Video on a Budget: Using MS Paint for special effects editing

As a kid, I liked my slingshot and spent many hours practicing with a variety of ammo. However, as an adult, Joerg Sprave is nothing short of absolutely obsessed with slingshots and launchers, and his (currently) 553,302 YouTube subscribers are a testament to that fact. From high-powered, more traditional slingshots to lethal monstrosities that launch saw blades and decapitating arrows, Joerg knows how to have a good time.

So, what does a mad wood-and-rubber-band scientist do when a test goes awry and he gets nailed in the head with a fast-flying, half-inch steel ball on camera? He posts it online for the world to see, obviously! The video looks incredibly painful, but, after a little digging, I uncovered the truth. The truth of the matter is, Joerg used a little ingenuity, visual slight-of-hand, and cheap-ass-MS-Paint-wizardry to deceive the world (give or take a few billion souls). Let’s see how he did it…

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Slingshot: Facebook’s New App Takes Snapchat Head-On

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Facebook’s been expanding like no other social network before it for quite a while now; with the acquisition of apps like Instagram, or companies like Oculus, it’s clear that this is a website relentless in its business strategies. Just about a year back, Facebook attempted to purchase Snapchat for $3 billion, and Snapchat declined. After that, they successfully snagged WhatsApp in exchange for an unbelievable sum of $16 billion. And I’m not too much of an expert on the matter, but if a company’s paying four times what the Star Wars franchise was sold for for an app, it’s safe to say they’re not messing around when it comes to expansion.

Considering Snapchat turned down the company’s offers, Facebook decided to develop something of their own: a new app called Slingshot. Designed to be similar to Snapchat in terms of its basic concept, Slingshot has now officially been unveiled.

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Using A Fish Slingshot For Better Eagle Photography

I know that the first thing you did after seeing that title is looking at the date thing on your smartphone. No it is not April first.

Photographer Ken Kester from Clinton, Iowa knows how hard it is to photograph Bald Eagles, so he rigged the system. Instead of depending on luck waiting for the eagle to arrive into a comfortable shooting position, he devised the perfect mechanism to lure them.

Using A Fish Slingshot For Better Eagle Photography

Using a homemade contraption, Ken slingshots dead fish about a hundred meters away from the docs. This is far enough from the docs that the eagles feel comfy enough to snatch the fish out of the water, while close enough to allow photographers to get good shots of the birds. [Read more…]