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“An Astronaut’s Guide To Optimism”: Chris Hadfield’s Inspiring Video for the New Year

Tuesday 12.30.2014 , Posted by
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You’ve heard of Colonel Chris Hadfield before. He’s the Canadian astronaut who captured the hearts and minds of the world, commanding the International Space Station as he beamed back pictures of our beautiful planet, jammed live with the Bare Naked Ladies, and performed David Bowie’s Space Oddity, from space. [Read more…]

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Atsushi Koyama’s Oil Paintings Combine Mechanical Drawings With Human Anatomy

Sunday 12.28.2014 , Posted by
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With oil paint on a black canvas, Japanese artist Atsushi Koyama grants us access into a parallel world. The human form interacts with the machine aspects in a beautiful duality. In some pieces it looks as if the colorful machine parts are a blueprint for the human reality. Koyama often creates his work while listening to electronic music and it’s almost as if his paintings are also deconstructing that music. [Read more…]

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Watch The Kaleidoscopic Patterns In Motion As Bruce Riley Creates His Colorful Resin Paintings

Saturday 12.27.2014 , Posted by
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As Chicago based artist, Bruce Riley creates his unique resin paintings, it seems more like the paintings create themselves. The way that he layers the paints causes them to move in shocking ways as if they have a mind of their own. Some parts look like psychedelic fractal patterns, while others are like watching cells dividing under a microscope. It’s interesting to see that the paint takes on patterns often found in nature. Some of them even look like complex diatoms or MRI scans. [Read more…]

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This Cat is the Most Beautiful We’ve Seen… But It’s Just Been Named “Most Awful Sleeping Face” in Japan

Thursday 12.25.2014 , Posted by
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With gigantic blue eyes and a snow-white coat, this Japanese cat named Setsu-Chan might be the most beautiful feline we’ve ever seen… that is, until she takes a cat nap.

After gaining a substantial following on Twitter, she has recently been dubbed “Most Awful Sleeping Face” by a number of Japanese publications, and it’s not hard to see why. This looks like the most relaxed cat in history. As soon as she nods off, her tongue pops out, her eyes roll back (but don’t quite close). If we didn’t see the before and after shots, we’d think she wasn’t gonna make it. [Read more…]

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Mosaic Faces Accompany A Spread For Psychology Today

Wednesday 12.24.2014 , Posted by
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For a magazine spread about love, fear, and change, Antonio Rodrigues Jr. re-edited some of his early illustration work. The unique portraits have mosaic features in swirls of nature. Birds, butterflies, and flowers swarm the portraits and text in a special style. The article asks three questions. Who do we love? Why do we change? What do we fear? [Read more…]

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From Action Sports Athletes to Pop Culture Superstars: There are Some New Style Influencers in Town

Tuesday 12.23.2014 , Posted by
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Welcome to a new paradigm. Surf, skate and snow are no longer the sports reserved to low budget, flannel shirt wearing, flip-flop clad punks. The standard ‘throw on a hoodie and drink beers by the fire’ for after surf or apres ski is not so typical anymore.  Now that action sports athletes have emerged in the spotlight as very well paid and very well-dressed icons, they are contending with the usual suspects of fashion and style like models, rappers, and movie stars.  With bigger pocket books, and more attention than ever before, the philosophy of no suits and no stress has been substituted for Oscars parties, private jets and hobnobbing with who’s who at events all over the world. [Read more…]

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Beard Grooming Acrobatics by ‘Incredibeard’

Tuesday 12.23.2014 , Posted by
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Isaiah Webb is the owner of an incredible beard. Sometimes it’s stylish, and others times it’s crazy… but it’s always incredible. From wrapping it up into a fab bow tie, to coiling it into a bowl for some hot ramen noodles, his beard is nearly as dexterous as his imagination.

Webb got his start beard sculpting in September 2012 when he posted a photo on Instagram featuring his facial hair splayed out into a fuzzy ‘Lorax beard.’ The photo went viral, and so did his newly groomed persona ‘Incredibeard.’ [Read more…]

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Delicate, Lace-Like Table Cloth Made With Thousands of Seeds

Monday 12.22.2014 , Posted by
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When looking at this intricate piece by Kansas-based artist Rena Detrixhe from afar you would think it’s a lovely example of vintage embroidery. But upon taking a closer look, you can see that the lacy design is not made from thread, but rather thousands of seeds. For this piece, which she calls Heirloom, Detrixhe gathered the seeds in Lawrence, Kansas, then spent countless hours meticulously stitching them into stunning patterns. [Read more…]

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The “Mothership Space Net Penthouse”: A Base Jumping Hammock 400 Feet in the Air

Monday 12.22.2014 , Posted by
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It’s a thrill-seekers dream come true. Combining the relaxation of a hammock with the sports of highline walking and base jumping, this intrepid crew spent their Thanksgiving holiday jumping through the hole in the middle of the “Mothership Space Net Penthouse.” That’s the grand name behind their creation, slung 400 feet above the Moab desert floor in Utah. [Read more…]

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A Ghost Ship Spotted Along A Canal in Amsterdam

Sunday 12.21.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve seen plenty of ghost ships in movies, but this one doesn’t require animation. This vessel appears at night along a canal in Amsterdam and you won’t believe your eyes. Using stage lights and water curtains, the ship appears in the water and the wind only adds to its eerie qualities. Created by visualSKIN for the Amsterdam Light Festival, the apparition shows up in front of Amsterdam Center for Architecture and The National Maritime Museum. [Read more…]

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