Lessons from a Master of Cinema: How Akira Kurosawa Composed Movement

If you haven’t seen Tony Zhou’s excellent series Every Frame A Painting (previously), you are in for a treat. His videos dissect the work of filmmaking masters in a way that will have you appreciating (or loathing) most films you see afterward.

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Should Religion Guide a Presidential Candidate’s Policy? Americans are Saying “No”

Oh my goodness, we’re talking about politics and religion in the same place. It’s like an awkward dinner with the extended family… When CNN and ORC International conducted a new poll asking Americans what would make the perfect presidential candidate, they found that when it came to religion in politics, Americans are leaning towards less of it.

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Mind-Blowing, Laser Cut, Mathematical Art Lights Up the World

You may have seen the beautiful works of Cozo Designs, as fractal night lights on the Playa at Burning Man. The beautiful, laser cut, mathematical designs shine light in stunning patterns across the ground. The large installations HYBYCOZO got double the funding through Kickstarter and have traveled to festivals all over the US. Now Cozo Designs, led by Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu of San Francisco, makes a home sized version of their awe-inspiring designs. According to the team, “The patterns represents the many ways, people, over thousands of years, have derived meaning and connection from geometry and natural patterns, on both the molecular and spiritual level, and shared it with each other through the arts.”

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In 1939, Pontiac Built a Transparent Car from Plexiglas

For the 1939-1949 World’s Fair in New York, Pontiac had a special surprise in store. Working in collaboration with chemical company Rohm & Haas, who had just developed a new product called “Plexiglas”, they created an entire body shell for a 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six. It was soon dubbed the “Ghost Car.”

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Could You Live in an Internet Cafe? Japan’s “Cyber Homeless” Do

The cities in Japan can be challenging to live in. If you are not making a full-time salary, which typically involves long hours and high stress, then you are a temporary worker, which basically means you are on a short-term contract and making half as much as a “salary man.” With such low wages and rising rental costs, it’s tough to make rent.

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Bizarre and Beautiful Architecture Collages Feature Parts from Many Buildings

Take a series of old world buildings, chop up their best bits, and rearrange them with an eye for the surreal and fantastic. That’s the basic recipe behind German graphic artist Matthias Jung’s bizarre collages of fictional architecture. Sitting in a peaceful, pastoral world, each unusual structure strikes a surprising contrast to the natural beauty that surrounds.

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Portraits of Musicians on Old Vinyl Records, by Daniel Edlen

On the very records that hold their music, artist Daniel Edlen creates pitch perfect portraits of famous musicians. Similar to old velvet paintings, he adds the highlights to the dark surface of the vinyl, using only white acrylic paint and a rough-edged brush to dab the likenesses of greats like John Coltrane and Aretha Franklin. Each record is mounted on top of its original cover, with the round paper center peaking through to reveal the name of the artist.

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For the First Time Ever, Streaming Music Tops CD Sales

It had to happen sometime. Last year, for the first time ever, income for streaming music from services like Pandora and Spotify was higher than sales for CDs.

That’s according to a report released this month by the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the major recording companies. To be fair it was a pretty dismal year for music sales in general, but that follows the downward trend we’ve seen for years. With the near unlimited selection, and low (to no) cost for streaming services, it was only a matter of time before CDs had to face the music.

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Wooden Wireframe Sculptures Recreate Everyday Objects

Most household items wouldn’t be considered beautiful, but when Polish artist Janusz Grünspek creates sculptures featuring many of them, they become something bigger than their everyday roots. His real-life wireframes take the form of cassette tapes, a coffee maker or an Apple laptop, all made with delicate precision with just wooden skewers and a hot glue gun. Wood isn’t something you usually associate with 3D modeling, but in this case it does the job wonderfully. His series is called “Drawings in Space” (Zeichnungen im Raum).

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NBA Study: Refs are Wrong 14% of the Time in Last 2 Minutes of Game

Starting March 1st, the National Basketball Association began releasing reports evaluating all calls and important non-calls which occur in the last two minutes of games. What did they find? In those final important moments, referees have made the wrong call or non-call in more than 14% of cases.

In 288 plays that the NBA considered, 7 whistled calls were wrong, while 34 no-calls were incorrect. If a win for your team is on the line, this isn’t very comforting news. However, Rod Thorn, the league’s president of basketball operations, said “The vast majority of the calls are right.” Referees made the correct call 96% of the time they blew the whistle.

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