A Video Game-Themed Animated Tutorial on How to Use a Semicolon

Science writer Emma Bryce explains how to use a semicolon in a new TED-Ed lesson animated in the style of a video game by Karrot Entertainment.

It may seem like the semicolon is struggling with an identity crisis. It looks like a comma crossed with a period. Maybe that’s why we toss these punctuation marks around like grammatical confetti; we’re confused about how to use them properly.

A Mind-Bending Inceptionist Video Rendered by an Artificial Neural Network

Artist Memo Akten has created a mind-bending inceptionist video rendered by an artificial neural network. Akten begins with a clip of himself, which the artificial brain then tries to interpret using its database of millions of images.

Google recently released a gallery of still inceptionist images created with the same process, but the added video element makes the effect of the neural network particularly entrancing.

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A 143-MPH Tennis Serve Filmed at 6,000 Frames Per Second

Tennis player Adam Kennedy performs a 143-MPH serve in a short clip from a video recorded by Australian tennis company Flex Infinity. The video, filmed using an Olympus camera, captures the serve at 6,000 frames per second in an attempt to better understand how the Flex Infinity strings impact play.

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A Tiny Hedgehog Slides Easily Into a Measuring Cup in Order to Be Weighed by a Kitchen Scale

In November 2014, an adorable little hedgehog slid easily into a plastic measuring cup in order to be weighed by a kitchen countertop scale

Hedgehog Slides

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The World Record for the Longest Distance Travelled on a Slip and Slide in One Hour

Trinity River Vision Authority on Panther Island, Fort Worth, TX has set the Guinness World Record for the longest distance travelled on a slip and slide in on hour, traveling 774,515.09 meters (2,541,060 feet).

The TRVA organisation – which is dedicated to revitalising the Trinity River that runs through Fort Worth – completely shattered the previous record of 41,404.42 metres (135,841 ft) that had been held by Shelby Farms Park Conservancy (USA) since July 2014.

The 1,710 ft slip ’n’ slide was located on Panther Island, Texas as part of Fort Worth-themed festival Pantherfest – TRVA’s Shanna Cate said they wanted to “celebrate Fort Worth’s birthday the right way”, and they certainly achieved something memorable.

Slip and Slide

A Father and Daughter Face Off in an Incredible Beatboxing Battle Rematch

Young beatboxer Nicole Paris faces off in an incredible beatboxing battle rematch against her father. In the first round, posted last year, Nicole was declared the clear winner by viewer votes. The pair have asked viewers to decide the outcome of this battle as well, but she appears confident that she’ll hold on to her title.

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First ‘Minecraft: Story Mode’ Trailer Features an Unlikely Band of Heroes and Also a Pig

The first Minecraft: Story Mode trailer features an unlikely band of heroes and also a pig. The five-part episodic video game series, by Telltale Games, is based on the extremely popular Minecraft video game by Mojang.

Players will control protagonist Jesse throughout the season, as portrayed by actor Patton Oswalt. Jesse and his group of friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone; four adventurers who slayed an Ender Dragon. The Order is the very best at what they do: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect. While at EnderCon, Jesse and his friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and they must set out on a journey to find The Order of the Stone if they are to save their world from oblivion.

The trailer was released at the recent Minecon 2015 convention in London, England and features the dulcet tones of comedian Patton Oswalt as protagonist Jesse. Though there is no definitive release date, the game is coming “soon for PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, compatible iOS devices, and Android.”

Florida Homeless Man Donald Gould Plays a Beautiful Piano Rendition of ‘Come Sail Away’ by Styx

Donald Gould, a homeless man living in Sarasota, Florida, was recorded playing a beautiful piano rendition of the song “Come Sail Away” by Styx in a video by Dylan Henry. Gould is a college-educated musician who plays a variety of instruments, and says he also played the clarinet in the Marine Corps. Henry and his colleagues interviewed Gould after the original video started going viral.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up on Gould’s behalf to help him pay for a home and other essentials, and Henry has also launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a web series titled Humanizing Homelessness to highlight other homeless individuals around the country.

For comparison, here is the original version of “Come Sail Away.”

Beautiful Aerial Footage of Fireworks Shot With a Drone

This July 3rd and 4th DRT Nation shot some beautiful aerial footage of fireworks using a drone.

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