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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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A Handsome Bespoke Chair, Built Like a Bicycle

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Inspired by the master bicycle builders of old, Andrew McDonald and Simon Taylor of Two Makers, have created a handcrafted chair built from bicycle parts. Using the traditional frame building techniques of cycling’s glorious past, the Randonneur Chair appropriates the time honed functionality found on classic bikes, applying it to a chair form that exudes bespoke British craftsmanship. Plus, finding ways to use the seat mounted ‘tool bag’ and bottle cages would be really good fun. [Read more...]

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These are the Patterns Wings Trace in Flight

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Although many animals take flight, they don’t do it in exactly the same way. That’s what Eleanor Lutz’ exceptional animated infographic shows us. She’s taken the flight patterns of 5 different species – egyptian fruit bat, dragonfly, Canada goose, hawk moth and hummingbird – and used Youtube videos to give us a look at how their wings move. [Read more...]

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Hundreds of Mountaineers Pose for Incredible Photos in the Alps (No, It’s Not Photoshop)

Monday 09.29.2014 , Posted by
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Towering mountains are often breathtaking, but these images have something more. Swiss photographer Robert Bösch has been traveling to snowy, high-altitude peaks – often bringing along a huge crew of mountaineers that can number in the hundreds. There, the red suited crew create impressively choreographed images that interact with the tall peaks, sheer cliffs and white snow fields that surround them. No. None of these images are digitally manipulated. [Read more...]

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These Dioramas Look Real… Until the Artist Puts His Hand in the Shot

Monday 09.29.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ll humor me, I’d like to call these tiny dioramasminiature miniatures.” Japanese artist Satoshi Araki’s teeny tiny models are rich in detail, so much in fact, that they look like reality when captured under his careful lighting. But then he puts his finger in the shot and their true scale is revealed. Impressive. [Read more...]

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