Monday, March 02, 2015

17th Century Wearable Abacus

This fully functional abacus ring from the Chinese Qing Dynasty is made of pure silver.  It has seven rods and on each rod there are seven beads that move smoothly along the silver rods. A small tool is needed to operate the beads because fingers are too large to do the job.


Anti-Paparazzi Flashback Clothing

The Betabrand Flashback Collection is an anti-paparazzi clothing collection designed by Chris Holmes that's made out of fabrics embedded with glass nanospheres that reflect so much light any photos taken with a flash will be ruined. Here's how it works:

Crowdfund it here
Via: Geekologie

Hand Drawn Silmarillion

In 2009 German art student Benjamin Harff created this 400 page hand drawn Silmarillion for his exam at the Academy of Arts using a steel pen and indian ink as well as brushes and watercolour. He created the goat leather binding himself with the help of a professional bookbinder. The project took six months to complete.

The illumination of the opening page of the book, seen below took more than 70 hours to create.

A Perfect, Unattainable Romance

Frozen Falls, 2014, acrylic and oil on panel, 16” x 16”.

Brooklyn artist Rebecca Bird’s paintings capture the arrested motion of Niagara Falls with poise, mystery, and careful attention.

South, 2015, acrylic and oil on panel, 30” x 40”.
"What I realized while working with this imagery was, I’d always taken for granted Niagara Falls as a symbol of the perfect unattainable romance, or this death-defying feat of going over the falls as a stunt. It became a window into the kinds of expectations you have for your life when you are a child—the things you think you’re supposed to do, or the dangers you expect you may face. Those two ideas about Niagara Falls were ideas about growing up, that things could go perfectly and correctly, or somehow go terrifying wrong. And neither of them in retrospect were realistic expectations, they were old ideas that were still around, leftover from the last century but still present enough in the culture to be familiar to the average person. I think I saw these two images in Bugs Bunny cartoons, although I can’t find them on YouTube now."
Fold Niagara, 2014, watercolor on paper, 41” x 30”.

More: The Morning News

Ben Tolman Creates Intricate Drawings of Cities, Suburbia, and the Built Environment

In 2012 Washington D.C. artist Ben Tolman created a drawing of Wheaton, Maryland, the suburb where he grew up.  More than six feel tall and four feet wide, this ink and paper creation took him 6 months to complete: five days a week, 14 hours each day.

Ben Tolman, Suburbs, 2012. Ink on paper.

Since then he's focused on built environments, both urban and suburban and the effect they have on their inhabitants.

Ben Tolman, Urban, 2015. Ink on paper.

More: CityLab

Human Landscapes of Canada

Alan Taylor, a senior editor at The Atlantic, shared these stunning aerial photos of Canada that show the impact Canadians have had on their land. Hydroelectric facilities, roads, mines, farms, ports, resource exploration, logging, canals, cities, and towns have altered much of the landscape over the years.

A neighborhood of Winnipeg, Manitoba with the Red River flowing through.

A grid of farm fields north of Winkler, Manitoba.

Cargo vehicles parked in a Genco warehouse lot beside farms near
 Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec

More wonderful aerial landscape photos:  The Atlantic

Top Secret Drum Corps

Top Secret Drum Corps, based in Basel, Switzerland, is a precision drum corps with 25 drummers and colorguard members. The Corps has enjoyed worldwide success. 

Thanks Bruce!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

3.5-Minute Music Video Shot In 5 Seconds

unconditional rebel - siska from Guillaume Panariello on Vimeo.

80 extras performing various activities were placed along 80 meters of road in France. Filmed at 1000 frames/second with a Phantom flex 4k from a car driven at 50km/h, the shooting took just 5 seconds for a 3:30 video. When it is slowed down it becomes a dreamlike mural.

Written & directed by Guillaume Panariello
Music by siska :

“Make things as simple as possible but no simpler”

Sydney-based designer Nicholas Barclay has reduced ten classic works of art to their essential elements.

Birth of Venus -Botticelli

Water Lilies - Monet

Guernica - Picasso

Mona Lisa -DaVinci

More: (Roughly) Daily

Thanks Bruce!

Mouse Utopias Led to Grim Predictions for Future of Humanity

In the 1950s through 1970s John Calhoun created "mouse utopias" and studied the effects of
population density on behaviour. What looked like mouse paradises at first quickly spiraled into out-of-control overcrowding, eventual population collapse and seemingly sinister behavior patterns.

These experiments were interpreted as evidence of what could happen to humans in an overpopulated world.

More: Smithsonian