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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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15 Famous Authors Paired with Shelter Dogs That Look Just Like Them

Thursday 12.11.2014 , Posted by
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Mark Twain once famously wrote, “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” We guess he’d be more than happy, then, with Italian photographer Dan Bannino’s dyptichs comparing famous authors to canines which have a striking resemblance. Bannino adopted his dog, Rothko, from a shelter about a year ago, and was soon inspired to create a series to give his shelter companions a voice. He calls the work “Poetic Dogs.” [Read more…]

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A Stop-Motion Animation Made from 10k Nuts

Thursday 12.11.2014 , Posted by
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Using 10,000 hex nuts and a big slab of concrete, director Will Lemke and his team created a stop-motion animation that pays tribute to the rhythms of mechanics and industry. Animated in one contiguous shot, the nuts transform from sound waves, to factories, and the tools used to build them. The entire process took 2 weeks, working 12 hours a day. [Read more…]

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Submarine Sandwich: A Brilliant Stop-Motion Followup to the Oscar-Nominated Short “Fresh Guacamole”

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , Posted by
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Stop-motion animator PES has just released his latest tasty animation, Submarine Sandwich, and like his other two food themed animations, not much is edible. The film comes as the third installment of stop-motion shorts, including “Western Spaghetti” and his Oscar nominated short “Fresh Guacamole.” At just 1 minute 40 seconds, that film holds the distinction of being the shortest ever nominated. [Read more…]

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Data Visualization 101: Bar Charts

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , Posted by
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In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Bar charts are a highly versatile way to visually communicate data. Decidedly straightforward, they can convey the message behind the numbers with impact and meaningful clarity, making complex data easy to understand at a glance. [Read more…]

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“Merry Christmas Honey! I Got You a Vacuum!” 16 Awkwardly Vintage Christmas Ads

Tuesday 12.09.2014 , Posted by
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They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to… especially when it comes to Christmas advertisements. They were sexist, weird and even downright unhealthy. So grab your matching family pajamas, light up a few smokes, and take a trip down memory lane with these gloriously bad mid-century ads. [Read more…]

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A Secret Underwater Ballroom, Built For a Notorious Victorian Swindler

Tuesday 12.09.2014 , Posted by
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Walk far into the woods near the village of Witley in Surrey, England and you’ll find a hidden treasure. The directions go like this: Walk a mile and a quarter west, into the long neglected woods. Find the stone wall surrounding a kitchen garden. There you’ll find a small building with an arched doorway. Go inside, down the spiral staircase, and walk down the long teardrop-shaped tunnel to the end. There’s no “X” marking this treasure, but you’ll know you’ve found it. You’re now in a domed, glass ceilinged room, yellow light gently flickering through the water above. Welcome to Whitaker Wright’s hidden ballroom, submerged deep beneath a murky lake. [Read more…]

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An Italian Cathedral Made From Trees

Monday 12.08.2014 , Posted by
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A living place of worship, Italy’s Cattedrale Vegetale (or Tree Cathedral) is built entirely from natural materials. Artist Giuliano Mauri began the towering project in 2001, creating 42 columns that arc towards each other to form a leafy basilica and five grand aisles. To complete the piece, Mauri used 1,800 fir poles, 600 chestnut branches, and 6,000 meters of hazel branches that were joined together with nails and string. Hornbeam trees were planted inside each column and will eventually overtake the structure. Just before completion Mauri passed away in 2009, leaving his cathedral as a growing memorial and a quiet place of reflection for visitors. [Read more…]

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Real Estate Broker Gives Tours of House… From a Hand-Built Roller Coaster

Monday 12.08.2014 , Posted by
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If you thought buying a house had its ups and downs, this real estate broker will really give you a ride. He built a miniature roller coaster through a house he’s selling in Ermelo, Netherlands, giving potential buyers a thrill filled tour of the house complete with recorded highlights of its features. They do say people buy on an emotional high… [Read more…]

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