These Videos of Paris in Motion are Mesmerizing


In 2012, web developer and photographer Mayeul Akpovi launched Paris in Motion, a series of stop-motion hyperlapse videos that take the viewer on a beautiful tour of the city's famous sights, from the Eiffel Tower to L'Arc de Triomphe. Watch his latest video—the fourth—below:

Paris in Motion (Part 4) from Mayeul Akpovi on Vimeo.

According to Akpovi's website, "Paris in Motion is a series of stop-motion time-lapse (hyperlapse) videos about the city of Paris (France). Filmed frame by frame with manual camera movements, composed of more than 30,000 photographs, it allows you to visit some of the most beautiful monuments and human activities of the French capital in a few minutes."

To create the videos, Akpovi uses a Canon 5D Mark II camera with various lenses and filters, which he mounts on a tripod. He then walks as he shoots, taking the tripod with him. Later, he stablizes the images in Adobe After Effects and splices them together into hypnotic videos. (You can see a making of video here.)

Check out the rest of the videos in the Paris in Motion series below.

Part One:

Paris in Motion (Part 1) from Mayeul Akpovi on Vimeo.

Part Two:

Paris in Motion (Part 2) from Mayeul Akpovi on Vimeo.

Part Three:

Paris in Motion (Part 3) from Mayeul Akpovi on Vimeo.

Watch Koko the Gorilla Meet Her New Pet Kittens

Koko the gorilla passed away at the age of 46 this week. Though she was best known for her use of sign language, her love of cats is what made her a media darling.

In 1983, the western lowland gorilla reportedly told trainer Penny Patterson that she wanted a cat. Patterson and her fellow researchers at The Gorilla Foundation supported this idea, hoping that caring for a cat might prepare Koko for motherhood.

They gave Koko a lifelike stuffed animal and after she ignored that gift, she was given a gray kitten for her birthday in July 1984. Koko rejoiced. She named the cat All Ball and carried him around like a baby. All Ball got out of Koko's cage and was hit by a car just a few months later. Trainer Penny Patterson shared the news with Koko, who, Patterson said, began crying. “Sleep cat,” she reportedly signed.

For Koko's 44th birthday in 2015, Patterson let her pick out two new pets from a litter of kittens. The result was as cute as you might expect.

For more Koko videos, follow kokoflix on Youtube.

Testing Summer Life Hacks We Found on the Internet

With the arrival of summertime comes a host of warm-weather rituals—from cooking s'mores over a campfire to discovering what sort of deep-fried concoctions have made their way to this year's state fair.

Today on Scatterbrained, John Green and friends are celebrating all things summer by testing some warm-weather life hacks, dishing up some fascinating facts on some of your favorite summer treats, and digging into the science of SPF. Slather on the sunblock and watch the full episode below.

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