1. 4 minutes and 15 seconds of flying like a bird.
The modern Wingsuit was first developed in the late 1990’s – it adds surface area to the body and thus adds lift and allows it to glide through the air.
Dangerous yes. Fun . . . ABSOLUTELY!!!
Courtesy of Youtube
2. 11 advertisements aimed at kids that you’ll never, ever see today – what were they thinking??
In this current world of government laws and regulations, where even a lightbulb comes with instructions on how you shouldn’t eat it – here’s a few ads from yesteryear that just might NOT make the cut these days I think!
Source: Vintage Everyday
3. Me! Me! Me! – World’s longest tunnel slide looks AWESOME!!!
Designed by German artist Carsten Höller to entertain some 130,000 visitors during the 2012 London Olympic Games, and pitched at a staggering 178m tall, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the world’s longest tunnel slide, looping and weaving 12 times around the structure before plummeting 50 metres on its 40-second trip to the bottom.
AND . . it comprises more than 35,000 bolts and enough steel to build 265 double-decker buses – I can see you’re impressed by that bit!!!
Only 10 Quid for Adults and a Fiver for the kiddies – BARGAIN! (Barf bags extra!)
More info at Arcelor Mittal Orbit
4. This girl has an incredible voice!
Even though the title of the video claims that she’s a random girl, her name is Janeth Guadalupe Becerra Hernandez, and she busks on the streets with her Dad. She’s only about 6-7yo and pretty well pitch-perfect.
The video is a couple of years old and not the best quality, but she’s awesome, and at only 1 min/30, I bet you play it twice!
5. Steve McCurry’s photos inspire me – to engage more with my surroundings, to pick up a camera, to travel . . .
I’m betting many of you might already know who Steve McCurry is, but for those of you who don’t, he is the world-renowned photographer who took the image of the Afghan Girl, that which has been named “the most recognized photograph” in the history of the National Geographic magazine and which first became famous as the cover photograph on their June 1985 issue.
His photos are synonymous with portraying the human experience, usually in lesser-developed countries, in whatever their present circumstances happen to be.
“Most of my images are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape that you could call the human condition.”
With around a million images* taken over a career spanning 35 years, his pictures manage to portray a masterly perception of humankind that very few have the ability to achieve.
*Fun fact — Eastman Kodak gifted Steve their very last manufactured roll of Kodachrome transparency film. The film was known for its rich color saturation and archival durability.
It was discontinued in 2009 after almost 75 years as arguably the film of choice for top professional photographers around the world.
6. Where would ’10 cool things’ be without a mad dash downhill on a bike.
Cobblestones, stairs, sharp turns, jumps, obstacles – and all to the screams of crowd. This time in Mexico with one of the best in the sport, Kiwi legend Kelly McGarry, who unfortunately died earlier in 2016 (R.I.P.).
Hint: maybe turn the sound DOWN a little or your co-workers/mum might think you’re watching porn.
Disclaimer: I ALMOST posted the Advert instead of the actual video as it’s pretty funny – so bugger it, I will!
Hahaha – yup! Youtube again!
7. Kids crack me up sometimes – here are a few examples of them taking things a little TOO literally!
For more head to Bored Panda
8. What’s on my Soundcloud playlist at the mo!
New Years Eve for me this year was chilling out on a Thai beach with my BFF, a few drinks and some great sounds from this guy!
Hope you enjoy!
9. Trippy stuff with these Picasso-inspired artworks combining realism with cubism
Artist Miguel Angel Belinchon Bujes, alias Belin, has become famous generally for his hyper-realistic paintings, seen mostly throughout the urban landscapes of his home country Spain, and exhibitions in Europe and the Americas.
Of recent times however, he has been experimenting with different colors, styles, and textures in his personal quest to better communicate the diversity of human expression and feeling.
Combining a good dose of the hyper-realistic with an equally good dose of Picasso has resulted in some unusual and unique works that Belin describes as his ‘Post Neo Cubism’ dedication to his fellow countryman and Spanish master, Pablo Picasso.
Check em out!
For more of his amazing work, head to his website Belin
H/t: Bored Panda
10. Tech Time 1: Preparing for a very different future of AI and robotics
Interesting story this week that is kinda straight out of a sci-fi movie – the European Parliament recently voted on drafting a set of regulations governing the use and creation of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
Now, while that may seem all a bit boring to many of you, think on this: robotics have been around for quite a while now – you only have to look at the auto and manufacturing industries for starters.
Robots are taking over jobs normally reserved for humans at an alarming rate – look at Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer – In 2011, the company installed 10,000 robots, called Foxbots. Today, the company is installing them at a rate of 30,000 per year. Each robot costs about $20,000 and is used to perform routine jobs such as spraying, welding, and assembly.
Foxconn’s CEO, told his annual meeting that “We have over one million workers. In the future we will add one million robotic workers.” This means, of course, that the company will avoid hiring those next million human workers.
Definitely food for thought!
New advancements in the AI sector has seen an explosion in progress in the “hot” areas include deep learning, probability, decision theory, neuroscience, control theory and other statistical learning methods.
These have kickstarted rapid improvements on problems where progress has been very slow until now: image and speech recognition, perception and movement in robotics, and performance of autonomous vehicles are just a few examples.
AI is set to become progressively smarter too – recent speculation suggests that by the year 2025, these machines will have a greater IQ than 90% of the US population.
AI is already being used to administer medicine to patients in US hospitals, and suggestions are being made that professional roles such as doctors, lawyers and accountants could be replaced by artificial intelligence by the year 2025.
With the likes of Steven Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates all expressing fears over artificial intelligence and what it means for the future of mankind, maybe we should all sit up and offer our opinion for what it’s worth, next time it goes before our local governments.
Tech Time 2: I’m just loving how the world is finally embracing Solar energy.
This time it’s the French, and if it actually works then it’s brilliant!
It’s only 1 km long, it’s really expensive and they’re not sure if it will work, but at least people are becoming more imaginative when it comes to generating clean, renewable energy.
If it DOES work, and provided they can lower costs with mass production, then France is looking to roll out the project on another 1000kms of their roads. Fingers crossed.
Bonus Extra – FIND THE CAT.
This one’s a little harder than previous I reckon – no cheating and looking at my source either!
Courtesy of: Waffes at noon
Hope you all enjoyed this weeks list of Cool and Interesting stuff off the Net. Long one this week sorry.
If you’d like to leave a comment below on anything, or want to suggest stuff you’d like to see in the future, then feel free to use the Comments section below!
As always, I aim to please!
Have an awesome week peeps! 🙂