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EXPENSIVE TASTE When Money
Is The Medium
Five Dollar Batman
Our currency is covered in artwork.
Engravings on a coin or the images on the back of a dollar help us differentiate between denominations, but they serve other purposes as well. They are used to prevent anyone outside of the government that issues the currency from creating duplicates, and the images are supposed to provide cultural touchstones that bond together its users. Any American can rec
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Formed Function Exploring The Eiffel Tower’s Aesthetic
In a sense, the Eiffel Tower was created purely for the sake of making a tall tower.
The impetus for designing the tower in the first place was an upcoming world’s fair, to be held in Paris in 1889 — the centennial of the French Revolution. The tower was to be a centerpiece for the upcoming fair, and it was meant to be a temporary structure, with an intended lifespan of twenty years
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HARVEST MOON: A Return to the Simple Life
“Harvest Moon” is known in Japan as Bokujō Monogatari.
In a day and age when critics are openly decrying violence in video games, one game in particular is finding great success without the element of fighting or any kind of violence. Harvest Moon first premiered in Japan in 1996, and has grown into a thriving franchise with more than 20 games in the Harvest Moon seri
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Basements and Dice Playing Dungeons And Dragons Is Not What It Seems
Dungeons and Dragons Antheia AnRaza II
When you think Dungeons and Dragons, you may be inclined to picture a dark basement with broody, antisocial teens whispering spells and incantations over leather-bound tomes.
Perhaps D&D owes its cultural notoriety to the religious backlash against it in the 80s, as well as the over-the-top depiction of fantasy gaming and its players
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Be Art? A Community Roundtable
Can advertising be art?
Don Draper seems to think so. If you’re familiar with TV’s “Mad Men” — the second half of its final season begins airing in April — you know that one of the central conceits of the show’s plot is sparked when Don, the protagonist, has his artistic integrity challenged or questioned by uninitiated, small-minded clients. With a little foresight you can ask t
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The Real Life
Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6 First Meeting
Disney’s Academy Award Winning Big Hero 6 pushed the boundaries of realistic animated storytelling with Hyperion, the new software developed specifically for the film.
It simulates the physics of light, creating a more lifelike environment. Hyperion allowed the Big Hero 6 team to capture the air and light of San Francisco in a way never before possible and the spectacular results are visibl
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The 9 Worst Destinations
In Westeros A Game of Thrones Travel Guide
The Iron Islands
The following is a revised travel guide intended for those tourists who are up-to-date on all the latest happenings in Westeros (read: people who’ve watched seasons one through four of Game of Thrones, or have read the books at least through A Storm of Swords). If you’ve been living under a rock, we recommend you ge
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ARIES: Leader Of The Flock
Zodiac Sign Aries
The concept of Astrology or “study of the stars” has been around since the ancient world and can be traced as far back as the first dynasty of Mesopotamia.
For some, the stars are a portent of the future and help inform one of the best course of action to take based on the stars’ alignment. If born under a specific “star” or month during the year you may have certain characteristics and mannerisms that correspond to a horos
Titmouse 5 Second Films RecapTitmouse 5 Second Films Recap by techgnotic
NIGHT OF A HUNDRED TOONS Titmouse Screens Their 5 Second Films
At first, you see a busy thoroughfare. Cars whiz by and inclement weather prevails
A frail old woman, not even covered by a coat, considers crossing the street. The snow covers her glasses, blinding her. She wipes them off, only to find them covered again almost instantly. Just as she moves to step off the sidewalk, a handsome elderly gentleman approaches. He offers the woman his jacket, and prepares to guide her across the street. As he does so, the weather begins to clear and the traffic dissipates.
Enter Floovy. Floovy looks to be a fu
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The Next Game Of Thrones? Warner Brothers Versus Warner Brothers!
Justice League War Cover Art
Much has been written over the last few years about Warner Brothers’ rivalry with Disney over the directions each has taken with their superhero franchises.
Disney owns Marvel Comics and Warner Brothers owns DC Comics.
After many years of autonomy, Warner Brothers has just moved DC Comics, their New York publishing powerhouse, to be more under i
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Guinea Pigs: The Little Rodents Of The South
It is not quite clear how the guinea pig got its name. They hail from South America where they were first domesticated for human consumption by the tribes of the Andes in 5000 B.C. Yes, guinea pigs were food before they were pets and continue to be an important part of the diet especially in Peru and Bolivia. It wasn’t until the 16th century that the guinea pig became popular as an exotic pet among the elite when traders brought the a
Collection: Cell Phone PhotographyCollection: Cell Phone Photography by techgnotic
Once upon a time…
Frog iPhone 4 Fisheye
Once upon a time, a lazy joke used over and over in American movies and TV shows was Japanese tourists taking pictures of everything with their instamatic cameras. Today we are taking pictures of everything using our (usually Japanese) cellphones. When we were laughing at Japanese “quirks” we didn’t realize we were making fun of the cultural architects of our own future. The most amazing thing about our
Collection: Concerts - Can you Hear What I See?Collection: Concerts - Can you Hear What I See? by techgnotic
Concerts - Can you Hear What I See?
Random guitar player
Photography and other visual representations of concert events are a tricky proposition.
Fans of the music aren’t looking for, nor needing, much more than a souvenir of the evening filled with their favorite sounds. Photographs or paintings of the proceedings are an unnecessary ornament, rather than a part of the main artistic expression – the performer and his or her music. But there is a kin
Collection: The Way Of The RomaniCollection: The Way Of The Romani by techgnotic
The Way Of The RomaniIndomitable, Inscrutable & Irrepressible
They are commonly known as Gypsies, but that moniker conjures up the trite stereotypes and pervasive misconceptions commonly associated with a people whose culture and history are actually profound and nuanced. A vociferously unassimilable people, they are European (and increasingly American) urban nomads in constant migration, refusing to alter their culture in any way necessary for joining the modern wor
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Twins: “Old Souls” at Birth?
Look into the eyes of these photographed twins in this special gallery.
Twins always seem to possess an “old souls” essence in their characters, probably because of the several profound aspects of “twindom” that the rest of us will never have to contemplate, let alone live through on a daily basis. Can you imagine having an almost perfect mirror image of yourself, living alongside you every day? Some reflexive
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St. Patrick’s Day:
A Pinch of Green
St. Patrick’s Day
Legend has it Patrick was the son of a Christian deacon spreading the Faith in Roman Britain in the 4th century. The 16-year-old boy was kidnaped and enslaved in Gaelic Ireland. Six years later, God supposedly spoke to Patrick, telling him a boat awaited him on the coast to take him back home. The escape was successful. He later returned to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity, eventual
Collection: Spines and BackbonesCollection: Spines and Backbones by techgnotic
Spines and Backbones
“Backbone” as a metaphor has always evoked determination, strength of character, toughness of spirit.
It is also an indicator of alignment, of being on the right track, of having everything in life in functioning order. “Breaking” one’s back means utter devastation, paralysis, losing everything. Being “spineless” is perhaps the worst insult any man would care to ever hear about himself. And then there’s the
Collection: Blue CollarCollection: Blue Collar by techgnotic
What does it mean to be “blue collar?”
It means that what you sell for a living is your labor and whatever special knowledge and skills you have accumulated facilitate your ability to do a particular job and do it well. It means achieving raises and benefits to help you survive your retirement years.
Blue collar means stock market speculation and silver-tongued salesmanship have no place in your life. It means depending upon mostly you
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Defiance and Magic
Cornwall is one of those parts of the United Kingdom that’s never fit quite right.
Perpetually in rebellion against central British government authority on some level, the fires have now been banked in political debate over independence and home rule. Some international entities recognize Cornwall as a separate Celtic nation, and over 40% of the population when polled consider themselves “Cor
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NYC Subway: It’s a love-hate thing…
57th Street Subway station
New Yorkers have maintained their love-hate relationship with the subway system for over a hundred years.
The first pneumatic subway train in NYC ran on Feb. 26, 1887. The subway defines everything good and everything bad about life in the city. What could be more stimulating and life-affirming than hopping on an early morning freshly cleaned and de-graffitied subway car, packed w