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Dive In! Photos of Swimming Pools From Around the World

Monday 08.04.2014 , Posted by
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Dutch photojournalist Marieke van der Velden has been taking photos of swimming pools in each country she has traveled to since 2009. Her work for NGOs has taken her to Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Much of her organization-based work can be draining and emotional due to the subject matter she is photographing. Visiting swimming pools can give her a bit of refuge. ‘They have a quiet, positive atmosphere. They give me a rest from the reportages‘ she tells the Guardian. [Read more...]

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A Creative Collaboration Between an Artist and Honeybees

Sunday 08.03.2014 , Posted by
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Canadian artist Aganetha Dyck is fascinated by the delicate relationship between nature and humans. In a series titled Honeybee Alterations, Dyck took porcelain figurines and with the use of apiary feeder boards and hive blankets, collaborated with the local bee population in creating art. [Read more...]

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Photoshop Wiz Dad Places His Adorable Daughters Into Crazy Adventures

Sunday 08.03.2014 , Posted by
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IT director by day, Photographer/Photoshop Wizard Extraordinaire by night, John Wilhelm brings his imagination to life with the help of his 3 adorable daughters. At 5.5 years old, Lou is the big sister to toddler Mia (2.8 years old) and infant Yuna (6 months) and all 3 have been excellent participants in helping their daddy realize his wildest ideas. From a giant octopus attack during a scuba diving adventure in the bathtub to wild crocodiles stealing a camera, these girls have survived it all. Playing different roles, like an ancient spaghetti charmer, auto mechanics pumping up Mom’s belly, and Little Red Riding Hood seems to be a blast for these little ones. [Read more...]

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Brutalist Jewelry Uses Cement in Abstract Designs

Saturday 08.02.2014 , Posted by
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While most jewelry is delicately beautiful, these examples are decidedly rugged… then again, concrete isn’t the first thing you think of in wearable fashion. Designer Mareike Kanafani has created a collection of rings and broaches which seem to channel the aesthetic of heavy brutalist architecture from the mid-century – only this time in beautifully creative geometric forms. [Read more...]

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This is How Math Geeks Eat Their Bagels

Friday 08.01.2014 , Posted by
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Much like a Reeses cup, there is no wrong way to eat a bagel, unless you’re gluten intolerant. But there is a more mathematically sensible way to create more surface area for your cream cheese, unless you’re lactose intolerant. Although I suppose this math nerd fun would also work on Gluten-free bagels with dairy-free cream cheese. So geek out with Stony Brook University research professor George W. Hart as he shares a mathematically correct bagel cutting guide that would make your geometry and trigonometry teachers proud. [Read more...]

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Fallen Leaves Cut Into Striking Silhouettes

Friday 08.01.2014 , Posted by
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Artist Omid Asadi has been transforming fallen leaves using just a craft knife and a needle – and in the process, giving them a new art filled life. A hole here, a slice there, and fantastic silhouettes appear out of the fragile brown shapes. Asadi has been cutting away at a wide range of subjects – everything from celebrity portraits, to artwork inspired by a friend’s tattoo, and wild animals. In most cases, his works smartly play off the natural shape of the leaf they embellish. [Read more...]

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Is This the Perfect Alarm Clock? Wake Up to Joshua Renouf’s Barisieur

Thursday 07.31.2014 , Posted by
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Joshua Renouf’s new alarm clock might be the most sublime way to greet the day: his Barisieur alarm clock is also a coffee-maker. In an intriguing mix of high and low tech, the charming design combines classic wood detailing and glass brewing apparatus, with induction heated ball bearings that clink together to gently bring you to consciousness. Combine that with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and this is one perfect way to awaken. [Read more...]

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Army Eats: What Does Your Country Feed Their Soldiers?

Thursday 07.31.2014 , Posted by
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Around the world there are millions of soldiers, and all of them need to eat. Some are currently in a conflict, others are in training and some are just waiting. When in the field, the standard meal is an MRE, or “Meal, Ready-to-Eat.” Typically, these ready made meals come with a small instant heat pack to warm the contents of the foods provided. [Read more...]

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Infinity Boxes Are Going On Tour and We Need Your Help!

Thursday 07.31.2014 , Posted by
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Earlier this year, we introduced you to one of our favorite installations on Earth, Matt Elson’s incredible infinity boxes, which we first discovered at Burning Man. The socially interactive mirror boxes require 2 participants to activate their magic so they are a great way to turn strangers into friends. Videos can’t do justice for the live experience of an infinity box, but you can get an idea in the link above or the video below. Now Elson and his crew have been invited to take their Infinity Boxes beyond The Playa in Black Rock City, Nevada and other festivals in California so that more people can enjoy them, but he needs your help! [Read more...]

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Lace Up the Place! Street Art and Yarn Bombing by Nespoon

Wednesday 07.30.2014 , Posted by
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With a touch of lace in all her work, Warsaw-based artist NeSpoon has been applying her signature patterns to everything from stenciled street art, to site-specific ceramics and web-like crochet installations (spiders take note). Her work has a friendly and welcoming aesthetic which beatifies and enhances the often decrepit environment they occupy. Working with that in mind, she calls her art “public jewelry.” [Read more...]

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