Jun 18, 2009

The Door to Hell: Flaming Crater in Turkmenistan Has Been Burning for 38 Years

The Door to Hell: Flaming Crater in Turkmenistan Has Been Burning for 38 Years

The year is 1971 in a small village called Darvaza (or Derweze) about 260 km north of the capital Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Back then it was part of the Soviet Union and the area was (and still is) quite resource-rich. One day, amidst the drilling and vodka, geologists accidentally punched into a massive underground natural gas…

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Jun 16, 2009

Why Nerds Rule: Luis Von Ahn and reCAPTCHA

Why Nerds Rule: Luis Von Ahn and reCAPTCHA

I stumbled across this video on the weekend and was floored by the idea presented. It’s brilliant, simple, and effective. A true testament to the notion that small contributions can make a BIG difference. *UPDATE: September 16, 2009 @ 9:20am Google announces they have acquired reCAPTCHA. Official Google Blog post here For those…

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Jun 12, 2009

The Friday Shirk Report – June 12, 2009 | Volume 9

The Friday Shirk Report – June 12, 2009 | Volume 9

Welcome to the Friday Shirk Report where you will find 25 images, 10 articles and 5 videos from the previous week of sifting. Enjoy! 25 IMAGES – Worst…Tattoo…Ever… – Ancient Chinese Humour – Got about 12 Jennay’s – It’s Rudy Huxtable – Yanni is Einhorn! – My little Zombie Pony – Colin McRae does proper…

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Jun 11, 2009

Street Artist Meek | Excellence in Stencil Graffiti

Street Artist Meek | Excellence in Stencil Graffiti

Train station in Melbourne Like many street artists, I can’t find much information on the stencil artist known as Meek. What I do know is that he is based out of Melbourne, Australia (a mecca for street/stencil art) and his work is sick. His art started appearing around 2003, and he has been…

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Jun 9, 2009

“The House with the Grass Roof” – The OUTrial House in Ksiazenice, Poland

“The House with the Grass Roof” – The OUTrial House in Ksiazenice, Poland

Designed by architect Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes, the OUTrial House is the first property I’ve encountered where the roof doubles as an atrium. The catch? It is only accessible through the interior of the house. This allows the…

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Jun 8, 2009

How Do Humpback Whales Hunt?

How Do Humpback Whales Hunt?

While Humpback Whales employ several hunting techniques both individually and as a group (pod), their most dramatic feeding method is surely bubble net feeding. Bur first, let’s look at some quick facts about this incredible mammal. The Humpback Whale –…

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Jun 5, 2009

The Friday Shirk Report – June 5, 2009 | Volume 8

The Friday Shirk Report – June 5, 2009 | Volume 8

Welcome to the Friday Shirk Report where you will find 25 images, 10 articles and 5 videos from the previous week of sifting. Enjoy! 25 IMAGES – Counterclockwise swirl – Hey guys. Woah, Big Gulps, huh? All right! Well, see ya later. – Inivislbe Sweet-ass blues guitar solo – Bold statement – Tough economy –…

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