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Reanimation!Underwater Zombie frog ballet!

My project “Revived Zombie Frogs Underwater Ballet,” originally started from 2009 has been consummated as a video work. This work takes a form of MTV showing dead frog’s dance controlled by Midi controller and Midi signal.
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VF Portfolio: Hollywood’s Best Character Actors

VF Portfolio: Hollywood’s Best Character Actors | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Hail the character actors! Not quite household names, they can often steal the show. Hover over each character actor to see more details.

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24 More Weird and Wonderful Movies That You'll Never Get To See

24 More Weird and Wonderful Movies That You'll Never Get To See | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Netflix and your local DVD store are bursting with more movies than you could watch in your lifetime. But tragically, some of the world's strangest movies will never be available on DVD at all. The TCM database estimates that only 4.8% of all films ever made are currently available to the public. Here are 24 odd and glorious films which are no longer available to be seen.

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Dr. Seuss Analyzed for Political, Social Effects

Dr. Seuss Analyzed for Political, Social Effects | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Of all the places he’d go in his wildly fertile imagination, Theodor S. Geisel — better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss — probably never dreamed he’d be referenced in the journal Critical Perspectives on Accounting. But the man who wrote a classic work of children’s literature using a vocabulary of only 51 words (Green Eggs and Ham) would be amused to discover how many densely packed pages of academic prose are devoted to his work.
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John Cage’s expanding, demanding legacy

John Cage’s expanding, demanding legacy | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Cage attracted early notice through his “prepared piano” pieces where objects like screws or rubber bands were placed on strings prior to a performance. Notoriety came with his so-called “random” compositions such as his Imaginary Landscapes which utilized radios tuned to different stations.
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Master of Middle Earth | J.R.R. Tolkien from Smithsonian

Master of Middle Earth | J.R.R. Tolkien from Smithsonian | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

When J.R.R. Tolkien finally completed his Lord of the Rings trilogy in 1949, the Oxford don scarcely imagined his fantasy epic would entrance 100 million readers.

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Flying Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme

Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an ...
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National Geographic Contributing Photographers :: Color me Psyched

National Geographic Contributing Photographers :: Color me Psyched | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

National Geographic Magazine contributing photographers...like ALL of them!

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50 Stupendous Examples of Architecture Photography

50 Stupendous Examples of Architecture Photography | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Today, we look at some of the some of the greatest prodigious photos of architecture. Gorgeous

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A Collection of Innovative and Inspiring Typography

A Collection of Innovative and Inspiring Typography | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Typography is the art or technique of arranging type. It’s a broad medium, covering areas such as typeface selection, line length, line spacing, kerning, tracking, and of course wider design features such as color, lighting etc…

 

Typography is a growing phenomenon amongst graphic designers, many of whom have gone beyond the basic placement of lettering, and turned typography pieces into their own works of art. Often typography designs feature elements of photo manipulation, light effects and even 3D elements. Today we bring you a collection of highly inspiring typography designs, showing just how far the medium can be pushed. These pieces are all works of art in their own right, and we encourage you to go and check out each artist’s portfolio.

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The Future According To Germans From The Year 1900 | So Bad So Good

The Future According To Germans From The Year 1900 | So Bad So Good | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
‎2011 and still no hover cars. This is getting ridiculous. But way back in Germany in the 1900's they too had high hopes for mankind and the inventions we'd collectively create in the future...
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Exchanging Identities to Discover the Truth About Art | The Jakarta Globe

Exchanging Identities to Discover the Truth About Art | The Jakarta Globe | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
What happens when we engage in role-playing, when we completely discard ourselves to take on somebody else’s identity?
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The Information Is Beautiful Awards - Hollywood Challenge Winners

The Information Is Beautiful Awards - Hollywood Challenge Winners | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

We weren’t sure how the humungous Hollywood dataset would go down. So many datapoints, angles, stories that could be revealed. But people just love movies, and the results show that: submissions were much more creative, inventive and crazy than we expected

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Internet Archive’s Repository Collects Thousands of Books

Internet Archive’s Repository Collects Thousands of Books | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Forty-foot shipping containers stacked two by two are stuffed with the most enduring, as well as some of the most forgettable, books of the era. Every week, 20,000 new volumes arrive, many of them donations from libraries and universities thrilled to unload material that has no place in the Internet Age. As society embraces all forms of digital entertainment, a latter-day Noah is looking the other way. Brewster Kahle, who runs the Internet Archive, a nonprofit, hopes to collect one copy of every book.

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That One Time Dr. Seuss Published A Book Full Of Naked Ladies.

That One Time Dr. Seuss Published A Book Full Of Naked Ladies. | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

What was the Seven Lady Godivas about? The book was a twist on the legend of famed 11th century nudist tax protestor/Freddie Mercury lyrical muse Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom, the fellow who was blinded after sneaking a peek at her birthday suit.

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Gotta Love This: 55 Free Philosophy Courses

Gotta Love This: 55 Free Philosophy Courses | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Free Courses collection just went through a major update, and it now lists more than 50 courses -- 55 to be precise. Enough to give you a soup-to-nuts introduction to a timeless discipline. You can start with one of several introductory courses.

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Digital Self-Publishing: Should Publishers Be Worried?

Digital Self-Publishing: Should Publishers Be Worried? | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
The ability of writers to feel offended or persecuted is pretty close to unlimited, and one of the interesting side-effects of the technological revolution in publishing has been to bring out new forms of anger and woundedness -- and not just among writers.
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Book of Germs: The Quest for a Field Guide to Microbes

Book of Germs: The Quest for a Field Guide to Microbes | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Every nature lover knows field guides, those handy compendia of the natural world. There are thousands of titles for birds alone, but microbes have been largely overlooked, even though their total biomass is equivalent to all the plants and animals on Earth. And the field guides that do exist are far from comprehensive.
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Pioneers of Spanish Graphic Design

Pioneers of Spanish Graphic Design | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Spain has a rich and widely recognized art tradition -- Picasso, Goya, Dali­ -- but its equally noteworthy design legacy hasn't achieved the attention it deserves...

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Seth Casteel's Mind Blowing Underwater Dogs

Seth Casteel's Mind Blowing Underwater Dogs | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it

Photographer Seth Casteel spent hours underwater in Los Angeles taking pictures of dogs chasing balls. Twelve dogs took part in the shoot, including labradors, a border collie, a dachshund, a bulldog, a Belgian tervuren and a King Charles spaniel. A book, Ruff Water, is planned

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Amy Shackleton - Painting Timelapse

Amy works entirely without a paintbrush. Watch the artist work at 800x speed, creating a new urban landscape painting, "Terraced City." — At only 25, Toronto...
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Free: The Guggenheim Puts 65 Modern Art Books Online

Free: The Guggenheim Puts 65 Modern Art Books Online | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Apple apparently plans to roll into The Guggenheim in New York City and announce plans to disrupt the textbook market.
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Shoe Design, 1939

Shoe Design, 1939 | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Shoes by the French designer Steven Arpad (1904-1999) Thank you to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York...
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Marco Brambilla – Video Installation Visionary

Marco Brambilla – Video Installation Visionary | Random Ephemera | Scoop.it
Brambilla’s work, “Civilization,” is a continuous HD video collage, taking 100's of stock, movie and original clips to create the ascension from hell to heaven...
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