Monday, October 23, 2017

Doomed Doll House Teaches Kids About Fire Safety

The city of Poznań, Poland uses an incredibly detailed miniature doll house packed with fire hazards to teach children about fire safety.

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Letter written on Titanic fetches £126,000 at auction

The auction of this letter written on White Star Line stationery on the Titanic
took place at Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes.
Photograph: Henry Aldridge and Son/PA

This letter written by Alexander Oskar Holverson, a first class passenger who perished when the Titanic sank, contains the poignant prediction that “if all goes well we’ll arrive in New York on Wednesday”. It was the last-known letter written onboard the Titanic and sold for a record-breaking £126,000 at auction.

More: The Guardian

Is This The Creepiest Halloween Decoration Ever?

This Halloween wreath made out of chicken bones gives me the creeps.

Here are the instructions for making your own


What should a robot wear in the 21st century?

JiaJia is a Chinese-built robot. For public appearances she wears hanfu, a historic style of clothing inspired by China’s ancient and medieval rulers. The team of humans responsible for choosing her outfits draw inspiration from a Chinese folk tale called The Conch Fairy. The helpful fairy in the story is a prototype of service robots.

“This robot is a very interesting development—it combines mastery of the most advanced AI technologies with a ‘traditional’ look. In that sense it’s almost a metaphor for all of the contradictions in culture in China today, the desire to master science and technology while maintaining a ‘Chinese’ essence,’ this ti-yong ideology.”
Another robot named Sophia is modeled after Audrey Hepburn and has been on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, sung at Hong Kong’s Clockenflap music festival, where she wore a jean jacket and a blue wig, and appeared on the cover of Elle Brasil.

Her stylist, Jeanne Lim, talks about the challenges of dressing her:
"Sophia’s body ends at her waist. For the Fallon show Sophia appeared on a wheeled pedestal, which allowed her to don a long skirt and speak with the late-night host face to face. Because Sophia’s interactive capabilities depend in part on a front-facing camera on her chest that allows her to “read” expressions and react appropriately, lower-cut necks are better and turtle-necks are out. Dresses are hard because she needs somewhere for her power cord to emerge from. Lim said breathable fabrics are important too—Sophia tends to get quite warm when she’s powered up, and needs something that dissipates heat."
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C’est la vie

This film by Italian director Simone Rovellini shows a day in the life of Henriette, packing as many French clichés as possible into a 5 minute video. The result is kind of weird but very pretty.

C'est la vie - ENGLISH SUBS from Simone Rovellini on Vimeo.