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16 Oct 15:59

Sightseers park to watch a Stratocruiser taxi across an underpass in Queens, New York, March 1951 - [1700x1137]

22 Sep 15:39

Пронесло

Пишут, что Совет безопасности передумал сегодня обсуждать отключение России от Интернета.

Вместо этого поговорили про Исламское государство, Украину и прочую лихорадку Эбола — а Чебурашку злополучную отложили до лучших времён.

Бобёр, выдыхай.
Зато у нас в Думе завтра первое чтение законопроекта о национализации медиа.
Не понос, так золотуха.
01 Jul 11:23

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen

by Christopher Jobson

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen wood table rivers lakes furniture

Furniture maker Greg Klassen builds intricately designed tables and other objects embedded with glass rivers and lakes. Inspired by his surroundings in the Pacific Northwest, Klassen works with edge pieces from discarded trees (often acquired from construction sites, or from dying trees that have begun to rot) which he aligns to mimic the jagged shores of various bodies of water. The pieces are completed with the addition of hand-cut glass pieces that appear to meander through the middle of each table. You can see much more of work here, and several tables are available through his shop.

10 Jun 17:29

The New Pathe Foundation Headquarters by Renzo Piano Squeezed Into a City Block in Paris

by Johnny Strategy
The New Pathe Foundation Headquarters by Renzo Piano Squeezed Into a City Block in Paris France architecture

all photos copyright Michel Denancé

The New Pathe Foundation Headquarters by Renzo Piano Squeezed Into a City Block in Paris France architecture

The New Pathe Foundation Headquarters by Renzo Piano Squeezed Into a City Block in Paris France architecture The New Pathe Foundation Headquarters by Renzo Piano Squeezed Into a City Block in Paris France architecture

The New Pathe Foundation Headquarters by Renzo Piano Squeezed Into a City Block in Paris France architecture

The New Pathe Foundation Headquarters by Renzo Piano Squeezed Into a City Block in Paris France architecture

The New Pathe Foundation Headquarters by Renzo Piano Squeezed Into a City Block in Paris France architecture

The New Pathe Foundation Headquarters by Renzo Piano Squeezed Into a City Block in Paris France architecture

For the last 8 years the Pathe Foundation in Paris has worked with Pritzker-winning architect Renzo Piano to design and construct their new headquarters. Slated for a grand opening this September, photos have emerged that reveal, in the architect’s own words, “an unexpected presence”: a curved bulbous structure that looks like it’s been squeezed into an opening within a historic Parisian city block. “The art of inserting a new building into an historic city block,” says Piano, “means engaging in an open, physical dialogue with the existing city buildings.” In other words, it’s an exercise in reclaiming space.

Hidden mostly behind buildings, the new headquarters, which will promote the Pathe’s heritage in cinematography with office spaces, film archives and a screening room, pokes its head out above the neighbors, looking like a giant armadillo. Walking by, an unsuspecting visitor would have no idea was behind that street-side facade. (via Designboom)

09 Jun 15:53

pasta and fried zucchini salad

by deb

ottolenghi's pasta and fried zucchini salad

Every time I make an Ottolenghi recipe, I become convinced that he has finally lost his mind. Really, turmeric, black sesame seeds and parmesan together? Three tablespoons of fresh oregano? A full half-cup of tahini? And as my anxiety grows — you see, I, too, understand the bubble of time, ingredients and trust that we invest into new recipes, which, when popped, leads to the kind of frustration that can only be righted with a scalding review — I wonder if this will be it, the day I finally make an Ottolenghi recipe that’s just plain off. And, without fail, we sit down to something so spectacular in a way I hadn’t even considered before, I’m in awe of his talent and relieved that I ignored every instinct not to follow his recipe faithfully.

pasta, buffalo mozzarella, vinegar, oil, zucchini, lemon, capers, parsley, basil
strozzapreti

This was no different. It looks like a basic pesto pasta, doesn’t it? But it’s not really. Sure, there’s basil and olive oil. But it lacks the other ingredients of pesto genovese — garlic, toasted pignoli and parmesan. Instead, basil is blended with flat-leaf parsley, and the zest of a whole lemon, tablespoons of capers and torn chunks of fresh mozzarella are stirred in. The star of the show is three zucchini, cut into thin discs, fried until golden and then soaked in a bit of red wine vinegar to make something that’s neither crisp nor chip-like nor pickled but more intruiguing than all three. And then there’s the edamame, yes, the soybeans popular in East Asian dishes, here in a pasta-pesto combo. I couldn’t do it! It was too strange to me and I became bent on securing fresh shelling peas, which I think would be fantastic here, only to leave the Greenmarket in a pout (likely because I was still carrying 10+ pounds of things I hadn’t intended to buy, as always) because they’re not in yet.

zucchini in thin slices

... Read the rest of pasta and fried zucchini salad on smittenkitchen.com


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04 Jun 17:41

:))

05 Jun 01:15

Cosplay taken to the next level.

05 Jun 11:24

Женский оргазм в картинках

05 Jun 16:00

poppunkvampire: Well, I could have told you that.



poppunkvampire:

Well, I could have told you that.

04 Jun 15:03

Дверь в подъезд

by tema@tema.ru
Этот пост изменит вашу жизнь.

Миллион человек прочитают этот пост. Несколько тысяч человек задумаются. Несколько сотен человек предпримут конкретные действия. Несколько человек доведут дело до результата. Это будет началом.

* * *

Основное правило формулируется просто: с улицы должен быть виден подъезд, а из подъезда должна быть видна улица.

C улицы должен быть виден подъезд.

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Из подъезда должна быть видна улица.

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Это правило не мешает архитекторам выебываться - скажем, сделать все из стекла, а дверь непрозрачную.

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Но мы с вами живем совсем в другой среде. Мы живем в России, где уебищный подъезд ни у кого даже брови не приподнимет. А что такого? Живу я тут. Поднимемся, чайку попьем?

tyumen


У нас особая, христианская этика. Мы не моем жопы и подъезды. И за столом не обсуждаем жопы и подъезды. Поэтому у нас через все лестничные пролеты проходят мусоропроводы, а отходы в баке мы подаем к парадному входу. Ну да, у всего живого есть анус. Тоже мне, нашли тему для разговора.

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Тотальное затмение сознания привело к тому, что все двери в наши подъезды сделаны из металла и закрашены серой или коричневой краской. Мы защищаем подъезд от алкашей, бомжей, наркоманов. Враг не должен войти в здание.

А чем хуже выглядит вход в здание, чем непрозрачнее дверь, тем небезопаснее становится в подъезде. Нам мало кодового замка и домофона. Нам нужно, чтобы подъезд был как сейф.

Южная Корея:

skorea


Россия:

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Таллин:

pod-est


Саратов:

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Когда-то у нас тоже было красиво и прозрачно:

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Но мы успешно научились срать на красоту. Главное - чтоб из металла, наглухо, и максимально уебищно. Ведь вокруг опасность, а денег нет. Сами понимаете.

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Даже если какая-то красивая дверь и дожила чудом до наших дней, надо все стекла на высоту человеческого роста заменить фанерой. А вдруг разобьют?

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Самое парадоксальное в том, что мы не боимся делать стеклянные двери в магазины, кафе или банки. Слева - вход в подъезд, справа - вход в кафе.

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Блять! Что, в подъезде у нас что-то более ценное, чем в кафе? В подъезде есть мебель, посуда, предметы интерьера? Да у нас там только банка из-под нескафе на третьем этаже для окурков стоит.

Слева - вход в кафе, справа - в подъезд. А вдруг кто-то увидит, что за дверью на стене висят почтовые ящики, стоит коляска, а дальше начинается лестница? Нет. Нам страшно.

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Мы забываем, что у нас уже стоят двойные металлические двери в квартирах. Нам нечего бояться. Но мы еще дополнительно защищаем вход в общественное пространство - в подъезд. Он мог бы быть прозрачным и безопасным, но мы его замуруем и покрасим серым.

Наши города должны издать указы, по которым будет запрещено строить здания с непрозрачными входными дверьми в общественные пространства и подъезды.


Угадайте, где вход в банк, а где - в жилой подъезд.

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Знаю, менять что-то боязно. Как только мы вставим в дверь стекло, бомжи выстроятся в очередь, чтобы начать срать в подъезде.

Начать можно с малого. Окошко проделать.

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Потом удлинить его немного.

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Потом осмелеть и все сделать прозрачным. Конечно, врагов еще много, надо спасаться решеткой. Но уже прозрачно!

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Когда пойдем вверх по пирамиде потребностей, захочется красоты. ОК, сделаем решетку красивую, пусть глаз радует.

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Конечно, в Бирюлеве не сразу появятся такие подъезды:

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Но и так больше жить нельзя:

perm


Миллион человек прочитают этот пост. Несколько тысяч человек задумаются. Несколько сотен человек предпримут конкретные действия. Несколько человек доведут дело до результата. Это будет началом.

Этот пост изменит вашу жизнь.

19 Apr 06:43

Масяня. Будапешт

by plushev

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12 Jan 13:00

WANT

WANT

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Tagged: amazing , folding , gifs , mindwarp , tables
07 Jan 13:17

The Small Box House

by Esther Jablotschkin

The residence ‘Small Box House’ by Shin-ichiro Akasaka was built on the western hillside of Mt. Moiwa, overlooking the city of Sapporo. From the casual lifestyle of the clients and also the request to have a part of the house turned into a cafe in the future, the architects aimed to create a space that would be flexible. Various life-scenes should be able to exist alongside inside a simple void, like a barn. The floor, handrails, walls, and also curtains are passing the light through and enable the residents to move continuously without any distraction. Various heights in the ceiling and the openings are designed to lead the residents to find a relaxing retreats within the space.

All images © Koji Sakai | Via: designboom

08 Jan 03:38

FINsix laptop adapter is tiny, yet powerful, arriving in time for summer

by Richard Lai
It's 2014, and while some of you have already upgraded to an Intel Haswell laptop, many still have to carry a bulky power adapter for the more demanding machines. Luckily, MIT spin-off FINsix has come up with a breakthrough technology that ...
08 Jan 19:26

OSX Snow Leopard Sluggish

I decided to blog this, since I always appreciate it when I am looking for a specific fix to something and find an answer to exactly my problem. That's kinda what this internet thing is all about after all :-)

I am still running OSX 10.6.8 [Snow Leopard] for a variety of reasons, but I noticed a steady decline in performace over the past year.

I should mention that this is on a Mac-Mini.

I tried everythig I could find, including booting from an install disc and fixing permissions and running all kinds of drive diagnostics. Nothing really seemed to restore the speed and snappiness of my mac back to what it was and should be, since I run 3 machines in a smilar configuration.

So I found this solution, which involves 'fixing' the Launch Services Database

In short type this line into a terminal window:

`sudo find /System/Library/Frameworks -name lsregister` -kill -seed

Again, refer to the instructions for more info, but thats really all there is to it.

Cleared up my Mac Molasses instantly!

[Update] This little command resulted in feeling like I was given a new computer! I can't believe I didn't do/hear about this sooner.

09 Jan 03:23

Make: Article on Novena

by bunnie

Recently, the Make: blog ran an article on our laptop project, Novena. You can now follow @novenakosagi for updates on the project. I’d also like to reiterate here that the photos shown in the article are just an early prototype, and the final forms of the machine are going to be different — quite different — from what’s shown.

Below is a copy of the article text for your convenient reading. And, as a reminder, specs and source files can be downloaded at our wiki.

Building an Open Source Laptop

About a year and a half ago, I engaged on an admittedly quixotic project to build my own laptop. By I, I mean we, namely Sean “xobs” Cross and me, bunnie. Building your own laptop makes about as much sense as retrofitting a Honda Civic with a 1000hp motor, but the lack of practicality never stopped the latter activity, nor ours.

My primary goal in building a laptop was to build something I would use every day. I had previously spent several years at chumby building hardware platforms that I’m ashamed to admit I rarely used. My parents and siblings loved those little boxes, but they weren’t powerful enough for a geek like me. I try to allocate my discretionary funds towards things based on how often I use them. Hence, I have a nice bed, as I spend a third of my life in it. The other two thirds of my life is spent tapping at a laptop (I refuse to downgrade to a phone or tablet as my primary platform), and so when picking a thing to build that I can use every day, a laptop is a good candidate.

SONY DSC I’m always behind a keyboard!

The project was also motivated by my desire to learn all things hardware. Before this project, I had never designed with Gigabit Ethernet (RGMII), SATA, PCI-express, DDR3, gas gauges, eDP, or even a power converter capable of handling 35 watts – my typical power envelope is under 10 watts, so I was always able to get away with converters that had integrated switches. Building my own laptop would be a great way for me to stretch my legs a bit without the cost and schedule constraints normally associated with commercial projects.

The final bit of motivation is my passion for Open hardware. I’m a big fan of opening up the blueprints for the hardware you run – if you can’t Hack it, you don’t Own it.

Back when I started the project, it was me and a few hard core Open ecosystem enthusiasts pushing this point, but Edward Snowden changed the world with revelations that the NSA has in fact taken advantage of the black-box nature of the closed hardware ecosystem to implement spying measures (“good news, we weren’t crazy paranoids after all”).

Our Novena Project is of course still vulnerable to techniques such as silicon poisoning, but at least it pushes openness and disclosure down a layer, which is tangible progress in the right direction.

While these heady principles are great for motivating the journey, actual execution needs a set of focused requirements. And so, the above principles boiled down to the following requirements for the design:

  • All the components should have a reasonably complete set of NDA-free documentation. This single requirement alone culled many choices. For example, Freescale is the only SoC vendor in this performance class where you can simply go to their website, click a link, and download a mostly complete 6,000-page programming manual. It’s a ballsy move on their part and I commend them for the effort.
  • Low cost is not an objective. I’m not looking to build a crippled platform based on some entry-level single-core SoC just so I can compete price-wise with the likes of Broadcom’s non-profit Raspberry Pi platform.
  • On the other hand, I can’t spec in unicorn hair, although I come close to that by making the outer case from genuine leather (I love that my laptop smells of leather when it runs). All the chips are ideally available off the shelf from distributors like Digi-Key and have at least a five year production lifetime.
  • Batteries are based off of cheap and commonly available packs used in RC hobby circles, enabling users to make the choice between battery pack size, runtime, and mass. This makes answering the question of “what’s the battery life” a bit hard to answer – it’s really up to you – although one planned scenario is the trans-Siberian railroad trek, which is a week-long trip with no power outlets.
  • The display should also be user-configurable. The US supply chain is weak when it comes to raw high-end LCD panels, and also to address the aforementioned trans-Siberian scenario, we’d need the ability to drive a low-power display like a Pixel Qi, but not make it a permanent choice. So, I designed the main board to work with a cheap LCD adapter board for maximum flexibility.
  • No binary blobs should be required to boot and operate the system for the scenarios I care about. This one is a bit tricky, as it heavily limits the wifi card selection, I don’t use the GPU, and I rely on software-only decoders for video. But overall, the bet paid off; the laptop is still very usable in a binary-blob free state. We prepared and gave a talk recently at 30C3 using only the laptops.
  • The physical design should be accessible – no need to remove a dozen screws just to pull off the keyboard. This design requires removing just two screws.
  • The design doesn’t have to be particularly thin or light; I’d be happy if it was on par with the 3cm-thick Thinkpads or Inspirons I would use back in the mid 2000′s.
  • The machine must be useful as a hardware hacking platform. This drives the rather unique inclusion of an FPGA into the mainboard.
  • The machine must be useful as a security hacking platform. This drives the other unusual inclusion of two Ethernet interfaces, a USB OTG port, and the addition of 256 MiB DDR3 RAM and a high-speed expansion connector off of the FPGA.
  • The machine must be able to build its own firmware from source. This drives certain minimum performance specs and mandates the inclusion of a SATA interface for running off of an SSD.

After over a year and a half of hard work, I’m happy to say our machines are in a usable form. The motherboards are very reliable, the display is a 13” 2560×1700 (239ppi) LED-backlit panel, and the cases have an endoskeleton made of 5052 and 7075 aluminum alloys, an exterior wrapping of genuine leather, an interior laminate of paper (I also love books and papercraft), and cosmetic panels 3D printed on a Form 1. The design is no Thinkpad Carbon X1, but they’ve held together through a couple of rough international trips, and we use our machines almost every day.

Laptop parked in front of the Form1 3D printer used to make its body panels.

I was surprised to find the laptop was well-received by hackers, given its homebrew appearance, relatively meager specs and high price. The positive response has encouraged us to plan a crowd funding campaign around a substantially simplified (think “all in one PC” with a battery) case design. We think it may be reasonable to kick off the campaign shortly after Chinese New Year, maybe late February or March. Follow @novenakosagi for updates on our progress!

The first two prototypes are wrapped in red sheepskin leather, and green pig suede leather.

Detail view of the business half of the laptop.