The speed at which we dudes perceive different things can give us a completely different impression of stuff.
Yeah, I know. That sounded a bit esoteric. Let me give you a more concrete example.
Take oxidation. When it goes slow, you get rust. When it goes fast, you get fire. Same chemical principle at work in both cases, but it’s only the speed of the reaction that makes one of these an immediate threat.
So, yeah, speeding up things that normally take a very long time to happen can make for some very interesting viewing. Which makes the story I just read on Cracked.com really compelling.
The language is a bit PG-13 plus, but, if you can deal with that, this is a really great piece of web content. The author, one John Cheese (if that is his real name), has put together a series of basically time lapse videos. These videos really opened my eyes to a few things. Everyday stuff that happens slowly, when revved up to hyperspeed, are a whole different thing.
Like, for instance, when ants eat the corpse of a gecko. There’s no blood, but this really rates very high on the *squick* factor. Very high. You have been warned.
See what I mean about the *squick* factor? I’m still getting over the goosebumps and I’ve already seen it a couple of times. Ick.
Anyway, it’s a great article, in that Cheese offers up several more videos that put a totally different spin on stuff. For instance, there’s one of a dam being breached to drain a reservoir. There’s another showing how braces can straighten out a messed-up set of teeth in a human mouth. Another video shows how the night sky changes over time.
Cracked.com. Who’d have thunk it? Not me, that’s for sure. I always thought of Cracked as Mad’s younger sister, the one who keeps drooling on herself and wetting the seat cushions. But they’ve actually got some good stuff over there.
It used to be, when you found something cool and wanted to share it, you probably only had a bit of that cool thing and you had to spread the word, literally, by mouth.
Thank goodness for the internet and the culture of sharing it’s spawned.
Over on http://www.kuriositas.com, the bloggers decided to share with us some amazing photos that were attempting to capture rays of light, or, as the blogger puts it, crepuscular (of or relating to twilight) beams of light.
There’s amazing shots found in nature. And shots taken that were created by the hands of dudes.
Like I said, it’s some amazing stuff. Should you want to blow a couple of minutes, just taking in some everyday wonder and beauty, you could do a lot worse than to check out the crepuscular photos on kuriositas.com.