Why Tax Law Screws Actors, Screenwriters & Directors

Unless you’re getting a seriously fat tax return, April 15th isn’t your favorite day. But if you’re an actor, screenwriter or director, tax day can especially hurt. The US tax code disproportionately penalizes these careers in some unique ways while often giving others a miss, or at least not hitting so hard.

Turn Your Favorite Song Into A 3D Printed Sculpture

The geniuses at NEW Inc. have discovered a way to turn sound into a 3D object. REIFY, a small company led by CEO Allison Wood has come up with a way to 3D print sound clips as a striking geometric visual. Now you can turn your favorite song into a conversation piece for your coffee table. Aside from the sculptural beauty, the piece can then be scanned by a phone app and turned back into audio!

Utterly Fantastic 3D Printed Shoes by Zaha Hadid, Ben van Berkel and Others for United Nude

For Milan 2015 footwear brand United Nude enlisted the help of 5 world famous architects and designers in creating a collection of absolutely out-of-this-world shoes. Each high-altitude design was 3D printed in colored plastic on a sPro 60 from 3D Systems. Each took about 24 hours to complete.

This Man Shaved Off Half His Beard, Then Replaced it With All Kinds of Things

São Paolo-based photographer Adrian Alarcon spent 4-months growing a magnificent red beard – and then he shaved it off half of it. That’s a strange look, but it got stranger. His witty project saw him replacing the missing facial hair with random objects from around the house – from colored pencil shavings and chocolate sprinkles, to toy soldiers and thumbtacks. He calls his series “Fifty Fifty Selfie Barber Shop.”

In This Village is a Model Village. And Inside That is a Smaller Model Village. And Inside That is…

In the tiny English village of Bourton-on-the-Water is a tiny model of Bourton-on-the-Water… and guess what’s inside that model?

You’ve seen the Droste effect many times. It’s where a picture appears within itself, and then again inside the picture of itself, growing ever smaller into infinity (or at least that’s how it seems).

Glass Sculptures Look Like Splashing Waves Frozen in Motion

Living near the seaside town of Santa Cruz, California, glass artists Marsha Blaker and Paul DeSomma are in touch with the beauty of crashing surf. The two frequently collaborate on projects which echo the forms of the marine environment and its many textures, including these absolutely stunning wave sculptures. They look just like water frozen in motion.

Photographer Builds A Set On the Streets of Brooklyn Which Is The Perfect Spot for a Romantic Proposal

Known for his Set in the Street project which involved placing indoor room sets around the sidewalks of New York City for interesting public interaction, Justin Bettman knows how to bring surprising randomness to the daily grind. This time his skills were sought out for something a little more romantic. Jose Luis, a man in love, saw Bettman’s project in New York Magazine and a light bulb went off that this was what he needed to propose to his girlfriend. So he sent a hopeful email to Bettman to see what he could do. Bettman tells Petapixel, “Of course I was going to build a set for this guy to propose on.”

Intricately Detailed, Hand Made Paper Birds Look Shockingly Realistic

Inspired by the natural world, London-based artist Zack Mclaughlin shows his child like wonder and attention to detail by reproducing the intricately detailed things he spots. His latest series is a collection of hand made birds that are cut from wood and paper and painted with acrylic paints. The birds look so realistic and beautiful that it’s hard to believe that they won’t fly away.

Scott Blake Makes Incredible Flipbooks (Some with Just a Hole Punch)

Remix artist Scott Blake has been creating some seriously fantastic flipbooks, and some are made with only a hole punch. The tiny dots move in surprising harmony, following geometric arcs as they seem to move about the page.

Other flipbooks feature famous events (like OJ Simpson running from the law) or everyday scenes like burning matches.

3D Printed Fun House Lenses Make Life A Little Funnier

Using a new rapid prototyping process, artist duo Robb Godshaw and Max Hawkins have found a way to 3D print lenses with funhouse effects. Their lenses can turn your face into all eyes or give you 3 mouths or even shrink your head to tiny proportions. They are publicly debuting their first body of work, called Smaller & Upside Down, on Market Street in San Francisco from April 9-11, 2015 for the Market Street Prototyping Festival, where they will also demonstrate how it was done.