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Benjamin Starr

About Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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A Radical Wooden Roadster Built from Plans (in 1959)

Thursday 11.20.2014 , Posted by
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If you were “the least bit handy with ordinary tools and not afraid to get your hands dirty” you could build the car in these pictures, read an article in the September 1956 issue of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. We’re pretty sure you’d need to be more than “the least bit” skilled to build this from the minimal plans, but we won’t fault the author on his choice of interesting cars. The extremely low-slung roadster was built like a boat, out of materials people would be familiar with: plywood panels covered with mahogany. Now that’s different. [Read more…]

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Is This How Millennials Will Save the World? It’s Beautifully Simple, and Incredibly Lazy.

Thursday 11.20.2014 , Posted by
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They’ve been called the “selfie generation,” lazy, entitled and worse. But as this beautiful video explores, maybe there’s more to millennials. They’re “digital natives,” born into the first generation that grew up surrounded by digital technologies with no need to adapt. Able to harness the power of the online world in ways unimaginable be previous generations, they look to social media and high-tech solutions to make the biggest difference with the smallest effort. And while people may accuse them of being lazy, time and again the data has shown that they value social good over personal profit. [Read more…]

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A World Filled with Light and Love, Illustrated by Pascal Campion

Wednesday 11.19.2014 , Posted by
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Illustrator Pascal Campion has a big heart, and every one of his artworks shows it. That’s saying a lot too, because he’s amassed well over 3000 sketches since he started his Sketch of the Day project in 2006. At that point in his life he was short on time, but starting that challenging project has garnered him more exposure and fans (he calls them friends) than he could ever have expected. Just take a look at this small selection of his work and you’ll easily see why. [Read more…]

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Tales of Auto Elasticity: Hyper-Realistic Pickup Truck Renderings in Impossible Curves

Tuesday 11.18.2014 , Posted by
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3D artist Chris LaBrooy takes the form of classic pickup trucks and bends them to his will in his incredibly surreal images. Truck beds stretch into long curving loops, interlocking with other pickups in impossible looking assemblages. As much as these appear to be sculptures (…how amazing would they be?!), they are actually hyper-realistic digital renderings from his series Tales of Auto Elasticity. [Read more…]

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Thomas Richner Built a Millennium Falcon from a Basement Full of Cardboard Boxes

Monday 11.17.2014 , Posted by
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…in a basement far, far away (well actually Columbus, Ohio), animation artist Thomas Richner had a big mess of boxes to clean up. He had two options: recycle them responsibly, or build a 5 foot long model of the Millennium Falcon. We’re sure glad they didn’t go to waste.

One hundred and forty hours later (and a whole lot of glue) the Star Wars model is complete, and so realistic it almost looks like a still from the movie when filmed in front of a green screen. Let’s take a trip through Richner’s process from humble start to hyperdrive finish. [Read more…]

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New Music Video Shot at Nights by Absolut in New York City, Feat. Magic! “Rude” (Zedd Remix)

Monday 11.17.2014 , Posted by
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With their new Nights by Absolut initiative, Absolut is infusing creativity into nightlife events and bringing cutting edge audio/visual artists into the mix (like earlier this month when they teamed up with Andy Warhol). At their inaugural event in New York City on September 12, Absolut collaborated with the team at Vita Motus to create an all-encompassing experience on the waterfront of Brooklyn – not to mention a stunning display by the New York City skyline. This video, filmed while the event was going down, features the Zedd Remix of Magic!’s “Rude”. Don’t miss another night, check out what’s happening at vice.com/absolut. [Read more…]

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For His Wife’s Birthday, This Husband Commissioned 23 Artists to Make Portraits of Their Baby

Friday 11.14.2014 , Posted by
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Husbands take note: this is master level gift giving! Chicago-based photographer Ernst Berlin (or Rezinatoriously on Reddit) decided to give his wife an incredible gift for her first birthday with their newborn son, Jacob. To create what he wanted he enlisted the help of the talented people at RedditGetsDrawn, where he commissioned 23 artists to make portraits of his 8-month-old son. He gave everyone 2 months to complete their work, and 40 photos to choose from. The results are truly magical. [Read more…]

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Icelandic Twin Girls in Beautiful & Haunting Photographs by Ariko Inaoka

Thursday 11.13.2014 , Posted by
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Every year since 2009, identical twins Erna and Hrefna are visited by Japanese photographer Ariko Inaoka at their home in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland. Spending 3 or 4 weeks with them each summer, Inaoka’s beautiful and surreal images capture the growing girls and their wonderfully unique relationship with each other–which sometimes borders on the telepathic. [Read more…]

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Watch This Swiss Cyclist Absolutely Crush a Ferrari on a Rocket-Powered Bicycle

Thursday 11.13.2014 , Posted by
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Forget pedaling. Swiss cyclist François Gissy hit a blistering 207 MPH on his rocket-powered bicycle, setting a new world record. He performed the stunt November 7th at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, running a number of test laps on his lightly modified bike before going for top speed. His time to reach it? Just 4.8 seconds! [Read more…]

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A Human Catapult Launches Base Jumpers, Angry Birds Style

Wednesday 11.12.2014 , Posted by
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After news leaked around the web, the Flying Frenchies have released a quick teaser of their recent high flying antics. This time around they’ve built a human-sized catapult on the top of towering cliffs. Instead of “Angry Birds,” this should be called “Crazy Humans.”

A full-length film created with 30 people over 3 months will be coming soon… and they promise a catapult wasn’t the only thing they took up the cliffs. [Read more…]

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