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The strange world of computer-generated novels

It’s November and aspiring writers are plugging away at their novels for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, an annual event that encourages people to churn out a 50,000-word book on...

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When Medieval Scribes Turned Damaged Paper into Clever Art

When Medieval Scribes Turned Damaged Paper into Clever Art | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
The thick, polished animal skin used as paper during the Medieval era wasn't very strong. It was really easy to rip during cleaning and preparation. But nobody could afford to toss away a page just because of some holes.
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The XKCD Guide to the Universe's Most Bizarre Physics

The XKCD Guide to the Universe's Most Bizarre Physics | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
Randall Munroe is the author of What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, published in September.
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For Sale: The Original Batmobile You Never Knew Existed

For Sale: The Original Batmobile You Never Knew Existed | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
Most people think that that real-life Batmobiles started with the famous George Barris-customized Lincoln Futura that starred in the camp-tacular 1960s Batman TV series.
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Artist Paints Famous Landmarks with Bicycle Tire Tracks

Artist Paints Famous Landmarks with Bicycle Tire Tracks | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
Thomas Yang’s art is simple, minimal, and brilliant. The Singapore-based designer/illustrator couples his artistic talent with his passion for cycling to produce ‘bike print illustrations’ of world famous landmarks with bicycle tire tracks.
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20 Remarkable Hyper Realistic Paintings That You'll Want on Your Wall

20 Remarkable Hyper Realistic Paintings That You'll Want on Your Wall | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
These exquisite artworks by Omar Ortiz show astonishing levels of detail.
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10 Most Amazing Pieces of Lunch Art By Parents

10 Most Amazing Pieces of Lunch Art By Parents | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
Do your kids give you a hard time eating? These parents go the extra (ten thousand) miles to ensure their children's food looks fun enough to eat!
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Mindbending Optical Illusion Tattoo Adds A Handle To This Guy's Arm

Mindbending Optical Illusion Tattoo Adds A Handle To This Guy's Arm | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
Some optical illusions are even more impressive in tattoo form, where they radically change the appearance of the bearer's skin and, for an instant, make us question reality.
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Forget about Dirty Dishes – Belgian Designers Create Edible Tableware

Forget about Dirty Dishes – Belgian Designers Create Edible Tableware | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
A couple of Belgian designers have come up with a new range of edible food containers that are eco-friendly, taste good, and most importantly, save people from the misery of doing dishes.
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Marco Bertolini's curator insight, November 17, 2014 2:39 AM

Plus envie de faire la vaisselle ?  Achetez des plats qui se mangent !

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Notepad Illusions Look Like 3D Sculptures, But They're 2D Illustrations

Notepad Illusions Look Like 3D Sculptures, But They're 2D Illustrations | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
When you first glance at artist João A. Carvalho's notepad paper illustrations, you may think you're seeing 3-dimensional objects.
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These Paper Sculptures Disappear At Certain Angles

These Paper Sculptures Disappear At Certain Angles | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
Korean artist Ho Yoon Shin makes these paper sculptures by hand, achieving works that look completely solid from some angles and nearly vanish from others.
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Sticky Art – A Giant Human Head Covered in Thousands of Pieces of Used Chewing Gum

Sticky Art – A Giant Human Head Covered in Thousands of Pieces of Used Chewing Gum | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
Canadian novelist and artist Douglas Coupland organised a colorful, albeit sticky, art project in May this year – he invited people to stick chewed up wads of gum on a seven-foot fiberglass statue of his own head.
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15-Year-Old Artist’s Notebook Drawings Look Ready to Jump Off the Page

15-Year-Old Artist’s Notebook Drawings Look Ready to Jump Off the Page | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
Brazilian artist João Carvalho may be only 15 years old, but his incredible talent more than makes up for his lack of experience. The young artist can completely transform plain paper into ruled notebook sheets with 3D illusions popping out of them.
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Stunning Drawings Look As If They Are About to Walk Off the Page

Stunning Drawings Look As If They Are About to Walk Off the Page | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
15-year-old João Carvalho first picked up a pen and paper earlier this year, in June. However, he's such a talented artist that he can now create drawings that look as if they are just seconds away from walking off the page.
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7 Crosswalk Signals You Won't Mind Waiting For

7 Crosswalk Signals You Won't Mind Waiting For | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
Anything that brings more attention to pedestrians is good for cities—it helps walkers feel protected, slows cars down, and makes everyone more aware of their surroundings.
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The Time Travelers Hidden In Thrift Store Paintings

The Time Travelers Hidden In Thrift Store Paintings | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
We've mentioned a love for altered thrift store paintings before , and now we have a set that integrates science fiction travelers into the bland pastoral scenes.
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The Odd and Mesmerizing Aerial Photos of Klaus Leidorf

The Odd and Mesmerizing Aerial Photos of Klaus Leidorf | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
Aerial archeologist Klaus Leidorf began taking these gorgeous, minimalist photos in 1989, while flying his own Cessna 172. He's brilliant at capturing how odd our world looks when you get a different perspective on it from the air.
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Meg McAlister's curator insight, November 20, 2014 9:45 AM

This article is a compilation of the work of avid photographer Klaus Leidorf. Leidorf was born in Germany and has been taking photos of the world since 1989 while piloting his Cessna 172.

 

This article presents a unique perspective of the God's eye view. The several photos demonstrate how an aerial view influences our perception of the world. Wells addressed this fact throughout "The War in the Air" but most notably when Smallways is traveling over Europe in the air balloon. While sailing above countries he marveled at the differences in physical environment and the civilizations of particular nationalities, in particular Germany. The regrettable fact is that this view became a form of pride in Smallways which  nurtured an elitist view in regard to his nationality. 

 

This article however does not parallel this commentary of Wells on nationality. Rather it presents an idea of unity and breaks down the barriers of between nationalities. As American this collection of photos breaks down our perception of other countries as "not America" by demonstrating how similar we are. These photos illustrate familiar uses of technology and utilization of physical environment for agricultural purposes. Witnessing a photo of a solar power plant in Bavaria challenges our perception of the world. 

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These amazing nudes are the smallest sculptures ever made [NSFW]

These amazing nudes are the smallest sculptures ever made [NSFW] | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
These sculptures by London-based artist Jonty Hurwitz are so small that are impossible to see with the naked eye. They are smaller than a hair and a bit bigger that a human sperm but, despite their size, the level of detail is just insane.
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Hatebeak – A Death Metal Band Whose Lead Vocalist Was a Parrot

Hatebeak – A Death Metal Band Whose Lead Vocalist Was a Parrot | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
I suppose nothing complements the loudness of heavy metal better than ear-bleeding screeches. And when those sounds come from a bird instead of a human, it’s bound to make an impression.
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Italian Artist Searches For Needle in Haystack for Two Days

Italian Artist Searches For Needle in Haystack for Two Days | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
We all know the expression, “It’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” but this Italian artist may have taken things a bit literally.
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This Artist Is Literally Looking for a Needle in a Haystack

This Artist Is Literally Looking for a Needle in a Haystack | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
Italian performance artist Sven Sachsalber is basing his latest work on an age old figure of speech. He’s going spend two whole days looking for a needle in a haystack.
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These Six-Word Stories Are Dispatches From A Strange Alternate Reality

These Six-Word Stories Are Dispatches From A Strange Alternate Reality | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
Drawn from the stories you submitted to us today , these tales rewrite The Sound of Music as a horror flick, give us some etiquette tips for how to behave in front of a black hole (hint!
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The Most Frightening Witches In Art History

The Most Frightening Witches In Art History | Strange days indeed... | Scoop.it
Some of the most terrifying supernatural imagery from centuries ago doesn't feature demons and devils. Instead, it shows us what we did to people who were accused of witchcraft.
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