10 Cool Things I Found on the Internet this Week! #12

Credit: Getty images

 

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!

I’m fairly sure most babies need oxygen these days – who knows, back then maybe they didn’t!!

 

Ad appeared in Harpers in 1904 – apparently times were a bit harder in those days and little girls needed to be armed when they went to bed!

 

Why not give baby a deep, rich Bondi tan?

 

Okay so it contained Opium but at least it stopped the kids coughing – slept like babies all night, and all day, and possibly the next night as well!

 

Ummmm . . . . well why not! Not specifically an Ad, but from inside the cigar box – sneaky, but safe for all the kiddies surely!

 

Loved the 60’s. Endangered species? . . . Pah! ‘Let’s all have some rabies shots first darling, then we’ll get 2 of each’!

 

Start ’em young, and while you’re at it, get them some good old-fashioned Fritz cigars as well!

 

What could possibly, POSSIBLY go wrong?

 

1950’s and just in time for the Cold War with the Russians and Cuba – AND with real live radioactive materials, so completely safe for all the family!

 

Now, I know people who’d kill for some of these – probably not for toothache, and possibly not for the kiddies either!

 

Yep, in 1952, not only did Santa bring you a new bike, but he also brought you a carton of ciggies, yay!! ‘How cool do I look!? – shiny new bike, a pink bell, handlebar streamers, and my trusty Camel filters’. Yesssss!

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!)

What fun!!

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!

Source: Youtube

 

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.”

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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.

Here I show just a few of his images, but encourage you all to try and view more, either at the extensive list of exhibitions he has lined up for 2017, on his Website, or on Facebook.

*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.

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Afghanistan
Cambodia
India
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Indonesia
Kashmir
Kuwait
Pakistan
Yemen

H/t: MyModernMet

 

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.

Love it!!

Source: Youtube

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!

 

“Keep your eye on the ball son!”
Bring a Fish to School day!
Toddler was told to feed the cat.
Kid says I gave him too many grapes, so I said ‘just eat half of them”. Smartass in the making here possibly?!
Kid was told to draw hands on the clocks!
2nd grader taking instructions a little TOO literally!
Kid was told NOT to go outside. Future lawyer in the making perhaps?

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

Pic courtesy of Shutterstock

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.

Credit: Getty Images

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.

Credit: Google

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.

Sources: Harvard Business Review | Crassh | Futurism

 

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!

France has opened the world’s first Solar Road.

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! 🙂

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