an expanding series of cabinets Garrick is building.”

The poem “She Had Her Own Reason for Participating,” a response to boxes full of cataloged index cards with notes about individuals, was stamped onto copper plates in this installation.

images via “The Watcher Files Project

via Regional Arts & Culture Council

SciShow Explains the Purpose of the ‘Do Not Eat’ Packets That Ship in Packaged Foods

SciShow (previously) host Michael Aranda gets to the bottom of the “do not eat” packets that often ship inside of food packages and pill bottles. Inside the packets are desiccant silica gel balls that absorb moisture that could otherwise damage the product.

If you’re wondering why you shouldn’t eat it, it’s because it’s not food. It’s like high-tech sand. Why would you want to eat that?

‘Kingdom Rush: Origins’, A New Prequel to the Incredibly Popular ‘Kingdom Rush’ Tower Defense Game

Kingdom Rush: Origins is a new prequel tower defense game by Ironhide Game Studio that features new towers, troops, enemies, and upgrades. The game marks the third installment of the popular Kingdom Rush series. Kingdom Rush: Origins is currently available on iOS, Android, and via Amazon.

Kingdom Rush: Origins is the third installment of the award-winning Kingdom Rush saga, loved by millions and earning accolades from gamers and critics around the globe. Take a trip back to the beginning, before Vez’nan ever thought to threaten the kingdom with the gem of power, and experience even more of the lightning-fast, exceptionally captivating gameplay that made the franchise a cornerstone of essential tower defense games. In this exciting prequel, command your elven army and defend mystical lands from sea serpents, evil sorcerers, and wave after wave of gnoll tribesman, all with the help of brand-spankin’ new towers, heroes, and spells to fend off every last baddie.

Kingdom Rush: Origins

Kingdom Rush: Origins

Kingdom Rush: Origins

Kingdom Rush: Origins

images via Kingdom Rush: Origins