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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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Amazing New Toy Promotes Future Female Engineers

Monday 11.19.2012 , Posted by

When you ask a little girl what she wants to be when she grows up, the most common answer will be a princess. While more females than males are attending college in the US, the field of engineering is still largely dominated by males (89%). Seeing this disparity in her classes, Stanford engineer Debbie Sterling made it her mission to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. She attributes much of this gap to the gender roles perpetuated through children’s toys. The girls’ aisle is filled with dolls and dress up clothes to train future housewives while boys’ are developing spatial skills through toys like K’nex, Legos, and Tinker Toys. While those companies have made pink versions of their toys, they fail to interest little girls because they lack reading, which, studies have shown, is preferred by little girls. Little girls need to develop spatial reasoning too so that they have all of the same opportunities as boys to shape our world in the future. This is why Sterling created Goldie Blox! [Read more...]

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Luminous Typography Made of Prismatic Rainbows

Monday 11.19.2012 , Posted by

Letters and light combine to create rainbows in motion for this beautiful typographic alphabet by Ruslan Khasanov. The graphic designer from Ekaterinburg, Russia has brilliant ideas for typography experimentation and has turned some of his best creations into vibrant videos. Looking at an alphabet hasn’t been this fun since preschool! [Read more...]

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Typies Literally Launched All Over Barcelona

Thursday 11.08.2012 , Posted by

To mark Typie’s product launch they invited people on the streets of Barcelona to literally launch each letter of their cushion alphabet onto a moving couch with wheels! They filmed the entire experience from A to Z in one day from the beach to the plazas and every side street in between, then edited it into this awesome, fun video. One handed or two, between the legs or over the head, the throwing techniques were as different as the people who threw them. They used B for Ben, J for Jessica, P for Paul, etc. A unique cushion for each person’s initial.The last letter was thrown through Typie’s creator Soraia Balelo’s balcony window. [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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How the Frog’s Eye Sees

Tuesday 10.16.2012 , Posted by

The frog does not see what does not move. To the frog, to move is to exist. That’s pretty hard to wrap your head around, but this amazing minimalist cartoon gives you a glimpse of what it might be like to be a frog. Based on the research paper “What the Frog’s Eye Tells the Frog’s Brain” by Jerry Lettvin and his colleagues in 1959, animator Skip Battaglia brings scientific research to life through the googly eyes of a frog. [Read more...]

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