This guy built a circulating seal enclosure

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The circulating seal enclosure is cool and all, but is nobody going to address the fact that this guy seems to have a pet seal in his pool? Is that a thing that’s allowed now? Because the last time I asked about it I ended up on a list.

Keep going for the weirdly mesmerizing video.

Source: Geekologie – This guy built a circulating seal enclosure

Thirty minutes of rain from thirty different video games

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YouTuber Jez Burrows put together this 30 minute video of rain compiled from 30 different games. The video is exactly what it sounds like. No fluff, no narration, just 30 minutes of video game rain. Is it the most important thing you’ll see today? Obviously. Considering how the year’s been going, I’ve decided to put this video on loop for the next three months.

Keep going for the full video.

Source: Geekologie – Thirty minutes of rain from thirty different video games

Sandra the Orangutan washes her hands and enclosure after observing zookeepers do it

sandra-orangutan-cleaning.jpgSandra is a zoo-born, Borneo and Sumatra hybrid orangutan currently living in the Center for Great Apes in Florida and this is a video of her washing her hands and scrubbing her enclosure after seeing her caretakers doing the same thing. It’s always eerie when primates act like humans. Like that one time I saw a chimpanzee throwing its poo at a passerby. It threw its poo in exactly the same way as I throw my poo! Uncanny!

Keep going for the full video of an orangutan that’s more hygienic than most other primates I know.

Source: Geekologie – Sandra the Orangutan washes her hands and enclosure after observing zookeepers do it

A 3-year-old girl lifted super high into the air by a kite

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This is an insane video of a 3-year-old girl being lifted into the air after getting tangled in some kite strings at a kite festival in Taiwan:

Footage shows a girl, 3, in Taiwan being lifted high into the air after becoming entangled in the strings of a kite. The unidentified girl was taking part in a kite festival on Sunday in the seaside town of Nanliao when she was hoisted several metres into the air by the giant, long-tailed orange kite. News reports said the girl was frightened but suffered no physical injuries in the incident.

The footage is so crazy it looks fake. Like it’s behind-the-scenes footage of a live-action Up adaptation or something. The only way it could look more cartoony is if when people tried to hold her down they each got picked up as well, until some really fat person in the crowd finally managed to grab a hold and anchor it down. Now I kind of wish that happened.

Keep going for the full video. Nobody gets hurt, but it’s still a little disturbing seeing a little girl fly through the air like that.

Source: Geekologie – A 3-year-old girl lifted super high into the air by a kite

Livestreamed progress update on Elon Musk's Neuralink

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In addition to Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk is also running Neuralink, a company working on developing high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces. In layman’s terms, he’s making a device that implants into the brain to theoretically help with things like paralysis and blindness. It’s been a bit of mystery so far, but yesterday Neuralink had a live demo of where they’re currently at.

If you don’t feel like watching the entire hour, the most interesting things happen at at 15:35 where they demo detecting the neurons firing when a pig sniffs something with its snout, and at 18:20 where the Neuralink is predicting where the limbs of a pig will be based on the neuron readings. Assuming they aren’t cheating their demo, the results are pretty impressive considering they aren’t even at version 1.0 yet. And kudos to the first lunatic to actually purchase and get this thing implanted. Sure, it doesn’t appear to kill a pig, but best of luck letting the guy who named his kid X Æ A-12 put a machine in your brain.

Keep going for yesterday’s full livestream of the Neuralink progress update.

Source: Geekologie – Livestreamed progress update on Elon Musk’s Neuralink

The first large-scale COVID-19 pandemic memorial

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Architecture firm ​GómezPlatero​ has designed and will build the first monument for victims of the pandemic to be located in Uruguay.

The massive circular structure will serve as an affecting sensory experience that bridges the gap between the urban and natural worlds, creating an ideal environment for introspection. It will sit on the edge of an untamed section of urban waterfront located in Uruguay, accessible only by a long pedestrian walkway that draws the visitor gradually away from the sounds and sights of urban life until they are fully immersed in the presence of nature.

At the center of the platform, an open void to the rolling ocean beneath allows people to observe nature in its most majestic, purest state, reminding us of our own fragility. At 40 meters in diameter, with an open center that is 10 meters in diameter, the memorial can welcome up to 300 visitors at a time (while obeying current social distancing guidelines), allowing for moments of shared grief and solidarity in addition to solitude.

And this is why architecture firms get paid the big bucks. If they had gone with my idea they would’ve ended up with a big frowny-face made out of used N95 masks, which I guess is less of a memorial and more of a, uh, literal pile of garbage.

Keep going for more photos of the design as well as the promo video released by the firm.

Source: Geekologie – The first large-scale COVID-19 pandemic memorial

LEGO and IKEA team up to create BYGGLEK LEGO set

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Last year LEGO announced a collaboration with IKEA to create a set that would appeal to both grown-ups and children in the hopes of getting parents to play more with their kids. This week they finally unveiled the result of that collaboration:

In tidying up and reorganizing children’s creative space during playtime, we not only disrupt their play but also their creative expression and growth. Therefore, we wanted to create a storage solution that itself offers a fun playful experience. As the BYGGLEK boxes are equipped with LEGO studs on the top and the front, kids can integrate the storage boxes as part of their LEGO builds. They can store their stories inside them, and proudly display their creations on top of them.

So what all of that mumbo jumbo means in practical terms is they built a storage box with LEGO studs on the top and a few pieces inside. It’s honestly a bit underwhelming for a product that came out of so many uppercase letters.

The prices of the sets are:

• Bygglek Box with lid (large): $14.99 / €14.99

• Bygglek Box with lid (smaller): $12.99 / €12.99

• Bygglek Boxes with lids (set of 3): $9.99 / €9.99

• Bygglek 201-piece Lego brick set: $14.99 / €14.99

Keep going for a few more pictures of the actual BYGGLEK set at an IKEA Germany.

Source: Geekologie – LEGO and IKEA team up to create BYGGLEK LEGO set

Visualizing the history of The Universe using 13,799 dominoes

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Science communicator Kurtis Baute set up a 300 meter long row of dominoes to represent a timeline of history from the Big Bang to now, with each domino representing 1 million years. It’s pretty incredible that he managed to make each domino, set the whole thing up, and successfully film and narrate the whole thing himself. It’s not the kind of thing you want to do multiple takes of and the fact it worked and he did it all himself is super impressive. Also, when I say he made each domino I mean he physically made each domino. Like he bought a bunch of lumber and cut each individual piece. The only thing I’ve ever been this committed to is an asylum, and that was against my will.

Keep going for the full video, along with the behind the scenes of him making each piece and setting it up.

Source: Geekologie – Visualizing the history of The Universe using 13,799 dominoes

Time-lapse of a growing pea in a see-through container

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This is a mesmerizing time-lapse of a pea being planted in a see-through container and growing over 37 days. The movement of the tendrils is so alien, and at this speed feels almost conscious. Watching it reach for the support post is like something out of War of the Worlds.

Keep going for the full video.

Source: Geekologie – Time-lapse of a growing pea in a see-through container

Creating the optimal peanut butter and banana sandwich using computer vision and machine learning

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Quarantine does weird things to people, and in the case of engineer Ethan Rosenthal it made him develop a system for optimizing a peanut butter and banana sandwich using computer vision and machine learning.

So, how do we make optimal peanut butter and banana sandwiches? It’s really quite simple. You take a picture of your banana and bread, pass the image through a deep learning model to locate said items, do some nonlinear curve fitting to the banana, transform to polar coordinates and “slice” the banana along the fitted curve, turn those slices into elliptical polygons, and feed the polygons and bread “box” into a 2D nesting algorithm.

You may have noticed that I supposedly started this project in the Spring, and it’s now August. Like most idiot engineers, I had no idea how complicated this stupid project was going to be, but time’s meaningless in quarantine, so here we are.

Nothing makes me happier than seeing people spend insane amounts of work on things that are absolutely pointless. It’s just a shame that all of his work was for nothing, because obviously the perfect peanut butter and banana sandwich is when you cover a banana in peanut butter and then wrap a slice of bread around it like a hot dog. The only downside is it kind of feels like you’re eating a big mushy penis but that’s a small price to pay to enter flavor country.

You can check out the computer science-heavy explanation for how Ethan’s system works on his site. It’s obviously the work of a lunatic. A brilliant, beautiful lunatic.

Source: Geekologie – Creating the optimal peanut butter and banana sandwich using computer vision and machine learning

IKEA recreates their 2021 catalog in Animal Crossing

ikea-animal-crossing-2.jpgIKEA Taiwan recreated their 2021 catalog in Animal Crossing and the results are pretty good considering the game’s limitations. The cleverest is probably this one, where they used a character to stand in for a hanging light and pillow:

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It sort of reminds me of when I tried to recreate an IKEA catalog in The Sims. And by recreate, I mean trap each of my Sims in an empty doorless room where they would end up just peeing themselves and crying. What’s that? I should see a therapist? You sound just like my parents.

Keep going for more of the recreations.

Source: Geekologie – IKEA recreates their 2021 catalog in Animal Crossing

Incredibly realistic food embroidery with a mind boggling pizza "cheese pull"

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A 33-year-old artist from Kyoto, Japan known as Ipnot has been creating insanely realistic embroidery artwork for the past five years.

Ipnot says some designs take just sevens day to complete whereas others can take over one month.

All the pieces are amazing, but the “cheese pull” of the pizza at 0:35 is jaw dropping. It’s hard to believe the entire thing is just embroidery. If I didn’t see them actually sewing it, I would’ve assumed it was a trick or maybe they just glued an actual pizza to their embroidery backing.

Keep going for the video or check out their Instagram page here. Skip to 0:35 for the amazement or just watch the embedded Instagram post.

Source: Geekologie – Incredibly realistic food embroidery with a mind boggling pizza “cheese pull”

Learning to pilot a giant Furrion Exo-Bionic Prosthesis mech

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This is a video of YouTuber The Hacksmith learning to pilot a giant Furrion Exo-Bionic Prosthesis mech. If you’re wondering what the purpose of this mech is, there is no purpose. The company literally built them with the idea of starting a mech racing league. From their Kickstarter:

Fourteen years ago our team had a grand vision for a global racing league that would pit multiple world-class athletes in head-to-head competitions, through complex, technical obstacle courses, wearing giant, powered mech suits. The technology did not exist. The sport did not exist. Many thought it was impossible. Our team, however, was determined to bring this dream to life!

Prosthesis has no joysticks, no steering wheel, no foot pedals. Just 100% limb-for-limb pilot control. That’s right. Prosthesis has no automation, no giros, no ability to walk or balance by itself. It relies solely on the pilot for all its movement. Your arm and leg movements are amplified to control the mech’s four giant, steel legs, move for move. That’s what makes it a sport.

The Prosthesis mech stands 15 feet tall, 18 feet wide, and weighs 8,000 lbs. Seeing it in motion is actually pretty impressive. It’s just a shame the only thing they could think to do with the mechs was to race them. I have zero interest in watching people trying to walk giant lumbering machines across a finish line, but attach some chainsaws and blow torches and make them fight and I’ll be the first person to sign up for whatever stupid network it’ll be airing on.

Keep going for the full video, along with Furrion’s promo video for their racing league.

Source: Geekologie – Learning to pilot a giant Furrion Exo-Bionic Prosthesis mech

AI destroys top F-16 pilot In DARPA dogfight simulation

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An AI “pilot” developed by Heron Systems beat a graduate from the Air Force’s highly selective USAF Weapons School 5 to 0 in DARPA’s simulated aerial dogfight contest last week.

Heron Systems’ AI was extremely aggressive in the games, with its AI pilot consistently able to turn and score killing hits on the simulated F-16 piloted by an unnamed Air Force pilot, with the call sign “Banger,” a graduate of the Air Force’s highly selective Weapons School at Nellis AFB. The AI exhibited “superhuman aiming ability” during the simulation, Mock said.

While the trials were not in anyway “definitive” of an AI pilot’s future capabilities or even its viability, Mock said, at the same time “what we saw was that in this limited area, in this specific scenario, we’ve got AI that works.”

DARPA intends to take the simulator used in the trials, and the simulations, to Nellis, where other Air Force pilots can take a stab at trying to beat AI pilots. Next steps will be to move on to testing AI pilots’ capabilities to perform other types of aerial combat missions.

Am I the only one who thinks it’s not a great idea to be training AI to be better at killing humans? The inevitable next step is for them to test the AI in an actual physical F-16, and the inevitable next step after that is the plot to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. I hope DARPA is also working on time machines, because it really seems like we’re going to need them to undo the coming AI apocalypse.

Source: Geekologie – AI destroys top F-16 pilot In DARPA dogfight simulation

Glitches and weird buildings in Microsoft Flight Simulator

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Because Microsoft Flight Simulator pulls data from Bing Maps and OpenStreetMap to create its usually photo-realistic landscapes, the occasional glitch occurs when the data is missing or incorrect. Apparently a typo in OpenStreetMap put a Sydney building at 212 floors instead of 2 and the result is this beautiful monolith.

I learned my lesson about trusting user-editable data after I turned in my college essay on Thomas Edison and got an F-. Turns out he wasn’t a “poo-poo pee-pee butt” as I was informed by Wikipedia.

Keep going for a few more of the oddities users have found in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Source: Geekologie – Glitches and weird buildings in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Sushi resturant uses biometric data to create personalized 3D-printed sushi

sushi-singularity-2.jpgsushi-singularity-assemble.jpgsushi-singularity-3.jpgSushi Singularity is a restaurant concept from Open Meals that sends diners a DNA kit prior to visiting to create hyper-personlized 3D-printed sushi to fit their nutritional needs. Sites are reporting that this will be an actual restaurant opening in Tokyo in 2020, but it’s so ludicrous I’m honestly still not sure if it’s real or a proof of concept.

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I don’t know what things are like in Japan, but in what world are people okay just sending their DNA and urine samples to a random restaurant just to eat a meal? I mean, it’s weird enough that my accountant always asks me to masturbate into a cup for him every time I do my taxes. Wait, what? That’s not normal? Hold on, I need to make some phone calls.

Keep going for some more shots of their 3D printed “sushi” and a video of their concept. I don’t know anything about the state of 3D printed food, but I can’t imagine the actual product will or can look anything like what they’re showing.

Source: Geekologie – Sushi resturant uses biometric data to create personalized 3D-printed sushi

Surreal video of a Japanese man making a kitchen knife out of eggs

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This is a video of, well, I’m not sure. The title is “sharpest egg kitchen knife in the world” but that doesn’t quite capture what the video is about. Nothing quite captures what the video is about. Yes, it’s a Japanese man making a kitchen knife out of eggs, but it’s somehow even weirder than that sounds. Everything the guy does makes sense, he just does it in the weirdest way possible. It’s like if a scientist made an experimental art video for a tutorial site and was also maybe a serial killer.

Keep going for the video. It’s twelve glorious minutes and I watched every insane second.

Source: Geekologie – Surreal video of a Japanese man making a kitchen knife out of eggs

Tokyo installed see-through public toilets in a park to let people inspect their cleanliness before using them

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Two parks in Tokyo have installed transparent public toilets so users can inspect their cleanliness before using them. The restrooms use “smart glass” which turns opaque when the stalls are locked.

The bathrooms have been installed in two of the city’s parks so far: the Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park and the Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park.

The installations are part of The Tokyo Toilet project, which is redesigning 17 of the city’s public bathrooms with different designers.

According to the designer Shigeru Ban:

“There are two things we worry about when entering a public restroom, especially those located at a park. The first is cleanliness, and the second is whether anyone is inside. Using the latest technology, the exterior glass turns opaque when locked. This allows users to check the cleanliness and whether anyone is using the toilet from the outside. At night, the facility lights up the park like a beautiful lantern.”

This is the kind of thing that would only work in Japan. Have you seen the public bathrooms in the United States? You install transparent bathrooms here and the only thing you’ll be doing is showing people poop-covered walls and floors so dirty even cockroaches give pause before entering.

Keep going for some more pictures and what the restrooms look like lit up at night.

Source: Geekologie – Tokyo installed see-through public toilets in a park to let people inspect their cleanliness before using them

Creating photorealistic portraits of Roman Emperors using their sculptures

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Artist Daniel Voshart has taken it upon himself to create photorealistic portraits of Roman Emperors using machine learning applied to images of their busts.

Using the neural-net tool Artbreeder, Photoshop and historical references, I have created photoreal portraits of Roman Emperors. For this project, I have transformed, or restored (cracks, noses, ears etc.) 800 images of busts to make the 54 emperors of The Principate (27 BC to 285 AD).

Artistic interpretations are, by their nature, more art than science but I’ve made an effort to cross-reference their appearance (hair, eyes, ethnicity etc.) to historical texts and coinage. I’ve striven to age them according to the year of death — their appearance prior to any major illness.

My goal was not to romanticize emperors or make them seem heroic. In choosing bust / sculptures, my approach was to favor the bust that was made when the emperor was alive. Otherwise, I favored the bust made with the greatest craftsmanship and where the emperor was stereotypically uglier — my pet theory being that artists were likely trying to flatter their subjects.

You can buy a print with all the portraits on Voshart’s Etsy page. Obviously some artistic liberties were taken, but it’d be cool to apply the same methodology to, say, the Venus de Milo. No, you’re the pervert. I’m just an appreciator of art. Sexy, naked, art.

Source: Geekologie – Creating photorealistic portraits of Roman Emperors using their sculptures

LEGO piece falls out of boy after being stuck up nose for two years

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A 7-year-old from New Zealand stuffed a LEGO piece up his nose in 2018 and his doctor and parents assumed it either disappeared or would move through his digestive tract when they couldn’t find it. Two years later, the boy went to sniff a cupcake and the missing LEGO piece fell out of his nose.

Seven-year-old Sameer Anwar of Dunedin, in the south of New Zealand, inserted a tiny piece of Lego up his nose in 2018. Sameer’s father, Mudassir, and his wife became alarmed when their son told them he had lost a piece of Lego up his nose, and couldn’t find it.

With Sameer showing no signs of pain or distress, his parents soon forgot about the ordeal. “Since then he’s never complained or anything,” Anwar said, telling the Guardian his son was “quite playful and a mischievous character”.

Anwar believes the piece was part of a Lego character’s arm.

Then last night, the “unbelievable” happened Anwar said. A plate of pink cupcakes prompted his son to lean down and take a great big sniff of them.

Immediately, his nose began to hurt. Thinking he’d sniffed up some cake crumbs, his mother helped him blow his nose, hoping to thoroughly clear his nostrils.

But instead of pink cake crumbs, out dropped a tiny piece of black Lego, covered in fungus.

It was not the first time Sameer has put something up his nose. When he was three he pushed an imitation pearl up his nostril, but in that instance, his father was able to retrieve it.

Covered in…fungus? Do they mean boogers or was the thing actually covered in fungus? I guess considering this kid can’t stop stuffing things up his nose they should be thankful it didn’t come out with its own Sea Monkeys colony.

Source: Geekologie – LEGO piece falls out of boy after being stuck up nose for two years