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Artist Samuel Silva’s Incredible Photorealistic Ballpoint Pen Drawings (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 24, 2012

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Look closely… it may be hard to hard to believe but the images below are actually drawings made by Portugal-based attorney, Samuel Silva. Silva, who describes his art as a “hobby,” uses standard ballpoint pens for many of his drawings, sometimes working on a piece for over 45 hours.

Samuel Silva’s Incredible Ballpoint Pen Drawings
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“Baby Cradled in Dad’s Hands”
“Baby Cradled in Dad’s Hands” – BIC Ballpoint Pen
Original size: 75 % of an A2 paper sheet

For his “Redhead Girl,” based on the photograph by Russian photographer Kristina Taraina, he used seven different colored ballpoint pens which took some 30 hours to finish. To create such vibrant colors, Silva “cross hatches” in layers to give off the illusion of additional hues and depth. Read the rest of this entry »

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First Place: Olympic Torch Wins Major Design Award

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 25, 2012

Design of the Year: the Olympic Torch

The London 2012 Olympic Torch has been crowned with a major design award – while the Duchess Of Cambridge’s wedding dress lost out.

The aluminium torch, the creation of east London duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, has been named Design Of The Year.

It has been hailed by prize organisers, the Design Museum, as a “beautiful symbol of the Olympic Games” which “also meets a demanding design brief”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russian Grandmothers Are Eurovision Front Runners — and Web Darlings

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 13, 2012


The sight of six grandmothers in traditional peasant wear doesn’t exactly scream YouTube hit. But not all grandmothers are as endearing as the Buranovskiye Babushki (the Grannies from Buranovo).

On March 7 the women — aged between 43 and 74 — defeated 24 other acts to win the right to represent Russia at Eurovision — the pan-European singing contest that is also the world’s most watched nonsporting event. (Think of it as American Idol meets the Olympic Games.) Since then, the video of them performing their song “Party for Everybody” during Russia’s national final has been watched more than 3 million times on YouTube.

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The sextet of flamboyant grandmothers hails from Udmurtia, a region in the Ural Mountains, and performed the song in their native language, Udmurt. The rather simple chorus is sung in English: “Party for everybody, dance/ Come on and dance/ Come on and dance/ Come on and boom, boom.” The group first rose to prominence locally when they stopped singing folks songs and started delivering their own rendition of international hits in their mother tongue. They previously entered Russia’s national contest for Eurovision in 2010, finishing third with their song “Sdelat Iz Nee Aishon,” which means “very long birch bark and how to turn it into a turban.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddhas Stolen From Belfast Museum

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 29, 2012

S/he loved Buddha, however, s/he does not follow Buddha message:

Two valuable Buddha statues have been stolen from museum in Belfast.

The raid, made by 3 men with a baseball bat, took place the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra, near Belfast.

A museum spokesperson said one of the ornate statues was wooden and the other gilded metal. They date from the mid- to late 19th century, she added.

In a bid to get the pieces returned safely and prevent them being sold on by the thieves, police released images of the stolen artefacts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Korean Pop Star Rain Wins TIME 100 Poll — Again

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 16, 2011


He’s done it again, and we’re not surprised.

Korean pop star Rain has won the top spot in the TIME 100 poll, in which we asked readers to rank who they think are

With moves like this, Susan Boyle didn't have a chance.

the world’s most influential people. By the time the poll closed Thursday night, he had garnered 406,252 “influential” votes and 33,813 “not influential” votes. This is certainly not the first time Rain has taken the top spot; he won in 2006 and 2007, and placed in second in 2008. Coming in a distant second this year was Jay Chou, Taiwanese star of The Green Hornet, getting 207,239 “influential” votes. Rounding out the top three was Britain’s Got Talent phenomenon Susan Boyle with 151,324 “influential” votes. The top-ranking American on the list was Beyoncé, coming in fifth.

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There were some striking trends further down in the chart as well. Michelle Obama took 30th place with 10,853 “influential” votes, pulling far ahead of President Obama, who took 46th place with 5,543 “influential” votes. Kanye West was voted least influential, taking the bottom spot in the poll. 34,547 votes deemed the musician “not influential.” Joining him at the bottom are “tiger mother” Amy Chua and Jersey Shore‘s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. Read the rest of this entry »

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