Polarized Approval: Republican & Democrat Opinion of Every President Since Eisenhower

For Presidents Day, Pew Research Center produced an eye opening visualization of presidential approval over the past 62 years, ranging from the beginning of the Eisenhower administration to the latest poll for Barack Obama. Unlike most presidential approval charts, however, this one splits ratings by political party. Overall, 47% of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance (up from 42% in December), but that score hides a growing polarization between Democrats and Republicans.

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A Wild Tour of Dubai, From Top to Bottom

Between its super-tall skyline, vast deserts, artificial palm-shaped islands, and its impressive wealth, Dubai is a place of extremes. It’s no surprise then, that award-winning filmmaker Rob Whitworth needed 3 months to explore, research and film the city and its surrounding lands for his latest video Dubai Flow Motion. It was time well spent.

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Shanghai From A Crane Operator’s Perspective

It takes a fearless person to spend their working hours high in the sky, and to build skyscrapers we need these courageous ones. Wei Gensheng works as a crane operator and he has decided to share what Shanghai looks like from his perspective, nearly 2000 feet in the air! From high up in the crane cab, Gensheng shows that his eye for good photographs is just as good as his crane operating skills. This photograph series was taken while Gensheng was working on the construction of the Shanghai Tower.

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A 3.5-Minute Music Video Shot in Just 5 Seconds (Using a High Speed Camera)

French filmmaker Guillaume Panariello claims he’s made the “shortest shoot ever” and that might just be true. Using just 5 seconds of actual time, he’s created a 3.5-minute video which packs in a ton zany action – from a fishing eskimo and boozing cupid, to WWII soldiers shooting confetti.

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These Employees Are Having A Ball At Work

It’s all work and all play at the London creative agency Pearlfisher. In its forward-thinking installation called Jump In!, the agency filled its gallery space with over 81,000 white plastic balls to “promote the transformative power of play.”

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Capturing Travel Memories With A Camera Was Too Easy, So Teresa Lim Decided to Embroider Them Instead

With cameras that fit in our pockets, stored in a digital form that allows us to have hundreds of thousands at a time, sometimes taking a photo takes us out of the moment in our attempt to preserve it. Teresa Lim has found a way to combat this predicament. Now she spends two hours soaking in the energy of each travel spot while she embroiders what most would snap a quick shot of. In her series called “Sew Wanderlust” she brings us around the world with her and photographs each finished stitch work with the background that inspired it.

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Check Out What These Three Sisters Did to Liven Up Their Grandmother’s Town

It took the creative minds of three sisters to entirely transform an otherwise common town in Taiwan. Nobody really had a desire to visit the town of Huija, other than to attend one of the three temple gatherings each year. It didn’t help that drab grays and blues on old brick was the popular style there. But that’s different now.

While visiting their grandmother’s house on holiday, the three sisters decided to bring some life to the place. They got some supplies and painted the outside of her house with their favorite cartoon characters including Daruma Dolls, which are a symbol of luck in Japan. What happened next no one in the town could have expected.

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Deep, Dark Forests Sculpted from Cardboard

Sculptor Eva Jospin makes art that completes a circle. She creates dense, dark forests out a material which they ultimately produce – sheets of cardboard. Cutting, layering and gluing the waste product into scenes with surprising depth, one could almost imagine taking a wander amongst their dark trunks, roots and leaves.

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A Heart On A String On A Quad-Copter Is The Sweetest Remote Controlled Valentine

Cory Williams, AKA the world’s first professional YouTuber, knows how to make a girl smile and he has the video footage to prove it! Tying a heart to a string to a quad-copter, he played cupid from afar. He flew the mobile valentine over the snowy, beautiful Alaskan town where he and his girlfriend Kristen live, catching her eye on her drive home. The view from the camera catches the playful chase and big grin, as well as the cold, peaceful, scenery from above. Williams says, “The idea for this was to remind us that our hearts will always lead us to each other.”

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Bookniture: Furniture that Collapses to the Size of a Book

In our increasingly mobile world, having furniture that can go with you and adapt to many situations is key. Bookniture, a project launching on Kickstarter fits those needs exceptionally well. Not only can it function as a stool, foot rest, nightstand, standing work desk and more, it also collapses into the size of a large book on your shelf. Handy.

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