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  • Old Macs Transformed Into Office Furniture

    Before laptops were affordable for everyone, people in offices were tethered to their desks, sometimes within a dark, dreary space known as a cubicle, by desktop computers. A desktop computer had a big box with all the computer parts inside and a monitor that wasn’t always flat or widescreen. Oh the horror! And if you worked in an office in a creative field, all the desktop computers were Power Mac G5s, encased in anodized aluminum. As time went on, laptops—even those made by Apple—became affordable and most people didn’t have an need for a bulky computer case. Faced with an abundance of sleek but useless G5 cases, designer Klaus Geiger decided to transform them into office furniture. With all the hardware removed, these cases suddenly make for great benches and drawers. Time to go dumpster diving behind one of those fro-profit art schools… Be sure to check out the rest of the photos at Projekt Galerie.

  • How To Make A Polluted Canal Look Like An Impressionist Painting [17 Photos]

    New York-based photographer Steven Hirsch first witnessed the disgusting beauty of Brooklyn’s polluted Gowanus Canal in 2010, when he noticed oil bubbling to the surface, producing a rainbow of color like an Impressionist painting from Monet. He captured brilliant colors he saw that day and continued to do so, amassing a huge collection of photos that made the EPA Superfund Site look more like a French water lily pond rather than Brooklyn’s personal Ganges. For the most part, the photos are untouched, except some having tweaked contrast to bring out more color. Some of the photos appear below, but you can see more at Steven Hirsch’s website and in person beginning November 12 at Manhattan’s Lilac Gallery.

  • Stanley Kubrick Captured Chicago In These Awesome 1940s Photos [43 Photos]

    Before becoming the brilliant director of such films as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, and A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick was a photographer and photojournalist. In the 1940s he worked for Look,a competitor of Life magazine. In 1949, the magazine sent him to Chicago for a story on the city. Although the magazine is long gone, the photos have been preserved and digitized by the Library of Congress. Check out those incredible photos of the professional wrestling match featuring the great Gorgeous George! And that lingerie model? What a tomato!

  • Thirty-Three-Hit Wonder [Link]

    Billy Joel’s first album came out over 40 years ago and he hasn’t released a new pop album in over 20 years, but the Piano Man is still going strong. Catch up with the 65-year-old performer in this New Yorker interview at his Long Island home before a Madison Square Garden performance last month.

  • An Interactive Slide Gallery Showing the Ever Changing Landscapes of NYC

    There’s just no city that changes landscapes quite like New York. It seems like every decade the facades of store fronts change with gentrification of even the most historic of neighborhoods. Graphic designer, Paul Sahner has been snapping pictures of the streets for almost 10 years. He’s posted his photos on his blog NYC Grid then matched them with old pictures from the Library of Congress or Flickr to showcase the transformation of the city’s landmarks and streets –  check out his original project.  Here is an interactive slide gallery showing the changing landscapes of NYC.  If you want to see more of the good stuff like the photos below head over to nyc-grid.com.

  • More Anamorphic Street Art To Hurt Your Brain [21 Photos]

    We love all kinds of street art, but there’s something especially neat about anamorphic pieces. In case you’re a philistine who’s not familiar with the term, anamorphic art involves a distorted projection that when viewed form a certain angle produces an image that appears three-dimensional. Those popular sidewalk chalk art pieces from artists such as Kurt Wenner are a perfect example of anamorphosis. And when the illusion comes together, these particular works are especially spectacular. UK-based street artist Replete often creates anamorphic works using adjoining walls but his most unique pieces involve the use of clear cling film as an almost invisible canvas. Some of our favorites are in the gallery but you can check out more street art, paintings, and prints at Replete Graffiti.

  • The Truth Behind Iconic Album Covers. Sort of.

    Back in the days of CDs and vinyls album covers we’re just as important as the music inside of them, triggering a melody and feeling after growing cose to some of your favorites. Each piece of cover art was meticulously created to portray a message to the masses, but today, with digital downloads taking the majority of sales for bands, album cover art is all but lost. Aptitude takes a look at some of the most iconic album covers over the years and puts their own spin on them by revealing ‘the bigger picture’. From quirky reveals to future happenings, from Justin Bieber to The Beatles, click the album covers below and reveal all.

  • 2014 Wildlife photographer of the Year Winners Announced

    The results are in for wildlife photographer of the year 2014 competition. The winners were announced today at London’s Natural History Museum and the the winner is American photographer Michael Nichols with his image of five female lions at rest with their cubs in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. A collection of the list of category winners were announced as well. Black and White category winner and Overall Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner The last great picture by Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols (USA) Mammals category winner The mouse, the moon and the mosquito by Alex Badyaev (Russia/USA) Plants and Fungi category winner Glimpse of the underworld by Christian Vizl (Mexico) Photograph- Christian Vizl/2014 WPY Invertebrate category winner Night of the deadly lights by Ary Bassous (Brazil) World in our Hands category winner The price they pay by Bruno D’Amicis (Italy) World in our Hands category finalist The longline lottery by Rodrigo Friscione Wyssmann (Mexico) Natural Design category winner Cardinal sparks by Patrik Bartuska (Czech Republic) Photograph- Patrik Bartuska/2014 WPY Earth’s Environments category winner Apocalypse by Francisco Negroni (Chile) Birds category finalist Touché by Jan van der Greef (The Netherlands) 10 Years and under winner and Overall young Wildlife Photographer of the more »

  • Would You Eat At A Restaurant Made Of Bones? [11 Photos]

    In a modernist 1940s building in Guadalajara, Mexico you can find chef Alfonso Cadena’s new concept restaurant, Hueso. From the Spanish word for “bone,” Hueso’s walls are covered in 10,000 animal bones—a macabre twist on the old trumpets and oars and other crap on the walls at a TGI Friday’s. There are also old cooking tools mounted to the wall, but everything is the same, off-white, bone color scheme, creating an ultra-clean appearance. Hueso was designed by CADENA+Asociados and it looks like a great place to eat. Just leave your PETA pals behind.

  • This Commercial Is An Incredible Ski Film

    Filming athletes in LED suits is all the rage right now, and we’re just fine with that. It makes for awesome video and which what Philips was hoping for when they teamed with Swedish agency Ahlstrand & Wållgren and filmmakers Sweetgrass Productions to create “Afterglow,” a short film to promote Philips’ color-backlit Ambilight televisions. The 12-minute long video was filmed at Golden Alpine Holidays in Aleyska, Alaska. The slopes were lit up with brilliant colors while the team of professional skiers wore suits comprised of thousands of LEDs. This is the sort of advertising we can really get into.

  • 45 Photos Celebrating The Life Of Jack Kerouac

    On the night of October 20, 1969, in St. Petersburg, Florida, Jack Kerouac was drinking whiskey while scribbling notes for a novel about his father when he suddenly felt ill. He went to the bathroom where he began to throw up blood. An ambulance was called and he was rushed to the hospital, where emergency surgery was performed, but to no avail. At 5:15 AM on October 21, Kerouac was dead. Just 47 years old, a life of alcohol abuse led to the cirrhosis and internal hemorrhage that claimed his life. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1922, Kerouac was not only a bright child, reading anything he could get his hands on, he was also a gifted athlete. In fact, it was football that brought Kerouac to New York City when he received a scholarship to play the sport at Columbia University. But clashes with famed coach Lout Little and a distaste for the stuffy academic life led Kerouac to drop out of school and join the US Merchant Marine. While at sea, Kerouac wrote his first novel, The Sea is My Brother, which would not be published until 2011. When he returned to New York, he found himself spending more »

  • Felipe Pantone Takes Tagging To A New Level [23 Photos]

    Argentinia-born Felipe Pantone has been painting nonstop since discovering street art at the age of 12. After moving to Valencia, Spain, Pantone began experimenting with the alphabet and typography, working with the D.O.C.S. crew and later the Ultra Boyz. His name can now be found in cities all over the world, painted in various styles that elevate graffiti tagging from ugly nuisance vandalism to incredible artistic masterpieces. The photos in this gallery come from Pantone’s “Kinetic Mundi” series, with pieces in Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States. Check out more from the series and other awesome work at Felipe Pantone.

  • Found Photos Showcase Everyday Life In China In The 80s and 90s [25 Photos]

    In 1985, affordable consumer film was finally available to the massive Chinese populace. And the reign of film would continue for another 20 years until digital cameras gained widespread use around 2005. By 2009, a recycling plant on the outskirts of Beijing was overrun with film negatives destined for destruction. That’s where collector Thomas Sauvin comes in. Since then, he has amassed a collection of over half a million negatives featuring everyday Chinese life of the 80s and 90s. In 2013, Sauvin published a five-volume set of books based on the collection and recently he has begun sharing the colleciton on Instagram @beijing_silvermine. Some of our favorites are in the gallery.

  • Vice Presidents With Octopuses On Their Heads…Because Art?

    Everyone loves octopuses—the super intelligent cephalopods who adorn the necklaces of quirky girls and the tapas plates of Spanish eateries. Likewise, everyone loves vice presidents—the mysterious number-twos who occasionally get a tie-breaking vote in the senate while awaiting the death of their boss. So really, it’s only natural that someone combine the two beloved creatures. Oh wait, no it isn’t. It makes no sense at all. But we like it. Artist Jonathan Crow has created this series, dubbed “Veeptopus,” depicting every US vice president wearing an octopus as a headdress. Some of our favorites, including Teddy Roosevelt, are below. Check out the rest of the series, complete with interesting facts about each vice prez, at Veeptopus.

  • These New York Photos Are Incredible Composites Of Dozens Of Images

    At the age of 18, Taiwanese artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao came to New York to study photography. That was almost 20 years ago, and for the last decade, he has been creating these incredible composite images of iconic New York vistas, made up of dozens of images compressed and layered together. 40 of these amazing composite photos are now on view at the Museum of the City of New York through February 2015. If you can’t make it to the museum, check out six of these images below. Then watch the “making of” video to see how multiple shots are stitched together to create each epic composite.

  • 10 Must-See Bands At CMJ 2014

    Next week, more than 1300 bands will play shows all around New York City during the 5-day 2014 CMJ Music Marathon. With shows going on all over the place, all day long, it can be tough to figure out who to see. But instead of becoming overwhelmed and hiding at home all week, let this list serve as a starting point for what you should check out. We tried to showcase some bands from all different genres, too, so you have an idea of all the different music that awaits you.

  • Photographer Takes Images Of People Doing Shots. Not Pretty.

    The second after we rip a shot of liquor, we’re are at our darkest moment. Unless you were born in the tough as nails era of the wild west, taking a shot doesn’t taste very good. To anyone. I don’t care who you are, it just sucks. Whether you realize it or not, your face looks about as disgusted as it’ll ever look. Sour, grimaced and disgusted all in one facial reaction. UK photographer Tim Charles has managed to capture the fleeting reactions of his subjects in his new photo series called ‘Shot Face’, a humorous look at something we all see our friends make every time the “Mike Hancho” at the bar decides everyone should get drunker quicker. Check out his entire series here for more. =

  • A Seamless Mashup Of Star Wars And Everyday Life [17 Photos]

    With the JJ Abrams Star Wars movies on their way, you can guarantee that a whole new generation will become enamored with the Star Wars universe and all the characters and spaceships contained within. But for us older folks, nothing can compare to our love of the original trilogy. Photographer Thomas Dagg was a fan of the original Star Wars movies and the imaginative escape they provided when he was a kid. With this photo series, he revisits those feelings by inserting iconic characters or props into mundane scenes of everyday life. Is that Darth Vader on the bus? I think I spy some tie fighters in formation…These photos prove that even in our boring, grown-up world, there’s still some room for imagination.

  • We Can’t Stop Watching This Japanese USB Lighter Commercial [Video]

    A couple years ago, Jii, a Japanese company that produces a lighter that is powered via USB charge, became Internet famous for their bizarre commercial. But like most things on the web, we quickly forgot about it. But apparently Jii is still a thing and they’re still producing wacky commercials. This soccer-themed cartoon is impossible to figure out (what does soccer have to do with smoking?) but we can’t stop watching it. We don’t even smoke, but for some reason we have been hypnotized into desiring this device.

  • Garry Winogrand Captured New York’s Streets 50 Years Ago [25 Photos]

    Born in New York City in 1928, Garry Winogrand became famous for capturing the streets of his home city. From the 1950s until his untimely death from cancer in 1984, Winogrand photographed the regular people on the streets of cities across America, but his most iconic photos are of New York. After is his passing, more than 2500 rolls of undeveloped film were found. Some of those posthumous prints are in this gallery along with some of his most famous work from the tens of thousands of prints he made during his life. A traveling exhibit from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery was recently on display in New York City. If you missed it, you can catch it in Paris at The Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume.

  • A Look Inside LeBron’s Opulant $17 Million Miami Estate [Photos]

    The King is selling his palace! Former Miami Heat dribbler Lebron James hightailed it back to his hometown of Cleveland this year, leaving his palatial  mansion empty. Now, it’s on the market with a very regal price tag: $17 million! Overlooking the open bay in Coconut Grove, FL, the King’s palace is being marketed as “the most opulent estate in the Miami area.” The contemporary compound features a swank chef’s kitchen, sommelier’s wine cellar, office, custom theater, guest home and private master rooftop sun deck. Perfect for taking in the waterfront locale and the Miami vibe, glass doors open to covered terraces throughout the sprawling home. In James’ palace, luxury isn’t just reserved for the indoors. Outside, the property is just as luxe, with a summer kitchen, 4,500 square feet of entertainment space, an infinity-edge pool, and a private concrete dock, with room for two 60 foot yachts. Walled and gated for the utmost privacy, James’ estate is a state-of-the-art fortress with every amenity under the Florida sun!

  • Your Local Mall Can’t Compare With This Turkish Seaside Marvel [14 Photos]

    Yalikavak was one of Turkey’s major sponge fishing ports but has since become known as a tourist destination for its bustling towncenter. Now the town’s marina, a beautiful Mediterranean-style structure composed entirely of travertine, has been converted by Emre Arolat Architects into a shopping destination without compromising the classic construction. Stores, restaurants, and even a hotel will fill the complex. It’ll be the classiest place on Earth to eat one of those Auntie Anne’s hot dog/pretzel hybrids! For more info on the project, checkout the submission at the World Architecture Festival, where the project recently won in the “shopping” category.

  • These Book Covers Feature Clever Typography

    Letterer, illustrator, typographer, and web designer Jessica Hische originally garnered attention for her website Daily Drop Cap where she illustrated a different letter of the alphabet daily or at least regularly, ultimately culminating in 12 complete alphabets. Recognizing her talent and how the typographic style was reminiscent of book covers of old, Penguin Books commissioned Hische to design the covers for their Penguin Drop Caps series. 26 classic works of literature make up the series and each features a clever illustration of the author’s initial. Our favorite is Lord of the Flies with poor Piggy’s broken glasses forming the “g.”

  • Virgin America’s 6-Hour Flight Sim Video Is Oddly Entertaining

    Virgin America has just come up with the greatest way to advertise their low-fare, but high-quality coast-to-coast flights—with a 6-hour video simulating your flight on one of the other airlines. This Bunuel-tinged epic features long shots of the back of the seat in front of you, annoying neighbors, and pushy flight attendants. It’s frightening how real it is. There are even a few dream sequences to give the film an avant-garde touch. Seriously, if this isn’t deserving of a Criterion Collection release, I don’t know what is. How many years do you give it before it’s playing on loop at the Museum of Modern Art?

  • California Firefighter Shares His Terrifying Battles On Instagram

    California has experienced one of the worst droughts in recent history, with that comes wildfires. Gregg Boydston, a member of the ‘Hotshots’, a team of elite wild-land firefighters has been sharing his experiences of terrifying wildfires. Boyston is also an amateur photographer says, “Originally, I was taking photos to keep my friends and family up to date on what I was doing and what my summer was really consisting of. Then I started posting the photos to my Instagram, where people were really responding to them. Then I started posting them…to show people what the wildland-side of firefighting was like,” Boydston told CityLab. Check out Boydston’s Instagram here.

  • Star Wars Meets The Pacific Northwest In Amazing New Art Series

    Artist Scott Erickson has combined the art of the indigenous peoples of America’s Pacific Northwest with iconic vehicles and characters from the Star Wars film for his new series, Alliance is Rebellion. His website states that the work “presents a graphic alternative history that unifies under-popularized historical indigenous myths with an over-popularized fictional space epic.” We just think they would make sweet tattoos. For more info on the series and to order prints, check out Alliance is Rebellion.

  • Amazing Website That Archives 75 Years of Marvel Comics

    Five students from Hétic school in France have built an intricate website dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Marvel Universe. Ultimate75th.com is a website dedicated to archiving every comic and character in the marvel collection from 1939-2014. The fully interactive site contains history, artwork, comic covers and a full archive of 2,556 characters from over nearly 500 series. The students framed out the site in just four days, it was developed using Marvel’s own API and the coding skills of it’s creators. Check out the site here.

  • James Franco Stars In New Coloring Book

    James Franco always seems to be involved in some sort of weird, pseudo-performance art project that has us scratching our heads for a few minutes before completely forgetting about it. But now, someone else is using his likeness for some sort of artsy purposes we don’t quite understand. Mel Elliott, who has previously created coloring books using photos of actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and Ryan Gosling, has now turned her eye to Franco’s Instagram account. Using social media photos of the actor in character, in drag and in bed, Elliott has put together another fun coloring book, with 36 pages of Franco. You can pre-order “Colour Me Good James Franco” right now at Amazon for $11 and you have plenty of time to stock up on crayons (Crayola, not that Rose Art junk) before the coloring book ships October 23.

  • Society of Biology Photography Award 2014 Finalists Announced [12 Photos]

    Each year, the United Kingdom’s Society of Biology presents two awards to their photographer of the year. One winner, an amateur photographer over the age of 18, will be awarded £1000, while the other winner, an amateur photographer 18 and under, will win £500. The theme of this year’s competition was Home, Habitat, and Shelter. The winner will be announced at Society of Biology Awards Ceremony in London today. Who do you think should win?

  • Exploring The Pop Music Poetry Of Nicki Minaj [Video]

    YouTube user MartiansBrain was surprised when he found out that his 12-year-old niece and all her friends were listening to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda.” He didn’t believe that the song, about a woman who sleeps with a drug dealer because she likes the things he buys her, was appropriate for children his niece’s age. In order to present the lyrics in an easier to understand manner, he created this spoken word video, set to the soothing music of Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédie No.1.” No matter where you stand on the issue, this is a pretty entertaining and effective video. I think it’s the first time I actually paid attention to the lyrics of this song…

  • Stunning Layered Time-Lapse Around Boston

    Photographer Julian Tryba created this mesmerizing time-lapse that combines layers of photos creating days length. Titled ‘Boston Layer-Lapse’, it shows the sun rising and setting over Boston in different locations. The video comprises a staggering 150,000 photographs which took 100 hours to shoot and 350 hours to edit. Julian took time out of her busy schedule as a engineer at GE Aviation to create this after being inspired by a similar series featuring GIFs of cityscapes by artist Fong Qi Wei. But the most interesting part of the video is how Tryba incorporates shadows on skyscrapers to merge with the beat of the song being used.

  • Ralph Steadman Tackles “Breaking Bad” With New Blu-ray Covers

    Artist Ralph Steadman, best known for his longtime collaboration with Hunter S Thompson and illustrating the the packaging for Flying Dog Brewery, has now created covers for a new Blu-ray collection of “Breaking Bad.” Each season has its own case with a different character drawn in Steadman’s signature style. Walter, Jesse, Saul, Gus, Mike, and Hank are each featured. The set should be available February 2015. And for more info on Ralph Steadman, check out his website.

  • Who You Gonna Call To Get This Deluxe Ghostbusters Vinyl Reissue?

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of our generation’s favorite movie, Ghostbusters, Legacy Recordings announced a deluxe vinyl reissue of the classic theme song at New York City’s Comic Con last weekend. The Stay Puft Super Deluxe Edition features Ray Parker Jr.’s hit song along with Run DMC’s rap from the sequel. Both songs are on Side A of the 12″ white vinyl with Side B smooth. Also included are two 12×12 3D Stay Puft lenticulars, a puffy jacket that feels and even smells like marshmallow, a certificate of authenticity, and a 6″ Stay Puft figurine. Unfortunately, only 3000 copies are available and the nerds are sure to snatch ‘em up quickly. We’ll have to keep our eyes on eBay after they begin shipping October 21. Pre-order yours at the Ghostbusters Store.

 
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