There are a thousand and one reasons that we love the Internet. Every week it surprises and delights us. Here are some of our favorite finds from this week. I’d recommend that you start by playing the SoundCloud piece while you catch up!
1. Happy 20th birthday to Windows 95.
Remember Windows 95? Windows 95 is the godfather of modern computing, with its introduction of the beloved Start menu and the task bar, it marked a new era for personal computing. When London-based sound artist Daniel John Jones created this mesmerizing ambient soundscape based on the Windows 95 startup sound, we were intrigued. However, it’s not just any audio clip, and when this short tune is slowed down by 4000% it becomes otherworldly.
This is just what SoundCloud is great for, though. Another classic slo-mo sound is this lovely piece from Jurassic Park.
2. Invisibility is cool, but not real yet.
For all the muggles out there, invisibility is the dream. But, it looks like scientists at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum figured it out at this one-day special exhibition of Wonder Woman's invisible jet, which just happened to coincide with April Fools' Day.
Okay. So, we might not want have it completely down yet. But with visual effects artists like this on the case, we’ll get there pretty soon.
3. A giant red bouncy ball runs amok.
Scrambling across a rooftop, a resident caught a monster (of sorts) tearing across downtown Toledo earlier this week. As this 250lb menace rumbled down the streets, some opted to take cover in their cars while others boldly chased down this monstrosity to try to restore peace and order to the city. What monster, you might ask? Well, it was a giant, red, bouncy ball, brought into town by the Toledo Museum of Art.
This art installation gone wild, is a part of the RedBall Project, which activates overlooked or unused public spaces. Fortunately, it came to a halt but only after running over a car or two in the process.
4. There are a lot of strange jobs out there.
George Aldrich's job might take the cake for one of the strangest ones we've heard of. This video says that people can smell 10,000 different odors, but new research says that it's actually closer to 1 trillion. Working as chief nasal-naut at NASA, Aldrich has some big responsibility. Since astronauts can't do a deep spring cleaning, open up the windows and really air out the International Space Station, Aldrich's job is to smell each item that goes into outer space.
Someday, robots may take over these jobs and humans need not apply, until then though, follow your nose and shoot for the stars.
5. Teamwork makes the dream work.
We’re not sure what they are doing, but they’ve definitely got their hustle on.
What are some of the best things you saw on the Internet this week? Let us know in the comments below. See you all later this afternoon.