Archer Lars Anderson Fires Three Arrows in 0.6 Seconds and Shoots Arrows Fired at Him Out of the Air

Danish archer Lars Anderson has released a new video in which he performs incredible feats of skill with a bow that include firing three arrows in 0.6 seconds, grabbing arrows fired directly at him and shooting them back, and even shooting other arrows out of the air mid-flight.

Previously we shared some of Anderson’s earlier videos which show him using the unique technique he derived from historical texts and artwork whereby he holds his arrows in his firing hand and fires from the right side of the bow. This allows for amazing speed and diversity in firing positions.

For obvious safety reasons, Anderson urges viewers not to attempt much of what he does in the video, particularly the bit where people are firing arrows at each other.

via Dan Casey

‘Cinematic Montage’, Hundreds of Clips From Iconic Films Edited Together Into a Single Trailer-Like Video

“Cinematic Montage” is a short video created by Vimeo user GameOvais that edits together clips from 280 films spanning a large selection of decades and genres into a single, movie trailer-like experience. “Cinematic Montage II,” meanwhile, ups the ante with more than 300 different movies featured. Both videos also offer a full, alphabetical breakdown of the movies contained therein.

via Digg

A New Trailer For ‘Deep Web’, An Upcoming Documentary About the Anonymous Online Black Market Site Silk Road

Deep Web is an upcoming documentary directed by filmmaker Alex Winter that explores the history of the controversial online black market site Silk Road, including the arrest of its alleged founder Ross William Ulbricht and the role that cryptocurriencies like Bitcoin played in its rise. The film, which is set to premier on the Epix TV network in spring 2015, was funded in part by a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Deep Web

image via Deep Web

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

The New Logo for Audio Company Sonos Features an Optical Illusion That Looks Like a Pulsating Speaker


Wireless speaker system manufacturer Sonos has unveiled a new logo featuring an optical illusion that makes it appear as if it’s pulsating with sound like a vibrating speaker while scrolling past it in a web browser. The newly “remixed” logo will also be appearing in more minimalist, not pulsing forms.

And since this is about sound, it’s appropriate. At times it gets a little scattered in rave-like directions but I like how they exploit the palindrome structure of the name to create patterns and a continuous strips of SONOSONOSONOS.

image via Brand New

via Brand New

Quick and Simple Microwave Oven Tricks to Make Life Easier and More Delicious

Household Hacker (previously) demonstrates 10 quick and simple microwave oven tricks in their latest video to make life easier and more delicious. They show how to cook a few slices of bacon in a hurry using a microwave-safe bowl and plate, make cleaning the microwave a snap using water and a lemon, plus much more.

Here are 10 simple tricks that you can use to turn your microwave into an awesome machine that you cannot live without! We’ve got bacon, donuts and even sponges here.

Researcher Develops Jazz Music-Playing Robots That Can Improvise With a Human Musician

Musician and researcher Mason Bretan plays jazz with a backup band of four robots in what at first glance appears to be a clever application of dancing robots and pre-recorded tracks, but is actually something much more remarkable. While two of the robots do indeed play prerecorded percussion, the other two are actually improvising along with Bretan’s playing. And all of them are swaying and dancing in response to the music. The largest robot, named Shimon, improvises on a marimba–a complex task that require the robot to pre-position its arms in anticipation of the next note. You can see Bretan and his robo-band in action in the six-minute improvisational piece, “What You Say.” Bretan developed the robots as part of his PhD research at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The piece is called “What You Say” and is inspired by the high energy funk piece, “What I Say”, from Miles Davis’ Live-Evil album. The incredible brilliance of the musicians on that album (as well as the numerous other great musicians around the world) are not only an inspiration to me and my own musical and instrumental aspirations, but also set the standard for the level of musicianship that I hope machines will one day achieve. And through the power of artificial intelligence, signal processing, and engineering I firmly believe it is possible for machines to be artistic, creative, and inspirational.

via New Scientist

How to Make Mascara Out of Oreo Cookies

Katherine Ward of xxmakeupiscoolxx demonstrates her recipe for a DIY mascara hack using Oreo cookies as the primary ingredient.

So for this mascara you are going to need Oreos…a spoon, a plastic bag, a mixing bowl, some face or eye primer, some rubbing alcohol, some tape if you want to decorate your container, a little container and a cotton ball.

It’s an interesting hack that seems to work, but there are some interesting concerns that arise—the first being eye safety. Also, the mascara probably smells like Oreos, which is only good for a limited amount of time. It’s probably not waterproof, so don’t cry, go out in the rain or snow, wear contact lenses or have an allergy attack when using this formula, unless the idea is to have Oreo smelling goop running down one’s face.

Finally, as Buzzfeed noted, the cost of the hack may not be worth it.

The cost of materials: $40.45 plus tax.

Rubbing alcohol: $2.29
Nivea Lip Balm (or empty jar): $2.49
Bag of cotton pads: $1.99
Small mixing bowl (purchased in a set): $5.99
Spoon: $1.34
Zip-loc bag (purchased in box): $4.40
Smashbox Primer (travel size, as shown): $15.00
Limited Edition Oreo Minis: $6.95

But the cost of drugstore mascara…… $6.99

Despite all that, Ward gets a very high score for her creativity.

via BuzzFeed, Eater, That’s Nerdalicious

A Crash Course on How Water Access Has Affected Civilizations Around the World Throughout History

Host John Green quickly flows through an explanation of how water access has affected civilizations around the world throughout history in the “Water and Classical Civilizations” episode of CrashCourse World History. He shares details of how agriculture changed with new technology over time, how droughts toppled societies, and the interesting tie water has had to religion.

‘Cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies’, A Three-Part PBS Documentary by Ken Burns and Barak Goodman

Our film project Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is about as close to the bone as filmmaking gets for me. Cancer has been a huge part of my life. – Ken Burns

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a three-part, six-hour PBS documentary that explores the history of cancer, current treatments, and scientific advancements leading into the future. Inspired by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee‘s wonderful book of the same title, executive producer Ken Burns and director Barak Goodman, in partnership with WETA and Laura Ziskin Productions, explore the multi-faceted search to find a cure for cancer.

The series matches the epic scale of the disease, reshaping the way the public sees cancer and stripping away some of the fear and misunderstanding that has long surrounded it. The story of cancer is a story of scientific hubris, paternalism, and misperception, but it is also a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion. The series artfully weaves three different films in one: a riveting historical documentary; an engrossing and intimate vérité film; and a scientific and investigative report.

The series premieres on local PBS stations March 30-April 1, 2015.

Ken Burns, Dr. Sid Mukherjee & Barak Goodman
photo by Stephanie Berger

via Jody Schoeger, Stand Up To Cancer

Mental Floss Cleans Up a Series of Common Misconceptions About Germs and Hygiene

In a recent episode of the Mental Floss series Misconceptions, host Elliott Morgan cleans up a series of common misconceptions about germs and hygiene. Morgan shares a 2013 study by Michigan State University that says ten percent of people don’t wash their hands at all after using a public restroom, and also shares the more frightening fact that even more people are washing their hands incorrectly. To combat this, the episode includes a hand washing demonstration by Morgan.