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24 Nov 19:45

good on ya REIjust got an email from REI with the subject line...

good on ya REI

just got an email from REI with the subject line “#OptOutside With Us This Friday“.

not only are they closing all their stores on black friday (in addition to thanksgiving), they’re also paying all their employees to take the day off.

i’m already an REI co-op member and big fan, this just makes me love ‘em all the more.

24 Nov 19:46

New Animated Portraits by Romain Laurent Explore Quirky Isolated Movements

by Christopher Jobson


French photographer and director Romain Laurent (previously here and here) started making portrait-based GIFs as a way to produce work outside his commercial jobs, a spontaneous project that would encourage him to produce consistently for himself rather than clients. Each GIF is simple in its concept—a snap of the finger, a twist of the hand—yet is elegant in its composition of muted colors and subjects often centered squarely in the frame. Although GIFs often incorporate the whole subject, Laurent’s work highlights one or two specific movements, isolating gestures rather than animating the whole image.

Laurent studied product design at the National School of Applied Arts in Paris before realizing photography was his medium of choice. Laurent nows works in New York City and has collaborated with clients such as Reebok, Hermes, Lacoste, Nissan, Google, and GQ. You can see more of his inventive portraits on his Tumblr, and access his GIFs directly on his Giphy page here.








24 Nov 11:23

Jeff Bezos beats Elon Musk's SpaceX in the reusable rocket race

by Steve Dent
Cooper Griggs


Blue Origin, the private space firm owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has just dropped a huge, unexpected gauntlet in the race to develop a reusable rocket. It just launched its New Shepard space vehicle (video, below) consisting of a BE-3 rocket and cre...
24 Nov 18:23

The Ion Belt: 'sleek,' safe and 'stylish' portable charging

by Jon Fingas
Cooper Griggs

Or you could put some piezo tech in your shoes and charge as you walk.

Have you ever wanted to carry an external battery for your phone, but hated the thought of creating even the smallest bulge in your pocket? No? Well, someone decided to fill that niche anyway. Ion Tech Wear is crowdfunding the Ion Belt, a 3,000mAh po...
23 Nov 22:58

'Clock Kid' Ahmed Mohamed's Lawyers Demand Damages, Apology

by (Kim LaCapria)
Lawyers representing the family of "clock kid" Ahmed Mohamed sent Irving city officials letters demanding payment of $15 million in damages and apologies.
24 Nov 11:35

I'm Not Wordy™

by speero
24 Nov 16:37

An Ancient Chinese Ginkgo Tree Drops an Ocean of Golden Leaves

by Christopher Jobson


This towering ginkgo tree is located within the walls of the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains in China. Every autumn the green leaves on the 1,400-year-old tree turn bright yellow and fall into a golden heap on the temple grounds drawing tourists from the surrounding area. You can see more photos here and here. (via F*ck Yeah Chinese Garden)





24 Nov 17:09

Rowing robot powers itself by gulping dirty water

by Jon Fingas
One day, you might see robots that not only survive in hazardous environments, but thrive in them. University of Bristol researchers have built Row-bot, a swimming robot that powers itself by feeding on dirty water. Its paddle both propels it forwa...
23 Nov 22:27

calsgang: IM LAUGHING SO MUCH I just got back from shopping and I saw the nerf gun lying behind the...



I just got back from shopping and I saw the nerf gun lying behind the sofa


and I was so confused, but then I heard someone laughing 


and it was my nan, she’s 80 for christ sake


just look at the concentration on her face


and how proud she was when she shot my sister on the side of the head, she’s so amazed by nerf guns it’s so funny, just look at her face

23 Nov 20:12

Phobos: Doomed Moon of Mars

This moon is doomed. This moon is doomed.

24 Nov 02:51


by speero
23 Nov 20:04

Dell is the latest PC maker with a gaping security flaw (update: solution)

by Jon Fingas
Lenovo and Samsung might not be the only big Windows PC makers pre-installing software that compromises your security. Computer buyers have discovered that Dell is shipping at least some PCs (such as the new XPS 15) with a self-signed security certif...
23 Nov 16:17

The next three holidays

by Matthew Inman
24 Nov 00:39

Bangladesh blocks Facebook and chat apps to stop 'crimes'

by Jon Fingas
Cooper Griggs

o rly?

To call things tense in Bangladesh would be an understatement: the country recently executed two high-profile leaders for decades-old war crimes, and ISIS (aka Daesh) claims to have killed an Italian priest. However, its government may have gone ove...
24 Nov 02:03

This 'Plant Lamp' uses bacteria to generate electricity

by Sean Buckley
Maintaining infrastructure in the rainforest is a pretty tall order -- the area is dense with vegetation and prone to intense moisture and flooding. Villages like Nuevo Saposoa in Peru have had their electrical grids disabled or destroyed by the elem...
23 Nov 22:15

Netflix is bringing back 'Lost in Space'

by Christopher Klimovski
Netflix is known for its quality original programming. But every now and then it can't help but pick some low-hanging fruit like rebooting a classic series. Deadline reports that the streaming service has just penned a deal to remake 1960s classic Lo...
23 Nov 14:22

A Giant LED Star Pierces the Floors of a 4-Story Building in Malaysia

by Christopher Jobson


Malaysian artist Jun Hao Ong constructed this bright LED star that appears to shoot through the floors and ceilings of a 4-story concrete building as part of the 2015 Urban Xchange public art festival. The piece is comprised of steel cables that help suspend a network of over 500 feet of LED lights that grows seamlessly in 12 directions. “The Star is a glitch in current political and cultural climate of the country, it is a manifestation of the sterile conditions of Butterworth, a once thriving industrial port and significant terminal between the mainland and island,” shares Ong.

The Star was curated by Eeyan Chuah and Gabija Grusaite from the Penang-based contemporary art centre, Hin Bus Depot. You can see more of Ong’s elaborate installations using LEDs and flourescent lights on his website. (via The Creators Project)







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23 Nov 17:43

Belgian Twitter users post cat pics to help police in weekend raids

by Jessica Conditt
Belgium's capital, Brussels, entered lockdown this weekend as authorities swept the city for suspected terrorists, including at least one high-profile fugitive wanted in connection with the Paris attacks. On Twitter, authorities prompted residents to...
23 Nov 03:51

The “Sea Organ” Makes Perpetual Music with Ocean Waves

by Christopher Jobson

While many of us are content to listen to the natural sounds of ocean waves, architect Nikola Bašić took things a step further and faciliated a means for ocean currents to produce actual music. Behold: the Sea Organ. Constructed in 2005, the acoustic jetty spans some 230 feet (70 meters) and incorporates 35 polyethylene tubes of varying diameter. As waves flood each tube underwater, displaced air is forced through large whistles tuned to play seven chords of five tones. Day in and day out, music seems to emanate from the ground, a playful interplay between nature and design. Listening to the video above, the sound is somewhat like random chords played by a huge calliope.

linssimato/Flickr. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Bašić’s Sea Organ won the 2006 European Prize for Urban Public Space, and was inspired by a 1986 piece in San Francisco of similar design called the Wave Organ by Peter Richards and George Gonzalez. (via IFLScience)

23 Nov 04:31

Two-player synthesizer looks just as wild as it sounds

by Jon Fingas
Noodling on a synthesizer is normally a solo affair, but Ben Bengler and Fiore Martin have found a way to spice things up. Their Collidoscope lets two musicians play in tandem thanks to the combination of twin keyboards and a clever sample-grabbin...
23 Nov 04:56


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22 Nov 02:54


22 Nov 03:16

Check your credit card transactions: 54 Starwood hotels hit by malware

by Mariella Moon
Third-party forensic experts have discovered that the point-of-sale systems in 54 Starwood hotels across the US and Canada were infected with malware. The company has listed all the locations in its PSA, including various Sheraton, Westin and W pro...
22 Nov 05:04

Oddball machine makes 'analog' techno music with vinyl records

by Jon Fingas
Many techno DJs are used to playing music on vinyl, but creating it? That's another matter. However, Graham Dunning has found a wonderfully strange way to make that idea work. His Mechanical Techno device produces full-on dance tracks by driving se...
23 Nov 01:39


22 Nov 00:08

The Marines start training Google's 160-pound robo-dog Spot

by Mariella Moon
Cooper Griggs


Spot, the silent robo-dog made by Google-owned company Boston Dynamics, enjoyed the great outdoors for a week back in September. Not to fetch sticks or roll around in the grass, but to train... with the Marines. It's gone a long way since its time...
21 Nov 20:30

*Graphic* Tiger rips head off of horse. (vine by BigCatDerek/via...

*Graphic* Tiger rips head off of horse. (vine by BigCatDerek/via natsdorf)

21 Nov 16:01

Jesus Cat

Jesus Cat