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entertainment : something diverting or engaging — Webster
fun : what provides amusement or enjoyment — Webster
Entertainment is a form of activity that holds the attention and interest of an audience, or gives pleasure and delight. It can be an idea or a task, but is more likely to be one of the activities or events that have developed over thousands of years specifically for the purpose of keeping an audience’s attention. Although people’s attention is held by different things, because individuals have different preferences in entertainment, most forms are recognisable and familiar. Storytelling, music, drama, dance, and different kinds of performance exist in all cultures, were supported in royal courts, developed into sophisticated forms and over time became available to all citizens. The process has been accelerated in modern times by an entertainment industry which records and sells entertainment products. Entertainment evolves and can be adapted to suit any scale, ranging from an individual who chooses a private entertainment from a now enormous array of pre-recorded products; to a banquet adapted for two; to any size or type of party, with appropriate music and dance; to performances intended for thousands; and even for a global audience.
The experience of being entertained has come to be strongly associated with amusement, so that one common understanding of the idea is fun and laughter, although many entertainments have a serious purpose. This may be the case in the various forms of ceremony, celebration, religious festival, or satire for example. Hence, there is the possibility that what appears as entertainment may also be a means of achieving insight or intellectual growth. — Wikipedia
Fun is the enjoyment of pleasure, particularly in leisure activities. Fun is an experience — often unexpected, informal, generally not cerebral and generally purposeless. It is an enjoyable distraction, diverting the mind and body from any serious task or contributing an extra dimension to it. Although particularly associated with recreation and play, fun may be encountered during work, social functions, and even seemingly mundane activities of daily living. It may often have little to no logical basis, and opinions on whether or not an activity is fun may differ. — Wikipedia
- Zip the World! (11/15/2019) - Virtual zipline rides are addictive, and they’re also a neat way to see the world! I found this out by accident. While I was writing my last post about Niagara Falls, I stumbled over this fun little 360° video of a zipline ride there. It was a nice enough video, but it didn’t quite make … Continue reading Zip the World!
- Yellow Submarines (6/21/2019) - My last post was about an adventure with seals doing science in Antarctica. This adventure begins where that one left off, but this is a very different, and fun excursion that happened because Boaty McBoatface surfaced in my news feed. In case you never heard of him, Boaty’s a submarine that got his name via … Continue reading Yellow Submarines
- Wingsuit Rush! (9/21/2018) - Hey, adrenaline junkies, how about a quick fix? Remember all of those action movies where people jump out of airplanes or off of buildings wearing wingsuits? Did you ever think it would be cool to do that for real? Well, now you can get a sense of what it would be like. Here are some … Continue reading Wingsuit Rush!
- Where’d VR Go, Again? (1/20/2018) - According to what you’re inclined to include, Virtual Reality (VR) has been the next “Big Thing” every decade or so for the last century or two (History of VR, VR Society). No matter what you include, VR has certainly been making periodic appearances on the techie’s “It” charts for the last half-century or so. When … Continue reading Where’d VR Go, Again?
- Well Done, Om Nom! (10/18/2017) - Here are a couple of cute little 360° Videos for the kiddies, or kids at heart, from the nice folks at Cut the Rope. Can you find the hidden objects? This one has a cute little unexpected guest. You can find a ton more Om Nom videos on Cut the Rope’s YouTube Channel and their … Continue reading Well Done, Om Nom!
- Week/end @ Boston (7/11/2020) - I miss Boston! After living in the Greater Boston area for almost 30 years, it’s easy to get spoiled and take all of the things to see and do here for granted. What’s more, there’s seldom any reason to even notice that’s the case. However, the Covid-19 shut-down sure put the kibosh on that! Today … Continue reading Week/end @ Boston
- Watchable Whales (7/2/2018) - The first week of July is when many Boston area locals head for the hills, or the shore, while vast numbers of tourists flood in to town to visit the Freedom Trail, Haborfest and Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. Of course, another popular activity is whale watching (Trip Advisor). That is because it’s only a short … Continue reading Watchable Whales
- Wacky World (9/14/2019) - It’s a weird and wacky world out there, and Guinness World Records (GWR) loves to remind us of that fact from time to time. Just last week they released their 66th Edition of extreme factoids and an accompanying media blitz to rain outrageous strangeness down upon the media landscape. It all started with a silly … Continue reading Wacky World
- Up, Up and Away (8/31/2017) - How about a ten minute break from all of the news about the epic flooding (NPR), massive asteroid (NASA) and scary politics (The Economist)? Here are some nifty 360° Videos that will take you on some fairly realistic virtual rides in hot air balloons! This first clip is from the The Golden Ring of Russia … Continue reading Up, Up and Away
- U2’s Tech Wizardry (5/13/2018) - If you’re fairly familiar with the band U2, then you know that they’re deeply into technology. Every time they release a new album and/or show, they’re bound to introduce some creative new techie experience to go along with it. Their new eXPERIENCE & iNNOCENCE Tour is no exception. Here’s a trailer with a glimpse of … Continue reading U2’s Tech Wizardry
- Twisters! (6/26/2017) - It’s that time of year when tornadoes tend to make the news. For example, did you see the picture of the guy mowing his lawn during a tornado a few weeks ago? He claimed it wasn’t as bad as it looked, but still… Then there was also this 360° Video of a supercell taken by … Continue reading Twisters!
- Trippy Tech (1/10/2019) - You might notice an uptick in news about “future tech” crossing your radar over the next week or so. That’s because the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is going on in Las Vegas this week, and pretty much every news outlet sends someone to cover it. That’s partly because they need something fun to talk about … Continue reading Trippy Tech
- Treats & Tricks (10/31/2018) - Warning, this is a collection of random Halloween silliness. Proceed at your own risk, or run away!!!! First, why not tricks AND treats? Here’s National Geographic’s handy 3 minute answer. There’s a bunch more trivia in this article. Everything you need to know about Halloween 2018 (Brian Handwerk) That’s nice, standard trivia fare. Here’s a … Continue reading Treats & Tricks
- Toys ‘R’ Back! (11/28/2019) - It’s official — toy shopping season is back! And so is Toys”R”Us! Here’s a segment from New York’s PIX11 that explains how a smaller and more “experiential” Toys”R”Us has just opened in Garden State Plaza Mall. That’s just the beginning. There’s another Toys”R”Us slated to open in the Galleria in Houston, and then there are … Continue reading Toys ‘R’ Back!
- Toy Worlds@Cosma (12/21/2018) - As you may have guessed from my last post, Toy Quest, I’ve got toys on the brain. Why not? It ’tis toy season, after all! Except that if you’ve been reading these posts for awhile, then you know I’ve had toys on the brain for many months now because I’ve been creating experimental interfaces to … Continue reading Toy Worlds@Cosma
- Toy Quest! (12/14/2018) - Toy shopping can be one of the best parts of the holiday season. It gives you a chance to find toys for youngsters while reveling in nostalgia for your own favorite toys from childhood. That’s why it’s so fun to skip the convenience of Amazon, and head out to a toy store where you can … Continue reading Toy Quest!
- Too many sharks? (8/1/2018) - If you watch a lot of television, then you know that last week was the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Last year I did a post that coincided with it (Jaws vs. Jellies). However, this year I was leaning towards not doing more of something that is already a tad overdone. The Discovery Channel did add … Continue reading Too many sharks?
- The waves won! (10/4/2017) - Gravitational waves that is! It has been announced that Rainer Weiss (MIT), Barry Barish (Caltech) and Kip Thorne (Caltech) have won the 2017 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the first observation of gravitational waves in 2015. Here’s a quick one minute video from Newsy and a … Continue reading The waves won!
- The Maya Underworld (8/8/2019) - Chichén Itzá is a fascinating place, and believe it or not, it’s just gotten even more so! But let’s start from the beginning. In case you aren’t familiar with it, here’s a quick 360° video from the The New York Times that will give you a sense of why it is considered a World Wonder. … Continue reading The Maya Underworld
- Talented Greenery (10/18/2019) - Check out this minute long 360° video from Genesis Visual Studios. Peaceful, isn’t it? The bees are busily buzzing about, but the plants aren’t doing much, right? Well, those plants are up to a LOT more than they look like they are in the video. Now, you’re probably thinking, yeah, right. They can move towards … Continue reading Talented Greenery
- Take a hike! (11/17/2018) - November 17th is National Take a Hike Day, and celebrating it is simple — just take a hike! Here’s a quick PSA from Greater Palm Springs. Here are some short 360° virtual hikes for inspiration. Up first is a 2 minute hike on Pima Canyon Trail in Tucson, Arizona (AllTrails). Further afield, here’s a picturesque … Continue reading Take a hike!
- Super Bowl Frivolities (2/1/2019) - You probably know that the Super Bowl is this Sunday. This year the Patriots will be taking on the LA Rams in Atlanta. While I realize that it might be a touchy subject, I happen to live near Boston. Needless to say, I’m seeing my fair share of local coverage, again 😉 While there’s plenty … Continue reading Super Bowl Frivolities
- Strange Things (11/12/2016) - There’s been a ton of cool stuff going on in the 3D/360°/AR/VR hardware and software universe lately, and there’s about to be even more (more on that soon). On the other hand, the 3D/360°/AR/VR content front has been “relatively” static (unless you love Halloween’esque horror, of course). When I went looking for something interesting to … Continue reading Strange Things
- Strange Stays (8/30/2019) - I concluded my last post about Sand Art with highlighting how Booking.com offered the chance to stay in a sandcastle as a promotion for Coney Island’s Sand Sculpting Competition. Here’s a link with more on that unusual “opportunity.” Giant Coney Island sandcastle offers sleepovers (Summer Delaney, WPIX) That may have sounded like a one-off type … Continue reading Strange Stays
- Start your engines! (5/26/2017) - It’s that time of year again. This isn’t just a long Memorial Day weekend — it is also time for the 101’st running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing! In honor of this I thought it would be fun to see if there are any 360° YouTube videos that give a sense of what it’s … Continue reading Start your engines!
- Start your engines! (5/27/2018) - Postscript (May 28, 2018) The 102nd running of the Indy 500 has come and gone. It definitely wasn’t the most exciting race in history. Still, it was the Indy 500, so it can only be so boring. Here’s a clip that recaps the whole race in all of its glory in just three and a … Continue reading Start your engines!
- St. Paddy’s Day Jaunt (3/15/2019) - Yeah, it’s finally time to see some green around here — the official start of Spring is next week, and this Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day! Last year around this time I did a post about the history of St. Patrick’s Day, various related festivities and Jimmy Fallon’s humorous take on it. That post is … Continue reading St. Paddy’s Day Jaunt
- Spooky Space Sounds (10/30/2017) - NASA has a fun, albeit geeky, sense of humor sometimes. For example, this week they’ve released a compilation of “Spooky Sounds from Space.” Of course, since there is no air in space, there is no “real” way for humans to hear sound there. Instead, these are sounds generated by different types of scientific instruments when … Continue reading Spooky Space Sounds
- Speleological Wonders (2/8/2019) - A few days ago I came across this short 360° video from the The New York Times about how biologist Naowarat Cheeptham has been searching for antibiotics in a cave. It’s an interesting story, and there’s a lot more about it in this article from Wired. Inside the slimy underground hunt for humanity’s antibiotic saviour … Continue reading Speleological Wonders
- Space Rocks! (1/4/2019) - It was a fantastic holiday season for space fans! In fact, there was so much going on, it was almost impossible to keep up with it all. According to your news sources and interests, you have probably heard about at least some of the amazing things that happened, but chances are you haven’t heard about … Continue reading Space Rocks!
- Silliness (3/24/2017) - This blog has covered numerous experiments with using 360° video to create new types of immersive narrative. There are many great examples out there now like Google’s HELP and NYT’s L.A. Noir. My favorite so far has been this video by One Republic. However, I’ve just come across a 360° video by the Naive New … Continue reading Silliness
- Shark Encounters! (2/21/2019) - It seems like every time that I encounter news about sharks, they end up seeming less scary and more awe inspiring. The latest example of this happened this week when multiple news outlets reported that the great white shark’s genome has been sequenced, and there were some surprises as well as some good news for … Continue reading Shark Encounters!
- See animals and … (6/6/2019) - Note: There was helpful feedback on this post, and it’s been edited to reflect some new information. Did you know that you can probably conjure a life-sized virtual animal to where you are right now with just a simple Google search? What’s more, that’s just a glimpse of what you’ll be able to do in … Continue reading See animals and …
- Santa’s Escapades (12/24/2019) - It’s that time! What time, you ask? Time to track Santa of course! You have probably heard that there are a couple of ways to do it, but just in case you haven’t, or you need a refresher, here’s a great article that explains all about how North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Google … Continue reading Santa’s Escapades
- Sand Art (8/26/2019) - The last few weeks have been an odd mix of work and play for me. On the one hand, I’ve been hard at work on a project that I’ll share here in the near future. On the other hand, I’ve also been somewhat obsessed with sand sculptures. This is because one of my favorite ways … Continue reading Sand Art
- Really Rare Weekend Guide! (3/31/2018) - Am I the only one to notice that there’s a whole lot of rare things going on this weekend? In fact, there’s so much, it’s hard to know where to begin. Humm, let me see… Of course, there’s the obvious yearly religious observances of Passover and Easter, but they aren’t all that rare in and … Continue reading Really Rare Weekend Guide!
- Practically Impossible (7/27/2018) - The summer blockbuster season is still in full swing, and this week’s big news maker is the sixth installment of Mission Impossible. Of course, as was the case for each of the earlier movies in the franchise, the stunts in the movie are grabbing a lot of attention. That’s because Tom Cruise believes in two … Continue reading Practically Impossible
- Play-Doh (11/5/2016) - Hasbro has created a neat new take on Play-Doh with an augmented reality product called Play-Doh Touch, and it is a welcome entry into a market space that, for most consumers, has been almost completely synonymous with Pokémon Go since its release. Here are a couple of videos and articles about Hasbro’s new creation. Play-Doh … Continue reading Play-Doh
- Periodic Party (2/17/2019) - Now that Valentine’s Day is over, it’s time to move on to the next celebration on the calendar. That would be the Periodic Table’s Birthday! Yes, Dmitri Mendeleev sketched his first draft of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements on February 17, 1869. Notice that this year’s a “big one” for the Periodic Table — … Continue reading Periodic Party
- Panda’s Playtime (1/23/2020) - There’s nothing cuter than giant pandas, right? At the very least, they can give penguins a good run for their money. Here’s a 360° YouTube video from Chengdu Panda Base that proves the point. Or does it? It turns out that watching two pandas grow up and playing is even cuter! Here’s a YouTube video … Continue reading Panda’s Playtime
- Palessi Shoes (12/3/2018) - It’s not even Super Bowl ad season yet, and the marketing fun has already begun — Payless has kicked off the season with an awesome stunt! They set up a fake “luxury” store dubbed “Palessi” and filled it with their $20-$40 footwear. Then they invited so called “influencers” to a clever party, and the invitees … Continue reading Palessi Shoes
- Odd Jobs (11/11/2018) - Still deciding what you want to be when you grow up? Are you considering a second career? Before you pick up the want ads or head out to the career center to look for your next career opportunity, how about considering something a little off of the beaten path? For example, if you love dogs, … Continue reading Odd Jobs
- NYC’s Secret Spaces (5/4/2019) - Awhile back I did a post about NYC’s most recognized landmarks (NYC Highs). As usual, more content ended up on the cutting room floor than in the post, but this time it was different — the scraps felt more compelling than what made it into the post. However, rather than being about NYC’s highlights, these … Continue reading NYC’s Secret Spaces
- NYC Highs (3/30/2019) - New York City has a new place with a view. Two weeks ago Hudson Yards opened to cheers from the developers and some jeers from the community. Here’s a clip from CBS New York aired the day before it opened. The Escheresque whimsy of The Vessel captured the media’s attention at the opening, but the … Continue reading NYC Highs
- Nutty Nature News (10/5/2018) - I’ve been updating the “nature” related pages on this site, so I’ve spent an abnormal amount of time perusing nature related sites for the last few weeks. Along the way I came across more than my fair share of odd nature stories. Many of them were viral, so you may have seen some of them … Continue reading Nutty Nature News
- Nouveau Cirque (6/8/2017) - Cirque du Soleil (Official Site, YouTube, Wikipedia) is the most well known example of a genre called nouveau cirque (French) or contemporary circus (English). Nouveau cirque is a genre of performing arts in which a story or a theme is conveyed through traditional circus skills. Animals are rarely used in this type of circus, and … Continue reading Nouveau Cirque
- Niagara’s Dare (11/8/2019) - Last week, on Halloween night, the semi-famous Niagara Scow threatened to join the long list of things that have gone over Niagara Falls. Many media outlets picked the story up, so you may have heard it too. Here’s a segment from NBC Nightly News. When I heard the story, it struck me that people who’ve … Continue reading Niagara’s Dare
- Newt’s Case (4/13/2017) - J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world is back in the news because it has been announced that Jude Law will play young Dumbledore and Johnny Depp will play the villain Grindelwald in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel. Jude Law to Play Young Dumbledore in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel (Justin Kroll, Variety) There … Continue reading Newt’s Case
- Musical Mischief (5/17/2019) - Serendipity plays a hand in these posts — more often than not one post leads to another. This is one of those times. The last post about Furby Hacking left me itching to explore another Road Not Taken. It turned out that Sam Battle’s odd creation, Furby Organ, led YouTube to suggest all sorts of … Continue reading Musical Mischief
- Music works, too … (3/20/2020) - Spring has sprung — the vernal equinox is upon us, and it’s even earlier than it has been in over a hundred years. Here’s a story from CNN about that being the case. This is the earliest arrival of spring equinox in 124 years (Forrest Brown, CNN) This would normally be an occasion for cheering … Continue reading Music works, too …
- Méliès Doodled! (5/4/2018) - You’re almost certainly familiar with Google’s Doodles. They’re an excellent, entertaining way to spend some time learning something new, in passing, every day. They also almost always point to some little known, but interesting backstory. Today’s Doodle is a particularly beautiful example of that. It celebrates Georges Méliès, and it is special for many reasons. … Continue reading Méliès Doodled!
- Mars is hard! (11/25/2018) - Update 8:30 PM November 26, 2018 (EST) Touchdown! Mars InSight lander reaches red planet (Alexandra Witze, Nature) NASA’s InSight Mission Triumphantly Touches Down on Mars (Ian O’Neill, Scientific American) InSight has landed with Updates (Emily Lakdawalla, Planetary Society) Landing Replay (SciNews) Original Post If you hear a phrase like “six and a half minutes of … Continue reading Mars is hard!
- Mars 3D (11/16/2016) - Mars is getting even more attention than usual this week, and that is “mostly” because National Geographic began airing their special six part Mars series on Monday nights (9/8c). Here’s a trailer and links about it… Virtual Trip to Mars Offers Ultimate Preview to Crewed Mission (Nadia Drake, National Geographic) Inside Nat Geo’s Incredible Documentary … Continue reading Mars 3D
- Magical Paintings (10/19/2018) - Remember those nifty magical paintings in Harry Potter where the people in the paintings move around, interact with people in other paintings as well as people in the real world? (Pottermore, Muggles’ Guide to Harry Potter) Here’s a new 360° video from SoKrispyMedia that takes that concept to a whole nother level. There’s nothing else … Continue reading Magical Paintings
- Lunar Landings (7/19/2019) - Saturday, July 20th is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, and there’s a massive media blitz surrounding the occasion. Pretty much every major news outlet is covering it in some way, and it’s no surprise that NASA is leading the publicity frenzy. On Friday at 1 p.m. (EDT) NASA is broadcasting 50 … Continue reading Lunar Landings
- Lovely Lobsters? (9/16/2017) - Hey, did you know that lobsters are cool creatures? For one thing, they come in a lot of pretty colors. In fact, the New England Aquarium even has a growing collection of rare, brightly colored lobsters. A rare yellow lobster joins New England Aquarium’s multicolored collection (Erica Yee, Boston.com) Ghostly, translucent lobster hauled from ocean … Continue reading Lovely Lobsters?
- LEGO Gems (1/7/2017) - The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) took over Las Vegas for the first week of January again this year, and it resulted in the usual predictable and nearly obligatory flood of “cool tech” coverage spilling out into every media outlet to scream Happy New Year to “Techies” all over the world. Somehow, though, is it just … Continue reading LEGO Gems
- L.A. Noir (12/20/2016) - The New York Times has done it, again! Over the last year they have consistently released some of the classiest and most immersive 3D/360°/VR media around. Features like Takes Flight and Seeking Pluto’s Frigid Heart set production and content quality standards exceedingly high, but this time they have truly outdone themselves. The New York Times … Continue reading L.A. Noir
- KFC’s VR, Training? (8/27/2017) - Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) made news this week when a video of one of their supposed “VR training exercises” went viral. Words that reporters have been using to describe the experience include “wacky,” “weird” and even “creepy.” Here’s a 2 minute summary of the experience that was posted by Michelle Yan on Mashable. Here’s a … Continue reading KFC’s VR, Training?
- KFC Shenanigans & IHOP Pancakes (3/12/2019) - Advertisers will try all sorts of gimmicks. Some are amusing or tongue-in-cheek while others are even whimsical. KFC’s ads have been tending towards farcical, and their most recent stunt is particularly odd. They’ve gone so far as to supposedly establish an Innovations Lab to come up with some wacky “inventions” that are to be funded … Continue reading KFC Shenanigans & IHOP Pancakes
- Jigsaw Puzzledom (5/1/2020) - I got lost in puzzles, and I couldn’t get out! Of course, I’m not alone. It’s no surprise that they are a “thing” now. Here’s a short segment from CBS New York that discusses the recent rise in demand and even provides a quick peek inside the massive place that is Puzzle Warehouse. However, unlike … Continue reading Jigsaw Puzzledom
- Jellyfish Therapy (1/24/2019) - Feeling stressed out and need to relax? How about a nice swim in a swarm of jellyfish? What, that’s not a remedy for stress, you say! You mean by using imaginative thinking, right? Well, no, I do mean it literally. There’s an actual place called Jellyfish Lake on Eil Malk island in Palau where you … Continue reading Jellyfish Therapy
- Jaws vs. Jellies? (7/28/2017) - Have you noticed that there’s a bit of a shark frenzy going on right now? Of course it is at least partly due to this being Discovery Channel’s Shark Week (Discovery, Wikipedia). The nearly 30 year old event has gotten even more notoriety than usual because of the “Michael Phelps Faster Than a Shark?” publicity … Continue reading Jaws vs. Jellies?
- Island Escapes (1/3/2018) - One of the more entertaining stories to hit the net over the New Year’s weekend was a tale of some hearty Kiwis who successfully got away from a local alcohol ban by building their own island in nearby international waters. New Zealanders build island in bid to avoid alcohol ban (BBC News) To Avoid New … Continue reading Island Escapes
- Igloos (2/21/2017) - Here’s something that’s just for the fun of it. New York has a roof top bar called 230 Fifth which is located at, you guessed it, 230 Fifth Avenue. It is a cool place year round, but it is particularly so in the wintertime because they provide igloos for the revelers who choose to land … Continue reading Igloos
- Ice Places (12/27/2017) - It’s getting pretty cold up here in the relatively northern latitudes, brrr! It’s no wonder that stories about various forms of “ice abodes” are dotting the media landscape now. For example, I just came across this story on Boston.com about an annual ice castle up in Lincoln (NH). The gigantic, glowing ice castles are returning … Continue reading Ice Places
- Hummingbird Parties! (8/22/2020) - Sometimes a link to a story begs you to click on it. Here’s one that I couldn’t resist. Watch hummingbirds ‘dance’ through waterfalls (Lucy Hicks, Science Magazine) Sure enough, the story has an animation of a hummingbird ‘dancing’ in a waterfall. The research that the story described was a tad odd, but the clip was … Continue reading Hummingbird Parties!
- Heights! (8/7/2017) - A Monday morning caffeine fix is nice, but how about a serious adrenaline rush instead? In the past Cosma has taken you on rides in Coasters, Barrel Surfing and even chasing Twisters, but nothing will get your pulse going like some good old fashioned adventure at extreme heights. Luckily, there are a ton of 360° … Continue reading Heights!
- Have a weird V-Day! (2/14/2019) - Love it or hate it, it’s Valentine’s Day. According to “circumstances,” it can be one of the most cheerful holidays… … other times, not so much. Perhaps you’re a bit sad this year because you’re missing those good old NECCO candy conversation hearts. You’be undoubtedly heard they are MIA. No worries though, while NECCO is … Continue reading Have a weird V-Day!
- Happy Summer, Roar! (6/21/2018) - It’s here! It’s officially summer, and that means that it’s time for summer traditions like barbecues, vacations and loving or hating the newest summer blockbusters. For better or worse, they are here, too — it’s time to either rejoice and head to the nearest cineplex or cringe with derision and run away from the latest … Continue reading Happy Summer, Roar!
- Happy Holi! (3/20/2019) - It’s finally here — this year the vernal equinox falls on Wednesday, March 20th, so that means it’s time to celebrate the arrival of Spring! Of course, many cultures have traditions to welcome the season, but the one that strikes me as the most beautiful is Holi. It’s also known as the “Festival of Colors” … Continue reading Happy Holi!
- Happy Coaster Day! (8/16/2019) - Friday, August 16th is National Roller Coaster Day, so let’s celebrate! Humm, but how do we do that? The simplest thing would be to watch a silly little animated 360° video for a minute or so. Here’s one, but beware — watching it all the way through for three minutes is NOT recommended — if … Continue reading Happy Coaster Day!
- Halloween@NASA (10/31/2019) - The folks at NASA love Halloween, and they do something to celebrate every year. For example, the engineers at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab have been holding a pumpkin carving contest for almost a decade, and stories about their ingenuity invariably make it into the news. Here’s a video from Wired about their 2016 competition. Here’s … Continue reading Halloween@NASA
- Gulliver’s Gate (9/20/2017) - Remember when you read or watched Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (Wikipedia). Did you ever think it would be cool to see the world from the Lilliputian’s perspective? Well, now you can, and you can even take a trip around the world in 80 minutes to boot 🙂 All you have to do is visit Gulliver’s … Continue reading Gulliver’s Gate
- Great Blobs (12/31/2019) - This is the time of year when you see the words “Best of” quite a lot. No matter what you care about, someone somewhere is going to publish something about the “best of 2019” or even the “best of the decade” for that thing. For example, I pay a lot of attention to science, so … Continue reading Great Blobs
- Gone Beaching! (7/4/2019) - It’s high summer here in North America, and it’s also the time for “official” national holidays, so a lot of people are hanging up their proverbial gone fishing signs. However, I tend to be more the type to hang up a gone beaching sign. Since I live in the Boston area, and I’m also a … Continue reading Gone Beaching!
- Goat Yoga? (12/12/2018) - Feeling a little stressed out by the holiday season and end of year rush? Need a quick relaxation break? How about a bit of goat yoga? Wait, Goat Yoga? If you haven’t heard of it yet, then it might strike you as a bit strange, but it’s become a real craze over the last year … Continue reading Goat Yoga?
- Go for a fly! (1/17/2019) - Want a quick break? Why go for a walk or coffee when you go for a fly instead? Here are some short 360° videos that will have you soaring like a bird in a jiffy! This first video from The New York Times Daily 360 will take you paragliding over Peru. Next, this video from … Continue reading Go for a fly!
- Go for a float! (3/12/2020) - Feeling stressed out about COVID-19, the economy, politics and other such stuff? How about getting away from it all by going for a nice, virtual float? Imagine hearing … Good afternoon passengers. This is your captain speaking. I would like to welcome everyone to your weightless flight. We are cruising at an altitude of 25,000 … Continue reading Go for a float!
- Get your green on! (3/17/2018) - It’s finally time for green in the northern hemisphere — next week is the official start of spring, and tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day may or may not be a big deal where you are, but here in Boston it’s huge. Before getting into the Boston milieu, here’s a helpful overview of … Continue reading Get your green on!
- Furby Hacking (5/10/2019) - It’s odd how some toy fads come and go as one hit wonders while others seem to stick around and take on a life of their own. Of course, there’s no question that one of the oddest toys with the longest track record is Hasbro’s Furby. Whether you’re a Furby lover or hater, you have … Continue reading Furby Hacking
- Fairy Chimneys (7/12/2019) - I was searching YouTube when a video about “fair chimneys” came up in my results. It sounded so whimsical, I couldn’t resist checking it out. It turns out that fairy chimneys are geological formations, also known as hoodoos, that form within sedimentary and volcanic rock in dry, hot areas around the world. While that may … Continue reading Fairy Chimneys
- F.L.Wright (De)Tours (9/27/2019) - It never ceases to amaze me how clicking on an innocent little link to a news story can turn into an unexpected, intriguing adventure. For example, this week I clicked on a link to this story about a Frank Lloyd Wright house that will be going on the market in October. A Frank Lloyd Wright … Continue reading F.L.Wright (De)Tours
- Extreme Biking, Artfully! (4/12/2019) - This week I came across something that I thought was fairly unique. There is a Scottish BMX rider by the name of Kriss Kyle that has elevated his extreme biking into an art. Here’s a video published by Red Bull that starts out with a brief introduction to the young man and then transitions into … Continue reading Extreme Biking, Artfully!
- Everybody Dance Now! (11/3/2017) - While foraging for a fun weekend news story to share, I came across this story that’s gone viral. A Man Has Been Fined for Singing the 90s Hit Everybody Dance Now (Eli Meixler, Time) Here’s a fresher for those of you who may not remember the original song (Wikipedia). Those of you who’ve been around … Continue reading Everybody Dance Now!
- Everest (5/19/2017) - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to climb Mount Everest, but just aren’t up to doing it yourself? Well, about a year ago Sports Illustrated and Endemol Shine Beyond sent a crew to capture three hiker’s climbing Mount Everest in 360° video, and now you can experience the result. Here is a … Continue reading Everest
- Elton’s Busy Week (2/2/2018) - Elton John’s in the news! First, he performed Tiny Dancer with Miley Cyrus at the Grammys. Then he formally announced what he says will be his final world tour entitled Farewell Yellow Brick Road. The three year tour will kick off in September, and it will include more than 300 shows across five continents. In … Continue reading Elton’s Busy Week
- Dogs at Museums (3/26/2018) - Dogs and museums are things that you don’t expect to see in the same sentence very often. However, if you live in the Boston area, then you might have seen them together in the headlines twice lately. The most recent example is the press coverage of the new Museum of Dog that just opened in … Continue reading Dogs at Museums
- Dive-in-Art (7/11/2017) - Check out this video from the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival held last weekend. There are a ton of YouTube videos about the 33 year old fest, and here’s an article about it. Watch An Underwater Music Festival ‘Make Waves’ for Reef Protection (Florida Keys News Bureau) You might think that this event is pretty … Continue reading Dive-in-Art
- Cuttle Vision (1/10/2020) - Cuttlefish are odd creatures, so news stories about them tend to be interesting. However, a story about them that’s going a bit viral is downright amusing! As you can see from the image in this video from The Guardian, some scientists wanted to find out whether or not cuttlefish have stereoscopic vision (like humans do), … Continue reading Cuttle Vision
- Cute Critter Break (2/20/2018) - Here in Boston they have a tradition known as February Break (WGBH) — it’s a lot like a Spring Break, but early. It tends to make me itch for a real Spring Break, early. Soon enough! In the meantime, I couldn’t resist compiling about 10 minutes worth of 360° Videos featuring baby animals so that … Continue reading Cute Critter Break
- Creepy Old Bots (10/26/2018) - Before there were robots, there were automata. Automata are old-fashioned robot like contraptions, and they tend to make the news from time to time. The latest example is this 360° video featurette from the BBC about The House of Automata. Personally, I found the creatures in the video a bit creepy, and it turns out … Continue reading Creepy Old Bots
- Cosma’s Virtual Zoo (11/22/2018) - I’ve been updating the pages on Cosma related to nature for quite awhile. It’s been lots of fun, and I must confess that it probably took longer than it should have. That’s because there are a ridiculous number of great animal videos on YouTube — no surprise, the growing cache of 360° videos are particularly … Continue reading Cosma’s Virtual Zoo
- Cirque du Soleil Sampler (12/1/2017) - They’ve done it again! Cirque du Soleil has once again raised the bar in innovative uses for 360° Video. This time they created this fantastic compilation of four trailers for the virtual experiences that they’ve produced in collaboration with Felix and Paul Studios. You can see all of the 360° Video trailers on their VR … Continue reading Cirque du Soleil Sampler
- Chess on Ice (12/17/2017) - The other day I was grabbing a snack at a local sport’s pub when I noticed what struck me as an odd scene on one of the TVs. At first glance it looked like a couple of people encouraging a large, mobile Pet Rock to win a race. Of course, the sport was Curling, and … Continue reading Chess on Ice
- Catch some waves! (4/26/2019) - Want a quick mini-vacation? Check out this 360° video of tuberiding. It’s beautiful, but as you looked around, did you notice that there’s no surfer in the video? I didn’t realize, at first, that it’s a promo for a game called Virtual Surfing. So, while it’s awesome that it’s so realistic, it’s not real. On … Continue reading Catch some waves!
- Bunny Fix! (4/10/2020) - The next few days would normally be when you would expect to see tons of news stories about Easter eggs and adorable bunnies. Of course, this year, not so much. Still, despite the somber mood, or maybe because of it, I needed an Easter egg and bunny fix! Easter eggs are doable at home, and … Continue reading Bunny Fix!
- Bit o’ Whimsy (10/11/2018) - I’ve just come across a tiny bit of whimsy, and I can’t resist sharing it. Here’s a short 360° video that’s a lovely tribute to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. As you watch it, you will see that it’s an ad for makeup from Clé de Peau Beauté for their Unlock Wonderland holiday campaign. … Continue reading Bit o’ Whimsy
- Bit O’ Friday Fun (5/24/2019) - How about a few minutes of nostalgic fun? Check out these vintage games that have been re-created as 360° videos. If you happen to be of “a certain age,” then you’re sure to get a kick out of them, and if you’re not, then they might still serve as a bit o’ “morbid curiosity” fun … Continue reading Bit O’ Friday Fun
- Best cat toy? (7/21/2017) - This site doesn’t usually deal in silly internet memes (list) like cute cat videos, but it is Friday, and this character on YouTube called FlippyCat went and posted this awesome 360° Video. If the think the dominoes art part is cool, and you want to waste more time, head on over and check out the … Continue reading Best cat toy?
- Belize Blues (3/1/2019) - Given the weather in Boston, it’s no shocker that a story about Belize caught my eye. It was about Belize’s Great Blue Hole, and more specifically, about a mission to explore it that took place late last year. The mission got a lot of attention at the time because the crew included Richard Branson and … Continue reading Belize Blues
- Beach Gazes (7/2/2017) - You know those “virtual fireplace videos” that you can play in the winter to feel all warm and cozy? Yes, there’s even a 360° VideosYouTube Channel for that 🙂 Well, there are some 360° Videos made to serve a similar purpose in the summer, so you can kick back, relax and imagine some sand between … Continue reading Beach Gazes
- Barnum’s Critters (8/24/2018) - Barnum’s animals have escaped! Here’s an update about the situation from Inside Edition. Of course, unlike the iconic crackers themselves, the news about them is bittersweet because The Greatest Show on Earth ceased operation back in May 2017. Have you ever wondered what happened to Barnum & Bailey’s real animals? Here’s a short segment from … Continue reading Barnum’s Critters
- At the Ballpark… (8/4/2017) - Did you see that catch? If you follow baseball, then you know which one, but for those of you who don’t, check out this video of Austin Jackson’s epic catch at Fenway Park this week. Needless to say there’s a bunch of fans who are going to have to revise their Greatest Catches Videos (YouTube). … Continue reading At the Ballpark…
- Around the world in… (10/27/2017) - Once upon a time, way back in the Victorian era a hundred years ago when Jules Verne was writing Around the World in Eighty Days, it took a little while to even vicariously circumnavigate the world by reading about it. These days, thanks to professional video productions from groups like Travel Channel and Lonely Planet, … Continue reading Around the world in…
- Armchair Getaways! (12/10/2018) - Here in the upper Northern Hemisphere, it isn’t just the season to celebrate holidays and be merry — ’tis also the season to dream of post-holiday getaways! That’s particularly true for me right now, because I’ve spent the last few weeks updating all of the pages on Cosma about exotic places around the world. Poor … Continue reading Armchair Getaways!
- 360+Fun=Philharmonics (10/25/2019) - I came across a fun find on my weekly fishing expedition for 360° videos, and I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a fairly unusual publicity stunt. Here’s the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s recent performance of Borodin whilst inside a passenger capsule on the London Eye. It was intended to promote their 2019-20 Season. It was an … Continue reading 360+Fun=Philharmonics
- 2016 ICYMI (12/30/2016) - Remember how the buzz at the beginning of the year was that 2016 would be “The Year” that immersive 3D, 360° and VR media would go mainstream? Well, did it? Is everyone you know talking about it? Well, err, in all honesty, if you are not an extreme geek and earlier adopter, probably not. If … Continue reading 2016 ICYMI
- “Hollywood Homes” (11/6/2018) - This week there was a media blitz about the Brady Bunch having a reunion at the home that appeared in the series. In truth, it was basically a publicity stunt to promote a HGTV project called A Very Brady Renovation. If you missed the story, and you’re a fan, or just morbidly curious about how … Continue reading “Hollywood Homes”
- NXIVM Founder Keith Raniere Apologizes for Role...by Natalie Oganesyan on October 24, 2020 at 12:52 am
In an NBC News exclusive interview, NXIVM founder Keith Raniere apologized for his role in “all of this pain and suffering” as the leader of the cult that made headlines for being charged with sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy and is the subject of HBO’s “The Vow.” Raniere, who has not spoken out publicly since
- New ‘Borat’ Film Opens with Blackface Content...by Janet Lee on October 24, 2020 at 12:24 am
Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” sequel opens with a blackface content warning from its distributor, Amazon Studios. The mockumentary’s content warning points out the film’s depictions of “sexuality, drug use, foul language, nudity, blackface” — basically about what you’d expect from a “Borat” film. Less than five minutes into “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” Borat (Baron Cohen) makes
- Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘Fantastic’...by Janet Lee on October 24, 2020 at 12:23 am
Arnold Schwarzenegger “feels fantastic” after undergoing heart surgery to replace an aortic valve — the second time that he’s had heart surgery in the past two years. The 73-year-old actor/politician announced his recovery via Twitter on Friday afternoon with a photo from his hospital bed and noted that he’s been walking the streets of Cleveland
- Verzuz Co-Founder Swizz Beatz’s New Obsession:...by Jem Aswad on October 23, 2020 at 11:53 pm
Swizz Beatz has a lot going on: Not only is he co-founder of Verzuz, the popular online DJ battle series, he’s a successful music producer (Jay-Z, Nas, DMX), he’s married to Alicia Keys and the two of them have built a formidable art collection. Having discussed Verzuz at length with him earlier this year, we
- Taika Waititi to Executive Produce Sundance Labs...by jazztangcay on October 23, 2020 at 11:49 pm
Oscar-winning writer and director Taika Waititi has signed on to executive produce “Frybread Face and Me.” The film follows two adolescent Navajo cousins from different worlds who bond during a summer herding sheep on their grandmother’s ranch in Arizona while learning more about their family’s past and themselves. Written and directed by Native American filmmaker