Which really came first, the ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ film or novel?

Before the first strains of Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra echoed in movie theaters (and the public consciousness for decades to come), 2001: A Space Odyssey was a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Stanley Kubrick made a lot of adjustments in his adaptation, and well give you the full tour.

2001: A Space Odyssey is a landmark in visual and cinematic storytelling, but it was a book first or not first, or simultaneously? We’re not sure. So, how did the story get from the stage to the screen? There were a lot of changes involved.

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Aunt Spots An Old $20 Desk Online And Transforms It Into A Sandpit Play Area For Her Niece

For those of us who like to refurbish or repurpose old furniture, it can be like a treasure hunt when trying to find the perfect source material.

But once you do find it either on Craigslist, at a local flea market, or even sitting on the side of the road the DIY possibilities can be seemingly endless.

In the case of Instructables user AnitaH25, she found what she thought was the perfect old desk online for only $20. Thinking she would refurbish it for her home, she made the bargain purchase.

But once she saw it up close, she realized that “it had been given a very deep, shabby chic look. There was no way [she] could restore it without spending many hours sanding.” That’s when inspiration struck.

Scroll through below to see how this clever DIY-er turned her $20 find into the perfect sandpit play area for her niece.

Would you want a piece like this in your home or your backyard? Let us know in the comments!

This Instructables user was struck by inspiration when she finally saw this $20 find up close.

She decided it would make a great sandpit play area for her 2-year-old niece.

She measured out the size of her sand container on the desktop and cut out the large rectangular hole using a jigsaw.

Knowing her young niece was far too short to reach the top of the desk as it stood, this DIY-er cut part of the bottom off of the desk.

She wanted to hide the plastic container from being seen from the front, so she added a small piece of wood and removed the entire top drawer.

She would later replace the top drawer’s facing for cosmetic purposes.

She also wanted the bottom drawer to be fully functional so that it could store plenty of sandpit toys.

This amazing aunt then stained the entire piece with dark mahogany and added two coats of varnish to protect against any outdoor elements.

The sandpit container fit perfectly so it could be covered with a plastic lid when her niece was finished playing.

She took things one step further by making a chair, too, writing, “The chair was made from the offcuts from the desk, and the legs were from an old table I repurposed in a previous project.”

In no time at all, this incredible DIY aunt had turned a boring old desk into the perfect sandpit play area for her 2-year-old niece!

What do you think of this simple but clever transformation? Do you know any kids who would enjoy playing in this sandpit? Let us know in the comments.

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Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/diy-desk-sandpit-transformation/

GoPro Hot Wheels Car Goes on Epic Joyride

Using ‘teleporting tunnels’ and creative editing, this POV Hot Wheels ride combines 8 different track sections into one epic joyride. In the video description, the team at 5MadMovieMakers add:

Each section worked on its own from tunnel to tunnel. The cart is powered entirely by gravity at all times. In total there are 11 cuts in the video, 7 between locations and 4 for slow motion footage.
The jump section and the loop section were filmed twice, once in 30 fps and again in 120 fps, and the final video cuts from the normal speed footage to the slow motion footage for the duration of both the jump and the loop.



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This Amazing Toy Line Shows That Boys Of Color Need Dolls, Too

Jennifer Pierre is flipping the notion that dolls are only for girls upside down with her new line, Melanites.

Pierre, who works closely with young boys of color, created Melanites to destroy stereotypes that constrict what masculinity can and cannot be while uplifting black and brown boyhood with her new line of dolls. 

“When we stereotype toys into [the] girl category and boy category, it’s very problematic,” Pierre told The Huffington Post in the video above. “And that polarizing effect really doesn’t allow young children to use their imagination to create different spaces based on their personality instead of their gender.”

Melanites come in four different characters with a varying range of skin tones, facial features and hair types to represent different young boys of color. Pierre told HuffPost that she hopes the doll line will help young boys see the values of themselves and everyone around them. 

“I’m creating dolls for boys because I want them to have a space that’s free of the pressures of hyper-masculinity and any other stereotype that tells them that they have to be this way or they have to express
themselves that way,” she said. 

“You can’t be what you can’t see and our stories, our lives, our history everything that encompasses who we are it needs to be accurate,
it needs to be out there, that’s why I decided to do Melanites.”

This video was produced by Felicia Kelley.

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