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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:
New York – The Moscow Mule
Florida – Rum Runner
California – Mai Tai
Ohio – Velvet Elvis
Michigan – Golden Cadillac
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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.
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)
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.
A giant cat scratcher
Montreal-based artist Marie José Gustave has created Hypnotic, a piece of wall art made from rolled cardboard.
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.
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Would these be easier to peel?!
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand (Nathan Kaso)
Descriptive geometry at its finest
Double Conic Spiral, process
Double Conic Spiral. Ink, acrylic/canvas.
Calculation (Sequence) #2. Acrylic, china ink/canvas.
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)
Chris from Betabrand sez, "While humanity waits for the space industry to hurry the hell up and allow it to freely travel through the cosmos, the fashion industry is already prepared. Today, Betabrand released the Space Jacket by Steven B. Wheeler -- a Tyvek and silver nylon masterpiece that's inspired by astronaut EVA suits and satellite insulation."
This is one of Betabrand's "think-tank" designs, suggested by the public, refined by Betabrand's designers, and then crowdfunded through production. Early backers get a substantial discount. It's an innovative way of making clothes, and it's how I got my lovely hunter's jacket. It produces some real surprises!
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.
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.
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.
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:(more...)
Big ol’ sexy thanks to my buddy, Jason for helping me work out this joke. Read his coooommmiiiiics!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.