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Dekotora Trucks: Lighted Chariots of the Night

Tuesday 11.15.2011 , Posted by

Dekotora: an art born in the land of the rising sun, where cool delivery trucks are customized with wild treatments of chrome, stainless steel, colorful airbrushed murals and hundreds of neon lights to brighten the night. In this new series All The Wrong Places from Vice, Elliott Bambrough explores Dekotora culture around Tokyo and the Japan countryside, visiting the birthplace of the trend which began in low budget mid-70s B movies about truckers going on adventures and “chasing tail.” While truck culture has been waning in Japan, Bambrough gives it a little kick… check out the Dekotora treatment to his Mini at the end of the video. [Read more...]

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Saul Bass: Movie Titles Designed by the Legend

Monday 11.14.2011 , Posted by

We’re big fans of the legendary Saul Bass, so when we saw that Ian Albinson at Art of the Title put together a video highlighting some of Bass’ most celebrated film titles, we were floored. The video marks the release of the much anticipated book Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design, which was designed by his daughter Jennifer Bass and written by distinguished design historian Pat Kirkham who knew Saul personally. The large tome covers classic films such as Anatomy of a Murder and Vertigo, along with the titles designed just before his death in 1996.

For more on Saul Bass, be sure to check out our post on his Oscar winning 1970 classic, Why Man Creates. [Read more...]

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Earth: An Astounding Time Lapse From Space

Monday 11.14.2011 , Posted by

We see a lot of time-lapse videos here at Visual News, but this one takes it to new heights all together: an altitude of over 200 miles to be exact. Filmed by astronaut/photographer Ron Garan from the windows of the orbiting International Space Station, this astoundingly beautiful video captures a view of brightly lit cities, continents, cloud layers and the magnificent aurora borealis as the ISS gracefully speeds around the earth. [Read more...]

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Charlie Rose: 13 Episodes On The Brain Series

Thursday 11.10.2011 , Posted by

In his excellent “The Brain Series,” Charlie Rose interviews some of the worlds foremost scientists and researchers working to uncover the secrets behind one of sciences final frontiers: the human brain. The 13, one hour episodes in the series cover subjects as diverse as decision making and mental illness, to what it means to be social. The series also explores how new knowledge is helping to treat illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. Below you’ll find a trailer taste of the series, then head to charlierose.com to see the full episodes [Read more...]

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Your Brain: Introduction to the Default Mode Network

Friday 11.04.2011 , Posted by

Do you ever wonder what your brain is doing when you space out? Doctors around the world are looking into what happens when our minds go on “Default Mode” and, as this video points out, the findings are pretty surprising. Not only does activity go up in many quieter regions of the brain, but they may serve surprisingly important purposes. With the more we learn about the quieting of the brain, the more practices like meditation or simply spacing out in the shower look like they are good things for your head [Read more...]

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288,000 Jelly Beans, 22 Months, 1 Music Video

Friday 11.04.2011 , Posted by

Internet music sensation Kina Grannis put in some serious time on her latest video, 22 months and 1357 hours to be exact. Inspired by the jelly bean “paintings” that have been floating around the net for a while, director Greg Jardin wanted to make the idea more animated. They ultimately used a well rounded pallet of 288,000 candies for the piece, keeping 30 people busy creating it. Grannis spent hours laying on a glass table while individual photographs where taken to create the stop motion animation. Although easier techniques exist, no CGI or green screen was involved. Hear more of Grannis’ music on youtube [Read more...]

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Baroque.me: An Interactive Look at Bach’s Prelude

Thursday 11.03.2011 , Posted by

The last time we mentioned Alexander Chen he had converted the New York subway map into an interactive stringed instrument. Continuing the musical theme, he’s now taken the iconic prelude to Bach’s Cello Suites No. 1 and made an interactive visualization you can mess around with until the tune’s completely “Baroque.” The orbiting dots pluck the strings, like a rotating music box. You can grab and throw the nodes off track using your pointer, then watch as they slowly regain their orbit and the tune its rhythm. See the video at the bottom or head to Baroque.me to play with history [Read more...]

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Watch it Now: San Francisco Time-Lapse in 3D

Tuesday 11.01.2011 , Posted by

This new 3D time-lapse video has me so pumped! A tribute to the lovely city of San Francisco, it features scenes from in and around the bay including a cameo by typewriter remix artist Jeremy Mayer in the beginning seconds.

What get’s me really going though, is the way this 3D technology is being made available to the masses. Shot with a two Canon 5D’s, the short uses Youtube’s new 3D feature, allowing viewers to select between a number of different viewing methods. You can select from various anaglyph (colored glasses) and stereo modes, so if you have a pair of red and blue 3D glasses laying around, you can view the video that way. If you’re looking for a more realistic 3D view, and for those familiar with the old Magic Eye books, there’s a “cross eyed” method that works perfectly: simply cross your eyes until the white dots at the top of the video match up. Captivating! [Read more...]

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Visualized: How A Population Grows To 7 Billion

Monday 10.31.2011 , Posted by

The world population was just 1 billion people in 1804, but now just two centuries later the people count on our planet has reached an astounding 7 billion. What has contributed to this exponential and dramatic increase, and what does it mean for us in the future? As this video and related article by NPR cleverly explores, the causes are far simpler than the solutions. What will our population reach in the next 100 years? [Read more...]

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Now Classic: Errol Morris Lives the High Life

Friday 10.28.2011 , Posted by

Roger Ebert once said, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more… Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.” Perhaps best known for his documentary films such as The Fog of War and The Thin Blue Line, Morris has been honored with shelves worth of awards, including an Oscar. He has also directed a large collection of advertisements: here we bring you a sampling of what he considers his most impressive television achievement: over 100 retro-themed commercials for Miller Hi-Life. It’s a tribute to the classic American man [Read more...]

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