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  • Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’? [Link]

    It looks like there is some bad news from the buzzkill department. A recent study from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center states the possibility of industrialized society collapsing in the coming decades due to exploitation of resources and unequal wealth distribution. History has shown that even seemingly “advanced” societies can fail, such as the Roman, Han, and Gupta, and as much as we like to think we’re better than all of them, our day may soon come. Sounds like the perfect time to indulge in a hedonistic lifestyle of sex, drugs, and trans-fat laden foods. Or, you know, maybe try to fix things.

  • Behind The Scenes of the “Superman With a GoPro” Video That Is Taking The Internet By Storm

    Superman With a GoPro posted to YouTube yesterday and it might be one of the most viral videos of 2014 to date. 24 hours later and it is literally everywhere (we posted on it earlier today in fact), well on it’s way to 10 million views and counting. There was a ton of production work that went into producing the video and luck for us the crew has a cool behind the scenes video showing the entire process.

  • 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Winners [13 Photos]

    The winners of the 2014 World Photography Awards for the Open, Youth, and National competitions have been announced. This select group was chosen as the best from more than 70,000 entrants. Prizes range from the latest equipment from Sony to trips to London to attend the awards gala on April 30. For more info on the awards and the winners, check out the World Photography Organization. I’ll keep looking at these pictures and feel terrible because I still can’t even make my Instagrammed lunch photos look like anything other than over-lit vomit.

  • Timelapse: The Chicago River Turned Green In 30 Seconds

    Each year on St. Patrick’s Day the Chicago Plumbers Union sponsors an event that turns the Chicago River in the heart of the city bright green. The process usually takes a few hours but now with the help of timelapse we see the entire process sped up to a manageable 30 seconds.

  • Superman With A GoPro Is Better Than Man Of Steel [Video]

    Warner Bros. could have saved a lot of time and money if they had just gone with this simple, fun approach to Superman. Using a DJI Phantom quadcopter, GoPro camera, and little bit of vfx knowledge, this LA team was able to make a better Superman production than Hollywood. I can just imagine in the near future a sky filled with quadcopters trying to capture shots for amateur filmmakers. You want to make millions? Be the person who comes up with a system that will keep the drones from crashing into each other. But until that day of utter quadcopter calamity comes, enjoy the work these guys did and watch the “behind the scenes” to see how it all came together.

  • These Hyper Realistic Paintings Make You Long For Hyper Reality

    When you first look at these works from artist Joshua Suda, you probably think they look like digitally manipulated photographs. They’re cool, but big deal, right? I mean, I’ve got Photoshop, too. Then you find out that they’re actually oil paintings and Suda’s talent is suddenly apparent. And they’re not that gigantic Chuck Close style of hyper realistic portraits that look like photos from afar but when you’re close you know it’s a painting. Many of these are less than a square foot. Over the last decade, Suda’s work has been seen at galleries throughout the US and he has many more paintings on his website along with prints for sale.

  • Wes Anderson Centered [Video]

    One of the first rules many photographers and cinematographers hear is to never center their subjects. In fact, centering is often thought to be amateurish. Well Wes Anderson either never got that memo or just doesn’t seem to care and things appear to be going all right for the guy. After this video, you’ll never  watch his films the same way again. Do you think my roommates would mind if I drew a line down the center of the big screen TV and watched Wes Anderson movies all day?

  • NASCAR Vs Formula 1 [Infographic]

    Although we all know that NASCAR versus Formula 1 debate was settled by that thought-provoking Will Ferell documentary “Talladega Nights,” there are some interesting facts presented in this infographic. Obviously, since this comes from Formula 1 sponsor Red Bull, the info aims to show the superiority of the sport through technology, money, and crazy steering wheels, but the fact that NASCAR, a sport limited to just the United States, is a viable competitor is pretty impressive. Plus, that Jean Girard character was a real jackass. U-S-A! U-S-A!

  • Captain Lawrence Oates Made The Ultimate Sacrifice During Scott’s South Pole Expedition

    March 17, 2014 marks the 134th birthday of Captain Lawrence Oates. He was a cavalry officer for England during the Boer War but is mostly remembered as part of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition to the South Pole. In November of 1911, the 16 members of the Terra Nova Expedition left their base at Cape Evans for the South Pole. At certain predetermined points along the way, the support members were sent back to base until only a 5-man party was left on January 4, 1912. They reached the South Pole on January 18 only to find that Roald Amundsen and his Norwegian team had already set their flag at the site along with a note stating they reached the spot 35 days earlier. Adverse weather, a dwindling food supply, scurvy, and frostbite slowed Scott’s team on the return journey. Oates’ feet had become frostbitten and an old war wound had reopened, causing infection. Oates knew he was slowing the expedition and asked to be abandoned in his sleeping bag on March 15. The others refused and they continued on. The next day Oates walked out of the tent and into a blizzard, uttering his famous last words, “I more »

  • These Treehouses Are Cooler Than Your Real House [33 Photos]

    Thanks to the Ewoks in “Return of the Jedi” and the tree village levels on Super Nintendo’s “Donkey Kong Country,” the idea of living in a treehouse has been an unattainable dream for many of us. However, there are a few ingenious loners who have built themselves secluded arbor abodes and took the plunge we never thought possible. There are also rich kids whose parents love them more than ours did and bought them backyard treehouses that dwarf our apartments. With spring finally coming (hopefully), maybe you can get some ideas from these and construct your own tree-fortress of solitude. Unless you live in the city, where trees are a thing of legend heard about in tales from old-timers and seen only in photos and on TV, in which case you will just grow sad as you realize that treehouses will never be a part of your life.

  • Your First Look At The Home Of The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo

    Tokyo will be the home of the 2020 Summer Olympics and they are actively looking for venues to hold the historic games. The likely home of the opening ceremony is the newly announced “National Stadium of Japan” by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Upon completion it will accommodate 80,000 people and will have game changing features like adjustable seating sections to allow for spectators to get even closer to the action and roof retractability for added air ventilation. They recently released a video to show what the building will look like inside and out.

  • Physicists, Generals And CEOs Agree: Ditch The PowerPoint [Link]

    What’s the newest trend in meetings headed by scientists, CEOs, and generals? Surely it involves some new technology, right? Actually speakers are now leaving technology out of their presentations. More and more professionals are realizing how stifling PowerPoint slides can be when presenting ideas, often times limiting 2 way interaction with their audience. CERN, Amazon, and the Pentagon have all found that by getting rid of PowerPoint presentations, the bond between speakers and their audiences is strengthened. If only someone came to this realization before the importance of the inane slide presentations was forced on us throughout our schooling.

  • NYC’s Mayor De Blasio Gets Entertainment Advice From Steve Buscemi [Video]

    This Saturday marks the annual Inner Circle Show at the New York Hilton where Mayor De Blasio will be lampooned by reporters, bloggers, and radio and TV personalities. Afterwards, the mayor customarily gives his rebuttal to the friendly ribbing. To help out the new mayor with his act, seasoned entertainer Steve Buscemi gives him advice on acting and ventriloquism in this new video. For more information on this year’s 92nd Annual Inner Circle Show, titled “Stuck With de Bill,” and the charities it benefits, check out the official Facebook page.

  • Holi: The Festival Of Colors [24 HQ Photos]

    Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, is celebrated all over the world this week. Holi is an annual springtime celebration observed on the last full moon of the lunar month. Bright-colored powders are thrown by participants at friends and strangers alike to celebrate Krishna’s pranks and the arrival of spring and the vibrant colors associated with the season. The following photos are from Holi festivities all across India. If you come across Holi festivities in your neck of the woods, don’t get mad if you get hit with powder. Instead celebrate the moment and enjoy yourself, knowing that spring is here. After this winter, we all deserve a little break.

  • Daily Affirmations From Skeletor

    Skeletor has had his share of problems. His unhealthy desire to conquer Castle Grayskull and rule Eternia led to many battles with perennial do-gooder, He-Man. His constant defeat led not only to the crushing of his ego, but also took its toll on his personal relationships with those around him. Now Skeletor is turning his life around with these daily affirmations on Tumblr and healing his relationships with his misunderstood cronies like Evil-Lyn and Mer-Man. Maybe with love in his heart, Skeletor might be able to find the key to that kingdom greater than even Castle Grayskull: happiness.

  • How You Can Drink Like An Irishman On St. Patrick’s Day [RSVLTS Drink Infographic]

    Today is undoubtedly going to be an epic St. Patricks Day. Whether you’re hosting a party or running around your local city following the parade (by that we mean going from Irish pub to to Irish pub to pub to bar to Mexican bar to Irish pub) try out this easy to make Irish drink. If you’re more of a traditionalist, then just have a f–king glass of whiskey.  

  • Lego Robot Breaks Rubik’s Cube Speed Record [Video + GIF]

    The Big Bang Fair, a celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math for young people, was recently held in the UK. One of the highlights of the show was when Cubestormer 3, a robot made from Legos with a smartphone brain, broke the world record for fastest time in solving a Rubik’s cube. The previous record, held by Cubestormer 2, was 5.27 seconds, which was shattered by more than 2 seconds with the new record being 3.253 seconds. The Cubestormers are built with the single purpose of solving Rubik’s cubes. The smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy S4, acts as the eyes and brain, examining the cube and figuring out the moves which are then relayed to the Lego Mindstorms robot. And just in case you were wondering how humans compare, the fastest record was set last year at 5.55 seconds. All hail our Lego robot overlords.

  • Terry Crews Returns With Another Crazy Old Spice Ad [Video]

    A new Old Spice ad starring Terry Crews, the most energetic pitchman since the late, great Billy Mays, has premiered and it’s just as bizarre as the rest. Crews stars as himself, excited as always about the newest Old Spice product, this time an electric razor, and also as a wily neck hair about to be shaved off. It’s just as entertaining as the rest and has plenty of shouting to wake you up and get your week started. It may even make you a bit teary-eyed the next time you shave your face.

  • Zooming Out On Famous Landmarks [18 Photos]

    Often when we look at photos of famous landmarks from around the world, our perception of their magnitude and their surroundings is skewed. For some, it could be that we think of them as being enormous edifices, where modern society dare not encroach. While other times we may not grasp just how big they are in relation to their surroundings. By zooming out on a collection of these iconic landmarks, we get a better sense of them, which can be either awe inspiring or soul crushing depending on the circumstances.

  • How To Avoid A Hangover [Infographic]

    St. Patrick’s Day has arrived and chances are you re going to do a little bit of drinking today. Maybe even a lot of drinking. Before you do, check out this helpful infographic on avoiding the dreaded hangover so you’re not a vomiting zombie at work tomorrow morning. So stock up on some B vitamins and Pedialyte then go out and make an O’Jackass of yourself. Slainte!

  • Inside the TED Conferences’ NYC Headquarters

    Design firm Tina Manis Associates were the masterminds behind the new TED Conference office. TED Conferences’ mission is to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.” The program included multiple meeting areas and open TED Conferences’ mission is to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.” The program included multiple meeting areas and open offices that would create a place where ideas and communication flow continuously and freely. This could not be done with a corporate office layout of rows and cubicles. However, systems that distribute data, media, lighting and communication impose certain restraints. By elevating the systems in steel channels suspended from the ceiling plane, the floor was opened up to accommodate different forms of working spaces. The colorful graphic of the channel system is echoed below in coded program areas. A conference room grew organically out of a windowed corner; its orientation allows for inclusion in the open office while a sliding wall closes the space for large private meetings. Smaller meetings spaces are inserted around the perimeter in corners and between work station spines. Editing suites and phone booths are isolated from the main space for acoustic control and confidentiality. Photography by Francis Dzikowski

  • RedBull Uses 3D Modeling to Show Every Piece of a Formula 1 Car

    A new clip from Red Bull sees Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel explain the 2014 Formula One regulations — which are arguably the most complex the sport has ever seen. At the start, thousands of car parts simultaneously assemble around Dan to form the RB10. As Dan races to catch up Seb in his RB9, the World Champion’s car becomes transparent while travelling at full speed. The film then presents a visual sequence that shows the 2014 regulation changes taking shape and coming to life, as Seb’s car transforms from an RB9 into an RB10. As well as providing information on the new technical changes for 2014, the clip also presents a unique view of the technology at work inside this year’s Formula One cars.

  • Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve over Time

    Patrick Dawson explains how exactly a cellar quality beer is distinguished and told apart from your everyday beer. Beer, like wine is made from a wide variety of ingredients some which age better than others. This book will let you know which beers could stand the test of time and what to look for when tasting vintage beers, and the fascinating science behind the aging process. Also included is a comprehensive buying guide to help you select already-aged beers to add to your collection. Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve over Time $11  

  • Stunning Enhanced Views of Cities From Space

    There’s nothing like aerial photos of cityscapes. Urban development at it’s finest view, especially when those images are captures at night. City lights, mainly crowded streets, enhance locations of a city’s true epicenter. These photos taken from the International Space Station inspired London-based animator Marc Khachfe to enhance the light of major cities at night, creating a beautiful rarely seen view. “I was blown away by the images taken by the astronauts and wanted to print a map of London at night for my wall, but I found the images too blurry and too small to print,” Khachfe says. “So I went online, found the Open Street Map data, and played around until I got the result I wanted.” Khachfe notes how each city takes up to three nights to complete, he told Fast Comapny, “Some cities keep defying me,” he says. “I have done New York about seven times and I’m not happy with the result, so I’m trying again.” Khachfe’s prints are available on Etsy Paris Rio de Janeiro Chicago Amsterdam Berlin San Francisco

  • The 2014 Coachella Spotify Cheatsheet

    Nearly 100 bands are scheduled to perform at Coachella which means there are dozens of bands you might not know yet are worth seeing. With that in mind Brandon Hoang created a Spotify playlist featuring the two best songs from every artists at Coachella. Throw this cheat sheet on random and learn some new music just in time for the April 11th festival kick off.

 
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