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Things “Gone Girl” Director David Fincher Doesn’t Do

Monday 10.06.2014 , Posted by
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The new movie “Gone Girl” from director David Fincher is an absolute must see – and for far more reasons than its masterful story. (You won’t find any spoilers here… we’d hate to ruin it) What makes the film a resounding success is broken down here by Every Frame a Picture’s Tony Zhou – who points out that Fincher’s directing style often finds its strength in the limitations he sets. In this kind of film-making, smart restraint trumps unhindered excess. [Read more...]

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This TED-Ed Video Asks Why We Feel Sad… And Should We Really Worry About It?

Saturday 10.04.2014 , Posted by
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Everyone feels sad from time to time. It’s a natural part of our human experience. And while today we mostly look for ways to overcome sadness or even get rid of it all together, it hasn’t always been viewed as something to banish.

This video from TED-Ed asks what melancholy actually is, and what (if anything) we should do about it. Courtney Stephens guides us through a short-history of our still evolving understanding of sadness, and hints at reasons it may even be useful. [Read more...]

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Springfield from The Simpsons Illustrated as a Dark and Moody Town

Friday 10.03.2014 , Posted by
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No matter how dark the humor on the Simpsons’ can get, the iconic show always has that bright cheery aesthetic we’ve grown to love. Austin-based artist and illustrator Tim Doyle had another look in mind when he started his UnReal Estate series back in 2012, re-envisioning the worlds of fictional television shows as dark and rundown places. His Simpsons-themed work is fantastically moody and might give you the impression Springfield is far from fictional. [Read more...]

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Video Shows How the Desk Changed in 30 Years (and What Apps Replaced Each Tool)

Friday 10.03.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve gone from fax machines and a rolodex, to PDFs and Facebook in a few short years. It wasn’t long ago when desks were completely covered with the tools needed to get work done. A stapler, paper clips, a phone book, and a whole lot more needed to fit in that space. In contrast, today’s desk is one that largely features a few choice items: a laptop, a smart phone and a big cup of coffee. This clever video from the Harvard Innovation Lab explores that desktop evolution from the early ‘80s through today, visualizing each tool as it is recontextualized into the app-based equivalent we use now. [Read more...]

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Beautiful Paragliding Aerobatics and the Sounds of Flying Free

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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Few activities get you closer to being a bird than paragliding. Just climb a mountain carrying a backpack that holds your winds, and off you go into the sky. Théo de Blic has been piloting on his own since he was just 12, and in this stunning video filmed by Shams, his aerobatic skill in the air is put on display. Their video, Sound of Paragliding, is a feast of beauty for the eyes… and the ears. [Read more...]

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This Drone Flew So Close to a Volcano, The Camera Melted

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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Not long ago, getting close-up footage of a volcano’s fiery caldera meant donning a silver heat protective suit and risking your life. Now, it only risks your gear. Drone company DJI recently sent their team to Iceland, along with director of aerial imaging, Eric Cheng. There he flew one of their Phantom 2’s so close to the erupting volcano Bardarbunga that the front of the camera melted. [Read more...]

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This New Book Features the Darkest LEGOs We’ve Ever Seen

Wednesday 10.01.2014 , Posted by
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These certainly aren’t your kid’s LEGOs. Famed brick building artist and author Mike Doyle is back with another book of LEGO-based art – this time with a decidedly spooky theme. With chapters titled Creepy Crawlers, Dark Towers, Indulgences, Evil Attunement, Pits of Fire, and even Riot Girls, the new book, called Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark, is decidedly lacking in fairy tale castles or race cars. [Read more...]

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Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean) Hilariously Invades Famous Paintings

Wednesday 10.01.2014 , Posted by
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It would be just like Mr. Bean to accidentally get his portrait painted by a classic master… and that’s a bit what it looks like here. In his half hilarious/half disturbing series, caricaturist Rodney Pike has been inserting the face of Rowan Atkinson into the works of classic masters. The actor suddenly sports the wig of George Washington (and a knowing look) and then becomes Rembrandt looking rather nonplussed. It’s utterly bizarre and fantastic. [Read more...]

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These Artists are Bringing Andy Warhol Back for a One-of-a-Kind Live Collaboration

Wednesday 10.01.2014 , Posted by
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Only icons stand the test of time, and this is one of them. 28 years ago, Andy Warhol collaborated with Absolut to create its Absolut Warhol painting. Now on October 1, Absolut will try to connect with him once again. [Read more...]

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Hammocks in the Air at the International Highline Meeting

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Ah, there’s nothing quite like lounging in a hammock, the wind whistling through your hair, hundreds of feet in the air. Hold on… hundreds of feet? That was the scene this year at the International Highline Meeting. An event that brings together high altitude thrill seekers from around the world and took place this time at Monte Piana in north-eastern Italy. [Read more...]

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