Korean barista turns cups of coffee into works of art

Via Oddity Central:

Armed only with a thin metal rod and a palette of food dyes, Lee Kang Bin can turn a bland cup of latte into a stunning masterpiece. From drinkable recreations of famous paintings, like Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, to detailed cartoon characters and portraits, there’s virtually nothing he can’t draw on milk foam.

His food-dye based latte art is known as CreamArt, and has attracted a lot of attention among Korean baristas, many of whom study under Lee, and fans of all things cool, who follow his latest creations on Instagram.

Dressed up llamas at weddings are a thing now

Alexis Hobbs, writing for Brides:

For brides getting married in the Portland, Oregon, or Vancouver, Washington, area, your llama dreams can now be turned into reality. Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas is offering an exclusive service to brides and grooms who want to make sure their wedding is the most talked about event of the year.

According to the non-profit organization’s website, their llamas—named Rojo, Smokey, Diego, and Jean-Pierre—are pros when it comes to socializing at special events. “Always decorated to compliment, our llamas can easily handle all ages, and any size of crowd.”

But just as weddings can be unpredictable AF, these furry guys don’t necessarily come with a guaranteed presence on your big day. “To avoid undo stress for our animals, we may not be able to fill requests which would require us to travel during peak traffic times,” the website notes.

Unsettling scenes that capture humorously suspenseful moments

Jordan Kushins, writing for Kinfolk:

The connection between what the mind perceives and how the body reacts is a curious relationship. Adrenaline flows into our autonomic nervous system when it anticipates that something bad is about to happen—not because something bad is already happening.

Often just the thought of what if? can be as potent as the act itself, and the thrill of the chase may occasionally be more powerful than the real deal.

Absurd as the scenarios may be, it’s executed brilliantly to elicit that involuntary reaction.

Elegant wooden birds dipped in watercolour paint

Christopher Jobson, writing for Collosal:

Mexican designer Moisés Hernández brings his distinct flair for minimalism to this new series of avian sculptures titled Immersed Birds. Each piece is a continuous wooden object milled with CNC technology which is then dipped into a carefully considered sequence of watercolors. The overlaying hues mimic the plumage of a toucan, hummingbird, and Mexican quetzal. You can see more of Hernández’s work on Instagram.

Love the way the colours are layered against the wood grain.

NASA’s night-time map displays the patterns of human settlement across the Earth

Via NASA:

Satellite images of Earth at night — often referred to as “night lights” — have been a gee-whiz curiosity for the public and a tool for fundamental research for nearly 25 years. They have provided a broad, beautiful picture, showing how humans have shaped the planet and lit up the darkness.

Today they are releasing a new global composite map of night lights as observed in 2016, as well as a revised version of the 2012 map. The NASA group has examined the different ways that light is radiated, scattered and reflected by land, atmospheric and ocean surfaces. The new maps were produced with data from all months of each year.

Fascinating; particularly to see how much India has grown from 2012 to 2016 (seen in the gallery).

Beautiful and super-detailed visualisations of the human brain

Via the project Self Reflected:

Self Reflected offers an unprecedented insight of the brain into itself, revealing through a technique called reflective microetching the enormous scope of beautiful and delicately balanced neural choreographies designed to reflect what is occurring in our own minds as we observe this work of art. 

It is important to note that these are artistic visuals, not actual brain scans. The results are stunning nonetheless.

The Solar System in a jar

Via Little Planet Factory:

A small bottle attempting to maintain the correct scale between the 8 planets of the solar system at a scale of 1:5,000,000,000. Much as in reality the entire bottle is almost entirely dominated by the volume (and mass) of the four gas giants while the four solid planets settle almost dust like in comparison at the bottom of it.

At $37, it’s pretty reasonable for 3-D printed objects.

The Museum of Failure showcases—and celebrates—innovations that flopped

Via CBC Radio:

“I’m an innovation researcher, and the past six years of consuming all the literature, going to conferences, I got kind of fed up with everybody’s worshipping of success all the time,” Samuel West, the museum’s founder, told As It Happens host Carol Off. 

“I know, and everybody in the business knows, that 80 to 90 per cent of all innovation products fail, but we never hear anything about them.” That’s a shame, he said. West believes we can learn a lot by studying our failures. “So I started collecting a few,” he said. “And then it turned into an obsession.”

Eventually, he amassed so many flops, he decided to open a museum, inspired largely by Croatia’s Museum of Broken Relationships, which “explores broken love and other human relationships — what they mean to us, what they tell us about what we share and how we can learn and grow from them.”

Products from left to right: 1) The Nokia N-gage – a hybrid mobile and gaming device, 2) Pink and purple ‘Bic For Her’ pens, 3) Cologne for the Harley-Davidson macho guys, 4) A coffee infused Coca-Cola Blak, and 5) The Donald Trump board game.

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