Obama, Putin, and other world leaders are turned into desktop speakers

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Monday 22 December 2014

‘The Sound of Power’ is a collection of desktop speakers inspired by the busts of five world leaders. Created by Russian artist Petro Wodkins, the porcelain speakers look like Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-Un, Muammar Gaddafi, and Robert Mugabe. To have Kim Jong-Un sing to you your favorite songs would be amusing albeit weird, […]

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3-D printed prosthetics let this dog run again: incredible!

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By Nicole Hughes in News on Monday 22 December 2014

All thanks to some of today’s latest 3D-printing technologies, Derby, a Husky mix dog can now walk again. Born with severely deformed front paws, Derby was set to be euthanised until he was picked up by a no-kill shelter names Peace and Paws. They gave him a chance at life, and soon after, this adorable […]

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Learn the sign language alphabet with these adorable illustrations

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Monday 22 December 2014

Thinking of learning a new language? Maybe French, German, Mandarin, or maybe even sign? It’s actually quite easy, thanks to Chicago-based illustrator and web designer Alex Solis, who created a series of adorable illustrations for learning the American sign language alphabet. Just like a children’s book, the cards come with cute characters, each corresponding to […]

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The Co-Create Series: Mulga The Artist’s illustration inspired by a baby seal that was trying to surf on a surfboard

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By Lost At E Minor in New Illustration on Monday 22 December 2014

For the Co-Create series, we’ve invited six of Australia’s most talented creative talents to produce original work exclusively for Lost At E Minor inspired by some of their favourite posts on the site and using only the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In this installment, illustrator and street artist Mulga The Artist took inspiration from the post about a baby seal that was trying to surf on some surfer’s surfboard. These are his words about the creative process. [see Mulga’s first two Microsoft Surface Pro 3 created works here, here, and here]

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If video games were pulp novels, they’d look like these

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Monday 22 December 2014

Who knew jumping on top of bricks and turtles could prove to be a nail-biting crime novel? California-based illustrator and painter Astor Alexander has taken the plots of our favorite video games and reimagined them as pulp novel book covers. One of the novels, ‘Taken… Again’, is about a plumber turned super spy named Mario, […]

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How about an iced cold beer to go with that shower?

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 20 December 2014

Some people swear by the hair of the dog hangover cure. And if you’re trying to get ready for work the morning after a night of heavy drinking, you’ll probably need a beer caddy in the shower while you’re scrubbin’ away. And as luck would have it, there’s a caddy on the market called SipCaddy […]

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Artist creates a conversation about race via The Simpsons

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Saturday 20 December 2014

In memory of those who lost their lives to American police brutality, artist AleXsandro Palombo has turned to The Simpsons and used his creative abilities to comment on the situation. He calls the series I Can’t Breathe, after the last words of Eric Garner, who died at the hands of police officers in Staten Island. […]

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Man dives into frozen lake to rescue drowning duck

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By Nicole Hughes in News on Saturday 20 December 2014

It’s the middle of winter in Norway. Everything is snow-capped and frozen. When this 36-year-old Norwegian man saw a duck trapped beneath a lake’s surface, he immediately swam to the rescue. Entering into the frigid waters, Lars Jørun Langøien broke the ice and grabbed the duck from his doom. After escaping the frozen lake, Lars […]

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This chair is filled with as many litres of tears you’ll cry in a lifetime

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 20 December 2014

Japanese designer Keita Suzuki has created a rather unusual-yet thought-provoking-chair design. The Tear Drop Chair is a free-form design that is filled with 64 litres of water. Why that exact amount of water? It’s supposed to signify the average volume of tears a human being will shed during their lifetime. Sixty-four litres, people! That’s a lot of tears and a lot of eye redness.

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Your worst nightmare: being stuck in an elevator with a crazy person!

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By Nicole Hughes in Video on Saturday 20 December 2014

This man had no idea his day would consist of the following unfortunate events. If he did, he probably wouldn’t have left his house. Being stuck in an elevator is a nightmare. A tight space with strangers, the feeling of claustrophobia sets in as you think you can’t breathe well. Then, your survival mode takes over and you begin asking questions like: Do we have enough food?

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The most memorable moments of 2014, in playdough form

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Saturday 20 December 2014

2014 was an interesting year. In the past 12 months we’ve witnessed the rise of normcore (if you don’t know what it is, you’re not alone. Check it out here), celebrated the 20th anniversary of the TV show Friends, participated in the ice bucket challenge, and taken thousands of selfies.

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Weird Al teaches us how to do this floating orb magic trick: it’s so easy to do!

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Saturday 20 December 2014

Apparently, when Weird Al Yankovic is not making parody videos, he’s out conjuring magic tricks! In this 17-second video, Weird Al show us a neat illusion: the mysterious floating orb. Prepare to be amazed at how simple this trick is. It’s so easy, you could do it yourself! Have you already guessed what trickery he’s […]

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A very honest ad was created to get this little jerk of a dog adopted

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Friday 19 December 2014

Instead of placing a sweet ad online to get ‘Eddie the Terrible’ adopted, someone at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley decided to let truth reign. And sometimes the truth hurts. But Eddie’s just a dog so he won’t know any better. The post was titled ‘Three Reasons You DON’T Want To Adopt Eddie The […]

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Forget the 3-cheese pizza: this Aussie chef has created the 99-cheese pizza

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Friday 19 December 2014

Because Aussies know great pizza, and because Johnny di Francesco’s a world champion pizza-maker, we’re all treated to the newest pie on the menu: the 99-cheese pizza. Called the Novantanove Formaggio (99-cheese pizza), this pie from 400 Gradi in Melbourne is created using a ‘super cheese’. This super cheese is used as a base and is created by melting down 94 cheeses in a pit.

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Johnnie Walker just made these brogues that conceal mini bottles of their whiskey

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Fashion on Friday 19 December 2014

Johnnie Walker Red Label recently collaborated with British cobbler Oliver Sweeney to make leather brogues that conceal miniature whiskey bottles. At first glance, they appear just like any elegant Oxford-style shoes, but flip them over and you’ll quickly see that inside their stacked heels are spaces big enough to fit mini liquor bottles. The idea is more discreet than a […]

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