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Sight Unseen: Photos by Blind Photographers

If there was one disability I wouldn’t want to experience in my life, it would be blindness. I’m deathly frightened about that – not being able to see the world around me and being stick in a seemingly endless black hole It’s depressing predicament to me, but blind people have been able to live everyday lives and in some cases create extraordinary works of art.

Sight Unseen is a new exhibit at the University of California, Riverside and shows the works of the most accomplished blind photographers in the world. Here are a few of my favourites:

Pete Eckert
Electroman

One of Eckert’s techniques involves using a composite body view camera mounted on a tripod. Focusing with notches carved into a focus rail, he throws his studio into total darkness, opens the shutter, and roams the space “painting” his image with light, using flashlights, candles, lasers and other devices.

Bruce Hall
Limpet

Afflicted with numerous eye conditions, Hall retains highly limited sight. For him, cameras and other optical devices are a means of better perceiving the world around him. “It’s beyond being in love with cameras,” he says. “I need cameras.”

Gerardo Nigenda
…Entre lo invisible y lo tangible …llegando a la homeóstasis emocional

Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, the 42-year-old Nigenda calls his images “Fotos cruzados,” or “intersecting photographs.” As he shoots, he stays aware of sounds, memories, and other sensations. Then he uses a Braille writer to punch texts expressing those the things he felt directly into the photo. The work invokes an elegant double blindness: Nigenda needs a sighted person to describe the photo, but the sighted rely on him to read the Braille.

See more at TIME.com or in the photographer galleries at University of California Riverside.

[via Metafilter]

Dog ‘O’ Matic: Washes Your Pooch

Doing the laundry is a drag and thus washing machines were invented. It appears that washing one’s household pet has become a chore as well, so a French Entrepreneur Romain Jerry has created the Dog ‘O’ Matic, an automated dog-washing machine. The wash takes 30 minutes in total – 5 minutes for the wash, and 25 minutes for drying the animal. Apparently it is rare for dogs to get agitated during the wash, but if this becomes the case, the door can easily be opened at any time during the wash.

I foresee a whole bunch of dog-washing launderettes opening up. I also imagine certain tweaks that can be applied – for our “dog-as-food” cousins across the seas, it can be renamed to the Dog ‘O’ Roast – 5 minutes to de-hair the dog, and 25 minutes to roast it to perfection ;-)

[via iBored]

Video Game Preview: Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation, the fourth installment of the Terminator series, features stars the tantrum-throwing Christian Bale as John Connor as he and his human allies fight against the relentless robot armies of Skynet. This sci-fi post-apocalyptic war film set in 2018 is directed by McG and is slated for release in South Africa on June 5th, 2009. But enough about that, let’s talk the upcoming third-person shooter that will tie-in with the movie release.

Developed by Swedish game studio GRIN, Terminator Salvation will be a cover-based shooter whose story takes places two years prior to the film and shows the rise of John Connor through the soldier ranks to rightful place as the leader of the resistance. In that respect, the game’s story is an interquel (big words I eat them for breakfast!) that fits between Terminator 3 and the forthcoming Terminator Salvation movie.

The fight continues after the jump.

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Natalie Portman Gets Trapped Between Two Ferns

Zach Galifianakis is an oddball American comedian who latest show Between Two Ferns involves him “interviewing” various victims guests in between two potted ferns.

In this particular episode he has an uncomfortable chat with actress Natalie Portman and her dog, Whiz. Topics include how difficult it must have been to communicate with Chewbacca during the Star Wars film to whether Portman shaved her vagina for “V for Vendetta” along with her head. Check it out.

That was very uncomfortable. Like waking up naked and finding Ricky Gervais is spooning you. Euch.

See more episodes after the jump.

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Blu-ray Review: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

In 2005, you followed the antics of an endearing bunch of New York City zoo animals who journeyed from captivity from to the jungles of Madagascar. Now roll on the sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, where it is time for Alex the lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer), and Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) to leave Madagascar and head back home to New York. The self-engrossed lemur King Julien XIII (Sacha Baron Cohen) and trusted advisor Maurice (Cedric the Entertainer) tag along as well. They’ll be flying aboard the rickety Air Penguin airline, where safety comes last. Piloted by always entertaining Skipper (Tom McGrath) and his fellow penguins, the airplane experiences trouble mid-flight, and crash-lands in the wilds of Africa.

More about the African safari after the jump.

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Flash Game Friday: Neon Maze

A little late, but there’s still a good few hours of work to be wasted today and this little gem may just keep you occupied til you knock off.

In a similar theme to the Hue Test I posted earlier, Neon Maze is a colour-based puzzle/strategy game where you need to guide your ship through a glowing labyrinth to the exit. The coloured walls aren’t just for show – you’ll need to change your ship’s colour to that of the wall to pass through it, for example, touch a red gear to colour your ship red, and move through red walls. Touching a wall that is a different colour that your ship will result in a shock and a reduction in the points you’ll get at the end of the level.

Anyone who has trouble with colour perception (oooh ooh pick me!) may have some difficulty with this game.

Try get through 25 levels of Neon Maze at Newsgrounds.

[via Jay is Games]

FormulaSexta: Formula 1 as You’ve Never Seen it…

… or likely to see until laser cannons come standard with Formula 1 cars. Now I’d pay good money to see that.

FormulaSexta is an ad campaign made by Kotoc Productions to promote Formula 1. Drawing inspiration from the pod race in Star Wars Episode I and elements of WipEout HD, they created a futuristic F1 race with cars that fitted the racing driver’s personalities.

To this premise we added the racing drivers’ personality with their cars. As a result of this, Alonso is a dolphin because of his intelligence, Hamilton is a shark because of his aggressiveness, Kimi is a swordfish and Massa is a hammerhead shark.

See the video below.

More clips at Kotoc’s Vimeo channel.

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The Hue Test: How Well do You See Colour?

According to X-Rite, a manufacturer of color matching products, 1 out of 255 women and 1 out of 12 men have some form of color vision deficiency. And they’ve set up an online challenge to determine how well you see colour. In the test, you need to drag and drop the colours in each row to arrange them by hue order. Once you’re done click Score Test to get your results – the lower the score, the better you are at seeing colour.

I’m pretty bad and scored a dismal 68 (on the laptop screen) and 49 on my secondary monitor. I compared the results to gentlemen in my age range:

Best score for your gender and age range: 0 (fucking show-off)
Highest score for your gender and age range: 1520 (one blind-ass dude)

Take the FM100 Hue Test at X-Rite and let us know how you fared. You’ll need to select a country to proceed to the test.

[via Zoomdoggle]

F’ing Awesome: The Count, Censored

Remember Count von Count from Sesame Street who had a love of counting and would count anything and everything? Crafty YouTube user CanonD265 has perverted the count’s theme song in a really ingenious way. It’s ****ing hilarious – check it out.

[Thanks ToOkieMoNstZA]

Woman Bites off Lover’s Penis in Car Crash

Oh sweet baby Jesus! This the true pain that comes from a romantic tryst gone wrong.

Metro.co.uk reports that an adulterous boss and his secretary were having an affair in a car in a Singapore park when their good times was cut short, so to speak, by a reversing van. The 30-year old secretary was performing fellatio on her boss and the impact of the crash caused her to bite her lover’s penis off!

It that’s not humiliating enough, this whole incident was observed by a private detective who had been sent by the woman’s husband. The detective said that the car ‘shook violently’, was then hit by the van, and a woman screamed loudly, with her mouth covered in blood. No word on whether the chomped love muscle survived the accident.

BONUS: Improve your car-sex technique with the Ca’a’sutra. It’s not in english, but the photos are self-explanatory. Oh and cartoon sex may be NSFW at some workplaces.