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11 Rock Star Cameos in TV Shows

From Davy Jones on The Brady Bunch to (Cow)Boy George on The A-Team, here are some of the more memorable musician TV cameos. 1. Davy Jones on The Brady Bunch Marcia’s all-out campaign to get the Monkees singer to perform at her prom yields a kiss on the cheek, a date, and a specially dedicated song. “Thank [...]

10 Cultural Giants Who Died Coinless

The notion of the starving artist is nothing new, and whether it was because they toiled in obscurity, were swindled or the victims of financial mismanagement, some of the most famous contributors to culture sadly perished in poverty. 1. Vincent van Gogh Though his life was short, Vincent van Gogh left the world with almost 2000 [...]

Recreating van Gogh

Who says that a Vincent van Gogh painting is hard to recreate? Because James Birkbeck has managed to do it by combining two different medias: paint and, ummm, himself. Birkbeck describes the stunt – which he pulls off with pretty startling accuracy – this way: “From what I have read about Van Gogh, his personality was [...]

Next Generation Puppets

(vimeo link) Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson hacked an Xbox Kinect and created a puppet show made of light! Get this -it was one day’s work. Engadget has a little more about the tech involved. Link -via The Daily What

Spinning Wheel of Death Art

[Vimeo Link] James Théophane Jr. was asked to contribute a piece of art for his company, so he decided to hack an old painting from a flea market and turn it into a physical rendering of a crashed Mac app, complete with the spinning wheel of death! More pics (including several build photos) at Theo’s blog: [...]

Did Van Gogh Slash His Ear Because of the Letter in This Painting?

In December of 1888, Vincent Van Gogh cut off the lobe of his left ear with a razor. Many explanations have been offered for this bizarre behavior. Now a scholar claims to have found an explanation in the portrayal of a letter in Van Gogh’s Still Life: Drawing Board, Pipe, Onions and Sealing-Wax, painted the [...]