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02 Dec 13:56

"I shall go on shining as a brilliantly meaningless figure in a...

"I shall go on shining as a brilliantly meaningless figure in a meaningless world."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned

03 Nov 12:58

On kindness

by Jason Kottke

Cord Jefferson with a beautiful piece about his mother, illness, and the importance and difficulty of being kind.

I'd just returned home from a meeting when she called again. It had been only a few hours since we'd last talked and, as she stammered when I picked up, my heart sank with the anticipation of more bad news. "I didn't tell you everything I wanted to earlier," she said after gathering her tongue. "I wanted to say that I'm scared. I know you can't do anything to change this, but it makes me feel better to let you know that I'm afraid."

(via @jessicalustig)

Tags: cancer   Cord Jefferson   crying at work
12 Sep 19:49

Dancebot 2014

by Jason Kottke

This guy Fik Shun? He knows how to dance.

The thing he starts doing with his chest around 2:10 is some Exorcist-level shit. (via digg)

Tags: dance   video
09 Jun 17:44

minimalist take on an a-frame/ma-style via:...

minimalist take on an a-frame/ma-style

via: atelierad


…gorgeous…breathe in the beauty…

07 Dec 17:00

Lucid Stead: A “Disappearing” Cabin of Mirrors

by Eric Baldwin

In Joshua Tree, California, artist Phillip K Smith III has completed Lucid Stead: an optical illusion/installation that modifies an abandoned 70-year-old homestead with mirrors in order to make it appear transparent. The cabin was also fitted with LED lighting to “extract the distilled experience of how light changes over time — how a mountain can be blue, red, brown, white, purple, and black all in one day.” As Smith stated, the project is about light, shadow, and tapping into the quiet of the desert. Check out more images and a video of the cabin after the break!

Click here to view the embedded video.

Images via

06 Nov 21:49

Male northern elephant seal (Supergiant Animals - BBC)

Male northern elephant seal (Supergiant Animals - BBC)

09 Nov 21:55

Hummingbird hawk-moth (Richard Hammond’s Invisible Worlds...

Hummingbird hawk-moth (Richard Hammond’s Invisible Worlds - BBC)

20 Nov 14:44

Meet Jay Nelson, professional fort builder on the coast of...

by zachklein

click through for an awesome camper and a portable treehouse

Meet Jay Nelsonprofessional fort builder on the coast of California.

09 Oct 17:20

Star Slinger – “Free”

by Luis Tovar

After delaying his debut album, it seems like Star Slinger is finally set to let it come out in early 2014. Here is a new taste from the LP, “Free.” The song is a light, groovy, grin-inducing exercise that is, for the most part, drop-free.

Here are some North American dates for Slinger:

11-06 Las Vegas, NV – Commonwealth
11-07 Las Vegas, NV – Ling Ling Lounge
11-08 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11-10 New York, NY – Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
11-13 Philadelphia, PA – The Dolphin
11-14 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
11-15 Montreal, Quebec – Le Belmont
11-16 Toronto, Ontario – Drake Hotel

Read more articles like "Star Slinger – “Free”" on PMA - Pretty Much Amazing.

Tags: Star Slinger
04 Oct 19:14

Video: Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar – “Nosetalgia”

by Genevieve Oliver

“Nosetalgia” is one of our favorite jams on Pusha-T’s new solo record My Name is My Name, thanks in part to a blistering verse from Kendrick Lamar – so we’re jazzed that it’s now got a video, a minimalist, black-and-white, single-shot affair. It’s simple, but totally effective to the point of hypnotic – watching Pusha and Kendrick deliver their verses on a nighttime stroll through a silent, empty Compton street, you’ll find it impossible to press pause. Check it out – remember you can pick up My Name is My Name on October 8.

Read more articles like "Video: Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar – “Nosetalgia”" on PMA - Pretty Much Amazing.

Tags: Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T
26 Sep 20:50

Barn owl (Christopher Taylor)

Barn owl (Christopher Taylor)

24 Sep 13:56

Richard Feynman explains rubber bands

by Jason Kottke

I had no idea that's how rubber bands worked. Once again, Feynman takes something that seems pretty simple and makes it both simpler and vividly complex.

(via @stevenstrogatz)

Tags: physics   Richard Feynman   science   video
24 Sep 13:37

“I was funny — ha-ha, not peculiar. It was a modest...

“I was funny — ha-ha, not peculiar. It was a modest currency, like pennies: pedestrian, somewhat laborious, but a currency nonetheless. I was funny, in public, most often at my own expense.”

― Claire Messud, The Woman Upstairs

22 Aug 15:22

Irish Guards remain at attention after one guardsman faints in...

Irish Guards remain at attention after one guardsman faints in London, England, June 1966.Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic

08 Aug 17:43

Video: Basement Jaxx – “What a Difference Your Love Makes”

by Luis Tovar

Basement Jaxx’s has a video they’ve shared for new single “What a Difference Your Love Makes” and it features a lot of incredible pantsula dancing recorded on location in Alexandra, Johannesburg, so we highly recommend you click play below.

The single is out officially September 30th, and it will reportedly lead to a new album eventually.

Read more articles like "Video: Basement Jaxx – “What a Difference Your Love Makes”" on PMA - Pretty Much Amazing.

Tags: Basement Jaxx
09 Aug 14:34

La Caja Obscura, a small home in Asunción, Paraguay featuring a...

by jacecooke

La Caja Obscura, a small home in Asunción, Paraguay featuring a tilting steel roof.

Designed by Javier Corvalan, photographed by Pedro Kok.

01 Aug 22:10

An Eloquent Eulogy to Natalie de Blois

by Vanessa Quirk

“In architecture’s ‘Mad Men’ era, there was a woman.” So begins David W. Dunlap’s eloquent eulogy, published yesterday in The New York Times, to Natalie de Blois. Dunlap explores de Blois’ significant contributions to Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill’s iconic buildings, including the Lever House, as well as the significant hurdles she had to overcome. As SOM partner Nathaniel Owings wrote of de Blois in his autobiography: “Her mind and hands worked marvels in design — and only she and God would ever know just how many great solutions, with the imprimatur of one of the male heroes of S.O.M., owed much more to her than was attributed by either S.O.M. or the client.” Read the entire article at The New York Times.

17 Jul 03:38

Questlove: Trayvon Martin and I Ain't Shit

by Jason Kottke

The Roots' Questlove has some powerful thoughts on the Trayvon Martin verdict:

I'm in scenarios all the time in which primitive, exotic-looking me -- six-foot-two, 300 pounds, uncivilized Afro, for starters -- finds himself in places where people who look like me aren't normally found. I mean, what can I do? I have to be somewhere on Earth, correct? In the beginning -- let's say 2002, when the gates of "Hey, Ahmir, would you like to come to [swanky elitist place]?" opened -- I'd say "no," mostly because it's been hammered in my DNA to not "rock the boat," which means not making "certain people" feel uncomfortable.

I mean, that is a crazy way to live. Seriously, imagine a life in which you think of other people's safety and comfort first, before your own. You're programmed and taught that from the gate. It's like the opposite of entitlement.

Reading about this case and the reaction to it has been a series of gut punches this week.

Tags: legal   Questlove   racism   Trayvon Martin
17 Jul 19:35

How the Tesla Model S is made

by Jason Kottke

A nice video from Wired that shows how Tesla's sedan is made.

Tesla got the factory for a song from Toyota in 2010, spent about a year or so setting up tooling and started producing the Model S sedan in mid-2012. The automaker brings in raw materials by the truckload, including the massive rolls of aluminum that are bent, pressed, and formed to create the car. Those lightweight components are assembled by swarm of red robots in an intricate ballet that is mesmerizing to behold.

(via ★interesting)

Tags: cars   how to   Tesla   video
25 Jun 04:48

teardrop trailer via: lecontainer

teardrop trailer

via: lecontainer

21 Jun 16:04

Ear-deep in watermelon, a boy eats a juicy slice at a festival...

Ear-deep in watermelon, a boy eats a juicy slice at a festival in Florida, December 1963.
Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic

06 Jun 18:28

The use of abandoned boats as sheds is an East Coast of England...

The use of abandoned boats as sheds is an East Coast of England tradition. These upturned boatsheds are found at the harbour on Lindisfarne, Northumberland, are still used by local fishermen.

The boat sheds at the castle first appeared when Edwin Lutyens restored Lindisfarne castle for Edward Hudson at the turn of the last century.
The Spanish architect Enric Miralles used Lutyens’ upturned herring busses as an inspiration for his design of the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh.

Contributed by Nina Maley.

06 Jun 04:01

This Is Your Brain on Coffee

Why drinking three cups a day may be good for us.
30 May 15:57

A balloon vendor runs across a road with a trailing mass of...

A balloon vendor runs across a road with a trailing mass of balloons in Buenos Aires, November 1921.
Photograph by Newton W. Gulick, National Geographic

29 May 16:25

Alexander Graham Bell’s tetrahedral tower is unveiled in...


turns out alexander graham bell actually invented the space frame way before buckminster fuller. what a baller.

Alexander Graham Bell’s tetrahedral tower is unveiled in 1907 in Nova Scotia.
Photograph courtesy the Bell Collection

14 May 12:25

The only ultimate disaster that can befall us, I have come to realise, is to feel ourselves to be at home here on Earth

by but does it float
Photography by Camille Seaman Title: Malcolm Muggeridge More clouds Atley
11 May 14:51


by emilyaune

hey guys! i made a chair.

Designed and constructed during the winter of 2012-13 for the UW furniture studio, this chair was inspired by the vintage telephone chair and the chaise lounge. I wanted a chair that fit me perfectly and in which I could sit comfortably with my laptop or read a book, but I did not want to be so specific with the function as to invite obsolescence. The chair is constructed out of Eastern White Maple (the wraparound desk and edge banding are solid wood, the seat and seatbacks are stable panel construction) and the frame is powder coated steel. The chair was written about on, and was chosen for inclusion in the UW architecture department End of Year Show. Studio photos are by John Stamets; photos of me using the chair were taken by Bernie Rihn.
07 May 13:41

“I am going to tell you a secret. Everything is about...

“I am going to tell you a secret. Everything is about wanting. Everything. Things happen because of people wanting. Watch closely, and you’ll see what I mean.” 
― David Mitchell, Ghostwritten


09 May 14:49

Homemade inventions from China

by Jason Kottke

This is amazing: Alan Taylor rounds up some homemade inventions from China, including DIY submarines, giant motorcycles, home-built robots, and can't-possibly-fly airplanes. I can't pick a favorite, but this homemade welding mask is outstanding:

Homemade Welding Mask

Ok, and this giant motorcycle:

Giant Motorcycle

Oh, and this rickshaw-pulling robot:

Rickshaw Robot

And, and, and... (via @faketv)

Tags: Alan Taylor   China   photography
18 Apr 15:54

Victoria amazonica water lilies can reach 20 feet in...

Victoria amazonica water lilies can reach 20 feet in circumference and support up to 300 pounds each. Perching children atop the massive leaves was all the rage in water gardens of the time. Salem, North Carolina, c. 1892.
Photograph by Frank Hege, National Geographic