Jalopnik rounded up up what they believe to be the best (most interesting?) car dashboards. It’s a mix of super-fancy, adaptive new ones and some relics.
Though I appreciate the new-fangled fancy screens, I’m sharing this because my dad used to have that late 80’s Buick Riviera with a touchscreen console computer and it felt like magic. I couldn’t believe they were able to have a responsive screen in the car and now I’m wondering just how big the computer behind it had to be. Here’s a video of it in action.
Near Antarctica, salt water gets excluded from the ice, forming bring, which sinks quickly. This brine creates an icicle that reaches down to the ocean floor, freezing everything its path. The BBC caught the phenomenon in a time-lapse film. Watch.
The science is pretty awesome (as is much science).
In winter, the air temperature above the sea ice can be below -20C, whereas the sea water is only about -1.9C. Heat flows from the warmer sea up to the very cold air, forming new ice from the bottom. The salt in this newly formed ice is concentrated and pushed into the brine channels. And because it is very cold and salty, it is denser than the water beneath.
The result is the brine sinks in a descending plume. But as this extremely cold brine leaves the sea ice, it freezes the relatively fresh seawater it comes in contact with. This forms a fragile tube of ice around the descending plume, which grows into what has been called a brinicle.
For a full year, a camera took a picture from the roof of the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco. Ken Murphy took the photos and made 360 stop-motion films, then tiled them together into a mosiac. When you watch this, turn on 1080p and make it full-screen. It’s worth it. [via kottke]
There’s nothing special about this song, aside from the guy who is singing all 32 parts himself. Somehow it feels important. As Robin Sloan said, “It begins with live looping, and I don’t know where it ends, but somehow it passes through here.” [via Snarkmarket]
Bonus (and sort of related): Anil waxes on the animated GIF, which includes an image of one of my top 7 babies.
Jamie Beck, who blogs at From Me to You, has worked with Kevin Burg to elevate the lowly animated GIF to new heights. As you can see below (and on her blog), it’s quite striking.
They’re calling them cinemagraphs and this interview sheds some more light on the subject, even though they don’t walk us through the process. They do explain that these are still photos being combined and not snippets of video.
The effect definitely reminds of the moving photographs from Harry Potter. Granted, we’re not seeing this in our newspapers, but it has a similar haunting effect. I’ve seen Noah Kalina use a similar effect in some of his short videos. I guess they’re more of the long photograph style. In all of these cases, I find the concept fascinating. Of course, sometimes it can be incredibly creepy.
After firing Gilbert Gottfried, Aflac needed a way to turn out new commercials without having to reinvent their brand. So they took an old, silent film style commercial from 2006 and ran it today. The commercial is fine, but the creative solution is great.
It’s silly to think you could ever keep up with every funny video released, unless of course you work for BuzzFeed. I can confirm that 90% of these videos are humorous. If you want more, I can recommend you view posts from my videos tag.
This iOS app will translate Spanish to English (or vice versa) live in a video. It’s stupid how fast this works and I will buy this immediately. It’s going to be a lifesaver on vacations. You can buy it here. [via @marcoarment]