Category Archives: Wild Card

Something interesting, but not necessarily typical on this blog.

Mankind Rising – Where do Humans Come From…

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Date: January 27, 2021

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“Follows mankind’s journey of life from the first cell to the present day. Captured in a single, animated time lapsed shot, and based on archeological findings, we trace our epic journey from the first spark of life billions of years ago up to our present status as the most successful species on the planet. Humans are the pinnacle of a chain of species that has survived by way of evolution, natural selection, adaptation, and pure luck. From the formation of primordial genetic material to the development of speech, this is the improbable story of the incredible set of circumstances that led to human existence.

This documentary aims to answer such questions as: How did we get here? How did mutations create male and female sexes? And were we actually fish at one point during the evolutionary chain?

We are the most complex creature on this planet, a big brained, two-legged mammal. We’ve risen from the raw materials of the Earth to dominate and shape it. Wind the clock backwards and the story of how we got to be us is a puzzle that defies all logic. Through nearly 4 billion years of evolutionary twists and turns, disasters strike, predators threaten to wipe us out. From rodent to reptile, we face extinction at every turn, from the land into the water, fighting to survive every step of the way, from fish to worm, back to the very first spark of life, to a single simple cell. One change or predator along the way and this extraordinary story would have never been told.”

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Crippled Inside (Evolution Documentary)…

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Date: January 08, 2021

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“The Evolution Documentary reveals the story of the development of the songs on the Imagine album and, on Blu-ray 2 only, the five extra non-album tracks.

Sam Gannon (engineer): Each montage chronicles how a song developed from its embryonic form and then evolved as it was recorded in the studio. In our search for bonus material, we listened to demos, all the takes from the one-inch multitrack tapes, and quarter-inch reels recorded in May 1971 by the film crew documenting the sessions at the studio in Ascot. We discovered many moments that, although not long enough to be bonus tracks by themselves, when blended together would help tell the story of each song.

The Evolution Mixes are intended to provide an insight into the way that John & Yoko, Phil Spector and the Plastic Ono Band collaborated both inside and outside of the studio environment. By listening to each Evolution Mix, it is hoped a deeper understanding will be gained about the way the songs were crafted.”

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The World’s Deadliest Tourist Attraction: CHERNOBYL – Documentary…

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Date: December 28, 2020

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“In this documentary, we’re covering the world’s DEADLIEST tourist attraction: Chernobyl. You’ve most likely heard of Chernobyl, whether from the popular HBO series or the movie “Chernobyl Diaries”. Today, we’re covering the entire disaster from beginning to end, documenting everything that went wrong to cause this disastrous event and the impact Chernobyl had that continues to this very day. The effects of Chernobyl terrified the world, and the true horror stories that surfaced after the event were undoubtedly horrifying. Join us for a storytime covering this terrifying tourist attraction: Chernobyl.”

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15 Craziest Restaurants That Actually Exist…

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Date: December 26, 2020

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“Ahh–Gastronomy! Everyone loves food, right? Well, when it comes to plating up delicious meals of the most delectable cuisines from the farthest flung corners of planet Earth, we humans have gotten pretty dang successful at putting food on the table. Whether it’s Cordon Bleu, masterfully made Sushi, or the most exotic array of herbs and spices; the restaurant worldhas covered pretty much every base imaginable. However, when you want to stand out from thecrowd it takes a little thinking outside the box. From Diners Seeing Double, to Earthquake Entrees–here’s the 15 Craziest Restaurants That Actually Exist.”

There is no way in hell I’d go up 150 feet in the air to eat anything…but I wonder if those fish would nibble at your toes…That might be fun.

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The Dark Side of DNA Tests: Woman Uncovers Century-Old Family Mystery…

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Date: December 21, 2020

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“The Dark Side of DNA Tests: Woman Uncovers Century-Old Family Mystery

Like all new technologies, DNA testing has a good side, a bad side, and, as author Margaret Atwood said, a “stupid side you hadn’t considered.” Eight years ago, 72-year-old Washington native Alice Collins Plebuch made a decision that would change her life forever: She sent samples of her saliva for a “just for fun DNA test.”

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Medieval cottage encased within new home embraces layers…

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Date: December 12, 2020

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“When Kate Darby and David Connor were told they had to preserve the 300-year-old cottage on their property or lose the right to build there, they chose not to repair the crumbling structure, but to encase it in a new house and live with the decaying remains.

The new home mirrors the old: in places, there are two walls or two roofs, while at other spots the floor or roof drops away and the white shell reflects the memory of what was.

The architect/designer couple clad the new home in black corrugated iron to resemble the farm buildings surrounding Herefordshire. Inside, everything is preserved of the old building, even dead ivy, rotten timbers, cobwebs, dust, and a bird’s nest.

The Croft Lodge Studio sits at the edge of a commons which means anyone can walk right up to the building and catch a glimpse of the coexisting layers of time. Connor says he invites people inside for a closer view. “Architecture is a public art,” he explains. “It’s something that people outside the building have a right to interface with.”

This is a trip.

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