Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Round Up

A five-year-old girl with Autism has created some seriously awesome paintings. The picture above is one of Iris Grace's many beautiful paintings. Apparently she started painting to help with her speech therapy, and wow, I'm super impressed with the results. She has a really great sense of color, and I just think they're cool.

A company in Turkey has come up with a really cool idea to combine both recycling and providing food for stray animals. Seriously, it's pretty neat. Basically, any time someone deposits a bottle into the machine, some food pops out. And, there is a little bowl for any leftover water from the bottle as well. It operates at no cost to the city because the recycled plastic pays for the food! Pretty sweet.

On a sadder note about animals, apparently half of the world's biodiversity has disappeared in the last 40 years. This is according to the Living Planet Report 2014. Interestingly, the greatest loss has been in low-income countries. But the article doesn't stop there, it goes on to talk about how there are already too many humans on the planet for it to sustain our way of life. I know there are a lot of people out there saying these reports are doomsday and choose not to believe facts in front of their faces, but it just frightens me to think what the world will look like in another 100 years if we do nothing to stop our wasteful ways.

I hope you know that I love books and have been an avid reader since I was a kid. If you also love books, try out this fun quiz to see how many famous book openings you can remember. I may have gotten 14/15 right. Maybe.

Sometimes you see some weird stuff around the internet, and this gif is one of them. It's supposedly just a video capture of some strange creature running behind a woman's baby, but do we believe it's for real? Any video geeks out there able to tell the truth? In any case, it's super creepy, and a job well done to whoever made the video.

If you'd like a little laugh, then check out this video of a reporter interviewing Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig about their new movie The Skeleton Twins. You won't laugh because they're just so gosh darn funny and charming, but rather because the reporter is completely unprepared and clearly has not seen the movie, and when they catch on it's pretty hilarious.

This last one is really only for those of you who also live in Los Angeles, or have ever lived here. There are just certain things you avoid in this city if you live here, and this list goes through some of those different situations (though some of them are exaggerated and the Earthquake one just not true - earthquakes here you just kind of look around and go is that one? Yep? Okay moving on.). You'll notice quite a few of these have to do with driving and parking, because honestly, you spend like half your life in the freakin' car here.

That's all for this week!

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