The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The bar for fine art photographs of dogs in goofy costumes was set quite high in the 70s and 80s by photographer William Wegman and his Weimaraner companions Man Ray and Fay Ray, and while I suspect 20% of the entire industry of the internet is spent sharing adorable pet photos, it’s rare to see a single animal transcend the rest. Some worthy contenders recently have been Theron Humphrey and his dog Maddie, and also Seth Casteel’s underwater dogs. But a new pup has thrown down the gauntlet and her name is Trotter, a one-year-old French Bulldog lovingly captured by her owner, San Francisco photographer Sonya Yu who bills herself as a Professional Food Pornographer. You can follow Trotter’s dressy exploits on Yu’s Instagram feed but also check out her personal work which is outstanding. (via the fluffington post, which apparently, is a thing)

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A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

A Separate Reality: New Paintings of Dystopian Worlds by Alex Andreev science fiction painting illustration digital

Trying to categorize or summarize the genre of Alex Andreev’s (previously) digital paintings is nearly impossible. Part science fiction, part dystopian future, the scenes are equally disturbing and beautiful, his characters inhabiting a world Andreev tells me is deeply influenced by Soviet-era literature, music and movies. Based in St. Petersburg, Russia he works primarily with Adobe Photoshop and Corel Paint and relies only on a small selection of brushes and colors to create each illustration, meaning there are no special effects or 3d-rendering of anything. Andreev recently published an art book, A Separate Reality, which is available through Blurb.com.

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Where the Internet Lives: The First-Ever Glimpse Inside Google’s Data Centers

Where the Internet Lives: The First Ever Glimpse Inside Googles Data Centers Google architecture

Where the Internet Lives: The First Ever Glimpse Inside Googles Data Centers Google architecture

Where the Internet Lives: The First Ever Glimpse Inside Googles Data Centers Google architecture

Where the Internet Lives: The First Ever Glimpse Inside Googles Data Centers Google architecture

Where the Internet Lives: The First Ever Glimpse Inside Googles Data Centers Google architecture

Where the Internet Lives: The First Ever Glimpse Inside Googles Data Centers Google architecture

Where the Internet Lives: The First Ever Glimpse Inside Googles Data Centers Google architecture

Where the Internet Lives: The First Ever Glimpse Inside Googles Data Centers Google architecture

Where the Internet Lives: The First Ever Glimpse Inside Googles Data Centers Google architecture

So it really is a series of tubes. For the first time ever Google has posted dozens of rare photographs inside and around its data centers revealing the absurd level of organization, energy and design that goes into powering some of the largest, most powerful systems plugged into the internet. My absolute favorite aspect is the color-coordinated design of their infrastructure as it correlates to the Google logo. What wonderful attention to detail. See many more photos of their eight data centers and Street View imagery of their Lenoir, NC data center at Where the Internet Lives. All photos by Connie Zhou.

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3D Illusion Drawings by Ramon Bruin

3D Illusion Drawings by Ramon Bruin optical illusion drawing 3d

3D Illusion Drawings by Ramon Bruin optical illusion drawing 3d

3D Illusion Drawings by Ramon Bruin optical illusion drawing 3d

Freelance artist Ramon Bruin has been working on some fun 3D illusion drawings, here are three of my favorites. You can see a bit more of his work over on Facebook, and if you liked this also check out the work of Nagai Hideyuki. (via my darkened eyes)

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Sponsor // MolecularCuisine: The Politics of Taste

Molecular Cuisine: The Politics of Taste is a three-day interdisciplinary conference focusing on desire’s palate that will take place from Oct 19 to 21 at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. Investigating the importance of taste from the perspectives of the culinary arts, sociology, art history and theory, and anthropology, as well as the cognitive, material, and biological sciences, the symposium targets intersections between taste and value.

While taste is the key concept in new cooking technologies, it also connects to our passions, predilections, and taboos. Researchers from the scientific and cultural spheres ask why we enjoy certain foods and not others, why we prefer certain styles and not others. Involving multiple discourses that emphasize emotions and the senses, the concept of taste, which traditionally pertains to the fine arts or humanities, is developing a renewed relevance in current cultural debates. Visit molecularcuisine.sva.edu for full detailsSponsor // MolecularCuisine: The Politics of Taste sponsor .

Light Studies: Experimental Light Photos by Kim Pimmel

Light Studies: Experimental Light Photos by Kim Pimmel long exposure light

Light Studies: Experimental Light Photos by Kim Pimmel long exposure light

Light Studies: Experimental Light Photos by Kim Pimmel long exposure light

Light Studies: Experimental Light Photos by Kim Pimmel long exposure light

Light Studies: Experimental Light Photos by Kim Pimmel long exposure light

Light Studies: Experimental Light Photos by Kim Pimmel long exposure light

San Francisco-based UI designer and photographer Kim Pimmel creates extraordinary long exposure light photographs using a huge variety of common objects and technologies. Although the photos appear digitally rendered they actually merge simple things like ping pong balls, old turntables, and simple pendulums with LEDs, Arduino microcomputers, servos and other lighting mechanisms such as iPhone screens to make the photos you see here. His light studies set on Flickr is well worth your time and he also made a wild video using some of the same techniques. (via ruines humaines)

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A Stop-Motion Crochet ‘Quadropus’ Turns the City Blue

A Stop Motion Crochet Quadropus Turns the City Blue stop motion octopi music video crochet animation

A Stop Motion Crochet Quadropus Turns the City Blue stop motion octopi music video crochet animation

A Stop Motion Crochet Quadropus Turns the City Blue stop motion octopi music video crochet animation

A Stop Motion Crochet Quadropus Turns the City Blue stop motion octopi music video crochet animation

This latest music video for Wax Tailor featuring Aloe Blacc was shot by the crew over at Australian firm Oh Yeah Wow (previously) who spent over three months carefully moving a crocheted, four-legged octopus (a quadropus!) by hand using stop-motion. The end result is technically incredible despite a somewhat gloomy ending, the team’s ability to create the illusion of being underwater using just a few sparse props is commendable in and of it itself. See more making of photos here. Directed by Darcy Prendergast and Seamus Spilsbury.

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