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13 Jan 16:37

Models in Hand Knitted Sweaters Blend Perfectly Into Colorful Backgrounds in ‘Knitted Camouflage’

by Lori Dorn

For his amazing series “Knitted Camouflage“, British photographer Joseph Ford enlisted the yarn skills of Nina Dodd to create custom sweaters that exactly match the environment of the photograph. For one photo, Ford collaborated with French street artist Monsieur Chat, who created an amazing piece for which a knitted outfit was made to match. Other photos in the series take place in a variety of colorful environments with different models – sisters leaning against a tiled wall, a man in knitted sweater and trousers matching the wall of a train station, a another model coming to life in a gray tiled room and even a bearded man in a sweater matching the seat of a train.

via Colossal

11 Jan 06:27

Names Written in Blood

by Miss Cellania

In 2012, Syrian journalist Mansour Omari was one of tens of thousands of people who "disappeared" under the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. He was taken to an underground military complex, where he lived in a cell with dozens of other prisoners. One of the worst realizations they confronted was that their families had no idea whether they were still alive.

Omari and a handful of other prisoners grouped together spoke about this at length. Ultimately, they made a pact: whoever made it out of the detention center first would take with them a record of who their fellow cellmates were.

Among the men, Nabil Shurbaji, another journalist, had the neatest handwriting. Discreetly, with the understanding that anyone could report him to the authorities, he began the work of collecting the identities of the inmates. The men had no pen or paper to record the names, so they tried writing with watery tomato soup. When that proved ineffective, they tried eggplant. Then, one of them, a tailor, had an idea. Like his fellow detainees, his gums were swollen and weak from malnutrition. He squeezed them until his blood filled a contraband plastic bag. Mixed with rust, the concoction formed their ink. Five precious scraps of cloth torn from a worn shirt served as paper.

Using a chicken bone, Shurbaji stained the names of 82 detainees onto the small strips of clothing. These precious records of blood and rust were then hidden away into the collar and cuffs of one of Shurbaji’s shirts until the day Omari’s name was called to be transferred to Adra Central prison.

Omari now lives in Sweden, and he stills has the cloths. Or, he still owns them, but they are on loan to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum until August. Read what happened to Omari, and about the cloths now on exhibit, at Smithsonian.

(Image credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

11 Jan 05:46

LEGO ship in a bottle

by Rusty Blazenhoff
Julia S

Love this!

After completing a ship in a bottle kit, screenprinter Jake Sadovich of Garden City, Idaho decided to make a LEGO one. Soon after, he submitted his model to LEGO Ideas where it quickly gained the community support it needed to be reviewed to put it into production and sold around the globe.

In an interview with LEGO Ideas, he was asked how he felt about getting the "magic 10,000 votes" from the community, "Awesome and kind of strange. Excitement at reaching the 10K mark, and in just 48 days! A great feeling of satisfaction that so many people liked my creation and gratitude that they took the time to support it and make this happen."

The 962-piece Leviathan will hit stores on February 1 for $69.99.

Continue a nautical tradition when you build this LEGO® Ideas 21313 Ship in a Bottle, featuring a highly detailed ship with the captain’s quarters, cannons, masts, crow’s nest, flag and printed sail elements. Place the ship inside the LEGO brick-built bottle with a buildable cork, wax seal element and water-style elements inside, then showcase it on the display stand featuring the ship’s ‘Leviathan’ nameplate, globe elements and a built-in ‘compass’ (non-functioning) with compass rose and spinning needle. This wonderfully nostalgic construction toy also includes a booklet about the set’s fan creator and LEGO designers.

Photos of Sadovich's original design can be seen at his Facebook page.

(The Awesomer)

09 Dec 01:17

Bad Code

Julia S

Excel: second best tool for any problem

"Oh my God, why did you scotch-tape a bunch of hammers together?" "It's ok! Nothing depends on this wall being destroyed efficiently."
08 Dec 15:56

When a debt collector threatened to rape a man's wife over a bogus debt, the man devoted a year towards getting his revenge

by Mark Frauenfelder

If you're in the mood to read a thrilling, long-form article about how a man got revenge on a predatory fake payday loan swindler, here's one. It's written by Zeke Faux for Bloomberg.

Here's the opening:

On the morning a debt collector threatened to rape his wife, Andrew Therrien was working from home, in a house with green shutters on a cul-de-sac in a small Rhode Island town. Tall and stocky, with a buzz cut and a square, friendly face, Therrien was a salesman for a promotions company. He’d always had an easy rapport with people over the phone, and on that day, in February 2015, he was calling food vendors to talk about grocery store giveaways.

Therrien was interrupted midpitch by a call from his wife. She’d gotten a voicemail from an authoritative-sounding man saying Therrien was in some kind of trouble. “I need to verify an address to present you with your formal claim,” the man had said. “Andrew Therrien, you are officially notified.”

A few minutes later, Therrien’s phone buzzed. It was the same guy. He gave his name as Charles Cartwright and said Therrien owed $700 on a payday loan. But Therrien knew he didn’t owe anyone anything. Suspecting a scam, he told Cartwright just what he thought of his scare tactics.

Cartwright hung up, then called back, mad. He said he wanted to meet face-to-face to teach Therrien a lesson.

“Come on by, asshole,” Therrien says he replied.

“I will,” Cartwright said, “and I hope your wife is at home.”

That’s when he made the rape threat.

Therrien got so angry he couldn’t think clearly. He wasn’t going to just let someone menace and disrespect his wife like that. He had to know who this Cartwright guy was, and his employer, too.

Therrien wanted to make them pay.

I would love to see this as a movie or documentary.

Here are the FTC charges against the kingpin of the operation, Joel Jerome Tucker, who was ordered to to pay the Federal Trade Commission $4.1 million.

Image: Taber Andrew Bain / Flickr

05 Dec 03:55

Columbia's New Empire Strikes Back Jackets Will Keep You Warmer Than a Dead Tauntaun

by Andrew Liszewski and Germain Lussier

Last December, Columbia released a collection of winter jackets based on the costumes in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They were all only available in limited quantities, making them incredibly hard to find, but this year’s collection, based on the iconic outfits worn by Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker in

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24 Nov 17:55

Thingyfy takes digital photography back to basics

by Paul Ridden

The Pinhole Pro S series lenses marry vintage photo charm with modern digital camera technology

Nikon once said that "a photographer is only as good as the equipment he uses, and a good lens is essential to taking good pictures." Not strictly true of course, someone with a good eye can work magic with even the most basic equipment. And you can't get much more basic than a pinhole camera setup. Canada's Thingyfy is looking to marry the simple charm of pinhole photography with modern digital cameras with the launch of the Pinhole Pro S series of wide angle, glass-free lenses.

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23 Nov 15:58

Why Can't America Have a Single, Interoperable Tolling System? Because Bureaucracy

by Nick Stockton
The country's toll operators were supposed to be running on a single national system more than a year ago.
23 Nov 15:58

This Brilliant Peelable Paint Is a Screen Protector For Every Surface In Your Home

by Andrew Liszewski

If you’re as protective of your gadgets as I am, you’ve probably got a screen protector ready to apply to your new phone as soon as you’ve taken it out of the box. But how do you protect all the other surfaces in your home you don’t want getting dinged and dented? You cover it with this perfectly clear screen…

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20 Nov 03:08

Gorgeous Displays of Fruits, Vegetables and Other Foods Arranged in Visually Pleasing Color Order

by Lori Dorn

Artist Brittany Wright creates absolutely gorgeous displays of various kinds of colorful foods, including fruits, vegetables, sweets and spices that are gradiently arranged by shade in the most visually pleasing of ways. Wright’s work has been featured in various magazines, ad campaigns and now in her own pictorial book entitled “Feast Your Eyes” which will be released on November 28, 2017.

The vivid photographs in this book capture the diversity and beauty of the foods we love to eat, from heirloom tomatoes and hot peppers to ripe strawberries and frosted cupcakes. Inside, revel in the vivid neons of your favorite candies, the rich color of freshly picked greens, and the gorgeous shades you can even find in a single cup of coffee. Each exquisite, neatly ordered photograph is a pleasure to get lost in.

A post shared by Brittany Wright (@wrightkitchen) on

via My Modern Met

20 Jul 15:30

Cheap, easy, no-mess cold-brew coffee

by Cory Doctorow


I've just finished teaching week four of the amazing Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop at UC San Diego; in addition to spending a week working closely with some very talented writers, I came up with a new and cheap way to make astounding cold-brew coffee.

I bought a $10 "nut-milk" bag and a plastic pitcher. Every night before bed, I ground up about 15 Aeropress scoops' (570 ml) worth of espresso roast coffee -- the $20 Krups grinder is fine for this, though I wouldn't use it with an actual espresso machine -- leaving the beans coarse. I filled the bag with the grind, put it in the bottom of the empty pitcher like a huge tea-bag, and topped up the pitcher with tap water (distilled water would have been better -- fewer dissolved solids means that it'll absorb more of the coffee solids, but that's not a huge difference). I wedged the top of the bag between the lid and the pitcher and stuck it in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, I took the bag out of the pitcher and gave it a good squeeze to get the liquor out of the mush inside. Add water to the pitcher to fill to the brim and voila, amazing cold-brew. You can dilute it 1:1 or even further.

Cleanup was easy: invert the bag over a trashcan or garbage disposal, rinse off the bag, and you're ready to go.

This produced very, very good coffee concentrate, with only a little grit settled into the bottom 3mm of the pitcher (easy to avoid). It may just be the cheapest and easiest cold-brewing method I've yet tried.

See also: HOWTO attain radical hotel-room coffee independence

    


14 Jul 17:44

Build a Bike-Sized Toolkit out of Water Bottles

by Shep McAllister

Build a Bike-Sized Toolkit out of Water Bottles

If your bike ever breaks down and needs minor repairs on the side of the road, would you have what you needed to fix it? Building a small toolkit to hold a few odds and ends can greatly improve your chances.

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12 Jul 04:46

3D printed book of textures and reliefs

by Cory Doctorow


Tom sez, "I have been thinking for some time how it would be nice to produce a 3D printed book of textures and reliefs. To publish and distribute all the wonderful architectural patterning and decoration we enjoy here in Chicago and beyond. This is the prototype for that idea. The subject matter for this book is derived from 3D scans made of sculptures and reliefs, found at The Art Institute of Chicago and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The scans were all produced using a regular DSLR camera and a software package called 123D Catch. By taking multiple digital photographs of a subject, the user is able to create a lifelike 3D scan of an object, person or architectural feature."

Tom's book is available as a free, downloadable shapefile on Thingiverse.

Orihon (Accordion Book) (Thanks, Tom)

    


09 Jul 16:55

Clever Girl: Velociraptors Are Taking Over The British Vogue Website

by Isabella Kapur

Type the Konami Code in on the homepage of the British Vogue website, trust me.  You will not be disappointed.  When you do, you can see an array of very fashionable velociraptors in a variety of hats, that an unknown genius has arranged to slide across the webpage in response to the videogame cheat code.  I like to think of them as the residents of Jurassic Park Avenue, strolling around in wonderfully coordinated ensembles, photo-bombing unsuspecting models, and gnawing on intestines.  Head past the jump for more screenshots from the British Vogue website.

(via Kotaku)
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09 Jul 16:05

This Huge Statue of Colin Firth Is Going to Eat the Royal Baby

by Caity Weaver

This Huge Statue of Colin Firth Is Going to Eat the Royal Baby

Looks like the royal baby will have zero time to recover from its swim through the English Channel of amniotic fluid before doing battle with its first foe: a giant Loch Ness monster version of Colin Firth that has just been plunked down in Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, London.

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05 Jul 17:03

3d printed casts for a better future

by Jason Weisberger

Jake Evill is hoping that someday 3D printed casts will replace the bulky, stinky plaster casts we are all familiar with. De Zeen shares the story...

A patient would have the bones x-rayed and the outside of the limb 3D-scanned. Computer software would then determine the optimum bespoke shape, with denser support focussed around the fracture itself.
    


01 Jul 04:25

How to Explain Game of Thrones to Someone Who Hasn't Watched It

by John Farrier

Basic Instructions explains Game of Thrones

"Take the fifty most murderous, duplicitous, treacherous, and violent people in the world...Now, put them in a room with one seat and make them play musical chairs to the death." Scott Meyer has perfectly summarized the concept behind Game of Thrones.

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27 Jun 03:32

Putting party hats on CCTVs to celebrate Orwell's birthday

by Cory Doctorow

Yesterday was George Orwell's birthday, and to celebrate, people in Utrecht perched little party hats atop CCTV cameras in public places.

By making these inconspicuous cameras that we ignore in our daily lives catch the eye again we also create awareness of how many cameras really watch us nowadays, and that the surveillance state described by Orwell is getting closer and closer to reality.

No one tried this in London, because there are not enough party hats in the universe.

George Orwell’s Birthday Party (via Making Light)

    


26 Jun 17:35

Use Cheap, Split Loom Tubing to Protect Power Cords from Animals

by Thorin Klosowski

Use Cheap, Split Loom Tubing to Protect Power Cords from Animals

If you've ever owned a young animal, whether that's a puppy or a particularly suicidal cat, you know they have a strange desire to chew on power cords. This causes all sorts of problems. Over on Cool Tools they recommend cheap plastic tubing to keep your cords safe.

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26 Jun 16:38

Listen to Wilco's 27-Song Set of Covers

by John Cook

At last week's Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Mass., Wilco played an all-covers set featuring songs from the Replacements, Pavement, the Kinks, Daft Punk, and Yo La Tengo. You can get the whole set here, and watch some videos here.

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25 Jun 15:15

Your Morning Cry: Dogs Greeting Returning Soldiers Are True Americans

by Laura Beck
Julia S

so many happy dogs

You ready to sniffle? Because if the furry balls of jumping love don't get you, the cheesy as hell music will. It's like whoever cut this together got ahold of the Drive Me Crazy soundtrack and made it more embarrassing. It's perfect.

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24 Jun 06:28

Roadtrippers Helps You Find Great Attractions Between Points A and B

by Shep McAllister

We mentioned an early version of Roadtrippers about a year ago, but the attraction-finding service has since added a ton of new content and features, and it's worth taking another look.

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24 Jun 05:50

HOWTO singlehandedly erase traffic jams by driving slow

by Cory Doctorow

Jeffrey sez, "A fascinating article about what causes traffic jams, and how to drive differently to help ease 'stop and go' traffic. It is interesting to see how basic human instincts (or maybe just the way we have been taught how to drive) can turn a crowded road into one that is jammed with stop and go traffic. It is probable that self-driving cars will eliminate many of these issues before many humans have time to learn these techniques. However, it is very encouraging to hear the author's anecdote about how he was able to singlehandedly erase a traffic jam in his own lane:"

On a day when I immediately started hitting the usual "waves" of stopped traffic, I decided to drive slow. Rather than repeatedly rushing ahead with everyone else, only to come to a halt, I decided to try to drive at the average speed of the traffic. I let a huge gap open up ahead of me, and timed things so I was arriving at the next "stop-wave" just as the last red brake lights were turning off ahead of me. It certainly felt weird to have that huge empty space ahead of me, but I knew I was driving no slower than anyone else. Sometimes I hit it just right and never had to touch the brakes at all, but sometimes I was too fast or slow. There were many "waves" that evening, and this gave me many opportunities to improve my skill as I drove along.

I kept this up for maybe half an hour while approaching the city. Finally I happened to glance at my rearview mirror. There was an interesting sight.

It was dusk, the headlights were on, and I was going down a long hill to the bridges. I had a view of miles of highway behind me. In the other lane I could see maybe five of the traffic stop-waves. But in the lane behind me, for miles, TOTALLY UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION. I hadn't realized it, but by driving at the average speed, my car had been "eating" traffic waves. Everyone ahead of me was caught in the stop/go cycle, while everyone behind me was forced to go at a nice smooth 35MPH or so.

The Physics Behind Traffic Jams

    


18 Jun 15:27

Hark, a Vagrant: The Secret Garden

Julia S

I used to be horrid and now I am just RELAXED



buy this print!

Well the garden did change everyone's lives right

18 Jun 15:24

Edwardians doing bike tricks

by Cory Doctorow
Julia S

I love the stone faces


The Guardian commemorates the reissue of Isabel Marks's 1901 classic "Fancy Cycling" by publishing a sweet gallery of Edwardian ladies and gents doing bike tricks: "Marvel as these tailored tricksters demonstrate how to pick up a handkerchief without dismounting, ride backwards while seated on the handlebar, and 'tilting at the ring'"

(Thanks, Jonathan!)