In which we discover all sorts of weird, wacky, beautiful, and thought-provoking "things."
Welcome to this week's "Freaky Friday" column in which we pause for a moment to take a deep breath (hold it... hold it... now exhale), slow down, relax, and start winding down in preparation for the weekend. As part of this, I've gathered a few choice diversions for your delectation and delight. This week's offerings are as follows:
No. 1: I defy anyone to watch this video without smiling. The music is "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees; meanwhile, the video is a compilation of classic dance scenes from old movies. Watching this just makes me feel happy! (Click here to see more.)
No. 2: This is rather interesting. It's a free program that lets you model and simulate physical systems. I've played with tools like this before and found them to be very interesting. In fact, I was thinking of using it to model the gear system from my Secrets of the Masters column, but then I decided to buy this 3D printer to model them in the real world instead. (Click here to see more.)
No. 3: I don't know how I ran across this, but it's a video of two Lego characters playing a round of golf. The video is created using stop-motion animation and it's very clever. I cannot begin to imagine how long this took to create. (Click here to see more.)
No. 4: Following last week's Freaky Friday blog, I received an email saying: "How about using water for a battery? Well this is exactly what a Ph.D. at the University of Washington has done. He's (re)discovered a fourth state of water (between solid and liquid) that has some amazing properties!" Well, I certainly cannot argue with anything that has amazing properties. (Click here to see more.)
No. 5: Next we have an absolutely mind-blowing video taken from a camera mounted on the Space Shuttle during a launch. (Click here to see more.)
No. 6: Staying with the Space Shuttle for a moment, we have another video that allows us to see all 135 launches taking place simultaneously. (Click here to see more.)
No. 7: And, last but certainly not least, we have a time-lapse sequence of the entire planet Earth showing the annual "pulse" of vegetation and ice. It's titled "The Earth breathes, and it is beautiful." They are right -- it is! (Click here to see more.)
If you know of any interesting sites you'd care to share, please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion in a future "Freaky Friday" column.