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We Love Friday! – Be Inspired

Friday 02.01.2013 , Posted by

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In this journey through life, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Every time you think your day is bad, there is always someone who has it worse, and there is always someone who has been through something similar. That is why certain quotes can be so inspirational- they seem to speak to exactly what you need to hear to help you keep moving forward. With the internet, it’s easy to search for a quote about anything you imagine, but here is a collection from Instagram that are universally helpful. If you have a quote that inspires you that is not shown here, please add it to the comments section below. [Read more…]

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Gravityless: A B-Boy Takes Flight

Thursday 12.06.2012 , Posted by

I have to admit that when I saw the title of the new dance film, Gravityless, I fully expected it to be something with high tech CGI visuals. Instead what I got from the piece by David Olkarny, was something far more subtle and uplifting at the same time. It’s a film which follows b-boy dancer Karimbo around the city and countryside as he throws himself into almost gravity defying moves. As he hits the apex the film slows, revealing the poetry of each instance: Karimbo floats above sky scrapers, wooded glens, and sandy beaches in his dress pants, white shirt and thin black tie. [Read more…]

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Compendium of Shapes You Forgot From Geometry Class

Tuesday 10.30.2012 , Posted by

The folks over at Pop Chart Labs have done it again, producing another extensive, poster-based charting of beautiful information. This time though, rather than focusing on beer breweries or even celebrity hairstyles, they are getting geometric. Their new florescent design, The Synoptic Scheme of Shapes, points out just how much we all slept through geometry class… or maybe it just shows how much fun shapes can be when you aren’t getting tested later. My favorite part? I finally figured out the name of my long-time favorite shape: a superellipse. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #255> Writings On The Wall: Quotes & Types

Monday 08.20.2012 , Posted by

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Pop-Up Restaurants: They’re Here to Stay

Wednesday 08.08.2012 , Posted by

People are aware that the restaurant industry is massive — to the tune of $372 billion a year — but, what they may not be aware of is that a quarter of these restaurants fail within the first year, and 60% fail by their third year. This rate of failure has driven some cutting edge chefs and restaurant financiers to seek out new investment opportunities.  The pop-up restaurant trend was inspired by supper clubs, and first started in London in the mid-2000s as “happenings”. A cheaper investment upfront coupled with the opportunity for constant reinvention and chance-taking make pop-up restaurants ideal for restaurant financiers and chefs looking for a new investment. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #182> Hot Air Balloons and Rooftop Views

Saturday 05.05.2012 , Posted by



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Inspiring Post-It Notes Left in Public

Friday 05.04.2012 , Posted by

Sometimes we just need a helpful reminder of how good life actually is… or if it’s not right now, maybe a little motivational note to remind us how to get through the day. Many times the smallest statements — the littlest kernels of truth — are the best way to snap us back into seeing the world in all its beauty and make us forget the momentary trouble that had been consuming us. That’s just what these inspirational Post-It Notes are sure to do. [Read more…]

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Mr. Happy Man: 88 Year Old Shares Daily Love

Wednesday 02.15.2012 , Posted by

When people first encounter 88 year old Johnny Barnes, standing on a traffic island, waving his arms and blowing kisses at the many cars driving by, they probably wonder about his sanity. Yet, this charming and youthful fellow has more wisdom to share about life and love than almost anyone you’ll encounter. Each day, Barnes spends 6 hours, rain or shine, waving to cars, sharing love with passerby and doing his very best to better the world through his presence. In the beautiful film below, you’ll find he’s far from crazy, but rather has a beautiful and simple philosophy on life from which we can all learn. [Read more…]

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Storytelling with Sand

Monday 01.16.2012 , Posted by

With only a few handfuls of smooth volcanic sand, a ligthbox, and a projector, Kseniya Simonova moves audiences with her sand art performance. The fluid gestures of her arms tossing and wiping the sand, all in sync with the accompanying music, brings her stories to life. Simonova’s face remains expressionless during her shows, letting her movement and sand reveal her true emotions. [Read more…]

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A Hobbit Home for Under $5000

Monday 01.16.2012 , Posted by

With nothing more than hand tools, friends, family and a desire to avoid an expensive, unsustainable home, Simon Dale built his own. As a staunch advocate for low impact living, and with only a meager income, 32 year-old Dale decided to build a home in a hillside in Wales, one that he and his family could own outright and was sustainably hand-built directly in the middle of the forest. The design has an uncanny resemblance to Hobbit homes in the Lord of the Rings films, which has contributed to its rise in popularity. [Read more…]

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