The Imperial Walkers strike back… in a Chinese painting

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 22 November 2014

We are loving this Star Wars-themed poster of the Imperial Walkers — Chinese painting style — by FLABSLAB, which claims to be ‘into all things beautiful and just want to be deadly good in anything we do’.

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Sneaky! Bats get competitive, engage in sonic jam

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 22 November 2014

We know that bats target prey with the help of echo-location. Now, scientists have found that bats actively disrupt rival bats who compete for food by jamming their sonar frequencies. In a recent study, two biologists demonstrated how Mexican free-tailed bats deal with living in highly-competitive and packed colonies that number hundreds and thousands of […]

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Golden retriever fails horribly at obedience competition, still wins our hearts

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Saturday 22 November 2014

Dogs, they will never disappoint you. If they do what you tell them, it’s endearing. If they don’t do what you tell them, can you really get mad at those adorable puppy dog eyes? At a recent dog obedience competition in Finland, a golden retriever must overcome every bit of temptation as mounds of treats […]

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A tuneful look at 5 iconic Gibson Les Paul players across various musical genres

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By Nicole Hughes in New Music on Saturday 22 November 2014

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It’s undisputed that the Gibson Les Paul is one of the most recognizable guitars of alltime. Artists who play the Les Paul seem to dominate each era and musical genre. From heavy metal to indie rock to reggae, here are a list of 5 musical legends that have strapped on a Les Paul and rocked out like we wished we could with its signature sound.

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3D illustrations spread across different sheets of paper

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 21 November 2014

We’ve seen a lot of three-dimensional illustrations before, but none can compare to the anamorphic art that Dutch artist Ramon Bruin has produced. Using multiple sheets of paper – rather than the traditional single sheet – Bruin creates what he calls Multi-Layered Illusions, optical illusions that are stacked on top of one another. The result […]

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Video simulation of the world’s tallest skyscraper will make your stomach churn

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 21 November 2014

Warning: do not watch this demo video without a barf bag in hand. The Skyscraper in Skyplex Orlando is set to be the world’s tallest roller coaster when it opens in 2017. It will take thrill-seekers on a 570-ft climb before plunging into stomach-twisting turns, loops, and spins, all the way down the side of […]

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Photographer documents hidden corners in everyday life

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Friday 21 November 2014

Russian photographer Zhenya Aerohockey sees the extraordinary in the ordinary. While most people would only see a building, or leftover pizza, or a desk, he sees corners. Yes, corners. In his series ‘Catching Corners’, Zhenya trains his imagination to find the hidden corners in everyday life. Some are easy to find, like the corners of […]

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Fake everyday illusions by Martin De Pasquale

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 21 November 2014

Buenos Aires-based art director and digital artist Martin De Pasquale  has a body of work that thrives on using digital manipulation to illustrate the banality of daily life. From instant karma biting into an apple, to a computer mouse that seizes the arm of its unsuspecting user with its strangling cord, these optical illusions are […]

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Now you can subscribe to new obnoxious socks in the mail every month

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 21 November 2014

Haha, this is hilarious. The Obnoxious Socks club sounds exactly like what its name suggests: members who sign up for it receive a pair of offensive socks every month that they can don to subtly offend other people at social events.

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All hail the most surprising department store in Melbourne

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 21 November 2014

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We’re not really sure how to describe Ussed&Abbussed, but here’s a start: a self-styled ‘fashionable store in Cremorne catering for the label conscious’ that 1. claims to be the largest new and vintage retailer in Sydney; 2. carries over 2,000 labels at discounted prices; and 3. counts fashion models, designers, actors and editors among its clients.

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Iconic comic book covers get recreated in LEGO

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 21 November 2014

At the recently-concluded 2014 Designer Con in Los Angeles, a group of LEGO enthusiasts collaborated for an art show called ‘Comic Bricks’, wherein they recreated famous comic book covers in LEGO. I guess you could say that everything was awesome. The exhibit was one of the main highlights of the convention, and with good reason. […]

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These shoes are not made FOR Barbie, they’re made OF Barbie

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By Kenny Ong in New Fashion on Friday 21 November 2014

Little girls may dream of owning their Barbie doll shoes when they grow up but their big sisters think nothing of wearing barbie heads in their shoes. At least in Harajuku, the teen retail fave spot of Tokyo. At age 55, the controversial bombshell hated by staunch feminists is hitting the streets of Harajuku inside […]

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Kids get paint all over their faces, but watching them get in trouble from their Dad is priceless!

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Video on Friday 21 November 2014

These two brothers are caught red-handed, or purple and green-faced. Together they teamed up and decided it would be a great idea to paint themselves. Layered in a solid coat of paint, their dad does what any good parent should do: film it and upload it to YouTube for the world to enjoy.

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Japanese designers have developed a lamp that realistically looks like the moon

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 21 November 2014

All together now: ‘Shut up and take my money!’ This is an LED-embedded moon lamp by Japanese designer Nosigner (Eisuke Tachikawa) and his team. If it looks like the real thing, that’s because it’s based on actual 3D topographical data obtained from the lunar orbiter spacecraft, Kaguya.

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Photographer reveals the beautiful and complex inner workings of old calculators

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Friday 21 November 2014

In his series ‘Low Tech’, San Francisco-based photographer Kevin Twomey strips bare antique calculators to reveal the beauty and complexity of their mechanical inner workings. Originally, Twomey wanted to photograph mid-20th century calculators alongside modern ones for comparison. He found the latter visually boring, so he decided to focus on the older ones with cases instead.

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