Amazing Film Soundtrack Covers Performed by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra

The incredibly talented musicians of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra perform amazing symphonic interpretations of soundtracks from a variety of films. The Orchestra often partners with Danish television to present three night themes such as “The Dual – Morricone draws first“, which included songs from westerns and gangster movies such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, The Godfather and “Galaxymphony“, which included soundtracks from various space and sci-fi movies such as Blade Runner, Interstellar and for good measure, the entire Star Wars Suite.

On June 2017, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) hosted three orchestral concerts called Galaxymphony which included some of the soundtrack from various space and sci-fi movies. This is their version of some of the Star Wars soundtrack across all seven movies.

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Beautiful Hyper-Pigmented Chickens With Charcoal Black Beaks, Feathers, Feet, Organs and Bones

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Great Big Story visited with Wira Cusuma, an Indonesian farmer who raises Ayam Cemani, a specific breed of black feathered chickens who posses a dominant gene called fibromelanosis, which creates hyper-pigmentation down to the animal’s bones. The bones are black, as are the chicken’s beak, feet, crown and organs. Cusuma stated that while some might think these chickens are bad luck, they actually are a symbol of providence and fetch a nice price on the open market.

Known for their distinct melanin pigment, these birds are entirely black, from their feathers all the way down to their organs and bones. Thought to be the bearer of good fortune and prosperity, demand for these chickens have increased over the years. Today, a single bird can sell for $700-$1,400 USD on the market.

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The Intrinsic Value of Treating Yourself Like a Good Friend Rather Than a Bullying Enemy

In a confidence boosting animation, the gently insightful School of Life posits the question as to why one is so much harder on yourself than one would be to a friend. When a friend makes a mistake, most people would not immediately call that person a name or tell them that they are useless, but rather would offer support and ideas to help avoid such mistakes in the future. Yet, when it comes to one’s own mistakes, it’s easier to be an enemy, verbally and mentally flagellating oneself to exhaustion, than it is to become a good friend to yourself.

The person we may find it hardest to be kind and sympathetic to is, surprisingly, ourselves. Yet being a friend to ourselves provides the only viable basis for living an emotionally fulfilled life.

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Barcelona Archi’llusion, A Whimsical Short Film That Rearranges the Skyline of the Spanish City

The prolific French filmmaker Max Contour of Menilmonde created “Barcelona Archi’llusion”, a whimsical video in which he redrew and rearranged the city skyline of the Spanish city according to where he wanted the buildings to be. This was accomplished with a skillful use of photoshop, which Contour details on a webpage dedicated to this project.

For most shots, I erase the buildings, then I isolate them in Photoshop to give them the comic-cartoon appearance. I then glue together on the image where the building was removed. …Once the Photoshop treatment carried out with drawing and cutting of buildings, begins the assembly phase on the timeline of the editing software. The secret is just a wise assembly of layers and animation.

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How Gilead in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is Based On Strict 16th and 17th Century Puritanical Societies

In a dystopian Ted Ed lesson written by Naomi R. Mercer and animated by Phuong Mai Nguyen, narrator Susan Zimmerman explains why the iconic Margaret Atwood book The Handmaid’s Tale is worth the time to read, despite or because of the hugely popular Hulu series of the same name. Mercer notes that one of the most wonderful things about Atwood’s writing is her self imposed rule to never create a situation that hasn’t already happened. So Atwood used the strict Puritan societies of the 16th and 17th centuries as a basis for the theocracy of Gilead.

The book is set in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a city that during the American colonial period had been ruled by the theocratic Puritans. In many ways, the Republic of Gilead resembles the strict rules that were present in Puritan society: rigid moral codes, modest clothing, banishment of dissenters, and regulation of every aspect of people’s lives and relationships.

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Host Your WordPress Website at Laughing Squid

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You may not realize this, but Laughing Squid is also a web hosting company that focuses on WordPress hosting. The revenue from our hosting services helps support this blog.

We recently announced that we are now offering Managed WordPress, a hosting service highly optimized for WordPress. We also offer standard hosting, including WordPress hosting, on Cloud Sites.

We’ve been in the hosting business a very long time and know it well. We launched our hosting company in 1998 and evolved with the changes in technology over the years. We’ve been hosting WordPress websites since 2004 and have an amazing support team that knows it inside-and-out. If you are looking for WordPress hosting, that’s what we do best, so give please us a try.

Oh and if you know of anyone who needs WordPress hosting, please send them our way. Thanks!

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Gorgeous Barbie Doll Wedding Dresses Made From Toilet Paper, Tissues and Other Paper Products

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Prolific doll collector Jian Yang creates wonderfully elaborate, sparkling white wedding and couture dresses for his beloved 9,000+ Barbies out of tissues, toilet paper, napkins or other paper products. While many of the dresses are traditionally European/American bridal, other traditional bridal wear from Sri Lanka and Japan also make quite a statement.

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A Stunning Sticker Reproduction of the Iconic 1960 Photo of Ruby Bridges Being Escorted to School

Artist Noah Scalin of Skull-A-Day fame and other amazing projects, created an incredible portrait of the iconic American civil rights activist Ruby Bridges with commercially produced stickers, similar to the ones he used in a self-portrait timelapse. Scalin was recreating a photograph from 1960, in which Bridges was being escorted from school by federal marshals, after she became the first black child to attend the all-white elementary school in her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.

My interpretation of this photo, made with thousands of commercially produced stickers, places this powerful image into our modern context, where sadly it remains as relevant today as it was then.

This piece is part of Scalin’s “of America” solo show at at Krause Gallery in New York City, taking place from May 12-June 5, 2018.

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Here’s the original black and white photo from 1960 for comparison.

Ruby Bridges 1960 Going to School

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How the Archaic Neanderthal Species Continues Live on Through Modern Human DNA

A colorfully illustrated episode of the animated series After Skool explained the concept of Neanderthals. Specifically, when and where they lived, how they communicated and how these archaic humans might have gone extinct but for the genome that lives on through the DNA of modern humans.

There was roughly a 5000 year period where both Neanderthals and Humans lived in the same place at the same time. During this period there was inbreeding between the 2 species. The proof is in our DNA. 1.5 to 2.6 percent of the DNA of anyone outside Africa is of Neanderthal origin. Interestingly enough, this DNA can have an affect on your personality!

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Cartoonist Hilariously Recounts the Day She Had After Her ‘Alexa Ruins Families’ Video Went Viral

In March 2018, we posted a hilarious video by cartoonist Lauren Lorenzo of the animated series eLL cartoons in which her father and 98 year old grandmother tried communicating with their Amazon Echo Alexa, without much success. The video rightfully went viral overnight. In a newer cartoon, Lorenzo hilariously recounted the day after during which her friend erroneously told her that she was rich and famous because of that video.

That’s my I went viral overnight story I basically ate two breakfast sandwiches and almost got fired from my job and that’s about it. But on a real note thank you so much for watching my video.

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