You don’t have to try so hard, sings Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter Colbie Caillat, whose new album’s lead single “Try” makes a statement about our concept of what makes a woman beautiful. Watch:
It’s a bird! A plane! Supermoon!
Did you see it? Don’t fret. If you missed it, you’ll have two more chances this summer to take in the breathtaking sight of what’s being called the “super moon,” a full moon that appears as much as 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than regular full moons.
OK, it’s really not super. It just looks that way when it’s on the rise because of its orbital position, or perigee, when the moon is closest to Earth.
Dr. James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, talked about the super moon phenomenon in a 2011 interview: “‘Supermoon’ is a situation when the moon is slightly closer to Earth in its orbit than on average, and this effect is most noticeable when it occurs at the same time as a full moon. So, the moon may seem bigger although the difference in its distance from Earth is only a few percent at such times.”
Here are some pix snapped by lunar observers all over the world as the super moon rose last Saturday night. Twitter was aglow with more photos under the hashtags #supermoon and #Supermoon2014. Twitter aggregator Twitchy grabbed a few of the best. To enhance your moon watch, I suggest that you listen to this as the golden orb ascends on its next super moonrise. According to NASA, super moons occur again on Aug. 10 and Sept. 9.
How may times have you tried to untangle the knots in your earbud wires? If you answered, “Every time,” welcome to the club. I was this close to believing those little wires are alive, curling up into themselves because of some innate mischievous desire to coil into a knotted mess.
Well, I’ve found a way to relieve your (and my) frustration! It’s a simple trick than ensures your earphones will never get tangled again. I tried it, and it works! Yay!
From a report in the Daily Mail, Robert Matthews of Aston University says that if string can get into knots, it will: “Building on earlier mathematical research, he concluded that string really does have a perverse tendency to knot spontaneously. He also found the longer the string is, the more likely it is to spontaneously knot. Joining the ends together dramatically reduces the probability of the string performing the manoeuvres needed to form knots, making tangling less likely, something he calls the Loop Conjecture.”
Read more about how this simple, yet fascinating solution came into being.
A hip-hop dance team dances their hearts out to a silent movie, and I’m guessing you’ll love this as much as did the judges who awarded these high schoolers 1st place.
Writes Jessica Stahl at the Washington Post Style blog: “At one of the country’s most competitive hip-hop dance-offs, a crew called Cookies Dance Team took the stage in 1920s costumes and black-and-white makeup with an old-timey backing track and intricate choreography. The effect: a completely unexpected, amazingly accurate silent movie crafted through dance.”
Follow this talented troupe on Facebook. And get ready to bop to this swinging hip hop!
This guy straps a desktop scanner, computing device and custom battery pack to his body, and performs images into existence.
“I might scan in straight, long lines across tables, tie the scanner around my neck and swing over flowers, do pogo-like gestures over bricks, or just follow the wind over water lilies in a pond. The dynamism between my body, technology, and the landscape is transformed into beautiful and quirky renderings, which are then produced as archival artworks.”
See Nathaniel Stern’s Rippling Images here. Watch him explain how he does it:
My Job Chart
Touted as “the free, easy to use, online chore chart and reward system for organizing and motivating your kids to learn first hand how to Save, Share and Spend,” My Job Chart recently got local TV and Internet attention. Watch how one Arizona family is putting this free app to use.