Relax With This Oscar-Winning Short About Glassblowing

Glassblowing is an old and intricate craft that can take years to master. Since it isn't exactly something you can learn in high school art class, many people are ignorant about the somewhat mysterious process. In 1958, filmmaker Bert Haanstra took a look into the world of glassblowing with a wonderful 10-minute short called Glas. The movie wordlessly follows several men as they create pristine works of art. The artists seem to have no trouble working with the molten glass, and often blow through a blowpipe with a pipe or cigarette still in their mouths. The footage is set to jazz music, which, as Hyperallergic points out, makes the blowers almost seem like horn players. 

Occasionally the movie will cut to a more mechanical method for creating glass structures, like bottles being made on a conveyor belt. While the glassblowers move with an elegant fluidness, the factory bottles drone on with a strict rigidness (which eventually gets interrupted by a jam, leading to some broken bottles). 

The relaxing short won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 1959, the year after it came out. You can watch it on Vimeo courtesy of Aeon, which has an interesting collection of videos on culture and design. 

[h/t Hyperallergic]

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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State

Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

[h/t Digg]

Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.


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