Singaporean Artist Documents His Travels in Wonderful Notebook Sketches and Paintings

Travel Sketches by Cherngzhi Lian

Singaporean artist Cherngzhi Lian documents his extensive travels in wonderful sketches and paintings that he makes in little notebooks. He uses pen, ink, and watercolor to create his renderings of planes, trains, landmarks, and everyday life. He documents his travel sketches in photographs taken at the very locations where the works were created.

Travel Sketches by Cherngzhi Lian
“Postcard from Paris”

Travel Sketches by Cherngzhi Lian
“Transit in Detroit”

Travel Sketches by Cherngzhi Lian
“Kyichu Temple”

Travel Sketches by Cherngzhi Lian
“Sketching the Crowd in Paris”

photos by Cherngzhi Lian

via Bored Panda

Two Coworkers Recreate Classic Paintings in the Office in Creative Photo Series

foolsdoart by Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick
‘The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp’ by Rembrandt

In their creative photo project foolsdoart, Squarespace coworkers Chris Limbrick and Francesco Fragomeni recreate classic paintings at work, using only their smartphones and objects found around the office. Their results vary but some of their recreations are quite wonderful.

foolsdoart by Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick
‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer

foolsdoart by Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick
‘The Old Guitarist’ by Pablo Picasso

foolsdoart by Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick
‘Portrait of a Man in a Turban’ by Jan van Eyck

foolsdoart by Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick
‘Thinking About Death’ by Frida Kahlo

foolsdoart by Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick
‘The Son of Man’ by René Magritte

images via Chris Limbrick and Francesco Fragomeni

via Mashable

Musician Performs a Cover of Blue Öyster Cult’s Song ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’ on an iPad Using Virtual Instruments

Winnipeg, Canada-based guitarist Steve Onotera (a.k.a. “samuraiguitarist“) performs a cover of the 1976 song “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Öyster Cult on an iPad using virtual instruments in a recent video. Of course, Onotera made sure to add in plenty of cowbell.

According to Doug McArthur, some of the apps that Onotera used in his cover were “GarageBand (drums, organ, guitar & bass), iVoxel (vocals), More Cowbell! (glockenspiel, cowbell and guiro), and Awesome Xylophone (xylophone)”.

Everything you hear was created on an iPad, I hope there’s enough cowbell for you!

The original song for comparison:

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

Siobhan Thompson Gets British Stars to Do Their Worst American Accents on the Red Carpet at the Brittania Awards

While on the red carpet at the Britannia Awards in Los Angeles, California, a dressed-up Siobhan Thompson of the BBC America series “Anglophenia” convinced incoming British celebrities to perform their worst American accents and American celebrities to perform their worst British accents. It’s interesting to note that it appears that the Brits think Americans sound like they’re either from the Deep South, from the San Fernando Valley, or just Robert DeNiro wannabes, while Americans seem to think that their British counterparts sound like Eliza Doolittle from Pygmalion.

Curious Cat Slides on Frozen Pond in an Attempt to Catch Fish Swimming Just Under the Icy Surface

A curious cat tries in vain to catch fish swimming just below the frozen surface of a pond in a video from AFV Animals. The kitty slips and slides on the ice, but doesn’t give up on trying to get to the fish just out of reach.

GIF the Halls Will Project Personalized Animated Holiday Cards on Buildings in San Francisco in December

GIF the Halls

In the GIF the Halls project, the public is invited to create personalized animated holiday cards which will then be projected on buildings in San Francisco. Anyone can create a card on the GIF the Halls website by choosing one of seven holiday-themed animations and adding their personal message. The animated cards will be projected on buildings in San Francisco between December 20 and 24, 2014. The projections will be recorded, and each card creator will receive an animated GIF of their card’s projection. The animations for the project are by seven digital artists from around the world, including Toyoya Li, chromasy, and Doctor Popular. GIF the Halls was created by WP Engine Labs with technical help from 10up. Digital artists were curated by Gray Area Foundation.

image via GIF the Halls

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‘All About Burn Rate’, A Musical Parody by Venture Capital Firm First Round Featuring Many of Their Companies

All About Burn Rate” is a musical parody by venture capital firm First Round (previously) featuring many of the companies in their investment portfolio like Upstart, OnDeck, and Hi.Q. The video parodies some of the most popular songs of 2014 including “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, and “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift with lyrics reworked to focus on investment and tech culture.

Another year has passed – it’s time for our holiday tradition
To mashup a startup theme with video memes for our own rendition.

We are all so excited to have this opportunity
To showcase the talents of the First Round Community.

Last year saw unicorns and wrecking balls…
We think it turned out great!

This year we channeled Gurley and Trainor,
Because it’s all about burn rate.

It’s good advice – it can’t hurt to be scrappy,
We hope your holidays are joyful – and your new year is happy!

Telltale Games and Mojang Announce ‘Minecraft: Story Mode’, A Narrative-Driven Video Game Series About ‘Minecraft’

Minecraft: Story Mode

Minecraft: Story Mode is a narrative-driven video game series by Telltale Games in collaboration with Minecraft developer Mojang. Both Mojang and Telltale have released blog posts about the announcement. Mojang also created an interactive press release called Info Quest II.

  • Minecraft: Story mode will be a narrative-driven video game created by Telltale Games. It will be about Minecraft.
  • Mojang is collaborating with Telltale and members of the community to make Minecraft: Story Mode as Minecrafty as possible.
  • The first episode will be released some time in 2015, and will be available on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices.
  • Minecraft: Story Mode will be released episodically, just like The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, or the recent Tales from the Borderlands, which is another developer-collaboration series between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software.
  • We’re not intending on creating an “official” story for Steve, or explaining the world of Minecraft in detail. It will be a cool game.
  • The Minecraft 2 thing was a joke. No really. It was a joke.
  • image via Mojang

    The Atlantic Explores Ecotherapy and the Possible Health Benefits of Going Outside

    The Atlantic senior editor James Hamblin explores ecotherapy and the possible health benefits of going outside in a recent video where he visits San Francisco, the epicenter of the ecotherapy movement. Hamblin meets with two ecotherapists to discuss Nature Deficit Disorder, a hypothesised condition believed to be caused by spending too much time indoors.

    Sculptor Builds ‘Lord of the Rings’-Themed Litter Box and Scratching Post For Tolkien Super-Fan and His Two Cats

    On a recent episode of Super-Fan Builds, a series created by Andy Signore for the AWEme Channel, sculptor Tim Baker of Tim Baker Creations grants viewer Dasha Bolotina’s request and creates an amazing Hobbit Hole litter box and an Eye of Sauron scratching post for her Lord of the Rings super-fan boyfriend Misha and his two cats, Frodo and Sam.

    Every other week, some of Hollywood’s top prop makers build one-of-a-kind items for super-fans of comic books, video games, movies, and pop culture. In celebration of the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. this week, we’re turning the Hobbit-hole Bag End into a kitty litter box and the Eye of Sauron into a cat scratching post!

    via Geekologie