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krazy kyakers

Ottawa has the good fortune of being near lots of water, mostly in the form of two rivers, the Ottawa and the Rideau.  The Rideau drains into the Ottawa.  Historically, the Rideau Canal was built to accommodate trade between Ottawa … Continue reading

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Ooo Eee Oo Ah Ah

A recording technique that has long been used for interesting and amusing effect is to change the speed of the playback.  Faster would raise the pitch, slower would lower it.  In some cases, artists slowed the tape speed down during … Continue reading

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Just an Illusion

I’m not sure how this works, but it is fascinating.  Just stare deeply into the cross.  I wonder if everyone sees the same distortion?

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Herman the Merman revealed

The Horniman Merman (aka “Herman”) is a fake mummified creature believed to have originated in Japan, and now resides in London’s Horniman Museum. Its actual provenance is unknown, but likely made its way west via sailors doing business in Asia … Continue reading

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A mind on drugs visualized

Bryan Lewis Saunders is an interesting guy.  A visual artist, on March 30th 1995, he undertook to create at least one self-portrait everyday for the rest of his life. At present, he has more than 8,000. According to Saunders, “like … Continue reading

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I Want One of these

The Turbo Encabulator Here is the transcription.  Brilliant: For a number of years now work has been proceeding in order to bring perfection to the crudely conceived idea of a transmission that would not only supply inverse reactive current for … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Choice

As consumers, we are confronted with a mind-boggling assortment of products. But the reality is the hundreds of products are offshoots from a handful of packaged goods companies.  Graphic designer Alireza Yavari has created an insightful map to help us … Continue reading

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Beijing 2008, a painting by Liu Yi

Here is a painting by Chinese-born now Canadian artist Liu Yi.  It is an exceptionally beautiful and provocative piece.  The imagery will no doubt confront some viewers.  However, I am posting it because of the intriguing geo-political insights embedded in … Continue reading

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Transparent life

Iori Tomita began making transparent specimens while working as a fisherman. This has evolved into a project, the New World Transparent Specimens, which is as much art as it is science. The method of making transparent specimens — enzymatically turning … Continue reading

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Paperman

This is the Disney Short that won the Oscar for best animated short. Nice film, harkens back to Disney’s golden age. A somewhat elusive video that Disney originally put up on the web, then took down. Anyhow, here it is … Continue reading

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