Archive for June 17th, 2009

The Incredible Century Old Color Photography of Prokudin-Gorsky

One hundred years ago this year, Russian photographer Sergey Produkin-Gorsky (pictured left) embarked on a project that was to define his life's work - to photograph the vast country of Russia and its peoples in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/17/the-incredible-century-old-color-photography-of-prokudin-gorsky/

Painfully Obvious Rules of Photography

Photography can be such a serious art, but taken too seriously it becomes formal and boring - at least for folks like Ivar Gravlejs. With 78 exhaustive tips he ranges from humorous to obvious, dead-pan to just plain...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/17/painfully-obvious-rules-of-photography/

Physical Typography: Brilliant Built & Found Fonts

In a way, typography has come full circle - what started as a physical process of setting type in machines has been rediscovered as a physical art by a number of creative photographers and designers. Some of these un...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/17/physical-typography-brilliant-built-found-fonts/

Civilization

I can't say I begin to understand this video from Marco Brambilla, but the sheer scope and intricacy of it takes my breath away. This interpretation of Dante’s Divine Comedy is precisely the experience video arti...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/17/civilization/

Synchronized Fireflies

(YouTube link) Mid-June in east Tennessee means fireflies that flash in unison! In 1995, scientists confirmed the existence of the Great Smoky Mountain synchronized fireflies, and have subsequently discovered o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/17/synchronized-fireflies/

How to Get Into a Kangaroo's Pouch

Wildlife photographer Jason Edwards seized an opportunity few ever get -to take pictures of a newborn kangaroo inside its mother's pouch. Two years ago, Edwards encountered a wild kangaroo that was unusually friendly. Th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/17/how-to-get-into-a-kangaroos-pouch/

Sun Jar

I once thought that sun tea made in a jar was really something, but how cool is storing sunlight in a jar? The Sun Jar is a regular Mason jar with solar cells, rechargeable batteries, and LED lights. It also has a ligh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/17/sun-jar/

Borderlands

Today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss is my favorite kind -geography! You'll be given a pair of US states. Do they share a border or not? I scored 100%, of course. http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/26488 me...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/17/borderlands/

What is it? Game 101

Yay! It's time for this week's collaboration with the always awesome What is it? blog. Can you guess what this um, rather violent-looking tool is used for? Hint: it has a very specific use - and it's *em...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/17/what-is-it-game-101/

50 Films to Watch When You're Dead

Kottke lists 50 of his least favorite films of all times. In the "50 Films You Can Wait to See After You're Dead" post you will find movies such as Gigli, Crossroads and Jaws 3-D. Any film y...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/17/50-films-to-watch-when-youre-dead/

The Best of School District Bureaucracy: No Summer Break For You!

Summer is nearly here and school's out! Except for hundreds of poor students in Chino, California, who got an unwelcome surprise news that they have to sit for 34 more days of school because of a clerical error. If they...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/17/the-best-of-school-district-bureaucracy-no-summer-break-for-you/

Derek Paravicini: The Musical Genius

Part I [YouTube Clip]Born 3-and-a-half months prematurely, Derek Paravicini was so small that his doctor presumed that he was dead. Just as his mother had given up hope, she heard the faintest whimper. To keep him alive,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/17/derek-paravicini-the-musical-genius/

Nacho Hat

Here's living proof that SomethingWonderful can come out of SomethingAwful Forums - behold the Nacho Hat! Cota Froise of SA Forums has the step-by-step guide on how to make your very own Nacho Hat: Link - via bookofjoeha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/17/nacho-hat/

Designer Band-Aid: Leather Luxury For Your Boo-Boos

Heck, people drink designer water at $55 a bottle (yes, I'm looking at you, Bling H2O), so why not sell designer band-aids to rich people that obviously get their papercuts from counting too much money? Here's an experim...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/17/designer-band-aid-leather-luxury-for-your-boo-boos/




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