What We Love This Week, Volume XLV

December 27, 2013
Christmas GIFs Santa

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The Best Holiday GIFs

Christmas GIFs Slam Dunk

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Sure, the real reason we say we chop down trees and adorn our homes in red and green every year is to honor the birth of Jesus Christ, but the season also brings with it a chance to indulge in food, drinks and of course, fun. Shedding light on the more “sinful” aspects of Christmas, London-based designer Ryan Todd has sifted through all sorts of humor-filled holiday GIFs from around the world and brought us this dark and delightful set. See ‘em all at Juxtapoz.

Christmas GIFs Ornament

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One Fantastic Drumming Experiment

December 26, 2013

Abandoned parking lots. Long stretches of open road. Empty sports fields. The hollows underneath a busy bridge. All are great areas to experience natural reverb, but what happens when a drummer performs the same rhythmic set in each of those spaces, and those natural reverbs are condensed into one single video? Well, this. And it’s absolutely incredible.

Debunking Common Holiday Myths

December 24, 2013

Good news! Poinsettias aren’t actually poisonous. Bad news: there’s no cure for your spiked eggnog hangover. Watch as all of our holiday-related myths crumble before your eyes.

Phillip K Smith’s Mesmerizing Lucid Stead

December 22, 2013

From the author: “Composed of mirror, LED lighting, custom built electronic equipment and Arduino programming amalgamated with a preexisting structure, this architectural intervention, at first, seems alien in context to the bleak landscape. Upon further viewing, Lucid Stead imposes a delirious, almost spiritual experience. Like the enveloping vista that changes hue as time passes, Lucid Stead transforms. In daylight the 70 year old homesteader shack, that serves as the armature of the piece, reflects and refracts the surrounding terrain like a mirage or an hallucination. As the sun tucks behind the mountains, slowly shifting, geometric color fields emerge until they hover in the desolate darkness. This transformation also adapts personal perception, realigning one’s sensory priorities. A heightened awareness of solitude and the measured pace of the environment is realized.”

High Shutter Camera Captures Amazing Bass String Images

December 20, 2013

One look at traditional sheet music allows most to conclude that the upright bass is often treated as an orchestral pulse. With this comes the series of associations that the bass is an instrument intended for monotony, consistency and stability. Or to put it more simply: a lack of dynamism. This video, however, calls all of that into question. With strings more surreal than straight, the upright bass is seen in a new light.

A Stunning Time Lapse Of The Grand Canyon

December 18, 2013

At the end of November, something particularly strange transpired within the cavernous depths of the Grand Canyon. Cool air rose from the canyon bottom, met warm air a ways up, and created a thick layer of fog from top to bottom. The process is known as inversion, and it’s absolutely mind blowing to watch.