As a kid, I was so spill-prone during meals that my grandma made detachable sleeves for me to wear while I ate. And they looked hilarious, but now that I'm an adult, I can't wear stuff like that in public. Inventive designer Peter Kirk took pity on people like me, and has created the Ledge Pants, now on Kickstarter, which are totally stainproof. That means you can eat burritos for lunch and still look like a human being afterward, or you can hit the gym during your break, and come back looking fresh as a daisy, from the waist down. If like me, you've never met a mess you couldn't get into, these pants are definitely for you. Follow this campaign on Kickstarter!
Artist Alexandra Pacula specializes in a painting and illustration technique she calls 'visual intoxication.' Pacula's paintings exhibit a great sense of depth and movement, and they look somewhat like a quick snap of a busy city at night. Below we've included a few of Pacula's colorized pieces, which really bring the motion of New York City to life in this series, 'veloCity.' Her show at the Mighty Tanaka gallery in Brooklyn is now open, and ends December 8, 2013.
Happy Turtlesday! Today's awesome turtle specimen is the Mary River turtle (Elusor macrurus), and that totally punk rock hairdo is made of algae! The Mary River turtle is found in the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, and is an endangered species that comes from a very old lineage of turtles. Mary River turtles use bimodal respiration, so they can absorb oxygen while underwater, but they also come up to surface to breathe air. The tail of the Mary River turtle can make up to two-thirds of its carapace. With it's proportionally small head and large hindfeet, this one of the fastest swimming turtles.
I really don't want to give away the lovely ending of this advertisement from Google so I'll just say this: it's a short story about two childhood friends who get separated as a result of cultural and political tensions between India and Pakistan in 1947. Though torn apart while they're quite young, they never forget their bond.
As you've probably guessed, the magic of modern technology is involved, but not in an overbearing way. You will definitely, definitely get at least a little teary-eyed, so be warned!
iFresh: Winner of the 2013 Red Dot Concept Award, iFresh allows you to scan the barcodes of your store-bought foods, or program individual expiry dates, so you can keep track of your food's optimal freshness.
In the era of information overload, it might actually not be the worst idea to app-ify your groceries. You can already order them online and avoid grocery stores altogether anyway, so why not bring high tech to your fridge? These apps, plus the iFresh concept, are designed to keep track of the freshness of your food, so you don't have to battle against the fading expiration dates. Are you interested?
It's Caturday, so let's take a quick virtual trip to Kyoto, Japan, which is all about cats. These photographs of a cat-filled city were taken by Yutaka Katayama, who has spent years cataloging the feline activity of the city. Strays dot the city streets, but they're treated with respect and left to drink from all the puddles they please, as well as sunbathe wherever they want. It's a good life!
Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has spent three years and an estimated 5,000 hours of work, along with roughly 10,000 dollars, to bring to life his version of the viola organista. Originally conceptualized by Da Vinci himself in the 15th century, the instrument has been designed with varying degrees of success by many other musicians. Zubrzycki has built a full functional version of the instrument, and he recently debuted it in public at the 5th International Royal Krakow Piano Festival, which you can watch below!
Food stylist Claudia Ficca and photographer David Luciano teamed up to create this haute cuisine version of your standard mousetrap. The food is too tempting for any mouse to resist, which perhaps makes this project a little sinister, unless you go the 'Ratatouille' route, where an elegant offering might result in your new mouse best friend. Alternately, I like to think these dishes were designed by bored waitstaff of some very elegant home, who designs each 'plate' to entice a mouse, and then release it into a lush garden.
London-based illustrator Thomas Danthony creates elegantly minimal pieces that occasionally include a touch of animation, whether it's James Bond's smoking gun, or the windswept hair of a carefree dancer. Danthony's clients have include SHOP, M&C Saatchi, The Telegraph, Condé Nast, and many other publications. Below, a few of our favorite pieces from the artist's portfolio.
Caught in a Web of Iron, North Queensferry, Fife, by David Cation, winner of the Network Rail 'Lines in the Landscape' award
None of these photographs were taken in our native New York, or even the States, but these beautiful landscape images are worth a look. Here are the winners of the 2013 'Take a View' Landscape Photographer of the Year, which includes entries for the categories of 'Lines in the Landscape,' 'Living the View,' 'This is Britain,' and others. If you're in the UK and you'd like to enter, find out more information here.
In a tradition begun in 1972, the The Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place in Albuquerque, NM, and involves the release of nearly a thousand balloons over nine days. It's the largest hot air balloon festival in the world, and in addition to your standard colorful hot air balloons, there are also 'special shape' balloons, which has included balloon versions of Elvis, Snow White, Darth Vader, and other larger than life figures. Below, some photos of the fiesta over the last few years, and a timelapse that will make you want to book a ticket to next year's festival.
In the final segment of Volvo Truck films (see previous ones below), the auto giant brings you 'The Epic Split,' starring Jean Claude Van Damme, professional actor, martial artist, and handsome guy, whom you may remember from films like Bloodsport and Timecop. In any case, watch JCVD perform the most intense and terrifying split you've ever seen, filmed in one single take, within a fifteen minute window.