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Bringing the Spirit of the Burning Man Temple to Northern Ireland

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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Every year since 2000, the Burning Man gathering has featured a massive wood structure called the “Temple”. Since its introduction, the ornately designed buildings have become one of the most special places for those who attend. In an environment that celebrates all kinds of radical free expression, the temple inspires reflection, contemplation and honoring. It is a sanctuary where those that come can heal, grieve loved ones or just sit in peace. After one week of its existence, it is gracefully burned, a symbolic “letting go” for some. Now, in its last day seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign, the spirit of the Temple could be flying all the way to the Northern Irish town of Derry for March 2015. [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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Building an Innovative Maker Space in Post-Disaster Philippines

Tuesday 10.28.2014 , Posted by
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Typhoon Haiyan tore a path of destruction 100 miles wide through the Philippines last November, affecting 14 million people and displacing 5 million. Almost a year later, the people of the Philippines are still recovering from the massive disaster. Many homes were destroyed and while Filipinos have the motivation to rebuild again, they often lack the tools and resources to do so. [Read more…]

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What Do NYC and Paris Have in Common? This Clever Diptych Video Says “A Lot”

Monday 10.27.2014 , Posted by
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Freelance filmmaker Franck Matellini has created a fantastic new video that cleverly reveals the similarities between Paris and New York City. Using a split-screen diptych, Matellini captures many of the unique things which make these iconic cities charming, while comparing them in a way which shows their commonalities. [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 is a Real Bridge in the Netherlands

Tuesday 10.21.2014 , Posted by
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This is one very unique design for a drawbridge. The Slauerhoffbrug (aka Flying Drawbridge) is a fully automatic rolling lift bridge in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. The diagonally offset counterweight that balances the 15 meter square road surface makes this bridge very different, leaving much of the machinery off to the side while the bridge is down… and leaving plenty of people wondering about it’s purpose. [Read more…]

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Rob Dyrdek: The Ridiculous Numbers Behind His Success

Tuesday 10.21.2014 , Posted by
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Skateboarder. Celebrity. Entrepreneur. There are few people more driven and daring than Rob Dyrdek. He hit the ground rolling and turned pro at 16 years old, then started his first company, Orion Trucks, at 19. He hasn’t slowed up since and the numbers in this graphic show it. [Read more…]

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12 Victorian Predictions for the Year 2000

Monday 10.13.2014 , Posted by
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One of the most interesting things about looking back at old predictions, is seeing how they turned out when the future date finally rolled around. As a whole, people are pretty bad at guessing what the future will look like (and especially if top hats will be in fashion), but common desires and dreams are still sometimes fulfilled in surprising ways. This set of German cards from around 1899 or 1900 are an excellent and entertaining example.

“Life in the Year 2000” was created by Hildebrands, a leading German chocolate company of the time. Certainly inspired by what the next century would hold, one card from the series was placed in each of their boxes of chocolate. [Read more…]

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Photographer Uses Brain Scanner to Find Out How People Wish They Looked

Sunday 10.12.2014 , Posted by
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A straighter nose, bigger eyes, higher cheekbones: in a culture that glorifies physical perfection, many of us can immediately identify traits we would like to change about ourselves. Using a unique combination of photography and neuroscience, Scott Chasserot attempts to capture images of our perfect selves through his project Original/Ideal. [Read more…]

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This Makeup Artist Transforms Himself Into Female Celebs… and He’s Really Good At It

Friday 10.10.2014 , Posted by
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Just remember this Halloween: with the right makeup skills, you can be ANYONE. Seriously. Just check out the skills of makeup artist and TV host Paolo Ballesteros from the Philippines. With his makeup kit, some wigs and fake eyelashes he’s managed to transform himself into all sorts of female celebs – from Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian, to Julia Roberts and Megan Fox (above). Even on his attempts that aren’t spot-on, it’s still impressive how quickly we can recognize the famous face. [Read more…]

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