DashBurst http://dashburst.com The latest in social media, technology and design Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:00:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Japanese Artist Launches Flowers and Bonsai Plant into Space [PHOTOS] http://dashburst.com/pic/exobiotanica-azuma-makoto/ http://dashburst.com/pic/exobiotanica-azuma-makoto/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:00:35 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?post_type=cpt_pics&p=80113 Outer space is full of stellar and planetary beauty, but not very much man-made art. Now, 38-year-old Japanese artist Azuma Makoto has mixed art and space exploration in a special project entitled Exobiotanica. The mission involved launching two botanical objects into space: a Japanese white pine bonsai called “Shiki 1” and an untitled bouquet arrangement of orchids, lilies, irises, hydrangeas and other flowers.

Makoto wanted to use brightly colored flowers to contrast with the darkness of space. In the New York Times T Magazine, Makoto says

Flowers aren’t just beautiful to show on tables…I wanted to see the movement and beauty of plants and flowers suspended in space.

Makoto and his 10-person crew teamed up with JP Aerospace, a volunteer organization based in Sacramento that builds vessels to send into orbit. Using styrofoam and light metal frames, JP Aerospace constructed two devices from which the bonsai and flowers were suspended. There were two tracking systems on each device to locate them once they fell back to earth. Six GoPro cameras were tied in a ball to capture images of the launches from 360 degrees. Owner and founder of JP Aerospace John Powell told the magazine that

The best thing about this project is that space is so foreign to most of us…so seeing a familiar object like a bouquet of flowers flying above Earth domesticates space, and the idea of traveling into it.

The two botanical pieces were launched into the stratosphere at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15, in Black Rock Desert outside Gerlach, Nevada.

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Photos of the Day: Sky Beauty over Italy http://dashburst.com/pic/sky-beauty-italy/ http://dashburst.com/pic/sky-beauty-italy/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:43:31 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?post_type=cpt_pics&p=80136 Alan Montesanto is a talented photographer from Viverone, Biella, Italia delighting us with some incredible captures of the Italian sky.


Deep Blue


My land

Featured Image: Lightning at Sunset by Alan Montesanto

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The Top 50 Strangest Buildings around the World http://dashburst.com/strangest-buildings-on-earth/ http://dashburst.com/strangest-buildings-on-earth/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:02:59 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?p=79658 Have you ever stopped to look at an oddly constructed house or stared in wonder at a uniquely beautiful church, library, or museum? The building might stick out like a sore thumb amidst other more normal architecture, and you just can’t look away from its intriguing structure. The website Strange Buildings, which highlights the world’s weirdest architecture, created a list of the top 50 strangest buildings around the world based on votes from the site’s users. The list is updated with every new vote, but here are the ones that made the cut today:

1. Stone House (Guimarães, Portugal)

Stone House (Guimarães, Portugal)
Stone House (Guimarães, Portugal) 2
Image credits: Feliciano Guimarães

2. Casa da Musica (Porto, Portugal)

Casa da Musica (Porto, Portugal)

Casa da Musica (Porto, Portugal) 2
Image credits: Wojtek Gurak

3. The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)

The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)
Image credit: mariusz kluzniak

4. Rotating Tower (Dubai, UAE)

Rotating Tower (Dubai, UAE)
Image credit: lushalegran

5. Upside Down House (Szymbark, Poland)

Upside Down House (Szymbark, Poland)
Image credit: magro_kr

6. Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)

Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)

Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada) 2
Image credit: 準建築人手札網站 Forgemind ArchiMedia

7. The Church of Hallgrimur (Reykjavik, Iceland)

The Church of Hallgrimur (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Image credit: Ben Kucinski

8. Nautilus House (Mexico City, Mexico)

Nautilus House (Mexico City, Mexico)
Image credit: Strange Buildings

9. National Theatre (Beijing, China)

National Theatre (Beijing, China)
Image credit: Hui Lan

10. Kansas City Public Library Parking Garage (Kansas City, USA)

Kansas City Public Library Parking Garage (Kansas City, USA)
Image credit: gritts1

11. Ideal Palace (France)

Ideal Palace (France)
Image credit: Digital Media Magik

12. The Neverwas Haul (California, USA)

The Neverwas Haul (California, USA)
Image credit: Michael Holden

13. Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)

Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)
Image credit dave

14. Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain)

Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain)
Image credit: Chris

15. House Attack (Vienna, Austria)

House Attack (Vienna, Austria)
Image credit: Fox Magrathea Circe

16. Snail House (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Snail House (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Image credit: Strange Buildings

17. Low Impact Woodland House (Wales, UK)

Low Impact Woodland House (Wales, UK)
Image credit: destination35

18. Casa Battlo (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Battlo (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Battlo (Barcelona, Spain) 2
Image credit: Jonas Smith

19. Wonder Works (Pigeon Forge, USA)

Wonder Works (Pigeon Forge, USA)
Image credit: Forsaken Fotos

20. Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain)

Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain)
Image credit: Chris Zielecki

21. Parc Guell (Barcelona, Spain)

Parc Guell (Barcelona, Spain)
Image credit: deming131

22. Waldspirale (Darmstadt, Germany)

Waldspirale (Darmstadt, Germany)
Image credit: Joachim S. Müller

23. Dancing House (Prague, Czech Republic)

Image credit: Clark & Kim Kays

24. Museum of Contemporary Art (Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Museum of Contemporary Art (Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) 2
Image credit: Rodrigo Soldon

25. Wooden Gagster House (Archangelsk, Russia)

Wooden Gagster House (Archangelsk, Russia)
Image credit: davidfish

26. Earth House 2 (Lostorf, Switzerland)

Earth House 2 (Lostorf, Switzerland)
Image credit: Strange Buildings

27. Earth House 1 (Dietikon, Switzerland)

Earth House 1 (Dietikon, Switzerland)
Image credit: Strange Buildings

28. Hang Nga Guesthouse/Crazy House (Dalat, Vietnam)

Hang Nga Guesthouse:Crazy House (Dalat, Vietnam)
Image credit: RStacker

29. Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, USA)

Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, USA)
Image credit: Rachael Moore

30. Olympic Stadium (Montreal, Canada)

Olympic Stadium (Montreal, Canada)
Image credit: Nicole Marti

31. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum (Ontario, Canada)

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum (Ontario, Canada)
Image credit: elPadawan

32. National Stadium (Beijing, China)

National Stadium (Beijing, China)
Image credit: Andy Enero

33. Borgund Stave Church (Borgund, Lærdal, Norway)
Borgund Stave Church (Borgund, Lærdal, Norway)

Borgund Stave Church (Borgund, Lærdal, Norway) 2
Image credit: image_less_ordinary

34. Solar Furnace (Odeillo, France)

Solar Furnace (Odeillo, France)
Image credit: Florian

35. Montreal Biosphere (Montreal, Canada)

Montreal Biosphere (Montreal, Canada)
Image credit: maduarte

36. Longaberger Basket Building (Newark, USA)

Longaberger Basket Building (Newark, USA)
Image credit: ladytimeless

37. La Pedrera (Barcelona, Spain)

La Pedrera (Barcelona, Spain)
Image credit: Mircea Turcan

38. Palais Bulles (Cannes, France)

Palais Bulles (Cannes, France)
Image credit: Niklas Morberg

39. Ship House (Dalmatia, Croatia)

Ship House (Dalmatia, Croatia)
Image credit: Strange Buildings

40. Air Force Academy Chapel (Colorado, USA)

Air Force Academy Chapel (Colorado, USA)
Image credit: Civitas Veritas

41. Honey Bee Hive House (Jerusalem, Israel)

Honey Bee Hive House (Jerusalem, Israel)
Image credit: Strange Buildings

42. Gherkin Building (London, UK)

Image credit: John Keogh

43. Druzhba Holiday Center (Yalta, Ukraine)

Druzhba Holiday Center (Yalta, Ukraine)
Image credit: Socialism Expo.

44. Seattle Central Library (Seattle, USA)

Seattle Central Library (Seattle, USA)
Image credit: Jeff Wheeler

45. Experience Music Project (Seattle, USA)

Experience Music Project (Seattle, USA)
Image credit: drocpsu

46. Thin House (London, UK)

Thin House (London, UK)
Image credit: B

47. Stata Center (Cambridge, USA)

Stata Center (Cambridge, USA)
Image credit: Matthew Buckley

48. Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Canada)

Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Canada)
Image credit: Grant MacDonald

49. Conch Shed House (Isla Mujeres, Mexico)

Conch Shed House (Isla Mujeres, Mexico)
Image credit: masterm82

50. Bishop Castle (Colorado, USA)

Bishop Castle (Colorado, USA)
Image credit: Texas Tongs

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Loop Findr Helps You Isolate the Most GIF-Able Moments of a Video http://dashburst.com/loop-findr-gifs/ http://dashburst.com/loop-findr-gifs/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:33:43 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?p=79992 Since the creation of GIFs back in 1987, they have become incredibly popular and are now common on sites like Tumblr, Reddit and Google+. The internet is full of these quirky animations. Now a new software program by Colin Burger called Loop Findr wants to help people create GIFs more easily. The application scans through a user’s video library and identifies the perfect frames to turn into endlessly repeating GIF loops.
yellow guy

Loop Findr

Burger writes about the future of Loop Findr:

Rather than focus on improving this openFrameworks implementation of Loop Findr, I will investigate the potential of implementing a web-based version so that it might reach as many people as possible. I envision a website where users might be able to just supply a YouTube link and have any potential loops extracted and given back to them. Additionally, I would like to employ the algorithm along with some web crawling and find loops in video streams on the Internet or perhaps just scrape popular video hosting websites for loops.

christopher walken gif

You can download Loop Findr here on Dropbox.

via The Creators Project

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DirtyDiggs & Planet Asia – Off The Turf [AUDIO] http://dashburst.com/audio/dirtydiggs-planet-asia-off-the-turf/ http://dashburst.com/audio/dirtydiggs-planet-asia-off-the-turf/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:03:05 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?post_type=cpt_audio&p=79884 Los Angeles-based producer DirtyDiggs has just released a new “Off the Turf” single featuring Planet Asia and an assortment of jazzy horns.

The head banger is said to preclude a new instrumental LP on the way, albeit with no title or release date and at least a few lyrical bars actually being spit as heard on this song.

DirtyDiggs - Off the Turf

If you’re feeling this joint, check out more of DirtyDiggs on Soundcloud.

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The 16 Types of Geeks [INFOGRAPHIC] http://dashburst.com/infographic/types-of-geeks/ http://dashburst.com/infographic/types-of-geeks/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:02:45 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?post_type=cpt_infographics&p=80019 The era of geekiness is upon us. What started out with your average film buffs in the late 70s soon split off into two separate geek factions: the Star Wars Geek vs. the Trekkie. You can still see their descendants walking around today, usually accompanied by a lightsaber or phaser. Now with every new technology and meme invented, spawns a new form of geek from your Apple fanboy to general gadget geek. Then comes your Internet-obsessed geek, often spotted in the wild reading infographics about other geeks.

So what kind of geek are you?

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The Internet: Then Vs. Now [COMIC] http://dashburst.com/internet-then-vs-now/ http://dashburst.com/internet-then-vs-now/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:03:11 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?p=80011 Do you remember what the Internet of old was like? Back when your family gathered around one shared computer experience? A time before Google Search knew what you were searching for before you were done typing it in? Now the “Internet Of Things” is available in each of our pockets, reporting back to some company about all of our activities. Our child-like wonder over how amazing the Internet was has been replaced by wondering what our tiny little mobile devices are actually saying.

Meet the Internet’s past and present:

internet then vs now

Comic by The Joy of Tech

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This Interactive ‘Motion Silhouette’ Book Makes Stories Come to Life Using Light and Shadow Play http://dashburst.com/pic/motion-silhouette-book/ http://dashburst.com/pic/motion-silhouette-book/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:03:38 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?post_type=cpt_pics&p=79955 Have you ever read a fiction book you swore was real? Motion Silhouette is a creative new type of book that uses light and shadows to bring its story to life, right before your eyes. The book features popups that cast moving shadows that react to your source of light or vantage point. As you can see from the GIF demonstration above, faces appear to jump right off the page, in this instance to blow a few dandelion seeds away.

Check out a few more animations from the book below, and if you’re still not completely blown away, there is also an incredible video about the whole process too.










via Demilked

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Famous Architectural Landmarks from around the World Illustrated in Fading Watercolors http://dashburst.com/pic/watercolor-architecture-paintings-sunga-park/ http://dashburst.com/pic/watercolor-architecture-paintings-sunga-park/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:00:18 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?post_type=cpt_pics&p=79840 Have you ever traveled through or lived in Europe? If so, your recollections of Old World landmarks may gently fade in and out of focus like these watercolors by Sunga Park.

Park, a South Korean graphic designer, specializes in wallpaper artwork and creative watercolor illustrations. He says of his unique style:

I’m living in Busan, South Korea, worked as a graphic designer and drawn illustrations for kids. I majored in economics and didn’t have a regular art school education in some reasons. So I can’t tell you what my exact art field is but I want to show you something different.

Sacre-Coeur church in Montmartre, Paris


Paris, France


Venice, Italy




Oxford, UK



Harrods, London


The Whitehall Street entrance, London


High Court Clock Tower, Yangon, Myanmar


You can follow more of Park’s illustrations on Tumblr.

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Photos of the Day: 10 Stellar Nightscapes from Blackcomb Peak in British Columbia http://dashburst.com/pic/blackcomb-peak-british-colmbia-nightscapes/ http://dashburst.com/pic/blackcomb-peak-british-colmbia-nightscapes/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:01:03 +0000 http://dashburst.com/?post_type=cpt_pics&p=79858 Though it was Owen Perry’s out-of-this-world collection of nightscape photography (featured below) that drew DashBurst’s attention, Perry has a long history of exploration and photography.

Perry, an interactive web designer and visual artist from Whistler, British Columbia, took the photos below while camping out at Blackcomb Peak in British Columbia. On his Circa 1983 blog, which he started in 2011, he exhibits photos from all over Canada as well as countries like Chile and Switzerland.

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Owen Perry 5

Owen Perry 1

Owen Perry 2

Owen Perry 7

Owen Perry 8

Owen Perry 9

Owen Perry 6

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