We’re giving away $500 ($5 at a time) with the Five Dollar Friendship Stimulus

Phil and I are conducting an experiment to see how many great/weird/creative ideas we can get from people about how they would spend $5 with a friend. It's called the Five Dollar Friendship Stimulus

The gist is that you submit creative ideas about how you would spend $5 with a friend, and if we like it, we'll send you a five dollar bill.  


That's me on the right, doing my best impression of stiff cardboard. 

Submit on the site by clicking the "Submit" link, tweet your idea with the #fivedollars hashtag so we can find it, or e-mail us (fivedollarstimulus@gmail.com) with your entry.

Or, if you'd just like to spread the video around, that would be helpful too. 


Transient Global Amnesia (Or how I learned we are automatons)

Radiolab aired an episode on loops a few weeks ago on which they chronicled the case of a woman who was hospitalized for what she thought was a stroke, but turned out to be a case of Transient Global Amnesia … meaning that her short term memory was resetting every two minutes … which led them to having the same conversation, looping over and over again, for nine and a half hours.  

Her daughter filmed the conversation in the hospital: 


When you watch this video, if you're paying attention, you'll notice that the conversation happens a couple of times. But if you listen to the Radiolab episode, they break it down, do some editing, and it becomes apparent that she's reacting in exactly the same way to the same questions every time they have the conversation.

Which leads them to question whether we have free will or whether our personalities are just made of chemicals sloshing around in reaction to stimuli … meaning that we're essentially machines with little control over our actions. Which is just fascinating enough and just terrifying enough to cause loss of sleep and strange self-experimentation.  

Stop-Motion Music Video Shot Over Two Years with 288,000 Jelly Beans


Want to see what pure dedication looks like? This music video for the song “In Your Arms” by Kina Grannis is a stop-motion animation done with a background composed of jelly beans. It’s a crazy project that required 22 months, 1,357 hours, 30 people, and 288,000 jelly beans. They could have used CGI, of course, but each frame was carefully created by hand and photographed with a still camera. It’s even more mind-blowing given this fact: none of it was done with a green screen.

via www.petapixel.com