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20 Apr 19:30

The Comfort Found in Feeling Small But Connected to Nature While Surrounded by Blue Water

by Lori Dorn

In 2012, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols gave a powerful TED talk about embracing and exploring one’s “blue mind“, focusing on the remarkable comfort and healing properties of the act of being surrounded by blue water. While a person can feel rather small in comparison, the enormity of a body of water allows a person to feel as an integral part of a something far greater than oneself. In giving this talk, Nichols read aloud from the e e cummings poem “maggie and milly and molly and may“, which aptly concluded with “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always ourselves we find in the sea”.

Using our oceans as the prime example of how insignificant humans can feel while also being unmistakingly connected to the spirit of nature, Nichols urges us to embrace our natural surroundings in order to live robust and full lives.

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20 Apr 19:23

Good Morning

by Reza

19 Apr 10:19

A Special Effects Box That Features a Terrifying Screaming Ghost Head That Lunges Out at Victims

by Justin Page

The Banshee Box is a terrifyingly awesome special effects box, built by VFX production manager and artist Doug Schaefer, featuring a hidden ghost head that lunges out at victims while letting out a bloodcurdling scream. In a video from March 2018, Brian Foreman of HaunTopic Radio showcased the illusion box while at the TransWorld’s Halloween & Attractions Show. The box is available to purchase from the VFX store.

From this rustic wood box that looks empty, you can hear a music box playing along with whispers of a little girl that seems to ask “Why won’t you come and play with me?”. Once your audience is drawn closer to inspect – BOOM – you can Launch out the Screaming Light-up Banshee Face! (read more)

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VFX also created a Ghost Containment Unit version of the special effects box.

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19 Apr 10:19

Radiooooo, An Interactive Music Player That Lets Users Pick the Decade and Global Location of Songs

by Lori Dorn

Radiooooo is a really fun interactive player that’s designed to let users not only choose a station but the decade, mood and the global location of the music of a specific era. Based out of Paris, the founding team members have created a musical time machine of sorts using music sourced through user input. Radiooooo is available as an iPhone and Android app or can be listened to via their website.

Once on the map, select a country and a decade and let the music play. All tracks have been discovered by users from all over the world and you can contribute by sending us your treasures too!

Radiooo

The folks of Radiooooo are also planning their next level experience with Le Globe – a standalone device that puts the music of the world at a user’s fingertips with an interactive 3D replication of Earth.

Radiooooo.com has decided to take one step further in our quest to travel through time and space. We have decided to create an actual time machine! But not just for us, for everyone. Le Globe is automatically connected to Radioooo’s database so that your ears can be carried away into an infinite world of musical discoveries, curated with love by a crew of passionate melomaniacs. But we need your help to bring Le Globe to life!

via Open Culture

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16 Apr 10:40

Estimates

by Reza

13 Apr 11:02

7 IKEA Staples I Still Have (and Love!) 10 Years Later

by Taryn Williford

This summer marks 10 years since I moved out of college and into my first grown-up apartment in Atlanta with my boyfriend. We didn't have a lot of money, but we did have an itch to make our cookie-cutter apartment feel more like a home. So we did what every pair of recent college grads do when they need to furnish an apartment cheap. We went to IKEA. And we made our place into the closest possible approximation of those little fake apartments from the showroom.

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12 Apr 19:46

fig newtons

by deb

I have grandma tastes. I don’t have a pocketbook full of butterscotch candies or a plastic cover on the sofa or anything, but I’m sitting on it right now and think our elders are probably onto something, especially when you have two kids with an unnatural contempt for napkins. But I will stan [Grandma Deb has Googled this word, feels ready to give it a spin] for thick cardigans, tins of Danish butter cookies, Walkers shortbread, and Fig Newtons.

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12 Apr 11:23

You'll be Paying for AT&T's Purchase of Time Warner Through Your Cable Bill

by AJ Dellinger

The Department of Justice unleashed its harshest condemnation yet of the proposed purchase of Time Warner by AT&T when the agency revealed Wednesday that the $85 billion merger would cost consumers more than half a billion dollars per year in additional cable costs.

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11 Apr 17:51

Vintage Camper Birdhouse Kits

by Justin Page

Vintage Camper Birdhouse

Marcus Williams and Sj Stone of One Man, One Garage have created wonderful Vintage Camper Birdhouse Kits that come ready to piece together and paint. The prepainted and paintable camper birdhouses are available to purchase from their Etsy shop.

The kit includes over 40 parts to build the miniature camper with awnings on 3 sides, plus flowers for the 2 window boxes, curtains, a spare tire, leveling jack, a Welcome mat, 2 flamingos, even a classic Weber style grill we all had as a kid. Most of the details are individual pieces to make painting a breeze. The kit also looks great left natural, but a quick spray clear-coat will ensure a longer life out in the elements!

Vintage Camper Birdhouse

Vintage Camper Birdhouse

Vintage Camper Birdhouse

via The Awesomer

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11 Apr 10:30

A Dwight Place, A Hilarious Mashup of Scenes From ‘The Office’ With the Official Trailer for ‘A Quiet Place’

by Lori Dorn
11 Apr 10:29

This Single Image Profoundly Sums Up Einstein's Landmark Theory

by Ryan F. Mandelbaum

You might think you have gravity pretty well figured out. If you drop a ball out of a window, a short time later it will hit the ground. The higher up you drop it, the faster it travels before it hits the ground.

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10 Apr 19:36

The Vital Importance of Maintaining Free Speech and Free Expression Within a Free Society

by Lori Dorn

In a rather thought-provoking whiteboard animated essay by Eli Samuel of Discoarse, discussed the concepts of free speech, civil discourse and freedom of expression in the age of technology. Citing a list of banned words being implemented at universities, Samuel raises the alarm about arbitrary censorship in the name of safety, but he is careful to note that the concept of free speech doesn’t give hateful rhetoric a free pass either. In fact, Samuel goes on to say that “hate speech should never come at the expense of human life”.

Freedom of expression, even more so than speech, is a fundamental human right that reinforces all other human rights. However free speech does not mean giving bigots a free pass. It includes the right and moral imperative to challenge oppose and protest bigoted views and as history has shown, bad ideas are most often defeated by good ideas …while we are constantly haunted by the memory of violence and its potential we must not be fearful …freedom of speech is what both makes up and defines our social contract enabling people of radically different opinions to live together without violence

While Samuel stressed the vital importance of maintaining civil discourse in a free society, but left out one salient point, which xkcd addressed in #1357.

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10 Apr 17:22

Before and After: A 10-Day, $2300 IKEA Kitchen Makeover

by Tess Wilson

This kitchen, submitted by reader Claire-Anne, underwent a huge transformation without a huge renovation budget. As you'll see, the new space has so much more personality and flair than before, but it still has something in common with the old: IKEA. If you've ever wondered how to update old AKURUM cabinets with new SEKTION doors, here's your answer.

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10 Apr 17:18

A LEGO Clockwork Aquarium That Comes to Life With the Turn of a Crank

by Justin Page
10 Apr 17:18

I Played D&D With Two DMs And It Was Awesome

by Gita Jackson

When members of our Dungeons and Dragons group have a birthday, we play a one-off game in their system of choice, usually with an accompanying gimmick. Last time we had a birthday, we played as an all bard party. This time, our birthday boy wanted to combine both of his role playing group into one giant one. We needed…

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09 Apr 18:47

How to Make a Cardboard Mechanical Robot Hand

by Justin Page

How to Make Mechanical Robotic Hand from Cardboard

SKM released a great new tutorial where they demonstrate how to make a mechanical robot hand out of cardboard. The use of clever cardboard gears and cranks make it so that the fingers actually move.

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09 Apr 18:47

Thirsty Street Art Murals Shimmy Up City Buildings to Pursue Their Goal of a Refreshing Coca Cola

by Lori Dorn

Mural Coca Cola Ad

In an absolutely wonderful ad, three thirsty street art murals came to life, stealthily shimmied up and around buildings of Buenos Aires, Argentina, hitched unlikely rides until they reached their goal – a billboard featuring three bottles of Coca-Cola. Each character grabbed a drink of their choice and settled in at the top of a refreshing water tower to enjoy. Entitled “Mural” the ad was created by Hal Curtis and Erik Fahrenkpoft of Weiden Kennedy Portland. The street art was designed by Golden Wolf and Psyop (previously). The spot was directed by Todd Mueller and Kylie Matulick. Artist Paul Cayrol who did a great deal of illustration work on the project, shared his thoughts behind the characters.

The resulting characters draw inspiration from different graffiti techniques; Octopus Shawn is a brush-painted piece, Jessica the Cloud a spray-painted throw-up & Desmond a wheat-pasted poster. …my characters placed in their natural urban habitat, on their quest for a delicious bottle of Coca-Cola…

Mural Gif

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An early concept of a character.

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09 Apr 12:43

Science Says Cleaning Could Be the Key to Great Sex

by Taryn Williford

Some couples looking to spice up their sex life might follow the neon glow to a seedy shop with blacked out windows. But recent science suggests they could be better off putting down the flogger and reaching for a broom instead. (Or, you know, also. Do your thing.)

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09 Apr 12:43

Trading Spaces Is Back & Twitter Has Feelings

by Tara Bellucci

It's finally happened: the "mother of design shows" has returned after a ten year hiatus, and everyone is reliving those early aughts vibes. Here's how the first episode of the Trading Spaces reboot went down, and what Twitter thought of it. [Spoilers ahead.]

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09 Apr 12:40

Before and After: A Two Weekend, $600 Kitchen Facelift

by Tess Wilson

This low-key kitchen refresh should serve as an inspiration to those of us who have these exact same cabinets and don't know what to do with them other than replace them (super pricey) or paint them (it can be hard to get oneself to paint hardwood). All hope of improving our kitchens is not lost! As for that fan, however...

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09 Apr 12:38

I Can't Stop Scrolling Through This Collection of Incredible Gifs From Japanese Superhero Shows

by James Whitbrook on io9, shared by Tom McKay to Gizmodo

RIP My productivity, 1991-2018. Cause of death? So many good gifs.

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05 Apr 18:19

Why Do The Press Keep Covering Up Trump's Lies?

by Susie Madrak

Shakesville's Melissa McEwan cuts right to the chase:

A number of news outlets are clearly eager to act as stenographers for Trump while concealing him as their source, because they want to broadcast exclusive scoops. Still others appear willing to act as stenographers to convince Trump to back down from his relentless assaults.

In either case, it's chilling to see the complicity of significant portions of the political press — and their unconscionable willingness to conceal that Trump, a shameless and reflexive liar, is their source.

There it is, in a nutshell. What we bloggers used to call "journalmalism."

McEwan notes that Ronald Kessler's new book on the Trump White House reports Trump "has a number of journalists he frequently contacts, and leaks to on the condition that he be identified only as one of his own unnamed staff members."

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05 Apr 18:18

John Kelly Reportedly Told Scott Pruitt to Please Try to Knock It Off With All of the Scandals

by Paul Blest on Splinter, shared by Tom McKay to Gizmodo

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt probably should been fired a dozen times by now. He hasn’t, however, because when it comes to Trump’s overarching goal of rendering the federal government’s regulatory power toothless, he’s been one of Trump’s most effective agency heads. But that doesn’t mean…

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05 Apr 17:31

Fridge Always a Mess? This Common Reason May Be the Cause — 15 Minute Minimalism

by Adrienne Breaux

My problem isn't the physical act of cleaning my fridge out; I do that every now and then without trouble. The real issue is keeping my fridge organized and functional for more than a week or two at a time. The whole beautiful array of fresh veggies and lined up condiments will slowly turn into a jumbled clutter that hides almost-expired products and allows dishes of leftovers to grow their own ecosystems in the back.

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05 Apr 17:29

The Trading Spaces Cast On If They've Ever Had to Apologize to a Homeowner

by Tara Bellucci

Trading Spaces comes back bigger than ever on Saturday, April 7 and the cast is making the rounds on many a talk show to remind us all (not that we really need it—we've had a calendar alert since January). Here's a preview of what they dished up with Rachael Ray.

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05 Apr 17:29

A Credit Card Sized Chess Set That Fits in a Wallet

by Justin Page

Credit Card Chess Set

Self taught designer and maker Kiriakos Christodoulou of Innovo Design created a flat, 3D printed chess set that is the size of a standard credit card. Christodoulou’s clever chess set, which can easily fit in a wallet, is available to purchase from his Shapeways shop.

Arguably the Worlds Smallest Commercial Chess Set with a size similar to that of an ordinary credit card. Keep in your wallet for that unexpected chess emergency! 3D printed in dark blue, richly colored nylon plastic with a smooth finish.

Credit Card Chess Set

Credit Card Chess Set

Credit Card Chess Set

via The Awesomer

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05 Apr 10:21

Netflix Wants To Pay You To Watch Netflix

by Tara Bellucci
chapinc

Our next business endeavour?

If you've ever wondered how you can get paid to watch Netflix all day, congratulations: the streaming service hires people to do just that.

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05 Apr 10:20

25 Great Games You Can Play On Laptops and Low-End PCs

by Patricia Hernandez

Just because you don’t have access to the fanciest gear around doesn’t mean you have to play subpar games. Even if you’re on a potato computer or low-end PC, there’s plenty out there for you to enjoy. Here are some of Kotaku’s top picks for quality games that should run on almost anything.

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05 Apr 10:20

This Custom-Made, 1,200-Round Triple Nerf Gun Is So Big It Needs a Tripod

by Andrew Liszewski on Sploid, shared by Harrison Weber to Gizmodo

There’s no better example of bigger being better than this devastating 1,200-round Nerf blaster made by combining three Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K blasters and a plastic storage container that serves as a massive ammo hopper. The result is a foam-firing Frankenstein that’s so massive and heavy you need a camera tripod to…

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05 Apr 10:18

This Prime-Eligible Wall Hanging Is The Easiest Way To Update Your Walls For Spring — Amazon Deal of the Day

by Marshall Bright

We love a good practical Amazon find, and their daily deals can be a great place to find practical staples at even lower prices. But sometimes, if you look hard enough, you may be lucky enough to find something that's a bit more fun.

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