British Man Living in Japan Condenses His Busy 80-Hour Work Week Into an Intense Three-Minute Video

Stu in Tokyo, a British man living in Japan, condensed his busy 80-hour work week into an intense three-minute video. Stu works as a language teacher with the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme, and says the first three months of the year are his “busy season” meaning long hours and little time for anything but work, sleep, and food.

January to the end of March is our ‘busy season’ at work, which means that for these 3 months, my life is basically like this…

There are definitely people in Tokyo who do this all year round in order to support their families. I couldn’t imagine having to do this if I had those kinds of responsibilities as well.

Big salutes to all you hard workers out there, winning bread for your loved ones!

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Augmented Reality Sandbox, A Map That Uses a Microsoft Kinect to Let Users Shape Its Topography

Christoper Young captured some video of the Augmented Reality Sandbox, a project created by the UC Davis Department of Geology that utilizes a Microsoft Kinect to created a real-time interactive augmented reality map projected on a literal sandbox–which users can manipulate by moving around piles of sand.

The goal of this project was to develop a real-time integrated augmented reality system to physically create topography models which are then scanned into a computer in real time, and used as background for a variety of graphics effects and simulations. The final product is supposed to be self-contained to the point where it can be used as a hands-on exhibit in science museums with little supervision.

The Sandbox was inspired by video of a similar project created by Czech researchers.

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Man Walks Around Hollywood on Oscar Night While Holding a Fake Award to Get Praise, Free Gatorade, and a Car

Comedian and actor Mark David Christenson put on a tuxedo and walked around Hollywood on the night of the 87th Annual Academy Awards holding a fake Oscar to see how people would react. The video titled “FAKE OSCAR PRANK” shows Christenson interacting with strangers, many of whom seem very impressed by the fake award.

Christenson tests the limits of what he can get away with by having people believe he is an Oscar winner, and he uses his fake statue to get free drinks (including a large orange Gatorade), gain entry into exclusive Oscar parties, and at the end of the night he even manages to convince a valet to give him a car.

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A Look Inside of Project Loon, Google’s Attempt to Deliver High-Speed Internet Access Through Giant Balloons

The Verge was given behind-the-scenes access to Project Loon (previously), Google’s extremely ambitious moonshot attempt to bring high-speed Internet access to underserved regions using high-altitude balloons. The project, which was given its unorthodox title due to its seemingly unprecedented nature, could also serve to provide access to communities hit by natural disaster.

There’s no weather in the stratosphere, which means if there’s a hurricane or a typhoon that knocks out power or internet connectivity to people on the ground, the balloons provide a very exciting way to let people immediately have connectivity 10 seconds after the natural disaster occurs.



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Mashup Video of a Baby Goat Who Says ‘What?’ & Jules Winnfield’s Deadly ‘Say What Again!’ Scene From ‘Pulp Fiction’

Boise, Idaho-based Brian Rich has shared a great mashup video of a baby goat who repeatedly says “what?” and Jules Winnfield’s (Samuel L. Jackson) deadly “say what again!” scene from Pulp Fiction, the classic 1994 black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

The original baby goat and “say what again!” videos for comparison:

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Art in Island, An Interactive Art Museum in the Philippines That Invites Attendees to Take Photos With 3D Paintings

Art in Island

Art in Island is an art museum located in a former Manila bus station that features a slew of paintings, many of which are in 3D, designed for interaction. Museum attendees are encouraged to climb into paintings and take photos of their interactions. Art in Island corporate secretary Blyth Cambaya explained the museum’s philosophy to Mashable.

Here, art paintings are not complete if you are not with them, if you don’t take pictures with them.

Art in Island

Art in Island

Art in Island

Art in Island

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Geico Launches Funny and Creative ‘Unskippable’ Ads on YouTube

Geico has launched new funny and creative ads designed specifically for YouTube that they are calling “unskippable.” The ads essentially put all the important information in the first five seconds, which YouTube forces viewers to watch before giving them the option to skip over the ad.

After the five-second mark, the ads turn into absurd freeze frames with the actors holding still and trying to keep that pose despite what happens around them. Viewers can skip through those parts of the ads, but they’re funny enough that people might want to stick around through the end.

One ad features a family at dinner, but when they freeze the family dog jumps into the scene and wreaks havoc. The other ad shows two friends who become trapped in a mid-air high five.

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A Quintet of Paper Origami Cranes Perform a Choreographed Dance Routine Using Electromagnets

Japanese hardware hacker Ugoita T. created a whimsical display of five origami cranes busting a move with choreography provided by electromagnets, which were used to manipulate the feet of the paper birds into all sorts of dance positions. Ugoita T. has also created a behind-the-scenes video detailing how the display, which was exhibited at a Honda China art event, was created.

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