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Rural Academy Theater: Horse Pulled Theatre Troupe Tours the Mountains of North Carolina

Friday 10.25.2013 , Posted by

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“We wanted to tour at a more human pace and perform in small towns,“ says co-founder Gabriel Harrell. He explains that the typical experience of touring with theater companies involves bouncing between major cities. For him, this is “a way to celebrate the rural, and celebrate small-town life and culture.”

At the lumbering speed of 2.5 miles per hour, the Rural Academy Theater is making their second tour through Western North Carolina. The horse-drawn performance troupe loads all of its supplies, instruments and equipment into a wagon-trailer while a few bicyclists ride alongside the caravan to scout roads and rest stops. Part gypsy, part nouveau vagabond, the troop puts on quite the performance, both on stage and off. [Read more...]

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A Matrix-Style Photo Booth Comes to Los Angeles and New York

Monday 10.21.2013 , Posted by

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Qualcomm recently decided to go Matrix on Venice California and New York City, boasting about their powerful new Snapdragon 600 processors by creating a one-of-a-kind 540° bullet time photo booth using 130 HTC One smart phones. Yeah, your standard photo booth has nothing on this. [Read more...]

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Now and Then: Aged Faces of Centenarians Are Restored to Youth

Tuesday 10.15.2013 , Posted by

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Both expectations and memory are funny things. For the youth of the world, they never expect to get old… but it slowly sneaks up on everyone. For the old, it’s often hard to remember just what it was to be youthful. This captivating series puts the effect of aging front and center, showing captivating images of elderly people and then a quick sweep back to their youth in the same pose. [Read more...]

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This Map of Internet Usage Shows Why China is a Sleeping Internet Giant

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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The internet is a massive place, but not as massive as the world population. This map, created by Mark Graham and Stefano De Sabbata using data from The World Bank, puts some of the internets demographics in perspective while creating a rather stunning picture of just how big China ranks on internet traffic and how much room it still has to grow. [Read more...]

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How Creatives Work: Frank Lloyd Wright

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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Frank Lloyd Wright was a complex individual to understand. He was celebrated as a genius architect, which he undoubtedly was, but he was also an incredibly complex and flawed individual.

Wright is undeniably on the top of the list of great architects of history. He designed some of the greatest buildings of the twentieth century including Fallingwater, The Guggenheim Museum, The Imperial Hotel, the Johnson Wax Office Building, and his groundbreaking Prairie Style and Usonian houses. His buildings were an attractive organic-looking alternative to the boxiness of conventional Modernism. He used natural materials, preserved ornament, and hand-craft in construction. He emphasized the horizontal over the vertical, against the grain of the growth of skyscraper oriented cities which he detested. [Read more...]

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Forget The Outdoors! Stay in this Indoor Campground

Friday 10.11.2013 , Posted by

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Have a fear of spiders, dirt, or maybe just the outdoors? Then this type of camping is definitely for you! This 6458 square foot (600 square meter) German warehouse has been turned into a faux-campsite, complete with vintage camping trailers for accommodation. The brainchild of hotelier Michael Bonner, the colorful place features 15 differently themed caravans restored to their old-school glory. Themes include a proper british caravan called Big Ben (with perfect armchairs for an afternoon tea) and the mountain cabin themed Jägerhütte (no shooting required: it comes with furs!). [Read more...]

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How Real Men Would Look in Famous Underwear Ads

Thursday 10.10.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes body image is all about confidence… and these four hilarious blokes from England have it in spades. Regular readers of daily tabloid The Sun, the guys teamed up with Jenny Francis to replace them in underwear ads featuring popular male models David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Freddie Ljungberg and David Gandy. Wait, maybe it doesn’t just take confidence… [Read more...]

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A Film Shows How La Sagrada Familia Will Look When Completed (as Soon as 2026!)

Wednesday 10.09.2013 , Posted by

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Just when you thought Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia basilica couldn’t get any bigger, another tower goes up. The master work of Antoni Gaudi, the fantastic structure is on a truly classic building schedule. Started in 1882 (just 131 years ago) the structure was only half completed in 2010. That means there’s far more to complete, and even at its current dizzying height, there’s far more upward growth to be seen. With a strong final push, new targets have been set for a final completion in just 13 years – at the end of 2026. [Read more...]

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Missing NASA? Here are Photos of Earth from the European Space Agency’s Archive: Observing the Earth

Monday 10.07.2013 , Posted by

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Unless you’re one of those cool people who makes a daily trip to space via NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, you might not have noticed that the long running and much loved site is currently down. The site has been running consistently for over 18 years in a co-effort between NASA and Michigan Technological University… but due to some unexpected budget cuts amounting to a 97% cut in workforce (and in other news much of the US federal government), we’re not getting our daily dose of fascinating imagery from outer space. [Read more...]

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A Mobile, Inflatable Concert Hall for Tsunami-Ravaged Japan

Thursday 10.03.2013 , Posted by

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How do you bring joy to the areas of tsunami-ravaged Japan? Bring them music. How do you house such an event? According to British-Indian designer Anish Kapoor, you create an inflatable concert hall unlike any other. The new venue, dubbed Arc Nova will be touring earthquake and tsunami effected areas of Tohoku, spreading joy and giving encouragement in the form of music. [Read more...]

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