Christian Faur is an artist who creates his works by (basically) scanning an image, breaking it down into pixels and then assigning a crayon color to each pixel and stacking the crayons. Here's one of his works.
Source He's also worked with dominoes and playing cards (among other things) and created one of the telephone boxes for the BT Artbox project (posted on here a few days ago). Here's a link to his site (click through on all the links to find his work and multiple videos and more about the artist).
Here's an interview he did (dated March of this year).
This event is already past (sorry), but in June and July 85 telephone boxes, each decorated by a different artist, were placed around London. When the event was over, the boxes were auctioned off and money donated to the Childline charity. Here are a few of the boxes.
I live in the Chicago area, so Michigan is just a short skip away. And when you think Michigan, think cherries. About 75% of the tart cherries and 20% of the sweet cherries in the U.S. are grown in Michigan.
But this K'nex Skeeball Machine (featured on Instructables) is one of the most awesome creations I've seen. It took over a year to build, operated on quarters, turns itself off automatically and counts points.
Do you believe that a video on such a topic could amass over 2.5 million hits? I had trouble believing it, until I saw the video. Then I understood why this went viral last week. There's just something fascinating about it.
When I first started watching this, I was preoccupied and I thought it was going to be a card trick. But it was so much better. I love watching people draw! And he does a fantastic job of recreating the playing card.
If you thought you'd finally seen the end of the Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe videos...well, this one is a bit different, so I'm throwing it up here. The U.S. Army Infantry soldiers are based in Afghanistan.
This film of David Pogue's wedding proposal is cute and funny and adorable (and romantic). Here's the text that appeared on the Vimeo page:
On August 15, 2012, I proposed to the love of my life. I made a fake movie trailer -- a thinly veiled version of our love story. I persuaded the movie theater at a summer resort to play it before a movie we went to see. Both of our families were there to see it.
I hid a video camera to capture her reaction (it was in a ficus plant next to the screen). Here's how it happened!
On the Internet we interact with people from all over the world, and it's easy to forget that we're often now just miles (or thousands of miles) apart but also hours apart. Sometimes night and day separate us. Here's a TEDEd video that discusses the history of telling time and why we have so many time zones.
The school year is beginning and that means school photos! Here's a video (okay, a silly, ridiculous, sometimes gross, disgusting and not very tactful video) showing what can make a school photo turn into something you'd like to hide but can't. Because it's in the school yearbook for the world to see. Forever.
Okay, so not being able to get glass cleaner (or another solution) out of a spray bottle when it's tilted isn't exactly earth shattering. But it is annoying and inconvenient. Here's a simple solution (I haven't tried it yet, but it looks as if it would work).
Someone on Facebook yesterday posted a cool image of recycled art using flip flops. I couldn't post that one because it was copyrighted, but here are some Creative Commons shots tomorrow of other awesome flip flop art.
I'm a big fan of NASA and all it has brought us (personal computers, synthetics such as Teflon, GPS and satellite technology, more accurate weather forecasting that saves lives, long-distance telecommunications, CAT scans, polymers, better protection for firefighters, advances in solar technology, smoke detectors, ear thermometers, water filtration systems, cordless tools and much more). So, I love this video of NASA nerds strutting their stuff.
No, that's not really one of the questions in this remix of James Lipton's Actors' Studio that showcases Lipton asking celebrities 10 questions, but the whole setup reminded me of the bridge keeper in Monty Python and the Holy Grail ("What is your name? What is your quest? What is your favorite color?")
I saw this video some time ago, but never posted it. Then I saw it again the other day, and this time it struck me as more amusing than it did the last time. It's a cat named Boo who has an interesting method of waking up (or annoying) everyone in the house. Clever cat!
Although I don't have an ounce of painting skill, I love watching artists do what they do. I suspect that a lot of other people do, too. At any rate Bob Ross is a bit of a phenomenon. He's been gone since 1995, but his videos still live on, entrancing countless viewers. Here's a fun (and musical) remix. (It's been trending for more than a week, so my apologies if you've already seen it).
There are a couple of ways to save yourself some money and be green while you're at it by recycling sweaters you don't wear any longer. One is to sew them into other items, but today I want to talk about reclaiming the yarn (for those of you who knit or crochet).
Here's some yarn that the photographer reclaimed from a sweater.
Here's a video on how to deconstruct the sweater and reclaim the yarn.
Here's another one where the crafter, Michigan artist M. Shaw, actually changed the pattern on the yarn before she deconstructed it by applying dye in a pattern. I love the part where she uses the antique knitting machine!