Kremlin currents

Currently making the rounds: In response to this tweet by U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki last Thursday, Twitterdom erupted in hashtag mockery over State’s “Twitter diplomacy.”

Twitchy compiled some of the best. Here are a couple:

“Dear @statedeptspox, I’ll make this simple for you: hashtags do not equal sound foreign policy.”

“@statedeptspox@mfa_russia LIVE BY THE PROMISE OF A HASHTAG? #FightingWords#NoAllowance4Vladdy”

Vatican currents

In an interesting mix of the old with new, attendees at a centuries-old tradition used smart phones, iPads and tablets to capture images of the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Twitter hashtags included #popes2saintsPH and #PapalCanonisation.

More photos of the Vatican event here.

(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

These photos are faster than speeding bullets

Dutch photographer Lex Augusteijn has a gallery of photos in which he used high-speed cameras to capture fascinating images of a bullet cutting through water drops, dice, and other objects.

“My greatest satisfaction comes from realizing a surprising image, conveying the right mood and hopefully sparking surprise and inspiration in the viewer,” Augusteijn said.

In an article at Amusing Planet, Augusteijn explained that using a device he built himself, he takes pictures of bullets slicing through drops of water, using a normal flash to achieve very short illuminations.

“The most critical parameter in this kind of photography is timing, which is achieved by computer control of shutter, flash, valve, gun or whatever other device is used.”

“These kind of images require a lot of experimentation, dedication, patience and willingness to endlessly clean spill of liquids and debris from objects shot to pieces. Several hundreds of trial shots may be needed to get timing correct. After that, the process is pretty well controlled, and often half of the shots will be usable, with 1 out of 10 really interesting.”

View more of Lex Augusteijn’s amazing high-speed photography at his website.

(H/T: Amusing Planet)

The art of communicating

When your parents speak, listen. That’s the advice given by Lisa Abeyta who on April 24th, published a video that within its first three days captured the hearts of more than two million viewers. “My Dad with Our Dog” shows the sweet relationship between a man with Alzheimer’s and the family dog.

Anatomy lesson from the “navel” academy

These wacky guys are at it again. This time Rhett and Link have discovered their belly button. Inanity ensues! How DO these guys come up with this stuff? Check it out. More than a million others already have. I dare you not to laugh!

As zany as the duo are, Rhett and Link know how to convey a serious message using humor and hilarity. In the duo’s “I’m a Textpert” video these guys grab the attention of the “sound bite” generation with a life saving message – don’t text and drive.

Picture a cube …

How to connect deeply with people in five minutes is a game you can play that reveals a lot about yourself and others, and according to its author Oliver Emberton, has kickstarted more friendships than he can count. But to play it, you must follow his directions.

“If you’ve been playing along, this is going to be fun. If you didn’t, I must warn you: the next part ruins your ability to play this game ever again. If you won’t want to ruin it forever, go back now. Trust me. Ready? There’s no going back.”

Body camouflage

You have to look closely to see the human forms masked by the talented artistry that created these images. These trompe l’oeil images are body paintings like you’ve never seen before!

Some history about body painting: “Living on the verge of art, body paint has always been a provocative trait characteristic of either indigenous cultures or the fashion world. As time goes by, body painting is becoming increasingly popular and used in various commercial and mainstream activities. The art of body painting has diversified so much, as to have its own sub-categories, ranging over traditional body painting, fashion body painting, fine body painting and even graffiti on body. The shared trait of all body painting styles is that they use body as canvas, emphasizing the transforming potential of the human skin.

“Body painting has been around for centuries, typical for various cultures of Pacific islands, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. The Indian Mehndi is the traditional hand painting technique with henna, popular even in the western cultures today.”

Here, kitty, kitty

Give a leopard a Go-Pro and watch how curious a spotted cat can be.

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