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The Many Faces of Bill Murray: How Many Do You Know?

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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As far as actors go, you won’t find many more universally loved than Bill Murray. Whether he’s hilariously trying to blow up gophers in Caddyshack or wowing us with subtlety in Lost in Translation, his appearances are almost always memorable – even if they’re just momentary cameos. Now Steve Murray (no relation) has created an fantastic visual compilation for the National Post, capturing The Many Faces of Bill Murray over the years. It starts with The Rutles in 1978, finishes with his recent appearance in The Grand Budapest Hotel, and misses very few acts in between (only two early bits of voice work). Can you remember them all? [Read more...]

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Zen Float Tent – World’s First Affordable Isolation Tank For Home

Thursday 05.01.2014 , Posted by
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The benefits of sensory deprivation tanks are no secret: relaxation, deep meditation, soothing chronic muscle pain, increased athletic performance, and an overall sense of well being, but until now these benefits came at a pretty hefty financial cost. The average isolation tank costs $10-30k with the cheapest model available at $4,500, but now Zen Float has created a model that is available at a fraction of the price- just $1,700 and can be self-assembled after it is delivered to your door for free! Much lighter than the traditional models, the Zen Float Tent will weigh a little more than a water bed once you add the epsom salt and water and can be assembled in any room of your home so you can float whenever you want! With a single float session averaging $70 at most float centers, just 25 floats would cover the cost of this invaluable item. [Read more...]

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My Status is Not a Secret: A Bold New HIV Awareness Campaign and Interview with Parker Trewin

Tuesday 04.22.2014 , Posted by
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Three weeks ago, Column Five (a Visual News partner) launched a bold new HIV awareness campaign called My Status Is Not A Secret. Through a series of filmed interviews and a 45-minute documentary featuring a diverse cast of individuals speaking frankly about their experiences with HIV, the project seeks to give a face to a disease that ultimately affects us all. [Read more...]

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The Elevated Movement: A Hammock Company that Supports Artists, the Environment, and the US Economy

Sunday 04.06.2014 , Posted by
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Laying in a hammock is the epitome of relaxation, but without trees hammocks would just be blankets on the ground! That’s why for every hammock sold, The Elevated Movement will plant 2 trees. Aside from that environmental impact, this amazing company, founded by hammock aficionado Matthew Santens, also uses 100% recycled materials. The hammocks themselves are made out of plastic bottles, but you would never guess when you feel how soft and strong they are. On top of that, these are the coolest looking hammocks you have ever seen, with artist designs and Hubble Telescope images- or your own creation or photo- printed using high quality, vibrant sublimation printing. And the artists whose designs are available for purchase actually get 30% of the profit, which sadly is a rare occurrence for artists. [Read more...]

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A Modernist iPhone Amplifier Crafted From Hand Blown Glass

Thursday 04.03.2014 , Posted by
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We live in a strange age when ‘digital tech’ and the ‘local and handmade’ both have their own respective cultural movements. There’s a representative aesthetic and process common to each movement and  they very rarely cross paths. What makes this modernist design iPhone amplifier so unique is that each one is made individually of handblown glass – and we’ve got some amazing pictures to prove it! [Read more...]

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Visualizing Data Behind the Billionaires of 2014

Thursday 04.03.2014 , Posted by
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We’re three months into 2014, and the new roster of billionaires from around the world continues to evolve.

Just this year alone, we have seen 268 newly minted billionaires, 100 others fell from the list (the struggle is real) and 16 of them who passed away (struggle x2). The following infographic gives a visual abstract into the topic of being a billionaire in the year 2014.

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This Two Legged Boxer Has a Great First Day at the Beach

Tuesday 04.01.2014 , Posted by
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A boxer going by the name Duncan Lou Who was born with only two legs… but that’s not slowing him down one bit. This video of Duncan’s first trip to the beach isn’t sped up, it just shows how incredibly fast he is, and the amazing balance he uses to get around on just his two front legs. [Read more...]

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Toronto’s Anti-Ford Posters Are Hilarious… But Are They Doing More Harm Than Good?

Tuesday 04.01.2014 , Posted by
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Toronto has some fascinating new mayoral candidates, and they’re promising to “just smoke pot as mayor, not crack” and never get caught urinating in public. “Wait,” you say, “aren’t those two things incumbent mayor Rob Ford has allegedly done while in office?” Yes, yes they are. These poster feature fake candidates with the tag line “Anyone’s better than Rob Ford.” It’s a hilariously pitched ad campaign, featuring characters who look as questionable as their statements. But is it going to help the anti-Ford constituents? [Read more...]

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J.J. Abrams Creates Limited Edition Mystery Box

Thursday 03.20.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a fan of LOST creator J.J. Abrams, you may have seen his incredible TED Talk that centers around a mystery box his grandfather gave him a long time ago. Abrams has never opened the box, but kept it nearby as a source of inspiration in his life and work.

Now Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have teamed up with Theory 11 to give you the same sort of inspiration, in the form of handcrafted lock box created from beautiful reclaimed wood. [Read more...]

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5 Great Reasons To Read Hunter S. Thompson

Friday 03.14.2014 , Posted by
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I have loved Hunter Thompson’s writing ever since, in high school, the film of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas starring Johnny Depp turned me on to the book of the same name. You don’t forget a sentence like, “We were somewhere around Barstow when the drugs began to take hold.”

And you shouldn’t dismiss him, as some critics have, as a sloppy, self-indulgent, drug-ingesting hack. He took a lot of drugs, drank too much, loved guns and women (and excess in general) – he was a bit of a maniac to be sure, an imperfect character if there ever was one… and it is unfortunate that these facts obscure his real talent. Here are some of the best reasons why you should read his books and take him seriously. [Read more...]

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