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3.141592653 + incredible =

I want to own the hashtag

Take the word “incredible”
and merge it with the number for pi.

The frequency of each letter
corresponds to the number in pi

3.141592653 + incredible =

Now that is

0 archived comments | | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Doing a tic-tac-toe with iPhone icons
Dinosaur, owl, and elephant for Timehop, Hootsuite, and Evernote
Do you ever put iPhone icons next to each other on your iPhone, because they look cool together?

I need one more iPhone app icon with an animal to complete an iPhone screen tic-tac-toe. My iPhone home screen now features three animals in a row: dinosaur, owl, and elephant from Timehop, Hootsuite, and Evernote.

Anyone have a fun app with an animal icon to complete the row?

0 archived comments | | Monday, April 21, 2014
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Illuminated Scripture on Good Friday

Illuminated Scripture on Good Friday

On the day of black, rainbows of color stream onto the Way of the Cross.

Between all the kneeling and standing, chanting and silence, my booklet would become illuminated with splashes of color. As my girlfriend observed, "it's like a sunset on your book."

This photo was taken at the 3pm service at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. See a great photo taken by my friend Alex Garcia (Chicago Tribune photographer) at the 5pm service.

The passage in this photo:
Matthew 26:36-39
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here, while I go over there and pray."
And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
Then he said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me."
And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will."

0 archived comments | | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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If you 'like' Cheerios or Haagen-Dazs, you might void your right to sue

General Mills' new policy: if you engage with us online, you can never sue the company. The Consumerist reports:
In new language recently added to General Mills' website, consumers who interact with the company online will be agreeing to give up the right to sue the company in the future.
The New York Times reports that the food company behind brands like Cheerios, Betty Crocker and Nature Valley recently updated the legal terms in its privacy policy online, effectively limiting customers who bring a dispute against General Mills to arbitration or other negotiation.
Basically, if you download coupons, enter a General Mills sweepstakes or interact with it at all, you can't sue — not if you get a chunk of glass in your bowl of Wheaties and not if you think a product has misleading labeling. »Read the full Consumerist report.
Do you like any of General Mills' Facebook Pages? Cheerios? Or maybe Haagen-Dazs? Or maybe one of over 50 brands under General Mills. How do you check to see if you are part of them all? Manually search for each Page? Crazy.

Here's a list of 15 General Mills Facebook Pages, see which Pages you currently like. If there is a checkmark inside any of these boxes, it means you follow the Page.

How to determine if you like any General Mills Facebook Pages

I'm not telling you what to do. Make a careful decision on where you stand. If you see any of your friends on the list below, feel free to share this blog post with them.

» View the list of 15 General Mills brands Facebook Pages

0 archived comments | | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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What happens when you make your photos available via Creative Commons license

Tugboat on Chicago River by Trump Tower

Make a photo available via a Creative Commons license allows it to run wild free on the internet. You'll never know what will happen. In 2007 I shot this HDR image of a tugboat on the Chicago River. Accidentally using an extremely high ISO, a ton of noise crept into the hi-resolution version of this image. Since I wasn't comfortable selling prints of a photo with lots of noise, I made this photo available for anyone to use for free.

Seven years later, I come across my image being sold on $0.93 postcards, flash cards, an e-nanny website, and my favorite:

Give me a tow, I'm old

a cheesy tshirt about age, "Give me a tow... I'm old." If anyone wants to give me a good gag gift, this would be a great one.

0 archived comments | | Monday, April 14, 2014
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Start of spring: tulips break ground on Michigan Avenue in Chicago

Start of spring: tulips break ground on Michigan Avenue in Chicago

The tulips are starting to break the ground in Chicago! While walking to work, the dirt graveyards on Michigan Avenue started to get some life. Little red sprouts coming out of the soil!

Standing in the middle of Michigan Avenue, cars were honking their horns while I was capturing this moment of 2014.

My first round of shots were ok, as I reviewed them from my desk at the Tribune Tower, severl photos had a big honkin bus was in the background on the right. Other shots were ok, but their background had stop light green. The stop light looks so much better in red.

I went back outside and visited my selected favorite tulip of 2014. Some patience was required as this was primetime rush hour for buses going down Michigan Avenue. That blackish shape on the right is a bus shelter. One of the most popular bus shelters in the CTA system.

Evenutally there were no buses, no cars, and a red light. Originally I had the tulip blocking one of the two red lights, leaving just one red light shown. But then placing both of the red lights on either side of the tulip sprout made for a nice composition. My last shot of the series. :)

0 archived comments | | Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Dyeing the Chicago River Green in fast-motion

Watch a little boat fly up and down the Chicago River releasing green dye (youtube video). The pattern the boat follows looks like the one would use mowing the lawn. Next year I wanna see zig-zags!

If the boat was leave a trail where it would spell out something, what should it spell?
Here's a few ideas:
* Happy St. Patrick's Day
* Green!
* Don't drink the river
* Leprechaun was here
* T-O-X-I-C (from Marco on facebook)
* P-U-K-E (from Leigh on facebook)
* M-A-L-D-R-E (from Lisa on facebook)
* S-P-U-D-A-R-T (from Marco on facebook)
* K-E-L-P M-E (from Todd on facebook)
* T-A-X Dollars... (from Tamima on facebook)
* Chicago dyes the river green?? That sounds like a horrible idea. (from Rose on facebook)
* S-T-O-P -F-R-E-T-T-I-N-G-, --G-R-U-M-P-S-. -T-H-I-S -I-S -F-U-N-! (from Erik on facebook)
* ______________ (your idea here)
* ______________ (your idea here)

Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments or on Twitter, Google Plus, or Facebook.

0 archived comments | | Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Rowlf the Dog has no official Facebook Page

List of Muppet characters with Facebook Pages

The Muppets have Facebook Pages for Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, and Walter, but not Rowlf the Dog.

Search for Rowlf the Dog on Facebook

Unbelievable. A Facebook search for Rowlf the Dog yields only his wikipedia page. Rowlf totally needs a Facebook Page. He's hilarious. Move over Fozzie Bear, there's a new comedian in town.


0 archived comments | | Monday, March 10, 2014
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World Series trophy and weber grill

Painting of World Series trophy Painting of weber grill

Vertical lines. Horizontal lines. The difference between the two means the difference between the World Series trophy and a weber grill.

These are works of art for sale by my brother, Erik Maldre. Venturing into the never-ending snow with his Instax Polaroid camera, he photographs landscapes of snow, and then paints on top of the instant prints. The World Series trophy and Weber grill are just my own interpretations of these abstract works of art. What is your instant interpretation of these works?

Instant photos.
Instant snow.
Instant painting.
Instant interpretations.

These can all be instantly yours on ebay. See all of his current works for sale under the ebay name, unmoo.

0 archived comments | | Tuesday, March 04, 2014
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Matt Maldre is Joseph Beuys

An image search for my name, Matt Maldre, brings up four photos of me--and a photo of the great artist Joseph Beuys. Google is implying that I am the late Joseph Beuys. While I would love to have this honor, I certainly cannot accept it, for Beuys was a trailblazer in social art and activism. I am a mere speck compared to what he did.

Nonetheless, it's great to see an image of him pop up for search on my name. Hello Joseph!

The secret identity of Matt Maldre is...

0 archived comments | | Friday, February 28, 2014
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Reimjedesilbeinjederzeile: rhyming every syllable in each line

While putting away laundry, I tweaked my right knee, prompting me to lie down and think of this poem:

At first I was thinking about how "knee" and "laundry" rhymed. Then I needed something to ryhme with the "laun" of "laundry." "Gone" seemed nice. Then the "right" and "night" made sense, as did "popped" and "stopped."

Is there a term for rhyming every syllable in each line? The Germans would call it
Reimjedesilbeinjederzeile (translated: rhyming every syllable in each line)

I'll make this into a blog post! The Germans would call that Ichwerdediesineinemblogpostmachen (translated: I'll make this into a blog post)

0 archived comments | | Thursday, February 13, 2014
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Olympic Bobsled pusher Johnny Quinn is the Kool-Aid Man. OH YEAH!

At the Olympics, stuck in a bathroom with no cell phone? Nobody around. What do you do? You know the Russian construction is really cheap, so why not just break through the door? That's what American Olympian bobsled pushers Johnny Quinn did.

The door never stood a chance. But now everyone knows Johnny Quinn's real identity--the Kool-Aid man! OH YEAH!

Johnny Quinn: Kool-Aid Man

0 archived comments | | Saturday, February 08, 2014
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Flickr to include Matt Maldre in 10 year anniversary video

I'm extremely honored that the Yahoo Creative Team asked that one of my photos be included in the 10-year Flickr anniversary video! Here's their request:

I am contacting you because Flickr is turning 10

I immediately thought they would want to use one of my most popular photos, like "Chicago's Moving Bridges over the Chicago River" My premiere photo on flickr with 437 favs, 94 comments and 60,000 views.
Chicago's Moving Bridges over the Chicago River

or a recent trending favorite with over 100 views per day for the past year, "Chicago CTA Quincy train station"
Chicago CTA Quincy train station

They didn't pick either one of those. Instead, I love that they picked a completely quirky photo, "Bent nails spell 777"
Bent nails spell 777
This sort of quirky pick is one of the reasons why I love flickr, there is such depth and history to their service. This particular photo was shot for the day 07/07/07. Was Instagram around then? Nope. Flickr was. Flickr rules. I can't wait to see the 10-year anniversary video for flickr.

0 archived comments | | Thursday, February 06, 2014
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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7... How about counting using odd numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9... I bet you can can count using even numbers. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc.

But what about reciting all the odd letters of the alphabet?

Or naming all the even letters in order?

It's pretty hard to do.

Surprisingly, there is very little information online or in books about even and odd letters. Most instances of ACEGIKMOQSUWY are people using it as a username.

This sort of intersection of two systems.

0 archived comments | | Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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Photorealistic drawing tricks

Four hours and 33 minutes of a realistic drawing is condensed down to 3 minutes 42 seconds in this youtube video:

The artist Marcello Barenghi does have some mad skills. But you can also make a drawing like this with a few interesting tricks on how this photorealisitc drawing is done:

Gray paper
The gray paper makes the object stand out more, because it makes the white pop out more. To create the white, he uses mostly a white pencil. Towards the end a white paint brush sneaks in, along with a white airbrush.

An initial wash of blue is done in watercolor. Since the majority of the drawing is done in marker, i'm not sure what the intention behind using watercolor. Does the water leave the paper wet, enabling better blending with the following markers?

This is drawn mostly with markers. Who knew markers could be so photorealistic?

A black airbrush is used at the end to create the drop shadow behind and on the can. Briefly a white airbrush is used for the highlights. That helps to create an overall unifying look of light. Normally when I do a drawing, I stick to one medium, I don't think about introducing other media to give an overall effect. It's funny, because in apps like Instagram, we apply entire effects over a photo to give a feeling. Why not use an airbrush at the end to help with the lighting?

Lighting the drawing
Notice the subtle lighting that the artists uses in the video. See how the gray paper is lighter on the left than the right? Now notice the lighting on the object in the drawing, it's coming from the same direction. That tiny little detail helps tremendously with how the drawing is seen as an object. Just like how the airbrush creates an overall effect, the lighting used in this video also creates an overall effect.

Did you see any other tricks used in this video?
If so, please share them in the comments. Thank you.

0 archived comments | | Monday, February 03, 2014
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