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レッツコリツ(「ようこそぼくです4」より)

うたとアニメーションシリーズ“ようこそぼくです”の第4弾。コリツツナガレと自己暗示する歌「レッツコリツ」、ずっと待っていた謎の女“ようこ”が歌う「ようこ素朴です」、ミミズのあの子も年上のあの子もみんなでくびをのばす歌「こそこそぼくです」の3曲入りです。3曲を通して見えてくる“ようこそぼくです”ってなんですか?(2016)

This is the 4th music and animation series titled “Yokoso Bokudesu” (Welcome it’s me). This series consists of three songs. “Let’s Coritsu”(Be isolated), a song wising for an isolated situation to be connected, “Yoko is Naive”, a song by a mysteriyous woman who has been waiting for something for a long time, and “Kosokoso Bokudesu”, where an earthworm boy, a senior guy, and others extend their own necks. Through these three songs, what do you see in Yokoso Bokudesu? https://vimeo.com/200450025

What do bluebirds eat?

Ask any birder what birds eat and you’ll hear “seeds, fruits, and insects.” But during reproduction, arguably the most important weeks of a bird’s life, 96% of North American terrestrial birds eat insects and other arthropods. Why? Because insects are great food — high in protein and rich in high-energy fats.

But which insects, specifically, are they eating? Surprisingly, we don’t really know. The best studies so far only classify orders of insects. But such broad categories assume that all caterpillars, for instance, are equally valuable to particular birds species.

So… what do birds really eat? And what do they feed their nestlings? Entomology & Wildlife Ecology-focused graduate student Ashley Kennedy set up cameras on 40 bluebird nest boxes in Delaware to find out. The resulting video, produced with Justin Bredlau, narrated by Jessica Bray, and conducted in Doug Tallamy’s Lab at the University of Delaware, is one of the five finalists in the Entomological Society of America‘s 2018 YouTube Your Entomology Contest. And the answer?

Caterpillars were identified as the dominant prey group, followed by orthopterans and spiders. Improving our understanding of bluebird diet is vital for conservation efforts.

Help Kennedy and her colleagues with the science! Submit your photos of birds with insects in their beaks at whatdobirdseat.com.

Next, watch more food chain videos and these videos of baby birds: A mother blackbird feeds brand new baby birds in their nest, up close with a Carolina Wren as it feeds its nesting baby birds, hummingbird hatchlings in their nest with mother Rosie, and how do baby flamingos become pink?

via Entomology Today.

from The Kid Should See This

How art conservator Julian Baumgartner restores damaged paintings

Emma Gaggiotti Richards was an Italian painter who lived from 1825 to 1912. During her lifetime, she painted for royalty, for women’s rights activists, for patrons across Italy, and for herself. The painting featured in the short film above is a self-portrait, meticulously restored with skill and attention by Julian Baumgartener of Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration, the oldest conservation studio in Chicago.

It was beautifully filmed by Jack Brandtman, who writes of the process:

“Every action is informed by years of knowledge and practice. Not only do you have to know how to fix things, you have to know how to fix things when they go wrong… you can run the risk of removing too many faults and making the painting look too ‘new’. There is a balance in the mix and I’m sure they rely on their years of practice”

Below, here’s another example of how Baumgartner mends damaged art:

For a conservator a blank area where once there was an image is pretty daunting. This painting suffered some extreme paint loss including almost all of this poor little bird. By the grace of the gods of art the client had a small photo with the painting in the background that provided just enough information to reconstruct the bird. This time lapse probably covers about an hour of retouching but to be honest, I lose track of time when everything is going well.

And here are more details via their Instagram:

There are many ways to mend a torn canvas. You can patch it from the back you can line it to a new piece of canvas or in this case you can use a technique called bridging to locally strengthen and stabilize the tear. My client did not want a lining and though this tear is large enough that a lining would have been an appropriate solution I chose to use the bridging technique to respect his wishes. Strands of Belgian linen are laid perpendicularly across the tear and secured with reversible conservation adhesive. Once dry the adhesive is flexible yet strong enough to hold the tear down and keep it from opening up. The missing pigment will be filled in and retouched with conservation paints that are archival and fully reversible. . #artrestoration #artconservation #restoration #conservation #art #fineart #painting #canvas #oilpaint #chicago #paintingconservation #arthistory #paintingrestoration #bfar

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Sometime people ask me if it ever gets old… nope, never. Making tests like this is not only neat as it reveals the true painting but also informative. It’s hard to tell but what’s happening is that the top layer of yellowed varnish is first being softened and then removed and then a layer of soot is being penetrated and the original varnish is being softened allowing the soot to come off too. Usually paintings aren’t revarnished atop soot and grime but in this case someone never bothered to clean the painting first. This will affect how I approach the cleaning process; it will require three stages; one to remove the top varnish, one to remove the grime and soot and one more to remove the bottom varnish. . #artrestoration #artconservation #restoration #conservation #art #fineart #painting #canvas #oilpaint #chicago #paintingconservation #arthistory #paintingrestoration #bfar

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Watch more restoration and repair videos on this site: The Art and Science of Conservation at the Freer Gallery of Art, Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle Restoration at MSI Chicago, Repairing a Meissen Lion at National Museums Scotland, and Kintsugi & kintsukuroi: The art of pottery mending with gold.

Bonus: The meticulous work that goes into running MoMA.

from The Kid Should See This

A LRO moon visualization set to Clair de Lune

This visualization attempts to capture the mood of Claude Debussy‘s best-known composition, Clair de Lune (moonlight in French). The piece was published in 1905 as the third of four movements in the composer’s Suite Bergamasque, and unlike the other parts of this work, Clair is quiet, contemplative, and slightly melancholy, evoking the feeling of a solitary walk through a moonlit garden…

The visualization uses a digital 3D model of the Moon built from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter global elevation maps and image mosaics. The lighting is derived from actual Sun angles during lunar days in 2018.

Follow the sunrises and sunsets across craters, ravines, and mountains throughout a lunar day. This is Moonlight (Clair de Lune), a captivating video from NASA Goddard. The music was recorded as a part of NASA’s 60th anniversary celebration at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, played by the National Symphony Orchestra Pops (NSO Pops) and led by conductor Emil de Cou.

Next: Explore the moon with LRO’s Quickmap.

Watch more videos of the moon set to music: Our view of the Moon over the entire year and Phases of the Moon, animated with Virtual Moon Atlas. Plus: Around Saturn, the Cassini program’s images animated and Pow Surf 101.

via Kottke.

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Aretha Franklin sings Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) and I Say A Little Prayer in 1970

Performing on BBC One in London on August 31, 1970, legendary ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin covers Ben E. King‘s Don’t Play That Song (You Lied). Written by Ahmet Ertegün and Betty Nelson, Franklin’s version “peaked at number 1 for five weeks on the R&B singles chart and number 11 on the pop chart.” Find it on Amazon and Spotify. From Vox:

Franklin’s 60-plus-year career was one of broken boundaries and broken records. She held the record for the most-charted female artist in Billboard history for nearly 40 years, with 73 titles in the Hot 100… Her first Hot 100 song, “Won’t Be Long,” debuted when Franklin was just 18 years old in 1961. She also racked up 18 Grammy Awards over the course of her career, and in 1987, she was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

And while Franklin is known for her work as a soul singer, her astonishing, powerful, intelligent voice — the voice that the state of Michigan declared to be a natural resource — can do almost anything…

“What distinguishes her is not merely the breadth of her catalogue or the cataract force of her vocal instrument,” wrote David Remnick in the New Yorker in 2016; “it’s her musical intelligence, her way of singing behind the beat, of spraying a wash of notes over a single word or syllable, of constructing, moment by moment, the emotional power of a three-minute song. ‘Respect’ is as precise an artifact as a Ming vase.”

Her appearance on The Cliff Richard Show, above, also included another cover—the classic I Say A Little Prayer (Amazon, Spotify). Watch it below:

Franklin died on August 16, 2018. Read more about her life, career, and voice, as well as her impact on America’s civil rights, counterculture and feminism movements, in her The New York Times obituary.

Next: Aretha Franklin sings Won’t Be Long in 1964.

from The Kid Should See This

The spectacular stone monuments of Petra, Jordan

“This is Petra, where the sheer improbability of its location is the secret of its spectacular flourishing. The reason why this tomb endured and survived armies and earthquakes is that the Nabataeans who built it cut it into the sandstone surface of the mountain rather than build some freestanding marble monument. The mountains shook with earthquakes but these buildings stood intact.”

Explore incredible villas, mosaics, rain harvesting systems, and hints of a green city in the desert. Built in the 5th century BCE, the city of Raqmu, now known as Petra in southern Jordan, was a cosmopolitan, paradise-like metropolis that was three times the size of Manhattan and home to more than 250,000 Nabataeans and nomads from all different backgrounds. This BBC clip from Civilisations provides an introduction to this once-thriving desert capital.

Petra was designated a World Heritage Site in 1985. Explore the ancient rose-rock structures with this interactive tour on Google Street View.

Next, visit the 1,000 year old windmills of Nashtifan.

from The Kid Should See This

Why do millipedes have so many legs?

From its Latin roots, the word ‘millipede‘ translates to ‘thousand feet,’ but out of the 12,000 described species of millipedes, we’ve yet to discover one with that many. In fact, when millipedes hatch from their eggs, they have only six or eight legs. So how might this detritivore end up with 650-750 legs? And how old are they?

Anna Rothschild talks with Virginia Tech Assistant Professor Paul Marek and his team to find out in this super-leggy episode of Anna’s Science Magic Show Hooray! See baby millipedes, glowing millipedes, gassy millipedes, and millipedes that smell like cherry cola.

Marek also isn’t convinced that we’ve found the leggiest millipede out there, so go look under some boulders. And take a UV flashlight with you. You just might discover a 20-year-old millipede, some glow-in-the-dark millipedes, or maybe even a brand new species.

Check out Marek’s blog at JointedLegs.org, and read more about Illacme plenipes at Smithsonian.com. Plus, watch more of Anna’s Science Magic Show Hooray! on YouTube.

And on TKSST from Brain Scoop: Millipedes, The First Land Animals. Plus: More bioluminescence, more detritivores, and Dead stuff – The secret ingredient in our food chain.

from The Kid Should See This

The Shoe-Tying Robot

What might five mechanical engineering students create with two motors, Arduino, and a $600 budget? How about a shoe tying machine?

Winning an annual design competition with Japan’s Meijo University, University of California, Davis students Andrew Choi, Gabriela Gomes, Jacklyn Tran, Stephanie Thai, and Joel Humes designed and built this automated shoe tying robot over the course of five months.

Though the machine moves at a methodical pace, even in time-lapse, it appears to be tying ‘the world’s fastest shoelace knot,’ also known as the kid and robot-friendly Ian Knot.

Watch these videos next: How a failed invention lead to a potentially life-saving new idea and The Power of Creative Constraints.

via Geek.

from The Kid Should See This

How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun

In the early hours of August 12, 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, beginning a historic seven-year journey to ‘touch the sun.’ From The New York Times:

The Parker Solar Probe is designed to expand our understanding of the sun, measuring electrical and magnetic fields, cataloging the ingredients of the solar wind and photographing the corona — the outer atmosphere that is millions of degrees hotter than the sun’s surface. Instruments on the spacecraft will be able to detect details that cannot be seen from farther away, and hopefully fill in many of the blanks in human understanding of our star.

To do this the probe will venture as close as 3.8 million miles from the sun—”about one-tenth the distance between the sun and Mercury“—and, at one point during the mission, it will be traveling “roughly 430,000 miles per hour, setting the record for the fastest-moving object made by humanity.”


It’s also safeguarded by a revolutionary heat shield that will endure 2,500 degree Fahrenheit temperatures in order to keep the probe’s instruments at a comfortable 85F. Read more about the Parker Solar Probe mission at The New York Times and at NASA.gov.

Next, watch Space Weather: Storms from the Sun, The sun, our closest star, in a stunning 4K time lapse animation, Jewel Box Sun: Invisible wavelengths of light translated into colors, and Understanding the Magnetic Sun.

Plus: How Do We Know How Old the Sun Is?

from The Kid Should See This

Herman Brown is Feeling Down

“Herman’s quiet world is suddenly interrupted by something loud and stressful.” What is that noise? What is that feeling? Is it as big as it seems or are things not quite that bad?

Herman Brown is Feeling Down is a Royal College of Art graduation film by London-based animator Dan Castro. The short combines abstracted shapes with music and sound by composer Kenny Young to embody Herman’s anxiety and tumult. Via Short of the Week, Castro explains:

“I wanted to take the feelings of anxiety I was having and try and deal with them in a bright and colourful way, a way that kind of embraced them for what they are, and what they really felt like to me.”



He also played and experimented with the film’s abstract visuals:

“As the film was animated primarily in After Effects in a sort of unrigged, cut-up style, it meant I could work very quickly and test things out and see how I felt about them. But this process took a long time to develop a structure, and when I was stressing out about it I decided to blow off some steam and try something new, experimenting with traditional 35mm scratch animation – painting inks directly onto 35mm film, using bleach to remove the chemicals on it, all sorts.

This required very little planning – I allowed myself to just roll with it and see what happened. That’s how the stress-jazzy bits were made – it was actually the most relaxing and fun part of the process!”


The ink-on-film technique is also reminiscent of some of our favorite animations: Boogie Doodle (1948), Pen Point Percussion (1951) and Dots (1940), three films featuring the pioneering work of Scottish Canadian animator Norman McLaren.

We also recommend Osvaldo Cavandoli’s La Linea, the Chuck Jones-directed short The Dot & the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (1965), The 30 Dots Collection, and Geometry of Circles.

Bonus: How to change anxiety into excitement.

from The Kid Should See This

Over thirty hummingbirds splash & chatter in a bird bath

Flying, hopping, splashing, and chattering. More than 30 hummingbirds take a morning bath together in a Beverly Hills backyard. The footage was captured by Youtuber WildWingsLA in the spring of 2017. It’s a rare treat to see so many sharing the same space as hummingbirds can be territorial.

Related DIY: How to Create a Hummingbird-Friendly Yard and How to Tame Angry Hummingbird Behavior. For a feeder that’s easy-to-clean-and-refill, we like this red Couronne Recycled Glass Hummingbird Feeder. There’s also a dye-free sugar and water recipe at Audubon.org.

Watch these excellent hummingbird videos next: UCLA’s Hummingbird Whisperer, hummingbirds fly, shake, and drink in slow motion, and these hummingbird hatchlings in their nest with mother Rosie.

via Colossal.

from The Kid Should See This

The Future Forest, a plastic-filled botanical garden in Mexico

Our planet is drowning in waste, especially that of consumer plastic, washing up on every shore and taking over our nature. The only reason this isn’t visible everywhere, are the people working hard everyday to collect and sort our trash. In Mexico City these heroes are known as pepenadores.

Thomas Dambo made The Future Forest, not only to create awareness of this huge issue, but as a tribute to these everyday heroes, not nearly getting the recognition and respect, we all owe them.

Together with the pepenadores, their children, more than 700 students, an orphanage, an elderly home, and more than 100 volunteers, in two months Thomas and his team turned 3 tons of plastic waste into a colorful 500m2 forest with thousands of trees, plants, flowers and animals.

The Future Forest was built in Mexico’s Jardín Botánico de Chapultepec as a part of the 2018 Festival FYJA. Filmmaker Alexander Kaiser Lauritzen captured the Danish artist’s collaborative project in the video above. You can also see more photos on Dambo’s instagram:

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Related projects around the world include Skyscraper, a giant found-plastic whale breaches in a Bruges canal, colorful animal sculptures made from upcycled flip-flops in Kenya, Dina Amin’s Tinker Friday Stop Motion Project in Egypt, and Argentina’s casa ecológica de botellas.

And previously from Dambo: Six Forgotten Giants, Copenhagen’s hidden scrap wood sculptures.

from The Kid Should See This

A female blue orchard bee builds her ‘bee-jeweled’ nest

A new type of bee is buzzing through California’s orchards. And researchers are hoping that the iridescent, greenish insect may help provide a more efficient way to pollinate nuts and fruits in an era when traditional honeybees have struggled.

Unlike honeybees, blue orchard bees don’t sting humans. And instead of building large colonies with thousands of worker bees caring for eggs laid by a queen bee, female blue orchard bees work alone to build their nests and stock them with food. They’re solitary bees, like most of the 4,000 species of bees in North America.

And though they don’t reproduce as quickly as honey bees, fewer female orchard bees are needed per acre for orchard pollination. In this Deep Look video, we can see how they lay their eggs in long thin tubes packed in a pattern of mud partitions, pollen provisions, and individual eggs. It’s a ‘bee-jeweled’ nest of about eight eggs per six-inch tube, sealed with a final bit of mud to keep them protected until spring.

To explore pollinating with solitary bees, check out MasonBeesForSale.com. They sell seasonal mason and leafcutter bee tubes and supplies, and have some good starter FAQs. We also recently bought the Mason Bee Management System House. It has an overhanging roof to protect the openings and deconstructable trays to clean the holes off-season.

Related reading: Mason Bee Revolution: How the Hardest Working Bee Can Save the World – One Backyard at a Time.

Follow this video with the first 21 days of a bee’s life, a time lapse in 64 seconds, Meet the Natives: Can wild bees also pollinate our plants & crops? and This Is Not A Bee.

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Ridiculous Candace Owens Harassment, IGN Plagiarism Allegations, & Bo Burnham Dodges R / ◕‿◕

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