Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - First Trailer

Watch the announcement trailer for part one of The Hobbit mouvie, return to Middle-earth!



Fantasy Adventure "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths ofguile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O'Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, Aidan Turner

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Fox News Lies About Riots In Russia

FOX, lies & the wrong videotape: What’s NOT happening in Moscow


Written by: 
December 8, 2011
By Katerina Azarova
"Now, even though FOX news has kindly told us that this is, in fact, Moscow – as a Muscovite, one glance is enough to tell me it’s NOT. First of all, the phone box – ours are a greyish-blue, and are few and between. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I saw a public phone box, let alone anyone using it.
Secondly, the people in the background – the young couple pressed against the building? They’re dressed in jeans and long-sleeved tees.
It’s December. In RUSSIA. No one in their right mind would go to a rally (where most of the time, a lot of standing around is involved) in a tee shirt. People here wear thermals, ski jackets, hats and gloves – the works. Stereotypes are based on fact, you know – and Moscow is very cold in December.
But even if all of this isn’t enough to convince you – and believe me, I do not want you to just take my word for it, here is my final argument.
You may say ‘Hey, that looks Greek to me” – and you know what, you’ll be spot on. Greek it is – literally. And that sign? Says “National Bank of Greece” in those big, pretty, gold letters. FOX, it appears, isn’t satisfied with the REAL Russian rallies. They wanted a BANG! But there were no bangs, so I figure they thought “hey, it’s police running after people and fires and chaos – who on earth will be able to tell the difference?!” So they took videos from Athens, put a ‘’Russia” comment on screen – and voila, stick a fork in ‘em, they’re done.
How unfortunate that their broadcasts can be seen by pretty much anyone, anywhere.
I don’t harbor any hopes that the FOX people will see this and suddenly change their “errant ways”. But for the viewers – there are no palm trees in the streets of Moscow, the Prime Minister is spelled ‘PuTin’, not ‘PuTTin’ and the plural for ‘protester’ is ‘protesterS’. For future references."
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Vintage Art Gifts

Thanksgiving Day, a harvest festival celebrated primarily in Canada and the United States, traditionally is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general. While religious in origin, Thanksgiving is now celebrated by religious and secular people alike.
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Gallery

Gallery photo artworks by Andrey Yakovlev and Lili Aleeva


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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pikas

The pika is a small mammal, with short limbs, rounded ears, and short tail. It is also known as the "whistling hare" due to its high-pitched alarm call when diving into its burrow. The name "pika" appears to be derived from the Tungus piika.

Habitat

Pikas are native to cold climates, mostly in Asia, North America and parts of eastern Europe. Most species live on rocky mountain sides, where there are numerous crevices to shelter in, although some also construct crude burrows. A few burrowing species are instead native to open steppe land. In the mountains of Eurasia, pikas often share their burrows with snowfinches, which build their nests there.

Activity


Vegetation pile, drying on rocks for subsequent storage. Gad Valley, Snowbird Ski Resort, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

American pika with mouthful of dried grass. Sequoia National Park, CA
Pikas are diurnal or crepuscular, with higher altitude species generally being more active during the daytime. They show their peak activity before the winter season. Pikas do not hibernate, so they rely on collected hay for warm bedding and food. Pikas gather fresh grasses and lay them in stacks to dry. Once the grasses dry out, the pikas take this hay back to the burrows for storage. It is not uncommon for pikas to steal hay from others; the resulting disputes are usually exploited by neighboring predators like ferrets and large birds.
Eurasian pikas commonly live in family groups and share duties of gathering food and keeping watch. At least some species are territorial. North American pikas (O. princeps and O. collaris) are asocial, leading solitary lives outside the breeding season.

Pika photos

More than a Mouthful (pika-5857.jpg)
"More than a Mouthful by Larsthrows

More than a Mouthful Too! (pika_DSF5803.jpg)
"More than a Mouthful Too! by Larsthrows

Ochotona thibetana,Tibetan Pika, རྫ་བྲ་ rdza bra/bra ba,
"Ochotona thibetana,Tibetan Pika by reurinkjan

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Productivity Future Vision (2011)



Watch how future technology will help people make better use of their time, focus their attention, and strengthen relationships while getting things done at work, home, and on the go. (Release: 2011)
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Friday, September 30, 2011

Celebrities as Russian Generals (23 portraits)

George Dawe was an English portrait artist who lived in St Petersburg in 1819. He was commissioned to paint portraits of Russian Generals who had successfully fought Napoleon in the Patriotic War of 1812 and over a nine year period he completed over 300 of them.

Tumblog Replace Face has been replacing the faces of Russian generals in the portraits with those of celebrities. Below you can see the results of this work.


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Reach for the Star

A young man climbes Red Gates skyscraper in Moscow and literally reaches for the star.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Tape Generations

by johan rijpma

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Osaka Station City

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Moscow Alfa Show 4D

View the highlights of the Alfa Show 4D, the largest video mapping projection attempted in history. The Alfa show took place on September 4, 2011 at Vorob'yovy Gory (Sparrow Hills), Moscow. More than 800, 000 people attended the event.


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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tempest Milky Way Timelapse Video

Another amazing timelapse video, this time featuring good storms with stars shots.



Tempest Milky Way timelapse was shot  in central South Dakota from June-August.

Photography and editing by Randy Halverson
Music by Simon Wilkinson

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Light Painting Photography

Light painting, also known as light drawing or light graffiti is a photographic technique in which exposures are made usually at night or in a darkened room by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. In many cases the light source itself does not have to appear in the image. The term light painting also encompasses images lit from outside the frame with hand-held light sources. 
wiki


Light painting photography by Lichtfaktor


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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Tour Microsoft's Home of the Future

A walk through Microsoft's Home of the Future.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Air Swimmers

Just when you thought it was safe to get out of the water ...
Incredible remote controlled flying fish emerge from the world of awesome





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Monday, August 8, 2011

How to Stay Creative Animation Video

29 inspiring and helpful tips to stay creative.




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Move, Eat, Learn

3 guys in 44 days turned 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food into 3 beautiful and compelling short films.




Rick Mereki : Director, producer, additional camera and editing
Tim White : DOP, producer, primary editing, sound
Andrew Lees : Actor, mover, groover
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Owling Meme Photos

Owling is a new trendy internet meme, the practice of crouching "like an owl" in unusual places. It refers to the act of sitting in a perched position while looking off into the distance as to mimic the posture of an owl.


Owling examples from Flickr:

"Owling is the New Planking"

Owling is the New Planking by the business of liver failure

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Friday, July 15, 2011

‪Photography Machine

Photography-themed Rube Goldberg Machine.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

‪Amazing Time-Lapse of Phoenix Dust Storm‬‏

These amazing pictures were shot by two photographers - Mike Olbinski and Blaine Coury - in Arizona. These time-lapse videos show a wall of dust moving through the city of Phoenix in Arizona. Sandstorms like this happen during the region's monsoon season, which is underway. They occur over desert land and can reach thousands of feet into the air, spurred by strong winds. The dense cloud dramatically reduced visibility, grounding flights at a major airport and leaving thousands without electricity. PS A haboob is a type of intense sandstorm commonly observed in arid regions throughout the world.

Video source: http://www.mikeolbinski.com/ and http://www.krazywake.com/

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Creative Paper Cuts

Paper cut collages inside of toilet paper rolls
by Anastassia Elias



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Friday, June 24, 2011

Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evansjoining join the cast of The Hobbit

Sir Peter Jackson has added a new entry to his official Facebook page confirming the casting of two actors and announcing the addition of two more. To sum, he confirms the casting of Luke Evans as Bard and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock in the BBC TV series Sherlock) as Smaug (but not the Necromancer). As for the new additions, Lost's Evangeline Lilly has joined as Tauriel a Woodland Elf (not a character in the book) while Barry Humphries (Finding Nemo) will do the motion capture and voice for the CGI Goblin King.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wind Tunnel Skydiving

Indoor skydiving* wind tunnel in Skydive Arena in Prague Czech Republic.



4 way Routine with Havard (Skywalkers), Raph and Ju (Team4Speed) and Alberto (Volare) at Skydive Arena (Praha)


*Indoor Skydiving (or outdoor "Vertical Wind Tunnel Skydiving") is a unique way to experience the fun of real skydiving without jumping out of an airplane! Wind tunnels, similar to those normally used to test race cars and other vehicles, make a jet of heavy air powerful enough to support the human body and lift it as much as 90 feet above the ground.
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Jamie Beck’s Cinemagraphy

45 amazing animated GIFs created by New York City-based fashion photographer Jamie Beck, in collaboration with Kevin Burg, a web designer with a background in video and motion graphics. 
These photographs are more than a photo, but not quite a video. Jamie Beck calls her work “cinemagraphs”. She says:
We feel there are many exciting applications for this type of moving image. There's movement in everything and by capturing that plus the great things about a still photograph you get to experience what a video has to offer without the time commitment a video requires.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Nightsurf Video



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What an Astronaut's Camera Sees (HQ Video)

A magnificent tour of Earth's impressive landscapes... as captured by astronauts with their digital cameras. Dr. Justin Wilkinson from NASA's astronaut team describes the special places that spacemen focus on. 





This video once again reminds us the famous quote by Yuri Gagarin, the first human to journey into outer space:

Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it!
~ Yuri Gagarin


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Daybreak Photography

Photographs from around the world capturing the beauty of dawn.

Rangitoto @ Dawn
Rangitoto @ Dawn by Chris Gin

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