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This Was “The Phone of Tomorrow” in 1956… and They Got Almost Everything Right!

Monday 11.24.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not too often that old technology predictions come true… I mean, I still haven’t seen an amphibious battleship… but an article from the September 1956 issue of Modern Mechanix got just about everything right when they talked about “Your Telephone of Tomorrow”. The opening line: “Future may bring push-button dialing, videophones, direct calls anywhere on earth and pocket-sized sets.” Hey, that sounds a lot like my latest smart phone. It took almost 5 decades to make the article’s predictions come true, but hey, they even predicted that right! [Read more…]

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Precisely Layered Ceramic Sculptures by Matthew Chambers

Monday 11.24.2014 , Posted by
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It takes an exceptionally talented hand to form something as precise as these concentric vessels, regardless of the material, but Matthew Chambers uses clay. His impeccably detailed orbs are formed from individual sections thrown on a potter’s wheel, then meticulously assembled into the sculptures that you see here. The meaning is left up to us, whether we want to see onion rings, or the layers of another dimension. [Read more…]

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A Mother’s Body: Photoshop Free Portraits Honor The True Beauty Of Motherhood

Sunday 11.23.2014 , Posted by
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Like snowflakes, there are no two humans on this Earth exactly alike, yet all of our billboards would have us believing differently. While everyone is still probably overwhelmed by the courage that Kim Kardashian showed when she revealed her photoshopped body to the internet in attempts to “break it”, there are actually some mothers whose postpartum bodies aren’t so smooth and glistening. Photographer Jade Beall was one of them and she decided to post a picture of her un-retouched body, holding her infant son, on her Facebook page. The photo went viral and soon other women were asking Beall to photograph their bodies too. Hearing their stories inspired Beall to set out to show the world that being yourself is the most beautiful thing you can be. [Read more…]

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Try Making Your Own 3D Handprint With This Tutorial

Friday 11.21.2014 , Posted by
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Wondering how you’re going to keep your kids from uttering those utterly painful words “I’m bored” over the holiday break? Fret no more, handimania has come up with a tutorial that will keep them busy and they could even become DIY gifts for the kids to give everyone in your family. This awesome optical illusion looks difficult, but it’s quite simple, as you can see in the video below. Kids will love turning their hand into a 3D marvel and you will love not hearing them whine. It’s a win-win situation. [Read more…]

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The World’s First Circular Keyboard Puts The Old Straight 88 To Shame

Thursday 11.20.2014 , Posted by
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Although the piano wasn’t born this way, Lady Gaga’s lead keyboardist, Brockett Parsons had to have something just as unconventional as the shows he was performing in. With a team of “mad scientists” his vision of a circular keyboard that surrounds him was made a reality. The team consisted of Chuck Johnson- point man who gathered the team, Dave Starkey- the electronic man of QRS Systems, and Richard Fell- the piano pro who made it real. His round keyboard, which he lovingly nicknamed the “Brockettship” made it’s debut in Seoul, South Korea for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way 2012-2013 tour. With a mission to “re-imagine the world of keyboard performance and deliver ground breaking, performance grade keyboard creations” the PianoArc was born. [Read more…]

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A Radical Wooden Roadster Built from Plans (in 1959)

Thursday 11.20.2014 , Posted by
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If you were “the least bit handy with ordinary tools and not afraid to get your hands dirty” you could build the car in these pictures, read an article in the September 1956 issue of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. We’re pretty sure you’d need to be more than “the least bit” skilled to build this from the minimal plans, but we won’t fault the author on his choice of interesting cars. The extremely low-slung roadster was built like a boat, out of materials people would be familiar with: plywood panels covered with mahogany. Now that’s different. [Read more…]

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Is This How Millennials Will Save the World? It’s Beautifully Simple, and Incredibly Lazy.

Thursday 11.20.2014 , Posted by
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They’ve been called the “selfie generation,” lazy, entitled and worse. But as this beautiful video explores, maybe there’s more to millennials. They’re “digital natives,” born into the first generation that grew up surrounded by digital technologies with no need to adapt. Able to harness the power of the online world in ways unimaginable be previous generations, they look to social media and high-tech solutions to make the biggest difference with the smallest effort. And while people may accuse them of being lazy, time and again the data has shown that they value social good over personal profit. [Read more…]

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A World Filled with Light and Love, Illustrated by Pascal Campion

Wednesday 11.19.2014 , Posted by
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Illustrator Pascal Campion has a big heart, and every one of his artworks shows it. That’s saying a lot too, because he’s amassed well over 3000 sketches since he started his Sketch of the Day project in 2006. At that point in his life he was short on time, but starting that challenging project has garnered him more exposure and fans (he calls them friends) than he could ever have expected. Just take a look at this small selection of his work and you’ll easily see why. [Read more…]

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Inside the Warrior: Photographer Highlights the Masculine Side of Yoga

Wednesday 11.19.2014 , Posted by
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While yoga classes in the US generally tend to have a high female to male ratio, there are increasingly more men embracing the practice. While there are some men there for the view of the women in Lululemon spandex, there are also true yogis who embody the warrior nature of the practice. With warm, open hearts and defined, masculine exteriors, these men are a source of inspiration. Photographer Amy Goalen has artistically captured these warriors in various poses to highlight and celebrate their strength. 15 of her photos make up the Yoga Men 2015 Calendar which would be the perfect holiday gift for your favorite yogi. [Read more…]

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Zaha Hadid: Architecture Unbound

Wednesday 11.19.2014 , Posted by
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In the world of inventive contemporary architecture there are a few notable names that come to mind: Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Tom Wright, Jean Nouvel and Sir Norman Foster just to name a few. All white men. The architectural world has often been accused of not having enough minorities and women, at least not enough who are lauded on this kind of level. However, one architect who breaks this mold is Zaha Hadid, one of the most famous and important architects of the last thirty years. [Read more…]

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