October 23, 2016

The KARLBOX - Already A Waitlist For This $3,000 Set Of Colored Pencils


Displayed like a precious artifact under a clear acrylic case, a set of colored pencils in midtown Manhattan is proving irresistible to coloring aficionados and sketch artists.

At the Museum of Modern Art’s newly-renovated design store, the KARLBOX, as it’s called, contains 350 pieces of drawing paraphernalia: pencils, markers, charcoals, and watercolor brushes, all perfectly color-sorted. 
The black lacquered cabinet is stamped with the distinctive pony-tailed profile of its creator: Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel and Fendi. With a price tag of $3,000+ including sales tax, each pencil is worth roughly $12 (considering the various sharpeners included).

MoMA tells Quartz that there’s already a wait list for the limited edition box set. For Lagerfeld-obsessed aesthetes, the price isn’t that hard to justify—the latest Chanel tweed jackets designed by the 83-year-old fashion designer retails for at least twice that.

Produced by 255-year-old German art supplies company Faber-Castell, the set pays homage to Lagerfeld’s love of drawing and illustration.
 “I wanted to become an illustrator, so I studied every book of costume from any kind of period and tried to make illustrations,” said Lagerfeld in a 2013 interview at the Lincoln Center. Aside from his fashion sketches, Lagerfeld also dabbled as a book illustrator for the 2014 Coco Chanel biography, The Allure of Chanel.


With many thanks to Quartz           

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October 21, 2016

Chuck Berry Turned 90 And He Is Releasing His First Album In 38 Years


John Lennon said "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry.'" The man whose name is synonymous with rock and roll just turned 90, and he announced today that he will be releasing his first album in 38 years. The album, entitled Chuck, will be released in 2017 on Dualtone Records 

In addition to being the first person inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Berry was also honored by NASA when his song "Johnny B. Goode" was included on the Golden Record that placed aboard the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft in 1977. 

Here's Berry and Lennon performing "Johnny B. Goode":                                                              

By Mark Frauefelder

With many thanks to Boing Boing           



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Amur Tiger Release


An ongoing program,fortunately.

In May 2015, a three year old Amur tiger was successfully captured, collared and releasedinto a mountainous region in the Russian Far East. The young male was identified as a ‘conflict tiger’ in a prey depleted area but rather than confining him to a life of captivity, the Russian government opted to give him a second chance.

The tiger, named “Uporny” – the Russian word for stubborn – had been captured around Khabarovsky province where he had been eating dogs, bringing him into potential conflict with humans. 


The Government Forest Department (Ministry of Natural Resource of Khabarovsky Province) organised and implemented the trans-location operation with the assistance of WWF and the Amur Tiger Center. Uporny was taken to the Utyos Rehabilitation Center, the largest wild animal rehabilitation center in the Russian Far East.

Here he was given a general health check, including an inspection of his teeth. 

He was vaccinated for common diseases and also fed prey to assess his hunting abilities and suitability for release into the wild.

Once Uporny was ready to be released, he was fitted with a lightweight radio collar. The collar has a special function that allows it to drop off when the team send a signal. Having been flagged as a potential conflict tiger, Uporny will be monitored until he is well established in his new area.

 For the first month, a team of specialists will be tracking his location and eating habitats on a constant basis, using GPS data sent from the collar as well as tracking him on the ground. Once the collar detaches, he will be monitored using camera traps and the recording of his pugmarks.

Uporny has been released into a sparsely inhabited mountainous area on the border with Anyuisky National Park; one of the tiger recovery areas identified by WWF-Russia. The recent National Tiger Survey indicated that the area has a good prey base and is free of territorial male tigers, making it an ideal location to release Uporny.  

The presence of a female Amur tiger in the area gives hope that Uporny will not only continue to live wild and free, but also breed – contributing to the recovering tiger population in Russia.

Special credit goes to Pavel Fomenko, coordinator of WWF-Russia, who was key behind this effort; from darting the tiger to coordinated his release during the operation. A big thank you also goes out to all of our WWF supporters around the world, whose kind donations bought the transport cage and vehicle used in this release.


With many thanks to WWF - Russia


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October 20, 2016

The Piano Guys: Can't Stop The Feeling - Dance Like Nobody's Watching


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We were so stoked to hold the first copy of our new album, Uncharted, that we immediately went to Lynns Supermarket and Wal-mart to go see how people would react to it. We hope you enjoy the video!

We've titled our sixth album with Sony “Uncharted” for several reasons. First, we’ve now ventured deeper into “uncharted” territory than we could have ever dreamed of traversing. We’ve been more places, met more people, and had more opportunities than we could have imagined possible. We feel blessed to have been supported, even guided in this journey by so many people that have given us the purpose behind pushing through the underbrush.

 Second, we feel like our music isn’t limited to a specific genre or “chart” — we hope it transcends conventional classification and instead reaches beyond boundaries, finding audiences from all walks of life that want positive content and fresh takes on old and new music.

 Third, it is actually very difficult to accurately “chart” our music into sheet music since it features so many unprecedented and untranscribable sounds. In this sense we are playing off the chart, so to speak. :-) 

And lastly, two of the tunes on the album feature two more locations that further fulfill our Wonders of the World quest, Chichen Itza and Petra — both of which are considered two of the greatest “uncharted” archeological finds in history! Combine all of these elements with more of our signature fusion of film score, classical music, pop and original music, our first vocal single, and even more groundbreaking textures and sounds, we believe this to be our best record yet. We can’t wait for people to hear it! 


Fun facts about the album:

“Uncharted” is the SIXTH album The Piano Guys have released since signing with Sony in 2012

7 of the tracks on “UNCHARTED” are brand new, never-heard-before tunes.

“Uncharted” includes a dream-come-true collaboration with the man, the myth, the legend, Mr. Hans Zimmer — world renowned film score composer. He wrote an arrangement for TPG of several themes from his soundtrack, "Pirates of the Caribbean"

“Uncharted” includes The Piano Guys very first vocal single, entitled “It’s Gonna Be Okay,” featuring the vocal skills of TPG’s music producer Al van der Beek

There is no kazoo on this album

Two songs on “Uncharted” are the continuation of TPG’s Wonders of the World Quest — Themes from Jungle Book performed in front of Chichen Itza, Mexico and themes from Indiana Jones performed in front of Petra, Jordan.

“Uncharted” features several pop/classical mash-ups, including Adele’s “Hello” combined with Mozart’s “Lacrimosa” and Rachel Platten’s Fight Song woven into Amazing Grace

Despite its title, “Uncharted” is already slated to be among the worldwide top ten Billboard albums when it is released on October 28th.

The deluxe edition of “Uncharted” includes NINE music videos as well exclusive Behind the Scenes content.

One of the music videos on “Uncharted," “Fight Song / Amazing Grace” was filmed with a pipe and drum band in front of the world famous Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland, where countless blockbuster movies have been filmed.

If you look close, on the cover of “Uncharted,” you’ll see Paul has a very mischievous “assistant” "monkeying around" with the drone

Check out our Top 10 videos!
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri: https://youtu.be/QgaTQ5-XfMM
Disney's Let It Go / Vivaldi's Winter: https://youtu.be/6Dakd7EIgBE
Beethoven's 5 Secrets - OneRepublic: https://youtu.be/mJ_fkw5j-t0
Titanium / Pavane David Guetta / Faure: https://youtu.be/fz4MzJTeL0c
What Makes You beautiful / One Direction: https://youtu.be/0VqTwnAuHws
Peponi - Coldplay - Paradise: https://youtu.be/Cgovv8jWETM
Cello Wars - Star Wars: https://youtu.be/BgAlQuqzl8o
Fight Song / Amazing Grace: https://youtu.be/mOO5qRjVFLw
Kung Fu Piano - Cello Ascends: https://youtu.be/NCaH-qqTWpk
Story of My Life - One Direction: https://youtu.be/yET4p-r2TI8 

Thanks to The Piano Guys on You Tube.

The Piano Guys: It's Gonna Be Okay With Al van der Beek

The Piano Guys: The Hobbit - Lord of The Rings

The Piano Guys: Let It Go (Disney's "Frozen") Vivaldi's Winter

The Piano Guys: Mission Impossible - Featuring Lindsey Stirling

The Piano Guys: Ants Marching/Ode To Joy

The Piano Guys: I Want You Bach!

The Piano Guys "Jurassic Park Theme" - 65 Million Years In The Making!

The Piano Guys: Founders Thank You Video :A Sky Full of Stars

The Piano Guys: This is Your Fight Song

The Piano Guys: Adele - Hello / Lacrimosa (Mozart)

The Piano Guys: The Jungle Book / Sarabande (Mayan Style)


Savannasaurus Elliottorum: Wide-Hipped Dinosaur the Size of a Bus Once Trod Across Australia


Lots of dinosaur discoveries this month!

About 95 million years ago, a bus-size and scaly-skinned sauropod dinosaur with a long tail and even longer neck lumbered across what is now Queensland, Australia, a new study finds.

The hulking, 50-foot-long (15 meters) paleo-beast likely weighed up to 22 tons (20 tonnes) and sported hips that didn't quit, at a girth of some 5 feet (1.5 m) across. And the dinosaur likely ate supersize meals, using its large digestive system to extract nutrients from all kinds of plants, even tough ones, said the study's lead researcher Stephen Poropat, a palaeontologist and research associate at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History in Queensland, Australia.

The newly identified species of sauropod is one of the most complete sauropod skeletons ever found in Australia, Poropat said. It's named Savannasaurus elliottorum, for the savannah where it was found and for David Elliott, the first person to find dinosaur bones at the site. [See Images of the Enormous, Newly Identified Australian Sauropod]

The paleontologists also found the first partial sauropod skull on record from Australia. The skull belonged to Diamantinasaurus matildae, Poropat said. The finding is unusual, as paleontologists typically unearth headless sauropods.

"To have had the privilege of describing the first sauropod braincase ever found in Australia has been very humbling," Poropat told Live Science in an email. He explained that sauropod heads are an unusual find because "the bones of the skull were not solidly fused together, meaning that sauropod skulls had a tendency to 'explode' once their owners had died, and they also seem to have detached quite easily from sauropod necks — perhaps [carnivorous bipedal] theropods liked to eat them."
One day in 2005, Elliott, who had previously founded the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum with his wife, Judy, was tending to his sheep when he noticed a few fossils on the ground on his property in Queensland. At first, Elliott thought two of the bones belonged to a theropod dinosaur. But Judy found otherwise when she clicked the two end pieces together, revealing that the fossils were actually the toe bone of a sauropod, Poropat said.

Curious to learn more, David, Judy and a team from the Queensland Museum returned to the area — nicknamed the Ho-Hum site — later that year.
"What they found was stunning: a huge siltstone concretion, filled with dinosaur bones," Poropat said. "It was too big to be extracted whole, so they decided to break it up into hundreds of smaller, more manageable pieces."

It took nearly 10 years for paleontologists to fully prepare the bones, but it was well worth the effort, Poropat said.

The newfound sauropod, dubbed Wade, would have stood almost 10 feet (3 m) tall at its shoulders, and walked on all fours, equipped with five toes on each foot.

But "the most distinctive feature of Savannasaurus was its breadth — across the hips it would have been no narrower than 1.5 m [nearly 5 feet], and it would have been almost as wide across the shoulders, as well," Poropat said. [Photos: Giant Sauropods Plodded Along in Scottish Lagoon]
Both S. elliottorum and D. matildae are closely related to titanosaurs, whose bones have been found in South America and Asia. However, little is known about when sauropods made it to Australia, Poropat said.

According to an anatomical analysis, S. elliottorum and D. matildae's ancestors hailed from South America, Poropat said. He and his colleagues suspect that the sauropod's ancestors likely trudged from there to Australia via Antarctica, which was connected to both continents during the Cretaceous Period, Poropat said.

"It is likely that titanosaurs were not able to enter Australia until approximately 105 million years ago, because cool (but not freezing) conditions prevailed in Antarctica from approximately 120 [million to] 105 million years ago," Poropat said. "Although they might have been 'warm-blooded,' sauropods had long necks and tails through which they might have lost a lot of heat when the weather was cold."

The study was published online today (Oct. 20) in the journal Scientific Reports.

By Laura Geggel

With many thanks to Live Science 
More on Dinosaurs and Prehistoric creatures:

Jurassic ‘Sea Monster’ From Scottish Loch

Psittacosaurus: Chinese Parrot Lizard Dinosaur First Found To Use Camouflage 

Austroposeidon Magnificus: Brazil’s Biggest Dinosaur Has Been Rediscovered