Have you ever learned something that you never realized needed to be learned? That is what just happened to me when I came across this video of machines harvesting giant blocks of marble in the Italian Alps. One guy they refer to as the "Capo" expertly directs two earth movers to break off blocks of marble from the mountainside. It is both extremely impressive and beautiful all at once. I don't think I had ever once thought of where marble comes from, or that I even knew that there are literal whole mountains made of marble. Apparently the Apuan Alps in Italy (where this video was filmed) produce the most Marble in the world, followed closely by areas in China and India (which explains how the Taj Mahal can be made entirely of marble). So take a minute and watch something you wouldn't normally see, a strangely stunning landscape and a master at work.
The Description from the video itself:
Italian artist and filmmaker Yuri Ancarani captures the otherworldly landscape of a marble quarry in the Apuan Alps, Northwest Italy, as Il Capo (The Chief) guides his men through the extraction process.
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Back when I was in college my roommates and I never wanted to pay for cable so we watched a lot of public access shows. Almost every show on public access can be separated into one of three categories. Cooking, Home Improvement, and Outdoors. The hands-down greatest Outdoors show of all time is fittingly called "Bill Dance Outdoors". It is hosted by, you guessed it, a guy named Bill Dance. Bill likes to fish... a lot. Bill is also not the most graceful person. Bill just might be the most spectacularly clumsy person in history. In fact, collections of his falls, trips, goofs, and blunders have racked up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. Bill Dance is the ultimate incarnation of every time your dad did something stupid but hilarious. Here are some of the best bloopers I've ever scene, taken from the decades Bill Dance Outdoors has been on the air. Dag gummit!!!
Want to feel nostalgic about a decade that was technically 15 years ago but still feels like it ended maybe a few months ago? Then check out this supercut of 90's characters talking about the decade like they are already living in the future... as we actually watch them from the future. Check out 90's Icons like Fresh Prince and Buffy the Vampire Slayer all discuss that most post modern of past decades. And think, somebody sat around and watched a whole bunch of 90's pop culture media to get these clips and put it on the internet... that must have been the best day ever!
I Love Super Heroes. I read a lot of comic books growing up and could give you detailed back stories on almost every single major DC and Marvel Super Hero. That used to be a pretty geeky thing to say, but it's not anymore. Now comic book based movies are the major blockbusters every year and after each one I get calls or texts from friends and family asking hey who was that one guy, or what is the secret about here. That because comic books never stop. Every month there is a new issue with new story points, new characters, new gadgets that add detail to what already exists. That's why Marvel can make 4 Iron Man films plus all the Avenger movies and their individual spin offs and still not be close to running out of material. I remember seeing the first X-Men film in the theater almost 15 years ago and thinking yea that was awesome but Super Hero movies can't ever become a regular thing.
Well I was really really wrong.
But now the movies have made Super Heroes cool... and that means we get primetime TV Shows based off of them. Currently on air (not including all the many many shows in development) across various channels you can watch GOTHAM (a prequel to Batman that follows a young Jim Gordon rising through Gotham Police) MARVEL: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D (which follows the events of what is happening between Avenger films). ARROW (which is an amazing show that follows a relatively unknown DC hero the Green Arrow as he fights to protect corrupt city) and my new favorite which just premiered Tuesday night... THE FLASH. The Flash was and is my favorite Super Hero. The Flash is great because he could fight bad guys and crack jokes at the same time. He could race Superman around the world and take a break to tap Batman on the shoulder and say 'made you look.' I highly recommend you check it out and at least peruse the others. I prefer the Super Hero TV Show over the Movie because every movie has to end, usually in a big huge battle that wraps everything up nicely. Comic Books don't do that, characters leave and come back... events build for long periods of time making your more and more nervous and excited for what is about to happen. The TV format allows for that same thing, and even if you aren't invested in it, just like comic books you can check in every few issues/episodes and see what your favorite characters are up to. And if you do start watching a Super Hero TV Show and have any questions about who that one guy is or what that secret is about... call the KICKS line and I'll gladly fill you in.
btw here is the trailer for THE FLASH... seriously, I love this show already.