NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California employs hundreds of engineers, and when they’re not working around this time, they’re busing carving pumpkins. That’s right, each year they compete in an ‘unofficial’ pumpkin carving contest to showcase their creativity “I don’t think, even at the time, they appreciated just how seriously our engineers were going to take it,” said NASA mechanical engineer Mike Meacham. Continue reading for more.
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Yohei Shimada, a commercial photographer from Japan, decided to create a fully-functional DSLR costume, called “Cameraaman,” for Halloween. How does it work? Simply press the shutter button, and then an off-camera flash photo is triggered, with it instantly showing on the camera’s integrated LCD panel. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.
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Halloween is next week, and what better way to kick off the celebrations than by showcasing some of the geekiest decorations that internet users have spotted for 2018? Starting off, we have the “Monster House” by Christine McConell. During the day, it looks like normal decals, but when it gets dark out, the entire house lights up. Continue reading for more.
Alan Williams is an artist from Brighton, UK that takes scrap metal and turns it into amazing animal sculptures, with at least one dragon included. This is made possibly due to his expert welding skills, a forge, and lots of recycled scrap metal. His obsession beghin as a child, when he used to pick apart and re-attach toys in different to create unique characters. Continue reading for more examples.
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Christie’s only expected to fetch between $7,000 – $10,000 for its first piece of AI art, titled the “Portrait of Edmond Belamy”, but instead, sold it for $432,500. It was created by art collective Obvious who used the GAN machine learning algorithm to create the portrait. The neural network was trained on a dataset of historical portraits, and then created this work of art. Continue reading for another video and more information.
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Noah Deledda is an artist known for his aluminum can sculptures, and they’re more than meets the eye. At first, they look to be 3D-printed or manipulated using a tool, but in reality, they’re all handcrafted. First, he starts by sanding the printed layer of the can, then polishes it before using his thumbs to create creases and dents into the soft metal. Continue reading for three more videos and additional information.
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Auto enthusiasts from Iran spent approximately 4-years reverse engineering a Lamborghini Murcielago SV to create a near perfect replica. Its chassis is based on the one developed by Lamborghini and recreated using the automaker’s original data, while power comes from a Hyundai-sourced 3.8-liter Lambda V6 that can reportedly ‘easily reach’ speeds in excess of 174 mph. Continue reading for another video, more picture and additional information.
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Travis Larson, a locomotive engineer from Riverdale, Utah, started a plan in 2006 to recreate Disneyland’s Fantasyland in his basement, or at least some of its most iconic pieces, such as Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Peter Pan’s Flight, and of course the Village Haus Restaurant. Fast forward to 2018, and you get a mind-blowing scene that appears to be straight from the Magic Kingdom. However, there’s still plenty of work to be done, as Larson now plans on adding additional theming to make the area even more immersive. Continue reading for a full 20-minute video tour of this amazing creation, more pictures and additional information.
Many are familiar with Banksy’s “Girl With Balloon” painting, but did you know it was auctioned by Sotheby’s in London on Friday night for £1.04-million? That’s right, the stencil spray painting showing a girl reaching towards a heart-shaped balloon on canvas suddenly slid through a shredder installed directly in the frame after it was sold. “It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” said Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s senior director and head of contemporary art in Europe. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Designed by famed Japan-based architectural firm Kengo Kuma and Associates, this stunning new Starbucks in Hualien, Taiwan appears to be from Minecraft. The entire structure is made from 29 heavily reinforced shipping containers stacked to form two floors, and then given a cool white paint job on the exterior to maintain a minimalist look. However, this isn’t a first for the company, as they’ve already opened 45 pre-fabricated modular stores in the US, built off-site prior to delivery and installation. Continue reading for more pictures and information.