Singer Katy Perry announced a contest a few weeks back, challenging high school students across the Country to create a video of lip-syncing students for her song Roar. The winning entry would have their high school featured in an upcoming Perry concert. Needless t osay, thousands of entries poured in, five finalists were selected, and today on Good Morning America, a winner was selected.
Here's the best entry, as announced this morning:
The video was apparently shot in one continuous shot and featured over 2,000 students and high school faculty members. It was organized over the school’s homecoming week and made on “Spirit Day.” The entry has representatives from every area in a typical high school, like the drama group, glee club, cheerleaders et al.
Viewers watch the progress of the school’s tiger mascot as it moves through the school and out onto the football field. It was produced and directed by Courtney Coddington with fellow student Gavin Rudy who plans to become a filmmaker. The entire school signed up to take part in the lip dub contest.
The two students have said that if their video wins, they intend to use the live concert as a fundraiser for flood relief in the state.
When I began collect sports card again back in Detroit, I set out with the goal to collect each card of Grant Hill from the 1994-95 season, his rookie year. I had been working for Joe Dumars, running his new restaurant in the Detroit suburbs. 1994-95 was Hill's rookie year, and I got to know him pretty well that season. One of his long-time friends (since they were around 6 or 7 years old) did Marketing for our facility, and the three of us didn't really know anyone in Motown.
Grant became a regular at my restaurant/bar, even spinning CD's from time to time as my Monday Night Football DJ. Classy guy, great player, and I had some great times during my stint there.
As you can imagine, collecting the cards of one of the more popular up and coming stars in the league, in the town he played in, had its pluses and minuses. Because he was a hot commodity for collectors, there wasn't a shortage of material. But also because of his high profile, his cards generally came at a premium.
There was one card that was especially hard to find, card #240 in the Topps Finest insert set of Refractors. These cards were cool, because they had a finish that gave off a rainbow effect when tilted under light. To make this card even more desirable, the set was split up into two series, with Hill (and other rookies-Kidd, Howard, Rose, and Jordan wearing #45). The Refractors were also insert into packs at a rate of 1:12, meaning that every twelfth pack had a single Refractor in it. With 166 cards in Series 2, you had to open a lot of packs just to find a Refractor, then a ton more to find a Hill (or Kidd, or Howard, or Rose, or Jordan).
Needless to say, with the scarcity and chance of pulling a good rookie in Series 2, many collectors chose to sell unopened product at a premium, with the the thought being the packs were worth more unopened (maybe you'll pull a Jordan!), than they were opened.
I have been chasing this card for close to 20 years, and finally, was able to score one off eBay. Here it is, in all of its glory:
The cards had a protective coating on them, which people initially peeled off (because it said so, right there on the coating!). Soon discussions took place within the trading community, wondering if you peeled the card, was it now no longer "mint"?
Personally, I wanted mine to have the peel, but the collecting community acknowledges that the cards should have the same value, peeled or not. I still like "unpeeled" as the more pristine card.
An artist has been using DNA found in public (gum, hair, cigarette butts), and creates the person that left it there:
It started with hair. Donning a pair of rubber gloves, Heather Dewey-Hagborg collected hairs from a public bathroom at Penn Station and placed them in plastic baggies for safe keeping. Then, her search expanded to include other types of forensic evidence. As the artist traverses her usual routes through New York City from her home in Brooklyn, down sidewalks onto city buses and subway cars—even into art museums—she gathers fingernails, cigarette butts and wads of discarded chewing gum.
Dewey-Hagborg’s odd habit has a larger purpose. The 30-year-old PhD student, studying electronic arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, extracts DNA from each piece of evidence she collects and enters this data into a computer program, which churns out a model of the face of the person who left the hair, fingernail, cigarette or gum behind.
It gets creepier.
From those facial models, she then produces actual sculptures using a 3D printer. When she shows the series, called “Stranger Visions,” she hangs the life-sized portraits, like life masks, on gallery walls. Oftentimes, beside a portrait, is a Victorian-style wooden box with various compartments holding the original sample, data about it and a photograph of where it was found.
What would be cool to see is how closely her models match up to the real people.
If she is accurate, her methods could be used to replace police sketches with 3D images/models.