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Low Lai Chow

Low Lai Chow travels light and is working on exercising demons from her past. Find out more about her at lowlaichow.com.

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Turning caskets into art

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 25 November 2014

It’s an intriguing art show all right, that’s what we can say of Boxes of Death, with 50 artists — from painters and graphic designers to motorcycle builders and tattoo artists — who, given their own coffin, wield full artistic control over what they want to do with it. Helmed by creative firm founder Patrick […]

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Goats balancing on wobby metal sheet prove they are better athletes than you

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Monday 24 November 2014

So us humans can walk into brick walls and manholes as we text… while goats out-perform us in everyday life — as this video of a bunch of goats gallantly balancing on a buoyant metal sheet clearly shows. We are properly ashamed of our lack of dexterity.

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Dollars per minute, in a chart

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

If you’ve ever wondered about the costs of things, minute by minute, Lapham’s Quarterly has a handy chart that will face off seemingly random costs — such as how much you’re spending on a JFK-LAX air ticket ($1.05), how much Facebook is making ($2,834.86), and how much money the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing is […]

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What if Quentin Tarantino created Disney films!

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

A ‘what if’ series of Disney movies re-interpreted as Quentin Tarantino flicks? Brilliant! Of course, the mug of Samuel L Jackson — a perennial Tarantino favorite — is all over the face of these Disney posters, accompanied with suitably cussing taglines like ‘I just cleaned them step-bitches’ whole motherfucking castle’ (Cinderella) and ‘They just killed […]

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Eek! Meet Toby, the 9-month-old rat who’s performing on Broadway

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

It’s the dream of every stage actor to perform on Broadway, and now a rat is living many an aspiring actor’s dream. Yep, a 9-month-old albino female live rat named Toby has been performing on Broadway with the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time production.

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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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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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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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This video of Japanese learning to say ‘Fuck’ properly in English just made our day

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Friday 21 November 2014

When Chris Broad — a British guy living in Japan who’s behind the entertaining YouTube channel Abroad in Japan — chanced across Tadashii fuck no tsukaikata, a book that literally means ‘The Correct Way to Use Fuck’, he bought all the copies he could afford and went on to pass these copies to ordinary Japanese, […]

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Somebody proved that smart people listen to Radiohead

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

Software app writer Virgil Griffith is a man with a mission: for seven long years, he has been charting musical tastes based on average SAT scores of college students with correlated Facebook data.

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Here’s your railway station master in Wakayama, Japan… it’s a cat!

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 November 2014

Oh, wow. In the Kinokawa town of Wakayama, Japan, where the Wakayama Electric Railway-operated Kishi railway station lies, the latter has, among its rank of employees, a cat named Tama. Apparently the feline has been pulling in the crowds to take the train ever since she was recruited as station master. This can only be […]

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Artist turns ceramic figurines into black metal idols

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 11 November 2014

Genius! Portland-based Tom Labonty, who owns the somewhat ominous-sounding Etsy store CoffinCollector, has a thing for buying perfectly wholesome ceramic figurines and giving them the black metal treatment. These range from adding on gothic wings, devil horns and the such, to painting creepy, ghoulish faces on them. It’s all fun and jolly.

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The rocking room is a massive rocking chair for many people at a time!

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Monday 10 November 2014

Why stick your bum to one rocking chair when you can rock an entire room with it? In keeping with the theme ‘Design in Motion’ of the recent 2014 Seattle Design Festival, a team of architects and designers got together to make a 15-ft long room that could fit in large groups of people gently […]

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