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We’ve Got Happy Eyes and Ears: Google Launches Interactive Music Timeline

Friday 01.17.2014 , Posted by
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Here’s some news that’s sure to catch the ear of many an audiophile: just yesterday Google launched their interactive Music Timeline – a way to explore musical popularity over the last century in timeline form. The visualization breaks down the musical world into its plethora of sub-genres – be it classic rock, east coast hip-hop or progressive metal. The timeline uses aggregated data from Google Play Music to show musical popularities as they transitioned through time (like the move from classic metal, to thrash to alt metal). [Read more...]

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After 12 Year Old Passed Away, Parents Found a Letter She Wrote To Her Future Self

Wednesday 01.15.2014 , Posted by
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It seemed everything was going well for Taylor Smith’s life. She was known as being a super fun 12 year old who loved her family, her God and life. She was intelligent, creative and also random in her funny ways. Early in 2013 she displayed flu-like symptoms, yet tested negative for them. Her parents took care of her as any parent would to their sick child. Her Father Tim said, “We did the usual flu/cold thing and got her prescription, loaded up on popsicles and soup and brought her back to rest.” [Read more...]

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Cat Battle Armor for the Raging Feline

Monday 01.13.2014 , Posted by
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Is your cat an “unstoppable force for slaughter?” Do they constantly come home with battle wounds? Or maybe they’re just as obsessed with cosplay as you are. Enter this very rugged Cat Battle Armor from Schnabuble. Yes, you better have a good relationship with your feline friend, or else they will be getting whatever they want (which probably changes nothing).

Just check out that full articulation! How about the riveted construction and those terrifying dorsal spines. For the cat who has everything and needs more – this is the ultimate accessory – and it will only set you back $500+! [Read more...]

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Guerrilla Designers Create Elaborate Quote Art on Chalkboards

Wednesday 01.08.2014 , Posted by
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The Columbus College of Art and Design has a vandal on the loose. The guerrilla chalk art duo called #DangerDust has been commandeering classroom chalkboards in secret and creating detailed artworks of typography and design. Their creations feature inspirational quotes by famous figures. The two anonymous students plan, sketch, and execute their chalk art and, in true guerrilla style, leave the board balancing on chairs in the classroom for a Monday morning surprise. [Read more...]

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Animated Pottery: Zoetrope-Like Motion on a Spinning Bowl

Sunday 01.05.2014 , Posted by
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Two mediums that have their roots in the ‘handmade’ converge in this creative animation strategy on spinning pottery. The UK Craft Council commissioned this clever promotional campaign which shows the potter at work in his studio with an unusual twist. In addition to seeing the potter making and glazing work in a traditional way he is accompanied by a digital animation artist. The end result of their process is an incredible zoetrope-style animation using the pottery wheel to bring still images to life. [Read more...]

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The When and Why of the Breakup (or What Happens When Relationships Go South)

Monday 12.30.2013 , Posted by
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As the old song says “breaking up is hard to do”… but perhaps a little insight could help us understand why it happens in the first place. Information designers David McCandless and Lee Byron teamed up to create three graphics dedicated to breakup miscellaneum – from what day of the year is the most popular breakup day (the first Monday of December), to the country with the most affairs (we’re looking at you Turkey!). [Read more...]

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22 Pictures of Famous People When They Were Young

Monday 12.30.2013 , Posted by
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We only find out about famous people when they get, well, famous… so it’s often surprising to see who they were before the spotlight hit. Here we bring you a collection of youthful photographs, capturing some of the most influential figures of the past century. There are revered leaders, infamous dictators, talented musicians and more – all before their unique abilities and upbringing made an impact on the world. [Read more...]

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‘BAMF’ Grandma Celebrates Her 103rd Birthday with a Tattoo, Does Reddit AMA

Friday 12.27.2013 , Posted by
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Well, it’s official: 103-year-old Evelyn Kottman, dubbed a “Bad Ass Mother Figure” by Reddit, has completely captured the hearts of the Internet. She just celebrated her birthday by hitting the tables at the casino, having an all-you-can-eat meal of crab and finished it off by getting her first tattoo – a small heart on her right shoulder. Now that IS one bad ass mother figure! [Read more...]

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We Have a Winner: Steve Kardynal’s Chatroulette Performance of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

Wednesday 12.25.2013 , Posted by
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In case your Christmas needs a few more laughs, here’s Chatroulette like you’ve never seen it… and that’s saying a LOT. Steve Kardynal, known as a Chatroulette Performer decided to vamp it up for the unsuspecting masses of the internet, performing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” [Read more...]

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New App Fixes Your Flawed Personality… Don’t Take it Personally

Friday 12.20.2013 , Posted by
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Technology has improved our culture in many ways and this new app pushes the limits of how far we are willing to let tech intrude on our personal lives. The free app Us+ aims to improve upon your personally by abruptly pointing out flaws during your Google Hangout conversations. The App is a sarcastic interactive art piece that asks us how far we are willing to let tech guide our lives. [Read more...]

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