Family Vacation Photos of the Day: You know a family vacation isn’t going very well when the kids promise dad they’ll be loud if he doesn’t turn the car around and go home.
Extreme Mountaineering of the Day: Old: Hiking snow-capped mountain peaks. New: Motocrossing snow-capped mountain peaks.
Cross-Section of a tree played like a record
by Cory Doctorow
This music — which sounds like a moody piano soundtrack for a existentialist movie about a rainy day — is made by slicing a tree in cross-section, sticking it on a turntable, and dropping a tone-arm with a PlayStation Eye Camera in the head, and processing its output through Ableton Live. It’s called Years, and it was created by Bartholomäus Traubeck.
I’m Good Thanks of the Day: Nothing quite like a jaunty bike ride down the Garnitzenklamm when you’ve got balls of steel.
Daredevil of the Day: David J. Ellis — organizer of the world’s most naked roller coaster ride — shoots down an alpine slide (Sommerrodelbahn) in Mieders, Austria, without pulling the brake lever once.
Needless to say, this sort of thing is generally frowned upon. But it does make for one hell of a ride.
Time-Lapse Thing of the Day: For the first time in nearly a century, Washington’s White Salmon River is flowing unimpeded by the 125’-tall Condit Dam, which was breached by a controlled explosion on October 26th.
It took the reservoir less than 2 hours to be completely drained of its contents.
Early Bird Special: Turns out there’s some pretty cool stuff going on outside.
This Is Interesting, You Should Watch It of the Day: Writer/filmmaker Ransom Riggs (of “Be Amazing!” fame) explores the post-apocalyptic landscape of California’s Salton Sea and its largely abandoned resort community, Salton City.
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Lights Out: The most elaborate automated performance of Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” in the middle of a forest to promote a cell phone you will see today, guaranteed.