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18 Jul 18:00

Eye-Deceiving Murals Turn Streets Of Iran Into An Optical Illusion Gallery

by Justina Bakutyte

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Creative murals by designer and street artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo are turning Tehran, Iran’s streets into an outstanding open-air gallery. Executed on two-dimensional blocks of concrete, Ghadyanloo’s artworks deceive the viewer’s eye by skillfully using methods from op art and 3D painting.

Mehdi has established a mural-painting company Blue Sky Painters, which helps him to work with the large-scale street art projects. What is not very frequent in the field, is that Ghadyanloo is fully backed up by the city’s municipality. According to the artist himself, it is one of the government’s goals to promote mural art in Tehran.

“The city is an architectural mishmash with buildings often having only one facade and the other three just left blank and grey. This doesn’t make for a beautiful city but it is a great environment for mural work. I think the municipality really felt the need to bring some cohesion or at least colour to the often confused and smog-smeared architectural face of the city.”

Ghadyanloo graduated from MA in Animation, which brought him closer to storytelling and surrealism. The latter has really influenced his style in urban murals. His scenes often depict unrealistic sights and actions such as cars flying in the air, man bicycling down the wall, people defying gravity and so on. Many of Ghadyanloo’s creations also cleverly interact with their surroundings bringing even more life to the streets of Tehran. (via: My Modern Met)

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20 Jul 22:25

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21 Jul 05:26

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17 Jul 15:15

Game of Phones: An Iron Throne for Your Phone

by Hazel Chua

Game of Thrones Phone Stand

Who knew you could make something this awesome from styrofoam, cocktail swords, foam tape, and lots of hot glue? A dude who goes by the username of tumb1r was bored one day, so we he went and made a miniature iron throne for his phone using the stuff we mentioned earlier. Okay, so he wasn’t actually bored, because he set out to make one from the get-go, but what he did here is nothing short of impressive.

Hit the break for pictures of the mobile iron throne while it was in the making.

Game of Thrones Phone StandA

 

Game of Thrones Phone Stand B

Game of Thrones Phone Stand C

Just imagine how much more awesome the iron throne stand would be if it has a built-in charger. A GOT-inspired dock for my phone? Yeah, I’d definitely want one.

You can check out the full gallery on Imgur.

VIA [ Neatorama ]

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21 Jul 04:07

Tikker Is A Watch That Counts Down Your Life

by David Ponce
Laszlo Tenki

No, thank you.

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We’re all gonna kick the bucket, sooner or later. And while some of us are aware that every passing minute is precious, others might need a more visual reminder. The Tikker wristwatch pictured above serves as a powerful expression that your time on this planet is limited, and it does this by displaying not the actual time of day, but how long you have left to live. The way it works involves answering a questionnaire (probably to determine your likely life span), and deducting your current age from the result.

Aside from doing its duty as a powerful symbol of your mortality, it’s also a statement to others that you take life seriously and intend to make the most of it.

We’re not sure whether Tikker also displays the actual time of day, but we’re going to go ahead and assume it does. A $39 pledge will get you one.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ NoPuedoCreer ]

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19 Jul 19:02

Did the Wayback Machine Catch Russian-Backed Rebels Claiming Responsibility for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17?

by Dan Colman

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If you’re a long-time reader of Open Culture, you know all about Archive.org — a non-profit that houses all kinds of fascinating textsaudiomoving images, and software. And don’t forget archived web pages. Since 1996, Archive’s “Wayback Machine” has been taking snapshots of websites, producing a historical record of this still fairly new thing called “the web.” Right now, the Wayback Machine holds 417 billion snapshots of web sites, including one page showing that “Igor Girkin, a Ukrainian separatist leader also known as Strelkov, claimed responsibility on a popular Russian social-networking site for the downing of what he thought was a Ukrainian military transport plane shortly before reports that Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 had crashed near the rebel held Ukrainian city of Donetsk.” (This quote comes from The Christian Science Monitor, which has more on the story.) Girkin’s post was captured by the Wayback Machine at 15:22:22 on July 17. By 16:56, Girkin’s post was taken offline — but not before Archive.org had its copy.

To keep tabs on this story, follow Archive’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

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15 Jul 17:51

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19 Jul 11:25

Moral Effects of Socialism

by Alex Tabarrok

Dan Ariely and co-authors have an interesting new paper looking at moral behavior, specifially cheating, in people who grew up in either East or West Germany.

From 1961 to 1989, the Berlin Wall divided one nation into two distinct political regimes. We
exploited this natural experiment to investigate whether the socio-political context impacts
individual honesty. Using an abstract die-rolling task, we found evidence that East Germans
who were exposed to socialism cheat more than West Germans who were exposed to
capitalism. We also found that cheating was more likely to occur under circumstances of
plausible deniability.

…If socialism indeed promotes individual dishonesty, the specific features of this socio-political
system that lead to this outcome remain to be determined. The East German socialist regime
differed from the West German capitalist regime in several important ways. First, the system
did not reward work based to merit, and made it difficult to accumulate wealth or pass
anything on to one’s family. This may have resulted in a lack of meaning leading to
demoralization (Ariely et al., 2008), and perhaps less concern for upholding standards of
honesty. Furthermore, while the government claimed to exist in service of the people, it failed
to provide functional public systems or economic security. Observing this moral hypocrisy in government may have eroded the value citizens placed on honesty. Finally, and perhaps most
straightforwardly, the political and economic system pressured people to work around official
laws and cheat to game the system. Over time, individuals may come to normalize these types
of behaviors. Given these distinct possible influences, further research will be needed to
understand which aspects of socialism have the strongest or most lasting impacts on morality.

It’s interesting that Ariely et al. try to explain cheating as a result of socialism. My own approach would look more to the virtue ethics of capitalism and Montesquieu who famously noted that

Commerce is a cure for the most destructive prejudices; for it is almost a general rule, that wherever we find agreeable manners, there commerce flourishes; and that wherever there is commerce, there we meet with agreeable manners.

See Al-Ubaydli et al. for a market priming experiment and especially McCloskey on The Bourgeoise Virtues for more work consistent with this theme.

17 Jul 15:49

‘Forest Man’, A Short Documentary About an Indian Man Who Planted a Forest Larger Than Central Park

by Brian Heater

“Forest Man” is a short documentary directed by Canadian filmmaker William D McMaster that follows Jadav Payeng, a man living in Jorhat, India, who has been planting his own forest on Majuli Island in India’s Brahmaputra River since the late 1970s. The forest, which now covers more ground than New York’s Central Park, is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including rhinos, deer, tigers and 115 elephants.

My dream is to fill up Majuli Iland and Jorhat with forest again. I will continue to plant until my last breath.

via Gizmodo

12 Jul 20:26

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16 Jul 14:20

amaditalks: There are more of is than anyone would ever be led...

by wagatwe






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There are more of is than anyone would ever be led to believe. Free Palestine!

18 Jul 23:03

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14 Jul 21:59

"Casa Futebol" Concept to Turn World Cup Stadiums into Public Housing

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No Brazilian can be happy with their national team suffering two crushing defeats in a row, and now the country is dotted with brand-new stadiums that can only serve as a painful reminder. But now that the World Cup is over, perhaps those stadiums, so expensive and controversial to build, can be put to more enduring use.

Architects Axel de Stampe and Sylvain Macaux have put forth a proposal called Casa Futebol, whereby the twelve stadiums would be reappropriated for housing. The concept calls for the design of prefabricated apartment modules of 105 square meters that could be inserted into the periphery of each stadium's shape, along with "colonizing the outside facade" to give them a different look.

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19 Jul 00:07

I favorited this over a year ago. Just got around to making a few of them. #2, 9 and 18... Delicious!!!

03 Jul 10:00

Nicholas Manousos “Tourbillon 1000%” – 3D printed functional horological model #3DxEducation #3DxReplica #3DThursday #3DPrinting

by Matt

Nicholas Manousos “Tourbillon 1000%” – 3D printed functional horological model:

The tourbillon was invented by Breguet in 1795 and patented in 1801. It was intended to counter the effects of gravity on the escapement. Today their usefulness is controversial, but the allure remains. In my opinion, a tourbillon is the ultimate expression of mechanical beauty.

3D printing turns the traditional paradigm of manufacturing around, allowing for extremely rapid prototyping. The 1000% scale is a result of the resolution capabilities of today’s 3D printers, but it has an unexpected benefit. It allows people to hold the usually too delicate tourbillon in their hands, see clearly every single part at work, and therefore fully comprehend the mechanics. Tourbillon 1000% is the result of 3 years of engineering and design.

Tourbillon 1000% is not intended to be a timekeeper, but rather an educational device. Thermoplastics may experience characteristic changes when exposed to extreme temperatures.

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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

11 Jul 15:47

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak

by Christopher Jobson

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Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Humorous Urban Interventions on the Streets of France by OakOak street art pop culture humor

Based in the old industrial town of St. Etienne, France, street artist oakoak (previously) relies on a keen sense of observation to create his humorous interventions on walls, streets, and sidewalks. Cracks and crumbling infrastructure become the backdrop for superheroes and other pop culture characters who interact with their surrounds in unexpected ways. He shares with Bulkka:

Since I come from Saint Etienne, an old industrial city which is now in reconversion, I have the need to make my city less “grey” and at the same time, funnier. Humor is really important to me. It’s definitely the most important element in what I do.

My main interest is giving importance to places and objects that people don’t notice anymore. I walk a lot every day and that’s how I get to find new attractive places with urban elements such as broken walls for example. When I see something interesting during my walks, I measure it and study it, and I come back later to make the collage. I prefer to prepare the drawings and drafts at home.

Included here are several works from the last 6 months or so, but you can see many more pieces on his Facebook page.

12 Jul 23:00

10 Absurdly Fantastic Looping Portraits by Romain Laurent

by Alex Santoso


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Lee Towndrow is a teriffic - albeit a bit monotone - table drummer

Now THIS is what animated GIFs are made for!

New York City-based photographer Romain Laurent started to create looping portraits as a personal challenge late last year. "As far as the intention of the series, it's a way for me to explore a hybrid medium, experiment and being spontaneous while sticking to a short weekly deadline," Laurent told Colossal, "There isn't a common concept between each loop, I just 'go with the flow' and see what comes to my mind each week."


One Loop Portrait a Week #32 by Romain Laurent
Darwin Deez hovers majestically


One Loop Portrait a Week #16
Nicole Bogatitus didn't have enough coffee this morning


One Loop Portrait a Week #39 by Romain Laurent
Vincent Cyr, whose inner self is feeling real smooth right now


One Loop Portrait a Week #37 by Romain Laurent
Vincent Cyr finds the energy of NYC hopping


One Loop Portrait #11
Amy Li's goldfish is gone


One Loop Portrait a Week #29 by Romain Laurent
Yannick Roux's mind is high in potassium


One Loop Portrait a Week #26 by Romain Laurent
When Menno Kluin has too many good ideas, his ears get a life of their own


One Loop Portrait a Week #19 by Romain Laurent
Roy Stanfield approves of this kickflip


One Loop Portrait a Week #3 by Romain Laurent
Trevor Dickson is 75% water

View more of Laurent's absurd yet endearing looping animated portraits over at his Tumblr.

13 Jul 13:01

Heart transplant video will blow your mind

by Jonco

Warning: Video contains extremely graphic medical content.

Here’s something you never realized you wanted to see: uncensored, gory footage of a real human heart transplant.

Read all about it.

14 Jul 04:20

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12 Jul 19:15

Artist Telmo Pieper Repaints His Own Childhood...















Artist Telmo Pieper Repaints His Own Childhood Drawings

Previously: Everyday Objects Turned Into Creative Illustrations

09 Jul 21:45

Germany half way through their game vs. Brazil

14 Jul 18:45

Lots of Little Girls Say They Want to Be Princesses; This Dad Took Action

Lots of Little Girls Say They Want to Be Princesses; This Dad Took Action

Jeremiah Heaton's 7-year-old daughter Emily expressed interest in being a real princess. While most dads would explain how the world actually works, Heaton found 800 square miles of disputed land in Africa, planted a flag, and "claimed" it. Emily now wears a crown and is called "Princess Emily".
There are no words.


(h/t HuffPo.)

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02 Jul 20:42

Microscopically Structuring Steel Like Bamboo Makes It Stronger Yet More Flexible

by Francie Diep

Illustration showing a gradient microstructure
The experimental steel is made of grains that go from small to large
Yuntian Zhu

People's teeth and bamboo stalks may not seem very durable compared to bars of steel. But, a new series of experiments finds, making metals mimic those materials could improve metals' endurance and strength.

A team of chemists from China and the U.S. manufactured steel with a particular microstructure, inspired by teeth and bamboo. The resulting material was both more flexible and able to handle higher amounts of stress than conventionally made steel. In factories, you want both qualities. Structural steel should be able to handle a lot of stress, but it should also bend a little when it comes near its stress limit. That way, it will give engineers more time to fix it before it fails, instead of shattering suddenly.

At the surface, the newly developed steel is composed of grains that are 96 nanometers wide, or about 1,000 times thinner than a sheet of paper. Deeper down into the metal, however, the grains become gradually larger. At its core, the steel has grains about 35 micrometers in size, or more than 300 times wider than the grains at the surface. Of course, all this change in grain size happens over a very short distance. The entire sheet of steel is only one millimeter thick. And remember, the small-to-big transition has to happen at both the top and bottom surfaces of the steel sheet.

Deeper down in the metal, the grains become gradually larger.

The small grains on the surface of the steel help make the metal harder. Meanwhile, the larger grains deeper inside allow the steel to bend. Many things in the natural world also have microstructures that have a gradient of grain sizes from surface to center. The gradient helps them deal with stresses such as weather and wearing.

The China-U.S. team published their steel gradient findings in two papers in the journals Materials Research Letters and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The team isn't the only one to have tried creating metals with gradients. In the past few years, other chemists and materials scientists have made copper and stainless steel like this. (The latest gradient-grained steel is not stainless steel. Instead, it's of a type of steel called interstitial-free.) Those groups, too, found improved flexibility with strength in their metals.

[North Carolina State University]








02 Jul 20:00

Ubuntu Timekpr Controls Computer Access For Kids, Not Just Internet Access

by Danny Stieben
Laszlo Tenki

Wow. I was disappointed that they discontinued it. Tomorrow there will be an update on my kids' laptop.

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There’s a newly-revived Linux parental control utility that controls the access to the computer account itself, not just Internet access. If you want your kid to stay off the computer when you tell them to, you need Timekpr. Historically, parental controls for Linux were sometimes pretty lackluster, and even the better ones often only restricted access to the Internet such as Linux Mint’s Domain Blocker. Even parental controls for Windows tend to just focus on restricting Internet access. About Timekpr Timekpr is a parental control application which directly controls access to your child’s computer account. While I find that parental...

Read the full article: Ubuntu Timekpr Controls Computer Access For Kids, Not Just Internet Access

03 Jul 11:00

Wine on Wheels: Union Wine Co. in Portland, OR

by Margot Guralnick

"We're not California and we aren't France, and we're OK with that." Union Wine Co.'s straight-shooting owner, Ryan Harms, worked for high-end Oregon wineries before founding his own "industrial château" in Portland in 2005: "I decided I wasn't going to accept that wine made in Oregon had to be expensive. Union is about creating something that I can share with friends and family and make accessible without sacrificing quality."

Having finessed his product to his liking, Harms is now out to make his Oregon craft wines as approachable as beer. Toward that end, he's been playing with Union's presentation and packaging.

Union Wine Co. wine tasting truck | Remodelista

Above: A 1972 restored Citroën H Van debuted last year as Union's roving wine tasting truck with a wooden counter. 

Union Wine Co. wine tasting truck | Remodelista

Above: The truck is available to rent for parties, weddings, and other events. Starting in mid-July, it will be stationed at the corner of 33rd and Division Street in Portland, OR, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons and evenings all summer.

Union Wine Co. wine tasting truck | Remodelista

Above: The truck is now offering tastings of Union's latest product: Underwood Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir in cans. "It’s hard to keep your pinky up when you’re drinking wine from a 375 ml. can," says Harms. Underwood Pinot in a Can is $24 for a four-pack.

Union Wine Co. wine tasting truck | Remodelista

Above: Union's winery is in Tualatin, OR, outside of Portland. For more details, go to Union Wine Co.

N.B.: This week is our Block Party issue, and every day we'll be spotlighting an inspired food or drinks business on wheels. Have a look at our other Food Truck picks.

Looking for summer drinks ideas? Go to Gardenista for a Fourth of July Raspberry Sparkler and other Straight-From-the-Garden Cocktails.  Need some wine glasses? Have a look at 10 Easy Pieces: Everyday Wine Glasses.

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30 Jun 14:05

Android’s Next Update Set to Bring Manual Focus, DNG, Exposure Control, and More

by Maaz Khan

Earlier this month, Apple raised the bar for the iPhone’s camera when it announced iOS 8; the upcoming software is set to give iOS users features such as manual exposure, time-lapse photography, and more. With the passing of Google I/O just last week, we were introduced to Android L. After a weekend of coverage, it [...]

The post Android’s Next Update Set to Bring Manual Focus, DNG, Exposure Control, and More appeared first on DIY Photography.

01 Jul 20:54

Clever Oculus Project Lets You Live Your Life In Third Person

by Greg Kumparak
third person walking Ever wished you could tap the “Change Camera View” button in real life to switch to a third-person view? These guys made it happen. Sure, it requires the user to wear an Oculus Rift and a big ol’ dual camera rig built into a backpack — and sure, it’s probably only fun (and not nauseating) for about a minute. But it works! Read More
30 Jun 22:00

Not sure if this fixes it or makes it worse

30 Jun 20:43

This Camera Films at the Speed of Light

by Andrew Tarantola

And you thought watching The Hobbit in 60fps was weird? At 15 billion fps, this camera from Heriot Watt University captures video so fast that you can actually watch individual photons move across a room and reconstruct the form of objects around corners based only on the light that they scatter.

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01 Jul 18:08

An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret

by Christopher Jobson

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Photo © Jesse Rockwell

An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret Thailand fish Bangkok
Photo © Jesse Rockwell

An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret Thailand fish Bangkok
Photo © Jesse Rockwell

An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret Thailand fish Bangkok
Photo © Jesse Rockwell

An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret Thailand fish Bangkok
Photo © Jesse Rockwell

An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret Thailand fish Bangkok
Photo © Jesse Rockwell

An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret Thailand fish Bangkok
Photo © Jesse Rockwell

In most post-apocalyptic films when the camera pans down the abandoned streets of New York or Tokyo, long after people have disappeared and the buildings have fallen into disrepair, we see nature again thriving. Trees and plants take hold in the sidewalks and wild animals like deer, bears, and lions stalk the ruins left behind by humans. But after descending the staircase at a vacant shopping mall in Bangkok, professional cook and photographer Jesse Rockwell discovered a wholly different take on beasts inheriting the Earth: fish. Specifically exotic koi and catfish, teeming by the thousands in a secret subterranean aquarium. Rockwell shares via his blog:

New World shopping mall, a four storey former shopping mall. Originally constructed as an eleven storey building. It was found to be in breach of old town Bangkok’s four storey limit on building heights. The top seven floors were demolished to adhere to building codes in 1997. In 1999 the mall burned due to suspected arson committed by a competitor in the area. The disaster resulted in several casualties, and the building has remained abandoned ever since. Not having a roof, the basement floor remains under several feet of water year round.

At some point in the early 2000s an unknown person began introducing a small population of exotic Koi and Catfish species. The small population of fish began to thrive and the result is now a self-sustained, and amazingly populated urban aquarium.

What an amazing discovery. It makes you wonder what else lurks in abandoned places around the world? You can see more of Rockwell’s photography over on 500px and on his website, Taste of the Road. (via James Theophane, The Verge)