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These 2 Brave Souls Are Hiking From Canada to Mexico In The Snow

Sunday 01.11.2015 , Posted by
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As if hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Canada to Mexico, weren’t challenging enough when the weather is nice, these two crazy cats are raising the bar and doing it in the Winter. Nobody has successfully completed this arduous task, although one couple did attempt it, with a tragic fate, in the 80’s. Shawn “Pepper” Forry and Justin “Trauma” Lichter started their traverse on October 20, 2014 and have already passed Lake Tahoe in northern California, but they still have a long way to go. They have already nearly worn out the metal on their snowshoes and will soon be switching to skis until they are out of the snow. [Read more…]

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The DreamBox Encourages Everyone to Follow Their Dreams and Be Inspired By The Aspirations Of Others

Saturday 01.10.2015 , Posted by
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What is your greatest aspiration in life? This is the exact question that has been answered by thousands of people inside of the DreamBox. It’s a solar-powered video booth that records individuals speaking about their dreams with a green screen behind them. The participants leave their contact information so that when the dreams were released to the public as a webseries on the DreamMakers Network, the speakers were placed front of an inspiring background with contact info at the bottom of the screen, so that anyone interested in helping to turn the dream into a reality could get a hold of them.

A collaborative project between filmmaker Teddy Saunders, co-founder Paola Baldion, designer Brett Heyning of Toyshoppe Systems’, welder Kim Williams, special effects artist Thomas Bacho, and electronics designer, Jason Willis, the DreamBox made its debut on the playa at Burning Man 2012. Since then it has traveled to several other locations and now Teddy Saunders’, whose Oh! The Places You’ll Go At Burning Man video helped raise the attendance to 40% newbies the following year, has turned the collected dreams and what came of the project into a documentary. [Read more…]

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This 1.5 Billion Pixel Shot Is The Biggest Picture of Andromeda Ever Taken

Friday 01.09.2015 , Posted by
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In order to display the latest image of Andromeda that the Hubble Space Telescope recently captured, it would take 600 HD television screens! With 1.5 billion pixels, it is the biggest picture of Andromeda, which lies 2.5 million light years from the Earth, ever taken! And even this massive image only shows one third of the entire Andromeda galaxy! The view shows over 100 million of the more than one thousand billion stars in this galaxy. [Read more…]

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Colorful Balloons Were Flying High For Colombia’s 14th Annual Solar Balloon Festival

Thursday 01.08.2015 , Posted by
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What better way to ring in the last day of 2014 and embark on a new year than with arts, culture, and gigantic balloons? In Envidago, Colombia they celebrated their 14th Solar Balloon Festival on December 31st, 2014. The organizers selected a theme of Mexican History and culture and the participants delivered impressive balloons to represent it. Some of the figures that could be seen flying high in the Colombian sky were novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos, a massive Alebrije, a 60ft Quetzalcoatl, a gigantic sea turtle and lizard, and some skulls and La Catrina, and monarch butterflies. [Read more…]

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The Most Special Trees In The World Captured By One Photographer On a Mission

Wednesday 01.07.2015 , Posted by
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Everyone has a bucket list and photographer Beth Moon can now cross one item off of hers. The San Francisco-based photographer set out to capture some of the world’s most famous, unique, gigantic, and oldest trees. Her goal took her all over the globe to private homes, protected lands, rural locations in the middle of nowhere, and some more frequently trafficked areas. Through photographs and words, Moon shares with the world the magnificence of nature through these stunning trees in her book Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time. [Read more…]

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New Age Psychedelic Rock Poster-Style Paintings by Ryan Kerrigan

Sunday 01.04.2015 , Posted by
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I first came across the amazing works of Ryan Kerrigan at Joshua Tree Music Festival. Before I even spent a moment in his little art shop at the fest, I had already admired his work earlier, as he designed the poster for the event. With a unique style that was inspired by the psychedelic rock posters of the 60s and 70s, the Berkeley-based aritst brings a colorful, trippy, unique element to all that he paints. From nature to mandalas to band flyers and music posters, everything Kerrigan creates appears to be dissected apart, yet seamlessly flowing together. [Read more…]

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Art That Makes Your Heart Purr: Whimsical Paintings To Honor Your Kitty Companions

Saturday 01.03.2015 , Posted by
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If you’re a cat lover, then there is definitely a feline or two in your life that has captured your heart. Why not honor that precious pussycat with the perfect portrait to capture its essence and bring you smiles for a lifetime? This world doesn’t need another photo-realistic oil painting of a cat- that’s what cameras are for. We need creative, playful, colorful, fun art that adds style to your wall and that’s just what Nicole Piar delivers when you commission her to paint your cat. To fashion these adorable kitty creations, Piar wants more than just a photo. She wants to know what makes your cat special and all of those qualities come alive once her paintbrush hits the canvas. [Read more…]

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The Most Detailed Airbrush Paintings You’ve Ever Seen

Friday 01.02.2015 , Posted by
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When an artist wants to incorporate loads of detail into his work, airbrush is not normally the preferred medium, but Chris Elliman doesn’t like to be typical. The Venice Beach artist, who goes by the name Daftpixel, likes to go beyond just 3D, inviting viewers into the 4th dimension with his hyper-detailed works. Each piece takes weeks to finish and even probably even longer for a viewer to notice all of the fine details. Although the internet can do no justice for what a full size version of his art is like, you can catch a tiny glimpse below. [Read more…]

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Red Ink Meets Pencil As Teacher Adds More Than Just Marks To Student’s Tests

Wednesday 12.31.2014 , Posted by
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While many teachers look down upon doodling on tests and quizzes, this eighth and ninth grade science teacher in Bangkok fully encourages it. Aside from grading his student’s test answers, he also added on to their illustrations, often taking them in a completely different direction. This brought the class doodling up to an all time high as it was a great way to connect with their teacher and test his creativity! [Read more…]

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Hilarious Things Said To and By a 3- Year Old Illustrated By Her Father

Tuesday 12.30.2014 , Posted by
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From the mouths of babes come some of the most hilarious utterances. And this awesome dad not only writes them all down, but also immortalizes the best ones by turning them into clever illustrations. When Martin Bruckner and his wife became parents to little Harper Grace, they heard themselves saying some silly things that they would never have said pre-parenthood. Once at dinner his wife told Harper, “Please don’t put spaghetti between your toes” and they both couldn’t believe that their lives had actually led them to utter those words in that order. Alas, Bruckner’s tumblr Spaghetti Toes was born. Here he turns Harper Grace’s sayings, as well as his own and his wife’s to Harper, into beautiful illustrations that are sure to make you smile. [Read more…]

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