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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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The Many Faces of Bill Murray: How Many Do You Know?

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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As far as actors go, you won’t find many more universally loved than Bill Murray. Whether he’s hilariously trying to blow up gophers in Caddyshack or wowing us with subtlety in Lost in Translation, his appearances are almost always memorable – even if they’re just momentary cameos. Now Steve Murray (no relation) has created an fantastic visual compilation for the National Post, capturing The Many Faces of Bill Murray over the years. It starts with The Rutles in 1978, finishes with his recent appearance in The Grand Budapest Hotel, and misses very few acts in between (only two early bits of voice work). Can you remember them all? [Read more...]

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Zen Float Tent – World’s First Affordable Isolation Tank For Home

Thursday 05.01.2014 , Posted by
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The benefits of sensory deprivation tanks are no secret: relaxation, deep meditation, soothing chronic muscle pain, increased athletic performance, and an overall sense of well being, but until now these benefits came at a pretty hefty financial cost. The average isolation tank costs $10-30k with the cheapest model available at $4,500, but now Zen Float has created a model that is available at a fraction of the price- just $1,700 and can be self-assembled after it is delivered to your door for free! Much lighter than the traditional models, the Zen Float Tent will weigh a little more than a water bed once you add the epsom salt and water and can be assembled in any room of your home so you can float whenever you want! With a single float session averaging $70 at most float centers, just 25 floats would cover the cost of this invaluable item. [Read more...]

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My Status is Not a Secret: A Bold New HIV Awareness Campaign and Interview with Parker Trewin

Tuesday 04.22.2014 , Posted by
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Three weeks ago, Column Five (a Visual News partner) launched a bold new HIV awareness campaign called My Status Is Not A Secret. Through a series of filmed interviews and a 45-minute documentary featuring a diverse cast of individuals speaking frankly about their experiences with HIV, the project seeks to give a face to a disease that ultimately affects us all. [Read more...]

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