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Jimmy Fallon, Sia, Natalie Portman & The Roots Sing “Iko Iko”


Jimmy, Sia, and Natalie join the Roots for a special performance of the classic song “Iko Iko.”

Talented Percussionists Make Beautiful Music Upon the Frozen Waters of Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia


In 2012, talented percussionists from the Irkutsk, Russia group Ethnobeat gathered together in -20 Celsius weather, 6 hours from their home, in order to make beautiful music upon the frozen waters of Lake Baikal. The Siberian lake is known as the oldest, deepest and clearest lake in the world, which made for a beautiful array of sound as the ice was drummed, cleared and smashed. The idea for the project came from a small accident, per the Siberian Times.

The wife of one of our drummers, Sergei Purtyan, slipped and fell down, and as she landed on the ice, she made a very musical ‘boooooom’ sound – so nice and deep that her husband, who has a very good ear, said ‘Hold on, what was it? How did you make that noise?’ She laughed but then got curious, too, and they started touching and drumming on the bits of ice, realising it was making a melody. He recorded it on the phone, got back to Irkutsk and let us listen, asking if we might want to go together to the same spot and try and record our ice drumming.

Wonderful Sia’s music video


featuring the wonderful young dancer Maddie Ziegler

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Webserie DESPECHADOS (Spanish)


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NONSTOP Dubstep Dances to ‘Thriller’ and ‘Beat It’ as a Tribute to Michael Jackson



Marquese Scott (NONSTOP) dubstep dances to Michael Jackson’s hit songs “Thriller” and “Beat It” and it’s so very good.

En Puntas, Video of a Ballerina Dancing with Knives Attached to Her Shoes


Javier Pérez – EN PUNTAS (extracts) from Javier Pérez on Vimeo.

In the video “En Puntas” by artist Javier Pérez, a ballerina dances atop a grand piano with kitchen knives affixed to her pointe shoes.

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DESPECHADOS webserie


La historia de “Carla contra Andrés” CAPÍTULO 3 de la serie DESPECHADOS. http://www.despechadostv.com

con Miki Esparbé.

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Ni una sola palabra de amor (ShortFilm)


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Ni una sola palabra de amor, de El Niño Rodríguez (Argentina, 2011) Duración: 8 min 16 seg La cinta de un contestador telefónico extraviado nos trae la increíble historia de Enrique y María Teresa: una mujer que espera recibir el llamado de un hombre que no responde nunca. Un mensaje tras otro quedará grabado buscando que le digan, tal vez, una sola palabra de amor.

“Life With Maggie” series


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Ofer Wolberger’s series “Life With Maggie” is an abstract travel journal where the destinations are clear but everything else is slightly disarming.

The photographs are the type of imagery that might at first make you jealous if it were to appear on your Facebook feed: photos of friends who travel around the world posing in front of landmarks and places of leisure.

You might also find yourself asking about this Maggie character whose unique fashion sense is eclipsed only by her unique face.

So is she from this era? Or even from this world? And is Wolberger trying to say something about identity, specifically in an era where virtual online identities are created through social media landscapes?

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“I don’t really have an opinion about people’s online identities, but I do think in general that we tend to present multiple versions of ourselves to the world at large and particularly online,” Wolberger wrote via email. “Maggie’s identity is fixed in a way because her face is always the same, but for me her expression and personality are always shifting due to the light, her gesture, what she’s wearing, and where she’s situated.”

“Life With Maggie” is also a love story. “Maggie” is French and was dating Wolberger, who was living in New York. The two would meet for two weeks or a month at a time,  traveling mostly around the United States, France, and Germany. “In that way, it’s a very personal body of work and one that reflects our experience of getting to know each other,” Wolberger said.

They didn’t have a specific agenda apart from looking for tourist destinations, and they chose them “by instinct and the journey at hand at the time; one place led to another,” Wolberger said. “The ‘Life With Maggie’ locations are cliché or postcard-like, in that Maggie gives me a reason or a license to photograph places that I would otherwise avoid.”

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“When we were confronted with an enticing location, we just stopped everything and went to work,” Wolberger said. “The trunk was always full of clothing, most of it picked up along the journey. The whole experience was pretty spontaneous, although once the shooting started, things would slow down because of the large format 4X5 film camera I was using and the need to direct the action.”

The idea of slowing down and working without an agenda is something Wolberger takes very seriously. “My goal once I start a project is to not think too much into every little thing. I try to work instinctually as much as possible,” he said. “In that sense the final images never match the initial goals, as I always hope to be surprised by what I shoot. In this age of digital photography where very little is left to chance, it was exciting to be shooting large-format film and to not know what I had until the film was developed a few days or sometimes weeks later.”

Wolberger said that although he at one point thought the project would go on forever, it has been finished for a while now. He and Maggie are now married and have gone on to work on another project.

Wolberger’s work can also be seen on his website horsesthink.com.

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Summer in the City


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In the 1920s, Coco Chanel hopped on the Duke of Westminster’s yacht for a holiday on the Riviera and returned to Paris with a tan, thereby popularizing the golden-brown look. The quest for the perfect sun-kissed glow continues, even in New York, where private outdoor space is rare. Gessica Brooke, a 27-year-old designer, crawls out to the fire escape of her fifth-floor apartment in the West Village nearly every day she wakes up in the city and the weather is nice. Brooke, who moved to New York from Santa Monica, Calif., four years ago, says finding an apartment with access to the outdoors was crucial. “I gave up the beach to be a city girl, so I always try to find outdoor space wherever I am,” she says. “I’ve Instagrammed some photos when I’m out here, and people have commented thinking I’m in Europe. It doesn’t feel like New York.”

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Things From Space, Surreal Sci-Fi Paintings of a Futuristic Earth Under Attack by Robots & UFOs


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Arroyo Grande, California-based artist Mark Bryan has created a surreal collection of sci-fi themed oil paintings titled Things From Space. The paintings portray a futuristic vision of Earth that is under attack by monstrous alien robots and UFOs. In a few of his pieces, Mark mixes in pop culture icons who are either helping to protect us (Mona Lisa) or are one of the many helpless victims (Bambi). Prints are available to purchase online via Mark’s Imagekind store.

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The Collectors

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The Visitor

images via Mark Bryan


“It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you, rather than looking for love to compensate for a self love deficit.”

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Poolside


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Vacationers lounge poolside at Kailua’s Kona Hilton Resort in Hawaii, March 1975.

PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT MADDEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Segundas Pieles, Photos Imagine Wild Animals in Fashionable Clothes


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Madrid-based photographer Miguel Vallinas imagines what fashion-conscious animals might wear in the photo series“Segundas Pieles” (“Second Skins”).

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Man and His Chihuahua Doing Yoga


An Italian man does yoga with his cute little Chihuahua dog perfectly mimic his every move. Cute!

Typography Beard Guide


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How sans serif is your beard? Are your chin whiskers more of a Bodoni, a Times, or a Comic Sans? Exactly what typographical allegiances does your facial ‘fro owe? And what is your favorite font’s beard brother?

These are the questions asked by the Typography Beard Guide, a humorous chart by artist and beard wearer Christian Goldemann, in which 25 popular facial hair styles are assigned a font based upon their layout and characteristics of its follicles.

Asked by Co.Design about what makes a good font brother for a beard, the Stuttgart graphic designer is the first to admit he can’t really explain it in words. “For most of the facial hair styles, I picked fonts based upon the shape of the beard or whether a particular person who wore that kind of beard would have favored a particular font,” Goldemann tells me. “But it’s more than just linking a certain beard to a font that was contemporary at a time, or to a person. There’s no set formula.”

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Nonetheless, you can pretty easily intuit the method behind the madness of the Typography Beard Guide. A plain moustache like the one John Watson liked to wear gets paired with the Baskerville font because of the Sherlock Holmes connection. A Darwin style beard is font brother to the sensible and eminent Hoefler Text, which seems like a font Darwin would have liked. The Old Dutch becomes the moustache-less beard of righteous, no-nonsense Garamond, while wearing No Beard at all makes your face as bald, boring, and openly readable as Verdana.

Other pairings aren’t necessarily as obvious. For example, an Egyptian Goatee is paired with Clarendon, a font-beard combination that makes sense only if you know that Clarendon is a slab serif, or Egyptian, style font. Balbo and Bembo seem mostly paired for the pleasing typographic similarities of their names. And some combinations are hard to figure out at all: Pairing Futura with Z.Z. Top is befuddling at best.

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For the most part, though, the Typography Beard Guide does somehow grok with our own internal expectations of the types of facial hair the fonts living inside our computers would actually wear. Of course Franklin Gothic wears a prim, fastidious Hungarian moustache. Flamboyant, flashy Zapfino would obviously wax up its Dali before making an appearance anywhere. Helvetica Neue is the typographic avatar of Frank Zappa, and as for Akzidenz Grotesk, what better beard for that font than Rasputin’s beard of choice, the Garibaldi? Rasputin, after all, was stabbed, shot, poisoned, strangled, beaten, and drowned. Talk about grotesque accidents.

As for the legendary pornstache? What other font accurately conveys its oiliness, its misplaced confidence, its sleazy sensuality better than Fago? You could tattoo the word “moustache” across your upper lip in the font for the exact same effect.

Sweet Little Girl Sings Along With Elvis


20-month-old toddler Ella Mae sings along to Elvis Presley’s “An American Trilogy” in her car seat while her dad (“Daddy!”) drives and it’s just about the sweetest, most adorable thing ever.

Her dad reports:

To answer the big question, Yes Ella does like to sing other songs. Some of her favorites include, of course more Elvis – Suspicious Minds & Lawdy Miss Clawdy; The Beatles – Twist & Shout; Stray Cats – Stray Cat Strut; JD McPherson – Fire Bug; The Beach Boys – Barbra Ann; Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song; Bobby Day – Rockin’ Robin and Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting For You (duet with Mom!!!). However she is only 21 months old and easily distracted so it can be quite challenging to get another video like this one…

video by HoundDogBilly

Coiffure le Bird, Portraits of Birds with Stylish Hairdos


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Birds show off their fancy hairdos in the digitally manipulated photo series “Coiffure le Bird” by photographer Rene Mesman and Dutch photo studio Souverein.

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via Devid SketchbookMy Modern Metropolis

Photos of People Calmly ‘Falling Through Space’


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The photo series “Falling Through Space” captures people in the midst of falling yet with curiously serene expressions on their faces. British photographer Brad Hammonds shot the series in Prague (and appears in most of the photos). He has not revealed how he created the images.

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via Daily MailMy Modern Metropolis

The Difference Between Asking Guys and Girls For Sex


In this social experiment by whatever, a woman named Andrea goes up to various men and asks if they want to have sex with her to see how they will respond. For comparison, in this video a man approaches women and asks if they want to have sex and receives very different responses.

Crazy Barbershop Music Video for ‘It’s You’ by Duck Sauce


Duck Sauce – It’s You from Royal Post on Vimeo.

An inner city barbershop is transformed into a surreal dance party in this delightfully bizarre music video for “It’s You” by Duck Sauce. The video was directed by Phil Andelman and the “hair-raising” visual effects are by Royal Post.

via Vimeo Staff Picks

German ‘Star Wars’ Fans Build Half-Scale Replica of Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1 Starfighter


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A German team of prop builders and Star Wars fans at Project X1 created a fantastic half-scale replica of Darth Vader’sTIE Advanced x1 starfighter. The replica will be unveiled at the Star Wars Celebration Europe on July 26, 2013 in Messe Essen, Germany. You can view more photos on the Project X1 website.

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