06.07.08 by Jeff

Designer Treehouses

Did you ever build a treehouse when you were a kid? Not like this you didn’t… Baumraum is in the designer treehouse business and their work speaks for itself.

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25.11.15 by Jeff

This Pop-Up Book Folds into a Functioning Camera!


After numerous prototypes, Kelli Anderson perfected a sequence of cuts and folds that could turn an ordinary piece of paper into a fully functional camera. The Book is a Camera is the ultimate pop-up experience: a book that not only explains how cameras work but actually becomes one!

The coolest part is you can support Kelli and purchase the book here but she specifically designed her pinhole camera under a Creative Commons share-alike license so you can also download the template yourself, build it, examine it, and use the knowledge to even make your own variant!

Kelli and I both spoke at Blend here in Vancouver and her talk was one of my favourites. She spoke about a wide variety of her past work including her counterfeit New York Times newspaper (she produced hundreds of thousands of copies and distributed it on the streets of New York), her amazing stop-motion tribute to the Eameses’ iconic film “Power of Ten” using images sourced from Google Images, and her paper record player/wedding invitations.

She’s the kinda person it’s almost hard to write about because she’s doing so many wildly different things. She’s currently working on a music video so stayed tuned for that!

More images and a video of her book/camera below!

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13.11.15 by Staff

Blog of the Day: Become a Modern Day Caveman


Building everything with literally nothing but his bare hands, the guy behind Primitive Technology has turned basic human resourcefulness into his own personal hobby. And this isn’t just rubbing two sticks together to create fire or crafting rudimentary tools.

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.

Also It should be noted that I don’t live in the wild but just practice this as a hobby. I live in a modern house and eat modern food. I just like to see how people in ancient times built and made things. It is a good hobby that keeps you fit and doesn’t cost anything apart from time and effort.”

In his latest post, he adds a full on chimney to his tiled-roof mud hut (constructed in a previous entry) and makes his own clay pots! Watch the full video below!

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07.11.15 by Staff

Animation of the Day: “Bunny Rose” by Stephen McNally


Beautiful 3D animation by Irish animator/director, Stephen McNally. In this music video for Braids’ track “Bunny Rose,” a lonely spirit wanders through the streets of London. McNally received his Masters in animation from the Royal College of Art in 2014. Fellow Royal College alum, Diana Gradinaru, is responsible for the 2D animation. Watch the full video below!

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15.10.15 by Staff

Roving Animation-Projecting Tricycles


São Paulo-based artist duo Ygor Marotta and Ceci Soloaga (a.k.a. VJ Suave) have come up with a unique way to showcase their drawings, animations, and poetry on the streets. These audiovisual tricycles, or “Suaveciclos,” are fully equipped with speakers and projectors that operate in real-time, allowing them to interact with the specific audiences and backdrops they come across. See more images and video below!

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15.10.15 by Staff

Surprise Cardboard Car Upgrades by Max Siedentopf


Photographer Max Siedentopf roams the streets of Amsterdam at night looking for the most average cars to set to work on. Using custom-made cardboard fenders and wings, Siedentopf provides his chosen strangers with their very own supercars before stealing back into the night. More images below.

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05.10.15 by Jeff

Epic Craigslist Post: “I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972”


Illustration by Harriet Lee-Merrion

This Boston m4w missed connections post begins: “I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself” and you’re instantly absorbed in a very different kind of personals ad. In fact, whether or not the OP (“an old man now”) ever finds the woman who grabbed his hand and chatted with him over pecan pie at a five and dime one rainy New Year’s Eve becomes irrelevant.

I want to believe this is real but it’s too good to be true. Read the full missed connection below.

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23.09.15 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Memorable Phone Calls in Movies Combined into One Hilarious Conversation


The guys at Burger Fiction created a highly entertaining supercut combining dozens of memorable phone calls from various films into one perfectly nonsensical conversation. Bonus points if you can recognize all the films (there’s lots)! Watch “Movie Phone Super Call” below.

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