Archive for October, 2013
Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by Sean
With help from The Simpsons and Guillermo Del Toro:
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 by Sean
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by Sean
Thrift stores always have art and it’s always cheap. If you’re lucky, it’s the kind of art you can hang in your house. If not, there’s always the garage, the bathroom, the dog house, or you can just dismantle and play with whatever it is you found.
Two artists have taken that last option to a great place. Chris McMahon and Thryza Segal seek out landscape paintings and sorta seamlessly (and brilliantly) add monsters into the natural environments. If this isn’t upcycling, we don’t know what is.
Monday, October 28th, 2013 by Sean
This year’s most popular Halloween costume is a toss up between Walter White, Miley Cyrus, and the fox, thanks to Breaking Bad and that one song. Sesame Street made a nice little joke about the one that doesn’t involve dissolving bodies in chemicals or twerking.
Friday, October 25th, 2013 by Sean
This is one of those investments. You see the video, you hit play, you see its length, and then you do a very hasty cost-benefit analysis: no way is this worth four to eleven minutes of my time, no way will there be a payoff that releases enough endorphins to stave off that regret, that emptiness. Wrong! These kids make magic. If you can’t enjoy the whole thing, definitely invest from 3:23 through 6:15.
Thursday, October 24th, 2013 by Sean
In which a listener calls into a sports radio program to discuss football, but is interrupted when a falcon swoops into his backyard to secure some lunch.
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 by Sean
We really love animated GIFs — you know, Graphics Interchange Format. This is probably our favorite one ever (of all time) because it features three things to which we’re partial: Barry, Beyoncé, and pizza. Like most things relating to the Internet, we figured GIFs had been around since the 70s or 80s, but we recently found out — in a sense — they’ve been entertaining for far longer than that.
According to the Good People over at This Is Colossal, a Belgian physicist by the name of Joseph Plateau was sharing short animations with folks some 155 years before anyone turned them into 1s and 0s. Instead of computers or flipping pages, he invented something called the Phenakistoscope:
The phenakistoscope used a spinning disc attached vertically to a handle. Arrayed around the disc’s center were a series of drawings showing phases of the animation, and cut through it were a series of equally spaced radial slits. The user would spin the disc and look through the moving slits at the disc’s reflection in a mirror. The scanning of the slits across the reflected images kept them from simply blurring together, so that the user would see a rapid succession of images that appeared to be a single moving picture.
Two extraordinary examples are featured here and many more are available at the source.
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by Sean
Monday, October 21st, 2013 by Sean
Friday, October 18th, 2013 by Sean
On Fridays we dance, and it’s usually a goofy, fun-loving variety of movement, so we figured we’d class it up this week with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s seminal “Rosas Danst Rosas,” which turns 30 this year. It has inspired countless choreographers and been ripped off by Beyonce, but still manages to be totally hypnotic:
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the work has recently be replicated by about 1,500 people all over the world, from Shanghai to Patagonia: