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20 Nov 15:00

If Using Your Selfie-Stick in Public is Shameful, This Creepy Product Is For You

these selfie stick hands is creepier than just using a self stick

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13 Nov 21:00

Thundercat Pillow Case Ohhhhhhhhh!

by Geeks are Sexy


Come on, admit it, you know you want one.

Ok, it may not feature Lion-O, but who cares? It has a cat summoning a lightning storm, that’s all that counts!

[Thundercat Pillow Case]

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11 Nov 18:00

5 Star Wars Characters as Classical Greek Statues [Pics]

by Geeks are Sexy


Parisian artist Travis Durden has created a series of Greco-Roman-style statues modeled after popular Star Wars characters: The iconic Stormtrooper, Darth Vader, General Grievous, Boba Fett, and Yoda. These statues are currently on Display at “Galerie Sakura” in Paris at the “Contre Attaque” exhibition, which will end on January 15, 2016.



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11 Nov 02:00

Subway Angels: Painted Figures Spliced into Contemporary Cities

by Urbanist
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ]

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Gods, angels, cherubs and human mortals from famous historical artworks can be found browsing the beverage display at the corner store, passed out in front of the liquor shop, or riding the bus with an aptly bored expression in these clever remixes.

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In his ongoing series Art History in Contemporary Life, Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov continues to document a fictional world in which ancient figures find themselves transplanted into modern cityscapes.

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historic mother child lamb

historical drunk liquor store

Among his hacks: Cesar van Everdingen’s Bacchus, Caravaggio’s David and Goliath and William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s Nymphs and Satyr, all hacked to fit into new times and places.

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historical streetscape sidewalk scene

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The scenes are so expertly edited it is left to the figures themselves to stand out from each setting through their actions or attire. Madonna, child and lamb are, for instance, a bit of a strange find in an old apartment staircase and cherubs generally aren’t seen on the Earthly plane, at least by ordinary people.

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06 Nov 20:00

Stegosploit: Owned by a JPG

by Elliot Williams

We’re primarily hardware hackers, but every once in a while we see a software hack that really tickles our fancy. One such hack is Stegosploit, by [Saumil Shah]. Stegosploit isn’t really an exploit, so much as it’s a means of delivering exploits to browsers by hiding them in pictures. Why? Because nobody expects a picture to contain executable code.

stegosploit_diagram[Saumil] starts off by packing the real exploit code into an image. He demonstrates that you can do this directly, by encoding characters of the code in the color values of the pixels. But that would look strange, so instead the code is delivered steganographically by spreading the bits of the characters that represent the code among the least-significant bits in either a JPG or PNG image.

OK, so the exploit code is hidden in the picture. Reading it out is actually simple: the HTML canvas element has a built-in getImageData() method that reads the (numeric) value of a given pixel. A little bit of JavaScript later, and you’ve reconstructed your code from the image. This is sneaky because there’s exploit code that’s now runnable in your browser, but your anti-virus software won’t see it because it wasn’t ever written out — it was in the image and reconstructed on the fly by innocuous-looking “normal” JavaScript.

232115_1366x1792_scrotAnd here’s the coup de grâce. By packing HTML and JavaScript into the header data of the image file, you can end up with a valid image (JPG or PNG) file that will nonetheless be interpreted as HTML by a browser. The simplest way to do this is send your file myPic.JPG from the webserver with a Content-Type: text/html HTTP header. Even though it’s a totally valid image file, with an image file extension, a browser will treat it as HTML, render the page and run the script it finds within.

The end result of this is a single image that the browser thinks is HTML with JavaScript inside it, which displays the image in question and at the same time unpacks the exploit code that’s hidden in the shadows of the image and runs that as well. You’re owned by a single image file! And everything looks normal.

We like this because it combines two sweet tricks in one hack: steganography to deliver the exploit code, and “polyglot” files that can be read two ways, depending on which application is doing the reading. A quick tag-search of Hackaday will dig up a lot on steganography here, but polyglot files are a relatively new hack.

[Ange Ablertini] is the undisputed master of packing one file type inside another, so if you want to get into the nitty-gritty of [Ange]’s style of “polyglot” file types, watch his talk on “Funky File Formats” (YouTube). You’ll never look at a ZIP file the same again.

Sweet hack, right? Who says the hardware guys get to have all the fun?

Filed under: computer hacks, misc hacks, security hacks
06 Nov 18:00

Drawing with Wire: Scribbled Sculptures Make Sketches 3D

by Steph
[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]

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Scribbled sketches seem to leap off the page and hover in mid-air, filling out in three dimensions, in this impressive series of sculptures made from bent wire. Artist David Oliveira captures the essence of his subjects, whether they’re people or mountain lions, by studying their anatomy and translating their sense of vitality and movement into minimalist life-sized forms.

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Oliveira sees his works as existing on some other plane, like an abstracted echo of the physical bodies that exist in our reality. Twisting, looping and curving black wires, he sketches in air, and the resulting sculptures look as if they’ve been peeled off a piece of paper, enlarged and skewed like skeletons that were hidden inside each subject all along.

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As viewers, we look at these gestural impressions of living creatures and our minds fill in the blanks, suggesting to us what the real-life subjects must have looked like, how they must have moved. The sculptures are particularly effective when they’re hung from the ceiling in transparent thread, seeming to float.

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03 Nov 02:00

Blooming Street Lights: Giant Flowers Interact with the City

by Steph
[ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

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Step beneath these massive red flowers in Jerusalem’s Vallero Square and they’ll bloom before your eyes, offering light after dark and shelter from the rain. The interactive installation by HQ Architects reacts to pedestrians and traffic, their crimson textile petals filling with air when motion is sensed nearby.

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Standing 30 feet tall in two pairs on opposite ends of the square, the flowers can be seen from afar, providing an eye-catching visual for visitors to a busy nearby market. In addition to functioning as public art and street lights, the flowers provide cover to commuters getting on and off the tram.

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When the square is full of action, the flowers billow, creating a sense of movement. They go still when all is quiet late at night, their petals closing. An air compressor is built into the top of each one. Named the ‘Warde Project,’ the installation is part of an effort to revitalize a square that felt a little shabby. [Photos by Dor Kedmi]

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04 Nov 18:00

Classic Art in a Modern World: 35 Masterpieces Reimagined

by Steph
[ By Steph in Art & Photography & Video. ]

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Masterpieces from Greek antiquity through the nineteenth century are literally seen through a modern lens, remade into action figures or inserted into contemporary settings, in this collection of remixed classic art.From auto mechanics styled and posed like Caravaggio subjects to storm troopers as Flemish upperclassmen, these projects bring centuries-old aesthetics into the 21st century.

Auto Mechanics in Renaissance-Style Portraits by Freddy Fabris
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Inspiration struck when photographer Freddy Fabris accompanied a friend into a cluttered auto shop, the mechanics and their tools seeming like the perfect subjects for Rembrandt and Renaissance-style portraits. The award-winning series mimics such masterpieces as Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper and Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam.

Classic Statue Action Figures
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David, The Thinker and Venus de Milo come to life in the form of posable action figures so you can see these classic statues like you’ve never seen them before. The pre-sale for most of these figures has already ended, but ‘David’ is still available for roughly $40.

Classic Art Figures in Contemporary Settings
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Angels and other subjects from classic paintings hang out in dive bars, subways and alleys in Alexey Kondakov’s series ‘Art History in Contemporary Life,’ including Hans Holbein’s ‘The Ambassadors’ and the otherworldly female figures of Bougereau.

Lego Tribute to Classic Art
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Iconic works by Magritte, Vermeer and Van Eyck get the Lego treatment in a fun photographic series by Marco Pece.

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12 Oct 22:00

The Force is Strong With These “Star Wars” Heels

by Geeks are Sexy


These amazing lightsaber high heels come from the folks over at Irregular Choice, a UK-based shop that creates wonderful shoes, bags and accessories. They’ve also recently released some C-3PO flats and R2-D2 themed heels (seen below.)






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29 Sep 17:00

Vibrant Welding Art By 23-Year-Old Engineer From Chicago #ArtTuesday

by Jessica


Via 123 Inspiration.

23-year-old Chicago resident Richard Lauth is an Engineer and a welder-artist. He creates stunning work includes abstract and themed sculpture. The puddle that forms is then cooled with a gas…

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Screenshot 4 2 14 11 48 AMEvery Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. And don’t forget to check in every Art Tuesday for more artistic inspiration here on the Adafruit Blog!
29 Sep 18:00

New Creatures Illustrated with Curved Moiré Patterns by Andrea Minini #ArtTuesday

by Kelly


Stunning work from Andrea Minini, via Colossal.

Milan-based designer Andrea Minini (previously) just shared his third series of animal illustrations where he challenges himself to create the familiar forms of mammals, birds, and fish using the effect of moiré patterns.

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Screenshot 4 2 14 11 48 AMEvery Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. And don’t forget to check in every Art Tuesday for more artistic inspiration here on the Adafruit Blog!
26 Sep 19:00

History Books Are Purr-Fectly Replaced With Cats Using The Hashtag #CatHistory


Last night, @Midnight challenged the Internet to rewrite history and replace the past with as many cat puns as possible. The results were basically our favorite thing ever.

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Tagged: twitter , list , puns , books , Cats
25 Sep 20:00

Now a Live Studio Audience Gets to Chuckle At Celebrities Reading More Mean Tweets About Themselves

21 Sep 11:17

GTA V Meets True Detective [Video]

by JLister

If  you thought True Detective’s version of Los Angeles and its surroundings was more reminiscent of GTA V’s Los Santos, you aren’t alone. This recreation of the TV show’s title sequence uses video editing effects, but all the source material comes from the game.

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19 Sep 20:00

This Biker Rescued a Kitten and Took Her on the Road


Biker Pat Doody found a kitten in need of help while he was on a cross country trip from California to New Jersey. The poor kitten, nicknamed "Party Cat", was badly burned when he found her. With some care and a trip to the vet, she's almost fully recovered.

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Tagged: list , cute , Cats , rescue
14 Sep 19:00

Blind Artist Envisions the World through Hypnotizing Animated Gifs

by Kelly

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Mind blowing work from artist George Redhawk, via designboom.

artist george redhawk has turned a loss into a gift — after the artist became legally blind, he began to explore the realm of photo manipulation with a desire to show the world as he sees it from his damaged sight. through the use of computer softwares that aide the visually impaired, redhawk — who works under the name darkangeløne — has realized the ongoing series of animations titled, ‘the world through my eyes’. 

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15 Sep 14:00

These 6 Totoro Cakes Look Deliciously Adorable

by Geeks are Sexy

Studio Ghibli’s Totoro is one of the cutest character of the anime world and these 6 adorable cakes are just the pefect way to pay a perfect homage to the forest spirit.


Source: Cakes by Jadebutterfly


Source: Deliciously Yummy Sydney


Source: gimme_cupcakes


Source: Natalia Lui


Source: space_mermaidd


Source: chihiro._.ogino

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15 Sep 19:00

4-Year-Old Twin Girls Want Princess Hulk Cake For Their Birthday [Pic]

by Geeks are Sexy


Redditor NobodyLikesASmartAss‘s twin daughter recently asked their dad for a princess hulk cake for their birthday, so he made one. I have to say, Hulk looks positively “smashing” in his princess gown, don’t you think?

[NobodyLikesASmartAss on Reddit]

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11 Sep 17:01

Ghost Church: Creepy Statues Invade Abandoned Czech Chapel

by Steph
[ By Steph in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]

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If you just happen to stumble upon the dilapidated St. George’s Church in the Czech Republic, passing through the crumbling entrance to glance around at the shadowy interior, you might just be in for the most terrifying moment of your life. Abandoned since the 1960s, the church has long since been devoid of human worshippers, but that doesn’t mean it’s empty. Ghostly shrouded figures line its pews, some hovering in doorways and in the aisles.

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Located in the northwestern Bohemia town of Luková, the ‘Church of Nine Ghosts’ first fell into disrepair after the ceiling caved in during a funeral service in 1968. Locals took that as a bad omen, and boarded up the 14th century structure, holding services outside instead. But many residents saw the church as an important part of the town’s history, and wanted to see it restored.

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“The figures represent the ghosts of Sudeten Germans who lived in Lukova before World War Two and who came to pray at this church every Sunday,” says artist Jakub Hadrava, who was commissioned to create the installation. “I hope to show the world that this place had a past and it was a normal part of everyday life, but that fate has a huge influence on our lives.”

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Made of plaster, the ghosts were put in place over the summer of 2014 in the hopes of drawing more tourists to the region, raising money to rehabilitate the historic 1352 church. The plan worked, as people have come from all over the world to see the statues in this unusual environment, and the church will soon be restored to its former glory.

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21 Aug 06:56

Graphic Cards Driver Configuration

by Ferdi Tekin

Graphic cards driver on linux xorg.conf and org.conf.d configuration:

(for legacy driver) etc/X11/xorg.conf  (file)  
(xserver driver) etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/  (folder)

etc/X11/xorg.conf file and etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ folder content number orders:
    Files                 File pathnames
    ServerFlags     Server flags
    Module             Dynamic module loading
    Extensions       Extension enabling
    InputDevice      Input device description
    InputClass        Input class description
    Device             Graphics device description
    VideoAdaptor  Xv video adaptor description
    Monitor             Monitor description
    Modes              Video modes descriptions
    Screen             Screen configuration
    ServerLayout   Overall layout
    DRI                    DRI-specific configuration
    Vendor             Vendor-specific configuration

    Keyboard         Keyboard configuration
    Pointer             Pointer/mouse configuration

After the right graphic card (nvidia,ati, amd, intel, or internal) driver installation to your current linux kernel version.

File number order given by yours. Above shall be determined according to the order in case of need for file plug-ins extension numbers, according to the above ranking /etc/X11/xorg.conf file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ and content number orders.

1. xx-nvidia.conf: Create driver configuration file for device first. This file only contain your specific driver information BusID,  option for registery information. Only properties that are needed for the opening of the graphics card. Add to this feature, the feature graphics will happen only when initiated by the graphics card. These features will not be reinstalled when the next graphics card request. For example "/etc/init.d/gdm3 restart"
$ cat /etc/x11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf
Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Nvidia GF G72M"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    BusID         "PCI:1:0:0"
    #    Option        "RegistryDwords" "PowerMizerEnable=0x1; PerfLevelSrc=0x3322; PowerMizerDefaultAC=0x1"
    Option         "RegistryDwords" "PowerMizerEnable=0x1; PerfLevelSrc=0x2222; PowerMizerLevel=0x3; PowerMizerDefault=0x3; PowerMizerDefaultAC=0x3"
    Option         "AddARGBVisuals" "TRUE"
    Option         "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "TRUE"
    Option         "TripleBuffer" "TRUE"
    Option         "BackingStore" "TRUE"
    Option         "NvAGP"   "1"
    Option         "Coolbits" "1"
    Option         "RenderAccel" "TRUE"
    Option         "CustomEDID" "DFP-0:/etc/X11/edid.bin"

2. xx-module.conf: File number order given by yours. This module your hardware capability for installed modules. Different device module can be used, if it usable.

$cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/15-module.conf
Section "Module"
    Load           "glx"        # OpenGL X protocol interface
    Load           "extmod"
    Load           "dbe"
    Load           "dri2"
    Load           "fb"
    Load           "wfb"
    Load           "ramdac"
    Load           "evdev"
    Load           "synaptics"

3. xx-monitor.conf: In monitor section use your first added configuration. For example from "xx-device.conf"

$ cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/40-monitor.conf
Section "Monitor"
    Identifier          "LG01"
    ModelName     "WSXGA+"
    HorizSync       31.5 - 65.5
    VertRefresh    56.0 - 65.0
    DisplaySize     331.1 207.3
    Option             "DPMS"
    #    Option       "ExactModeTimingsDVI" "TRUE"
    #    Option       "PreferredMode" "1680x1050@60"

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "d00"
    Driver         "Nvidia GF G72M"
    Option        "NoLogo" "TRUE"
    Option        "ModeValidation" "NoDFPNativeResolutionCheck"
    Option         "ConnectedMonitor" "DFP-0"
    #    Option   "MonitorLayout" "TDMS"

Section "Screen"
    Identifier           "TFT Screen0"  
    Device              "dd0"
    Monitor             "LG01"
    DefaultDepth    24
    Option              "Stereo" "0"
    Option              "nvidiaXineramaInfoOrder" "DFP-0"
    #    Option        "ModeValidation" "NoMaxPClkCheck"
    Option              "metamodes" "1680x1050_60 +0+0"
    SubSection      "Display"
        Depth           24

4. If needed you add legacy xorg.conf file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf

5. Test your configuration order right or not right.

$ reboot # you see logo first

$ /etc/init.d/gdm3 restart # you can not see first logo but startx works.

$ shutdown # what see and configure your options.

Tthis configuration not need  now xorg.conf file. When  graphic card first load [Option "NoLogo" "TRUE"] not activate, then load monitor and screen [Option "NoLogo" "TRUE"] activate.





09 Sep 19:00

Comedian Hilariously Trolls Scammer in Email Exchange [Pic]

by Geeks are Sexy


Here is a funny email exchange between London-based comedian James Veitch and an anonymous scammer. The comedian often replies to spam emails and has compiled the conversations in “Dot Con: The Art of Scamming a Scammer,” a book that was released just last month, “packed full of Nigerian princes, can’t-miss investment opportunities and eligible Russian brides.”



























[Dot Con: The Art of Scamming a Scammer | Via Mashable]

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04 Sep 02:01

Sending Serial Data from… Excel?

by Richard Baguley

When you think about serial communications, Microsoft Excel isn’t typically the first program that springs to mind. But this spreadsheet has a rather powerful scripting language hidden away inside it, which can, with a little coding, be used to send and receive data over your serial port. The scripting language is called Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), and it has been a part of Microsoft’s Office suite since 1993. Since then, it has evolved into a powerful (if sometimes frustrating) language that offers a subset of the features from Visual Basic.

It can be a useful tool. Imagine, for instance, that you are logging data from an instrument that has a serial port (or even an emulated one over USB). With a bit of VBA, you could create a spreadsheet that talks to the instrument directly, grabbing the data and processing it as required straight into the spreadsheet. It’s a handy trick that I have used myself several times, and [Maurizio] does a nice job of explaining how the code works, and how to integrate this code into Excel.

If you’re looking for other ways to leverage this Excel feature, consider watching movies at work or building a virtual machine inside of your sheets.

Filed under: software hacks
11 Aug 13:06

The force of nature II by Lorenzo Quinn

by adafruit

The force of nature II « Lorenzo Quinn.

Cultural Village
Installed October 2011
Bronze, stainless steel and aluminium
220 x 421 x 150 cm
Edition of  8 plus 3 artist proofs

25 Aug 11:00

Banksy’s New Art Exhibit Inside A Dystopian Theme Park: Dismaland #ArtTuesday

by Rebecca Houlihan

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Banksy’s new art exhibit, Dismaland, housed inside an dilapidated amusement park. via thisiscolossal

The event has all the hallmark details of a traditional Banksy event from a shroud of ultimate secrecy (the event area was plastered in notices designating it as filming location for a movie titled Gray Fox) to general themes of apocalypse, anti-consumerism, and anti-corporate messages. However there’s one major deviation: the emphasis of Dismalanded is largely on other artists’ work instead of Banksy himself.

So just what’s hidden inside the walls of this derelict seaside resort? A demented assortment of bizarre and macabre artworks from no less than 50 artists from around the world including Damien Hirst, Bill Barminski, Caitlin Cherry, Polly Morgan, Josh Keyes, Mike Ross, David Shrigley, Bäst, and Espo. In addition, Banksy is showing 10 artworks of his own.

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Screenshot 4 2 14 11 48 AMEvery Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. And don’t forget to check in every Art Tuesday for more artistic inspiration here on the Adafruit Blog!
30 Aug 02:06

The many (surprisingly realistic) hacks of ‘Mr. Robot’ by @violetblue @engadget

by adafruit

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The many (surprisingly realistic) hacks of ‘Mr. Robot’.

…while we all wait patiently for Mr. Robot’s season one finale, let’s take a look back at Mr. Robot’s notable hacks and the researchers who made them possible.

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17 Aug 15:00

This Incredible Opera Singer Sings His Way Through Brain Surgery Beautifully

From the video description:

I'm a professional opera, concert and choral singer that was diagnosed with a brain tumour (a GBM as it turned out). The neurosurgeon's advice was to do an awake craniotomy so that I could sing during the surgery (on June13th 2014) in order to avoid deficits after the procedure. The music neuro team of the UMC in Utrecht was also involved in order to assist the surgery. There is no blood or exposed flesh in the video.I sing two (first and last) couplets of Schubert's lied “Gute Nacht”: the minor - major transition in order to see if I can still recognise the key change.
All is fine until min. 2:40 when things start to get very interesting… It’s been more than a year since and I’m doing fine, continuing my professional singing career.

I'll never complain about my annual physical or a trip to the dentist again!

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21 Aug 17:27

Welcome to Dismaland: Banksy’s Dystopian Bemusement Park

by Steph
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Excited ticket holders rush past sullen-faced guards in mouse ears to gain access to Banksy’s Dismaland, a dilapidated, depressing ‘bemusement park’ that’s far from the happiest place on earth. Contained within a derelict seaside swimming complex, the attraction takes everything you love about Disneyland and subverts it into a dystopian vision where nothing works quite like it should, and whatever can go wrong probably will.

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Visitors pass through a faux security screening complete with cardboard x-ray machines before submitting to a real search, with guards ironically checking for spray paint to make sure no vandals compromise the strange scene Banksy has curated. Inside, they’re greeted by a structure resembling a post-apocalyptic Cinderella’s castle, a giant pinwheel tangled with plastic and the grim reaper as the sole rider at a bumper car attraction.

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A photo backdrop labeled ‘selfie hole’ tells you what it’s for and makes a statement on the person using it at the same time. Step past the ‘No Entry’ gate in the fairytale castle and you’ll be treated to CCTV-like footage of Cinderella and her prince on screens before coming upon the wreckage of her overturned carriage, paparazzi flashbulbs going off in a frenzy deliberately echoing the death of Princess Diana. Everything is designed to be a colossal let-down.

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Abandoned for nearly a century, the 2.5-acre site has just the right grimy atmosphere for Banksy’s display, which includes almost none of his own work. The artists who collaborated on the project and have works featured inside include Jenny Holzer, Damien Hirst and Jimmy Cauty. The park will be open every day through September 27th, with performances by Run the Jewels, Pussy Riot, Massive Attack and others scheduled each Friday. Tickets are £3 on the Dismaland website (additional photos by Christopher Jobson of Colossal).

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23 Aug 11:12

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30 Jul 13:28

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28 Jul 04:00

Kate Clark’s sculptures combine animal bodies with human faces #ArtTuesday

by Jessica


Creepy cool sculpture by Brooklyn artist Kate Clark. From her bio:

Kate Clark is a sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her sculptures synthesize the human face and the body of wild animals, exploring the overlap that exists across our cultures, and within our histories.

Kate had her first solo exhibit at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York in 2008. Since then she has been included in solo and group museum exhibitions at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The Islip Art Museum, and The Bellevue Arts Museum, the Mobile Museum of Art, MOFA: Florida State University, Cranbrook Art Museum, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, The Winnepeg Art Gallery, the Glenbow Museum, the Musée de la Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, The Art Gallery at Cleveland State University, and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. She is currently working on a commissioned sculpture for the Nevada Museum of Art.

Her work is collected internationally and is in public collections such as the JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, the 21c Collection, the David Roberts Art Foundation in London, and the C-Collection in Switzerland. Clark attended Cornell University for her BFA and Cranbrook Academy of Art for her MFA and has been awarded fellowships from the Jentel Artists Residency in Wyoming, The Fine Arts Work Center Residency in Provincetown, MA., and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program in New York. Clark was nominated for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and an American Academy of Arts and Letters award. Clark was awarded a grant from The Virginia Groot Foundation in 2013 and a New York Foundation For the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship Award in 2014.

Clark’s sculptures have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Magazine, Art21:Blog, The Village Voice, PAPERmag, The Atlantic, NYArts, Huffington Post, Hi Fructose, the BBC World News Brazil, Hey! Magazine, Time Out, ID Paris, Cool Hunting, Wallpaper, and many other publications. Kate’s work is the cover image for art ltd. magazine, November/December 2014.

Artist Statement

When encountering my sculptures, the viewer is faced with a lifelike fusion of human and animal that investigates which characteristics separate us within the animal kingdom, and more importantly, which unite us. The sculptures visually, emotionally and intellectually explore this overlap that exists across cultures, along histories, and within societies.

Our current lifestyle does not necessitate physical interaction with wild animals. Yet we revere the natural world and are seduced by characteristics we no longer see in ourselves, such as fierceness, instinctiveness, purity. I work with hide to create traditionally mounted animal bodies, utilizing the impetus for taxidermy: our endless curiosity to see animals, and our desire to celebrate their unique features.

The unexpectedness of the human face on these animals also evokes curiosity. They are obviously reconstructed yet they are not monstrous, they are approachable, natural, calm, innocent, dignified. The facial features are believable and the skin, which is the animal’s skin, has been shaved to reveal porous and oily features that we recognize as our own. The viewer has an intimate relationship with the face and then identifies with the animal, acknowledging the animalistic inheritance within the human condition.

View more of her work here.