Category Archives: Cute

Cute Video of the Day, 1 August 2017 — In a Heartbeat

In a Heartbeat, an animated short created by Beth David and Esteban Bravo as their senior thesis at the Ringling College of Art and Design, was posted on YouTube yesterday. In its first day online, it has reached 3.5 million views.

As MTV News describes it, “In a Heartbeat follows a closeted boy named Sherwin whose heart literally pops out of his chest to chase after the boy of his dreams, Jonathan. At the risk of being outed by his own heart, Sherwin must track down his heart before it reveals to his crush how he really feels. There’s no dialogue in the four-minute short, but that doesn’t matter. The raw emotion of Sherwin’s struggle bursts off the screen.”

Symmetry Breakfasts — Breakfast as an Art Form

One morning back in 2013, Michael Zee made breakfast for himself and his boyfriend, Mark. When he plated the meal, he noticed it was symmetrical, and took a picture of it with his IPhone.

That was the first of several hundred symmetrical breakfasts.

Zee, who was teaching at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, started posting the pictures to his Instagram feed, where they went viral. As I write this, he’s published images of 1,297 breakfasts, and has acquired almost 700,000 followers.

He still gets up by five every morning, to prepare an often elaborate and always beautiful meal. His breakfasts are literally works of art.

(Me, I’m not a morning person—I often get less done in a whole day than some people do before breakfast. If I have any breakfast at all, it’s either a warmed croissant with lots of Irish butter, or cereal with cream (real creamnot skimmed milk, not 2% milk), and some combination of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, golden raisins, and bananas, which some judgmental people have been known to describe as my “wake-up dessert.”)*

Last year Zee published a book called SymmetryBreakfast, which contains both gorgeous pictures of meals, and 100 of the recipes that produced them. You can see the full collection of Zee’s images on his Instagram feed at  Symmetrybreakfast.

All the photos here were found on the web.

*Ummmm, butter and cream. Gotta keep those cholesterol levels in the “Who wants to live forever?” territory.

Last Chance to See Bao Bao

Remember Logan’s Run, the 1970s dystopian science fiction movie? When characters in the film turned 30, they were made to ride the Carousel for a ritual “renewal”.  And after that, they were never seen again.

Something similar happens to pandas at the National Zoo.

Through an oversight on the part of the authors of the Constitution, pandas born at the Zoo do not automatically gain US citizenship, despite being born on American soil. Fixing this should be a priority in any immigration reform legislation.

In addition to paying a million dollars a year to “rent” adult pandas from China, the Zoo is charged an extra one-time “baby tax” of between $400,000 and $600,000 for any panda born at the Zoo.

And sometime between the baby’s third and fourth birthday, it’s sent to China.

Bao Bao, the Zoo’s female giant panda cub, was born on 23 August 2013. This will be her last weekend in Washington. She’ll be shipped to China by FedEx on 21 February 2017.

The Zoo has posted a Schedule of Events for these last few days, including the times when Bao Bao will be given her daily treats, which will be viewable on the live Panda Cams.

On 21 February 2017 departure date, the Zoo will be closed to the public from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can watch Bao Bao’s exit on the National Zoo’s Facebook page, which will show her 10 a.m. departure from the Zoo and her 1:30 p.m. departure from Dulles Airport. All times EST.

(All photos from the National Zoo)