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24 Jan 16:17

Photos of Cute and Fluffy Hamster Butts

by Kimber Streams

Hamster Butts

Sad and Useless has gathered a cute collection of 18 fluffy hamster butts. More photos of fuzzy rodent behinds can be found at Sad and Useless.

Hamster Butts

Hamster Butts

Hamster Butts

images via Sad and Useless

via Sad and Useless, Pleated-Jeans

24 Jan 21:12

A Map of Signature Cocktails by US State

by Lori Dorn

Signature Cocktail by State

Every state in the U.S. has its own flag, its own flower, its own animal and its own motto, so why not its own cocktail? Hannah C Gregg of BuzzFeed has compiled a delicious menu of suggested cocktails delineated by state.

America boasts an almost endless array of liquor, making the choice of one signature cocktail for each state a tricky task. But every state gets tipsy in its own special way, and we chose these cocktails with some semblance of logic: a combination of state of origin, popularity, and exclusivity.

Here are just a few:

NY Signature Cocktail - The Moscow Mule
New York – The Moscow Mule

Florida Signature Cocktail - Rum Runner
Florida – Rum Runner

Florida Signature Cocktail - Rum Runner
California – Mai Tai

Ohio Signature Cocktail - Velvet Elvis
Ohio – Velvet Elvis

MI Signature Cocktail - The Golden Cadillac
Michigan – Golden Cadillac

images via BuzzFeed

26 Jan 21:29

Your Facial Hair Is Dismantling the Razor Industry

by Dayna Evans

Your Facial Hair Is Dismantling the Razor Industry

Procter & Gamble revealed Friday afternoon that one of their biggest financial challenges this year will be your disgusting, dirty face. Reanimating the lifeless corpse that is the word "hipster," the consumer company in charge of Colgate, Johnson & Johnson, and Gillette (among others), reported stagnating sales in their typically thriving "grooming market."

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23 Jan 23:00

Mechanisms: steampunk armored bestiary

by Cory Doctorow


Vladimir Gvozdeff's illustration series Mechanisms depicts a wonderful bestiary of armored, mechanical creatures in steampunk style, surrounded by the detritus of contrafactual Victorian inventorship. Some of my favorites after the jump:





владимир гвоздев & gvozdariki (via Pipe Dream Dragon)

    






26 Jan 15:00

Arte y Arquitectura: “La Persistencia del Trazo” por André Rocha

by Javiera Yávar

City Cube 2 © André Rocha

André Rocha es un arquitecto e ilustrador portugués que se graduó en arquitectura en la Universidad de Coimbra (Darq). Como estudiante, crea en el año 2004 un blog de dibujo titulado “La Persistencia del Trazo”, donde explora el diseño urbano evocando frecuentemente una cierta imaginación surrealista y e infantil.

City of Stakes © André Rocha

Vacilando entre lo real y lo irreal, la obra de André Rocha armoniza texturas y entornos urbanos, creando un mundo que quiere ser vivo. A través de la investigación de la morfología de las ciudades y sus texturas arquitectónicas, el artista construye tensiones entre espacios ultra compactos y espacios vacíos. El equilibrio entre estas dos características ha sido la base de su último trabajo.

Ponte Habitável © André Rocha

Desde temprana edad mostró interés por el miniaturismo. Sus ilustraciones se proponen tal como el propio diseño de la ciudad, que tiene una forma general de fácil apropiación. Sin embargo, para el deseo de convertir en “vivo” este imaginario urbano, André Rocha se detiene en el detalle para ilustrar universos arquitectónicos que le son familiares. El barroco portugués, iglesias góticas europeas, los barrios marginales de Brasil o el urbanismo medieval son algunos de los elementos de sus ciudades imaginarias.

Walking Favelas © André Rocha

Son ciudades apiladas, que se protegen o quieren vencer la gravedad en una imposibilidad física. Ilustraciones que apelan a su experiencia, pero que reflejan algún sentimiento de soledad en un universo de contrastes.

Gothic Gravitation © André Rocha

Ciudades imposibles que se elevan desde el suelo convirtiéndose en inmunes a la especie humana; ciudades que quieren ser adoradas como un objeto escultórico en cualquier espacio del museo.

City Cube © André Rocha

Siga el trabajo de André Rocha aqui.

Arte e Arquitetura: "A Persistência do Traço" por André Rocha City Cube 2 © André Rocha Arte e Arquitetura: "A Persistência do Traço" por André Rocha Hollow City © André Rocha Arte e Arquitetura: "A Persistência do Traço" por André Rocha The Old Refinary © André Rocha Arte e Arquitetura: "A Persistência do Traço" por André Rocha Gravity City © André Rocha Arte e Arquitetura: "A Persistência do Traço" por André Rocha Walking Favelas © André Rocha Arte e Arquitetura: "A Persistência do Traço" por André Rocha Soajo © André Rocha Arte e Arquitetura: "A Persistência do Traço" por André Rocha Ponte Habitável © André Rocha Arte e Arquitetura: "A Persistência do Traço" por André Rocha Gothic Gravitation © André Rocha Arte e Arquitetura: "A Persistência do Traço" por André Rocha Barragan Utopia © André Rocha Arte e Arquitetura: "A Persistência do Traço" por André Rocha City of Stakes © André Rocha Arte e Arquitetura: "A Persistência do Traço" por André Rocha City Cube © André Rocha
23 Jan 13:42

Pop Culture “Religious” Candles Light Up your Life in More Ways than One

by Franco Libunao




With snowstorms being so frequent recently, this winter might seem rather dark and cold. Well why not light up your life with some new Pop Culture “religious” style candles?

From Etsy seller DMAGIC, this line of candles can be the key to brightening things up while also bringing a little joy to your life. Using the likenesses of famous stars and characters like Walter White, Ron Swanson, Spock, and many more, these candles feature them dressed as religious figures and are much more fun than your normal boring candles. In no way, are these to be confused with religious candles or blasphemy; they just happen to be dressed in garb similar to figures from a similar era. These pop culture icons are featured on 8” tall white wax candles and could be the highlight of whatever scene you place them in. They’re so much fun, you might not even light them, but just use them as display art.

So are you interested in bringing a more pop culture inspired lighting experience into your life? Let us know in the comments.

23 Jan 15:14

Irrational ‘Deep Dark Fears’ Transformed into Comic Strips

by Kimber Streams

Deep Dark Fears

Los Angeles animator Fran Krause has created Deep Dark Fears, a Tumblr that translates irrational, lurking fears into comic strips. You can read more of the gripping short comics at Deep Dark Fears.

Deep Dark Fears

Deep Dark Fears

Deep Dark Fears

images via Deep Dark Fears

via Super Punch

24 Jan 16:28

This 16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways

by Christopher Jobson

This 16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways history books

This 16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways history books

This 16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways history books

Sure, the Amazon Kindle might have dynamic font adjustments, and it can hold thousands of books, but can it do this? Printed in the late 16th century this small book from the National Library of Sweden is an example of sixfold dos-à-dos binding, where six books are conjoined into a single publication but can be read individually with the help of six perfectly placed clasps. This particular book was printed in Germany and like almost all books at the time is a religious devotional text. The National Library of Sweden has a fantastic photo collection of historical and rare books where you can find many more gems like this, and this, and this.

Update: And if you really like amazing old book discoveries, you should be following Erik Kwakkel, the Medieval book historian at Leiden University in the Netherlands, who originally unearthed this story. (via Neatorama)

21 Jan 19:23

Digitally Processed Videos That Make the Flight Paths of Birds Visible

by EDW Lynch

Bird Flight Path Videos

Artist Dennis Hlynsky uses a digital process to make the flight paths of birds visible in his mesmerizing video project, “small brains on mass.” The process, which Hlynsky calls “extruded time,” involves stacking frames in a sequence and adding the darkest pixels together. The effect is a long trail that shows the past few moments of a bird’s flight path as it flies. Large flocks become dense clouds of paths that continually form and disappear. Hlynsky has more extruded time videos on Vimeo.

videos by Dennis Hlynsky, GIF via Colossal

via Colossal

19 Jan 22:15

Hypnotic Wall Art by Marie José Gustave

by Erin
A. Kachmar

A giant cat scratcher

Montreal-based artist Marie José Gustave has created Hypnotic, a piece of wall art made from rolled cardboard.

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About the artist

Marie José Gustave has been combining artistic research and lifestyle to create functional art pieces out of recycled cardboard for more than ten years. Her work, influenced by her Caribbean origins, lies between industrial design and contemporary craft.

Pushing the limits of an under-appreciated material, Marie José creates innovative and decorative home objects that maintain a raw, natural quality. Concerned with craftsmanship, texture, and volume, she makes each one of her objects by hand. Marie is a member of Le Conseil des Métiers d’arts du Québec, and received SIDIM’s (Montreal design show) Excellence Award 2010 for her lamps.

Hypnotic cardboard wall art is made with a thin type of cardboard rolled together giving an hypnotic effect.

 

20 Jan 20:30

Bernhard Lang’s Staggering Aerial Photos Show Our Impact on the World

by Bridgette Meinhold
20 Jan 22:55

Amongst the fruit you can shape, apparently you...

by NOTCOT
A. Kachmar

Would these be easier to peel?!




Amongst the fruit you can shape, apparently you can make pentagonal oranges like these japanese farmers.

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20 Jan 20:35

RAWR, I am the king

20 Jan 15:38

Dog and Cat Teach Their Offspring to Descend Stairs In Very Different Ways

by Lori Dorn

Dogs and cats are obviously very different creatures and that fact is easily demonstrated in this amusing video posted by srwacr. While the dog subscribes to the observational learning process, the cat prefers to go with the experiential school of thought.

via reddit

18 Jan 21:42

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand (Nathan Kaso)



Fiordland National Park, New Zealand (Nathan Kaso)

16 Jan 21:08

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17 Jan 15:26

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo

by Christopher Jobson
A. Kachmar

Descriptive geometry at its finest

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d
Nautilus

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d
Caracol

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d
Double Conic Spiral, process

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d
Double Conic Spiral. Ink, acrylic/canvas.

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d
Morpho

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d
Calculation (Sequence) #2. Acrylic, china ink/canvas.

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d

In the midst of our daily binge of emailing, Tweeting, Facebooking, app downloading and photoshopping it’s almost hard to imagine how anything was done without the help of a computer. For Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo, it’s a time he relishes. At a technology-free drafting table he deftly renders the motion and subtle mathematical brilliance of nature with a pencil, ruler and protractor. Araujo creates complex fields of three dimensional space where butterflies take flight and the logarithmic spirals of shells swirl into existence. He calls the series of work Calculation, and many of his drawings seem to channel the look and feel of illustrations found in Da Vinci’s sketchbooks. In an age when 3D programs can render a digital version of something like this in just minutes, it makes you appreciate Araujo’s remarkable skill. You can see much more here. (via ArchitectureAtlas)

16 Jan 23:43

[video] [h/t: cineraria]



[video] [h/t: cineraria]

16 Jan 01:03

Best of ‘Small Fact Frog’Previously: Best of...

16 Jan 17:40

Cat hopping hind legs

17 Jan 19:00

Why the sum of all positive integers is -1/12

by Cory Doctorow

Here's a brain-meltingly cool proof of the bizarre mathematical truth that the sum of all positive integers (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5....) is -1/12. This is not only provably true, it's also foundational to certain testable elements of physics. In other words: not just a logical curiosity, but also the bedrock of real-world, useful stuff.

ASTOUNDING: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + ... = -1/12 (via Kottke)

    






17 Jan 18:38

Analysts: Credit Card Hacking Goes Much Further Than Target

Retail analysts say more data breaches like the hits on Target and Neiman Marcus are coming. A new report details how hackers "with ties to the former Soviet Union" stay ahead with "innovation and a high degree of skill."

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17 Jan 18:46

Beauty, A Video Montage of Subtly Animated Classic Paintings

by EDW Lynch

Dozens of classic paintings are subtly animated in the short video “Beauty” by Italian animator Rino Stefano Tagliafierro. You can see the full list of paintings here.

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Subtly Animated Paintings

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via Boing Boing

17 Jan 21:11

Aslan, A Massive Lion Sculpture Handmade from 4,000 Metal Scraps

by Kimber Streams

Aslan

Istanbul-based artist Selçuk Yilmaz has created a majestic sculpture called “Aslan” — the Turkish word for lion — made from nearly 4,000 pieces of metal. According to Colossal, each piece of metal in the 550-pound sculpture was individually hand-cut and hammered, and the whole piece took nearly a year to complete.

Aslan

Aslan

Aslan

Aslan

via Colossal

17 Jan 22:20

Astonishingly Realistic Wood Sculptures of Paper Objects

by EDW Lynch

Realistic Wood Sculptures by Randall Rosenthal

Artist Randall Rosenthal carves and paints solid blocks of wood into astonishingly realistic sculptures of newspapers, cash, and other paper objects. His sculptures can be purchased through the Bernaducci Meisel Gallery in New York City.

Realistic Wood Sculptures by Randall Rosenthal

Realistic Wood Sculptures by Randall Rosenthal

Realistic Wood Sculptures by Randall Rosenthal

photos via Randall Rosenthal

via Colossal

18 Jan 01:27

California's Governor Declares Drought State Of Emergency

Gov. Jerry Brown is urging Californians to cut their water use by 20 percent, and he's telling state agencies to conserve water – and to hire more firefighters.

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16 Jan 09:00

Production Methods: An Articulated Bandsaw!

A. Kachmar

Fantastic

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A bandsaw is the go-to shop fixture if you're cutting an intricate shape out of wood. But there's a size limit as to what you can get up onto the bed and maneuver with your hands, in a manner that's safe for both you and the machine. Imagine if you had to cut a 16-foot beam or a log for a log cabin, for instance.

To get around this, Italian production-tool manufacturer MD Dario has come up with an ingenious solution: Mount an entire bandsaw on a two-section arm with ball-bearing joints at all three connection points.

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By taking this moutain-comes-to-Mohammed approach, a single operator can quickly and accurately move the saw around while the workpiece remains mobile. In the video below, fast-forward to 1:07 to get to the good part:

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15 Jan 20:58

Tired.

by Ryan

Tired.

Big ol’ sexy thanks to my buddy, Jason for helping me work out this joke. Read his coooommmiiiiics!

13 Jan 22:00

Are you one of those people who thinks hot water is ice cold?

by Esther Inglis-Arkell

Are you one of those people who thinks hot water is ice cold?

Some of you will not know what this headline means. Others will have stuck your hand (or your whole body) under a shower and felt as though you were in an ice bath for a millisecond before you realized you've scalded yourself. For some people, sufficiently hot water will, for a moment, feel ice cold.

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13 Jan 18:09

By a Thread: 31 Excellent Works of Embroidered Art

by Steph
[ By Steph in Art & Drawing & Digital. ]

Embroidered Art Main

This ain’t your grandmother’s cross-stitched bible verses. Contemporary artists exploit, subvert and otherwise manipulate the traditional craft of embroidery with hyperealistic portraits, surreal seemingly LSD-induced additions to old photos or pretty flowers added to actual x-rays. Some even use bread – or their own skin – as the canvas for their threaded creations.

Family Portraits Sewn into the Palm of an Artist’s Hand

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Combining visual and performance art, David Cata sews portraits of his family members into the palm of his own hand, poking the thread through the topmost layer of skin. The series symbolizes people who have ‘left their mark’ on the artist’s life, just as the portraits leave their mark on his skin. “Their lives have been interwoven with mine to build my history, every moment lived stays in the memory to finally be forgotten. Somehow, this fact is painful, since there are only material things and traces that people leave behind.”

Traditional Temari Spheres by 88-Year-Old Grandmother

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Flickr user NanaAkua shares photos of the 500-odd, incredibly intricate temari spheres embroidered by her 88-year-old grandmother. Temari balls are a form of Japanese folk art (of Chinese origin), often made from the thread of old kimonos and given as gifts to children on New Year’s Day.

Bear Sculptures Embroidered with Anatomy

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Bears are seemingly turned inside-out with embroidery of their anatomy in stunning lifelike sculpture by Deborah Simon. Measuring about two feet square, the sculptures reveal internal organs, musculature, skeletons and nerves. The series highlights how human desire for their pelts puts these majestic creatures in danger. “Bears are the ultimate stuffed animals; both the iconic plush toy and the prized taxidermy specimen for hunters,” says Simon. “Most of the sculptures deal with vulnerability; the vulnerability that the animals face from environmental degradation, conflicts with people, suburban sprawl and poaching. I particularly find the dichotomy between the defanged, declawed childhood toy and the fierce reality of a top predator fascinating.”

Embroidered Flesh by Eliza Bennet

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David Cata isn’t the only artist using the thick, relatively bloodless skin of his palms as a surface for embroidery. Eliza Bennet uses a similar method, but her work invokes more of a visceral reaction of disgust for its visual mimicry of wounds. The idea is to highlight the idea of embroidery being women’s work, and women’s work being ‘easy.’ Bennet notes that many low-paid jobs typically aligned with women, like cleaning, caring and catering, can be difficult and labor-intensive. “Through a personally charged perception, I explore a range of issues relating to the formlessness of both individual and social reality,” she says.

Embroidered X-Rays by Matthew Cox

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Traditional embroidery is juxtaposed with plastic x-ray film in this series by Matthew Cox, superimposing images of vivid life on top of the stark white-bones-on-black. Fleshy hands hold flowers, or reach up toward the sky.

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