Beauty and Brains

This gallery of brain-inspired paintings by a neuroscience-PhD-turned-artist has a lovely minimalist quality for work inspired by such a complex organ. 

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Those talking heads on the TV screen don’t know as much as they think they do, and with this primer on 5 False Assumptions Political Pundits Make All the Time, you can avoid their gaffes and become the smuggest person around the watercooler the next day.

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Vanity Fair wants you to know that they saw those Oscar winners coming before you did: for the past 20 years they've used their Vanities section to showcase stars on the rise. Here, they look back at some of their best predictions, including Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, and both Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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Happy 90th birthday, Time! This two-minute montage pays homage to 90 years of its historical magazine covers.

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Finalists in Smithsonian’s 2012 Photo Contest have entries in the categories of The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana and Altered Images. Voting is open until March 29th, but so many of the images are stunning that you’ll have your work cut out for you.

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According to this comparison of the most popular American baby names from 1994 to those of current Yale undergraduates, prerequisites for Ivy League admission are high SAT scores, extracurriculars, and that you not be named Brandon, Ashley, Justin, or Courtney.

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For you Papal completists in the audience, The Guardian has a list of every Pope ever. Gotta catch ‘em all.

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For the next two years, a public art display of 25,000 LEDs along San Francisco’s Bay Bridge will light up the sky each night from dusk to 2:00 a.m.

This $49 Video Game Design Course Will Teach You Everything From Coding to Digital Art Skills

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If you spend the bulk of your free time playing video games and want to elevate your hobby into a career, you can take advantage of the School of Game Design’s lifetime membership, which is currently on sale for just $49. You can jump into your education as a beginner, or at any other skill level, to learn what you need to know about game development, design, coding, and artistry skills.

Gaming is a competitive industry, and understanding just programming or just artistry isn’t enough to land a job. The School of Game Design’s lifetime membership is set up to educate you in both fields so your resume and work can stand out.

The lifetime membership that’s currently discounted is intended to allow you to learn at your own pace so you don’t burn out, which would be pretty difficult to do because the lessons have you building advanced games in just your first few hours of learning. The remote classes will train you with step-by-step, hands-on projects that more than 50,000 other students around the world can vouch for.

Once you’ve nailed the basics, the lifetime membership provides unlimited access to thousands of dollars' worth of royalty-free game art and textures to use in your 2D or 3D designs. Support from instructors and professionals with over 16 years of game industry experience will guide you from start to finish, where you’ll be equipped to land a job doing something you truly love.

Earn money doing what you love with an education from the School of Game Design’s lifetime membership, currently discounted at $49.

 

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Move Over, Mister Softee: Margarita Trucks Are Bringing Cocktails to Your Doorstep

The margarita man cometh.
The margarita man cometh.
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If anything could possibly rival the appearance of an ice cream truck on a sweltering day, it would be the sight of a similar automobile emblazoned with the word margarita heading down your street.

Residents of San Antonio, Texas, can now make that dream a reality. La Gloria, a restaurant owned by chef Johnny Hernandez, is bringing its signature margaritas and other popular menu items right to people’s doorsteps by way of bright pink “Margarita Trucks.”

MySA reports that the first truck has already started making deliveries within 3 miles of Crockett Park in downtown San Antonio, but additional trucks will venture as far as Dominion, Stone Oak, Alamo Heights, and other neighborhoods in the coming days.


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“Today, safety is top of mind for everyone, and many of our customers are simply not ready to dine out,” Hernandez said, according to KSAT.com. “However, we know that doesn’t mean they don’t crave one of our famous margaritas.”

Those famous margaritas include La Gloria’s house recipe (on the rocks or frozen), as well as a variety of other refreshing flavors like prickly pear, mango, cucumber, and strawberry. The truck will also be stocked with a selection of taco kits and snacks like street corn, chips, salsa, and queso, and customers must purchase at least one food item with their alcoholic beverage.

Unlike ice cream trucks, the margarita trucks won’t exactly be cruising around town, ready to pull over for any spontaneous customer. Instead, they’ll operate more like regular food delivery services—you have to order and pay online in advance, and there’s an order minimum of $40.

While you’re waiting for some enterprising restaurateur to launch a fleet of margarita trucks in your city, learn how to make your own margarita at home with these priceless tips from a cocktail pro.

[h/t mySA]