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Visual Bits #342> Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Monday 12.24.2012 , Posted by

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Visualizing The Chemistry of Snowflakes

Thursday 12.20.2012 , Posted by

The Chemisrry of Snowflakes

It’s the end of a natural process that many of us see millions of times every year – the creation of tiny snowflakes which together build the white wonderland of winter snow. But, just how many of us have really looked into what happens behind that process? How exactly does a snowflake form? [Read more…]

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X-Ray Peeks at X-mas Gifts

Tuesday 12.18.2012 , Posted by

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No matter how much you shake, rattle, and size-up your presents this holiday season, sometimes you still can’t figure out what’s inside. But with an X-ray view, there is no mistaking what lies beneath that festive wrapping paper and bow! X-ray Artist Hugh Tuvey from the British Institute of Radiology took radiographed pictures of wrapped up Christmas packages to reveal the secrets inside. [Read more…]

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A Fun Interactive Advent Calendar for Santa Believers

Wednesday 12.12.2012 , Posted by

I’ll never forget the year I “ruined Christmas.” I was in fifth grade and already knew for quite some time the secret about Santa, but continued to pretend because I thought I would get more presents that way. My family and I were at my grandma’s house and I opened the Nickelodeon Moonshoes I’d been asking for. My mom told me I could not use them in the house, but I proceeded to put them on and ended up jumping on my grandma’s foot that had just been operated on. Three generations of tears were shed and my mom told me, “You know what Jessica, there’s no such thing as Santa Claus- it’s me and your dad!” I cried in reply, “Does that mean there’s no Easter Bunny either?” But thinking back on that time in my life when I was hearing things at school about Santa being a phony, but still wanted to believe, I wondered how hard it must be to keep the secret alive when kids have regular internet access. So I did a google search: “Is Santa real?” to see what they might find and came across this awesome interactive advent calendar. [Read more…]

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Here’s a Few Early Christmas Gifs!

Friday 12.07.2012 , Posted by

It’s that time of year when everyone, and we mean everyone, starts making christmas themed art. From the cute to the bizarre, you just can’t get away from it, so we’re embracing this inevitable happenstance and bringing you a gift of 11 fun gifs from the supppperbly titled site, Christmas Gifs (punny!). [Read more…]

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A Visual Guide to Roasting Your First Turkey

Friday 10.26.2012 , Posted by

Let’s be real: The holidays can be stressful. Your extended family’s crammed in not-so-extended quarters, your paycheck’s spent before it even arrives, and every quick trip to the store feels like you’ve entered The Hunger Games. All that merriment would drive anyone to consume every baked good in sight. [Read more…]

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A Flash Mob Collection for Holiday Smiles

Sunday 12.18.2011 , Posted by

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It must be hard to put a number on how many times a flash mob has occurred now. They seem to be popping up everywhere, surprising those lucky enough to catch one in action.  I still have not had the pleasure of being somewhere where one starts, but it must be pretty amazing to unexpectedly have one come to life around you.  This November, a really awesome one broke out in my home airport. For all of the weary travelers at Denver International Airport, Community-Minded Dance put on quite a show on November 22nd, just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The crew put on a medley of Swing classics to put a smile on travelers faces [Read more…]

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Holidays are Covered: App Creates & Mails Your Cards

Thursday 10.27.2011 , Posted by

For all you good people that keep in contact with friends during the holidays, here’s a soon to be released app that could revolutionize your card sending frenzy. Sincerely Ink lets you not only create cards directly on your iPhone, iPad or Android phone, but also mail them directly from your contacts. There are over 30 different designs and your messages are guaranteed to arrive or your money back. The current price for each sent card is just $1.69, which when you consider how much time your saving, the fact that it’s a custom card and the cost of postage, is quite a deal. See sincerely.com/ink for more info and to be first to know when the app is released [Read more…]

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Socially-Conscious Stocking Sculptures

Wednesday 12.22.2010 , Posted by

A row of Christmas stockings hung by the fire are cozy and traditional. A cluster of vibrant Christmas socks strung up to create a sculpture is anything but conventional. This Christmas display was created by Montreal creative agency Paprika, for Domison, a retailer that has become known for creative and eco-friendly holiday installations. The sleigh-like swoop of Paprika Christmas Display comprises 600 socks fastened together with safety pins. For the holiday season it can be seen hanging from the ceiling of the Domison store at 4117 Boulevard Saint-Laurent. After the holidays, the socks will be removed and given to 300 cold toes in need at a local homeless shelter. [Read more…]

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The Carol of the Bells Played on iPads

Saturday 12.11.2010 , Posted by


For Christmas this year the folks at North Point Community Church in Georgia wanted to mix things up a bit. Using borrowed iPhones and iPads, they formed an “iBand” and performed the traditional bell choir song “The Carol of the Bells” using only the Apple devices. Merry iChristmas! [Read more…]

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