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Applications

Momentage: The New Community for Creatives

Momentage combines the things we love about different social media image sharing apps and adds to them. Not only can you take a photo or video, you can create a photo/video collage, add music to it, edit it anytime, and then share your story with the world.It’s hard to think that somebody could come up with a photo sharing app to rival Instagram.

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While some have ripped off the idea, designed it somewhat differently, and slapped a new name on it, feeling like they’ve added to the conversation, in reality, they may be missing the point. They’re just repeating the person who spoke before them. This is not the case with San Francisco based startup Momentage. Momentage is a community for the new creatives, by allowing creatives to tell a whole story using multiple images, video, and sound: A collage of their moments.

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Art

Phil Burger Creates Brilliant Traditional Japanese Watercolor Paintings

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Phil Burger is not a new burger place in New York or Portland. He is a French artist and illustrator who splits his time between Nimes in the South of France, and Fukuoka Japan. He created these original traditional watercolor paintings using gouache japon + japanese sumi-e on canson edition paper. His illustrations are filled with girls dancing with peacocks, hanging out in their kimonos at home, and a Yeah Yeah Yeahs rock poster! Check out his work below.

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Fashion

iamVibes is Cosmic Clothing for a Conscious Universe

Technology

The Conversation Prism

When Brian Solis introduced the Conversation Prism in 2008, the world was a seemingly simpler place. There were 22 social media categories, each of which had just a handful of brands. (“Video aggregation” had only one brand: Magnify).

The latest 2013 Conversation Prism has four additional categories with at least six brands in each. The data visualization attempts to illustrate the array of social media choices people have. Various channels are classified by their function to the end user (i.e. “photos,” “music” and “social curation.”

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via: The Conversation Prism

Sport

A Viewers Guide to the CrossFit Games

For the uninitiated, CrossFit — a sport that combines aspects of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular conditioning to “forge elite fitness” — can be confusing. newcomers enter a CrossFit gym to see people doing ridiculous things on jungle gyms and saying ridiculous words like “WOD” and “AMRAP.” Things only get worse when the workout actually starts, with everyone throwing barbells around and jumping on boxes at breakneck speed for ten minutes or so before collapsing in a heap and gasping for air.

Check out this Viewers Guide to the CrossFit Games from JP CrossFit to learn more.

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via: JP CrossFit & Beutler Ink

Celebrities

A Periodic Table of Muppets

The Muppets have been a staple of American children’s upbringing and development for decades. Grown-ups have also found their absurdist, burlesque and self-referential style of variety-sketch comedy enthralling as well. Designer Mike BaBoon is the one responsible for this awesome collection of characters from The Muppet’s franchise.

Each square of this periodic table of Muppets represents a different character and indicates the primary Muppeteer(s) for that character, as well as the year and production in which the character made its debut. Borders align with hair/hat color, background aligns with skin/fur color, and color of the abbreviated name represents nose color (for characters with noses that is).

Check out more of Mike BaBoon’s work on his site, check out his prints and more at Redbubble & Society6, and follow him on his social channels: Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.

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via: Mike BaBoon & Visual News

Travel

National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico

The National Pyrotechnic Festival is like most festivals. Food, rides, music, and dancing are involved, but the biggest thrills are the amazing fireworks displays. Tultepec is the largest producer of fireworks in all of Mexico and Pyrotechnicians come to compete in contests that choreograph fireworks with music.

The National Pyrotechnic Festival is quite a sight to see, but until now photographs did not do it justice. New York-beased photographer Thomas Prior changed that when he traveled to there with his camera in tow. Here is a small selection of his Tultepec photo series. Be sure to check out the rest of them, and his other works on his website.

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via: Visual News

Fun Yeah!

Hypothetical Pics: If Earth Had a Ring Like Saturn

Have you ever spent a warm summer night laying down outside, staring up at the night sky, wondering what lays beyond our great planet and the universe as we know it? It can be one of the most peaceful and relaxing experiences you can encounter on this planet. Laying there, realizing just how small we all really are. You are mesmerized by the moon, and how it takes position in the night sky. But, our whole lives we’ve become used to having the full-to-sliver body of the Moon floating past our skies every night. There are some things you’ve never known you wanted until you’ve seen a mock up of it. Earth having a ring like Saturn is one of them. i09′s writer/science illustrator Ron Miller illustrated his predictions of what you might see in the night sky from various spots around the globe — if Earth had a ring like Saturn.

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via: Visual News

Music

3 Disabled Music Fans Make Music With Only Their Minds

There’s many things we all take for granted each day. Those of us with hobbies — and proper working extremities — have the ability to work on something we love whenever the feeling arises, or time allows. People with disabilities don’t have this luxury. Not even close. Which makes this project absolutely magical, and hopefully touches music lovers everywhere to their core. Smirnoff has teamed up with DJ Fresh for a world first, a project called Mindtunes, which puts together three disabled dance music fans to create a banging club track using only their minds! The frustration, and ensuing excitement on their faces as they complete the track, make it all worth watching.

To watch the full video, go to this link on Visual News.

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via: It’s Nice That & Visual News

Celebrities

Sci-Fi Characters Who Survived Their Planet’s Destruction

It’s been a very popular theme for science fiction movies and television shows for decades: characters who survive the loss and total destruction of their home worlds. Having your home planet destroyed has got to be one of the worst things to happen to a sci-fi character. See which home worlds you recognize in this infographic from Confused.

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Celebrities

SPIN Magazine Covers of the 90s

Each of SPIN Magazine’s glorious covers is a piece of space fabric in the timeline of rock’n'roll history. Since it’s inception in 1985, SPIN has become one of the most seminal rock music magazine’s the world has ever known. SPIN celebrate’s it’s 28th birthday this year, which marks nearly three decades of churning out some of the best writing rock’n'roll has ever seen.

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via: BuzzFeed & SPIN

Animations

Bisous Les Copains – Animated Illustrations by Guillaume Kurkdjian

These adorable animated gif illustrations are the what happens when the neurons & synapses fire and collide inside the brain of French designer/illustrator, photographer/animator Guillaume Kurkdjian. The project is entitled ‘Bisous les Copains’, and according to Google Translate: Bisous les copains = kisses buddies. Not fully sure what that means, but we like the sound of it! His animations feature a small character going about it’s day, but in a very different (and much more fantastical) way than we ordinary humans do. Each animation is a delight, taking us to different houses and environments, each filled with it’s own surprises.

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via: Guillaume Kutkdjian & BuzzFeed

Animals

Bizarre and Hilarious Animal Mash-Ups

Is it a Killer Penguin? A Pengorca? Whatever you want to call it, the hybrid animal above is convincing enough to elicit more than one close look. The work of Reddit user Arne Olav, each of these hilarious animal mash-ups harkens back to legends like the centaur, the hippocamp or the Chimera (an imaginative Greek animal combining a lion, snake, and goat). With “Chimera” being such an excellent example of animal combining, the word is now used to describing these imaginative mashups.

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via: Visual News

Celebrities

Quote a Bluth

The long-awaited premiere of Arrested Development’s fourth season graced our senses this past Sunday, more than six years after the show was cancelled because of dwindling ratings. Fans of the show have rabidly declared their love of the show in the form of memes, gifs, and random quotes -across every social network conceivable. Since the show’s departure.

Fans now have the ability to enjoy a brand new fourth season of the beloved Bluth family. To jog your memory, take a look back at some of the funniest quotes from the first three seasons of the show in this Quote a Bluth interactive created by Column Five.

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Illustrations

Black Ink and Bits of Gold: Cosmic Images by Helen Vine

Helen Vine is an illustrator living and working in the UK. Her work is mainly done in black ink, with some accents of color & gold. Her style conjures up the mystic properties of life, and things that fascinate her; death, life, decay, beauty, power, & want. Each of these themes are sprinkled throughout her illustrations; at once comfortable, & terrifying – sometimes in the same moment. Geisha’s stand or sit in deep thought, turned inward, or calmly taking in the scenes around them. Others look like they’re spewing rivers of the blackest blood from their mouths. This young illustrator is well on her way to great things. Read an interview with her on Visual News.

Check out some prints and buy something from her on Society6, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, & Tumblr.

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via: Visual News