October 29, 2013

Beautiful 3D Animations of the Paintings of Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet

First Steps (after Millet), 1890

These videos of fantastically fun and skillful 3D animations of the work of Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh and Impressionist giant Claude Monet were created by Luca Agnani and Alexander Kolomietz respectively.

Agnani featured several of van Gogh's paintings - of which I posted copies of a handful - in the video he titled "Van Gogh Shadow". Kolomietz, meanwhile, only worked on one of Monet's creations. What fantastic explosions of color! I love this beautiful and amazing work!

White House at Night, 1890
The Yellow House, 1888
The Langlois Bridge, 1888
Farmhouse in Provence, 1888

Claude Monet

Cliff Walk at Pourville, 1882

October 26, 2013

Amazing Colorized Animated Images from the 1800's

These are amazing moving images from the 1800's that were created with animation devises such as the phenakistoscope which was invented in 1841 by a Belgian physicist by the name of Joseph Plateau. Later in the same year, Austrian mathematician Simon von Stampfer invented the stroboscopic disk, which is a similar machine as the phenakistoscope. These dynamic images and many others depicting the devises used over 150 years ago to create them, were gathered by Harvard's Kennedy School fellow Richard Balzer.
Source: The Richard Balzer Collection

October 21, 2013

Google 'Doodles' of the Famous - From Celia Cruz to Mozart

Celia Cruz

Google celebrated Salsa Queen Celia Cruz's birthday by unleashing one of their now famous "doodles" today. The Cuban icon, born Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso de la Santísima Trinidad in La Habana on October 21 1925, passed away on July 16 2003 at the age of 78. Azucar Celia!

Check out some of my favorite Google doodles from 2003-2013 honoring other famous people on their birthday below. Meantime I'll wait for Google to include notables from Africa some day.
My apologies to Google. On searching further thanks to a link from a user over at meneame.net, I found a few doodles honoring African notables. I posted my 2 faves.
Ella Fitzgerald
Cesar Vallejo
Miriam Makeba
Wangari Maathai

Fyodor Dostoevsky
Frederich Chopin
Gustav Klimt
Diego Velazquez
Atahualpa Yupanqui
Jackie Robinson
Auguste Rodin
Isaac Newton
Franz Kafka
Omar Khayyam
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Miguel de Cervantes
Charles Dickens

Juan Gris
Leonardo da Vinci
Vincent van Gogh

October 11, 2013

Beautiful and Extremely Creepy Posters for American Horror Story

I can't claim that American Horror Story is one of my favorite shows because I have yet to see a single episode. But I have been very intrigued and have been meaning to start watching the shows ever since the first beautifully creepy posters for the horror anthology started popping up a couple of years ago. American Horror Story's 3rd season picked up on October 9th. However, I will start watching from the beginning with season 1 (Murder House), move on to season 2 (Asylum) and then hit the newest set of installments which are collectively titled Coven. Meantime, I will enjoy reveling in the gorgeous creepiness of these fantastically eery, hair-raising and downright disturbing but beautiful posters.

Here's a little synopsis about AHS from Slate that I found interesting:

Over American Horror Story’s two invigorating, gruesome seasons, creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have indicated that there is no subject too distasteful for them to tackle. In last year’s installment of the anthology series, American Horror Story: Asylum, the pair took on insanity, nuns, aliens, possession, medical experimentation, religious hypocrisy, homosexual aversion therapy, serial killers, the devil, and abortion. For good measure, they threw in the Holocaust in a bravura two-episode stand featuring an inmate who believed she was Anne Frank. But even this past boldness does not quite prepare one for the opening segment of the new season, titled American Horror Story: Coven. Forget the serpents in the show’s promotional materials; Coven begins with America’s preeminent horror story: slavery.

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