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Life inside the Japanese Yakuza photo series

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By Casper Johansson in New Photography on Monday 5 September 2011

Photographer Anton Kusters spent several years documenting the Japanese Yakuza subculture for his series, 893-Yakuza: a personal visual account of the life inside an inaccessible subculture, a traditional Japanese crime family that controls the streets of Kabukicho, in the heart of Tokyo, Japan’.

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Astronomers discover a planet made from diamonds

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By Casper Johansson in New Trends on Saturday 27 August 2011

Somewhere out there in that vast expanse of space, there just had to be a planet made from bling. What’s more, it’s in our own Milky Way galaxy. That’s right, practically within reaching distance. A team of researchers have discovered a giant crystal space rock, measuring some 60,000km in diameter (five times the size of […]

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Man walks around Manhattan with cat on his head

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By Casper Johansson in New Trends on Thursday 11 August 2011

Only in New York! I encountered this guy, and his friendly, well-balanced cat Nicholas, yesterday at the intersection of Houston and Broadway where he was only too happy to pose for a photo in exchange for a crisp dollar bill. Wonder if Nicholas got to spend any of it?

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Axe To Grind: jewelry not for the faint of heart

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By Casper Johansson in New Fashion on Wednesday 10 August 2011

By their own admission, designers Anielle James and Erin Kauffman of Axe To Grind create ‘jewelry that is drunk tested sober approved’. But who really cares? We’d dig it drunk, we’d dig it sober. It’s rad. Albeit, aptly named.

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The most creative cookie packaging ever

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By Casper Johansson in New Design on Thursday 30 June 2011

Whoever designed this Afro-themed cookie packaging, take a bow. And make it a long one. Let’s hope the cookie tastes as fine as the plastic it comes in.

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Using dye to turn dogs into an exotic animals

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By Casper Johansson in New Trends on Thursday 23 June 2011

Ah, ok. A group of Chinese dog owners are demonstrating their newfound fondness for the canine by dying their pets to make them look more like the exotic animals they will never, ever have. Oh well, each to their own(er). [photos via China Foto Press]

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The Manslater: the truth behind what women are really saying

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By Casper Johansson in Video on Thursday 23 June 2011

Yes, we agree, life would be so much easier if those simple misunderstandings weren’t so commonplace. The Manslater may well be the saviour for men the world over. We’ll take five of them, please. In a range of sporty colours.

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Cash Shredding Alarm Clock

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By Casper Johansson in New Trends on Wednesday 22 June 2011

If getting up in the morning is a problem for you, we have a simple, albeit potentially pricey, solution: the Cash Shredding Alarm Clock takes your hard earned and starts chewing it up for as long as it takes for you to get active and turn the damn thing off. That’s a nice wad of […]

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Throw a virtual shoe at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

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By Casper Johansson in New Trends on Wednesday 22 June 2011

Forget hurling sneakers at George Bush. That’s a waste. He’ll only duck them anyway. Think twice about chucking your kicks at John Howard. He’s too quick for us. Now you can toss a virtual shoe at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and take your frustrations out on the world without being hauled off in cuffs.

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Scotland’s Garden of Cosmic Speculation

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By Casper Johansson in Cool Travel on Monday 9 May 2011

Designed in 1989 by architect Charles Jencks, and open to the public for only one day a year, the eye-poppingly original Garden of Cosmic Speculation features gardens, bridges, sculptures, and architectural works, and was inspired by mathematics and science. [Photos below by Paulus Maximus]

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Pantha du Prince remix of Raw Spectacle

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Wednesday 27 April 2011

We’re big fans of the music of Montreal producer Miracle Fortress (aka Graham Van Pelt), whose deep electronic sound has received critical acclaim from SPIN, Paper, XLR8R and KEXP, among others. Check out the awesome Pantha du Prince remix of his first single, Raw Spectacle, below.

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New single from Morr Music artist Butcher The Bar

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Friday 22 April 2011

Manchester-based artist Butcher The Bar has announced his first new material in three years in the form of sophomore LP, For Each A Future Tethered, set for release via Morr Music on June 21.

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New Beastie Boys video for Make Some Noise

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Friday 22 April 2011

Remember when the Beastie’s were the hottest thing on the planet? When only Foreigner could tussle with them for that honour? Yeah? Well, they’re back. And they’re still relevant, as this new ear-shatteringly good single reveals.

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Poly Styrene’s Thrash City single

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Wednesday 13 April 2011

X-ray Spex founder Poly Styrene has returned from years out the spotlight with her highly anticipated album, Generation Indigo, produced by Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke, Edwyn Collins). To hear a track from the album, listen to the neo-X-ray Spex punk rock track Thrash City below.

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Chamberlin’s single, Fools

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Tuesday 12 April 2011

Indie rock band Chamberlin have just released their debut album, Bitter Blood (Roll Call/EMI). The album was produced by Scott Tournet of Grace Potter And The Nocturnals. Check out the a track off it, Fools, below.

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