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This 3D Printed Flower Bouquet on Kickstarter Will Blow Your Mind

Tuesday 05.20.2014 , Posted by
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Launched recently on Kickstarter, Joshua Harker has created the most astounding 3D printed flower bouquet. Made up of 12 different re-arrangeable flowers, a lotus lilly pad and a vase that beautifully imitates ripping water, the combined shapes are composed of a massive 1,918,416 different triangles. The wild thing is, these are just his Kickstarter “thank you” gifts. [Read more...]

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11 Amazingly Creative Shipping Container Homes

Monday 05.19.2014 , Posted by
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Around the world, people are considering alternative and environmentally efficient ways to live. One way is to utilize materials that don’t serve their original purpose any longer. Retired shipping containers are a prime example of one material that aspiring homeowners can purchase for a reasonable price and convert into a hip home. [Read more...]

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The Drinkable Book: More Than a Good Read, It Has 4 Years of Clean Water in its Pages

Monday 05.19.2014 , Posted by
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The problem with contaminated drinking water in poor regions of the world isn’t ignorance of an issue. The problem is education and access when it comes to a solution.

Charity group WATERisLIFE aims to fix that… with a book.  [Read more...]

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No Kids Allowed: This Tiny Treehouse is a Microbrewery

Sunday 05.18.2014 , Posted by
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Some of your more rebellious childhood dreams would have been satisfied by this treehouse – but seriously, this one’s strictly for the adults. Contained inside this tiny 200 square-foot building perched high in the Ohio woods is a fully functional craft brewing system and a stool lined bar. The place sits 22 feet off the ground and is accessed by a 30 foot bridge lined with a safe and sturdy railing for the wobbly walk home. Welcome to Treehouse Brewery. [Read more...]

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Is This the Future of Movie Posters?

Sunday 05.18.2014 , Posted by
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What if every advertisement you saw jumped to life and let you interact? That’s certainly not a new idea – and plenty of malls now have large digital screens featuring moving ads – but could that also be the future of the movie poster? These animated examples of famous movie posters were created by an anonymous Imgur user, and capture the futuristic possibilities of cinema advertising while predicting possibilities for an exciting new industry standard. [Read more...]

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See America: Neo Vintage Travel Posters by Steven Thomas

Saturday 05.17.2014 , Posted by
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Illustrator Steven Thomas has created a series of posters that echo the unique style found in the travel posters of the 1930s and ’40s. His series “See America” is as affecting as the originals – beautifully encouraging people to get outside and visit America’s National Parks. The new “neo-vintage” posters made by Thomas include such wonderful places as Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Joshua Tree and The Badlands. The works were commissioned by New York based photographer Douglas Levere and his company Print Collection. [Read more...]

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Bulbing: A Hip New Table Lamp

Friday 05.16.2014 , Posted by
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Coming from Tel Aviv, Israel is a new style of lamp called “Bulbing” to decorate your living space. Deceptively it appears to be 3D, but in reality it is completely flat. Designed by Studio Cheha, their Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed its fundraising goal four times over. With 15 days left to go, there are already over 1,300 backers supporting the hip new design. [Read more...]

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Inspired by the Spike Jonze Film “Her”, this Documentary Explores the Emotional Side of Technology

Thursday 05.15.2014 , Posted by
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When Spike Jonze’s film “Her” hit theaters, many people were struck by the timely relevance of its story. It seems with each passing day we interact more closely with the technology around us, and even if we aren’t talking late into the night with our computers just yet, that and other possibilities seem just around the corner. In response to the film, Motherboard, in association with Microsoft and Warner Bros. is asking a question: “How can human emotions inspire new interactions with technology and each other?” The answer comes in the form of the 2 part documentary Captivated by Her. [Read more...]

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After English and Spanish, What’s the Most Common Language in Your State?

Wednesday 05.14.2014 , Posted by
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Did you know German is the third most spoken language in Colorado, or that it’s Hmong in Minnesota? What’s the third most spoken language in your state?

This map is too interesting. Yes, most people in the US speak English in daily life, followed down the list by Spanish in all but seven states… but what comes third? This map from Slate details some surprising results and points to drastically different histories of immigration across the US. [Read more...]

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Calamity Plates: A New Take On Classic Porcelain Dishes

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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Classic white porcelain dishes with cobalt blue designs have existed in households for centuries. Each plate typically tells a story, and in past times it would even provide cordial conversation at dinner parties when the nice dishes were brought out. While the dishes are a nice addition to any household, even one that can be passed on from generation to generation, graphic designer Don Moyer thought they needed a bit of a “modern touch.” [Read more...]

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