A Recovered Sound Clip Brings Pure Happiness To A Sweet, Old Man In London

We all have digital files stored on our phones that hold an irreplaceable sentimental value. Maybe it’s a photo with a loved one who has passed away, a video of your baby taking his first steps, or a digital love note from the one who makes your heart skip a beat. For 68 year old Stan Beaton, it was a voice mail message recorded by his late wife, Ruby. Ruby passed in 2003 and Stan had kept this memento of the love of his life for over a decade, until it was deleted when Virgin Media did some technical work. Beaton was devastated, but the company found a way to make it up to him. They assigned a team of 10 employees to sift through the digital archives to uncover this sound file.

Here’s Waldo: Data Cruncher Randy Olson Discovers The Optimal Search Strategy For Finding Waldo

Much of the fun of finding Waldo, in his famous red and white striped shirt and hat, is having no idea where to start. But data cruncher Randy Olson wanted to help those of us who just don’t have the time. He challenged Slate’s “foolproof” strategy and came up with his own that he believes could find Waldo even faster. Since we’re all about that data here at Visual News, we are a big fan of Olson’s visualizations.

2014 Gravity Glue Highlight Reel: Watch Michael Grab In Motion

One of our favorite artists to cover uses nothing more than the rocks found in an area to make nature even more beautiful. Michael Grab, with his phenomenal rock balancing abilities, has garnered much internet attention. His works, which are collectively called Gravity Glue, look impossible, but this series of videos show him in action. The first, which is a highlight reel of some of his best works of 2014 is set to the hypnotic, inspirational voice of Alan Watts. It’s a perfect match for the process.

World Renowned Pumpkin Carver Is Just As Talented At Sand Sculptures

Previously featured for the world’s largest pumpkin carving, Ray Villafane has sculpting talents in more than just the gourd field. Using wet, compressed sand, Villafane chips away to create larger than life characters and scenes. Although his first attempt at sand sculpting was only seven years ago (last featured image) it looked like he had been doing this for centuries. His second sand sculpture was the Dante’s Inferno piece and it came in the form of a 10 day challenge, but of course he delivered results that inspired awe in Jesolo, Italy.

Cosmic Paintings From The Beautiful Mind of Lisete Alcade

In dreams, meditations, or vision quests, some people can see beyond the reality where most people dwell, but very few can reproduce those visions in a way that can be shared with others. Lisete Alcade is one of the exceptions. Painting with brushes, as well as her fingertips and the palms of her hands, she creates beautiful, detailed works with powerful themes.

Growing up in Mexico, with spiritual parents involved in alternative medicine practices, she was always encouraged to follow her heart. After a soul searching trip, when she was 19, Lisete realized that painting was her true passion in life. She has been focused on using her art to bring inspiration and awareness throughout the world ever since. Now 33, she lives in Brooklyn, New York where she has painted beautiful murals on buildings and contributed many works to the urban art scene.

Drawing Mushrooms With Sound: A Must-See Oscilloscope Project For The Inquiring Mind

Remember in elementary school when you learned to create words on your upside down calculator? This is kinda like that only 1000 times cooler. Using an analog oscilloscope, Jerobeam Fenderson figured out how to draw a mushroom with sound. Not just any mushroom, a moving one, and then multiple mushrooms. Get your earphones (lower the volume), pop some popcorn, and click on the video below.

The Feminine Side of American Football

Football is never usually thought of as a feminine sport, quite the opposite in fact. But German artist Asja Jung has taken these manly athletes and added colorful femininity to their form. With colorful swirls and designs, she tries to show the players as a whole person, not just a rough exterior. Based in NYC, Jung is primarily an artist, with some tour guide and modeling gigs on the side. Her works have been on display in the VIP section of the Jets Stadium and in the National Art Museum of Sports!

New York City From A Toddler’s Point of View

You can only see so many postcard-esque shots of Times Square and Rockefeller Center before it feels like you have a good idea about what it’s like to be there. But what do these iconic locations look like from a baby’s perspective? With a Go-Pro behind his son’s back as he strolled through New York City, Ecuadorian photographer Diego Acosta López captured New York from an angle that many have experienced, but few can actually remember. The pictures document little Ignacio’s first trip to NYC to visit his daddy, who is studying at SVA (School of Visual Arts). Aside from serving to remind Ignacio of a trip he will likely forget, the photo shoot also counted towards a final project for one of his dad’s photography classes.

The Animals Made Famous By Rock ‘N Roll: An Illustrated Guide

We have illustrated animal books to help children learn the alphabet, why not teach people about Rock & Roll the same way? These adorable illustrations by Tracy Worrall were commissioned by Dorothy, a UK design firm based in Manchester as a Rock ‘N Roll Zoo. Featuring 77 animals who have been made famous through Rock ‘N Roll Lyrics, the adorable collection can be purchased as one big print, individually, or in themed sets of 4. If you’re a Beatles fan, maybe you’d prefer the 3 piece set which features Rocky Raccoon, the Walrus (I am the Walrus), and Blackbird all in a 12″ record sleeve.

This Guy Turns Grandma’s Afghan Crochet Blankets Into Funky Party Pants

We all have, or rather the lucky majority have, at least one grandmother or great aunt who showed her love by crocheting blankets for every occasion. If you were a child of the 70’s or 80’s then you’ve likely gotten cozy beneath one of these colorful yarn works of art, with your favorite movie was playing on your box TV through the VCR. But now you can bring back the nostalgia and take it with you everywhere you go with the fashionable stylings of Schuyler Ellers AKA Lord von Schmitt.