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Don Kenn’s Monsters

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Don Kenn was born in Denmark in 1978. He is a father of twins and works as a writer/director of children’s television shows. As a result, Don doesn’t have much free time. In the little free time he does have, he makes drawings of monsters on Post-it® notes. Don describes his drawings as “…a little window into a different world, made on office supplies.” These whimsical drawings spoke to me straight away, reminding me of nights as a child struggling to go to sleep because of the monster in the closet. Take a look at some of my favorites after the break. read on

“Tie Fighter” Short Film by Paul Michael Johnson

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New Star Wars movies are on the way, but in the mean time, make sure you check out this ridiculously impressive animated fan film about Imperial TIE Fighters. Animator and artist Paul Michael Johnson put this together over the course of four years. Johnson describes the style of his animation as, “drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that’s all but vanished from Japan nowadays.” Just watching this animation filled me with nostalgia for Star Wars and classic mecha anime tv-shows of the past such as Gundam and Macross. Sit back and enjoy the amazing hand drawn animation and pulse-pounding Star Wars action!

Is 2015 the Year of Virtual Reality?

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Last week, the Game Developers Conference took place in San Francisco. Many amazing games and experiences were debuted at GDC, but I’m most excited about the state of virtual reality. We have already seen a number of contenders enter the ring, including the “first” major VR device to make an appearance, the Oculus Rift. We’ve also seen devices from Sony, Google and Samsung (among a few others). This week, the companies Valve (video game developer behind the Steam gaming platform and many critically acclaimed games) and HTC (electronics maker) have introduced the world to their take on virtual reality by unveiling the HTC Vive. read on

Mars: Humanity’s Biggest Design Challenge

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Humans have been to the Moon—one of the most impressive feats of humanity to have ever been accomplished in our history. What would be even more impressive than going to the Moon? Going to Mars, of course! That has been the goal of the Mars One mission. They want to send four crews of six people to the red planet on a one way trip to establish a human colony there by the year 2025. read on

New York City by Vincent Laforet

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Have you ever wanted to fly over a major city at night to admire the sights? Photographer Vincent Laforet has done just that in New York City as he photographed the city from 7500 feet in the air. Laforet was born in Switzerland and grew up in France and New York City. He has had quite an impressive career—from directing commercials, shooting major sporting events and beautiful countries, to photographing terrorist attacks and major natural disasters. What I like most about this series of photographs are the amazing lights of NYC at night. If you want to see even more of his work, you can visit his website here. read on

Super Realistic Sculptures by Kazuhiro Tsuji

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Kazuhiro Tsuji is an amazing artist. He worked as a Hollywood special effects artist for 25 years, then moved away from the Hollywood life to become a fine artist. He specializes in hyperrealistic sculpture which means extremely lifelike. His experience in the movie special effects business has had a huge impact on his art as each piece could very well be used as a stand-in, in a movie. Tsuji has created sculptures of Abraham Lincoln, Dick Smith, Andy Warhol and Dali. read on

A New Option for Cable-Cutters: Sling TV

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The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) just happened and the most noteworthy thing (to me) to debut was Sling TV by Dish. Sling TV is an internet based TV service that features a decent lineup of premium channels and only costs $20 a month. There is no contract required to signup and you can cancel at any time without penalty. The service can be viewed on a large number of devices including your smartphones and tablets. read on

Cities Reimagined as Video Game Maps

Photo courtesy of Robert Bacon

Photo courtesy of Robert Bacon

I was born in 1985, the same year that the Nintendo Entertainment System was released in North America. I first saw an NES in 1989 and the rest is history. That’s why I was delighted when I found a series of city maps created in the style of popular video game maps from the 80’s and 90’s. Comedian and artist Robert Bacon (tastethebacon) modeled these maps after the graphics of popular video games such as Super Mario Bros, Zelda and Donkey Kong. The cities included in the series of posters are Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Tokyo. Check them out.

The Motion of Canoers and Kayakers

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Artist Stephen Orlando is “fascinated with capturing motion through time and space into a single photograph.” Orlando uses LED lights attached to objects to create some truly amazing and mystical photographs. He uses a technique similar to light painting where he takes a very long exposure that captures nothing but the blinking LED lights in serene settings. Check out some of my favorites below. read on

Artificial Intelligent Lawyers

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Photo Courtesy of Jan Hoffmann

What sort of jobs would you expect to be replaced by robots (aka Artificial Intelligence) in the near future? Probably low level jobs like fast food workers or retail workers, right? Well, one report predicts that A.I. will replace lawyers by 2030.

Now this wouldn’t replace high level lawyers or trial lawyers by this date, but the report suggests that low level associate lawyers could easily be replaced by A.I. for low level tasks like “low level economy work.” As time goes by, the A.I. would be able to handle more and more complex tasks, but those requiring a human elements would remain untouched for the foreseeable future. The report also points out you would, unfortunately, still see the annoying ambulance chasing lawyers on TV.

What this means for lawyers is it will be very hard to train low level, human, lawyers to reach specialized positions if A.I. takes over all their low-level billable work. The report predicts that only a couple positions would be open at a time to regular “meat-bags” and mostly for learning, not so much for billable work.

I personally don’t see this as a bad thing as long as our society is willing to embrace the changes that A.I. will bring, and not just to the legal professions either. Eventually, robots will replace all of our jobs. However, we have to realize that if we don’t work anymore, it doesn’t mean we are useless as a species. We can sit back, relax and let our robots take care of us while we pursue our hobbies, play and enjoy life. Doesn’t sound so bad to me.

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