Beautiful Metallic Animal Sculptures Made From Hubcaps and Other Scrap Materials_

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British artist Ptolemy Elrington creates striking animal sculptures out of hubcaps, shopping carts, and other scrap materials. He leaves most of his sculptures unpainted, relying instead on the metallic finish of his materials to create gleaming silvery creatures. He also creates figures, planes, and other things out of scrap–see his site Hubcap Creatures.

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A 1,000-piece CMYK Color Gamut Jigsaw Puzzle by Clemens Habicht_

This 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle contains exactly 1,000 different colors arranged in the form of a CMYK gamut and is guaranteed to drive you insane. The creator of the 1,000 Colors puzzle, Clemens Habicht, suggests the puzzle is actually easier than traditional image-based puzzles. When faced with a field of color, he says the placement of every piece becomes almost intuitive.

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Banksy’s “Haight Street Rat” is Coming Home to San Francisco _

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Arguably the most famous graffiti artist (or artists) roaming the streets under a pseudonym, Banksy made an appearance in San Francisco in 2010 and painted six images throughout the City; only two survived: “If At First You Don’t Succeed, Call in An Airstrike,” [it remains in its original location] and “Haight Street Rat.” The Rat dons a Che Guevera beret, and his little rat phalanges hold a paint pen that, when painted, connected to a line of red text, reading: “This is where I draw the line.” It appeared on the side of the Red Victorian in May of that year, and rumor has it, the text had to do with the clothing store below the piece using Banksy’s images on t-shirts and other accessories without credit or payment. Not long after the art appeared, a group removed the large section of wall containing the Rat; and now, over four years later, “Haight Street Rat” is coming home — for a visit.

While the irony isn’t lost on us that during the same trip Banksy painted “Haight Street Rat” — which is now framed for a gallery wall — that he also painted, “This Will Look Nice When It’s Framed,” the team behind the Rat’s return to San Francisco says that it was either cut the rat from the wall or lose it all together.

“In order to comply with local anti-graffiti laws, the hotel owner was planning to paint over the Rat, but thanks to the group ‘Save the Banksy’… it was saved from the fate suffered by a number of other Banksys in the city that ended up being destroyed,” according to a statement from Save the Banksy founder, Brian Greif, and 836M (the non-commercial gallery space that will be hosting the Rat when it returns to S.F.).

If the efforts to save the “Haight Street Rat” sound familiar, you were likely one of the art enthusiasts following the progress of the now fully-funded Kickstarter for the documentary Saving Banksy, which highlights the work of Save the Banksy and artist-founder Greif to bring awareness to Banksy’s pieces that are sold for profit and the efforts they took to save the “Haight Street Rat.”

But the goal of the group and Greif was not only to save the Rat, but provide a way for it to belong to the public, and not be coveted away by the highest bidder. Greif has received numerous bids on the piece, one upwards of $500k, but he’s turned them all down; according to the SF Bay Guardian, he was hoping for a bid from a museum when the piece was at Miami’s Art Basel last year, but the fact that (like most street art pieces) there were no authentication documents, provided a roadblock from museums acquiring the piece. And so, the Rat returns home.

The official opening at 836M (836 Montgomery) is slated for January 21, 2015 and the piece will hang in the window of the gallery — so that it can be observed from the street — until July 11, 2015; admission is free. The gallery will also be holding events and lectures surrounding Banksy and street art from February-May; more details to follow.

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GIF the Halls Will Project Personalized Animated Holiday Cards on Buildings in San Francisco in December

In the GIF the Halls project, the public is invited to create personalized animated holiday cards which will then be projected on buildings in San Francisco. Anyone can create a card on the GIF the Halls website by choosing one of seven holiday-themed animations and adding their personal message. The animated cards will be projected on buildings in San Francisco between December 20 and 24, 2014. The projections will be recorded, and each card creator will receive an animated GIF of their card’s projection. The animations for the project are by seven digital artists from around the world, including Toyoya Li, chromasy, and Doctor Popular. GIF the Halls was created by WP Engine Labs with technical help from 10up. Digital artists were curated by Gray Area Foundation.

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Hell Yeah We Fuck Die: The Most Used Words In Pop Song Titles By Decade_

The decline of western civilization continues! Some intrepid data-crunchers over at Proofreader went through the pop charts from Billboard, going all the way back to the 1890s to determine the most common words in song titles by their uniqueness to the decade. For example, no one in the 1920s said disco, because disco has always been dead. Just kidding, no one knew what the hell disco was. Narrowing it down to a top five for each decade, the results might surprise you.

In the Leave It To Beaver era of the 1950s, people liked Christmas. The actual words “Christmas” and “Rednosed” make it into the top five. Timewarp all the way to the 2010s and things aren’t so sugar-and-spice-with-everything-nice. HELL YEAH WE FUCK DIE. Those are our words. Seriously. That really could be the rallying cry of our generation.

Other random thoughts from the results:

“Uncle” was a really popular word for two decades. What’s up with that?

In the 2010s we may want to Hell Yeah Fuck Die, but “we” makes its first appearance after two decades of “U” and “You.” Does that mean we are coming together? Or are just inserting ourselves into the equation more often?

Genres of music pop up in titles often throughout the decades: Rock, Polka, Disco, Mambo, Rag all show up. But for the last 30 years, genres have been absent. We have to start using music genres as verbs; it’s the only solution.

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NORWAY – A Time-Lapse Adventure_

The aim of this 5 minute short film is to show the variety of Norway, everything from the deep fjords in the Southwest, to the moon landscape in the North, the Aurora Borealis (Nothern Lights) and the settlements and cities around the country, both in summer and wintertime. The video shows some of the most scenic places in Norway, such as Lofoten, Senja, Helgelandskysten, Geirangerfjorden, Nærøyfjorden and Preikestolen.

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Fyuse Beta_

Smartphone app for iOS and Android lets you take moving photographs which can be viewed at different angles, a technique they call ‘spatial photography’.

Forget Point & Shoot, fyuse the world from every angle. Fyuse records only when you move.

To view a fyuse, tilt your phone or swipe on screen. Fyuse brings interaction to 2D photos.

Galleries with infinite storage. Share on social networks or send directly as instant messages.

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San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge Light Installation ‘The Bay Lights’ to Become a Permanent Installation_

‘Illuminate the Arts’, the organization that produced The Bay Lights, a large-scale LED installation by Leo Villareal currently on the San Francisco—Oakland Bay Bridge, announced that it has raised enough money to make the work a permanent installation. The group has raised the $4 million necessary to upgrade and reinstall the work in 2016, after its scheduled removal in 2015 to make way for bridge maintenance. Upon its reinstallation, the State of California has agreed to take ownership of The Bay Lights and provide for its maintenance in future years. It is expected to be on display through 2026 at the least.

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Latest tech dance production from Adrien M / Claire B further explores what the combination of computational art and performative dance can be

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11 dancers moving in a visual environment to the virtual and live border. Work on the illusion combining energy and poetry, fiction and technical prowess, hip-hop and circus to create a show at the crossroads the arts

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The U.S. Navy Has Shark Drones_

The U.S. Navy has unveiled a new robotic shark called GhostSwimmer that can swim underwater to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

Eventually, this undersea nightmare will even be weaponized.

It’s 5-feet long, weighs 100 pounds and can go as deep as 300 feet below the surface.

“It swims just like a fish does by oscillating its tail fin back and forth,” said Michael Rufo, director of Boston Engineering’s Advanced Systems Group.

The robo-shark is part of the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell’s Silent NEMO initiative, “an experiment that explores the possible uses for biomimetic, unmanned underwater vehicles in the fleet.”

Basically they want to put drones everywhere imaginable.

In addition to GhostSwimmer, they’ve also been developing robotic jellyfish that could be used for underwater surveillance and are powered by hydrogen so they never run out of fuel.

Just last week the Office of Naval Research (ONR) showed off its ship-mounted Laser Weapon System (LaWS) in action which can quickly destroy drones in the sky.

Combine this with the drone shark and we are one step closer to Dr. Evil’s dream.

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