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A New Way to Experience Your Personal DJ from Paris (and Other World Cities)

Thursday 05.22.2014 , Posted by
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In a world filled with choices, curation is the key to finding the good stuff. That’s the idea behind 22tracks, and it’s keeping it local too. 22 DJs from the cities of Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Paris (so far) are dropping local knowledge about the hottest 22 tracks of the moment from their genre of expertise – from hip hop and jazz, to electronica and pop. It’s a superb way to hear the best of good music, and discover new tracks you haven’t heard before. Now 22tracks has teamed up with Internet Explorer to completely rethink the way we experience them on the web, in an entirely beautiful way. [Read more…]

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Austin Artists: Mini Documentaries Reveal the Artistic Talent in Austin

Tuesday 05.20.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever been to Austin, Texas then it’s pretty obvious that there is a large pool of artistic talent in the city. Music and arts often go hand in hand and there is a surplus of both in this ultra fun city. A videographer named JC Tovar shows off his filming/editing skills in a new series of short web documentaries featuring the fascinating local artists. He interviews the artists, showing their work as well as their work space and works in progress. Tovar’s Austin Artist series is a perfect glimpse into the background stories of the artist who call Austin, TX home. [Read more…]

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The Drinkable Book: More Than a Good Read, It Has 4 Years of Clean Water in its Pages

Monday 05.19.2014 , Posted by
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The problem with contaminated drinking water in poor regions of the world isn’t ignorance of an issue. The problem is education and access when it comes to a solution.

Charity group WATERisLIFE aims to fix that… with a book.  [Read more…]

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Inspired by the Spike Jonze Film “Her”, this Documentary Explores the Emotional Side of Technology

Thursday 05.15.2014 , Posted by
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When Spike Jonze’s film “Her” hit theaters, many people were struck by the timely relevance of its story. It seems with each passing day we interact more closely with the technology around us, and even if we aren’t talking late into the night with our computers just yet, that and other possibilities seem just around the corner. In response to the film, Motherboard, in association with Microsoft and Warner Bros. is asking a question: “How can human emotions inspire new interactions with technology and each other?” The answer comes in the form of the 2 part documentary Captivated by Her. [Read more…]

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Easily the Most Bizarre Used Car Ad You Will See Today

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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While he could have just said “Buy My Volvo”, a Swedish art director by the name of Castor made a truly bizarre commercial for his aging ’93 Volvo wagon. Filled with a load of over the top glamor shots (including some nice rust patches) the video goes on to give a lengthy description of the cars many, many strange features – from a “curly exhaust” and “Hepatitis B,” to “spinsy whimsies on both sides.” At just 7,500 Kronor (or around $1,100 USD) we think this stunner is gonna go quick. [Read more…]

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How Dog Breeds Have Changed in Just 100 Years

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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When we hear old stories of giant St. Bernards racing over the snowy alps to rescue some lost soul with the famous brandy barrel around their neck, it’s easy to imagine they looked just like St. Bernards today… but we’d be wrong. In fact, it’s a common misconception that dog breeds look the same as they did even 100 years ago. Doctor Caen Elegans has compiled a side-by-side comparison of some famous breeds with older images from a 1915 book, Breeds of All Nations by W.E. Mason. They show how breeders have been further changing the appearance of these dogs, and as Elegans’ points out – unintentionally introduced a number of defects and maladies. [Read more…]

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Pesky Potholes Transformed Into Exciting Surprises

Thursday 05.08.2014 , Posted by
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Right up there with parking enforcement officers, potholes are one thing people love to hate. They normally go unnoticed until you bust your tire on one and for many people this can really turn a good day bad, so in Scranton, PA, an art company decided to create a new association for potholes- something much more cheery and fun. The Pop Up Studio began letting their creative juices flow right into the potholes to make them something to smile about. They started filling them with ice and beer and the community got quite a kick out of it. So they invited everyone in Scranton to participate, and the ones who best “positively fill negative space” can win 4 new tires or car washes for a year! [Read more…]

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Who Knew Disney Janitors Made Art With Their Mops?

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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Redditor TheVantasy made a splash recently when she revealed a little known fact about the janitors at Disney World: they draw cartoon characters with their mops. That’s right, while they’re out cleaning up after the hoards of people who visit the park each day, they also take the time to stop and entertain the unsuspecting folks around them. We have to hand it to Disney on this one – sometimes their ideas truly are magic. [Read more…]

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Seven Tweets. Seven Years. How One Man is Learning Twitter.

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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To learn something well, you’ve got to have patience. Justin “Bimmer” has that in spades.

He’s tweeted 7 times over the last 7 years… and he’s starting to get the hang of it.

His website isn’t too bad either: Explosions and Boobs (that’s fairly self explanatory). [Read more…]

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Visage: A Visualization Tool that Democratizes Good Design

Tuesday 05.06.2014 , Posted by
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Visage is a new platform that enables non-designers to easily create beautiful, on-brand visual content such as data visualization, reports, presentations and infographics in a single web interface. It looks to become one of the best methods for making the message in your data impactful, communicative and yes, very beautiful. The goal of Visage was simple: democratize good design, and put it in the hands of everyone.

Visage provides a platform for creating compelling presentations and reports typically out of reach to non-designers or those who can’t afford a design agency price tag. With an elegant drag-and-drop interface, easy customization of color schemes, and the ability to quickly revise data and layouts, Visage handy improves on common tools in the visualization market. [Read more…]

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