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The Time You Have (In Jelly Beans)

Sunday 06.23.2013 , Posted by

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If you could see how many days you had left to live, how would you spend them? Would you do things differently than you’re doing them now? Ze Frank, an online performance artist, puts things in perspective as he uses jelly beans to represent the time the average person has in this powerful video. When we look at the days in our lives as a pile of jelly beans (28,835 beans to start- should we reach our full life expectancy) and see how many are already gone, it may have you shifting your priorities. The average person will watch television for 2,676 days, sleep for 8,477 days, spend 1,635 days eating or preparing food, 3,202 days working, and 1,099 days commuting. [Read more...]

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Vroom! Vroom! A Brief History of Video Game Driving

Wednesday 03.13.2013 , Posted by

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The thrill of driving an elite sports car to the brink of its mechanical limitations is something many of us will only watch on TV – or if you’re a real diehard for rumbling engines and impressive speeds, the grandstands. For those of us who fiend the need for speed — but don’t have the capital to hop into a sports car — video game racing has been wetting our appetites since 1974. The games we play today have come a long way since that time, each year increasing in complexity and visual appeal. The world of pixelated race cars, shoddy steering, and throwing banana peels has been transformed into games like Gran Turismo 5, with it’s 1,000+ cars, 26 locations, 71 tracks, top-notch handling and graphics. Read on to learn more in this brief history of video game driving graphic. [Read more...]

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Art Gallery at 30,000 Feet: Ben Eine & Virgin Atlantic

Tuesday 03.12.2013 , Posted by

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Words you don’t expect to hear while duty-free shopping in the air: “Could I get that £15,000 painting with my champagne, please?” But, it happened this February for travelers with Virgin Atlantic – specifically in the “Upper-Class” section where they staged the very first aircraft based art gallery. It was called “The Gallery in the Air,” and the artist that graced the skies above us – none other than internationally renowned English street artist Ben Eine, displaying his now iconic typographically based works. [Read more...]

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More 3D Illustrations Jump Out of the Sketchbook

Monday 02.11.2013 , Posted by

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Back in June we featured some amazing 3d sketches by Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki and now we are stoked that there are some new ones to share. Hideyuki has also created some videos showing the 2 dimensionality of the sketches when viewed at different angles. This batch is a little more colorful than the last, yet equally impressive. Hideyuki has really mastered this technique and inspired other artists to bring their sketches to life. See more of his works on Facebook and deviantART. [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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Daniel and the Amazing Technicolor Igloo: A DIY Guide

Tuesday 01.08.2013 , Posted by

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Meeting your partner’s parents can be scary. Lots of questions to make sure you’re good enough for their child, little tests to discover your weaknesses, etc. But for New Zealander Daniel Gray, his engineering expertise was put to the test with a project thoroughly thought out by his girlfriend’s mother who they were visiting in Edmonton, Canada for the holidays. The mother, Brigid Burton, did not want Dan to be bored during the visit, so she began creating colorful ice blocks made by freezing water and food coloring in recycled milk cartons long before the couple arrived. She challenged Gray to create a rainbow igloo, thinking it would be an impossible task, and in exchange she would grant him permission to marry her daughter, Kathleen Starrie. [Read more...]

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Amazing New Book Scanner Reads 250 Pages/Minute

Sunday 12.16.2012 , Posted by

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As libraries around the world are moving towards the future and digitizing their collections, this has been no easy task. The fastest scanning method up until now involved cutting books up to feed them through a quick scanner, which seems blasphemous to do to rare editions, but the alternative of manually scanning each page would be far too tedious. But low and behold BFS-Auto, a robotic book scanner that can digitize books at the rate of over 250 pages/minute without damaging the book in any way! [Read more...]

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Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review

Friday 12.14.2012 , Posted by

It’s hard to believe that 2012 is almost over and what an amazing year it has been. Google has created an amazing re-cap highlighting the most memorable and the most “Googled” events of the year. It’s pretty uplifting to see that inspirational and incredible things, such as historical space leaps, Olympian athletes, people uniting to make a change, and a young boy with cerebral palsy walking to his parents for the first time, beat out the Kardashians. Unfortunately Honey Boo Boo still made the cut…Enjoy the video nonetheless! [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #332 > The Art Of Being An Animal

Tuesday 12.11.2012 , Posted by

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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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