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Finally, All of Microsoft’s Mobile Failures Have Been Redeemed With This Windows 95 Phone

By today’s standards it was ugly, it was slow, and it was primitive, but Windows 95 was the first operating system I mastered inside and out, and I’ll always have a soft spot for Microsoft’s most memorable PC OS. That can be the only explanation for why part of me would also love suffering through a mobile version of Windows 95 on a smartphone. Read More >>

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This Captivating Sci-Fi Short Film Was Randomly Generated By a Computer

We wouldn’t blame you for thinking that Julius Horsthuis spent weeks designing and animating his sci-fi short, Fraktaal, using 3D software. But as the artist reveals, “It so happens that I’m a lazy animator.” So he instead relied on complex mathematical fractal patterns to automatically generate the alien worlds and cities visited in his film. Read More >>

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This Surreal Animation Lets You See the Sounds of Rainforest Birds

Synesthesia is a rare condition where experiencing one sense (like sound) triggers an involuntary experience of another sense (like vision). If you’ve never experienced this phenomenon yourself, this colourful abstract animation by Andy Thomas simulates what it’s like to visualise sounds. Read More >>

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Artist Recreates His Trip to Tokyo Through 30 Charming Short Animations

Having previously shown us what living in Los Angeles and New York City is like through a series of perfectly-looped GIFs, artist James Curran has now brought Tokyo to life with another adorable collection of animations, this time based on his experiences while living in Japan for a month. Read More >>

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This Guy’s Tattoos Come to Life When He Spins Around

If you’re going to endure all the pain of getting a tattoo, you probably want to ensure that whatever’s being permanently etched on your body is unique and original. So instead of a heart with a dagger through it, why not get a series of animated figures that turn you into a living zoetrope? Read More >>

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Try to Watch This Maddening Animation Without Getting Incredibly Frustrated

If you haven’t already learned that life is just a bunch of disappointments, this maddening animation by Mainframe will teach you that you don’t always get what you want. What you expect to happen in each of these vignettes never does, leaving you feeling empty, unfulfilled, and probably a little confused. [Vimeo via Likecool] Read More >>

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Watching Robots Stuck in Repetitive, Mundane Tasks Is Stressing Me Out

If you’re living under the assumption that your job could never be filled by a robot, think again. Your day-to-day routine might not seem as monotonous as the tasks that factory line robots perform, but as Michael Marczewski’s stressful short film Vicious Cycle asks, is it really? Read More >>

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This Stop-Motion Lego Ghostbusters Remake Is Full of Delightful Cameos

Lego and Ghostbusters is usually all it takes to get someone to watch your stop-motion animated film. But this short from Digital Wizards Studios—made from $100,000 (£70,150) worth of Lego bricks animated over 2,000 hours—also features numerous cameos from The Simpsons, Doctor Who, Batman, Star Wars, Marvel, and Scooby-Doo. It’s just too bad it’s only five minutes long. Read More >>

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Watch the Titanic Sink in Real Time

It’s not exactly the best pick-me-up, but if you were ever curious at just how inaccurate movies about the Titanic are, watch this animated simulation showing the infamous ocean liner sinking in real-time. You’ll just need to find a way to dodge work for two hours and forty minutes. Read More >>

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A Mesmerising Animation Shows Just How Weird Our Solar System Is

NASA’s Kepler space telescope spotted thousands of worlds during its four-year mission, proving that our galaxy is filled with planets. But even more surprising is what the Kepler database highlights about our own solar system: namely, that we’re a bunch of celestial oddballs. Read More >>

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Microsoft Tests 0.5-inch Smiley-Face Picco Desktop Screen

A miniature display just 0.5 of an inch across is being designed by Microsoft, which sees its Picco device as a animated beacon that's able to display status updates, messages and drawings of genitals from friends. Read More >>

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Watch This Etch A Sketch Tell the Story of Its Inventor

Drawning on an Etch A Sketch is hard. Well, it is if you want to do more than just make a horrible mess of angularity. But the squarish beauty of the line drawing toy is put to great use in this clever little animation that tells the story of André Cassagnes, its inventor. Read More >>

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How Life Would Look If the Moon Was as Close to Earth as the ISS

Even though it might not look like much when it's so far away, the Moon is pretty huge. In fact, if it was a little closer, as close as the ISS for example, it would monopolise the entire sky. Read More >>

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Yes! This Is Exactly Why Writing Emails Is So Horrible

I have to write a lot of emails. A lot of emails. Each and every one is like traversing the highway to hell. If you're anything like me, you know exactly why that is, but this video from Domics sums it up so perfectly it makes want to die and never write another email again. Read More >>

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The New Tintin Movie Needs to Use This Sweet Animation Video

James Curran, an animator and fan of the Tintins, cleverly created a title sequence that incorporates all 24 Tintin books somehow. It's fresh and engaging and cute and funny and reminds me of childhood. Can you make out the references? [Slim Jim Studios via The Awesomer] Read More >>