posted by Ray on Sun, 2 Aug 2009 1:09am

Books aren't just for reading, they can also be used by artists to create interesting art.




see also
Beautiful and Creative Book Sculptures
Su Blackwell
Nicholas Galanin - Georgia Russell’s et al Book Worlds
Brian Dettmer's photostream
Robert The
Kyle Bean

hat tip @guykawasaki

posted by Ray on Mon, 3 Aug 2009 1:05am

This is an intriguing concept car design. The wheels morph and are designed to handle roads, water, snow.



see also
Future Amphibious Hybrid Concept Vehicle with Intelligent Wheel System

hat tip Gizmodo

posted by Ray on Mon, 3 Aug 2009 11:36pm

It doesn't look like this demolition worked out as planned.

some other failed demolitions

hat tip Countdown with Keith Olbermann

posted by Ray on Wed, 5 Aug 2009 12:02am

Ignite talks are presentations where the speaker is given 5 minutes to speak and may only use 20 slides which are automatically advanced every 15 seconds. Dr. Will Noel is the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, he is also the Director of the Archimedes Palimpsest Project. In June 2009 he gave this entertaining and fascinating Ignite talk on the work that's been done with the Archimedes Palimpsest.

see also
Ignite - Dr. Will Noel on Restoring the Archimedes Palimpsest
Issuu - Will Noel
The Christian Science Monitor - The Archimedes Codex unpeeled by modern technological sleuthing
EUREKA! Ancient Manuscripts Revealed on the Web
wikipedia - Archimedes Palimpsest

posted by Ray on Thu, 6 Aug 2009 11:45pm

Nuclear O'Reilly is a duo from New York who have created an album which, they claim, is the first to be produced entirely on an iPhone. They used the app Beatmaker from Intua. The album can be downloaded free from their website.

here are two demo videos from Intua.

see also
Christian Science Monitor - Forget the recording studio, just use an iPhone
FITM - iPhone Music Videos

posted by Ray on Fri, 7 Aug 2009 6:00pm

John Hughes' The Breakfast Club is one of my two favorite teen movies.

see also
We'll Know When We Get There (Alison Byrne Fields) - Sincerely, John Hughes
NPR - John Hughes: A Remembrance In Letters
IMDb - John Hughes
FITM - Breakfast Club Mashup

posted by Ray on Sun, 9 Aug 2009 12:52am

This chart shows the design evolution of the skateboard.

Is this the future?

see also
The Odeus Skate Blog
Big Kahuna Inline Skateboards
FITM - Miles Davis Skateboard Designs

posted by Ray on Sun, 9 Aug 2009 11:40pm

Here is a great time-lapse video of the Manhattan bridge in New York City. Notice how much the bridge moves.

see also
gawker - The Manhattan Bridge Is Falling Down
ConcreteSpan - Manhattan Bridge
wikipedia - Manhattan Bridge

hat tip Gizmodo

posted by Ray on Mon, 10 Aug 2009 11:23pm

Taylor Swift pulled this great prank on Keith Urban.

see also
Taylor Swift Pranks Keith Urban With Kiss Costumes

hat tip @jeweljk

posted by Ray on Tue, 11 Aug 2009 10:30pm

Won Park makes origami using money.





Be sure to see more of his work at his deviantArt page.

hat tip @guykawasaki

posted by Ray on Thu, 13 Aug 2009 12:28am

Bill Guffey (blog) is an artist living in rural Kentucky. He uses Google's Street View to find scenes to paint, giving him access to inspiration beyond the cows and barns that surround him in Burkesville.




Photo credit: Bill Guffey

see also
ABC News - Google Puts the World at the Tip of Painter's Brush

hat tip Techdirt

posted by Ray on Fri, 14 Aug 2009 12:28am

photo credit M+MD

Les Paul was an musician and inventor. As a guitarist he stood apart from his contemporaries with his use of licks, trills and other techniques, influencing guitar players through to the present. Les Paul also invented or discovered overdubbing, delay effects and multitrack recording. Perhaps most importantly, he was a pioneer in the development of the solid body electric guitar.


posted by Ray on Fri, 14 Aug 2009 11:09pm

Matt Mason is a former London pirate DJ currently living in New York City. He's the author of The Pirate's Dilemma, a book about the impact of piracy on culture and whether piracy should be treated as a problem or a solution. Download The Pirate's Dilemma here

see also

posted by Ray on Sat, 15 Aug 2009 11:52pm

It's fascinating to see the unique kinds of materials artists will work with. And surprising to see them produce the seemingly impossible. Here is some impressive Etch A Sketch art.




Watch George Vlosich create one of his pieces.

see also
The Toy Zone - 17 Amazing Scenes Depicted Using Etch-A-Sketch
Seatlle PI - Meet Mr. Etch A Sketch
Flickr - Etch A Sketch

George Vlosich III
the Etch-A-Sketchist

hat tip @GuyKawasaki

posted by Ray on Mon, 17 Aug 2009 12:07am

There have been more than a few over-produced albums from teens pushed on us by the music industry. I can't think of too many that are worth listening too. However, there are a few teens doing some interesting work. Here are three bands creating music I think is worth listening to.

Smoosh (wikipedia) is a band made up of three sisters from Seattle, Washington. With two albums (She Like Electric, Free To Stay) already to their credit, they plan to release their third album this year.

Homemade Jamz Blues Band
The Homemade Jamz Blues Band (myspace, wikipedia) is made up of two brothers and a sister from Tupelo, Mississippi. They released their first album Pay Me No Mind in 2008.

Kitty Daisy & Lewis
Kitty Daisy & Lewis (blog, wikipedia) is made up of two sisters and a brother from London, England. They have released two albums (A-Z of Kitty, Daisy & Lewis: The Roots Of Rock 'n' Roll, Kitty Daisy & Lewis) recorded by Lewis in their home using vintage recording equipment.

see also
FITM - Snow Day: That Was Awesome!
FITM - Fosom Pwison Blues
FITM - How Not To Be a Dinosaur

posted by Ray on Mon, 17 Aug 2009 11:54pm

This great map shows how the population of New York City (well sort of, as it doesn't show all of NYC) changes from day to night.


hat tip Gizmodo

posted by Ray on Tue, 18 Aug 2009 11:15pm

Here is Craig Ferguson's (wikipedia) explanation on why everything sucks.

hat tip @lefsetz

posted by Ray on Wed, 19 Aug 2009 9:31pm

Jim the Realtor (YouTube channel) is a North San Diego County realtor who has documented the real estate boom and bust on video. Here is a recent video where he has a look at a $4,000,000 gate.

hat tip Calculated Risk

posted by Ray on Thu, 20 Aug 2009 10:29pm

Jon Schmidt has remixed Taylor Swift's (wikipedia) Love Story and Coldplay's (wikipedia) Viva La Vida to create this arrangement.

see also
Steven Sharp Nelson
FITM - Keith Urban Gets Pranked

posted by Ray on Fri, 21 Aug 2009 11:43pm

Glenn Donnellan of the National Symphony Orchestra plays the Star Spangled Banner on a violin he made from a Lousiville Slugger baseball bat. Add some distortion and sustain and you end up with an impressive performance.

And if you are going to play the national anthem at a baseball game, it's nice to have the appropriate instrument.

see also
Washington Post - A Swing and A Hit for Violinist

posted by Ray on Sat, 22 Aug 2009 11:55pm

If you are in need of a hidden room in your home or office, and who isn't, you need to check out Creative Home Engineering.



hat tip Gizmodo

posted by Ray on Mon, 24 Aug 2009 12:13am

Parallel parking isn't easy, especially when there isn't a lot of room to execute the maneuver. However, if you are clever enough you can build a solution for this problem.

Of course, if you've got the skillz, you don't need a tricked out car.

hat tip boing boing

posted by Ray on Mon, 24 Aug 2009 10:35pm

This amazing lego animation was created by Thomas Redigh and took 1,500 hours to complete. The music was composed by Daniel Larsson.

hat tip @GuyKawasaki

posted by Ray on Tue, 25 Aug 2009 11:59pm

Director/Cinematographer Ross Ching (twitter) created this video for Death Cab for Cutie's (wikipedia) Little Bribes in an effort to take his work into a fresh, new direction. Originally created as a fan video, it caught the attention of the band who decided to make it the official video for the song.

see also
FITM - Breakfast Club Mashup

hat tip Chris Brogan: Attention to Detail - A Video

posted by Ray on Wed, 26 Aug 2009 1:16pm

Julia Stiles (imdb) has created a new eco-friendly fashion line called Julia Stiles Styles. Watch these videos to find out more.

posted by Ray on Thu, 27 Aug 2009 11:57pm

Backflips are cool. However, as evidenced by this video, they are also hard to do.


Nick Thune (wikipedia) has an invention that will help.


Carl Edwards (wikipedia) doesn't need backflip shoes.

see also
GOOD - Inventions: The Backflip Shoe

hat tip @MattMason

posted by Ray on Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:50pm

People seem to be having a lot of fun creating Lego stop motion videos. Here is a great music video featuring the world's greatest rock band - Spinal Tap. Turn it up to 11.

see also - Amazing Lego Stop Motion Tutorials, Resources, Tools and Showcases

posted by Ray on Sat, 29 Aug 2009 11:41pm

DJ Steve Porter created this great remix featuring Allen Iverson and some special guests.

see also
YouTube - DJ Steve Porter
FITM - Slap Chop Remix (DJ Steve Porter)

hat tip @scottcarefoot

posted by Ray on Mon, 31 Aug 2009 12:26am

anyone described as being 'good at drawing' doesn't sound like Banksy to me. - Banksy

Banksy (wikipedia) is a graffiti artist from Bristol, England who creates some amazing work.

photo credit badjonni


photo credit unusualimage

photo credit Infrogmation


see also
Swindle Magazine - Banksy
Esquire - I Am Banksy
WebUrbanist - Banksy, the Famously Anonymous Street Artist
WebUrbanist - Amazing Artwork from Banksy vs. Bristol Museum
WebUrbanist - The Ultimate Banksy Art & Graffiti Gallery
WebUrbanist - Banksy Art and Graffiti: The Ultimate Guide

posted by Ray on Tue, 1 Sep 2009 12:14am

Hans Rosling is a physician and Professor of International Health. He has done a lot of work with data that demonstrate how our perception of the world are often inaccurate. Animated charts and humor make his TED (wikipedia) talks well worth watching.

see also