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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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Iconic Western Stories & Fairy Tales Get an Eastern Makeover

Friday 12.19.2014 , Posted by
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South Korean illustrator Na Young Wu has been re-imagining western characters and fairy tales in a delightfully eastern fashion. From the Little Mermaid to Little Red Riding Hood, you’ve never seen the classics like this before. Using the Korean “manhwa” style, she gives each iconic story a makeover using traditional Korean costumes, hairstyles and themes. [Read more…]

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PrintSnap: A Home-Built Camera That Prints on Receipt Paper (and Almost for Free)

Thursday 12.18.2014 , Posted by
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Holding a physical photograph is a rarity in this age of digital photography, but Seattle-based electrical engineer Michael Ciuffo has come up with an unusual way to put lots of images on paper for very, very little cash. He’s using an ordinary roll of receipt paper as his instant film. [Read more…]

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Now Derby the Dog Can Run With 3D Printed Legs

Thursday 12.18.2014 , Posted by
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Derby the dog was born with significantly deformed front legs, but that never stopped him from having a happy attitude or the tenacity to move around in the world. Until recently, that meant uncomfortably hobbling around on his short front legs, or using an awkward cart that limited his mobility. That was until Tara Anderson, director of 3D Systems came to the rescue. Using their ProJet 5500X, the team has created a set of custom tailored prosthetic legs perfectly suited to Derby’s condition. Just look how he gets around now [Read more…]

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Bridges on Euro Banknotes Were Fictional, But This Dutch Designer Built Them Anyway

Wednesday 12.17.2014 , Posted by
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In designing the new Euro banknotes released in 2002, Austrian designer Robert Kalina purposely created fictitious bridges to represent architectural styles through European history. It was deemed a good idea to keep things generic and not show favoritism for any member country in the EU’s newly formed Eurozone. Now, Dutch designer Robin Stam has turned that idea on its head.

“The European Bank didn’t want to use real bridges so I thought it would be funny to claim the bridges and make them real [Read more…]

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Photographer Builds Detailed Sets in the Streets of New York (Then Leaves Them for People to Enjoy)

Wednesday 12.17.2014 , Posted by
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Walk down the street in New York and you could see a living room, bedroom or bathroom right on the sidewalk. It’s an ongoing art project from photographer Justin Bettman and stylist Gozde Eker called Set in the Street. It sees the duo building elaborate sets right out in the open using discarded materials and furniture. In fact, most of their materials are found on the street and have simply changed locations. [Read more…]

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A 6-Minute Supercut of 2014’s Best Videos

Tuesday 12.16.2014 , Posted by
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2014 was a banner year for viral videos, and Luc Bergeron (aka Zapatou) has put a gigantic sampling together for his annual supercut “Best of Web”. This year he’s stitched together a whopping 233 viral video clips to create 6 minutes of non-stop action. Here’s a video that will overwhelm you with the experiences of life, give you a gigantic smile and make you want to go out and adventure. [Read more…]

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Remember Those Artists Who Were Connecting With Andy Warhol’s Spirit? Here’s What Happened.

Tuesday 12.16.2014 , Posted by
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In October we told you about a project to bring back the spirit of Andy Warhol at an exceptionally unique NYC nightlife experience. Well, it happened, and it was as bizarre and avant-garde as we’d hoped. Andy Warhol would be pleased. [Read more…]

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Filmed on Super 8, This Retro Video Will Make You Want to Go Outside and Tear It Up

Monday 12.15.2014 , Posted by
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“Ski Boys” is one of those celluloid treats which inspires through its sheer exuberance. This video will make you want to run outside, find some nature and do some high kicks… just for the heck of it. Filmed by the crew at Vancouver, British Columbia film production studio Zenga Bros., the retro masterpiece captures the crew’s antics on an 8-foot toboggan fitted with roller skate wheels, catching air in a flying squirrel suit, and riding a fleet of unusual home-made mutant bicycles. [Read more…]

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A 1000-Piece CMYK Color Gamut Puzzle (With Each Piece a Different Hue)

Monday 12.15.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re obsessed with colors you’re in for a treat. It has been called “part objet d’art, part meditative practice,” Clemens Habicht’s puzzle consists of 1000 pieces, all with an individual hue from the CMYK color gamut. [Read more…]

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This Platform Can Balance Things Way Better Than You Can

Sunday 12.14.2014 , Posted by
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As part of their senior project, two Mechanical Engineering students at San Jose State University designed a platform that is more than a little good at balancing a steel ball bearing… even when someone tries to push it off. Tyler Kroymann and Robert Dee built the platform as a proof-of-concept for their impressive 6 degree-of-freedom (DOF) platform to simulate driving motions in racing games. Using a 6 DOF platform controlled by model airplane servos and topped with a resistive touch panel mounted on the platform as input, they used PID control algorithms to teach the system to balance. Yes, it’s quite complex, but the way this machine behaves looks deceptively simple: [Read more…]

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