Didcot Towers Demolition

Didcot Towers DemolitionThree massive cooling towers at Didcot Power Station in Oxfordshire were brought down in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Having lived in Oxfordshire all my life, these towers have been a constant blot on the landscape, and I’m happy that half of them have now gone (three towers still remain).

The BBC have a good article on the Didcot towers demolition, with a video and several pictures. Another couple of videos can be found here and here, with the crowd reactions to the demolition. Amazement, disbelief, and speechlessness seem to be the name of the game! Not that I can blame them; it’s rather impressive seeing the demolition on video, so I can imagine seeing it in the flesh is even more spectacular.

There are many videos on YouTube of demolitions gone wrong, but this one went perfectly. The towers collapsed straight down, didn’t list to one side, and there didn’t seem to be too much dust created either. The other three cooling towers will come down next year, and the whole site will be cleared up by 2016.

As a little bonus, below the break is a funny video of collapsing cooling towers where the towers about to be demolished have been given arms and faces. The expressions are rather funny to observe.

Onwards (downwards?)!

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OK Go – The Writing’s On The Wall

OK GoThe Writing’s on the Wall.

Having recently posted about optical illusions, this excellent video by OK Go seems rather fitting to post. It’s all taken in one shot, and chock full of amazing illusions. It demands multiple viewings to really take it all in, and even then you’ll continuously be discovering new things.

The song isn’t too bad either. Onwards!

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404 – File Not Found

marvinThink of the greatest 404 error page you know. Chances are, you don’t know too many.

Well let me show you once of the greatest 404- File not found error pages there is currently out there. It’s from ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and it is glorious.

Take my word for it; click the link and enjoy! Onwards!

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Assassin’s Creed Unity – Experience

Creative Director Alex Amancio presents you the technological leap which will allow you to live a unique experience in Assassin’s Creed Unity. With a redesigned game engine, refined fighting skills and combat system, but also a breathtaking atmosphere: welcome to the true new-gen experience!” (YouTube)

A bit of a behind-the-scenes video detailing the new engine and new gameplay of Assassin’s Creed Unity. Still looks incredibly awesome! IGN also posted their second video “Next Generation Technology” (shown below the break) of the making of Assassin’s Creed Unity, following on from their first video “A New Beginning“. I found this video really interesting, how the developers go through the work they do to bring AC Unity to life. How they built Paris was fascinating.

Finally, GameInformer have a great collection of most (not all) of the Assassin’s Creed trailers, from the first game up until Unity. I’ve always been a fan of these trailers, and it’s easy to see why; they’re so good!

Onwards!

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Epic Rap Battles Of History – Artists vs TMNT

Epic Rap Battles of HistoryArtists vs TMNT.

This is a fantastic epic rap battle of history between the Renaissance artists and their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle namesakes. It’s Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo vs Leo, Donny, Raph, and Mikey.

Cowabunga dude! Onwards!

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The 100 Best Science Fiction Movies

GRAVITYWhat do you think are the 100 best science fiction films?

Time Out has a fantastic compilation of their 100 best sci-fi movies, as chosen by leading sci-fi experts, filmmakers, science fiction writers, film critics, and scientists.

There is little doubt that science fiction is big business in film making. Many of cinema’s summer blockbusters have science fiction elements in them, be that aliens, monsters, robots, superheroes, or even dystopian futures. But it’s not only blockbusters, as smaller indie films often have surprising science fiction elements to them.

Alongside the top 100 films, Time Out explore who voted for the films, why 1977 was the most important year for science fiction, and they give the lowdown on the most gruesome deaths in science fiction films.

There’s also a checklist of the top 100 films, allowing you to easily find out how many you’ve actually watched. For me, it’s just under half, which isn’t bad going. There are many older films which I haven’t watched, and really should get round to one day.

I think there are a few omissions from the list, with one that easily springs to mind being The World’s End. I also reckon District 9 and Gravity should both be higher up the list, but hey ho.

Do you agree with the list? Any films not on there that you feel should be? Onwards!

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Optical Illusions

blue_green_spiralEveryone loves optical illusions. If you don’t… well, I don’t have to finish that sentence because every loves optical illusions!

There are many awesome illusions floating around the web, and I’m sure you’ve seen the majority of them. Here, I shall be linking to a few that I find really interesting.

First up, the blue / green spiral illusion (Slate) shown on the left. Well, green spirals, as both the blue and the green are actually the same colour. It’s mindbendingly brilliant. We also have another colour illusion (Slate), this time with the colour appearing to change when the solid black lines are either horizontal or vertical. In fact, the background remains the same colour throughout.

Next up, we have two videos from New Scientist. The first is an impossible roof that defies gravity. The balls appear to roll up the roof to the centre! This is a great example of how viewing an object from a very specific angle can fool our brain. The second video shows how rapidly changing images of faces can make them appear grotesque when viewed in our peripheral vision. It’s actually rather freaky when you look at it!

Finally, we have a fantastic time lapse video of a large sculpture, entitled MÖBIUS (shown below). “Twenty-one large triangles animated by Melbourne, throughout Federation Square. MÖBIUS is a sculpture that can be configured into many cyclical patterns and behave as though it is eating itself, whilst sinking into the ground. The result is an optical illusion and a time-lapse of people interacting with the sculpture and moving through Melbourne’s landmark location throughout the day.” (Vimeo)

There’s also a behind-the-scenes making-of video, which is interesting to watch too.

Which is your favourite illusion from the ones here? Onwards!

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