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Neil Spencer

About Neil Spencer



Adventurer, free spirit, CA. Connector @iamVibes Yogi @corepoweryoga iamvibes.nspencer@gmail.com ॐ मणिपद्मे हूं https://www.behance.net/adventurspencer
"It had long come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." — Leonardo Da Vinci

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A Periodic Table of Muppets

Thursday 06.20.2013 , Posted by

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Jim Henson was the mastermind behind The Muppets, which has been a staple of American children’s upbringing and development for decades. The coolest part about them is that they aren’t exclusively interesting to children. Grown-ups have found their absurdist, burlesque and self-referential style of variety-sketch comedy enthralling. Designer Mike BaBoon has created this comprehensive depiction of many memorable Muppet characters from throughout the years (and he even threw in some not-so-memorable ones as well). Whether you’ve been a fan of The Muppets since you were in diapers, or just beginning to enjoy them in their current incantation from their seventh movie, The Muppets (written by Jason Segel), this periodic table of Muppets is enjoyable for all generations of Muppets fans. [Read more...]

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The Deadliest Countries for Journalists

Monday 06.17.2013 , Posted by

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For many journalists, their day-to-day lives aren’t always thought of as being dangerous. For many, the clacking of keys, insider scoops, and getting those page views up is their normal routine. However, there are journalists whose lives are in grave danger every time they show up to work. These journalists are reporting from the front lines of some of the world’s most embroiled conflicts; dodging bullets, grenades, and mortar fire to get that epic picture, or information that will give the world a first hand account of how things are on the ground in these areas. To these brave souls, their job is hazardous to their health. From 1992 to May of 2013, 985 journalists were murdered around the world. This graphic looks to find out where the deadliest countries for journalists to perform their jobs are, and explores whether their killers are being brought to justice. [Read more...]

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3 Disabled Music Fans Make Music With Only Their Minds

Friday 06.14.2013 , Posted by

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There are many things we take for granted each day. Those of us with hobbies — and proper working extremities — have the ability to work on something we love whenever the feeling arises or time allows. People with disabilities don’t have this luxury – not even close – which makes this project absolutely magical, and hopefully touches music lovers everywhere to their core. Smirnoff has teamed up with DJ Fresh for a world first, a project called Mindtunes, which puts together three disabled dance music fans to create a banging club track using only their minds! The frustration, and ensuing excitement on their faces as they complete the track, make it all worth watching. [Read more...]

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Sci-Fi Characters Who Survived Their Planets’ Destruction

Wednesday 06.12.2013 , Posted by

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The destruction of your home world is one of the worst things that could ever happen to a science fiction character. It’s also a popular theme laced throughout science fiction movies and television shows. The annihilation of planets happens in a variety of different ways, from explosions, to war, or a gradual destruction where the planet’s environment causes the destruction of the lifeforms that inhabit it. There are many famous planets that have been destroyed over the years, and many sci-fi characters who have survived their planet’s destruction. We’ll take a look at a couple of them below in this graphic from Confused. [Read more...]

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From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System

Tuesday 06.11.2013 , Posted by

Food is the fuel we use to get our bodies into motion. Fruits and vegetables are our friends; foods like chips, soda, french fries, hamburgers, and candy are the devil. With the way our current food system works, these processed foods are making up a significant portion of our daily food intake. They’re readily available at every food store you enter, and an ice cold Coca-Cola is very difficult to pass up in favor of sparkling water. The problem, however, is that it’s not even about choosing healthy foods over artery cloggers. Today, 80% of food in the U.S. is supplied by massive factory farms associated with a myriad of environmental and health risks. From farm to fork, our food system is toxic. [Read more...]

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SPIN Magazine Covers of the 90s

Wednesday 06.05.2013 , Posted by

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Each of SPIN Magazine’s glorious covers of the 90s are a piece of space fabric in the timeline of rock’n’roll history. The first issue of SPIN arrived in May, 1985, with this statement of purpose from founder Bob Guccione Jr: “Spin is a fresh, intelligent alternative to a mostly tired, complacent music press. It is an upbeat magazine without politics and in love with rock’n’roll and all its kindred spirits.” Since then, SPIN has become one of the most seminal rock music magazines the world has ever seen. SPIN celebrates its 28th birthday this year, which marks nearly three decades of churning out some of the best writing rock’n’roll has ever seen. [Read more...]

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Quote a Bluth: An Arrested Development Interactive

Thursday 05.30.2013 , Posted by

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The long-awaited premiere of Arrested Development’s fourth season graced our senses this Sunday more than six years after the show was cancelled because of dwindling ratings. Fans of the show have rabidly declared their love in the form of memes, gifs, and random quotes – across every social network conceivable. This spur of online support inspired the creator of the series, Mitchell Hurwitz, to create another season of our favorite dysfunctional family; exclusively for Netflix. This Quote a Bluth interactive created by Column Five – whose headquarters are in Newport Beach, California, home of the Bluth family and their world-famous banana stand – takes a look back across the first three seasons of Arrested Development, and some of the funniest moments provided by each character. [Read more...]

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Girls Have Really Messy Rooms: Photos by Maya Fuhr

Thursday 05.23.2013 , Posted by

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Photographer Maya Fuhr was commissioned by VICE to embark on a photographic exploration. This trek was aimed to show us that female bedrooms are not all neat and tidy domiciles. With preconceived notions, humans believe the female species to be the cleanlier of the two. The photos Maya created will most certainly shock many, and garner nodding heads of approval from those who “understand” – all too well – the perils of a messy female room. These photos will squash any remnants of doubt that all females object to living under a mountain of filth. It will also show that some of their rooms more closely resemble discombobulated landfills than the pristine oasis retreats we’re duped into believing. [Read more...]

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Old Blue Jeans Transformed into Painterly Art

Monday 05.06.2013 , Posted by

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Ian Berry is a British artist who we’ve covered before, but his new works are even more amazing. He creates monochromatic compositions that depict urban landscapes, the London Underground, diners, and even gets around to doing portraits — all out of varying shades of denim fabrics. His weeks of cutting, stitching, and gluing varying shades of denim fabric together create images that are uber rich in contrast and shadow. When you first look at his images, it’s hard not to be blown away by the detail and think his art must be a painting. Then, you find out they’re all created solely from denim, and your brain is thrown into a WTF tailspin; which makes the images so much more amazing. [Read more...]

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From Pogs to Trolls, the Story of the IE Commercial That Racked Up 28 Million Views

Wednesday 04.24.2013 , Posted by

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In less than three months, Internet Explorer’s nostalgia-heavy “Child of the 90s” video has been viewed a whopping 28 million times and along the way was nominated for a Webby Award (voting underway now). [Read more...]

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