Amazing Virtual Sculptures Distorted by Exact Locations
Seven Sculptures is a project dealing with virtual figures deformed by the photographs’ location and time data. A standard human figure is deformed using algorithmically generated images. These images, which are called procedurals, are mostly used for creating realistic texture maps for 3D models and every kind of procedural map has its own parameters.
In this project, the numeric input of the parameters and kind of procedural maps are determined by the photographs’ location (longitude and latitude) and time data (H:M:S, D.M.Y taken from EXIF). Using the black and white value of the images generated, a base human model’s vertices were displaced. Using algorithms for every input of a procedural, unique virtual sculptures were (de)formed.
The naming of each work is based on the formula: First two letter of the continent + Longitude/Latitude + Hour/Minute/Second + Day/Month/Year + First letters of the photo owner. The artist behind these fascinating and highly creative images is Can Pekdemir. Needless to say, this provides these very exacting images with some very nonsensical names:
- au.16943.27042010.125522.ed (Australia)
- as.4137.06042010.110027.cp (Asia)
- an.0090.15022011.015033.ed (Antarctica)
- eu.3051.18082010.121812.cp (Europe)
- na.15519.16042010.160853.ed (North America)
- sa.7250.24112010.145302.mg (South Africa)
- af.1834.28022010.155359.as (Africa)
Extreme Body Modification Rituals Around the World
Teeth sharpening, ear elongation, lip plates, nose studs, body scarring and giraffe necks – tribes and ethnic enclaves throughout the world have and continue to engage in incredible practices and rituals of body modification and body art for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
Body modification or alteration is the deliberate altering of the human anatomy and it’s done for a variety of reasons: aesthetics, sexual enhancement, rites of passage, religious beliefs, to display group membership or affiliation, to create body art, and as self-expression.
Ritual modification is used in many tribes and ethnic groups in Africa, India, New Zealand, Australia, and South East Asia. It can be done by burning, cutting, or elongating parts of the body. It’s used to identify members of certain tribal families. It is also done for social and culture acceptance. And it’s not only done to the men of the tribes, but also to women and children as a coming of age rite of passage. In women, it’s seen as something beautiful, marks showing they are suitable mothers and wives.
Unfortunately body-mod tourism isn’t that rare. Although an influx of tourists has brought attention to cultural practices and money to impoverished tribes, some argue that it is deteriorating their way of life and cheapening their traditions and values.
Coconut Crab — The Largest Crab on Earth
Coconut crabs (Birgus latro), also known as robber crabs or palm thieves, can grow over 3 feet (1 m) in length and weigh up to 9 pounds (4.3 kg). It is the largest land-living arthropod in the world. Unfortunately their numbers are dwindling as they are hunted for their meat. They are a protected species in most areas.
The largest population of coconut crabs is found on Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean. As you might recall from a previous post on Curious History, Christmas Island is also home to the largest annual red crab migration on Earth. Perhaps the island should consider a name change.
Blue is the most common color for coconut crabs, although they are also found in shades of orange and red or a combination of all three. As for diet, they eat fruits, nuts, seeds and coconuts, but given the opportunity they will eat carion (animal carcasses). To obtain coconuts, these crabs are famous for their dexterity of tree climbing and jumping to obtain the fruit. Their goal is to have the coconut crack open after hitting the ground. Once open, they use their pincers to tear at the thick, fleshy fruit.
Rare Photographs of an Albino Humpback Whale
The Reddit community has collected a series of photographs of an albino humpback whale. Named “Migaloo”, which means “white fella” in the Aboriginal language, this whale can be seen along the Queensland coast in Australia. First seen in 1991, many people attempt to take videos and photos of this whale as he travels back and forth from Antarctica and Australia.
A Plane Waiting for a Train
Its quite a sight to see but this situation actually exists. Gisborne Airport located in Gisborne, New Zealand has a working railroad that cuts straight through the middle of the airport’s runway. No matter how incredible it may seem, airplanes periodically have to wait for a train to pass in order for them to take off.
Rare Stick Insect Hatchling
This chartreuse green insect is unfurling from its little egg to add to a slowly swelling captive population of Lord Howe Island stick insects – one of the rarest, and largest, insects in the world – at Melbourne Zoo. It will grow up to be a flightless, nocturnal insect that stretches up to 12 cm long, its solid, shiny black or rust-colored body weighing up to 25 grams.