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  • Modern Architecture As Sand Castles

    Calvin Seibert, aka Box Builder, erects sand castles that are more reminiscent of architectural movements like Brutalism and Deconstructivism than something out of a fairytale. He rarely starts with a plan, instead just starting with a shape and seeing where his imagination takes him. Seibert never feels a piece is complete and says he’d continue working on one “castle” is time and nature allowed it. Alas, the tide is bound to come in, washing away these modern masterpieces, but at least they are forever memorialized on Box Builder’s Flickr.

  • Haunting Tintypes Of Modern Celebrities [43 Photos]

    First developed in 1856, the tintype photographic process became widely popular in the 1860s and 1870s. Tintypes were quick, easy, and cheap to process compared to other methods of the day. Although often low quality, the instant nature of tintypes made them popular at public events like fairs and beaches. Disappearing by the 1920s, the process has found new interest among hobbyists and history buffs. Photographer Victoria Will revived the tintype at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Some of the subjects in Will’s series, such as Nick Cave and Maggie Gyllenhaal, look like they’d be right at home in the 19th century. For more tintypes and plenty of other celebrity portraits, be sure to check out Victoria Will’s portfolio.

  • Forget Garden Gnomes, Garden T-Rex Is Where It’s At [22 Photos]

    For the past few years, 65 million-year-old Dug the T-Rex has been guardin’ the garden of a Redwood City, California home. The 6 foot tall tin Tyrannosaurus was purchased from a garden supply store by current owners Chris and Natira Matthews in 2011. Since then, Dug has been delighting the neighbors with his homemade costumes celebrating holidays, local organizations, and the San Francisco 49ers. If you’re not in Redwood City, you can keep up with Dug on his Facebook fan page.

  • Documenting Murals Of President Obama [17 HQ Photos]

    New York City based photographer Camilo Vergara has been documenting murals since the 1970s, focusing on the exterior walls of liquor stores and convenience stores in some of the poorest communities across the US. In 2009, he began noticing more and more murals devoted to President Obama appearing in such places and collected photographs of the murals over the years for his current project. Although there appears to be little interaction between the locals and the murals, Vergara believes that the fact that the murals are intact and not even the oldest among them has been tagged illustrates the appreciation and respect the communities have with the artwork. 

  • 17 Must-See Stripped-Down Performances of NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert Series

    The stripped-down performances of NPR Music’s Tiny Desk, where Technicolor production tends to give way to unfiltered voices and bare instrumental essentials, reveals the incredible musical talent behind some of your favorite bands. Nearly 200 Tiny Desk videos have been shot (you can view them all here) but we went through them and pulled together some of the best.

  • Aerial Heat Map Reveals Where People Run In 22 Major Cities

    One of our more popular stories from July 2012 titled “Aerial Data Visualisation Reveals Life In The United States” explored the hidden patterns and rhythms that make America work. Now the brilliant minds at FlowingData used publicly available data records from workout app RunKeeper to map where people run in 22 cities across America, Canada and Europe. The result is a series of gorgeous and intriguing visualizations. These maps reveal areas with the most foot traffic, indicated with thicker, darker lines. Other, less traveled routes are fainter and harder to see. It comes as no surprise that parks, waterways, and other more picturesque areas tend to be the most popular courses people take. However, the data Yau pulled for the project is not particularly comprehensive of all runners, just the ones who use RunKeeper. Data may also be skewed by other factors. The map of New York City, for instance, shows a dark outline which follows the route of the New York City Marathon, a race that includes over 50,000 runners. On the FlowingData website, Yau states that he hopes these maps are not only interesting to look at, but can also serve a greater purpose, such as helping to “plan future workouts or more »

  • 32 Ridiculously Famous And Hilarious People Saturday Night Live Rejected

    The 39-year history of Saturday Night Live is littered with thousands of sketches, hundreds of guest hosts, and even more Not Ready for Prime Time Player wannabes—some more memorable than others. In fact, the list of now-famous folks who auditioned and were denied access to a permanent spot in 30 Rock’s Studio 8H is long enough to fill multiple casts on their own.

  • 100,000 Evacuate As Volcano Erupts In Indonesia [20 Photos]

    100,000 people on Indonesia’s most populated island, Java, have been evacuated due to Friday’s eruption of Mount Kelud. The volcanic eruption has blasted ash and debris 12 miles into the air and could be heard as far as 125 miles away. The evacuation measures of the population within 6 miles of the volcano proved successful, with only 3 dead from the eruption. The last eruption of Mount Kelud, in 1990, resulted in 30 dead and hundreds injured. Displaced villagers have begun returning home and many are now gathering the ash and selling it, as it is a sought after fertilizer for crops. In fact, the fertile soil around the volcano is the reason why villages thrive in such a dangerous place.

  • One Person As Two Genders [7 Photos]

    Montreal-based photographer JJ Levine is known for challenging gender stereotypes with his portraits of the gay and trans communities and his 2007 series “Alone Time” is no exception. Levine creates typical domestic scenarios featuring a blissful couple but uses only one model. That’s right, both the man and woman in each photograph are the same person. Although makeup and costumes were used on the models, there is no retouching done to make the genders more “real.” This series has got me thinking of how awesome a female version of myself would be. She’d have to shave, though, or else our beards would probably act like velcro when we made out. Also, be sure to check out more awesome portraits at JJ Levine Photography. 

  • Radio Moments Through The Years [Link]

    February 13 marks World Radio Day, and to celebrate Marconi’s gift to the world, Al Jazeera has put together and interactive look (and listen) of radio’s most famous and infamous moments. Read about and listen to such historic moments as Orson Welles’ broadcast of “War of the Worlds” that incited panic or the news of the Hindenburg disaster. 

  • Pizza That Lasts For Years, Because Science and America

    If there’s one complaint about pizza, it’s that…um…uh…are there any complaints about pizza? Well if you’re a soldier, you’re pizza problem is probably that you can’t just can’t get any. Lucky for them (and all of us, really), scientists at  the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Massachusetts have developed a pizza MRE, or meal ready to eat, that can last for up to 3 years without any refrigeration or freezing. Although one of the most requested items, pizza has long thwarted science’s attempts at preserving it due to the moisture in the sauce and cheese seeping into the crust over time, resulting in the most unpopular of pizza toppings, mold and bacteria. But by adding ingredients called humectants that bind to water and by altering the acidity of the sauce and cheese to ward off any nastiness, science has finally come out on top. Soon enough, soldiers (and lazy folks) will be able to tear open a pizza MRE and get a mouth full of America…and 3 year old pepperoni. Source: AP

  • 9 Rejected Harry Potter Valentines

    Ben Kling designed these hilarious Harry Potter themed valentines that he swears have been tested and do not work. I couldn’t imagine someone being put off by being compared to a flying Ford Anglia. If these aren’t romantic, then my idea about asking a girl if she used Engorgio on my crotchal region is bound to be met with a slap on the face. Oh well, even if these don’t win over the heart of your Hermione, at least you’ll get a chuckle. And check out more of Ben Kling’s work on his tumblr. 

  • Free Download Of Entire De La Soul Catalog For 25 Hours

    To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their groundbreaking debut album “3 Feet High and Rising,” legendary hip-hop band De La Soul is offering their entire catalog for free download. Beginning today at 11 AM, you can choose any or all of the group’s albums to download for free and it’s completely legal. De La Soul’s music has been hard to find on legal download sites due to the copyright complications arising from the use of samples. This is a great Valentine’s Day gift for music fans, but it won’t last forever. The download is only good for 25 hours, so hurry on over to We Are De La Soul before it’s too late.

  • Celebrate The Return Of “House of Cards” With Kate Mara’s Hot GQ Shoot [7 Photos]

    Alone on Valentine’s Day? Why not spend it with Kate Mara? For all the lonely binge watchers out there, Netflix has given the gift of season 2 of the critically acclaimed political drama “House of Cards.” Kate Mara, the lovely star of the show, sat down with GQ for the March issue for this photo shoot along with a quick interview. In addition to “House of Cards,” Mara also talks football in the interview. She’s true NFL royalty, with her mom’s family running the Steelers and her dad’s family owning the Giants. Who could be better date on Valentine’s Day than a hot chick who gets great free seats to football games?

  • adidas Kareem “The Blueprint” Abdul-Jabbar

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is looked at as the blueprint for the contemporary basketball player, tall, agile with some serious finesse. His accolades speak for themselves and shall forever be known as one of the greatest of all time. adidas release the “Blueprint” today with Abdul-Jabbar there to meet and greet a select few fans in New Orleans. “The Blueprint” Jabbar Hi is crafted out of actual Tyvek® blueprint paper which includes white contrast stitching, laces, and printed graphics. Each player interviewed is printed on the right footbed, each response is printed on the left footbed. Available at adidas Originals retail stores and adidas.com, $100.

  • Affleck & Damon Take Shots at Each Other for Charity

    Nothing better than two best buds making fun of each other, especially when it’s Will Hunting and Batman. These two guys obviously go way back, so it’s only fitting they take some jabs at each other about everything that’s happened post Good Will Hunting. Think about it, both have more than enough material to destroy each other, why not do it for a good cause, right?

  • Base Jumping into the Foggy Unknown Seems Safe

    Basejumpers in general seem like they have such an addiction to adrenaline, they’ll jump off anything as long as they can get their shoot out. But jumping into a foggy unknown, seems about as crazy as it looks fun. Guess what happens. Take a wild guess. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

  • The Complete Collection of Leanna Decker’s RSVLTS NBA Photoshoot

    Recently we teamed up with Leanna Decker, one of the internet’s rapidly rising stars, for an NBA themed shoot featured in the second issue of RSVLTS Magazine. The behind-the-scenes photos took the internet by storm early last month and judging by the popularity (and the fact that the NBA All-Star Weekend is here) we thought this would be the perfect time to release complete collection of photos from the shoot into the wild. So go precious photo shoot. Go on, Get! I said GET! Don’t look back, just go on! You’re free. We’ll miss you like the dickens. In the gallery  you can check out all the pictures that were featured in the second issue of RSVLTS Magazine. In addition to this, check out a collection of over 500 outtakes from each team in the NBA.

  • Kate Hansen is Our New Favorite American Dance Machine

    Kate Hansen made a name for herself this winter by showing us a warm up dance routine that would live on in Olympics history. Since the initial video went mega viral, it looks as though Kate hasn’t taken a break. Her moves have shaken and stirred the Olympic village as of late and it looks as though Kate is having the time of her life doing so. This week Erin Hamlin made history by becoming the first American to win an individual medal for luge at the Olympics and decided the medal needed to be “dance-blessed,” by Hansen. You can’t not love this girl.

  • VW Beetle Travels The World 3 Times And Is Still On The Road [Video]

    “Once More. The Story Of VIN 903847,” may be a half hour commercial for Volkswagen, but it’s also a powerful documentary featuring the iconic Beetle. The video, from VW Canada, chronicles the history of a 1955 Beetle whose original owner drove it around the world three times. The car, now on its third owner, is still on the road and used for adventurous voyages. Volkswagen has also set up an interactive version of the movie at Once More.

  • Do the Winter Olympics Have a Future in a Warming World? [Link]

    Despite the harsh winter many of us are experiencing, average temperatures around the globe continue to climb, meaning the Winter Olympics are getting warmer and warmer. Average temperatures at games locations have increased by almost 15 degrees since the 1920s. The highs in Sochi have been in the low-60s, higher than any other Winter Olympic games. With the world continually growing warmer, will future Winter Olympics be plausible?

  • Floods Devastate United Kingdom [32 HQ Photos]

    The United Kingdom has been hit with the wettest winter in at least 250 years. A month’s worth of rainfall is expected in just the next couple days. 56,000 homes across England and Wales are currently without power, down from 168,000 overnight, after experiencing winds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Rivers throughout southern England are at their highest recorded levels. To aid the flooded areas, 13 high-capacity pumps, with many more expected, have been brought to the Somerset Levels from the Netherlands to funnel floodwaters out to the sea.

  • Platform 46: The Biggest Tablet You’ll Ever Need [Video]

    Last year the Ideum and 3M teamed up to build the Platform 46, a coffee table with a 46-inch touch display. Utilizing 3M’s 46-inch multitouch display that is impervious to light interference and Ideum’s top of the line touchscreen table build, Platform 46 only had one problem: it ran Windows 8. Widows 8 is a fast, stable operating system, but it’s a giant change from previous Windows builds, scaring away many users. Now Ideum and 3M have announced Android support for the Platform 46, enticing users familiar with the hugely popular smartphone OS. Platform 46 is available from Ideum, starting at $6950.

  • Minimalist MLB Stadiums

    UK-based artist Marcus Reed has created these minimalist representations of all 30 MLB stadiums exclusively for original sports artwork website RareInk. Reed’s minimalist works are know all over the world and have been featured in galleries and publications form London to Tokyo. The limited edition posters can be purchased from RareInk in various sizes and frame options, starting at $99.

  • How to Write the Perfect Valentines Day Card

    In one of the most brilliant innovative breakthroughs since Penicillin, the comedic geniuses over at FatAwesome devised the fool-proof plan for writing the perfect Valentines Day card for your lover, hook-up-honey or stalkee. Follow these simple steps and then find yourself taking a direct flight to the Hawaiian island of Comon’Iwannalaya. How to Write the Perfect Valentine Card – watch more funny videos

  • Photo of the Day: Derek Jeter Before He Was A New York Yankee Icon

    Derek Jeter recently announced that he would be retiring following the 2014 season. Not only will Jeter spend his entire career with the Yankees but fascinatingly enough he was born in New Jersey and was a diehard Yankee fan growing up. We found this cool photo of a teenage Jeter when he was attending Kalamazoo Central High School where he was named the 1992 Gatorade High School Player of the Year award, and USA Today’s High School Player of the Year.

  • The Alex Rodriguez to the Red Sox Deal That Never Happened [30 for 30 Shorts]

    In the winter of 2003 two cities went after the same man. On one side, New York. On the other, Boston. In the middle, the hired gun: Alex Rodriguez. “The Deal” details how the Red Sox first failed to land Alex Rodriguez in a trade that was vetoed by the MLBPA and then lost the superstar to the rival Yankees. And this was just weeks after Boston lost to New York in a devastating Game 7 walk-off homer in the ALCS.

  • 10 Incredible Hidden Restaurants in New York City That You Should Visit This Year

    Imagine walking through a discrete doorway, up (or down) stairs, to find yourself in a fine dining restaurant. These are New York City’s hidden restaurants. Like New York City’s hidden bars, these restaurants have unmarked entrances, or are discreetly hidden inside another establishment.  Below we compiled a list of our 10 favorites, from a hidden Nordic eatery inside a Greenpoint bar to a ramen shop hiding in plain sight inside a Whole Foods.

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