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How to smile naturally in selfies, girl burns own hair off and can you drive stoned? - Fun Things

Space & Time explained with music

Maths is not my strong point, but I do realise that beyond the humdrum of polynomials and logarithms maths can be genuinely interesting to regular people. This is certainly the case when maths is explained in practical and, dare I say, enjoyable ways. I may have performed better in school if learning was as accessible as in Vi Hart’s video on space and time using musical notation and a music box.

Girl burns own hair off—me in tears

There’s not much to say about Tori Locklear’s curling tute except that her reaction to burning her own hair off is priceless. *tears*

_LivesOn: tweet from the grave

LivesOn is a service that keeps your Twitter profile tweeting like it’s really you once you’re worm food. Apparently it does so using an algorithm that analyses your feed and mimics your “likes, tastes, [and] syntax.” Whether or not it’s a genuine thing, LivesOn has attracted a bit of attention in the last couple weeks. It raises the issue of digital perpetuity of our mortal selves—should our online personas continue to live once we’re gone? According to their website, LivesOn goes live in March.

Like in a dream - 3D fractal trip

If you haven’t ever taken mushrooms, here’s what it can look like. Originally designed to illustrate the beauty of living systems for a TEDx talk, BIB993’s animation simultaneously wows me and makes me feel uncomfortable. The music is spot on too. I may have to experiment with this video at some stage.

Original Star Wars cast all but confirmed for Star Wars VII

Mark Hamill a.k.a. Luke Skywalker has confirmed that he is to star in the seventh installment in the Star Wars dynasty. He voiced his concern that he wants the entire surviving original cast to be included; otherwise none of them would do it. Hamill also made a polite dig at Lucas’ over-use of CGI, “I think if you go too far in the direction of CGI it winds up looking like just a giant a video game, and that's unfortunate.” I’m not sure how I feel about Episode VII, part of me says, “leave it alone, and stop tainting the original movies.” But then part of me just can’t wait to see what they come up with.

Can you drive stoned?

The answer is yes, however, it depends on how many cones you’ve pulled. This mildly amusing video shows three different drivers, each with varying weed habits, taking the wheel of a car on an obstacle course. Though they were over Washington’s legal limit for marijuana use whilst driving, the drivers each performed well, if a little slowly.

My fireplace rules

How to smile naturally in selfies

I do a little bit of professional photography work, usually of people and the one thing I don’t want is for people to put on their best smile. Candid shots are easy, but as soon as your subject knows thinks they’re in the frame, they put it on. Forced smiles are ugly caricatures of your self that distort your features into an expression of pain and/or duck face. It’s painful for everyone involved. I find the false count works often: count to three but release the shutter on two to catch them a little off guard. If they’re sitting for a portrait, getting them a bit drunk helps. And having a conversation always helps—it relaxes them, takes their mind off the task and by default talking invites natural expression. What I’m saying is, it can be a bit of work extracting a smile that works—that goes for the ubiquitous selfie. Here’s a video—it’s supposed to be funny but really isn’t, however, the lessons in it are legit.

3Doodler—drawing two-point-oh

Watch. I don’t need to explain anything about this at all. It’s the best idea since the internet.

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