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Surveillance Cams Don Bday Hats to Celebrate Orwell

Thursday 06.27.2013 , Posted by

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For Eric Arthur Blair’s (better known by his pen-name George Orwell) would-be 110th birthday on June 25th, 2013, Dutch duo FRONT404 invited the modern day evidence of Orwell’s dystopian future predictions to celebrate. Written in 1949, Orwell’s famous book ‘1984’ portrayed a totalitarian government that monitored all of the population in a Big Brother surveillance state. While the ideas seemed far fetched in 1949, technology is bringing us closer and closer to this reality every year. Thomas voor ‘t Hekke and Bas van Oerle (FRONT404) adorned surveillance cameras throughout the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands in sparkly party hats- to celebrate Orwell’s birthday and make it hard for people to overlook their normally inconspicuous presence. [Read more...]

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Disney Posters Get ‘Honestly’ Remixed

Wednesday 06.12.2013 , Posted by

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When we were children, Disney films were often the pinnacle of entertainment, and as our young minds absorbed the fascinating and memorable plot lines, nothing could distract from the sugar filled story playing before our eyes. But now, with adult minds and some critical thought, our view of these films can often have humorous and not-so-innocent twists our young minds could never imagined. These brutally “honest’ remixes of classic Disney film posters by Christine Gritmon, see each movie re-titled with surprising new interpretations. [Read more...]

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Discarded Paintings Remixed with Monsters

Friday 05.31.2013 , Posted by

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Regardless of how many good vibes or “happy trees” got painted into that old mountain landscape at the thrift store, there are few of us who would consider giving the dusty old painting a new home. Artist Chris McMahon might be changing that sentiment however, giving those old paintings a new and unusual chance at life. McMahon is part of a growing number of people remixing discarded paintings by placing strange new creatures into the scene. His Mountain Monster, shown above, is a good example of the technique. Through the tops of the puffy white clouds comes a massive four-legged beast set on total destruction (or is that just a smile?). [Read more...]

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Bizarre and Hilarious Animal Mashups

Friday 05.31.2013 , Posted by

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Is it a Killer Penguin? A Pengorca? Whatever you want to call it, the hybrid animal above is convincing enough to elicit more than one close look. The work of Reddit user Arne Olav, each of these hilarious animal combinations harkens back to legends like the centaur, the hippocamp or the Chimera (an imaginative Greek animal combining a lion, snake, and goat). With “Chimera” being such an excellent example of animal combining, the word is now used to describing these imaginative mashups. [Read more...]

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Quote a Bluth: An Arrested Development Interactive

Thursday 05.30.2013 , Posted by

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The long-awaited premiere of Arrested Development’s fourth season graced our senses this Sunday more than six years after the show was cancelled because of dwindling ratings. Fans of the show have rabidly declared their love in the form of memes, gifs, and random quotes – across every social network conceivable. This spur of online support inspired the creator of the series, Mitchell Hurwitz, to create another season of our favorite dysfunctional family; exclusively for Netflix. This Quote a Bluth interactive created by Column Five – whose headquarters are in Newport Beach, California, home of the Bluth family and their world-famous banana stand – takes a look back across the first three seasons of Arrested Development, and some of the funniest moments provided by each character. [Read more...]

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Heartbreaking First World Problems from Twitter

Thursday 05.09.2013 , Posted by

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“The barista put 3 pumps of caramel in my macchiato today. I clearly said 2!” Life is tough for “first-worlders” sometimes, so what’s the best way to vent these struggles? Twitter of course! What better way to broadcast frustration about “serious problems” than to you 1,500 close friends around the web. This hilarious collection of tweets pokes fun at this all too common trend, juxtaposing stock images of despondent first world people dwelling on the sad trivialities of their lives. [Read more...]

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Mad Men or Mod Men? Comparing the Show to Now

Monday 04.08.2013 , Posted by

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It’s only a matter of 26 episodes before the phenomenon that is Mad Men ends… so it’s only appropriate to reflect a bit on how the show has effected our culture. Because of the gorgeously styled and expertly acted mid-century series, we’ve seen endless artistic tributes, design influences, and throwback fashions. The 21st century has a serious love affair with the 60s, and since we’re currently so enamored with that era, the cool folks at Shutterstock recently asked just what the 21 st century version of the long running show would look like. Their resulting images are entertaining and even a bit revealing. [Read more...]

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Thumbs Up! Famous Films Without the Guns

Monday 03.18.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes in life, all it takes is removing one key ingredient to change the message… in fact, it sometimes completely reverses the original meaning. That’s the case in these great movie still remixes from the blog Thumbs and Ammo, where we are given a collection of shoot’em up moments with one element removed: the guns. Suddenly tough guys like Al Pacino’s Tony Montana in Scarface don’t look so tough… he’s just enthusiastically giving a thumbs-up. [Read more...]

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Architecture for Dogs

Monday 03.04.2013 , Posted by

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Have you ever thought about designing something unique for your dog to participate in? Japanese designer Kenya Hara created a project called Architecture for Dogs, a curated collection of houses and beds for the pooches. Hara connected with 11 architects who chose a particular breed of dog to design for. The architects then designed places of leisure based on that breeds particular behaviors. [Read more...]

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Superman Re-Skinned as Other Pop-Icons

Friday 02.01.2013 , Posted by

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Perhaps the most famous of all Superman imagery comes, not surprisingly, from his very first comic features. The cover of Superman #6 featured a smiling hero, his radiant face looking out on a world he was happy and generous enough to save. It’s classic Americana to the max. When artist Mike Mitchell recently took on the iconic image, he gave it everything but a new face – “re-skinning” Superman with the clothing of pop-culture icons far and wide, old and new. [Read more...]

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