Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: bees, x-rays, an interstellar contract and more

It’s the Friday Quickies! Now, absolutely LaBeouf-free! Pencils down; surf’s up!


My buddy @treelobsters sent this to me and wrote: “Apparently Marc Almond (from Soft Cell) found the youtube clip of Tainted Love played on disc drives, and decided to add vocals.”

Tainted Love played by Floppy Disc Drives – now with vocals!
from Almond’s YouTube channel!


Pebbling a Chessboard
Featuring Zvezdelina Stankova – Professor of Mathematics at Mills College,
Director of Berkeley Math Circle, UC Berkeley
{via @twinarp}

from the page
Spreading clones across a chessboard and escaping “prison” – commonly known as pebbling a chessboard.


How to make a paper airplane fly in an endless loop

from the page
The principal behind this video is called dynamic soaring.
Dynamic soaring is a flying technique used to gain energy by repeatedly crossing the boundary between air masses of significantly different velocity. Such zones of high wind gradient are generally found close to obstacles and close to the surface, so the technique is mainly of use to birds and operators of radio-controlled gliders, but glider pilots have occasionally been able to soar dynamically in meteorological wind shears at higher altitudes. The highest speeds reported are by radio controlled gliders at over 498 mph 801 km/h.


For no reason whatsoever, here’s a bonus mashup that is so seemlessly constructed:

Brian Williams Raps “Rapper’s Delight”
from The Tonight Show’s YouTube channel

/’NBC Nightly News managing editor and anchor Brian Williams raps The Sugar Hill Gang’s classic “Rapper’s Delight” — and, yes, he brought two friends along./’


Featured images are by Aganetha Dyk.


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