Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dean West

New York City based photographer and visual artist Dean West is known for his intricate and highly staged photographs that take everyday occurrences beyond the realm of natural reality. Here are some images from his Under The Sun series:








DIY Lego Minifig Mask

Frank Ippolito’s human-like Lego Minifigure costume freaked out everyone on the internet who didn’t see it in person at San Diego Comic-Con. Learn how to make your own. Frank explains how he formed this massive mask and gave it the necessary detail to make the sculpture look like it had a real skin.



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Nicola Kinloch - Displacement

A Grey Headed Flying Fox drying his wing.

New Zealand photographer Nicola Kinloch investigates the displacement and relocation of Grey Headed Flying Foxes, a threatened species in Australia, and documents their distinct individual personalities.

Grey Headed Flying Fox stretching on its roost.

The curiosity of a young Grey Headed Flying Fox.



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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Paris Chimneypots

Chimneypots are a charming part of the Paris skyline. In the 18th century coal was expensive and, because only the rich could afford to have chimneys, they became a status symbol and people had as many chimneypots as possible on their rooftops. Those who couldn’t afford to buy coal had dummy chimneys built to impress their neighbours.

The Victorian era was the 'Golden Age' for chimneypots. During this period, elaborate clay and metal designs were all the rage. Most visitors to Paris, including myself, have snapped a few photos of its chimneys.

Amusing Planet has put together a nice collection of Paris chimneypot photos:

Photo credit: Jessica Mercer/Flickr

Photo credit: Shreyans Bhansali/Flickr

Photo credit: PreteMoiParis/Flickr

And here are some I took a few years ago:





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Which Words Are The Most Metal?

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An ex-physicist turned data scientist decided to measure the "metalness" of words. He scrapped www.darklyrics.com, cleaned up the data, identified languages and split albums into songs to get a dataset containing lyrics to 222,623 songs from 7,364 bands spread over 22,314 albums to find the words most frequently used in heavy metal songs compared to their use in standard English. Here's what he came up with:

MOST METAL WORDS
RankWordMetalness
1burn3.81
2cries3.63
3veins3.59
4eternity3.56
5breathe3.54
6beast3.54
7gonna3.53
8demons3.53
9ashes3.51
10soul3.40


LEAST METAL WORDS
RankWordMetalness
1particularly-6.47
2indicated-6.32
3secretary-6.29
4committee-6.16
5university-6.09
6relatively-6.08
7noted-5.85
8approximately-5.75
9chairman-5.69
10employees-5.67