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Make-up Art To Die For

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Join Me In Death, by Ignacio Espejo on DeviantArt:


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via BoingBoing

Fake Nature Footage

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From Joe King:


Nature scenes filmed in ‘controlled conditions’, BBC admits after cameraman says small animal footage was ‘faked’
by Liam O’Brien
Independent.co.uk
October 8, 2013

Doug Allen said the infamous Frozen Planet polar bear incident wasn’t the only specially-arranged shot on a BBC wildlife show

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Scenes involving small mammals on the BBC’s flagship nature programmes were faked, according to a cameraman who worked on Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet.

Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Doug Allen claimed that filming animals “smaller than a baby rabbit” necessitates a specially set stage.

Following the claim, The BBC said animals were sometimes filmed in “controlled conditions” to accommodate the careful consideration of “animal welfare, health and safety, practical factors and the biological accuracy of the story”.

The corporation said such scenes were “recreated to be as close to the natural setting as possible”.

The biggest controversy surrounding faked footage came in 2011, when it emerged that Frozen Planet’s scenes of a polar bear and her newborn cubs were actually filmed in a zoo.

Sir David Attenborough defended the scenes at the time, saying that flagging up the fact that some parts of the programme were filmed in a controlled environment would “ruin” the atmosphere. (more…)

Unnatural Nature

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Pseudo-nature Photographers translated a Chinese article that analyzes the ethics of a certain form of macro nature photography, a large amount of which emanates from Indonesia. The original author is not known, however the content is riveting. Here’s a sampling of photos from the article.

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More photos here and here.

Related links:

A Fake Makes it to the Smithsonian”™s Photo Contest Finalists, Scientific American

Macro Photography Ethics, sgmacro.blogspot.com

6 Famous Documentaries That Were Shockingly Full of Crap

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6 Famous Documentaries That Were Shockingly Full of Crap
by Amanda Mannen
Cracked.com
August 12, 2013

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On some level, we all know that almost everything we see at the movies is bullshit, from the amount of bullets a person can take without dying to what the job of pizza delivery boy actually entails. Except documentaries. Documentaries are where we turn off the snark and open our minds to learn about distant lands, alarming realities, and how much McDonald’s a dude can eat.

However, it turns out that some of the most acclaimed documentaries ever are about as real as Borat.

Read the full story about Super Size Me, Waiting for “Superman”, Religulous, Searching for Sugar Man, Winged Migration & Nanook of the North!

Digital Beer You Can Actually Drink

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From Chris: At last, a sensible use of an iPad!


iPad Beer at Hofbraeuhaus with Simon Pierro


Patrick Hruby on Sports Conspiracy Theories

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The Truth Is Out There: From The 1985 NBA Draft Lottery To The Olympics To Game-Fixing … Which Conspiracy Theory Can You Believe?
by Patrick Hruby
The Post Game
May 30, 2012

“You know,” says the magician, “it’s very easy to fix flipping a coin.” For instance: The tosses before football games. Turns out they’re totally riggable. Even with a straight coin. Con men know how. So does the magician, Richard Kaufman. He’s in his 50s, has dark, curly hair, works as the editor of Genii, the nation’s leading magic magazine. Specializes in card tricks. Only now, here in the sunlit kitchen of his suburban Washington, D.C. home, he’s talking tumbling coins.

Heads or tails. Even odds. As indifferent as the universe itself, like the flips that sent Lew Alcindor to the Milwaukee Bucks, Bill Walton to the Portland Trail Blazers, Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon to the Houston Rockets.

Unless …

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Dynamo Walking on Water

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The Magician Dynamo Walks on Water:

Read more about this here.

Marco Tempest: A Magical Tale (with Augmented Reality)

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From TED TALKS about the role of the magician as storyteller, exploiting the way audiences think, and about why it’s fun to be fooled.


Marco Tempest spins a beautiful story of what magic is, how it entertains us and how it highlights our humanity — all while working extraordinary illusions with his hands and an augmented reality machine.

A magician and illusionist for the 21st century, Marco Tempest blends cutting-edge technology with the flair and showmanship of Houdini.

Related link:

  • iPhone Magic
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    LG Optimus Hyper Facade event in Germany

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    From Cheryl: 3D marketing stunt in Berlin from LG for the Optimus…



    John Chamberlain, R.I.P.

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    John Chamberlain, Who Wrested Rough Magic From Scrap Metal, Dies at 84
    by Randy Kennedy
    The New York Times
    December 21, 2011

    John Chamberlain, who almost singlehandedly gave automotive metal a place in the history of sculpture, smashing and twisting together a poetic fusion of Abstract Expressionism and Pop from fenders, fins, bumpers and hoods, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 84.

    His wife, Prudence Fairweather, announced his death but declined to give a cause. He had spent his last years mostly in Shelter Island, N.Y.

    In a restless career of almost half a century, Mr. Chamberlain worked with a broad range of materials, some as pliant as foam rubber and as ephemeral as brown paper bags. But he returned again and again to the more substantial stuff of the scrap yard, explaining the attraction as one of practicality. “I saw all this material just lying around against buildings, and it was in color,” he said, “so I felt I was ahead on two counts.” (more…)

    3D Printing 101

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    From Linda as seen on teleomorph.com: Magical engineering…


    Scan and print industrial tools with moving parts in minutes. Great introductory video to 3D printing:

    Photo Magic

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    Submitted by Erin:


    The Art of the Animated GIF
    Gawker.com
    April 23, 2011

    Co.Design “” Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg’s animated photos turn the medium of choice for 4chan trolls into something approaching high art.

    You know how people sometimes say that jazz is the only truly American art form? Animated GIFs are like the jazz of the internet: they could only exist, and be created and appreciated, online. (more…)

    Crop Circles for Economic Development?

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    Indonesia Crop Circle Sparks UFO Rumors
    Huffington Post
    January 25, 2011

    Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) – Thousands of curious onlookers are flocking to central Indonesia to look at a “crop circle” in a rice field following rumors it was formed by a UFO.

    Though clearly sculptured by humans — it looks like an intricately designed flower — the 70-yard-wide (70-meter-wide) circle has drawn so much attention that police have blocked off the area with yellow tape. Villagers have started charging entrance fees.

    Guntur Purwanto, chief of Jogotirto village in Sleman district, said the circle appeared in the middle of the green rice paddies over the weekend.

    Among those turning out Tuesday and offering opinions were officials from Indonesia’s space agency, well-respected astronomers and nuclear agency officials. All agree it was not left by an UFO.

    Bag Art

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    Creative Bag Ads as seen on boredpanda.com:


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    Curbing Preventable Injuries

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    From preventableinjuries, via Laughing Squid & Wooster Collective, September 07, 2010


    Marking the back to school term, Preventable together with BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation and the District of West Vancouver have launched an optical illusion geared to making drivers slow down at high-risk intersections.

    The optical illusion of an illustrated girl chasing a ball has been placed on the road northbound at 22nd street in West Vancouver. There are signs leading up to it saying “you’re probably not expecting kids to run out on the road” to prepare drivers. The installation is meant to draw attention to the risk of children running into the street and was carefully tested before being put in place. It is in place for a few days only and is being monitored as a pilot to ensure pedestrian and driver safety are not risked. The illusion rises up gradually from about 100 feet away as not to surprise drivers, and it fades away by the time a driver approaches.

    For more details on how we’re shifting attitudes and raising awareness about preventable injuries, visit http://www.preventable.ca