People who have good vision: Ever wonder what it's like to see the world as someone who is nearsighted? Well, Cape Town-based artist Philip Barlow has imagined this blurry world for you in a series of hyperrealistic oil paintings. See more of his work on his Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/BW1y2TCgKyO/?taken-by=philipbarlow https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ_8I5WALSd/?taken-by=philipbarlow https://www.instagram.com/p/BkQAOzWgGq4/?taken-by=philipbarlow https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh1LgIYg9J5/?taken-by=philipbarlow https://www.instagram.com/p/Bkm8LcUBsaH/?taken-by=philipbarlow https://www.instagram.com/p/Be8yTgXneu4/?taken-by=philipbarlow https://www.instagram.com/p/BlZx08lBC_V/?taken-by=philipbarlow
Pudding's data-driven analysis of women's jeans pockets compares 32" waist jeans for men and women from a variety of brands and uses various common cellphones as a benchmark; the conclusion will not surprise you. (more…)
You thought those single color jigsaw puzzles were difficult? Try putting together one where the pieces change colors! That's just what the latest offering from artist Clemens Habicht does:
1000 CHANGING COLOURS is a colour gamut jigsaw puzzle of 1000 pieces in which each individual tile has two distinct colour states from intersecting gradients of colour. Printed in Poland using a lenticular lens, the colours change depending on the angle of view, resulting in a radiant iridescence that shimmers in beautiful colour combinations.
Pre-order it now for $100 plus shipping.
"I want this ant to have a better life. I am rooting for her."
Beautiful big almond eye, realistic and full of expression as she gazes gently at you. Elbowed antennae and delicately segmented legs and body. Gorgeous pearlescent sheen like she is glowing. This ant moisturizes. This ant is round and huggable. This ant is a star. 11/10.
Beautifully detailed, lifelike pose but with an unexpected neck and odd antennae, perhaps scared straight. Her eyes suggest she has seen things. Her expression confirms she has seen too much. She is haunted and I want to know more. 7/10.
Floppy antenna, pointy muppet face, oddly posed legs. What is she? She has no waist. May be she is some kind of bee in disguise? I find her unsettling. 3/10.
This ant has an unexplained, double-jointed thorax, and no evidence of a waist. Her four-footed pose suggests that she a centaur rather than an ant. Centaur ants would be cool. I’m not sure what was intended here. 2/10.
Good first impression, kind of bland in the details. This ant has no particular waist to speak of, floppy rather than elbowed antennae, and an inexpressive face. Her color scheme is soft and hazy. I like the sharp angles of her stylishly sophisticated legs. This ant may not know quite were she is going, but she knows how she is getting there. 6/10.
Were you even trying. 0/10
Gasp! This ant is elegant. This ant has a beautiful tapered thorax, a segmented abdomen, alert, elbowed antennae, and a light-footed pose. This ant’s face suggests curiosity and a desire to explore the world. This ant inspires me. I want to be like her. 10/10
3-legged, waistless centaur-ant with strange, limp antennae and a beak. I don’t know what this is? It kind of reminds me of a Hork-Bajir. 1/10, not an ant.
This ant… makes me sad. All of her legs are broken. The MS Paint art style and gradient abuse convey distress. She has a duck beak. Despite this, her expression suggests perseverance and determined cheerfulness. I want this ant to have a better life. I am rooting for her. 3/10
This ant is a bold and challenging mixture of photorealism and caricature. She is broad and low-built and seems very sturdy. She looks like she would help you move. This ant is a dependable friend. 9/10
A picture of an ant from a children’s book. She is wearing little boots. This ant is wrong in every way, and yet I can’t stay mad at her. 7/10
An interesting, top-down view of an ant; her legs are positioned with slightly jarring symmetry. Nevertheless, her overall impression is that of a graceful, stylized design, like a pictograph. She is suitable for adorning fine garments and jewelry or perhaps gracing the walls of a tiny ant church. I like this minimalist ant. 8/10.
This is a termite. -10/10
Do you watch Disney’s classic animated films and secretly root for the villains? Do you think Captain Hook was actually a tragic figure, a victim of a flying boy with no sense of responsibility? With Villainous, a new board game by Wonder Forge, you finally get to spend game night playing the baddie, and you’ll…
I enjoy McMansion Hell to a somewhat inexplicable degree.
On the first anniversary of its triumph over Zillow's censorious attempt at copyfraud, McMansion Hell is back and better than ever. (more…)
In 1967, the Lunar Orbiter missions sent back exciting -- but grainy and low-rez -- photos of the moon's surface. (more…)
Replicating the complicated muscle structure that allows fish to wiggle their bodies and dart through the water is no easy feat. But not every underwater creature moves that way. Cuttlefish instead use long fins that undulate in waves to propel themselves, which is an approach that robotics maker Festo found…
A Darker Road, the second Tales of the Automazombs book, is now available in print and ebook! You can find it on Amazon here.
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Unwilling to shell out the extra bucks so my sister could play as one of her cats, but I *thought* about it...
It all started after the 2016 election. The TESA Collective, which makes games and tools about social causes, was in a bind. They wanted to make a game that would inspire players to change the world, but they knew people also needed a break from all the shit. How could they accomplish their goal and combat the…
Biochemist Roger Tsien won the 2008 Nobel prize in chemistry for his contributions to knowledge of green fluorescent protein, a complex of amino acid residues that glow vividly when exposed to ultraviolet light.
Inspired, Nathan Shaner, a researcher in Tsien’s lab, painted this San Diego beach scene using an eight-color palette of bacterial colonies expressing fluorescent proteins.
- A call to a sick seal on a beach was in fact a duvet
- Also a possible dead dog on a beach was another duvet
- An injured crow was a black bag
- A stray pug was called in and was in fact a frog
- A dead gull hanging from a fence was a carrier bag
- An injured bird was a blonde wig
- Birds of prey often turn out to be pigeons
- A hedgehog rescue once turned out to be a pine cone
- A pregnant cat turned out to be a neutered male
- A call for a shark in trouble was a fish
In June 2016 a member of the public brought in a “dead cat” that turned out to be a dog puppet (“a very muddy, wet, insect covered, cold, collapsed small dog with an injured nose”).
“Both the finder and I were extremely relieved and where an air of sadness had been at the GSPCA it soon turned to laughter,” said SPCA manager Steve Byrne.
They advertised for the owner on Facebook, but I don’t know that anyone ever responded.
Pygmy marmosets are from South America. At 3.5 ounces, they are the world's smallest monkey (but not quite the world's smallest primate -- that honor goes to 2 ounce pygmy tarsier of central Sulawesi, Indonesia). Enjoy this video of pygmy marmosets enjoying some grapes, which look like beach balls in their hands.
Image: Aardvark video screengrab
The stuff nightmares are made of: TEETH NAILS.
I'm fighting tooth and nail to express my "thanks" to Nail_Sunny, the Russian nail art chain who created these monsters. https://www.instagram.com/p/BihcTumFZgk/?taken-by=nail_sunny