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"Cosmos" as Choose-Your-Own-Adventure

Accountant and Cosmos aficionado Callum Sutherland has remixed the landmark Carl Sagan documentary Cosmos into a "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" style video series called Imagination. You have to have Flash installed, and YouTube Annotations enabled for it to work (these are both set up properly by default for most people); once once you've got those going, it's great fun -- you basically watch a re-cut version of Cosmos in bite-sized chunks, with decision points along the way (at the end of each video). While I prefer the original Cosmos to this version, I can see how this interactive flavor will likely bring the documentary to a new audience (ahem, the YouTube Generation). Let's face it, the original Cosmos was so soothing and calm that it might seem sleepy to some audiences; breaking it up into short pieces with some interaction allows viewers to take it in as they wish. Here's how Sutherland describes it:

Let Carl Sagan guide you in a choose-your-own-adventure tour of the universe. Imagination is the season 2 premiere of the Carl Sagan Tribute Series. Built from video and audio from the Ship of the Imagination sequences in Cosmos, Imagination adds a modern touch to the genius of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, while allowing viewers to control their experience. Each tour runs about 20 minutes in length, and there are eight different ways to take the tour - enabling a different experience each time and allowing viewers to explore the Cosmos through the imagination of the late Carl Sagan. Imagination is an educational and speculative tour of the universe - join Carl Sagan for a tour, won't you?

Enjoy:

See also: The Late Movies: The Sagan Series.

(Via Milky Way Musings.)

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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:

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To this:

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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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This First-Grade Math Problem Is Stumping the Internet
May 17, 2017
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If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math problem may give you second thoughts. The question first appeared on a web forum, Mashable reports, and after recently resurfacing, it’s been perplexing adults across social media.

According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. It instructs readers to “study the number pattern” and “fill in the missing numbers.” The puzzle, which comprises five numbers and four empty circles waiting to be filled in, comes with no further explanation.

Some forum members commented with their best guesses, while others expressed disbelief that this was a question on a kid’s exam. Commenter karrotguy illustrates one possible answer: Instead of looking for complex math equations, they saw that the figure in the middle circle (three) equals the amount of double-digit numbers in the surrounding quadrants (18, 10, 12). They filled out the puzzle accordingly.

A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin. His solution, which uses simple algebra, gets a little more complicated.

The math tests given to 6- and 7-year-olds in other parts of the world aren’t much easier. If your brain isn’t too worn out after the last one, check out this maddening problem involving trains assigned to students in the UK.

[h/t Mashable]

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