Adult Coloring Books: A History

In the early 17th-century, cartographer William Hole illustrated strange, anthropomorphised maps of England and Wales, left uncoloured for nobles to fill in. Soon to be republished by Unicorn Press in Albion’s Glorious Ile, Hole’s maps are regarded as one of the earliest known examples of a colouring book.

The trend actually dates back more than 400 years, and one of the earliest books intended for amateur coloring and is about to be republished, centuries after it was first printed.

The maps in Albion’s Glorious Ile, out in June from Unicorn Press, were commissioned to illustrate the poet Michael Drayton’s 17th-century, 15,000-line poem, Poly-Olbion. Describing England and Wales –Coloring was a popular activity for the nobles and continued till the 19th century.

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Google’s Art Camera


Google’s Cultural Institute , the company’s initiative to preserve the world’s culture and history by bringing it online, has this morning unveiled a new project aimed at allowing web users the ability to view art up close – down to the very brushstrokes. Google had invented a new camera it’s dubbing the “Art Camera,” which is a custom-built, robotic camera capable of capturing gigapixel images quickly.

The camera is steered by a robotic system taking hundreds or even thousands of high-resolution close-ups. To focus precisely, it uses both a laser and sonar system. The latter uses high-frequency sound to measure the distance of the artwork to better position itself.

Google says it’s software is capable of stitching the images together to create a single image. The images are being shared online, so people can get as close to experiencing the art as possible, apart from viewing it in real life.

Many of the details found in paintings,are those that you only see when you view the art in person by walking up to the canvas. Therefore,  you can see things like the way Impressionists combine dabs and dashes of paint to form an image that becomes clearer as you step back, or uncover hidden items like a hidden signature.

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Unusal Places On Earth


Ōkunoshima (大久野島?) is a small island located in the Inland Sea of Japan in the city of Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is accessible by ferry from Tadanoumi and Ōmishima. There are campsites, walking trails and places of historical interest on the island. It is often called Usagi Jima (うさぎ島?, “Rabbit Island”) because of the numerous feral rabbits that roam the island; they are rather tame and will approach humans

Unusal Places To Visit


world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant, located 16 feet below sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island hotel. Ithaa serves caviar and Maldivian lobster—just a couple of the menu items to be enjoyed while taking in the 180-degree panoramic views of the water above you.

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Al Mahara is an underwater restaurant located within Dubai’s luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel. Al Mahara, which translates to “the oyster shell,” offers a menu well suited for the restaurant’s ambiance, including poached tsarskaya oysters and sea salt–crusted sea bass.

Located within the Opry Mills Mall, the Aquarium Restaurant offers expansive underwater views of its 200,000-gallon aquarium. The menu includes mahi mahi, shrimp, and macadamia–crusted tilapia, paired with views of an aquarium that houses more than 100 species of fish from around the world.

The Aquarium has additional restaurant locations in Denver, Colorado and Houston and Kemah, Texas.


They’re Planning To Combine Male & Females Fashion Shows

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Tom Ford and Vetements, Gucci announced at The New York Times International Luxury Conference in Versailles on Tuesday that it will be combining its men’s and women’s shows beginning in 2017.  Similar announcements came from Burberry (which will combine its men’s and women’s shows starting in September)


Gala @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Met Gala has been held every year since 1946.  Everyone who’s someone big is there, and if you’re lucky enough to receive an invitation, you’d better be stepping on the big night.  Each year, the gala is given a theme around which the evening (and the institute’s featured exhibition for the year) revolves, and guests are expected to dress to fit said theme. This year’s theme, however, has the potential to generate a lot of interesting discussion.  The 2016 Costume Institute Exhibit, along with the opening gala which will take place on Monday, May 2, has been given the theme “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” and will examine how modern fashion is being shaped by modern technology – and vice versa. We can expect  feature items made with traditional handmade crafting techniques like embroidery and lacework intermingled with smart wearables and machine-made designs. Expect to see a lot of 3D printed clothing and accessories, among items made with other machined techniques like laser cutting, ultrasonic welding and circular knitting. The exhibition itself, which will be open to the public from May 5 to August 15, will also feature several “in process” workshops, including a 3D printing workshop in which guests can see firsthand how 3D printed clothing is created.

This year’s gala and exhibition is sponsored by  Apple,  the tech giant that has been quite focused lately on not only wearable technology but high-fashion wearable technology.

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You Tube Stars Now In The Running For Emmys


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Thanks to the introduction of new categories that will recognize digital short-form content.YouTube stars could end up winning awards not only for their shows but also their acting.The Television Academy outlined the changes today, which include the addition of three awards: Outstanding Short Form Series, Variety; Outstanding Individual Actor in a Short Form Series; and Outstanding Individual Actress in a Short Form Series. Additionally, the Short Format Live Entertainment category has been renamed Outstanding Short Form Series, Comedy or Drama; and Short Format Nonfiction is now Outstanding Short Form Series, Reality/Nonfiction.

Digital players such as Netflix and Amazon have increasingly swept the awards in recent years thanks to their big-budget shows, which generally contain episodes that clock in at 30 minutes or more.These category changes reflect the broader opportunities that emerging networks and distribution platforms, such as Maker Studios, Fullscreen, Crackle, AwesomenessTV, YouTube Red, Adult Swim, and others, are seizing in choosing innovative formats that enable our television community to share stories in novel and entertaining ways.The expanded short-form Emmys will be handed out at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, a ceremony that takes place prior to the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast.


Under The Table

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Christian Louboutin, world renown for his red soled ultra-high stilettos, is focusing on flats for Spring 2016. The brand just released a film titled Under the Table by Parisian duo Mathilde Toulot and Olivia da Costa, which features mostly flats, sneakers, and a few kitten heels beneath white cloth dinner tables.


Fashion Week New York 2016

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The Council of Fashion Designers of America is looking FOR a solution for what many in the industry find to be a “broken system”—the fashion show. Consumers are now experiencing collections right as they happen, However, in most cases the same clothes that come down the runway are not available for sale until months in the future. To try to find answers about what place the runway show actually holds in today’s fashion calendar, the CFDA has contracted Boston Consultancy Group to conduct a study

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Hisotric Hotels



 Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with 32 charter members. Today, Historic Hotels of America has more than 250 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 46 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties

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Restaurant Companies Will Become Tech Companies

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Over the past year, restaurant chains have invested heavily in recruiting serious tech players into top management in chief information officer or chief technology officer roles. Starbucks Corp. hired a former Adobe executive Gerri Martin-Flickinger. Chipotle Mexican Grill hired Starbucks’ former CIO Curt Garner. And countless other restaurant chains have announced the hiring of a first technology chief or vice president who will develop and implement new digital strategies that will fundamentally increase customer engagement, from RAVE Restaurant Group to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Blue Apron, HelloFresh, Plated and others are popping up across the country offering consumers the promise of a restaurant-quality meal they can make themselves without the fuss of shopping or the need for cooking skills. Typically meal kits are ordered online and delivered straight to consumers at a reasonable price. Some argue that the meal-kit trend will be a flash in the pan and peter out. Guests will be able to use their smart phones to order, pay ahead and get their meal delivered by Postmates.

A new service called Dispatch, scheduled to debut before the end of the year, will allow guests to order and pay through the restaurant apps, then at checkout select a delivery option. Guests will then see a selection of delivery price quotes from local courier providers and to track their delivery selection in real time.

ChowNow likewise is developing online ordering platforms designed to allow restaurant operators to control the ordering-to-payment-to-delivery process through their own branded apps or websites. In San Francisco, Chicago and New York, the software company is partnering with specially trained Uber drivers to offer delivery, and the service is expected to expand to more markets next year.

Film To Be Made On The life of Lamborghini


The life and loves of Ferruccio Lamborghini will be the subject of an upcoming film depicting the founder of the famous car company named after him.

Already assigned the working title of Lamborghini — The Legend, the biopic project was announced this week and is expected to film this summer in Italy and other locations around the world.

The film is expected to draw inspiration from an unspecified biography about Lamborghini and input from the car creator’s son, Tonino
Originally a tractor manufacturer, Lamborghini first rose to prominence as a developer of agricultural equipment during the postwar period in Italy. He eventually created the automobile company Automobili Lamborghini in 1963, and the cars bearing his name went on to become some of the most celebrated exotic sports cars in the world. His innovation and success made him one of Italy’s wealthiest industrialists, and he eventually retired to pursue winemaking in the 1970s.