Dec 31, 2014
There are some things that are so mind blowingly painful to watch that the only response is to laugh.
In this case, a woman is having issues trying to fill her van with gas. It seems that the pesky gas cap isn’t where she wants it to be.
If this woman is so clueless when she is sober, imagine the threat she will pose when she ventures out on News Year’s Eve and parties a little too much.
Dec 30, 2014
Lights down. Max the screen. Crank the volume. Enjoy.
This timelapse video is a collection of footage shot over the last year and a half around the western half of the United States. The shots ranged from very different locations. From Montana to Arizona and most weren’t easy to get to but of course that makes them worth going to. The locations captured ranged in temps of 100 degrees to -9 degrees and in elevations of 12,000 feet to 225 feet below sea level. It took over 15,000 captured still images to make this video.
(Courtesy Andrew Walker on Vimeo.)
Dec 30, 2014
Drones are quickly flying to the top of Christmas wishlists for 2014 despite growing privacy and safety concerns. But what do the kangaroos in Hunter Valley, Australia make of all this? A video has emerged from the moment a drone flew near to a group of kangaroos. Just as the flying camera gets up close, one kangaroo decided enough was enough, leapt up, and dealt a knock out blow to the drone.The footage was rescued but the drone is now beyond repair.
Kangaroos 1, Drones 0.
Dec 29, 2014
Arthur Goldman, an attorney, and his wife, Melissa Kurtzman are oenophiles. The couple started collecting wine when they lived in New Jersey. They bought wines from various sources including over the internet and as they made friends in the wine community, were offered access to wines from smaller, more exclusive wineries. As they purchased more wines, their wine cellar grew to impressive proportions. But Goldman was not a greedy, stereotypical lawyer when it came to wines. He and his wife shared lists of wines they could purchase allowing friends to join with them. They group would split the costs of the wine, sales tax and shipping costs so everyone was paying their fair share for the wine. Goldman never made a profit on any of the group purchases.
The couple purchased a home in Malvern, Pennsylvania but kept their New Jersey residence, including the wine cellar in which over 2400 bottles of wine was stored.
It was in Pennsylvania where Goldman ran into trouble with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement (BCLE).
…….an undercover BCLE officer “infiltrated… Mr. Goldman’s mailing list.” The officer then made a buy (to use undercover cop parlance), joining in one of Goldman’s pooled orders from California.
This officer was soon joined on the list by another undercover officer, who posed as his stepdaughter, and still another officer, who posed as the second officer’s fiance. These officers also joined in the pooled orders.
Continuing with his generosity, Goldman shared glasses of his own wine with the undercover officers in his home. He gave them a tour of his wine cellar, which by July 2014 was located in his Malvern home, now the marital residence.
Testing the limits of that generosity, the officers concocted a story about looking for a special wedding gift of wine. Though Goldman wasn’t in the business of selling wine, he made an exception, selling to undercover agents a total of four or five bottles—at cost—from his personal collection.
Soon afterwards, on January, 6, 2014, Pennsylvania police raided the home and seized more than 2,400 bottles of wine. They charged Goldman was an unlicensed wine dealer who made purchases in contravention of state law, and that his alleged crimes required Pennsylvania to destroy the entirety of the couple’s wine collection—worth an estimated $160,000.
It is safe to say that Pennsylvania has some “interesting” laws when it comes the purchase of wines and spirits. Baylen Linnekin at reason.com explains:
Dec 29, 2014
With so much negativity these days in the press and other places about the police, we thought this would be a fun video to show. Make sure to watch it to the end.
December 5th around 3am I was pulled over doing 42 in a 30 MPH. I told the cop I was coming from a Holiday Party in NYC. He asked why I had all the cards in my car and I told him I was a magician. He then asked me to show him a magic trick.
More from the site of Steven Brundage, the magician:
This video was taken early in the morning while I was on my way back from a corporate event at Michael’s Restaurant in New York City. After driving for three hours to get home, you can imagine my disconcert when lights started flashing behind me only minutes away from my house.
Two policemen approached me, which unfortunately I didn’t get on video. They asked me where I was coming from and why; to which I told them I was a magician coming from an event. They asked why I had a ton of cards in the back of the car and wondering If I was a poker player.
Dec 28, 2014
We haven’t done one of these in awhile, but this is another chance to slow down, crank up the volume and max out the screen.
We live in an amazing universe.
Watch Earth roll by through the perspective of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in this six-minute timelapse video from space. Combining 12 500 images taken by Alexander during his six-month Blue Dot mission on the International Space Station this Ultra High Definition video shows the best our beautiful planet has to offer.
Marvel at the auroras, sunrises, clouds, stars, oceans, the Milky Way, the International Space Station, lightning, cities at night, spacecraft and the thin band of atmosphere that protects us from space.
Often while conducting scientific experiments or docking spacecraft Alexander would set cameras to automatically take pictures at regular intervals. Combining these images gives the timelapse effect seen in this video.
Watch the video in 4K resolution for the best effect and find out more about Alexander Gerst’s Blue Dot mission here: http://www.esa.int/BlueDot
Dec 27, 2014
Don’t know why, but this made us laugh. Maybe because it is all the “Eat Mor Chikin” ads during games this time of year. Maybe we still are thinking of Christmas carols and songs like “Away in a Manger” and the lyrics “the cattle are lowing. The Baby awakes.”
Maybe we are just being silly and daffy, but we still like this cartoon.
(cartoon courtesy of Neil Kohney’s “The Other End.”)
Dec 27, 2014
We can’t figure out if the stress of the holidays got to this guy, or whether he was simply intolerant of others and wanted them to do what he wanted, but clearly this guy was lacking in the Christmas spirit.
A passenger was tossed off a plane at La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after flipping out — because airline workers wished him a merry Christmas.
The man was waiting to board American Airlines Flight 1140 to Dallas when a cheerful gate agent began welcoming everyone with the Yuletide greeting while
checking boarding passes.
The grumpy passenger, who appeared to be traveling alone, barked at the woman, “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas.”
The agent replied, “Well, what should I say then?”
“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” the man shouted before brushing past her.
Once on the plane, he was warmly greeted by a flight attendant who also wished him a “merry Christmas.” That was the last straw.
“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” the man raged before lecturing the attendants and the pilot about their faux pas.