TED Talks With Hamish Jolly: A Shark-Deterrent Wetsuit

 From TED Perth, 2013.

From the TED YouTube channel:

Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scientists, he and his friends came up with a fresh approach — not a shark cage, not a suit of chain-mail, but a sleek suit that taps our growing understanding of shark vision.

The SOAO Daily Ditty: Shellac – Prayer To God

Man, I remember getting the promo of this record, playing it in the store I worked at as loud as possible and hoping my ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend would walk in. Granted, I broke up with her, but jealousy knows no bounds. I’m still kinda jealous… Do we ever really grow up? Eh, I’ll save the philosophical questions for a day when we can all agree… One day…

From AllMusic:

Started in an informal setting between infamous engineer and guitarist Steve Albini (ex-Just Ducky, Big Black,Rapeman) and drummer Todd Trainer (ex-Rifle SportBrick Layer Cake) in 1992, Shellac came into full formation after Albini invited bassist Bob Weston (ex-SorryVolcano Suns) to move to Chicago, employing him as an engineer at his studio. A clutch of singles soon appeared in 1993 and 1994 on Touch and Go and Drag City, somewhat following in the footsteps of Albini‘s Big Black and Rapeman, if only due to his trebly, cutting guitar work and deadpan vocals. As with Big BlackShellac provided a forum for Albini to air his thoughts on the uglier side of humanity, though lowering the perversity and upping the humor a notch. (An early claim was that all Shellac songs concerned either baseball or Canada, sometimes both in the same song.) The odd rhythms of Trainer and rumbling bass of Weston, however, clearly removed Shellac from any of the members’ previous involvements…[read more]

The Valley Of Dolls

Imagine a valley of dolls, a town with life-size dolls spread throughout where the number of dolls exceed the population.

In a village in eastern Iya on Shikoku is 64-year-old Ayano Tsukimi who left Osaka and settled in this quiet village. The town used to have a population of 137, but some of the people passed away and some moved somewhere else. With only 37 people living in this cozy town, Tsukimi creates a human-size doll in their place that are scattered throughout the valley.

In this intimate mini documentary, you’ll get to meet Ayano Tsukimi and learn how she started making life-size dolls.

Fritz Schumann
Via Digg

Apple In Numbers

As Apple earnings are soon to be announced today, here are some interesting numbers about the company. Love them or hate them, they do have some impressive numbers.

According to Alltime Numbers video, here’s a quick run some of some interesting facts and figures:

  • In 2011, Apple was worth $370 billion dollars, twice as much as the Apollo Space Program and had more cash in hand than the US Treasury.
  • Microsoft invested $150 million dollars in Apple when it was struggling in 1997.
  • In 1981, Apple was sued by The Beatles Apple Corps for trademark infringement and was settled for $80,000.

Watch to find out other fascinating numbers such as how many iPads and iPhones were sold in a second.

Alltime Numbers

The Best Mallakhamb Players In India

I came across this video of professional mallakhamb players while researching pole dancing videos for a, uh, future article. Yes, that’s it. Hey, don’t judge — a girl can dream…

This gymnastic-type competition sport originates from India and is actually really impressive. The muscles required to perform some of these maneuvers have to be in peak condition, and these folks are fit. They combine athleticism and showmanship to produce a routine that may seem odd to some of us who are unfamiliar, but I find it to be quite engaging and an amazing display of skill and dedication.

Via sangam06