It doesn’t take a genius to realize dry ice is awesome, and with Halloween right around the corner, you’re bound to be seeing a lot of it. But did you know dry ice bubbles can be used as a practical effect to make whirling, churning alien planets?
Like all good practical effects, the premise is simple; just create a soap film over a chunk of sublimating dry ice to capture the gaseous clouds in a fragile globe. Shoot it the right way, and you could swear you’re staring at some unknown gas giant, floating in the furthest reaches of space. You’d be hard-pressed to find an easier way to make planets in your kitchen.
Photographer Tom Ryaboi (aka Rooftopper) just wrote to us to let us know about a dramatic new timelapse he created called City Rising. All shot in Toronto, the 4 minute video captures the city from high above where the tops of buildings dance with the clouds in the sky. Read about Tom’s story behind the piece, that took four months from shooting and editing to complete. Then, enjoy some stills before sitting back, turning up your speakers and watching this stunning video of a city coming alive.
“When I started timelapse photography a year ago I thought it would be something I could just jump right into and master, as I’ve been taking stills for nearly a decade now. I was quickly humbled by the medium as I struggled to put together worthwhile footage after repeated early attempts. I soon realized this was a whole other animal.
“Although timelapse sequences are composed of still images, the methods and processes needed to put together the final video are completely different. After battling with motion control gear, camera settings and aperture flicker for several months, it didn’t feel like I was making any progress. I never had such a hard time capturing a vision with photos. But the more I struggled, the more I was intrigued: how do the greats like Ron Fricke do it?
“Coupled with these challenges, this project involved mountain of stairs to climb, quite literally. After joking around with friends, we put together a list of buildings I shot from. Added together, they reach higher than 23,000 feet. If stacked up on top of each other, I’d be facing a hefty Himalayan mountain.
“After much frustration, patience, and perseverance I finally felt that I was getting somewhere. The turning point came on Canada Day when I shot my first flawless day to night scene, albeit one that featured an overcast sky. The clip can be seen 1:30 of the video. At a certain point you can actually see some fireworks go off in the background, and that’s what it felt like in my head too.
“One thing that shooting a timelapse forces you to do is to look inside: after setting up your shot, there’s often not much you can do for hours, but sit up there and ponder. The relationship between the cold glass, steel and concrete below coupled with the often majestic clouds, sky and sun/moon never ceases to be a source of wonder. The purpose of what you’re doing becomes a frequent question in your mind.
“With City Rising I wanted to bring others up to this perspective, and from here, show them the city as they have never seen it before — where the boundary between earth and sky is unclear and the placid beauty of the city laysspread out beneath you, quietly humming along. City Rising takes the viewer straight through rush hour traffic, to the highest urban peaks and the clouds above it all, in under four minutes.”
The only thing more cool than seeing a gun shot underwater is the beautiful, flower shaped jacketed hollow point bullets that result. Firearm expert Andrew Tuohy provides both on his website,Vuurwapen Blog. The blog is named after the Dutch word for firearm and is intended to be the best source of the highest quality firearm reviews on the internet.
Tuohy has a military background as an FMF corpsman and decided to share his passion for firearm design and production with the world, while giving honest reviews and performing his own sets of tests on each model. He makes his underwater videos utilizing his own swimming pool. Check out Vuurwapen blog and follow on Facebook for more amazing pictures and videos. Kids- don’t try this at home!
It doesn’t get more awesomely bad than this, Neatoramanauts. You’re watching the final scene of a 1974 Turkish film called Kareteci Kiz (Karate Girl), about a girl who becomes a cop to get revenge on the guys who killed her father and husband. My favorite part is the bit where he turns around and has no wounds on his back, then she shoots once and he suddenly has two bullet holes in his back. From one bullet. While screaming in monotone. This is just so bad, but I admit that I’ve watched it five times already.
The minds at Disney Research aren’t only interested in tracking your face — they want to map, shave and clone it, too. Through a pair of research projects, Walt’s proteges have managed to create systems for not only mapping, digitally reconstructing and removing facial hair, but also for creating lifelike synthetic replicas of human faces for use in animatronics. Let’s start with the beards, shall we? Facial hair is a big part of a person’s physical identity, a quick shave can render a close friend unrecognizable — but modern face-capture systems aren’t really optimized for the stuff. Disney researchers attempted to address that issue by creating an algorithm that detects facial hair, reconstructs it in 3D and uses the information it gathers to suss out the shape of the skin underneath it. This produces a reconstruction of not only the skin episurface, but also of the subject’s individual hairs, meaning the final product can be viewed with or without a clean shave.
Another Disney team is also taking a careful look at the human face, but is working on more tangible reconstructions — specifically for use on audio-animatronic robots. The team behind the Physical Face Cloning project hope to automate part of creating animatronics to speed up the task of replicating a human face for future Disney robots. This complicated process involves capturing a subjects face under a variety of conditions and using that data to optimize a composition of synthetic skin to best match the original. Fully bearded animatronic clones are still a ways off, of course, but isn’t it comforting to know that Disney could one day replace you accurately replicate your visage in Walt Disney World for posterity? Dive into the specifics of the research at the source links below, or read on for a video summary of the basics.
Houston area police were involved in the cutest police chase ever this morning when a Smart Convertible led cops around the highways outside the city.
The Smart has a top speed of 90 MPH, so we aren’t yet ready to call this a high speed chase. The driver was arrested without any issues after he pulled off the highway and into a driveway. There’s no word on what he did wrong, other than drive a Smart Cabriolet in public. While not confirmed, we’re hearing it was towed away from the scene by a local child with a big wheel.
UPDATE: We have video. Sound isn’t good, so play this in the background. Enjoy folks!
Photo Credit: click2houston
Play nice, boys and girls! Punches thrown, smacks put down, chairs hurled, and water tossed…no, this is not the set of Jersey Shore. These are real brawls on live TV. Recently, a Jordanian Parliament member pulled out a pistol on-air when he didn’t like the opinions of another guest. From Argentina to Russia and countries in between, see similar on-set incivility in 10 televised scuffles over the past 25 years.
Elements used: pistol, shoe
Beginning in the Middle East, Jordanian Parliament member Mohammed Shawabka removes his shoe, tosses it at political rival Mansour Sayf al-Din Murad, then whips out a pistol and aims at his foe in a heated debate. The brawl stems from a discussion about Jordan’s politics surrounding Syria. Luckily, Shawabka doesn’t shoot. But the two get physical. At that point, sound is muted but cameras roll, capturing the host trying to restore order until credits come up. It doesn’t end there. Al Arabiya reports Shawabka’s driver also tussled with Murad, hitting him in the face before studio employees come to the rescue. The victim plans to file charges of attempted murder. Interestingly—and creepily—Shawabka’s gun is never confiscated. After the fight, he slips it back into his waistband.
Elements used: glass, water, chair
Near Jordan, another TV brawl in Lebanon is initiated over the topic of Syria. Two Lebanese rivals argue about the Arab League’s sanctions when one man can’t take it anymore. Mustafa Alloush, from the pro Bashar Al-Assad Baath party, hurls a glass of water at Hafez Shokor, from the Anti-Assad Future Movement after Shokor calls Syria’s president a liar. The fight ends there as the host tries to bring peace.
Elements used: glass, water
Working eastward, in Pakistan, this brawl begins in the blink of an eye. Naeem ul Haq, ex-Sindh president of the political party “Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf” tells the ex-Sindh chief minister’s adviser Jamil Soomro that under his leadership, the government failed to rule. Once Soomro defends himself, Haq throws his glass of water at Soomro, and it shatters on his face. Then, both get physical. The guest sitting between the two men tries to restore order. “You shouldn’t go overboard on political ideologies,” he insists.
Elements used: fists
A scuffle between two guests on an Indian talk show was bound to happen. A pair of student leaders sit inches away from each other and bicker about the region Telangana becoming a separate state. Suddenly, one slaps the other in the head. That’s when the wrangling begins—and doesn’t stop. Unlike other hosts who physically try to stop the chaos, this host stays in his seat. By the time he gets up, several others jump on set to stop the brawl. Finally, the show goes to commercial.
Elements used: water, fists
In Greece, far-right Golden Dawn politician, Ilias Kasidiaris throws water at a woman, Rena Dourou, from the left-wing Syriza party. He then slaps and punches another woman, Liana Kanelli, from the Communist Party, across the face—three times. Kasidiaris is offended by Dourou’s comment over a court case pending against him. Soon after, public prosecutors issue Kasidiaris an arrest warrant. But he takes action, too. Kasidiaris sues the two women and the channel that hosts the talk show.
Elements used: glass, water, hand, arms
Near the Black Sea, in Georgia, a political debate about the country’s issues (yet again) impels opposition leader Koki Guntsadze to throw his cup of water at pro-presidential M.P. Giorgi Kandelaki. Guntsadze is obviously upset that Kandelaki interrupted him. And when Kandelaki reacts, Guntsadze slaps him.
Elements used: hands, arms
In Russia it’s a battle among the wealthy. A conversation on a television show about the financial crisis turns into its own crisis. Russian billionaire newspaper mogul Alexander Lebedev throws a punch at fellow billionaire real-estate tycoon Sergei Polonsky, after Polonsky tells Lebedev he wants to “stick one in the mouth.” But after the punch, Polonsky does nothing (we’re as surprised as you are). Lebedev later blogs, “In a critical situation, there is no choice. I see no reason to be hit with the first shot. I neutralized him.”
Elements used: hands, arms, legs, feet
In Romania, talk-show host Andrei Gheorghe shows his guests who’s in charge. In this brawl, one of his guests gets out of his seat, walks to the corner of the two-story set and provokes Gheorghe. A little later, the host gets up and immediately punches that guest so hard he falls off the two-story set. Then Gheorghe goes after the second guest and kicks him down a flight of stairs. According to his IMDB profile, “Gheorghe is very popular in Romania for his sincerity and for his courage to say exactly what he thinks.”
Elements used: hands, arms, legs, feet
Moving to South America, in Argentina, Mauro Viale, the host of a live political show, accuses guest Alberto Samid, a poultry entrepreneur, of taking part in the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) building that killed at least 85 people. Samid refutes that argument and rises from his seat. What begins as a shove by Samid, turns into a punch. Soon, kicks and blows are part of the fight. Yet after the men are separated, the host goes back for more. Momentarily, another man comes onstage and kicks the host several times. But the host still goes back to punch Samid.
Elements used: chairs, tables
This brawl could be foreseen. Talk-show host Geraldo Rivera features a panel including white supremacist John Metzger and African-American civil-rights activist, Roy Innis. The battle begins when Metzger provokes Innis by calling him “Uncle Tom.” After further agitation, Innis chokes Metzger and mayhem ensues. Chairs are thrown, tables are knocked over, and many people onstage are toppled. Rivera is left with a broken nose. In the end, while ratings for this specific show soared, the actual program was dubbed “trash TV.”
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Somehow no one was injured when a van on Moscow’s Kashira highway exploded into a hugely massive fireball last Friday.
The driver had tried to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher, but was obviously unsuccessful. It took firefighters fifteen minutes to finally stop the blaze.
But seriously, that fireball. Jesus. What was in there? Gunpowder laced with Semtex and napalm?
(Hat tip to Ryan!)
According to the makers of this widely panned device, “If you can sit, you can get fit.” In reality, you shut off half of the body’s muscles when you use this machine—and look ridiculous while doing so.
Tony Little’s Gazelle Freestyle Exercise Machine
At 00:12 begins one of the most awkward moments in all of infomercial history as the Ponytailed One dry humps fitness model Darla Haun. Hopefully she got paid a lot.
Body by Jake Bun and Thigh Rocker
“Best of all, you do it all sitting down.” Notice a theme? This device is nothing more than a squat made easy. Translation: useless.
The Shake Weight Dumbbell
It doesn’t get more phallic than this $30 device.
Ab Lounge Xtreme
“The only ab machine on the market that’s a chair, or a lounge chair,” says spandex-clad Tony Little. Just what the world needed after so many other seated ab machines have failed us. Plus, the crunch is now known to damage the spine.
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Most of us would shudder to think we’re only a few steps away from behaving like lab rats, but this video from Australian snack maker Fantastic Delites may make us question that assumption.
As the video shows, consumers had no problem pressing the red button on a vending machine hundreds of times to get a free snack. Many didn’t even have a problem following instructions like “Kneel on the ground” and “Bow to the almighty one” or hopping on one leg.
One hopes this video was staged. If not: People, your dignity is worth more than a bag of crinkle-cut rice snacks.