Eugene's Blog – January 2011 Archive (49)

Scale of the Universe

If all of our planets were as far away as the moon, how large would they appear in the sky? Brad Goodspeed created this video in After Effects, making all the planets in scale with one another. "Here's an animation I did to make you feel small, and also convey the deep awe I feel at the feet of the Universe," he says.



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Added by Eugene on January 31, 2011 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Infographic: Superbowl XLV (part 2)



Last week, we looked at some stats regarding Superbowl XLV. Here's another great infographic that will surely give you an edge when placing your bets on the big game...





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Added by Eugene on January 31, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Infographic: Super Bowl XLV



For many Americans, Super Bowl Sunday is like a sacred holiday. What could be more fun than gathering around the big screen with your closest friends, putting down ice cold beers, and eating all types of junk food? Here's an infographic that shows us the stats surrounding the big game... (larger version)…



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Added by Eugene on January 28, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

North Korean Pop Art (5 pics)



Not many people have fled from North Korean and lived to talk about it. Song Byeok not only survived, he went one step further, painting funny images of North Korea's "Great Leader" Kim Jong Il. The dictator is seen wearing his trademark sunglasses, but has Marilyn Monroe's body, and is pushing down his white dress in an updraft.



Satirical paintings like this would have gotten… Continue

Added by Eugene on January 27, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

The Last Resort by Slinkachu (3 pics)



Slinkachu is at it again! This time he brings us this funny and creative piece titled "The Last Resort." The piece is the first of many in a new body of work he is preparing for his second solo show at London's Andipa Gallery in March.







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Added by Eugene on January 27, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Inspirational: Skateboarder with No Legs

Every so often, we run into individuals who are truly inspiring. Through example, they show us that any obstacle can be overcome...



Italo Romano is one of those people. He is a skateboarder who has no legs. This video is a testament to his courage, determination, and great outlook on life.



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Added by Eugene on January 27, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Urban Street Art: New Works by Phlegm (8 pics)



UK-based street artist Phlegm has been putting up some awesome works lately. As usual, many of his larger-than-life characters originate from his comics.



"I love to get run down urban spaces and factories and play with the space," says Phlegm. "It’s such an immediate way to get… Continue

Added by Eugene on January 27, 2011 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Secret Lives of Tiny People (10 pics)

Protecting the Goods



There aren't too many photo sets more fun than this... Barcelona-based photographer Oscar Ciutat put these creative scenes together by placing miniature human figurines in precarious situations. The disproportionate scale between the tiny people and their surroundings is hilarious...





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Added by Eugene on January 26, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Infographic: U.S. States vs. World Economies



The economy of the United States is the world's largest national economy. Its nominal GDP was estimated to be $14.3 trillion in 2009, approximately a quarter of nominal global GDP.



So, what happens when you break out the economic stats amongst individual states? The Economist created… Continue

Added by Eugene on January 26, 2011 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Famous Times Square Kiss in Color



We've all seen the black and white version of this photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt. It was taken on V-J Day in Times Square and was published in Life magazine in 1945.



Reddit user mygrapefruit colorized the photo using Photoshop CS 5 on a Wacom tablet.… Continue

Added by Eugene on January 26, 2011 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Voice-Activated Projection Mapping

We've seen projection mapping before, but we've never seen anything like this. 1024 Architecture chose the facade of the Théâtre des Célestins in Lyon, France for this incredible experience. The building deformations and figures were controlled by the audience, using a microphone and an audio analysis algorythm. Awesome.



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Added by Eugene on January 25, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Beautiful Land and Sea (16 photos)



Playing off the stark contrast present in black and white photography, Hengki Koentjoro shows us our incredible world in a beautifully dramatic way. The Indonesian photographer takes shots both on land and in the sea, uncovering the vast amount of beauty in each space. Koentjoro's photos are not only timeless, they convey a real sense of emotion that all of us can relate to.…



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Added by Eugene on January 25, 2011 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Modern Architecture: Aztec Serpent Office Building (11 pics)



“The project is like a large ‘Aztec serpent’ rising on the lot," says French studio Manuelle Gautrand Architecture. "Its body has three identical outer faces, and an underside that is different: a skin of silvery transparent scales, and a bright yellow ‘throat,' shiny and opaque."



Located near the main train station in Saint-Etienne, France, this angular office building loops around a… Continue

Added by Eugene on January 24, 2011 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Creative Design: Elevated Bench



Integrated into the existing urban landscape, the Elevated Bench climbs up traffic lights, lamp posts, and brick buildings. Although the custom-built staircases by Israeli designer Itay Ohaly aren't the most practical, they do provide a fun, new way to see the city. The Elevated Bench also gives pedestrians a more private, perhaps even romantic, space for… Continue

Added by Eugene on January 24, 2011 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Modern Design: Branching Bookshelf (5 pics)



Designed by Frenchman Olivier Dollé, the Branch Bookshelf is the perfect, subtle way to bring nature into your home. Visually poetic and fully functional, the bookshelf is composed of more than 80 pieces of birch plywood and veneered oak wire.



Dollé grew up in the Alpes and trained at the Ecole Boulle in Paris. According to his website, his work is inspired by traditional craft… Continue

Added by Eugene on January 20, 2011 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Modern Architecture: Urban Library of the Future (4 pics)



Amsterdam-based UNStudio recently submitted this proposal for the Urban Library of the Future and Centre for New Media in Gent, Belgium. The project features a dynamic, flexible environment with an open landscape, several meeting areas, and a public plaza. The sleek and sexy building is fluid in form and includes "green" roof terraces that provide nature sunlight inside the… Continue

Added by Eugene on January 20, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Infographic: United States of Last Names



Geographers at University College London used phone directories to find the predominant surnames in each state. Software then identified the probable provenances of the 181 names that emerged. (Zoom in, here.)



Many of these names came from Great Britain,… Continue

Added by Eugene on January 20, 2011 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Crossing Queensboro Bridge - NYC (15 photos)



There's something incredibly beautiful about these shots by Matt Mawson. Taken while crossing Queensboro Bridge in New York City, the London-based photographer captures architectural structures grand in size and scale, yet magnificently eloquent in balance and symmetry. I love the urban vibe and industrial feel to these photos... …







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Added by Eugene on January 19, 2011 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Clever Ad: The Dream



America celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day earlier this week. King is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world. Here is a clever billboard that sums up his "dream."



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Advertising Agency: Erwin-Penland, a Hill Holliday Agency, Greenville,… Continue

Added by Eugene on January 19, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Infographic: Internet Penetration Around The World



Internet access is one of those things that many of us take for granted. This infographic shows us which countries currently have the most internet users, which have the fewest, and how usage has grown around the world over the past decade.





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Added by Eugene on January 19, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

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