Birth of a Book

The advancements in technology has resulted in more sophisticated and automated ways of printing books. There are large computerized devices that now handle much of the processes of putting a book together, but this little short film from The Telegraph explores how book is created using traditional printing methods.

Filmmaker Glen Milner took his cameras to Smith-Settle Printers in Leeds, England, where he captured the copies of Suzanne St Albans’ “Mango and Mimosa” book being carefully created by a set of skilled pressmen. Have a look at Birth of a Book below.

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10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

Being an avid movie watcher, I use the term “movie” to includes both blockbusters and those busters that are somewhat less than blocky. I am constantly waiting on new reels of escapism. Unfortunately, with the film industry going gaga (not of the Lady variety) for 3D and apeshit for reboots and remakes, the offerings are few and far between.

Even though I’m a movie fan and not a film connoisseur, it’s very hard to look forward to anything that doesn’t fit into one of the aforementioned categories. So when prawn1 asked me to make a note of five—yes, Five!—movies that I have been looking forward to seeing this year, it was difficult to list to compile. Who does he think I am? Barry Ronge? However, I have done better than the five he originally asked, and I’ve found not seven, not nine, but a whole ten movies that I would (whether willingly or grudgingly) pay the ridiculous ticket fee to see. Find out what my fantastic choices are—in no particular order—after the jump.

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Quirky Stereographic Drawings by Dain Fagerholm

The humble animated GIF is one of the older image formats. First introduced in 1987, there has been a resurgence in the use of animated GIFs in recent years, be it in memes or the more arty cinemagraphs.

Illustrator Dain Fagerholm creates some wonderfully quirky animations that he calls stereographic drawings. By constantly flitting between two images, the animations trick our eyes, giving us the impression that they are in 3D. Using this technique, Fagerholm brings his adorable hand-drawn monsters to life. Have a look at some of them after the jump.

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“Festival of Colors” Brightens up Your Day

Known popularly as the Festival of Colours, Holi is a religious festival celebrated by Hindus. Disregarding any respiratory problems that may occur, people observe the holiday by throwing coloured powder at each other.

Devin Graham was at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah to see how the western hemisphere celebrates the occasion. He captured a sea of vibrant colours and much merrymaking. Have a look at his video, Festival of Colors below.

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Explore Your Dual World

As part of their latest advertising campaign for the dual SIM card smartphone, Galaxy Y Duos, Samsung Portugal uses projection mapping to create a wonderful multimedia presentation. As the human model covered in reflective paint sits on a chair and serves as the canvas, the digital projector transforms him into a myriad of people and things. Have a look at Explore Your Dual World below.

[via Fast Co. Design]

Avatar: The Legend of Korra

If you were a fan of Nickelodeon’s animated series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” like I was, then I have some good news. The spin-off that has been in production is due to air, on said channel, on 14 April 2012. “Avatar: The Legend of Korra” will run for two season with a total of 26 episodes.

Find more on the plot and the trailer to the show after the jump.

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Travel Posters for Lazy People

As gamers, we’re forever being told to “go outside” and play. However, if you’re an agoraphobic or just darn lazy to see the world, you may like these mock travel posters. Created by Caldwell Tanner (LOLDWELL) for CollegeHumor, the retro posters tell of the wonderful destinations that you can visit by just staying at home.

Explore the frozen lands of the refrigerator, kill time in the picturesque province of Skyrim, and laze about on the comfy slopes of the bed. See Tanner’s travel posters for lazy people after the jump.

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“Perpetual Ocean” Visualization Looks Like a van Gogh Painting

Every day it’s swirling. The world ocean is a large body of water that covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface and this beautiful time-lapse animation by the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio shows the movement of the ocean currents around the continents and islands.

Using data during the period of June 2005 and December 2007, Perpetual Ocean is produced using a complex computation model that is usually used to predict changes in world’s currents. In this case all the facts and figures have been removed, leaving only the curly and swirly patterns that look like they could be part of the starry nightscape in a Vincent van Gogh painting.

For more information on Perpetual Ocean, visit the Scientific Visualization Studio.

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