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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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Living Modern Art: Duo Pranks Tate Modern & Saatchi

Thursday 01.31.2013 , Posted by

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Ok, confession time. The last time I visited the Tate Modern there were a number of exhibits which people just didn’t seen to “get.” Richard Sarra’s Trip Hammer, Martin Boyce’s Gate (We don’t meet here. We are always together first.) and anything made by Charlotte Posenenske had people with puzzled looks surrounding them and muttering sentences like “I just don’t get how this is art…” To most observers – modern or not – these industrially-styled artworks are hard to understand. So, when I found a room filled only with a ladder, some plastic, an electric lift and a sign reading something like “This space undergoing renovation,” I couldn’t help turning the sign around and seeing what happened. Surprisingly, people almost immediately showed up in the room, stood looking past the rope surrounding the equipment and started analyzing the fine art they were observing. It happened… over, and over, and over… and no one once said they thought it wasn’t art. So when I found this museum hijacking video by a duo going by the names of Doug and Mikael, I couldn’t help but love it. [Read more…]

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The Simpsons Come to Life as Celebrities

Tuesday 01.29.2013 , Posted by

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What if a live-action version of the Simpsons was created? Like the Flintstones and Transformers movies, many cartoons have been adapted for live characters. But, in the case of the famous yellow family in the long running hit from Springfield – who could possibly be chosen to portray such memorable characters as Homer Simpson and friends? Artist Brad Anderson gave the question a stab, photoshopping versions of the family and other famous characters from the show using famous celebrities to fill each roll. [Read more…]

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Wild Cartoon Scenes from a Polish Illustrator

Monday 12.24.2012 , Posted by

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Machal Dziekan has a talent for looking at society’s fringes through a hilariously dynamic lens. His illustrations seem to always have someone falling down about to meet their demise; or at least stuck in a ridiculously awkward situation which seems unescapable. In this case Santa isn’t even safe. [Read more…]

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Buyral: The Elderly Help Make Your Video Go Viral

Tuesday 11.06.2012 , Posted by

Have you ever just wanted your video to go viral without all that worry about whether it’s really popular? Well Buyral has the solution for you! Using the combination of an ip.propagator and outsourcing to “clickers” world-wide, you can now purchase your viral clicks for the low price of $11.99 for 250k or even $59.99 for 25 million! They’ve got clicking farms doing your work in New York, India, classrooms and even retirement homes. [Read more…]

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10 Brand Logos Get a Zombie Apocalypse Makeover

Wednesday 10.31.2012 , Posted by

In the wake of a zombie apocalypse, things might get a whole lot more dead around here. If zombies started running the place – dead brains and all – you can imagine brands might need to start marketing there products a little, shall we say… unorthodoxly. That’s what designer/artist Ben Fellowes imagined: he’s reworked a whole line of popular logos, from Starbucks to FedEx, and made them a lot more gruesome just in time for Halloween day. [Read more…]

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