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Chineasy: A Building Block Way to Learn Chinese

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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The Chinese language is filled with a vast number of complex characters, and is thus known for being one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn. China is a growing country, both in population and commerce. It won’t be long before people around the world will find a need to speak Chinese, as tech innovation makes the distance between the East and West smaller. Understanding the difficult task of learning Chinese, London-based Chinese language teacher Shao Lan created Chineasy — a website and system that allows people to read and learn Chinese easier by recognizing characters through simple illustrations and videos.  [Read more…]

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Momentage: A Community for the New Creatives

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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When we all saw the awesome new idea of Instagram hitting the scene like it did a few years ago, it has always been hard to imagine someone creating something to rival it. While some have ripped off the idea, designed it somewhat differently, and slapped a new name on it, feeling like they’ve added to the conversation, in reality, they may be missing the point. They’re just repeating the person who spoke before them. This is not the case with San Francisco based startup Momentage. Momentage is a community for the new creatives. [Read more…]

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Abandoned Sixties Lounge is in Need of Some Love

Monday 01.27.2014 , Posted by
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Out in the vibrant city of Lisbon, Portugal remains an architectural gem that is in need of some tender love and care. Originally a thriving hip restaurant, the building is now an abandoned shell – with a surprising amount of style remaining. It provides one of the most spectacular views of the city skyline and of the surrounding landscape. [Read more…]

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Chino Otsuka Travels Back to Her Childhood Through Superimposing Herself

Wednesday 01.15.2014 , Posted by
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At the age of 10, Chino Otsuka left her home country of Japan to move to the United Kingdom for school. When she arrived she was faced with the challenges that come with relocating to a foreign country. Adapting to new languages, cultures and environments while still navigating childhood were part of Otsukas journey now. It was this time in her life that inspired her to create a photo series she titled Imagine Finding Me. [Read more…]

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After 12 Year Old Passed Away, Parents Found a Letter She Wrote To Her Future Self

Wednesday 01.15.2014 , Posted by
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It seemed everything was going well for Taylor Smith’s life. She was known as being a super fun 12 year old who loved her family, her God and life. She was intelligent, creative and also random in her funny ways. Early in 2013 she displayed flu-like symptoms, yet tested negative for them. Her parents took care of her as any parent would to their sick child. Her Father Tim said, “We did the usual flu/cold thing and got her prescription, loaded up on popsicles and soup and brought her back to rest.” [Read more…]

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A Banned “Stairway to Heaven” Hike in Hawaii

Tuesday 01.07.2014 , Posted by
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On the island of Oahu in Hawaii is a stairway to heaven. Well, maybe just to the top of a mountain, but that’s the name of this crazy hike. Consisting of 4,000 steps up to 2,800 ft above sea level, this stairway was originally designed for the US military in 1942. Its purpose was to be able to string antenna cables from the mountain tops to provide low frequency radio communication during wartime. After being decommissioned in 1950, it was then utilized as a base for navigational systems for the US Coast Guard. [Read more…]

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UFOgel: A Cool Minimalist Home in the Austrian Alps

Monday 01.06.2014 , Posted by
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These days people are catching onto the idea of tiny minimalist homes. In the country of Austria where amazing alps abound, a family commissioned designer Peter Jungmann to create a house that provided ample views of the spectacular mountains yet gave minimal impact to the existing environment. The result was the “UFOgel”, a fusion of UFO and Vogel, which means bird in German. [Read more…]

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Creative Food Ideas to Encourage Your Children to Eat

Friday 12.20.2013 , Posted by
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Lee Samantha was very pregnant with her second child when she decided to make creative food dishes for her daughter so that she could eat independently. She wasn’t a professional chef or graduate of a prestigious culinary school, but Samantha began experimenting with bento style meals and it became an instant success with her daughter. [Read more…]

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12 Crazy Christmas Decorated Cars

Thursday 12.19.2013 , Posted by
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Tis the season to be jolly and decorate like crazy, right? In our neighborhoods during the holiday season, there is always that one neighbor who goes above and beyond the common Christmas decor standards and makes their local utility company very happy. Well, what about cars? [Read more…]

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The Wonderfully Designed Offices of Dropbox in San Francisco

Tuesday 12.17.2013 , Posted by
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In the midst of thousands of companies in the city of San Francisco, some particularly stand out with their workspace design – and Dropbox is definitely one of them. When the cloud-computing provider moved offices from the financial district to the SoMA district last year, they hired interior design firm Geremia Design to create something wonderful for their current 350 employees. In collaboration with architecture firm Boor Bridges, the team went to work. [Read more…]

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