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  • 36 Portraits Of Your Favorite Movie Characters

    Austin-based artist Mike Mitchell created these instantly recognizable portraits of 36 of the most iconic characters in the history of cinema. “The Portrait Show” can currently be seen at Austin’s Mondo Gallery. More work, including mashups of these portraits, can be seen at Sir Mike of Mitchell.

  • #CancelColbert Fiasco Summed Up By Taiwanese Animators [Video]

    Have you missed out on the recent Twitter campaign to #CancelColbert over a satirical tweet that some interpreted as racist? What began as a jab at Dan Snyder has caused agitated agitators like Suey Park to call for the end of the Comedy Central program while the original issue of the NFL’s Redskins being offensive to American Indians has been pushed aside. Judging by this animation from Taiwanese Animators, it looks like Suey Park isn’t speaking for all Asians, however.

  • New Meme Alert: In-The-Way Photographer [31 Photos]

    A photographer capturing a cycling race was photographed on the ground inthe middle of the action trying to get a shot. Although he said he was never in the way, that didn’t stop Redditors at /r/PhotoshopBattles from placing him in the middle of all sorts of historic events. Follow the latest additions to the battle on Reddit.

  • George Takei Responds To Anti-Gay Protesters In The Most Delightful Way Possible [18 Photos]

    With news of George Takei, known for his iconic role as Sulu on Star Trek and more recently for his commanding presence on social media, being tapped to host Saturday Night Life following support from several online petitions we take a look back at one of his finest moments on the web. Back in March 2013 protestors gathered outside the supreme court to march against the Prop 8/DOMA hearings. BuzzFeed asked the protestors to express their opinions on a pad of paper and George being George responded in the best way possible.

  • Hudson Project Festival Lineup Announced

    Announced last month, the inaugural Hudson Project is a music and art festival that will be held in Saugerties, NY from July 11 through 13. The official lineup was just announced with big-name headliners such as the Flaming Lips, Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, and Moby set to appear. More than 85 artists will perform across 4 stages, including popular acts like Capital Cities, !!!, and Dr Dog. The event is being held at the same Saugerties farm as the famous Woodstock ’94 festival. Tickets go on sale Friday at 11 AM. For more info on the festival and the full lineup, check out the Hudson Project.

  • Man Meal: The $5,000 Burger

    Let’s face it, America has a borderline dangerous obsession with the burger. Restraining order status. With limitless variations and recipes the burger has become a medium for restaurants to concoct entire menus from. Coastal varieties like California’s “In-n-Out” burger and New York’s “Shake Shack” have established themselves by highlighting one delicious patty served in a variety of styles, but leave it to Fabulous Las Vegas to really take things up a notch. Fleur, a restaurant located in the Mandalay Bay Hotel now has a $5,000 burger on the menu. The burger is made of wagyu beef with foie gras, full black truffles, a truffle soaked bun and served with a bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus. Happy feasting.

  • New York Public Library Releases 20,000 High-Quality Maps For Free Download

    The New York Public Library has released more than 20,000 high-quality maps for free download through their Map Warper tool. All that’s needed is a free account then download access is granted to all sorts of maps, including 1,100 of the mid-Atlantic states from the 16th to 19th centuries; 700 topographic maps of the Austro-Hungarian empire created between 1877 and 1914; 2,800 maps from state, county and city atlases; 10,300 maps from property, zoning, topographic, and fire insurance atlases of New York City dating from 1852 to 1922; and  more than 1,000 maps of New York City, its boroughs and neighborhoods, dating from 1660 to 1922, which detail transportation, vice, real estate development, urban renewal, industrial development and much more. All they ask is that if used, credit for the maps is given as follows: “From The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library.” For more info on the project, check out the NYPL blog.

  • Brilliant Neon Portraits Taken In The Dark [17 Photos]

    Where as most photographers embrace light, since it is so essential to their art, Portugese photographer Hid Saib learned to light up the darkness with his series titled “Neon.” Hid Saib used glow-in-the-dark paint on his models then captured them in the dark, creating brilliant neon scenes. The radiating paint specks appear as galaxies and celestial bodies all over the models. More of the series and other work can be found on Hid Saib Fotografia and Flickr.

  • 2014 MLB Travel Routes & Calendar Poster

    During the upcoming 2014 season, Major League Baseball teams will collectively travel over one million miles to complete a regular season schedule of 2,430 games over 182 days. These gnarly prints show the travel itinerary for each team is unique — influenced by geography, divisional requirements, and the whims of a computer generated scheduling system. 2014 MLB Travel Routes & Calendar Poster 24″ x 18″ $28  

  • X-Ray Art Gives You Inside Look At Fish [12 Photos]

    Biologist Adam Summers conducts research that applies physics and engineering principles to animals to understand the evolution of complex behaviors like feeding, movement, and reproduction. He also embraces art as a way to teach about marine biology, as is the case with these photos. Utilizing two dyes to highlight different tissue, the fish are bleached with hydrogen peroxide to remove dark pigment, then the flesh is dissolved using s digestive enzyme. The collagen that holds the skeleton and skin together is left intact and glycerin immersion makes the fish clear. Then the clear fish with visible innards is photographed. The entire collection, “Cleared,” can be seen at the Seattle Aquarium. For more information on the science behind the photos, visit Picturing Science.

  • U.S. Soccer National Team Unveils 2014 World Cup Away Kits

    Nike and U.S. Soccer unveiled an interesting away kit for the 2014 World Cup set for this summer in Brazil. The kits consist of three bands representing the colors of the American flag. The base color of the jersey and the cuff of the sleeves feature a prominent red. The upper torso and top sleeves include a bold blue tone, and a white chest band extends over the middle of both sleeves. “The USA has a profound and passionate pride in their nation,” said Martin Lotti, Global Creative Director for Nike Soccer. “We wanted to create a design that reflects this in a daring and colorful fashion to give them an even more imposing appearance on the pitch.” Nike with the help of some notable American athletes had their own little photoshoot to give them a chance to support their American pride, included are football players Andrew Luck and Ndamukong Suh; skateboarders Eric Koston and Sean Malto; track and field gold medalist Allyson Felix; and former U.S. National Team member Alexi Lalas.

  • Internet Superstar George Takei to Host Saturday Night Live

    Actor George Takei, known for his iconic role as Sulu on Star Trek and more recently for his commanding presence on social media, has been invited to host the popular late night television show after fans around the world clamored for it in various online petitions. It is April 1st, and George is known to be a funny guy, so this could be a well orchestrated April Fools joke but for now (fingers crossed) we’re going to consider it to be true: The 39th season of Saturday Night Live runs until the end of May and no date has been set but George announced the good news via Huffington Post: I’ve waited years to say these words. After a Facebook petition propelled Betty White to be invited to host Saturday Night Live back in 2010, fans of mine have clamored for me to receive a similar invitation. I demurred, but the fans kept up their pressure. And then, last week, the network called to work out the details with my husband and unofficial scheduler, Brad. “George has to do this,” they insisted. “He’s a natural fit.” Brad suggested we appear together as a high-profile same-sex married couple to help raise more »

  • Google Kicks Off April Fools’ Day With A Photo Themed Prank

    As the world wide web turns so do the quality of April Fools’ pranks. This year Google is taking it to another level by implementing a clever prank into their Auto Awesome  tool, turning April Fools’ Day on it’s head. Auto Awesome will introduce a (faux) feature that makes celebrities photo-bomb your uploaded photos. With celeb-bombing becoming a cheeky part of (internet) culture these days, Google’s joke will have your favorite celebs crashing your party, or selfie or pet photo or creepy secret photo you take of a celebrity in Trader Joe’s (which would then be classified as celeb-ception). Here’s how to prank your friends; Go to Auto Backup on Google+, upload a photo to Google+ or snap a photo on your phone and select “Auto Backup” in settings on the Google+ app (iPhone and Android). What you’ll find is a cheeky surprise from a famous friend. You can also have some fun making GIFs and portrait style stitches on Auto-Awesome whenever you want, but for a full day you can get bombed.

  • Illustrated Guide to the Cyclists of New York

    Illustrator Kurt McRobert has created a guide of NYC’s cyclists which includes 12 types of cyclists you will 100% see if you walk a block in any direction. Whether one “has no time for bs,” or another who is “the newest hazard to everyone on the road,” each illustration is highlighted with clever descriptions.

  • Sunglasses Made From Reclaimed Louisville Slugger Bats

    It’s Opening Day so why not wear sunglasses with reclaimed ash wood from old, cracked or broken Louisville Slugger bats? Yes, baseball fan boys this is a real thing. Eyewear brand Shwood and legendary baseball bat manufacturer Louisville Slugger teamed up to produce this limited edition collection that launches today in conjunction with MLB’s Opening Day for the 2014 season. Made in the United States, both framestyles will be offered as part of the Shwood Original and Shwood Select collections, with either a flame-tempered or paint-dipped process finish. The Original models come paired with a branded wool pouch and a custom trading card. The Select kit includes: a matching limited-edition bat, a custom trading card, a leather travel case with Slugger branding and a wood display box. Ranging in price from $250.00 to $495.00, for the Shwood Original and Shwood Select kits respectively, the limited edition Louisville Slugger designs are available now at select Nordstrom locations and online at www.shwoodshop.com.

  • Local Gainesville News Reenacts Game Highlights To Get Around NCAA Rules [Video]

    The local news team at Gainesville, Florida’s WCJB TV-20 wanted to show highlights from the Florida/Dayton Elite Eight game, but due to NCAA regulations, they were not allowed to air the footage. Not being able to contain their excitement over their team’s win, station employees made their own highlight reel by reenacting the game in the office. Oddly enough, this video may now be the highlight of the season.

  • These 15 Hypnotic GIFs Are Works Of Art

    Micaël Reynaud is a videographer, photographer, and doodler based in the south of France. His incredible, high quality GIFs are like hypnotic short films that elevate the ubiquitous animated file extension to an art form. His talents as a stop-motion animator are also apparent, with the GIF format a perfect medium for his unique visions, Many more of Reynaud’s work can be found on dunun and his frequently updated Google+ profile. 

  • The Absurd Invention Of The Baseball Catcher Suit

    In the early days of baseball, clever inventors were constantly patenting changes to bats, balls, and mitts to make for a more consistent and exciting game, but not every innovation was met with acceptance. The most notable ignored invention in baseball history must be James E. Bennett’s “Base Ball Catcher” patented in 1904. Apparently finding the act of catching a baseball entirely too dangerous, Bennett created a suit for the catcher to wear that would do all the work for him, except for throwing the ball. The entirely-too complicated device featured an open-wireframe body portion reinforced by slotted walls of wood. Adjustable shoulder and hip braces keep the contraption firmly attached to the catcher. A cushion behind the cage kept the impact of the ball from injuring the player (hopefully) and the bottom of the cage contained an opening for easy retrieval. There is also a safety cage that guards the face (hopefully). It’s a shame the idea never caught on, just for the entertainment aspect, but with pitches capable of exceeding 100 mph, just sitting there waiting for the ball to speed into your chest seems like a frightening proposition.

  • Sculptor Spends 2 Years Constructing Globe Out Of Matches [16 Photos]

    New York-based sculptor Andy Yoder has spent the last two years constructing a giant globe out of thousands and thousands of matches. According to his son, who shared these photos on Reddit, the 42″ diameter globe has a frame of foam and cardboard inside a plywood skeleton. Each hand-painted match was then glued into place using wood glue. Then the entire globe was covered with flame retardant. The detail of the finished product is incredible, especially the inclusion of Hurricane Sandy. Title “Early One Morning,” the globe will be exhibited at by Winkleman Gallery at the New York Contemporary Art Fair May 8-11, 2014. For more info and other work, check out Andy Yoder and the Winkleman Gallery. 

  • Cleaning the Glass Under the Grand Canyon’s Skywalk is a Job For the Clinically Insane

    Jutting out nearly 70 feet from the cliffs of the Hualapai reservation, outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park is The Skywalk, a massive horse shoe shaped walk way with glass flooring for tourists to look down below 400-foot drop that offers stunning views of the Colorado River. With that said that view below The Skywalk gets pretty dusty with dry minerals and desert dust constantly blowing through the Canyon. Daredevil technicians from Abseilon USA take on the challenge of cleaning and polishing more than 40 panes of glass underneath the walk, hanging underneath for hours on end. Abseilon USA vice president Kenneth Piposar said the company’s work has also included rappelling down into the Grand Canyon to retrieve water bottles, hats and other trash.    

  • This Teen’s Brilliantly Simple Idea Would Save The U.S. Government $400 Million

    Like any good teenager, 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani was trying to think of ways to save his middle school money. While attending Dorseyville Middle School, Mirchandani, who’s interested in applying to computer science to promote environmental sustainability, noticed the glut of paper he was receiving on a daily basis. There’s not much he could do to END PAPER once and for all, but Mirchandani had an even better idea: BAN PRINTER INK. Or at least cut down on its use. As any intern who’s ever had to lug their way down to Staples for their superiors knows, printer ink is really expensive. But there’s a simple way to save.

  • David Hasselhoff Is Auctioning Off His KITT Car And Other Cool Junk [10 Photos]

    David Hasselhoff has either hit hard times, perhaps spending his fortune on one too many cheeseburgers, or has taken up an ascetic lifestyle in a search for inner peace. Whatever is going on with him, it’s to the advantage of the rest of us, because the Hoff is auctioning off all of his cool junk. Included in the auction is his 1982 Trans Am KITT replica car from Knight Rider; assorted shirts and jackets from his 1990 and 1994 world tours; a really sweet denim jacket with Disney characters on the back; a light-up sign from his Comedy Central roast; autographed footballs from Jim Brown, Mark Brunell, and Dan Marino; assorted German awards for Best Male Singer from Germany (not to self: Germans love David Hasselhoff; and, most bizarre of all, a giant David Hasselhoff in bathing suit prop from the SpongeBob movie. There’s plenty of other amazing clothes and items not pictured here, so be sure to smash open your piggy bank and check out the complete list at Julien’s Auctions. Personally, I’m going to wait for the jeans from the cheeseburger video to go up for auction.

  • Stanley Kubrick’s Dramatic Photographs of 1940s New York City

    Yes, you know Stanley Kubrick as arguably the best director of his generation, with a rumored IQ around 200, Kubrick was a highly visual person to say the least. The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey made Kubrick a household name, but when he was just 17-years old his extremely advanced eye captured the attention of LOOK magazine and commissioned him to be their youngest staff photographer in history. In this collection hand selected to print by VandM, Kubrick’s eye captures Broadway actress Betsy Von Furstenberg studying her lines, prizefighter Walter Cartier in the corner between rounds, Dwight Eisenhowerwhen he was Columbia University’s president, and performers from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

  • 19 Shocking Facts About Detroit’s Bankruptcy While Miguel Cabrera Laughs All The Way To The Bank

    Over the weekend Miguel Cabrera became the richest athlete in the history of American sports, ironically in a city that is so broke that 40% of its streetlights are not functioning. In 2013 Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, with long-term debt estimated between $18 billion and $20 billion, and yet the team could afford to give it’s star player a contract worth $292 million guaranteed. Sure, theoretically, if Miggy helps the Tigers go deep into the playoffs it could help jumpstart the economy but let’s just take a look at the current state of Detroit and consider what could be improved upon with nearly $300 million. 

  • Famous Renaissance Paintings As Contemporary Models [15 Photos]

    Austria-based artist Dorothee Golz takes classic paintings from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, such as Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” and places the subjects in contemporary settings. It’s incredible to see how all those pale, mopey, funny-hat-wearing folks seamlessly fit into present-day settings. They just look like quirky American Apparel models! For more from the series and other work, check out Dorothee Golz.

  • Earth’s Cities At Night From Space [14 GIFs]

    These GIFs of cities at night as seen from space are blended with maps of the pictured regions to give you a better idea of exactly where you are looking. Obviously, the brighter sections will correlate with bigger cities, giving a better impression of population density. The amount of empty, dark space in Australia is incredible when viewed this way, but even more interesting is North Korea’s lack of light. Even Pyongyang, a city of over 2.5 million, barely registers any light, illustrating a lack of resources rather than population density.

  • Andrew McCutchen and Pirates from Seton Hall, ECU and Tampa Bay Plunder SportsCenter

    In the newest addition of “This is SportsCenter” John Anderson’s morning breakfast meeting doesn’t go as planned when pirates barge in and plunder everything in the room. Andrew McCutchen leads a group of scallywags from Seton Hall, East Carolina and Tampa Bay to invade the conference and take everything including Anderson’s pie chart and especially the lox.

  • Nike’s First National Broadcast Ads, Found and Released After Being Lost For Decades

    Archived files thought to be lost forever were uncovered recently by Wieden + Kennedy digital librarian, Phoebe Owens, Nike historian Scott Reames. The files were two of Nike’s first three nationally broadcasted ads to hit the airwaves. The ads, which aired on October 23rd, 1982 during the New York City Marathon are titled “Nike Evolution”, “Trophy”, and “Co-Op All Sports” and were thought to have been lost forever until recently uncovered and re-released.

  • Chinese Man Builds Mini Electric Lamborghini For His Grandson [12 Photos]

    A 50-year-old man in China has built a mini electric Lamborghini that runs on five batteries to drive his grandson to school in. The car took about six months to build and cost just $825. It can reach a top speed of 26 mph and the batteries last long enough for a trip to the grandson’s school and back. The mini car features a working horn, stereo, and electric operated rain canopy and even has a hitch to hook up a trailer. The first car was so popular, two more have already been built for other family members. Jeez, my parents wouldn’t even buy me a Power Wheels. Why couldn’t I be born in central China? 

  • Want to Become a Better Writer? Copy the Work of Others! [Link]

    If you’re looking to improve your skills as a writer or if you’re suffering form writer’s block and need to readjust your way of thinking, there may be an age-old solution for you: copy the work of others. For centuries, great writers learned from the great writers that came before them by copying passages to get a feel for the rhythm and syntax they enjoyed as a reader. Give it a shot! If it was good enough for Hunter S Thompson, who copied Hemingway, and Jack London, who copied Rudyard Kipling, who can argue?

 
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