Image Tool Catches Fashion Industry Photo Alterations

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Image Tool Catches Fashion Industry Photo Alterations

Given the social consequences of all this unnatural retouching and as the father of a girl, I can only agree with this proposal to have a mandatory “photoshop rating” added to the photos. Some researchers have come up with a nifty image analyzer that can show the level of alteration of any given picture. Cool stuff.

A new photograph-analyzing tool quantifies changes made by digital airbrushers in the fashion and lifestyle industry, where image alteration has become the psychologically destructive norm.

“Publishers have legitimate reasons to alter photographs to create fantasy and sell products, but they’ve gone a little too far,” said image forensics specialist Hany Farid of Dartmouth University. “You can’t ignore the body of literature showing negative consequences to being inundated with these images.”

via Image Tool Catches Fashion Industry Photo Alterations | Wired Science | Wired.com.

Mind-boggling visual representation of mind-boggling amounts of money

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Money

This visual representation of money boggles the mind. It should be printed in HUGE dimensions in the lobby of every financial institution and government building and taught in school.

xkcd never ceases to amaze me.

Link: http://xkcd.com/980/

World’s largest 3D painting creates nifty optical illusion

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Actors pose with gym equipment on what the Guinness World Records bills as the world’s largest 3D painting, at Canary Wharf in London November this week. British artist Joe Hill‘s creation measures in excess of 1120 square meters, or 12,000 square feet. Guinness says it breaks records for the longest and largest surface area 3D painting. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett)

via World’s largest 3D painting creates nifty optical illusion – Boing Boing.

xkcd: Map Projections

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More fabulously geeky sarcastic maps!

xkcd rocks.

 

 

 

xkcd: Map Projections.

The Craigslist Project turns Internet anonymity into art

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I would have never thought you could turn craigslist into art. For those who don’t know (really?), craigslist is one of the oldest – if not the oldest – free classified sites on the web. There’s really everything there, kind of a cesspool in some sections. Heck, I found a couple of jobs on craigslist and they weren’t all that enjoyable. Caveat emptor.

This is pretty cool work!

The Craigslist Project, Samantha Allen’s first exhibit, is a collection of original photographs and written ads that she submitted to the popular classifieds website in the hopes that she might receive intriguing or otherwise noteworthy responses — which, for the most part, she did.

via The Craigslist Project turns Internet anonymity into art on BlogTO

Stereotype maps of the world

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A whole lot of fantastic maps, by stereotype. I laughed a lot but… there’s some truth in it, at least from a bigot’s point of view that is (not mine, eh!).

This, my friends, is awesome.

 

 

 

Mapping Stereotypes Project by alphadesigner.

China Threatens Massive Venting of Super Greenhouse Gases in Attempt to Extort Billions

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So, basically, China is blackmailing the entire world with a massive release of toxic, ozone-destroying gas is the international community doesn’t pay. Nice.

Keep buying stuff made in China, peeps, it’s cheaper. Yeah, right.

In a shocking attempt to blackmail the international community, Xie Fei, revenue management director at the China Clean Development Mechanism Fund, threatened: “If there’s no trading of [HFC-23] credits, they’ll stop incinerating the gases” and vent them directly into the atmosphere. Speaking at the Carbon Forum Asia in Singapore last week, Xie Fei claimed he spoke for “almost all the big Chinese producers of HFCs who “can’t bear the cost” and maintain that “they’ll lose competitiveness”.

via China Threatens Massive Venting of Super Greenhouse Gases in Attempt to Extort Billions as UNFCCC Meeting Approaches – MarketWatch.

That’s a lot of Rubik’s Cubes

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4242 Rubik's Cubes were used to create this triple portrait of Dr Martin Luther King Jr

4242 Rubik’s cube cubes and many hours of work were needed to achieve this triple portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.

Original site is in German, so here’s a rough translation (with the help of google, that is):

4242 Rubik’s cube cubes and many hours of work. The result is an approximately 5.8 m wide and 2.9 m high portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Pete Fecteau , with the help of YouCanDoTheRubiks, First Park Congregational Church, The Student Advancement Foundation and Cooley Law School produced about half a ton of heavy work of art.  A a computer-generated blueprint was used for the presentation of his ‘Dream Big’, which got him in the top 50 of 1700 participants of the ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

via Dream Big | Ignant.

Lego army invades Chalkfestival to “Free” Ego Leonard – Boing Boing

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Absolutely awesome chalk painting!

 

 

 

Lego army invades Chalkfestival to “Free” Ego Leonard – Boing Boing.