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Paul Caridad

About Paul Caridad



Bicycled the perimeter of USA, hitch hiked across the States dressed as monk. Nomadic for the next few years. Would love to connect, so check out my links below! email: soloride@gmail.com

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Adorable Anamorphic Chalk Creatures Make The Streets of Ann Arbor More Playful

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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For the past 13 years, street artist and illustrator David Zinn has been making his neighborhood a little bit brighter with temporary art. His whimsical chalk art uses the sidewalk, brick buildings, and cement walls as canvases for his little creatures to come to life. Although there is only one angle that reveals the 3D nature of his characters, the people of Ann Arbor are often rewarded for looking down at the ground. His characters include fish, mice, monsters, a flying pig named Philomena, and a green alien named Sluggo, who boasts 3,409 fans on Facebook. [Read more...]

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This Guy Rode His Unicycle From Canada to Mexico to Fight Human Trafficking

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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As if the 2,755 mile Great Divide mountain bike trail from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border weren’t difficult enough, Gen Shimizu tackled it on a mountain unicycle! With a mission to raise money for Polaris Project and bring awareness to the modern day slavery that is human trafficking, he spent 88 days on the trail and documented his journal entries each night on his blog. Considering the fact that the profits from human trafficking exceed Google, Nike, and Starbucks combined, Shimizu’s efforts were much needed. From the contributions of people following the trip, Shimizu was able to raise $10,000 for Polaris Project. [Read more...]

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This Artist Uses Snapchat Doodling To Make Unsuspecting Strangers Look A Lot More Interesting

Tuesday 10.28.2014 , Posted by
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There is more to Snapchat than just sending selfies. A Norwegian Instagrammer who goes by the username @geeohsnap refrains from selfies and even people he knows. His Snapchat forte involves complete strangers. He uses the app to doodle colorful characters and accents into the scene, making the world a whole lot brighter. From giant bear hugs with cuddly pandas and grizzlies to koala bear ambushes and famous cartoon characters, @geeohsnap never seems to run out of new ideas. The doodles are also used to keep the unsuspecting strangers anonymous. [Read more...]

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Beam Me Up Soapy! Duncan Shotton’s UFO Abduction Soap Dispenser Is Out Of This World

Saturday 10.25.2014 , Posted by
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Traditional soap dispensers are not that much fun, but British designer Duncan Shotton’s UFO soap pump does for hand washing what the rubber duck has done for bath time. The perfect dollop of soap comes out of a UFO beaming down to abduct a cow or human. The tractor beam comes in yellow or blue and looks best with clear soap inside. These products will be launching at Designboom Mart in Tokyo from October 25th- November 3rd, 2014. You can pre-order now, but orders will not be shipped until after the launch event. [Read more...]

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Plants With Pants! It’s Domsai by Matteo Cibic

Thursday 10.23.2014 , Posted by
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Long days at the office in a cubicle can be very lonely. Now, instead of g-chatting your colleagues to feel more connected, you can place one of these stylish friends on your desk. A cactus is already a practical choice, requiring only a few drops of water each week to survive, but these ones have pants, so they can also keep you company. Domsai, produced and distributed by Italian contemporary publisher Monotono, is “a desktop Tamagotchi”. It’s an elegantly designed dwelling for a cactus or a succulent, featuring a glass dome with breathing holes on a pedestal of legs. It looks like an astronaut without a torso and some of the legs are even wearing socks! [Read more...]

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No Boys Allowed: Over 500 Women on Motorcycles Zoomed Through Joshua Tree For This Year’s Babes Rideout

Wednesday 10.22.2014 , Posted by
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Earlier this month, over 500 ladies on motorcycles took Joshua Tree by storm for Babes Rideout. From October 3-5th, they camped out in one of California’s most beautiful spots and hit the highways for a 160 mile rideout in the desert. One participant, Monica Semergiu, documented her experience through photographs and words on Exposure. She explained, “Babes Rideout is for women who ride motorcycles. They get together, once a year, at a given location, and men are not allowed. You may think it’s weird and reversed sexism, and I thought that too before I got there, but I was overwhelmed with the spirit of sisterhood and camraderie, the friendships that were made.” [Read more...]

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This Baby Has A Different Halloween Costume For Every Day of October

Wednesday 10.22.2014 , Posted by
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If we can make 12 days of Christmas, why not 31 days of Halloween? That’s 4 month old baby Noah Chavkin’s motto. His mommy and daddy, Jessica and Peter, love Halloween so they are putting him in a different costume every day this month as a countdown to the big day. With many pop culture references that they’ll have to explain when he’s older, like Risky Business, Where’s Waldo, and Russ Trolls, the costumes are not your typical, run of the mill, store bought fashions. Many of Noah’s costume parts are hand-knitted. [Read more...]

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Still Wondering What To Be For Halloween? Here’s a Cheap, Eco-Friendly, DIY Solution

Tuesday 10.21.2014 , Posted by
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Trick or treat! Halloween is just around the corner, but do you really want to buy a mass manufactured costume and look like everyone else? You don’t have to. You can make your own mask this year with templates by designer Steve Wintercroft. The awesome geometric designs are like nothing we’ve seen on the shelves of Halloween Express. Classy and refined, like a dog in a tuxedo, these masks are sure to turn heads on Halloween. You get the satisfaction of making your own costume with a fool-proof template that won’t allow you to look like you made your own costume. Although Wintercroft is based in the UK, with an instant digital download, you could cross Halloween costume off of your checklist today! Then rest easy knowing that your costume was not made in a sweatshop and it’s 100% recyclable. [Read more...]

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Pancakes of The Apes: Eat Primates For Breakfast (Cruelty Free)

Monday 10.20.2014 , Posted by
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Awesome dad Nathan Shields of Saipancakes is at it again with his flipping amazing pancake creations. This time he pays an homage to our primate ancestors. Using hot chocolate mix, he mixed up 3 shades of pancake batter and used them to create portraits of a chimpanzee, bonobo, gibbon, gorilla, orangutan, and siamang. He shares his process in the timelapse video below. [Read more...]

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As If Knitting With Yarn Weren’t Hard Enough, Carol Milne Knits With Glass

Thursday 10.16.2014 , Posted by
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I can’t think of cooler sculptures to give to a knitting aficionado, or anyone for that matter. Carol Milne does the unthinkable as she creates these fragile pieces that look like knitted glass. A long and complicated process that she created herself in 2006, Milne begins with a wax model, which is then surrounded by a refractory mold material (that can hold up in high temperatures). After the mold sets, she steams the wax out of the mold and replaces it with chunks of room temperature glass. The piece is then placed in a kiln and heated to 1400- 1600 degrees Fahrenheit, which melts the glass into the grooves formerly occupied by the wax. The glass is slowly cooled (can take weeks) to prevent cracking. When it is finished annealing, the mold is carefully picked away and voila! [Read more...]

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