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31 Mar 12:00

MEDICAL MARVEL: 3D-Printed Skull Saves Woman’s Life [Pic + Video]

by Lauren Berkley

Doctors in the Netherlands at University Medical Center Utrecht say they have successfully implanted a 3D-printed skull into a young woman.

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The 23-hour surgery occurred three months ago, according to NBC News, but details are just being released, as the woman, 22, is recovering extremely well.

While her name has not been released, she apparently suffered “from severe headaches due to a thickening of her skull.” Over time, she lost both her vision and her motor coordination and “it was only a matter of time before other essential brain functions would have atrophied.”

Now?

The woman’s pain is gone, her vision restored, and she is even back at work.

Skulls used to be created by hand using a medical ‘cement,’ but they never fit quite right, one of the doctors said. The technology of 3D printing now allows for an “exact fit.”

The plastic skull was ”manufactured with the help of Anatomics, an Australian medical device company that specializes in 3D printing.”

27 Mar 15:39

Museum's Exhibit of Hilariously Awkward Family Photos

by Jenny Zhang
Nuno Cruz

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With the upcoming exhibit of Awkward Family Photos at the California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica, it's clear that taking awkward family photos is not just a cringeworthy memory, but a form of art. The exhibit, open from March 28 to July 27, will display the best of the worst family photos that are all incredibly awkward in their own special way, whether it's because of questionable fashion choices, hilarious facial expressions, uncomfortable posing, or just plain regrettable decisions.

According to childhood friends Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, the creators of the website Awkward Family Photos, "[The exhibit is] about celebrating the family experience and shining a light on all of those deliciously awkward moments that come with the price of family membership." The exhibit invites viewers to commemorate life's less than picture-perfect moments through ten themes: Family Portrait, Siblings, Vacation, Kids, Holidays, Weddings, Dad, Mom, Grandparents, Birthdays, and Family Pet. Visitors can also have their photo taken and displayed as part of the exhibit.











Awkward Family Photos Website
California Heritage Museum Website
via [Daily Mail]
27 Mar 18:00

Young Intern Sets Herself Apart with LEGO Model Resume

by katie hosmer


To find a good job these days, handing over a paper resume just isn't enough. It's important to make yourself—and your resume—as memorable as possible. Taking this into account, a young woman named Leah decided to go all out and she developed this impressive presentation.

She designed a LEGO model of herself and sent out a number of internship applications to a variety of advertising agencies. Alongside the LEGO model, Leah included a cover letter that described her skills and qualifications. The creative job application has been a big hit on Reddit and has gained a ton of attention. Though she hasn't yet heard back from the companies, the project is certainly a reminder that it is important to distinguish yourself from the rest when applying for jobs.

On Imgur, Leah said, "I wanted a fun way to stand out to agencies and get my resume out of the trash can—I've always loved LEGO and I created this set to highlight my creativity, skills and initiative! It's something I hope to be able to send out along with a job application."





Leah on Imgur
via [AdWeek]

20 Mar 07:04

"Tiny Worlds" short film series

by noreply@blogger.com (biotv)
Tiny Worlds is a short film trilogy created by the CGI team at British VFX and computer generated animation agency Rushes, in which miniature vehicles participate in the cleaning of litter and rubbish on the streets of London.



27 Feb 10:01

Engineering vs Operations

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21 Jan 00:00

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17 Jan 16:00

Artist's Physical Gestures Produce Beautiful Charcoal Drawings

by katie hosmer


Using just her body and a piece of charcoal, New Orleans-based performance artist Heather Hansen bends and twists in fluid motions across the surface of paper to create beautifully rough symmetrical shapes and patterns. Her captivating performances involve dance-like movements that are just as much the main focus as the final, large-scale drawings.

Watching her process is a mesmerizing experience where lines emerge from her many natural, physical gestures. Without hesitation, she repeats her movements and smears the lines together into the final, unpredictable works. She then lifts her body off of the page to reveal the one-of-a-kind pieces.

Hansen quotes Joseph Campbell as part of her inspiration behind her work: "The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe. To match your nature with Nature.” Currently, Hansen's work is being shown in a group exhibition, The Value of a Line, at The Ochi Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho, through March 31, 2014.















Photo Credits: Spencer Hansen; David Seelig
Heather Hansen's website

01 Jan 19:00

Playful Ceramic Sculptures Filled With Lively Motion

by katie hosmer


Clay seems to come alive in these detailed sculptures by Hong-Kong based artist Johnson Tsang. Each one of his hand-crafted scenes is filled with energetic movements that seem to be frozen in time, many of which are created in the artist's signature style where human faces are blended into splashing, flowing liquids.

Living Clay is a recent show currently on exhibit at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan. The series merges human elements together with objects to create surreal forms that spark the viewer's imagination. All of Tsang's ceramic works are humorous at first glance, but they also invite viewers to discover a deeper message beyond the surface of the material.

According to Yingge Ceramics Museum, the pieces are an exploration of social and environmental issues, and "they are also reflections and satires of the human condition. Realized through his extraordinary sense of imagination and creativity, Tsang exemplifies the perfect marriage between ceramic form and meaning."











Johnson Tsang's website
Yingge Ceramics Museum
via [Colossal]
25 Nov 17:48

Creative Photos of Figurines Going About Their Miniature Lives in Our Big World

by DL Cade

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In English, the title of husband and wife photographer team Kurt and Edwige Moses‘ photo series Un Petit Monde translates into “A Small World,” but there’s nothing small about the world the duo have created for the series, only its inhabitants.

The series began all the way back in 2010 “as a way to relax and explore a more creative side of my photography,” explains Kurt. “It has grown into a passion of ours and we now focus 75% of our time creating, processing, planning and building a library of fine art photographs.”

Kurt and Edwige travel all over the United States in their vintage RV (you can read about that here) setting up miniature scenes that depict everything from the daily grind of a 9-5 lifestyle, to adventures like skiing or battling a giant squid, to more relaxing endeavors like gardening — although gardening takes on a whole new meaning when the flowers are bigger than you are.

It’s a playful series that is meant to make you smile and, perhaps, inspire a bit of wanderlust at times:

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“Un Petit Monde combines the challenges of capturing an evocative, aesthetically pleasing image while documenting a scene in the real world environment using only available light and existing conditions,” writes Kurt on the project’s About page. “Ultimately, it is our mission to share some of the fun and joy for life with you through our project.”

To see the rest of the series (and there is A LOT more) or learn more about the husband and wife behind it, head over to the Un Petit Monde website or follow their adventures on their Life in a Travco blog.

(via Photojojo)


Image credits: Photographs by Kurt Moses and used with permission

15 Nov 07:00

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13 Nov 23:00

Thought-Provoking Satirical Illustrations by Pawel Kuczynski

by Pinar

Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski creates thought-provoking illustrations that comment on social, economic, and political issues through satire. The illustrator's portfolio ranges from criticizing military practices and the incentives behind war, to themes of mortality and reinterpreting the uses of social media as elusive spying platforms. Each image reflects its fair share of serious issues balanced with whimsical illustrations.

Taking a recurring interest in the power of the dollar and its connection to war, Kuczynski tends to reintroduce the image of artillery, protective military gear, and money as codependent objects. On a more domestic level, the artist also produces images of society's ironic treatment of cats versus farm animals. In one image, the house cat is treated like a king, sitting patiently and waiting to feast on any number of animals from the butcher's farm.

In another, Kuczynski creates a brilliant rendering of alcoholism. The visual is of an individual chugging a beer bottle with a floating fishing line in it. One can foresee the future: as he drinks the ale, the snare gets closer to hooking him in. Overall, the illustrator's satirical work is all-encompassing, touching on universal subjects of global problems as well as personal demons.













Pawel Kuczynski website
via [ghost in the machine]
18 Sep 20:08

The art of programming

by Oliver Widder
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14 Sep 17:43

GIFs of a Captivating Light and Movement Performance

by Pinar

Nuance is a spectacular video by multidisciplinary artist Marc-Antoine Locatelli that features dancer Lucas Boirat combining his gift of movement with captivating beams of light. The interpretative performance presents a push and pull between the human silhouette and a shape-shifting abstract energy. The stark contrast in the dark shadows and the radiant flashes of light make for an especially eye-catching performance accompanied by the experimental music of edIT.

The video begins with Boirat casually stepping out of the shadows and onto his dimly lit stage. With the swift wave of his hand, he conjures up a ball of light that he seemingly manipulates in shape and motion across the screen. Eventually, the light seems to take on a life of its own and is as much a character with a driving force in the dance as Boirat.

Make sure to take two-and-a-half minutes out of your day to watch the visually captivating video, below.




Marc-Antoine Locatelli blog
via [Vimeo]
02 Jul 22:48

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01 Jul 19:56

The Big Fat List of Documentaries About Photography

by Michael Zhang

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Want to watch a non-fiction film about photography? Here’s a list of documentaries (and some other stuff) concerning photography that I’ve collected over the years.

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Bonus

  • Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography 2012 – YouTube
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson Interviewed by Charlie Rose – YouTube
  • James Nares – STREET – Lecture – Vimeo
  • Joel Meyerowitz 1981 Street Photography Program – YouTube
  • Magnum Photos – Earthlings by Richard Kalvar – YouTube
  • Magnum Photos – Personal Best by Elliott Erwitt – YouTube
  • ‪Mark Feeney: "Four Photographers on Three Wheels: William Eggleston's Tricycle and Before"‬ – YouTube
  • Peter Fraser 2011 talk on his work and workshop assignment – Vimeo
  • Sarah Moon is a Master of Photography (from Contacts) – YouTube

Feel free to suggest any films we’ve left off the list in the comments below.


About the author: Wirjo Hardjono is a photography enthusiast who enjoys finding and watching films about photography. This article originally appeared here.


Image credit: film-reel by eelke dekker, Be Kind Rewind film reel by seafaringwoman

01 Jul 21:00

Play a First-Person Shooter ‘Pac-Man’ Game…for FREE!

by Lauren Berkley

Game developer Tom Davies created a first-person shooter Pac-Man game called, well, “FPS-Man,” and if you wanted to take a creepy ride on this magic carpet, you can play it for FREE on Kongregate!

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[via NBC News]

17 Apr 03:13

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17 Apr 05:46

Amazing wingsuit flight through a cave opening

by noreply@blogger.com (biotv)
Base jumper and wingsuit daredevil Alexander Polli performs a never-before-done tactical flight through an extremely narrow cave opening, no wider than he is tall, on a rugged mountainside in Roca Foradada Mountains in Montserrat, Spain, at a speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Do not try this at home.


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16 Apr 06:59

Alison Brie re-enacts Internet memes

by noreply@blogger.com (biotv)
During her interview for Made Man's Speakeasy, Community and Mad Men actress Alison Brie responds host Paul F. Tompkins's challenge and imitates some of the most popular Internet memes, such as Grumpy Cat, Overly Attached Girlfriend, Ermahgerd, Unflattering Beyoncé or Hadoukening.


Made Man | via
15 Apr 13:00

Agent Smith vs. The “Agent of Good” in New GE Commericial

by Lauren Berkley

Just watch it. Trust me.

And definitely stay with it until the very, very end.

[GE / Via YouTube]

09 Apr 07:16

Photo of the day: Putin gets boobshocked

by noreply@blogger.com (biotv)
Nuno Cruz

Putin bumps for boobs!


During his visit to Hannover, Germany yesterday, Russian president Vladimir Putin got confronted by a topless activist of the Ukrainian women rights group 'Femen.' To which he made that face. And he also raised both his thumbs up in approval. Like a boss.

More pics from the incident - here

Also: video