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Super Mario World – Virtual Reality

A gorgeous VR version of the SMW map, rendered in Google Blocks. There is a video of its creation, too.

Via Chappel Ellison

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The Library of Congress is Adding Webcomics

“Dinosaur Comics!” “Hyperbole and a Half” and “xkcd” are among the initial class of now-nationally-archived webcomics I grew up reading.

The Washington Post:

The library will announce Tuesday that the Webcomics Web Archive is officially launching at loc.gov as part of its growth in “born-digital” collections.

The first phase of the webcomics online collection will include nearly 40 titles, including such long-running works as Josh Lesnick’s “Girly” and Zach Weiner’s “Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.”

I’m so happy for all of these folks.

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*inception noise*

Turkish photographer Aydın Büyüktaş creates ‘Inception’-esque composite images of American landscapes.
Source: Mind-Bending Drone Photo Manipulations Turn America into a Roller Coaster – Creators

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“For The Love of Dog” Featured on Thingiverse

Featured on Thingiverse

My aforementioned wireframe model of a skull has been featured on Thingiverse! It’s a remix of a remix of a

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New 3D Printable Object: (For The Love of Dog)

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I remixed a neat Skull model from garygeo on Thingiverse into this much cooler wireframe mesh pencil holder. It’s free.

One of the best things about Thingiverse is the ability to post pictures of your finished prints of other folks designs.

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It’s Dangerous To Go Alone…

Just a little Structure Sensor ephemera I whipped up the other day…

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The full image is 1920×1080, good for backgrounds.

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The Open Bundle

CC-licensed art and music for videos games from independent creators. If they reach their funding goal they’re making all of the assets public domain.

I absolutely love this idea. Get paid for your work and then move on to something else, leaving it for anyone who wants it.

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SmoothLifeL

A crazy version of Conway’s Game Of Life using floating point numbers instead of integers. The results are disturbingly organic-looking. Could be images from a blurry microscope.

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Drawing with text

Click & drag your mouse to “draw” with a given set of text. I could see this being used to make some really cool JS-based generative art.

The demo explains it better than I can, and you really should check it out. This is a tool you should have in your utility belt.

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BERG’s Matt Webb on “Products”

Ruminations on what a product is and how to think about it. Lots of fairly big thoughts, here, and I like it.

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disCU̴LTU̴RE

ATTN SAN FRANCISCO: If you like weird music and weirder art, get your ass on down to TRUCK at Folsom and 15th street tomorrow night for disCU̴LTU̴RE. Sweatshop will be there. Attendance is mandatory. You have been warned.

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Sweatshop RETURNS

Sweatshop, the live art show I produce with E.G. Gauger, returns today at noon PST. Join us for chat, art, videos, and music. We love you.

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Intellectual Property, Copyright Law, and Fan Art

A primer for the uninitiated and the knowledgable alike:

Technically, this means fan art, fan music, and fan fictions are illegal in and of themselves because they are derivative works of protected content.

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But before you get your panties all in a bunch, it’s pretty clear that no creative entity in their right mind gives a shit.

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101 Reasons to Shop

My friend and super-neat person Carly Monardo has illustrated a book, 101 Ways To Shop, which is available today. It was written by Jessica Waldorf, designed by Mary Austin, and is published by Harper Collins. You should buy it.

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The Art of Team Fortress 2

A short YouTube video series by Virtually Reality contributor Soul Grafitti, in three parts: Setting the Scene, Character Design, Narrative & Culture.

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SWEATSHOP 11×4: THE HORROR EXPRESS TO ART COLLEGE

Sweatshop, the live art show I produce with the artist E.G. Gauger, returns this Sunday, February 27th with live art commissions, answer to questions about doing art, and the 1973 classic HORROR EXPRESS starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Telly Savalas. We start early (around 12pm PST), run late (midnight?!), and want you to come. Yeah, you.

Show up, chat with our filthy regulars, buy some art if you’ve got cash and the will to support the arts.

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Cost and Royalty Free Science Illustration Vector Art

1500 vector symbols in 32 libraries, free for any use, from the Integration and Application Network of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

The icons are of varying quality, but it’s certainly a useful round to have in the chamber. Via Zeldman.

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PORTRAIT-DEX

If you like Pokémon and cartoonists, then this site where cartoonists draw themselves as Pokémon will be the catnip for your soul.

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Digital Comic Museum

A growing collection of Golden Age comics who has come into the public domain. The covers alone are worth it.

via Andy Baio

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Film Titles by Paul Julian

Title sequences from a number of classic low-budget Corman-produced films, here. It’s a shame Julian probably got scale (or less) for these.