The best ads of 2023 you haven’t seen

Plus, cool indie games.
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Holiday Trivia:

How fast would Santa have to travel to deliver all of the presents in one night?

Hint: Guess, and then guess faster.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

Looking at the stars through a puddle of mercury | Popular Science

“It’s pretty easy to imagine carving glass to make parts for a piece of technology. We see them everyday — in eyeglasses, in microscopes in high school chemistry classes, and even in most telescopes. But astronomers have done something a bit different. They’ve made a telescope with a far weirder component: liquid mercury. The International Liquid Mirror Telescope (ILMT), situated atop a mountain in the Himalayas, has a spinning vat of liquid mercury as its mirror. This international project — a collaboration between India, Belgium, Poland, Uzbekistan, and Canada — recently successfully observed its first supernova, illustrating that these fluid marvels can be used for modern astronomy.”

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Hidden gems: the 10 best ads of 2023 you haven't seen | AdWeek

“Every year at this time, Adweek rounds up the best ads from the previous 12 months and, not surprisingly, those highlighted often reflect or foreshadow winners in prestigious industry contests. This list is different. Many of these innovative, under-the-radar ads come from independent agencies deftly stretching shoestring budgets. That, in our opinion, often makes for the best work. It also means that the spots — for both small brands and household names — may have gone unnoticed by the public and the awards industrial complex.”

Magical Christmas markets around the world: photos | Nice News

“The most wonderful time of the year is here: City streets are sparkling, festive songs are playing on repeat, and Christmas markets are opening their doors, transporting visitors to snow globe-like whimsical wonderlands that look like pages pulled from a storybook. From the ‘Capital of Christmas’ in Europe to unique celebrations in Africa and Asia, there are countless holiday markets across the world that go all out to celebrate the season. Think: massive Christmas trees, trombone concerts, gingerbread homes, and twinkling lights. So if you’ve been looking for inspiration to add to your travel bucket list, or want to soak up some holiday magic from the comfort of your couch, check out these 23 annual Christmas markets.”

MSCHF - It's ACTUALLY a MILLION Dollars... [Partner]

The 2 Million Dollar Puzzle is a 500 piece QR code puzzle, that when scanned, reveals a prize of up to $1,000,000! Yes, you read that right, one MILLION dollars! But hey, if you don't win the biggest prize - $10,000, $100,000, $250,000, and $500,000 all sound pretty great to us too...


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20 cool indie games you won't see at the Game Awards | Kotaku

“We are now blessed with not one but two annual Day of the Devs indie game showcases, and the latest one lives up to the event’s reputation. Anytime I start to feel a little down about the capital-G Game Industry, showcases like this remind me of all the terrific developers out there working to pursue their intimate and original creations. You can click through the slideshow above to see each game highlighted in the presentation, or watch the entire livestream below, complete with a beautiful and haunting lo-fi intro from the Oxenfree II: Lost Signals soundtrack and bookended by a mini-cozy showcase from the Wholesome Games group..”

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The answer: 1.56 x 106 m/s, or 0.5% the speed of light

The answer:1.56 x 106 m/s, or 0.5% the speed of light

According to the University of Leicester website: “On Christmas Eve night, Santa Claus and his reindeer fly around the world delivering gifts to millions of children in preparation for Christmas Day. But just how fast does Santa Claus have to travel in order to achieve this amazing feat? Well, three University of Leicester physics students, Arcchana Gajendran, Shannon Madden and Ridda Mahmood have calculated just that. They assumed a travel time for Santa Claus of 12 hours, although taking into account time zones and presuming he travels from east to west, he would have an additional 24 hours to complete the task. Using these figures, Santa Claus would have to travel at a speed of 1.56 x 106 m/s. That’s about 0.5% the speed of light. ”