David LaFerriere started doodling on his kids’ sandwich bags about five years ago. It’s gradually grown into something of a tradition; a daily ritual that he used to get his creative juices flowing for his work-day ahead became a beloved surprise that his kids looked forward to. He started this ritual back in 2008, when his two children were nine and ten years of age; he’s drawn one miniature masterpiece for each of them for every school day since, totalling well over 1,000 bags — and counting!
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During WWII (and to a lesser extent, WWI), “dummy” tanks were used as decoys to mislead the enemy’s reconnaissance as to the size or deployment of forces, or to get the enemy to waste time trying to destroy fake targets. It was a fairly effective strategy and even today the M1 Abrams will often [...]
Originally commissioned by Unilever for the Tate exhibit in London, Carsten Höller’s interactive art piece “Test Site” is a series metal fiberglass slides you can use to exit the museum. Once their run at Tate was finished, the piece was purchased and moved to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia. [...]
A mural made with, yeah you guessed it. Title was a dead giveaway. Someone spent two weeks and apparently the same quantity again of coffee beans in brewed and drinkable form to create this.
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Usually when you’re a multi-billion dollar research company hell bent on making mantis-men and rampant AI, you don’t make it so obvious. This is, in fact, a sculpture called “emptyful” that the good people of Winnipeg, Manitoba paid (whether they wanted to or not, apparently) $575,000 to have installed downtown behind the public [...]
Star Wars - A New Hope (Hungaria)
Star Wars definitely came as a certified phenomenon™ here in North America. Because of this, much of the promotional art work associated with the film has become quite well known and iconic. But in some distant lands, other countries did not just get posters with foreign text, they actually got original art of their own. Let’s take a look at the movie posters from Hungary and Poland, and see how you think the graphics measure up. (The source site where I found these calls it ‘Hungaria’, which research indicates is likely the country of Hungary, although there is the chance it refers to the even farther off land of the Hungaria family.)
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I’m starting to think that van Gogh wasn’t in love when he cut off his ear: he did it because he couldn’t get the constant “WOOoooWOOooWOOoo” background siren out of his head.
Nevermind all this folding paper map nonsense. What we need now is something large, heavy, and unwieldy. Go to woodcutmaps.com, select a map from Google maps, select your wood, size, and see it rendered before your eyes. Got a spare couple hundred bucks burning a hole in your pocket? Order it up. [...]
I don't know what it does, but I know I want one.
Normally, I try and post a unique photo of a piece of technology for the Startup post; but I stumbled across this photo of a sculpture at the Massamachusemetts Institute of Technology Museum, entitled “Untitled Fragile Machine”.
If more machines looked [...]