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Using Sand To Cast A Hexagonal Pewter Stool

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Metal casting can involve a lot of expensive equipment, scorching heat and a lot of know-how, or you can simply do what artist Max Lamb does and bring your supplies to the local beach in Cornwall, England and cast stuff in the sand.

Max uses primitive sand casting techniques, essentially making a mold by digging out the shape in sand then pouring molten pewter into the sand mold to get his finished product, which has a shape and texture co-created by Nature.

His simple, whimsical works hearken back to a time when the end result didn’t have to look like it was computer generated, and casting in metal wasn’t seen as an archaic discipline.

Via Beautiful/Decay


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Imaginations Soar In Animated Short Called The Flight

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Everyone has dreamed of visiting a flying city or castle in the sky, right? Okay, maybe not if you’re an acrophobe or you’re allergic to clouds, but even people who fit in those groups can agree floating structures in the sky, all shiny and full of fantastic potential, seem like a pretty cool place to let your imagination soar.

That’s exactly how Inbal Breda’s animated short The Flight makes you feel- like you’re watching imagination take flight, into a mythical city in the sky full of mysteries and unknown history.

The fact that the characters don’t talk does seem a bit odd at times, but overall this student film, which Inbal created as her graduation film for Bezalel Academy, is one mighty big feat of imaginative storytelling and well worth five minutes of your time.

Via io9


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Chief White Eagle Flies Through The Air Suspended By His Hair

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Stunt performers, magicians and body modification fanatics use their bodies in grisly and dangerous ways to wow audiences and make big bucks nowadays, but they all act like they’re the first ones to attempt such a death defying feat.

Chief White Eagle was staring death in the sockets without a care for his own life, flying through the air suspended by his hair, in the 1920s.This newsreel footage was taken in the 1920s and shows the Chief, billed as "the man with the world's strongest head of hair" dangling by his locks far above the ground in an insane airplane stunt he performed with the famous aerial stunt squad the 13 Flying Black Cats.

Chief White Eagle later died doing what he loved, when his hair failed to hold his weight as he performed an aerial stunt dangling from a plane, but he’s truly the first death defying stuntman with a rock star image, and all performers who perform similar stunts nowadays owe Chief White Eagle a tip of the hat.

Via Dangerous Minds


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Porcelain Figurines Altered With A Little Help From Honey Bees

Artist Aganetha Dyck felt like the porcelain figurines she uses in her works were missing something, so she put her friendly neighborhood swarm of bees to work helping her finish up each piece with some hive worthy modifications of their own.

Aganetha’s works make those old fashioned honey bee hives look like something from the Dark Ages of bee home design, and soon no garden statue will be safe from real estate hungry bees looking to build a fancy hive of their own.

We first featured the honey bee collaborative works of Aganetha Dyck here on Neatorama way back in 2007, and it seems both she and the bees have been hard at work since then, because there are a lot more bee-claimed works to buzz about on her site.

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Trailer For A New Horror Video Game That Changes Every Time You Play

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If you’ve been waiting for a video game that will truly make you jump out of your seat in fear, a game that captures the dark atmosphere, chills and deadly mortality of a true Horror genre movie, then check out this trailer for the upcoming game from Zombie Studios called Daylight.

Daylight looks like it captures the aesthetic qualities of Horror perfectly, and the scary bit at the end shows it will definitely be full of thrills.

One of their selling point for Daylight is that it changes every time you play it, which could make for some very compelling Horror gameplay and a high replay value, two things that are sorely lacking in most Horror themed video games. I guess we'll see how it holds up when it debuts on Steam sometime in 2014.

Via Kotaku


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Snoop Lion's New Pokemon Themed Music Video

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Snoop Lion may have lost the dogg in him, preferring to go through the rest of his years as king of the felines, but he certainly hasn’t lost his love of video games.

The new video for his song “Get Away ft. Angela Hunte” casts the rap superstar in a Pokemon style 16-bit video game, with producer Major Lazer along for the ride, and even if you don’t like the music hit mute and check out the pixel perfect video.

It’s a lot of fun to watch, and it will definitely make you want to dust off your NES and dive back into some old school gaming.

Via Destructoid


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Cute Animated Short Film- DAMNED

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Despite the name some extremely conservative folks will find a bit crude, Damned is a damn fine, gosh darn adorable animated short by Richard Phelan about a beaver who wishes for a way to keep the mega-dam he has built from being damaged, the product of his dreams of building the next Hoover Dam.

The hand drawn quality of the short is mighty appealing, and the storyline is simple animal character animation at its finest, with themes of sacrifice for the good of others, dreaming big and watching those dreams come tumbling down. It’s a delightful way to spend ten minutes, and despite a length that seems long the story moves along nicely and keeps you tuned in to the bitter end.

Via Geek Tyrant


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A New Papercraft Site Called Urban Paper Collective

Urban art, graffiti and otherwise, led the way for urban vinyl to make a splash, mostly because the toys were based on artwork by graffiti and lowbrow artists. Now we’ve reached the urban paper stage, since nobody can afford to collect vinyl toys anymore because they’re too darn expensive!

A new papercraft site recently launched called Urban Paper Collective, where you can download some fresh sheets to fold, shaped like a blocky badger and a cute little clown aaaand that’s about it for now. They’re mighty passionate about paper toys, though, so expect many more fun things to cut out and fold up in the future.

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Photo Series Depicts Guys Wearing Their Girlfriend's Clothes

Photographer Jon Uriarte found male subjects willing to both wear their girlfriend’s clothes and have those images shared with millions on the web, which "addresses the recent change in roles in heterosexual relationships from the relations of our predecessors and how those changes have affected men in particular".

There are some definite themes of gender identification, body image and transvestism going on in Jon’s series The Men Under The Influence, and the fact that the men look quite comfortable wearing women’s clothes is meant to be a statement about how important clothing is to our expression of gender identification.

Or else you can just look at the whole series with a smile on your face, thinking these guys look ridiculous dressed in their girlfriend’s clothes, since many consider art to be purely subjective.

Via Beautiful/Decay


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Google Maps Glitches As Digital Art

There’s a fine line between an annoying digital image glitch and one which transforms the image into something else entirely, a happy accident of unintentional creation that is extremely difficult to replicate.

Google maps may seem like a mundane place to source digital art images, but the glitches created by Google’s map service can sometimes look quite spectacular, and may be the type of digital art images we see hanging on walls in the near future.

At least that’s what artist Emilio Vavarella is hoping, as he races to collect these images and share them as his own in a series entitled Report a Problem.

Via 22 Words


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Enjoy Louis Armstrong's Recipe For Ham Hocks And Red Beans

You know him as the voice of early Jazz, some called him Satchmo while others simply referred to him as Pops. Louis Armstrong was the charming and ridiculously talented Ambassador of the early Jazz scene, the performer of hits like "What A Wonderful World" and "Ain't Misbehavin" which are still beloved to this day, even by folks who otherwise can't stand Jazz.

Louis' sign off in letters read “Red Beans and Ricely Yours, Louis Armstrong” which friends and family found adorable, if a bit odd, until they tried his famous Ham Hocks and Red Beans. Now you can try your hand at making Ham Hocks and Red Beans the Satchmo way with his favorite recipe, perfect for celebrating your in-laws finally leaving town after the holidays, or simply because you like to get down with some down home cookin'!

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Haunting Landscape Photo Series Inspired By The Brothers Grimm

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Peruse this photo series by German photographer Kilian Schönberger and you’ll see why the Brothers Grimm were inspired to set their dark and creepy fairy tales in Middle Europe. The land fairly oozes spookiness, and looks like the perfect setting for a horror movie, or the next Silent Hill game.

Kilian’s photo series was inspired by the stories he heard as a child, and the fact that he grew up looking at such a lonely, beautiful landscape, but the real wonder of his photo series is the fact that he is colorblind and has to have a friend check the image colors for him before he has them printed.

Via DesignTAXI


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Animated Short- Exercises In Preparation For An Independent Life

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Fans of retro animation such as School House Rocks!, The Peanuts and the shorts featured on 70s kids shows such Sesame Street and Electric Company will simply adore this short by Priit Pärn, and those looking for a slick CGI short to watch will simply have to move on.

Exercises in Preparation for an Independent Life is a hand drawn vintage masterpiece, with a surreal charm that juxtaposes crudely drawn scenes of childhood with repetitious, almost frightening scenes of adulthood that can only be described as Plymptonian, aka a lot like something you’d see in a Bill Plympton short.

And that’s all in the first minute of the short, you’ll have to watch on to find the message which is there, begging for you to find it after you to get past the initial “wait, what just happened?” feeling.

Via Cartoon Brew


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Amazing Video Of Hungary's Best Rope Skipping Team

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Most people have tried their hand at jumping rope once or twice in their life, generally because they wanted to see what was such a big deal on the schoolyard, or because they were lured in by the strange rhyming songs being sung by those pigtailed rope swingers.

But as you grow older you realize there’s something magical about jumping rope, and not just because the callers can predict how many kisses you will get with their song, and the art of jumping rope is alive and well in competitions across the globe.

This video features Hungary’s rope skipping team blowing minds with incredible stunts and making it all look so easy, this ain’t no playground jump rope session- these guys and gals mean business!

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Burrito Galaxy Lets You Wield Churros As Weapons In Outer Space

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From the look of things 2014 is going to be one tripped out year for the video game industry, and indie games will be leading the pack in both strangeness and originality.

Here’s an entry worthy of note, it’s called Burrito Galaxy 64: Mega-Tortilla Bean Saga 30X6 - Planetoid SAL-5A XIV Directors Cut: Extreme Edition: Push it to the limit, or simply Burrito Galaxy if you prefer.

Burrito Galaxy is a superflat first person shooter with some downright wacky story elements (you play a Bean Commander and wield burritos and churros as weapons) that make it interesting despite the minimalist artwork.

Wanna check it out before it's released on Steam? Play the prototype version of the game. (Link courtesy of Destructoid commentor ninjapresident, thanks pres!)

Via Destructoid


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A Map Of The United States...That Could've Been

Andrew Shears, certified cartography nerd, Mansfield University geography professor and the guy behind The United States of TV map we featured here on Neatorama a few years ago, created another map in 2011 that re-envisions the United States as it could've been if every state that ever tried to secede from the Union had succeeded.

50 states would have been turned into a whopping 124, and some states would have ended up with totally far out names like Trans-Pecos, Nova and Cascadia, and otherwise things would have probably turned out to be much the same as they are now.

Via Gizmodo


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Experimental Animation Meets Pottery

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Experimental animation and pottery may seem like two completely different artistic mediums from two totally different worlds, but when the Crafts Council was looking for an effective method of advertising themselves they turned to animator Jim Le Fevre and decided that fusing animation and pottery would not only be eye catching it would be a juxtaposition no one had ever seen before.

The result is a mighty interesting two minute long short that showcases RAMP Ceramics, a company whose name acronym stands for, appropriately enough,  Roops and Al Johnstone Make Pottery, and features a simple yet effective phonotrope animation created on the side of a ceramic bowl.

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A Children's Book That Teaches Kids About 3D Printing

There’s a new children’s book out there which is both classically simplistic and totally cutting edge, a book that explains 3d printing to children.

It’s called Leo the Maker Prince by Carla Diana, and kids not only learn how to print out objects in 3d when they read this charming tale of Carla, the accountant who wants to be an artist, and Leo, the 3d printing robot that will make her dreams come true, they can print out models of the main characters- if they have a 3d printer on hand.

If not, then they’ll discover another facet of the 3d printing revolution- buying a printer for yourself is still too darn expensive, and if you go to a printing service they will charge you an arm and a leg!

Via DesignTAXI

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Boonie Bears- Second Ever CGI Film Made Entirely In China

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Everyone assumes the Chinese are responsible for Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks ripoffs such as Life's A Jungle, Kiara the Brave and The Little Panda Fighter, but surprisingly these films come from Brazil, India and Canada, not China.

The first fully Chinese CGI film was released in the U.S. as Legend Of A Kung Fu Rabbit, and was clearly glossed over as a Kung Fu Panda knockoff, for good reason. But now Chinese animation studio Fantawild Animation Inc. is about to release their second ever CGI film called Boonie Bears, and it looks like they're really getting the hang of the medium.

Sure it’s got the Yogi Bear/Open Season look about it, but at least they're trying hard to create uniquely Chinese content, which is more than can be said about the studio that released the ripoffs Ratatoing and What's Up.

Via Cartoon Brew


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Turbulent Book Installations By Alicia Martin

Anybody with a massive collection of books has dealt with a time when a pile of books came tumbling down around their head, perhaps when they were transitioning the volumes between bookshelves or moving in to another house, but artist Alicia Martin has made the crashing waves of written words into an artform with her turbulent book installations.

They really feel like the books are about to crush you to death when you view them in person, but anybody who appreciates a good read will find the power of the written word alive and well in Alicia’s works.

We featured one of Alicia's works here on Neatorama before, but this time around you get to see a bunch of different examples of her amazing installation art, and a detail pic that shows her sitting inside one of the massive works for a sense of scale.

Via Beautiful/Decay


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The Ninja Way To Avoid Carbonated Beverage Fizz-Tastrophies

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Don’t you hate it when you’re at a social function and go to open a carbonated beverage only to have the whole thing explode all over you, turning you into a sticky mess? It can be a total buzzkill, and may ruin any chance you have of successfully partying the night away.

Luckily a guy named Grant Thompson, aka The King of Random, made a video that shows you how to avoid getting Sprite all over your face like a totally inept loser. He calls his trick the Soda Ninja Swipe, and learning this technique may save your life one day, or at least make you look like less of an oaf at your next shindig appearance.

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Designer Creates One Balloon Sculpture A Day For A Year

Twisting balloons for a living may seem like a cushy job, but believe you me it can drive you right into the arms of a straightjacket, what with all the squeaking and popping and children crying everywhere. It’s enough to drive a clown to drink, but you don’t have to be a bozo, or looking for a quick buck, to be interested in the art of balloon modelling.

In fact, many very sane and financially stable people have twisted a balloon or two, like graphic designer Meghan Coleman. She twisted a balloon sculpture a day for a whole year, and kept her day job and her sanity to boot. No idea how she found the inspiration to make so many awesome balloon sculptures, but it sure is fun to look through all of the pics in her series 365 Days of Balloon.

Via DesignTAXI


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A Supercut Of Actors In Commercials Before They Were Famous

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Have you been losing sleep at night wondering where all those big name celebrities got their start? Are you going crazy trying to figure out the first televised appearance of Leonardo DiCaprio, Aaron Paul or Tina Fey?

Well, prepare to sleep easy my friend, because the crazed videophiles at Screen Junkies have put together one heck of a supercut that shows totally famous people before they were totally famous.

Before They Were Famous #2 is guaranteed to change your life, because you’ll get to see how uncool the rich and famous are before they become rich and famous...and cool. Everybody's got to start somewhere, why not start out selling some fried chicken or some Corn Pops?

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Man Dresses Up Exactly Like Gap Mannequins Then Poses Next To Them

Mannequins are pretty much just glorified clothes hangers, and even the ones that are given creepy faces or realistic hair still don’t actually look like people, yet somehow these headless mannequins from the Gap look just like Vancouver resident Steve Venegas.

Maybe he used to work as a figure model for a mannequin maker, or perhaps he actually had his flesh and blood torso replaced with that of a male mannequin, either way he’s hell bent on showing the Gap stores in his area that they should hire him as their full time display dummy.

Check out his ongoing photo series called The Gap Mannequin Project and you’ll see how much better it is to have a man hanging around the store rather than a headless mannequin.

Via 22 Words


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Mighty Marvel Calendar From 1975 Works For 2014

If you’re tired of putting up calendars featuring cute animals, last year’s big trends or the same old classic works of art and photography then we have good news for you- the Mighty Marvel Calendar for 1975 syncs with 2014!

So dust off your old box of calendars and search for those dated 1975 and they will magically work for 2014, and the best looking one of the bunch is, of course, the Mighty Marvel Calendar featuring illustrations by Barry Smith, John Romita Sr. and many other Marvel alum.

Each page has been carefully scanned by Chicago-based cartoonist Mark Anderson, who realized the calendars synced just when he was about to throw out this 1975 edition he had hanging on his wall all these years. I guess if you wait 28 years to change your calendar you’ll never have to buy a new one!

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Strange Visions Of Human-Animal Hybrids From The 1930s

Surely some mad scientist has been hard at work trying to splice animal and human genes in order to create an army of ravenous rabbit men, or lazy three toed sloth people, but nothing currently known to science looks as far out as these images from the 1930s that imagine what human-animal hybrids might look like.

Mantis man is a very efficient farmer, and one heck of a climber, while firefly man is able to picnic in the middle of the night, which may be a dream come true for a nocturnal lover of outdoor dining. These fantastic images come to us courtesy of artist Lucian Rudaux, who would have been so disappointed to find out the future is devoid of the insect men and flying cars he so loved to draw for various publications in the early 20th century.

This series in particular was envisioned by his good friend Professor Rene Thevenin, who really believed scientific advancement would have made these monstrosities a possibility by the 21st century. Lucky us they're still well outside the realm of possibility!


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The President Of France Is Bad At Shaking Hands

Poor President Francois Hollande, he’s beloved by the citizens of France and yet can’t seem to get a handshake from anyone else he meets!

He’s always left hanging when he reaches out to take the hand of an esteemed leader or high profile figure, and his handshaking skills are so bad they’re going to name a form of solitary greeting after him, called the Hollande Handshake, which will consist of people waiting awkwardly for a few minutes before shaking their own hand.

It’s unclear whether it’s simply a matter of timing that makes Francois look the fool whenever he goes to shake someone’s hand, or if his hands are so clammy that nobody wants to touch them, but one thing’s for certain-his handshake failures make for hilarious photo ops!

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My Little Raptor- A Series About Cute Critters Who Like To Eat Ponies

They're cute, in a flesh eating, mouth full of fangs kind of way, and they're the answer to all those who are totally over the whole Bronie trend.

The My Little Raptor series by artist Cherry Garcia shows us that just because a cartoon character has more of an edge, and likes to eat cute little ponies for lunch, doesn't mean they can't be adorable. Just don't try to give them a hug, or brush their hair, and you'll survive the encounter with your limbs intact.

I wonder what our resident My Little Pony fan John Farrier would do if his massive collection of MLP memorabilia was suddenly replaced by products featuring these carnivorous cuties?

Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Cute Ceramic Figurines Wearing S&M Gear

Nobody ever thinks about what cute cartoon characters do in their off time, when they’re not running around chasing each other with mallets or serving as mascots for fast food restaurants, but if you believe artist Richard Ankrom then they’re all into some pretty naughty stuff!

Richard’s sculptures are full of juxtapositions between cute and kinky, innocent and sadomasochistic, and his works somehow manage to look adorable even though most of the figures are sporting zipper mouthed gimp masks.

Looking through a collection of Richard’s works will make you wonder why the two totally contrasting themes have never been mashed up before, since his tongue-in-cheek works are playful without straying too far over to the dark side and somehow seem visually quite compatible.

Via Beautiful/Decay


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Martin Scorsese's Student Film- It's Not Just You Murray!

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Martin Scorsese is the undisputed master of the gangster flick, responsible for such greats as Casino, Goodfellas and The Departed just to name a few, but his career seems to have brought him full circle with his latest release The Wolf of Wall Street. To illustrate his return to his good old days of student filmmaking we present It’s Not Just You, Murray!, a film he made as a student attending NYU.

The story bears certain similarities to The Wolf of Wall Street- the main character breaks the fourth wall and speaks to the audience about how he made all of his money, and the two characters seem to be a similar breed of smarmy narcissist. Enjoy this slice of New York cinema history!

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