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How Creatives Work: RIP Peter O’Toole

Monday 01.13.2014 , Posted by
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Peter O’Toole, one of the great figures of stage and screen died in December at the age of 81. Most famous for his turn in David Lean’s 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, as well as his strong performances in such classics as Beckett and The Lion in Winter, O’Toole has often been called one of the greatest actors of his generation. [Read more...]

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Minimalist Illustrations of the Animals That Have Traveled to Space

Friday 01.10.2014 , Posted by
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Thirteen years before a human ever traveled to outer space, on June 11, 1948, a heroic rhesus monkey named Albert made the journey, paving the way for future astronauts. Sadly Albert died of suffocation during the flight, but he was the first of many test monkeys. Before Albert only fruit flies had been sent to space, but he was the predecessor to monkeys Albert II through Albert VI, Gordo, Able, Sam, Miss Sam, Ham, and Enos among several other animals. Based in Budapest, Hungary, designer Norbert Mayer gives an illustrated history lesson on our animal friend space travelers in the images below. [Read more...]

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Is it a Buoy or is it a Ship? The Navy’s Oldest and Oddest Research Vessel

Thursday 01.09.2014 , Posted by
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If you just saw the image above, you might guess that the navy repurposed the front of a ship for the top of a buoy, or as many people have done, mistake it for a capsized ocean transport ship… the truth however, is far more interesting. You are looking at the US Navy’s oldest and most unusual research vessel. Appropriately called FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform), the 355ft long spoon-shaped ship is the world’s only vessel that can operate both horizontally and vertically. The ship performs its 28 minute transformation when 700 tons of seawater are pumped into the ‘handle’ of the ship causing it to lower into the water and the bow to rise. [Read more...]

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22 Pictures of Famous People When They Were Young

Monday 12.30.2013 , Posted by
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We only find out about famous people when they get, well, famous… so it’s often surprising to see who they were before the spotlight hit. Here we bring you a collection of youthful photographs, capturing some of the most influential figures of the past century. There are revered leaders, infamous dictators, talented musicians and more – all before their unique abilities and upbringing made an impact on the world. [Read more...]

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‘BAMF’ Grandma Celebrates Her 103rd Birthday with a Tattoo, Does Reddit AMA

Friday 12.27.2013 , Posted by
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Well, it’s official: 103-year-old Evelyn Kottman, dubbed a “Bad Ass Mother Figure” by Reddit, has completely captured the hearts of the Internet. She just celebrated her birthday by hitting the tables at the casino, having an all-you-can-eat meal of crab and finished it off by getting her first tattoo – a small heart on her right shoulder. Now that IS one bad ass mother figure! [Read more...]

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Farwell, Nelson Mandela: Guy Whitby’s Mosaic Tribute Using Computer Keyboards

Friday 12.06.2013 , Posted by

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On December 5th the world lost an icon. Nelson Mandela was a Nobel Prize winner, an anti-Apartheid icon and the first black president of South Africa. His life was selflessly dedicated to changing the future for oppressed South Africans by bringing racial equality to the country. He passed away at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95. [Read more...]

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What Would History Look Like as Told Through Instagram?

Monday 11.25.2013 , Posted by

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“If something isn’t on the internet, it didn’t happen.” At least that’s what a lot of people seem to think in our modern age, when every birthday party, natural disaster or new creative pursuit has to show up on Facebook or Instagram. But what if the major historical events of the past happened today with our current social media obsession? What if DaVinci had posted instagram teasers showing his nearly completed Mona Lisa? What if someone posted a photo of the Trojan horse before its secret contents were revealed? That’s what MTV designers Gusto NYC and Gavin Alaoen set out to do on their hilarious new blog, Histagrams. [Read more...]

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Colorized Vintage Photos Make the Past Look Like Today

Thursday 11.07.2013 , Posted by

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While black and white photography is an excellent tool for bringing out form and shade in images, it fails miserably at one aspect: reality. For the years before the 1960s – before color photography went solidly mainstream – we are left with imagery that often fails to look like it really happened. Thanks to modern digital colorization tools however, artists like Sanna Dullaway, Dana Keller and Jordan Lloyd are updating the past, adding back in the missing element of color and giving us a window into history that’s more real than ever before. [Read more...]

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Laid To Rest Stops: Photos of Deserted Buildings By Noel Kerns

Tuesday 10.29.2013 , Posted by

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These homes, houses, and pit stops will not be seeing any eager trick-or-treaters this Halloween – except perhaps photographer Noel Kerns. Going door-to-door between abandoned shacks in isolated California towns such as Barstow, Yermo and the Salton Sea, Kerns captures peeling, finite facades painted against infinite nighttime skies. [Read more...]

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Faded Memories: Diane Meyer Pixelates Family Portraits with Meticulous Embroidery

Monday 10.28.2013 , Posted by

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Last week I mentioned artist Johan Rosenmunthe’s pixelated photographs exploring the fuzzy nature of self-representation online – well, here’s an artist that is showing the equally fuzzy nature of memory. Los Angeles-based artist Diane Meyer has been using old family photographs showing her childhood in rural New Jersey, and meticulously embroidering them with chunky pixel-like cross stitch that both enhances and obscures the images of the past. [Read more...]

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