When a 96-year-old man named Fred recently entered a song writing contest, he admitted that he couldn’t sing and had never even played an instrument… but that didn’t stop him from submitting. He simply sent a letter with the song he’d written about his wife of 75 years. Lorraine had passed away just a month before, and Fred couldn’t help but write a fitting tribute to the woman he loved so much. His song is called Oh Sweet Lorraine. [Read more...]
As temperatures rise during summer months across the U.S., so does energy consumption and, especially, energy bills. A hot summer day in many U.S. states can be downright brutal, and most are forced to resort to fans and air conditioners to keep cool from day into the night. According to data from the National Climatic Data Center, 87 percent of all American homes – almost 100 million – are equipped with AC appliances, costing homeowners more than $11 billion annually.
Beards are awesome, in the old sense of the word. Like when you can hardly breath it is so awesome. Like when you might faint, fall over and land on the dog from the pure awesomeness. Minneapolis-based photographer Ben Garvin knows this and just released an absolutely fantastic and wacky stop-motion video called Magic Beard. He did the whole thing using the iPhone app Stop Motion Studio, and that’s all we’re going to tell you about it… take a safe seat and watch to the end! [Read more...]
We’ve seen some serious examples of patience, but this five year project by Liza Lou might take the cake. Based in South Africa and inspired by traditional African bead crafts, the artist meticulously covered a life-size kitchen replica in millions of colored glass beads, one by one with a pair of tweezers! From 1991-1996, she covered every surface of the kitchen- furniture, counters, cupboards, tablecloth, and even food items like a pie in the oven, giving a beautiful sparkling effect to all of the items. She even filled the sink with dishes and had blue beaded water streaming from the faucet onto the plates, bowls, and cups. [Read more...]
Hyperloop: Elon Musk Proposes Tube-Based Transport from San Francisco to Los Angeles (in 35 minutes!)
According to revolutionary idea guru Elon Musk, his new concept for better high-speed transportation in California is a “cross between a Concorde, a railgun, and an air hockey table.” That’s what he hinted at the D11 Conference in May, before the thrilling new transport concept called Hyperloop was officially announced to the public. The idea was conceived after the controversial plan for California’s high speed rail program connecting San Francisco and LA was announced. Not only was the proposed system one of the most expensive in the world (estimated at $68.4 billion), but also one of the slowest. Musk thinks California can do better – much better. [Read more...]
Twice a year on Governor’s Island, New Yorkers are given the opportunity to time travel back to the Prohibition Era. The event called Jazz Age Lawn Party encourages people to put on their finest Great Gatsby gear and party like it’s 1929! Photographer Driely S of Pelopelado shared with us her collection of photos from the last gathering, which highlight some of the best vintage fashions. The blast from the past party was started by Michael Arenella and grew from fifty friends and fans to being heralded as one of the most memorable events of 2011 and 2012 by The New York Times. [Read more...]
Twitter’s Vine app has undoubtedly opened the floodgates for creatives to enjoy a new non-stationary medium to express themselves. Using the ambiance of the mirror and a normal bedroom, JehReh flicks his wrist to make his son appear and disappear. This particular piece of content has already been Tweeted over 3,000 times and has raised some serious awareness to an overall spectacular, must-follow Vine account.
Here’s a look at his son disappearing, as well as some other choice videos from the new-media auteur [Read more...]
It’s a video that went undiscovered on Vimeo for years, and a project that’s been evolving for decades… with no clear end in sight. Jerry Gretzinger has an obsession unlike anyone else we’ve heard of: he’s spent almost his entire adult years creating a single never-ending map using hand painted pages and a special deck of cards to determine the outcome for his imaginary populous. It’s an all encompassing personal project that greatly predates modern games like SimCity and Minecraft, and Jerry’s brilliant (some would say obsessed) mind is at the controls. [Read more...]
Although calligraphy is one of the oldest forms of artistic writing, this twist by artsit Andrew van der Merwe is relatively new. For the past eight years, the self-proclaimed Beach Scriber has been creating beautiful calligraphy in the sands of Cape Town, South Africa. He uses a special instrument that looks like a gigantic, four-sided, cheese grater on a stick (without the holes) to carve stunning patterns into the sand. Wearing shoes that are like smaller skateboards without wheels that prevent him from leaving footprints in the sand, he gently steps around his design, working from the inside out. [Read more...]
Much like the honeycomb vessels of artist Tomáš Libertíny, Dewar’s has come up with a fascinating way to celebrate their new Highlander Honey Whiskey. Dewar’s teamed up with The Ebeling Group and Sid Lee Creative Studio for a project that they call “3B Printing” where they placed 80,000 highlander honey bees into a clear, bottle shaped vessel which guided them to create a bottle shaped honeycomb. The bees were given a starter blueprint where they could gather nectar and pollen as they would in their natural environment and got busy, like the bees that they are, making the honey that is the key ingredient of Dewar’s new product. When the bottle shaped honeycomb was complete, the outer plastic layer was removed to reveal the highlanders’ 3-B bottle. The process is un-bee-lievable, but you can check it out in the video bee-low. [Read more...]