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Kevin Peterson Paints Innocence in a Sometimes Difficult World

Wednesday 11.26.2014 , Posted by
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Children are so innocent when they are young, but as they grow up in the wild world, they discover the behaviors of the humans who have lived longer. It’s hard to hold on to that sweetness once possessed. Artist Kevin Peterson explores this contrast, painting the innocence of a young girl growing up in a broken world. On his large canvases, we see young girls in their pretty dresses against a harsh backdrop of concrete walls covered with graffiti and worn posters. [Read more…]

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Monk With A Camera: Feel Good Documentary Tells The Story Of Nicholas Vreeland’s Path To Enlightenment

Wednesday 11.26.2014 , Posted by
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Growing up as the good-looking, jet setting son of U.S. diplomats and grandson of legendary Vogue magazine editor Diana Vreeland, Nicholas Vreeland began his adulthood as one of NYC’s most eligible bachelors. With a career in photography, he was the embodiment of the American Dream, but in 1985, after a trip to India, he changed the course of his life to become a Buddhist monk. Leaving all of the material possessions from his former life behind, there was one item that sneaked back into his life. His brother gifted him a camera when he moved to the monastery and though this passion is secondary to his monastic life, he sees his work as “personal poems.” [Read more…]

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3D Sculpt in Virtual Reality With an Oculus Rift, Then 3D Print It

Wednesday 11.26.2014 , Posted by
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The ultimate dream for many designers is to quickly make objects with their hands, but the real world has some real limits. Enter VRClay, an application that lets you sculpt in the air using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Razer Hydra gaming controllers. Just like building something with tools, this software would allow intuitive 3D model creation in a building space, almost like real life. It’s a fantastic leap into the future of creativity. [Read more…]

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This Sauna Takes the Edge Off the Cold, and Conventional Sauna Design

Tuesday 11.25.2014 , Posted by
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Conventional sauna design has been using angular shapes for a long time, and that’s something a bit at odds with lounging comfortably in the heat. What if that warm wood interior could be curvaceous, soft to the touch, and even the eyes? The people at design firm Partisans have created just that with their recent project called Grotto. It might be the most beautiful sauna we’ve ever seen. [Read more…]

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Fanny Hands Lane & Sally’s Bottom: Maps of Britain’s Slightly Rude and Just Plain Silly Place Names

Tuesday 11.25.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever hopped off a flight to London and taken the Underground into the city, you were treated to something remarkably British. Over the loudspeaker a soothing voice announces without a bit of a giggle, that you are on the train bound for… Cockfosters. It’s a name that would raise most english speaker’s eyebrows, but not the English themselves. Welcome to Great Britain, home of very silly names. [Read more…]

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Please, Sir, Can I Have Some More? Juxtaposed Daily Meals of the Rich & Poor

Monday 11.24.2014 , Posted by
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Artists Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin are obsessed with food: from recreating famous buildings with gingerbread to documenting prisoners’ last meals, their projects probe what we eat. Their latest series, “Power Hungry,” visualizes inequality by contrasting what a typical meal might look like for the powerful and the powerless. [Read more…]

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It’s Never Too Late! This Infographic Shows That Success Comes At All Ages

Monday 11.24.2014 , Posted by
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Feeling like a failure? Wondering if you should give up on your dreams and sell out for the safe job with the retirement plan? Stop it! No matter what your age, it’s never too late to do something amazing- in business or in life. In this infographic, Mark Vital and Anna Vital organized data to show the wide spectrum of ages when successful CEOs started their huge businesses. [Read more…]

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This Was “The Phone of Tomorrow” in 1956… and They Got Almost Everything Right!

Monday 11.24.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not too often that old technology predictions come true… I mean, I still haven’t seen an amphibious battleship… but an article from the September 1956 issue of Modern Mechanix got just about everything right when they talked about “Your Telephone of Tomorrow”. The opening line: “Future may bring push-button dialing, videophones, direct calls anywhere on earth and pocket-sized sets.” Hey, that sounds a lot like my latest smart phone. It took almost 5 decades to make the article’s predictions come true, but hey, they even predicted that right! [Read more…]

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Precisely Layered Ceramic Sculptures by Matthew Chambers

Monday 11.24.2014 , Posted by
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It takes an exceptionally talented hand to form something as precise as these concentric vessels, regardless of the material, but Matthew Chambers uses clay. His impeccably detailed orbs are formed from individual sections thrown on a potter’s wheel, then meticulously assembled into the sculptures that you see here. The meaning is left up to us, whether we want to see onion rings, or the layers of another dimension. [Read more…]

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A Mother’s Body: Photoshop Free Portraits Honor The True Beauty Of Motherhood

Sunday 11.23.2014 , Posted by
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Like snowflakes, there are no two humans on this Earth exactly alike, yet all of our billboards would have us believing differently. While everyone is still probably overwhelmed by the courage that Kim Kardashian showed when she revealed her photoshopped body to the internet in attempts to “break it”, there are actually some mothers whose postpartum bodies aren’t so smooth and glistening. Photographer Jade Beall was one of them and she decided to post a picture of her un-retouched body, holding her infant son, on her Facebook page. The photo went viral and soon other women were asking Beall to photograph their bodies too. Hearing their stories inspired Beall to set out to show the world that being yourself is the most beautiful thing you can be. [Read more…]

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