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These Images Reveal Sharp Lines in Mexico’s Wealth Disparity

Tuesday 05.13.2014 , Posted by
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In some places of the world, all it takes is looking out your back window to see the effects of poverty. These images drive that fact home, showing locations where homes of relative opulence run up next to those less fortunate. Here the houses of the “haves” are bright white, surrounded by well manicured lawns and strikingly clean; but an arms length across a clearly defined line we see the “have nots” with humble dwellings, grey and cobbled together. Is this the world we want to see? [Read more...]

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Corey Arnold Captures the Fun of Working the World’s Most Dangerous Job

Tuesday 05.13.2014 , Posted by
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Beating into towering walls of freezing water in search of fish, crab and octopus might not sound like the most enjoyable form of employment, but photographer/fisherman Corey Arnold’s fantastic book Fish-Work: The Bering Sea surely makes it look that way (besides an odd missing finger or two). [Read more...]

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We’re Flipping Over This Dad’s Pancakes

Tuesday 05.13.2014 , Posted by
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No doubt about it: former math teacher and flapjack enthusiast Nathan Shields is one rad dad. Two years ago, Shields began “illustrating” animals, fictional characters, and more with pancake batter for his adorable kids, Alice and Gryphon. He dubbed his series “Saipancakes” after the town where he first began his quirky–and completely endearing–breakfast craft. Now, he has amassed an impressive collection of pancake designs including sea creatures, mythic beasts, tree species, heady intellectuals, math jargon, and much more.  [Read more...]

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How Dog Breeds Have Changed in Just 100 Years

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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When we hear old stories of giant St. Bernards racing over the snowy alps to rescue some lost soul with the famous brandy barrel around their neck, it’s easy to imagine they looked just like St. Bernards today… but we’d be wrong. In fact, it’s a common misconception that dog breeds look the same as they did even 100 years ago. Doctor Caen Elegans has compiled a side-by-side comparison of some famous breeds with older images from a 1915 book, Breeds of All Nations by W.E. Mason. They show how breeders have been further changing the appearance of these dogs, and as Elegans’ points out – unintentionally introduced a number of defects and maladies. [Read more...]

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A Man With a Very Big Heart Repurposes Trash to Make Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Friday 05.09.2014 , Posted by
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In Oakland, one compassionate artist named Gregory Kloehn, with the help of many others in the community, is turning trash into treasure for the homeless. He gathers various materials from dumpsters, curbs, and commercial waste to create tiny mobile shelters. Like snowflakes, no two homes are exactly alike- they are even uniquely painted, but they all have a roof to shelter from the rain and wheels to take them wherever they need to go. Many of the homeless people in Oakland have had all of their belongings swept up by police abiding by Oakland’s public safety laws and Kloehn is hoping his mobile home designs will circumvent this issue. [Read more...]

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Seven Tweets. Seven Years. How One Man is Learning Twitter.

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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To learn something well, you’ve got to have patience. Justin “Bimmer” has that in spades.

He’s tweeted 7 times over the last 7 years… and he’s starting to get the hang of it.

His website isn’t too bad either: Explosions and Boobs (that’s fairly self explanatory). [Read more...]

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Completed in 1878, This Isolated Sea Fort is Now a Luxury Hotel

Tuesday 05.06.2014 , Posted by
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When it was completed in 1878, the soldiers who occupied Spitbank Fort had no idea it would one day be a luxury hotel. The isolated sea fort is located in the Solent, near Portsmouth, England, and originally intended as a line of defense against ships that made it past the larger forts further out. As always, Spitbank Fort is only accessible by boat – a level of isolation rarely available in our highly connected world. Now, billed as “the UKs most exclusive private island” it features 8 luxury rooms and a rooftop spa with unrivaled views. It’s also one of the few hotels that can boast about having armor plating on its seaward side. [Read more...]

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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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Essential Reading: Mason Currey on the Importance of “Daily Rituals”

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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Recently, I decided to revisit one of the books that made me want to write about creativity, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. I wasn’t disappointed. [Read more...]

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Addicted To Your Phone? Try These Signal Deflecting Clothes On For Size

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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In an age dominated by likes, tweets, and a constant flow of texts, it can be tough to take a break from technology. However, Japanese conceptual fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga comes to the rescue with modern clothing that will force you to tear your eyes away from your iPhone. Morinaga’s newest garment collection, FOCUS, is crafted from fibers that deflect electromagnetic waves and thus render your phone completely unusable.  [Read more...]

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