Year: 2021

1st century Ancient Romans held their personal belongings in cute containers

During the first century, what did the Ancient Romans use to hold their stuff? Answer: Very cute containers! The Art Institute of Chicago’s collection has this adorable 1st century Roman container for personal items: I love how this looks like a ceramic container someone would make in a basic ceramics class. Rough around the edges, …

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Sidewalk Poetry Program

Poems are stamped into sidewalk squares throughout Appleton, Wisconsin. Any resident are eligible to submit poems to the program. How wonderful! What a great way for people to feel a little more ownership of their community. Resident poets can walk along, and then point out “that’s my poem!” For those who simply enjoy the poems, …

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Idea: An artificial intelligence tool that lists artists most similar to your art

What if there was a tool that could tell you which artists in art history are most like your artwork? Upload 20 images of your artwork to this tool. Based on your art, a list of artists is generated most similar to your artwork. How would this work? The program would use machine learning to …

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Ideas for paratrooper toy fun

In my Christmas stocking from my dad was a little Christmas paratrooper toy. (My daughters also got a paratrooper too). A little plastic figure with a tiny parachute. Those are always fun. I searched Youtube for how people have had fun with these little guys. A few videos stood out a bit. Video 1: use …

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Scanners capture sides of objects—especially Scrabble tiles

Normally when you scan something, you think your scan is going to be totally flat. But the only truly flat part of your scan is right down the center of your scanner. Anything sitting on the left part of your scanner will show the object’s right side. Vice versa for anything sitting on the right …

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Art that transforms under blacklight

Canadian passport when held under UV light Canadians know how to party. Everyone got your passport? Turn on the black lights… and… LET’S PARTY!!! The Canadian passport comes alive under black light. The regular image under normal light is so staid and traditional. The clock tower building is the The Parliament of Canada, seated at …

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