8. Art

Dec-20-2012 | Comments Off

Bird’s Eye: A bouquet of lovely design choices and creative approaches. And a shout out to the great curation of Twisted Sifter!

* 25 Stunning Surreal Illustrations and Creative Photo Manipulation Igor Morski

* 30 Unique Staircase Designs  TwistedSifter

* The Incredible Sculptures of Gibbs Farm  TwistedSifter

Located on New Zealand’s North Island (about 60 km north of Auckland) lies a 1,000 acre (4 sq km) property owned by one of New Zealand’s wealthiest businessmen, Alan Gibbs. The area is the site of Alan’s private art park known as Gibbs Farm. …It’s fascinating to see how each artist has incorporated the unique landscape into their work. 

* Incredible Book Art Brian Dettmer [30 pics]  TwistedSifter

* Extreme knitting



10. Places

Dec-20-2012 | Comments Off

Bird’s Eye: An eyeful of beautiful places

* Mali   The Big Picture

* 10 Incredible Rock Pillar Landscapes The World Geography

* A Model Train Travels Across Canada  TwistedSifter

Jeff takes photos of the beautiful Canadian landscape as he makes his way across the world’s second largest country.

The wrinkle is that he also places a vintage 1955 streamliner train (aptly named ‘The Canadian) into his shots. The result is a tiny model train that appears to be traversing the beautiful range of landscapes across Canada.

* The Famous Chand Baori Stepwell in India  TwistedSifter

 Stepwells are wells or ponds in which the water may be reached by descending a set of steps. Chand Baori consist of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 storeys reaching 100 ft into the ground, one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India.

* Zoom in on Mount Everest (Thanks Spidey!)

It’s a famous view, but few have ever seen Everest as up close and personal before. Filmmaker and climate-change campaigner David Breashears spent this spring taking around 400 images of Everest and its near neighbours from a vantage point above base camp through a 300mm lens. Now he’s released them digitally stitched together to form one image – click here to see the full image.

The result is a stunning panoramic photograph of the Everest region – with a twist. You can zoom in on specific areas and see the roof of the world in extraordinary detail. From a distance small colourful dots mark the location of base camp. Zooming in, you can pick out each tent clearly – and a man bending down as he washes his face



11. Third Eye Candy: Looking Back from 12/21/2012

Dec-20-2012 | Comments Off

Bird’s Eye: A quick look back at the year(s) behind us seems in order.

* The Top 100 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012  TwistedSifter

* 2012: The Year in Volcanic Activity  In Focus

Whatever your year, it would probably have been worse if you lived in any of these places.

* Let it Snow   The Big Picture

* 100 Greatest Dance Scenes

If you enjoy dance scenes in movies, then you will simply love this video. It features the 100 greatest dance scenes in movie history….




6. Living the Creative Life

Nov-30-2012 | Comments Off

Bird’s Eye: Creativity is hard work: it means not running on auto-pilot. Matthew Ingram has a hilarious deconstruction of the creative life, while Phil Hansen’s TED talk looks at how to use your own limitations as a springboard into creativity. A look at the routines of an assortment of writers seems to indicate that you need to find your own path, as each of these did. And 11 creative suffixes allows you to make new creative words without being creative. That’s creatainment!

* Online Creativity Matthew Ingram The Oatmeal (Thanks, Diana!)

* How Seizing Your Limitations Can Be The Key To Creativity (Thanks, Sarah)

Phil Hansen, the artist in this video, doesn’t just work around his limitations — he actually uses them to his advantage to make mind-blowing art. Take that, innate human condition.

* The Daily Routines of Famous Writers   Brain Pickings

William Gibson: When I’m writing a book I get up at seven. I check my e-mail and do Internet ablutions, as we do these days. I have a cup of coffee. Three days a week, I go to Pilates and am back by ten or eleven. Then I sit down and try to write. If absolutely nothing is happening, I’ll give myself permission to mow the lawn. But, generally, just sitting down and really trying is enough to get it started. I break for lunch, come back, and do it some more. And then, usually, a nap. Naps are essential to my process. Not dreams, but that state adjacent to sleep, the mind on waking.

[…] As I move through the book it becomes more demanding. At the beginning, I have a five-day workweek, and each day is roughly ten to five, with a break for lunch and a nap. At the very end, it’s a seven-day week, and it could be a twelve-hour day.

Toward the end of a book, the state of composition feels like a complex, chemically altered state that will go away if I don’t continue to give it what it needs. What it needs is simply to write all the time. Downtime other than simply sleeping becomes problematic. I’m always glad to see the back of that

* 11 Creative Suffixes That Inspire New Words  Mental Floss

5. -cation It started with the staycation and the playcation. Soon –cation no longer cared to preserve the rhyme with vacation, and it roamed free among our leisure pursuits: foodcation, golfcation, shopcation, sleepcation. It can also refer to a break from work. Did you enjoy a recent stormcation? Are you hoping for a few days of snowcation this winter? Or will that make you long for a kidcation?



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