Lost in the Train Station (pt. 2)

H/t to the folks behind sizvideos for this set of crazy gifs:

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Lost in the Train Station

This charming short animated video titled “Lost in the Train Station” was created by the Barcelona graphic design studio Hey and Yago Busquets.

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Bibliophile Hack (NSFW)

Last week some anonymous tech savvy bibliophile hacked a digital traffic sign in central Los Angeles and left this message:

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How to answer the phone

Illustrator James Chapman created this wonderful graphic (see below) on the simple act of answering the telephone in ten different languages for the language learning site Babbel.com. You can find more of his whimsical, educational illustrations, such as “How to sound Like a Monkey” and “Spooky Ghost Sounds From Aroud the World”, on his blog Chapmangamo.

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Take The Bus

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The Last Book

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When book lovers travel, or just ride public transportation, we get voyeuristic kicks observing the reading habits of other travelers. Sometimes it even leads to a serendipitous bibliophile meet-up. Dutch photographer Rainer Gerritsen has been capturing these moments for his book “The Last Book” (Aperture) and a current exhibition at the Julie Saul Gallery in Chelsea, NYC.

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Gerritsen’s images for the project all came from his travels on the New York City subway system. He combines images in Photoshop to create painterly compositions reminiscent of Dutch Golden Age portraits.

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Flight Etiquette

U.S. airline JetBlue aims to inspire a conversation with air travelers on their universal complaints about flight companions with a new series of videos called “Flight Etiquette”. The first of the light-hearted shorts looks at the rude seating companion. Don’t be that guy.

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Alice Through The Looking Glass

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How paradoxical that this astonishing mural project is on the wall of an abandoned school in South Shields, England. The incredible painting, a collaborative work by street artists Irony and Frank Styles, depicts Alice from Lewis Carroll’s classic novel. Part of the Cultural Spring StreetArtHeroes project, the stunning mural is done with UV-reactive paint and is augmented with special lighting equipment.

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The Final Test of Truth Is Ridicule

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Today I wish that I could be in Paris to participate in the march commemorating the victims of this week’s terror attacks. I’m sure that many, if not most of you, feel the same way. But it’s even more important than ever to take a stand for liberty, freedom of the press, and free speech wherever we are.

 “Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today. I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. ‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion.’ Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.” Salman Rushdie

Today we are all Parisians. And today, nous sommes Charlie!

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Start Planning Now

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology is searching for another Earth—and not a minute too soon. They’re also getting a jump on potential interplanetary tourism with a clever series of retro-styled exoplanet travel posters. It’s never too early to start your travel planning.

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Kepler-186f is the first Earth-size planet discovered in the potentially ‘habitable zone’ around another star, where liquid water could exist on the planet’s surface. Its star is much cooler and redder than our Sun. If plant life does exist on a planet like Kepler-186f, its photosynthesis could have been influenced by the star’s red-wavelength photons, making for a color palette that’s very different than the greens on Earth. This discovery was made by Kepler, NASA’s planet hunting telescope.

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Twice as big in volume as the Earth, HD 40307g straddles the line between “Super-Earth” and “mini-Neptune” and scientists aren’t sure if it has a rocky surface or one that’s buried beneath thick layers of gas and ice. One thing is certain though: at eight time the Earth’s mass, its gravitational pull is much, much stronger.

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Like Luke Skywalker’s planet “Tatooine” in Star Wars, Kepler-16b orbits a pair of stars. Depicted here as a terrestrial planet, Kepler-16b might also be a gas giant like Saturn. Prospects for life on this unusual world aren’t good, as it has a temperature similar to that of dry ice. But the discovery indicates that the movie’s iconic double-sunset is anything but science fiction.

 

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