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An Adorable Bookcase Assembly

YouTube / frank howarth
YouTube / frank howarth

In this video, animator/woodcrafter Frank Howarth creates four bookcases...but Howarth is nowhere to be seen in the shop. He animates the whole thing in stop-motion, deleting himself from the video while the shelves seem to self-assemble.

He shows the various steps of cutting wood, assembling the shelves, clamping/gluing things, staining them, and even shelving the books. It's adorable and just a touch insane. Howarth wrote, "I shot approximately 11,700 frames for this animation and used roughly 6,400 of them. I worked on this project intermittently from the 5th of January to 1st of March, 2014." Make this fullscreen and prepare to be charmed:

Howarth has blog about woodworking and an immensely helpful YouTube channel.

(Via Devour.)

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The Beatles’s Yellow Submarine Is Returning to Theaters for Its 50th Anniversary
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The Beatles are coming! The Beatles are coming!

In early 1968, at the height of Beatlemania, The Fab Four lent their voices—and visages—to Yellow Submarine, a somewhat strange and slightly surreal animated film, purportedly for children, which saw the band travel to Pepperland aboard the titular watercraft in order to save the land from the music-hating Blue Meanies. (Hey, we said it was strange.)

Though it would be another year before the film’s iconic soundtrack was released, 2018 marks the film’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, Pitchfork reports that the psychedelic cartoon will be making its way back into theaters in July with a brand-new 4K digital restoration and a surround sound remix, to have it looking—and sounding—pristine.

To find out where it will be screening near you, visit the film’s website, where you can sign up for updates.

[h/t: Pitchfork]

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Stephen Hawking's Big Ideas, Made Simple
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On March 14, 2018, visionary physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76. You know his name, and may have even watched a biopic or two about him. But if you've ever wondered what specifically Hawking's big contributions to science were, and you have two and a half minutes to spare, the animation below is for you. It's brief, easy to understand, and gets to the point with nice narration by Alok Jha. So here, in a very brief and simple way, are some of Stephen Hawking's big ideas:

If you have more than a few minutes, we heartily recommend Hawking's classic book A Brief History of Time. It's easy to read, and it's truly brief.

[h/t: Open Culture]

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