Stephen Wiltshire is a 33-year-old autistic man with an extraordinary talent. He is one of less than 100 people in the world who is recognised as an autistic savant. Whereas some savants excel in mathematics or music, Stephen is an accomplished artist, and is capable of producing highly accurate drawings of buildings and cities after seeing them just once.
Although Stephen is today a quiet and confident young man, he endured a difficult childhood as family and teachers struggled to cope with his autism — a condition that was, at the time, very poorly understood and rarely diagnosed.
Cityscapes and buildings quickly became Stephen’s artistic focus, possibly because they represent the kind of stability, solidity and repetition that autistic people often crave. In a short space of time, Stephen became internationally renowned for his strikingly detailed and technically accurate drawings, and since his teenage years he has travelled the world sketching famous buildings and cities.
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg paid top dollar — more than $30 million in total — for the four residential properties located next door and behind his Palo Alto home.
Zuckerberg is one of several prominent tech CEOs who own homes on Palo Alto’s tree-lined streets. Yahoo’s (YHOO) Marissa Mayer and Google’s (GOOG) Larry Page live there, as did the late Apple (AAPL) chief Steve Jobs.
Zuckerberg, who rented for many years, reportedly paid $7 million two years ago for the 5,000-square-foot home in Palo Alto’s Crescent Park neighborhood where he lives with his wife, physician Priscilla Chan. Zuckerberg, whose personal fortune is estimated at $19 billion, also owns a home in San Francisco.
Watch the official visual for “Holy Grail” by JAY Z featuring Justin Timberlake. Directed by Anthony Mandler. JAY Z’s new album “Magna Carta… Holy Grail” is available now on iTunes. #HolyGrail http://smarturl.it/JayZMCHGex
11-year-old, Carson Huey is on pace to become a modern day Doogie Howzer, as he is among the new class of undergrads at Texas Christian University. While most kids his age are starting the 5th grade, Carson is taking calculus, physics, history and religion as a full time student. Carson is a Quantam Physics major. Keep up the good work.
Born in Brooklyn Jean Michel Basquiat built a name for himself as a graffiti artist in the streets of New York. What began as graffiti under the tag name SAMO (short for same old shit), evolved into some of the greatest neo expressionist and contemporary art to date. Basquiat’s paintings were credited for capturing the African American experience, and portraying it at an elite level. His work was often inspired by heritage, equality, and the world that surrounded him. Basquiat was known for painting in Armani suits, dating Madonna and producing Hip Hop tracks in the late 70s early 80s. He continues to inspire the art world, hip hop culture and #GWOP in 2013. Basquiat died on August 12, 1988 of heroin overdose at age 27. According to Christie’s ,Jean-Michel Basquiat left 917 drawings, 25 sketchbooks, 85 prints, and 171 paintings.
Checkout Basquiat’s first film Downtown 81
“The film is a day in the life of a young artist, Jean Michel Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets carrying a painting he hopes to sell, encountering friends, whose lives (and performances) we peek into. He finally manages to sell his painting to a wealthy female admirer, but he’s paid by check. Low on cash, he spends the evening wandering from club to club, looking for a beautiful girl he had met earlier, so he’ll have a place to spend the night.
Directed by Mark Romanek.
Produced by Timbaland
Happy Born Day Albert Einstein!
One of history’s most celebrated thinkers would have turned 134 today.
His numerous contributions to physics include the special and general theories of relativity, mass-energy equivalence, the theory of photons, and many other topics. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions.
Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany, on March 14, 1879, and died on April 18, 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey, where his brain was removed for study and considered lost for many years. Researchers later recovered images and specimens of Einstein’s brain, which are housed in museums around the world and have been studied for clues to Einstein’s genius. Read More