Social Media History via One Giant Infographic

Who wants to simply read something when it can be presented in a much more visual fashion.   I believe we are becoming an increasingly visual culture, relying on the image more than the text to convey a message.   However, I also believe the happy medium between the two forms of communication is the infographic.

To prove my point, take a look at this infographic from Brand Flakes (@brandflakesblog).  It’s a visual representation of the history of our social media world from 1971 to today…yes it goes back that far.  The topic is presented in a way that is visually pleasing while still very informative.

What do you think?

brandflakesforbreakfast: social media history in one giant info-graphic.

Game of Thrones Sportswear: Which House are You?

I have yet to read the “Game of Thrones” collection.  However, I am one of the biggest fans of the HBO series.  So naturally I think that these custom design t-shirts are amazing.  The designer, who goes by the name  Vanadium, created a line of “sports” themed shirts depicting the nine houses of the George R.R. Martin series.  

The shirts are reminiscent of a post I wrote earlier in the year regarding modern takes on old movie posters.  Vanadium has done an exceptional job transforming the houses from Game of Thrones into believable logos for sports team…or at least an intramural kick ball league….hmm..

These designs (and many others) are available for purchase at Society6 

If you are looking for a Night’s Watch, I’m sorry to inform you that you are out of luck.  Perhaps in a few months they will have a line of long sleeve tees and jackets, because after all…Winter is Coming (yes…bad joke I know)

A big thanks to Wired Design for revealing this little gem for me.  They always have great articles, highlighting truly creative minds doing astounding things.  I’m rarely if ever disappointed.  Game of Thrones Sportswear | Wired Design 

Dominoes and Art – Starry Night – Vincent van Dominogh

I played with dominoes as a kid, sadly I never had a Domino Rally.  That being said I would never have thought to recreate a famous work of art.

Check out this domino creation by Flippy Cat as he recreates Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.  I’ve always been impressed when people use unique mediums to create art.  This example is no exception.  He’s got a Mona Lisa too.

Enjoy!
Starry Night – Vincent van Dominogh – YouTube.

Luftbanza Airlines #Photoshop Timelapse

I have photoshop skills…but this guys has mad photoshop skills.  Check out this timelapse of a Photoshop creation by artist Alexander Koshelkov.  He brings together a mosaic of images to create one disturbingly beautiful piece.

Enjoy!
Luftbanza Airlines ( #Photoshop ) – YouTube.

Creep – Carrie Manolakos – Radiohead cover

Radiohead may never play this song live ever again, but former Broadway singer Carrie Manolakos does a pretty darn good take on the song.  And it’s the first female cover I’ve ever heard of “Creep”.

Enjoy!

Creep (Radiohead) – Carrie Manolakos – YouTube.

Mind Officially Blown – Cool Sound and Water Experiment!

Check out this amazing affect sound can have on water.  The video doesn’t explain how it works…and I’m sort of glad, because the sheer wonderment/enjoyment of watching would be lessened I think.

The Brusspup YouTube Channel is responsible for this video.  I’ve subscribed to his channel and most every video he creates is top-notch.  I highly encourage you to check his videos out.

Cool Sound and Water Experiment! – YouTube.

2500 Frames Per Second – Ridiculous (and awesome)Activities Captured in Slow Motion

Ever wanted to see what a carpet being mowed looks like in slo motion?  How about a handful of flour catching fire or a rocket propelled clothes line?

Sure no one “needs” to see these things happen in slow motion, and even fewer would think up scenarios so obscure.   However the Danish show “Dumt & Farligt” has done just that.  Successfully I might add.

One thing I’ve learned from this video is that everything looks amazing at 2500 frames per second.

Dumt & Farligt – Phantom Flex Highlights – 1080p – YouTube.

Lineposters: Subway Maps of Cities Around The World

Check out these works of art created by graphic artist Cayla Ferari and engineer John Breznicky.  What started out as a clever way to jazz up the walls of their NY apartment turned into a full fledged entrepreneurial endeavor.

The first version was a minimalist take of the NY subway system.  Today Lineposters.com has versions representing transit systems from all over the world.

Check em out.  I’m tempted to buy a few myself.  If only Indianapolis had a  transit system worth emulating in poster form.  Aw shucks.

Thanks to the Huffington Post for first tweeting this story.  Can I send you the bill for the money I’m going to spend on this art, because of reading you tweet 🙂

Monument to the World’s Tallest Man

My shoe next to that of the tallest man ever known to walk the earth.

I’m 6 ft 1in tall and wear size 12 shoes.
Robert Pershing Wadlow was 8ft 11in and wore size 37 shoes.

Out of all the people on the planet, the honor of being the World’s Tallest Man in recorded history belonged  to a gentleman from Alton, IL, a town just 30 minutes from my own hometown.  I thought it only fitting for me to grab my camera and make the short drive to the monument dedicated to him.

The  life-size statue of Wadlow stands on College Avenue in Alton, opposite the Alton Museum of History and Art. The statue was erected in 1986 in honor of the hometown native.  I first visited the statue with my grandparents back in 1995 (check out the shorts I’m rocking in a picture in the gallery below) but hadn’t been back until this past week.  His statue looked just as enormous as it had when I was 12.  Unfortunately I was the only one at the statue when I took pictures…so my shoe was the only point of reference I had to show just how, pardon the pun, largest than life he was.

Known as the Alton Giant, Robert Wadlow was born in 1918. His size was noticeable from an early age with special desks having to be made for him as an elementary school student.  By his freshman year of college he was already over 8ft 3in and showing no signs of stopping.  His celebrity status in American culture comes as no surprise and in 1936 he toured the country with the Ringling Brother Circus.

Mobility was always a problem for Wadlow, often requiring braces to support his 440lb frame.  Sadly his giant stature would be his undoing.  On July 4, 1940 a blister on Robert’s foot became infected requiring doctors to perform an unsuccessful blood transfusion.  He would pass away in his sleep 15 days later at the young age of 22.

It is said his funeral was attended by nearly 40,000 people.  His casket was 10 feet and required 12 pallbearers to take Robert to final resting place, which was interred in a vault of solid concrete.

While Robert Wadlow will likely hold the world record indefinitely at 8ft 11in doctors said that his body showed no signs of slowed growth.  Who knows how tall he could have become.

There are six other life size statues of Wadlow, one of which resides at the Guinness Museum in Niagara Falls.

Here’s a video about his life.