Phone Addicted? The Ultra-Minimalist ‘Light Phone’ is Here to Help

It today’s ultra connected, phone addicted world, it’s hard to get away from it all. You can upload Instagram photos from the top of mountains, or live stream a walk through the park – but are we missing something behind all those screens? The ultra minimal Light Phone might be the solution.

Artist Captures Panoramic City Scenes on His Coffee Cup

While most of Tokyo is moving quickly in the hustle and bustle of the work flow, illustrator Adrian Hogan is slowing down and taking it all in. In this amusing series of doodles, he chose a panoramic segment of the streets and sidewalks to re-create. But rather than using paper, he illustrated the images onto his coffee cup. He presents the finished pieces by slowly twirling the cup in Instagram videos among the backgrounds that inspired each scene. You can see all of the attention Hogan paid to minor details and how perfectly he replicates each city perspective.

Wonderfully Illustrative Fine-Line Tattoos by Istanbul’s Bicem Sinik

Istanbul-based tattoo artist Bicen Sinik has an impressive talent for creating intricate, fine-line illustrations on skin. Like the Los Angeles-based Dr. Woo (who we featured just last week), she has a knack for creating high-contrast linear and stippled pieces with a minimal amount of shading.

Makeup Artists Turn Eyelids Into Eyeballs To Make Humans Look Like Dolls

Women are contantly bombarded with altered images and given unrealistic toys in their younger years, that make them think that their eyes should be larger or their noses should be smaller. Some people go under the knife to achieve these impossible standards and turn themselves into a walking Barbie Doll and some do it less permanently with makeup. Photographer Laurie Simmons wanted to understand the “Doll Girls” community the best way she knows how- through the lens of her camera. In her latest series, “How We See”, Simmons captures models who have had their eyelids painted to look like big doll eyes. The images are quite creepy, much like the messages women are given that beauty is the most important thing to strive for.

New Research Shows Fewer Americans Identify as Christian

According to a recent Pew Research survey of 35,000 people age 18 and older, Americans’ religious affiliations are notably shifting. While America is still home to more Christians than any other country, fewer people say they are Christian than they did 7 years ago. The survey also notes changes in ethnic diversity among Christians: 

The World’s First Throw-and-Shoot Video Camera is All I Ever Wanted

Meet Lily, the world’s first throw-and-shoot camera. This highly innovative drone is a new way we take video and stills of our activities. Just throw it up in the air, and it tracks you in cinematic video, no matter if you’re riding a wave, kayaking down raging rapids or just off on a peaceful walk with the kids. This device is going to change the way we take selfies, and by that, I mean they’ll actually be good.

Happy Palindrome Week!

It’s Palindrome Week—and this week is especially auspicious. Each date this week is a palindrome (a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward):

5.10.15
5.11.15
5.12.15
5.13.15
5.14.15
5.15.15
5.16.15

How rare is that? Aziz Inan, an engineering professor at University of Portland who tracks palindromes, told USA Today:

“A five-digit palindrome is not as rare as a seven-digit date palindrome, such as 1/10/2011, or an eight-digit date palindrome such as 01/02/2010. There will be only 26 seven-digit palindromes this century and 12 eight-digit dates … Once you start writing the year as two digits, then things change because those dates occur every century. Today is 5/11/15, but next century there’s also going to be 5/11/15, but it’s going to be the 22nd century instead of the 21st century.”

How Much Did the Department of the Defense Pay the NFL to Salute the Troops?

New government documents obtained by NJ.com reveal what some taxpayers may consider disturbing spending by the Department of Defense. A total of $5.4 million in taxpayer money was paid to the NFL between 2011 and 2014 for various salutes to the troops and other advertising during games. As viewers believed these salutes to be genuine acknowledgments for time served—not paid advertising as a recruiting tool—many are upset that taxpayer money was used to mislead viewers. The Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million to salute the troops. So, how much did they pay?

This Picasso Just Became the Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold

The most expensive painting in the world is no longer Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud, which Christie’s sold for $142.4 million in 2013. An anonymous buyer has just paid an astounding $179.36 million for Pablo Picasso’s 1955 painting Les femmes d’Alger (Version “O”), putting it in top position in the world of very expensive artworks. The painting last sold in 1997 for a paltry $31.9 million.

Wes Anderson Designed a Bar. It’s Just as Quirky as You’d Imagine.

If you’ve dreamed of walking into the quirky, retro set of a Wes Anderson film, you’re far from alone. But unless you were film crew, that’s been impossible until now.

The lauded director recently designed the eccentric Bar Luce for Fondazione Prada, a new art and culture complex by Prada. Now you can walk into a space that looks right out of a Wes Anderson film, and even get a drink there.

Sometimes dreams do come true.