Sunday, March 29, 2015

Watch the Iconic Paul Tudor Jones Documentary Trader (1987)

The PBS documentary "Trader" (1987), which portrays hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones and his firm Tudor Investments, is once again up on the web, so watch it while you can:

…the film was never given a chance to catch on. PTJ hated it, and bought up almost all the copies of the film as soon as he could. Every now and again a copy surfaces online (like yesterday — it's already down) but the question generally remains — why did PTJ hate the movie so much?

Full documentary:

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Friday, March 27, 2015

How Larry King Tweets and a Few Other Things

In this Washington Post piece about television and radio host Larry King, we learn, e.g., the reason why he came out of retirement, what a typical day looks like and how passionately he feels for his work, but also about King's unusual style of sending tweets:

When Larry King wants to tweet, he doesn’t log onto the Internet. He pops open the flip phone stored in the shirt pocket between his suspender straps and calls the number for a voicemail set up specifically for this purpose. Then he dictates a thought that will be picked up by an assistant and transcribed onto his @KingsThings Twitter account. And nearly 2.6 million followers are there to receive it.

Photo credit: Larry King's portrait by Roger Moenks.

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Photo Series Alaska Highway by Photographer Ulrich Lebeuf

The photo series "Alaska Highway" documents photographer Ulrich Lebeuf's roadtrip in Yukon and Alaska in 2008.

Via Nicolas Chapuis.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Documentary Reveals How Graphic Designers Worked in the Past Before the Age of Computers

A new Kickstarter project explores the history of graphic design and how designers worked before the desktop computer entered the scene. The documentary "Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production" is directed by assistant professor Briar Levit at Portland State University and is due for release summer 2017.

Imagine designing and printing a brochure—without a computer. How would you set the type—making sure it fit your layout? How would you crop the images? How would you place those images alongside your text? And what would you hand over to the offset printer when you were done?

Up until just 30 years ago when the desktop computer debuted, this whole process would have been primarily done by hand, and with the aide of fascinating machines that used a variety of ways to get type and image on to the printed page.



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Midnight Modern: Tom Blachford's Dreamlike Photo Series of Palm Springs Villas

In the serene and mystical photo series "Midnight Modern Series Part II", photographer Tom Blachford continues long-exposure photography of Palm Springs villas.

1056 E San Lorenzo Rd III:

470 W Vista Chino I:

1995 Camino Monte:

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The Seinfeld Hip Hop Mashup

Jack Dudley took the Seinfeld theme song and created the wonderful mashup "To Pimp A Seinfeld" by adding his hip hop skills:

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Friday, March 20, 2015

A Bad Girl: The Satirical Poster That Stands Up for Women in India

A group of design students at Bangalore’s Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, created a satirical poster mimicking the well-known and classic Indian poster “An Ideal Boy”, a poster aimed towards schoolchildren, as an consequence of politicians and influential individuals blaming female victims for getting assaulted.

Alison Byres, who has been teaching students at Srishti visual culture for the past six years, said that in that period, she's seen the conversation shift "from being an ideal boy to a bad girl."

"It seems like there’s nothing you can do to be the perfect girl because being a girl itself appears to be the problem," Ms. Byres, who assigned the theme for the project, said.

The poster named "A Bad Girl" consists of 12 illustrations with a woman carrying out one “bad” habit:

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Miniaturesque: Miniature Figurines Art by Urban Artist Slinkachu

I'm a huge fan of this kind of work! By placing and photographing miniature figures in different settings around London, urban artist Slinkachu's work conveys our detachment from nature.

Following photographs is from Slinkachu's latest exhibition "Miniaturesque" at Andipa Gallery.

"The Stream", 2014:

"The Jetty", 2014:

Via @rkhooks.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Short Documentary Shows Life Inside an Japanese Internet Cafe

In the short documentary "Net Cafe Refugees", we meet a construction site security guard and a resigned salesman, who currently call a small cubicle at an Japanese Internet café to be their home.

Due to low wages for Japanese temporary workers and the difficulty to receive unemployment benefits, renting a cubicle seems to be the best financial option. This phenomena began in the late 1990s, with a steady increase of "refugees" in the 2000s.

Having lived in Japan for five years, Adario Strange has seen this kind of environment firsthand:

I'll never forget the first time I used one, in the crowded confines of Shibuya in Tokyo. After receiving my authorization card, I walked to my designated cubicle and encountered a man casually padding past me dressed in a bathrobe and slippers I walked to my designated cubicle and encountered a man casually padding past me dressed in a bathrobe and slippers with toiletries in hand, clearly on his way to wash up for the night.

Over the years, I had other occasions to use Internet cafes in other parts of the country, and I saw and heard it all — marathon sex sessions between young couples, Internet cafe regulars (read: residents) who were genuinely annoyed by the arrival of newcomers and even one man who appeared to be bringing a bag of groceries to his cubicle.

Via @kyokotago.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sculptor John Lopez' Full-size Iron Sculptures of Wild Animals

By welding together scrap iron from abandoned farm machinery, sculptor John Lopez from Lemmon, South Dakota, creates stunning and magnificent full-size representations of creatures such as horses, bison and bears.

A bison in front of the Dakotah Steak house in Rapid City, SD:

Grizzly sculpture at the McKenzie River Resteraunt, Bismarck, ND (image via SooCurious):

Via @MidnightCattus and Pulptastic.

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Apple's Lack of Ports for the New MacBook Gave Us This Wonderful Parody Video

With its lack of ports and other useful specifications, this Apple parody for the new 2015 Macbook has gone viral. It's really good!

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Dead Writers: The Perfume Inspired by Libraries and Vintage Books

Book lovers out there, you're in for a treat. "Dead Writers" by Sweet Tea Apothecary is a unisex fragrance inspired by the scents of libraries and vintage books:

The Dead Writers Perfume® blend evokes the feeling of sitting in an old library chair paging through yellowed copies of Hemingway, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald, Poe, and more. Suitable for either sex, Dead Writers makes you want to put on a kettle of black tea and curl up with your favorite book. This perfume contains black tea, vetiver, clove, musk, vanilla, heliotrope, and tobacco.

Via The Cut.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

The Stop-motion Video Light Drive by Kim Pimmel

By editing together individually shot photographs of lights, taken with long exposure times, Kim Pimmel's resulting video looks like something done by a major film studio.

Read more about how it was all made.

Via @adrianmoncada.

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UFC Fighter Ronda Rousey Took the Challenge and Throws a Male Reporter

Reporter Aaron Tru didn't think mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey had enough strenght to throw him over. Well, the following dialogue between the two shows otherwise:

Aaron: I felt my ribs break, I think.

Ronda: Are you serious?

Aaron: I think so.

Ronda: Oh, no!

Via Metro (SE).

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Listening to These Symphonies Can Improve Your Studies

To help students with their studies, The University of Borås, Sweden, in collaboration with sound designer Martin Ljungdahl and Grammy nominated composer Håkan Lidbo, have composed three symphonies to listen to while studying which will increase both creativity and concentration, as well as relaxation and the release of dopamine.

Toccata Creativo

Unexpected musical twists that stimulates the brain's cognitive thought processes and increases the listener's creativity. (download mp3)

Sonata Concentrata

Slow and monotonous melody that lowers the heart rate. Helps the listener to relax and improves concentration. (download mp3)

Pepp in A major

A positive up-tempo symphony that affect the listener's brain to secrete dopamine, the natural neurotransmitter that makes us feel good. (download mp3)

Via @alexandernoren.

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