When Two Famous Hotels Meet: The Grand Budapest and The Shining’s Overlook Hotel

Perhaps the two most famous cinematic hotels are Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest and The Overlook from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining.’ How fitting then, that this incredible mashup from filmmaker Steve Ramsden puts the two iconic places together like they were built that way.

This Time-Lapse of One World Trade Center was 11-Years in the Making

This 2-minute time-lapse from EarthCam has been in creation since October 2004 when construction began on One World Trade Center. It finally wrapping up this year on Memorial Day 2015… 11-years later. Just released as the official time-lapse video of the building’s construction, it begins with below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the new building. It completes as the structure is sealed by its highly reflective windows and takes its place as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, at 104 floors and 1,792 feet tall.

The Tiny Zoku Loft Transforms to Accommodate Work and Leisure

Multi-disciplinary design firm Concrete has created a series of apartments that combine work, relaxation, sleep and even exercise space into just 25 square meters (258 sq. feet). They call their innovative ZOKU Lofts ‘hybrid-living’ and as you can see from the animation above, these tiny places pack a lot of living into one small space.

Google’s New ‘Project Soli’ Gesture Sensing Tech Looks Like Magic

Google just released a new video of their Project Soli, a interaction sensor that uses radar technology. Simple gestures like pinching your index finger and thumb together, or rubing them together at different speeds can now control a device with surprising accuracy. It really looks like magic.

Mad Max: Fury Road. Before and After the Visual Effects

If there’s one film getting talked about right now, it’s Mad Max: Fury Road. The exceptionally well received spectacle is an absolute feast of complex visual effects that barely pause for breath during the film’s entire running length. If you’ve seen it and are wondering how those epic scenes looked before hitting the computer, here’s a peek at some impressive before and after shots showing what the film’s VFX crew started with, straight from the camera.

Play the Daily Weather Forecast in a Box on Your Desk

Working in front of a computer (or any inside job) can really detach you from the world outside, so how about putting a bit of the outdoors on your desk? Ken Kawamoto has created the Tempescope, a device that simulates weather conditions for the daily forecast, playing it back inside a translucent box. Like taking a scoop from the air outside, the Tempescope is able to create environments from sun to rain, and fog to lightning.

TGIF!! Here Are a Bunch of Tiny People Who Are Totally Over It

Oh Friday… what would we do without you? That’s certainly what these tiny people are feeling as they navigate the big world of office life.

Derrick Lin works in advertising, a career he admits can be chaotic and unpredictable. Channeling the challenges of daily work life, he creates miniature scenes of people venting their (and often his) frustrations, then posts them to Instagram and Tumblr. Perhaps you can relate.

Sydney Opera House is Transformed into a Fantastic Cartoon Animation

The Sydney Opera House is an impressive piece of world architecture, but for the past week it’s been an even greater spectacle. Universal Everything (previously), in collaboration with over 20 different animation studios worldwide, have created a living mural on the side of the iconic structure. I saw it in person last night, and it’s truly magical.

What Percentage of Your Life has the US Spent At War?

The Vietnam war was known for its length, but today the War on Terror has far surpassed it – stretching on for more than 13 years. For kids born in late 2001, there has never been a day when the United States wasn’t at war.

That sobering fact is clearly revealed in this excellent graphic created by The Washington Post. Here they chart the years in living memory that the US has been engaged in war, showing the percentage of people’s lives lived during times of war and peace.

Charming Animated Illustrations from Japanese Artist Maori Sakai

Japanese illustrator Maori Sakai has been drawing charming scenes of those special moments in everyday life, then animating them with a lively happiness that’s simply infectious. Many of her drawings have positive messages that flash through their moving scenes and remind us to focus on the simple and good things in life. “Happiness is by your side” or “Take it easy”.