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01 Jul 23:00

ultrafacts: SourceFor more facts, follow Ultrafacts



For more facts, follow Ultrafacts

02 Jul 21:58

Chicago kicks in 'cloud tax' on streaming services like Netflix

by Roberto Baldwin
Cooper Griggs

whoa, bad idea Chicago!

Citizens of Chicago need to prepare themselves for a "cloud tax" that went into effect on July 1. The nine-percent tax to cloud services like Netflix, Spotify and Xbox Live is the result of an "amusement tax" ruling that items "delivered electronical...
03 Jul 00:06

Watch Russia launch crucial Space Station cargo at 12:55AM ET

by Jon Fingas
The International Space Station has had a tough time getting supplies lately between two rocket explosions and an orbital failure, but it's going to get an important lifeline in the near future... hopefully. Russia is about to launch Progress 60, a c...
02 Jul 18:02

treats from far awayone of my staff just got back from a...

treats from far away

one of my staff just got back from a vacation in greece (i know! what timing!) and he brought back teeny tiny baklava.

and really, for traveling 6,890 miles, this little guy was sublime.

02 Jul 17:12


Cooper Griggs

And baby it's alright.

01 Jul 15:00

Channel 1

Cooper Griggs

Interesting history of TV

The answer to that age-old question: "Why don't television sets have a Channel 1"?
02 Jul 15:00

Pizza Vending

FACT CHECK: Rumors of the imminent arrival of pizza vending machines swept social media in mid-2015, but those machines have been “coming soon” for several years now.
02 Jul 13:32

A Monumental Scaffolding of Poplar Wood at Rice Gallery by Ben Butler

by Kate Sierzputowski


Ben Butler (previously) is fascinated by the complex structures that emerge from simple and delicate processes. This phenomena can be found in the elaborate systems produced by ant colonies to human cities, small quotidian actions accumulating into overpowering structures. Unbounded, Butler’s installation on display at Rice University Gallery in Houston, Texas, uses this same idea by assembling over 10,000 pieces of poplar wood into a matrix-like structure. This massive arrangement coalesces into an unexpectedly mesmerizing array of grids that stretch to fill the gallery space.

Butler approached this installation, as he commonly does within his practice, without initial sketches or ideas of what he would like the structure to look like. He played with the materials, discovering configurations on the spot. Although the grids within Unbounded were pre-made in his studio, the way they were configured and connected horizontally was all in response to the space. This way of acting in the present ensured that the structure’s outcome would be organic, and not purely responding to a preconceived shape.

Poplar wood was chosen for the installation because of its malleability and abundance, which gave Butler the ability to fiddle with a material that seemed endless. This idea of endlessness also tied into the title he chose for the piece. Butler wanted the piece to have no defined boundary or vantage point, but encourage the audience to walk around and within the structure, discovering it from all angles.








Butler received an MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. He currently lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee and Quogue, New York and has an upcoming exhibition of his sculptures and drawings at The University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford opening in September 2015.

Unbounded will remain on display at Rice University Art Gallery in Houston, Texas until August 28, 2015. (via designboom)

02 Jul 02:20

In Nomine

01 Jul 17:00

Swiss Settlement

by admin
Cooper Griggs

via Arnvidr

01 Jul 17:00

kittenanarchy: rainbow-ginger-butterfly: My cat has been...



My cat has been weighing himself 20 times a day on the FitBit scale… and FitBit is dutifully logging it. - Imgur

he just keeps getting fatter. when will he stop

01 Jul 15:00

Rebukes of Hazzard

Cooper Griggs

Was only a matter of time.

NEWS: While the TV Land cable channel has pulled The Dukes of Hazzard from their lineup, the show itself has not been “banned from television.”
30 Jun 20:21

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by preshaa
30 Jun 15:04

The Meticulous 10-Month Restoration of a 355-Year-Old Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

by Christopher Jobson

Completed in 1660, Charles Le Brun’s painting of Everhard Jabach and His Family had seen better days. The 355-year-old family portrait was covered in a badly tinted varnish, had multiple superficial scratches and structural damage had split the painting nearly in half. This video documents the 10-month restoration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art lead by Michael Gallagher that involved retouching, structural work, re-varnishing, and numerous other conservation techniques to bring this giant painting back to life. The Met also documented the process in some 20+ blog posts over on their website. (via Sploid)







30 Jun 02:39

(photos by divinelyminely)

Cooper Griggs

via David Pelaez

(photos by divinelyminely)

30 Jun 18:48

Apple will replace your battery once it hits 80 percent health

by Andrew Tarantola
Apple's recently changed the terms of its AppleCare+ extended warranty program. Now, no matter what iOS or OSX device you own (yes, even the Watch), Apple will replace the battery as soon as it hits 80 percent health. That's up 30 points from the pre...
30 Jun 19:39

Cisco buys a DNS provider to protect you in the cloud

by Jon Fingas
Cooper Griggs

Does anyone still trust Cisco?

When you think of internet security from Cisco, you probably imagine firewalls and routers (usually) stopping hackers and malware from hitting your network. You're going to have to expand that definition very shortly, though. Cisco has snapped up Ope...
30 Jun 21:00


Cooper Griggs

Kanga LaBeouf

30 Jun 21:16

NSA can restart bulk data collection, says surveillance court

by Devindra Hardawar
Cooper Griggs


The ongoing saga around the NSA's bulk data collection program is getting even more confusing. A U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled yesterday that the program can temporarily resume, refuting a Second Circuit court decision from May d...
29 Jun 15:59


29 Jun 16:04

(via humoristics:Vine)

(via humoristics:Vine)

29 Jun 15:12

London's getting the world's first all-electric double-decker bus

by Nick Summers
London's red double-decker buses are going green. No, we're not talking about a change to their iconic paint-jobs: Mayor Boris Johnson today announced plans to introduce an all-electric model in the capital. London is already served by hundreds of hy...
29 Jun 15:56

'Top Gun 2' will pit Tom Cruise against drones

by Daniel Cooper
Cooper Griggs

How can this possibly NOT suck?

Cinema always reflects our anxieties back onto us, so it's no surprise to see that the Top Gun sequel will involve unmanned aerial vehicles. Producer David Ellison told Collider that Tom Cruise will return to the series that made him famous, with a s...
29 Jun 03:11

Nice way to end the weekend. #marvista #losangeles #california...

Cooper Griggs

Nice end indeed! :)

A video posted by Cooper Griggs (@coopergriggs) on

Nice way to end the weekend.
#marvista #losangeles #california #sunset #cloudporn #beautiful (at Mar Vista, Los Angeles)

29 Jun 14:00

Another Cupavailable, along with other favorites in limited...

29 Jun 16:10

On Wednesday July 1st I’m doing an answer time. . Ask about my...

On Wednesday July 1st I’m doing an answer time. . Ask about my drawings,, my books or anything else you can think of. I’ll answer as many questions as I can. 

This is happening at July 1st, 1pm EST/ 10am PST

here’s the ask box

30 Jun 04:40


29 Jun 15:15

Repurposed Wood Doors and Furniture Transformed into Geometric Faces on the Streets of Belgium

by Christopher Jobson


Over the last year, Belgian painter and sculpturor Stefaan De Croock aka Strook (previously) began working with repurposed wood panels, doors, and furniture to construct giant faces on the side of buildings. The recycled wood surfaces are cut into precise geometric shapes and pieced together like a tangram puzzle, leaving the original paint and textures untouched. His most recent piece, Elsewhere, was a collaboration with his 69-year-old dad for Mechelen Muurt. You can see more of Strook’s paintings, sculptures, and other artworks on his website. (via Colossal Submissions)










29 Jun 18:26

Miniature Hand Thrown Pottery by Jon Almeda

by Christopher Jobson
Cooper Griggs

Dang. I had a hard enough time throwing NORMAL size pots. Amazing.



Master of the miniature Jon Almeda creates tiny hand thrown ceramics at 1″ scale that are every bit as detailed and perfect as their much larger counterparts. The Washington-based artist makes vases, bowls, and even tea kettles tiny enough to sit atop a coin or toothbrush. Despite their fragile beginnings, the pieces are sturdy enough to endure standard glazing and firing to emerge as fully finished ceramics. Almeda uses a custom designed motorized curio wheel that affords the precise control needed to execute minute handbuilding techniques need for each object.

To see more, you can follow him on Instagram or maybe even take a class through the International Guild of Miniature Artisans of which he is a member. (via Artfido)






29 Jun 20:11

Colors: A New Collection Film from The Mercadantes

by Christopher Jobson

In light of current events, the latest collection film by filmmaking duo The Mercadantes (previously here and here). Beautifully done, great ending.