Monthly Archives: November 2013

David Blaine shares the last magic trick that boggled his mind

Now this is one guy who’s so much meat beneath the frills!

TED Blog

David Blaine, the magician, illusionist and endurance artist, is back on prime time TV tonight with the special, David Blaine: Real or Magic. Traveling around the world, the TED speaker (watch his talk, “How I held my breath for 17 minutes“) performs magic and elicits astonished reactions from people on the street — as well as from a formidable roster of celebrities, including Woody Allen, Ricky Gervais, Kanye West, Robert DeNiro and Stephen Hawking (who Blaine visited at his office in Cambridge University).[ted_talkteaser id=741]

Blaine called TED on the day of his show’s premiere, between filming a bit for Nightline and live tweeting his special, which airs tonight at 9:30pm ET on ABC. Here’s what we asked him.

What was the last magic act or trick you saw that made you go “huh?” 

Hadji Ali’s performance on Laurel and Hardy in the early 1930s blew my mind. I’ve been fixated on it for…

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Robert Carlson's Glass Mind

Glass sculpting is really underrated. An incredible execution of an amazing art form.

Cameron Karsten's Imaginarium

BobCarlson-15Robert Carlson is an internationally-renowned glass artist and a master not in disguise.  Bob lives his life as an artist, from his work to his art collections and the uniqueness of his home, to the way he parties and likes his martinis.  I had the opportunity to photograph Bob while he was an artist-in-residence at the Museum of Glass Hot Shop in Tacoma, Washington, where he came up with and devised his newest creations from an imagination wild. Bob is pictured up, sketching his latest invention, pulling from depths of his mind something real.

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BobCarlson-448On-hand apprentices assisted Bob throughout the week-long residency. Typically, after the glass is blown and cooled, he’ll spends months with the pieces, studying their forms and subtle messages found within shapes and processes.  Next he employs a reverse-painting technique using mirrors to create the imagery. These will appear on the back side of the glass structures…

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My Moustache Brings All the Girls to the Yard

To the manliest month of the year!

Coffee Shop Confessions

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Here we are in one of the most magical months of the twelve month cycle. It’s a season of pumpkin pie consumption, alluring red coffee sleeves from Starbucks, and being thankful for gluttony. But more than any of these reasons (Because I’m American, and am therefore allowed to arbitrarily rank things however I wish) is that we get to enjoy the preferred nut of cultured men everywhere, the mustaccio.

A brief walk through history is all one need take to see the warmth of the mustache fire which men are inexplicably drawn to. It is a transcender of race and culture, bringing people together across borders and even oceans. Just look at photos of the Big Three from World War II – Stalin, FDR, and Churchill. Of the three of them, who looks the most comfortable and friendly? Stalin. Would we make a deal with an angry communist? I think…

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4 practical ways to test your Android app

Through the course of my college life, I’ve had the chance to (more like, requirement of) work towards developing a mobile app for the Android platform,  much to my chagrin at the time. 

I remember a specific part of the development process that took a lot of time and effort – Testing the app. From harassing friends to classmates to parents, my team and I left almost no stone unturned in trying to get people to try out the app in various user scenarios and, basically, try to break the app in any way possible. Just so we’d find out about the holes to plug in, before releasing a build version of the app. 

These memories were ruffled up as I chanced upon this ARTICLE on testing your Android app. Some good advice in here, which should become second nature once you’ve gotten down and dirty with developing apps.

 

I must admit, I came out all the wiser after my stint with app development. I’ve new-found  appreciation for developers and the hard work that they put in. And I do recommend making your own app on any platform, once at least. The experience is interesting.