THERE IS A SCIENCE to flight patterns that most people don’t realize. This visualization of the most common flight patterns around the world is super trippy, but also puts things into perspective. It made me realize just how many flights take off each day, and how close they are to each other while in the air. While it seems overwhelming, it also helps me appreciate how safe and technically advanced the aviation industry is.
SURFING IS ALREADY PROBABLY THE coolest looking sport out there, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise how awesome it looks from underneath the water. But it looksfucking incredible.
LA-based filmmaker Morgan Maasen took a dip under the water and filmed the ocean, the waves, and the surfers from below. So if you’re having a rough day in your office, just close your door for a minute, pop on your headphones, and imagine you’re drifting in the waves of Hawaii.
OCEAN LIFE is mesmerizing and strangely beautiful. It can also be creepy as hell, which is why I’m scared of it. But I do love being on this side of the screen watching a timelapse created by Daniel Stoupin using 150,000 macro photography shots. He captures the normally undetectable behaviours of corals and sponges, the animals that are responsible for coral reefs.
The oceanic biosphere is so sensitive, as I talk about in my article The 5 biggest crises facing our oceans today (and why you should care) — the slightest changes in temperature, as a result of human behaviours, is killing coral reefs which has a magnified impact on the entire earth and its inhabitants. For now though, just let yourself be amazed by the above video.
Sometimes, the best things I find on the internet, I don’t understand at all. This video, performed by MMA fighter Genki Sudo and his posse, World Order, is so random, crazy, unique, and uplifting, I can’t help but bop along to the beat. But is it only random, crazy, unique, and uplifting because I don’t speak Japanese, and therefore, the translation is lost to me? What is this video even about? (via Is this music video the new ‘Gangnam Style’?)
EVER SINCE WATCHING Free Willy as a kid, I’ve advocated against holding animals, especially large sea mammals, in captivity. Orcas, dolphins, and other creatures should not be used to “entertain” humans; this video is incredible proof of the natural space orcas require to be happy. I’m pretty sure that no one would miss SeaWorld if it was immediately shut down, and hopefully documentary films like Blackfish will discourage people from visiting them.
THE TRADITIONAL CONCEPTION of “exploration” has always looked “out there”: sailing around the world, trekking to the South Pole, summitting the world’s tallest mountains. But every time a legendary explorer went out to confront those frontiers, to push past them, the rest of humanity was back at home, constructing the infrastructure that makes our modern lives possible.
Like any complex system, crafted over long periods of time and often with short-sighted planning, redundancies developed. Sites were built, scrapped, covered over, and built again. Entire substrates of our biggest cities are closed off and largely forgotten. At the same time, you have restricted-access facilities that are used and depended on every day by millions of people: storm drains, power stations, construction cranes, skyscraper ledges, utility tunnels. A built landscape, created by humans but kept out of sight of all those who live within it.
Enter the urban explorers, men and women from all over the globe intent on bypassing the safeguards, hopping the fences — intent on practicing the art of intrusion — in order to chart and document this new frontier. Equipped with enviable photo and video skills / equipment and a means of distribution via social media, they’re showing the world what’s been right under our feet this whole time.
Watch the video above, Art of Intrusion (footage by Bradley L. Garrett, edited by Matador’s Eric Warren), and then check out the photo galleries linked below that pay homage to the urban explorers, placehackers, free climbers, and others who are pushing the boundaries on the edge of this new frontier.
WHEN I WAS a kid, all I wanted was a treehouse like the one Macaulay Culkin got to chill out in while filming Home Alone. Of course, my request was denied, but my parent’s could have probably saved themselves a lot of aggrivation if they had just explained to me the science that went into building a treehouse, and why the Japanese Maple in our front yard would not support one.
There’s a reason why so many treehouses these days resemble Ewok villages; a lot of it has to do with mathematical and scientific concepts we all forgot about after passing our last calculus exam. It’s just a few things to consider when dreaming about leaving everything behind, and moving to the forest forever.