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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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Why Didn’t I Think Of That? The Refrigerator Bottle Loft Is Pure Genius

Thursday 10.16.2014 , Posted by
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If you, like most people, have ever struggled with finding space in your fridge to cool your beer, then you are going to want to hug Brian Conti of Strong Like Bull Magnets, the genius behind Bottle Loft. Now bottles, jars, and anything with metal lids do not have to waste space in your fridge. With super strong magnets, you can free up that wasted space above your short items so that you can still place other things below. No more taking everything out or shoving the bottles in whatever random crevices you can find. No more filling the veggie drawer with beers. Everything can fit just perfectly and it’s an organizer’s dream come true. [Read more…]

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A Film Without Film: Behold The Magic of 3D Printing Animation

Wednesday 10.15.2014 , Posted by
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Who says you need film to make a film? A French artist named Julien Maire has combined the modern technology of 3D printing with the classic art of animation to create unique light motion on a wall. The final result, composed of 85 miniature figurines in various micro-movement poses, looks like a motion picture of a man digging a hole. Like a flashy, crackly, silent film reel from the early 1900s, the project uses new ideas to create something old school. [Read more…]

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Check Out The Netherlands Through These Gigantic Eyes

Wednesday 10.15.2014 , Posted by
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In the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands, there is a new art installation that allows you to see the city from someone else’s eyes. You will literally sit inside of a giant eye and scope out the lovely city from up high on the side of a building. If you are over 16, weigh less than 264 lbs, buy a ticket for $14.50, and happen to be in this city from now until early November, then you’d be silly to miss this theatrical installation. Pascal Leboucq is the genius behind this project which he calls EYE. Directed by Lucas DeMan, there are 5 different eyes around the city and each offers a different perspective. [Read more…]

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Single Stranded Wire Twisted By Hand Into Beautiful Tree Sculptures

Tuesday 10.14.2014 , Posted by
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With the length of almost 4 football fields (378 yards) in wire, sculptor Clive Maddison created the beautiful tree above. This particular model has over 17,000 loops in the canopy, and it is mounted on a piece of Sweet Chestnut. As with all of his tree models, there is no glue or solder involved. The sculptures stay put solely from the twists of each strand, making each one unique. Starting from the base, which is often a piece of wood that matches the type of tree he will be sculpting, Maddison twists his way up from roots to trunk to branches to leaves. [Read more…]

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