A very cool poster by Canadian surrealist artist Ryan Heshka. It, along with a couple dozen others, will appear in Heshka’s Teenage Machine Age show at the Antonio Colombo contemporary art gallery in Milan, Italy, from March 7th to May 2nd, 2012.
Four Dimensional Abduction, by Ryan Heshka
From Ryan Heskha, via Laughing Squid
This panorama is a composite made from a lot of photos taken of a 3,200 year old, 247′ tall tree called The President, in California’s Sequoia National Park, about five hours southeast of San Francisco. Note the people at the top and bottom of the tree.
The President, a giant sequoia. Photo by Michael Nichols/National Geographic
The President is the second largest tree in the world by volume (45,000 cubic feet), and the largest is another sequoia in the same park: a 275′ tall one named General Sherman (52,500 cubit feet).
The tallest tree in the world is a 379′ tall coast redwood named Hyperion, in another California park — Redwood National and State Park, about five hours north of San Francisco.
Finally, the oldest tree in the world is a newly-discovered, yet-unnamed Great Basin bristlecone pine, which has been living in the White Mountains of — you guessed it — California for a little over 5,000 years. The second-oldest one is the same kind of tree in the same mountains: the 4,800 year old Methuselah.
From National Geographic, via Neatorama
The Louvre is the world’s most visited museum, and when you go, you’re surrounded by hundreds of other tourists. This video shows what it’s like for one woman to walk through it, all by herself.
From Vimeo, via Laughing Squid
During rehearsals, conductors definitely do a lot: they create the rehearsal schedule, yell at musicians that don’t play something quite the way they want, and make small adjustments to the score. But after the last rehearsal, during the performances, does the wand- and hand-waving that conductors live for, actually mean anything? (Also, the head thrusts, for which a special kind of conductor haircut is required.) After all, the musicians have the score, they’ve rehearsed it to the conductor’s satisfaction, and could probably play it back with or without him standing in front them, gesturing as if he were doing some serious programming in Minority Report.
Tom Cruise conducting a computer in Minority Report
The theory of orchestral music is that the conductor could make minor timing changes during a live performance, and since the whole orchestra is paying attention to him, they would stay in harmony. This being an important scientific question, scientists devoted considerable science to answer it: they put infrared LED lights on the tip of a conductor’s baton and on the tip of violinists’ bows in his orchestra. They recorded the infrared movements and used special computers and mathematics (and science) to figure out if the violin bows followed the baton. And it turns out they did. So now we know for sure that musicians really do pay attention to the conductor. Thank you, science.
Oh, and they also figured out that orchestras with more authoritarian conductors produce better music.
This is a story about some very clever marketing. In the summer of 2011, the public library in Troy, MI (a suburb of Detroit), was about to be shut down thanks to the local Tea Party. (The questionable motivation to keep libraries open in the age of Google, Wikipedia and Kindles is not the point of this story.) So library advocates raised 3500$ and hired the famed Leo Burnett ad firm to get voters out to the last ballot that could save the library. The video below explains how the ad agency did just that, by using a hoax to anger people into voting:
From Vimeo, via Cheezburger
This guy just raised the bar for every carnie out there. Next time, make sure you demand a show with your cotton candy.
From YouTube, via Neatorama
The stock photo warehouse Getty Images made this excellent video ad depicting life from adulthood to old age. It’s called From Love to Bingo and was done entirely by stringing together stock photos. Quite possibly the most interesting minute of your day.
From YouTube, via Neatorama