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Exactly how were medieval bridges built in Europe? Before steam engines, cranes, bulldozers, etc.

In 1357, construction of this bridge in Prague began and would take over 50 years to complete. This visual animation shows it all in elegant detail, step by step.

(No audio descriptions or subtitles on this one.)

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"If it has music in it, it has value. I don't think songs try to be films, I think films try to be songs." – Tom Waits

The spirited man says things are about to get heavy, for we are amidst our move from crisis mode toward humanity's next period of flourishing.

The video shows how we are currently toward the end of our third cycle of an 80 year block (from 1780), with the fourth cycle starting around 2028-2030.

An interesting theory.

"Stop Motion Lego Chocolate Cake" by tomosteen.

Superbly well-done animation, love the attention to detail - to the very end!


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Veritasium on light bulbs, obsolescence and repairability: "This is why we can't have nice things"

Reminds me of that Mrs Kearns interview in Shutter Island.

I don't know the world anymore.

They tell me there are... televisions?

Voices and faces, coming from a box. — He? — I hear enough voices already!

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"20,000 metal boxes carrying goods"

I love this unpretentious and dull phrasing, because of course how else would you describe this if it weren't so normal, e.g. to someone a century ago?

🕺🏼 New and catchy 70s-style ska tune from the Netherlands; about low women representation in politics; encouraging voters to select a women on the list in the upcoming elections.

(Made easy given gender indicators in the party lists on our voting ballots; Yes, it's complicated.)

H/T @michel

Last Band On Earth presenteert "Penny Lane vs It's Getting Better" (een Beatles mash-up).

"How to explain net neutrality" by Tikue Anazodo (for iAfrikan).

Makes two interesting analogies to help access the "big picture" issues.

Real example: neutrality failed in TV, with monopolies, complete channel packs, central budget control, and high barriers to entry for people to reach each other.

Hyphetical example: neutrality in road and postal infrastructure. What if it failed?

There's a lot more to it, but it's a good start.

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Oh no. It's thawing.
But I'm not done yet with all that winter business! :(
Here are my favourite oak trees in snowy cloaks. 'photography #landscapephotography

Celebrating America, a special event in concert hosted by Tom Hanks:

00:00 Bruce Springsteen
03:30 Tom Hanks, intro.
14:20 Jon Bon Jovi
19:42 Yo Yo Ma, solo on cello.
27:50 Ant Clemons &
33:10 Black Pumas
54:35 Yolanda Adams
1:01:15 John Legend
1:10:10 Tyler Hubbard & Tim McGraw

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"Last Christmas", I heard it far too often and didn't think much of it, just another cheesy-engineered pop hit. Or is it?

In this episode, composer Chilly Gonzales treats us to a musical guide through the famous song.

I now believe it's more akin to an opera piece, following the structure of a rap song, with experimental jazz influences. Wicked, right?

"Beautiful Strangers" van Kevin Morby.

Heerlijk nieuwe versie, prachtig ook met zangeres Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) erbij. Live in Parijs, waar het verhaal eigenlijk begon na de aanslagen in november 2015.

Invloeden van ondere Norah Jones, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, en Nina Simone.

H/T @arjen

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