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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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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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Success! Forensic artist reconstructs realistic face from skull-shaped vodka bottle

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 10 November 2014

Amazingly, Scotland-based forensic artist Nigel Cockerton, whose thing is, well, facial restructuring, went on to pad out an empty skull-shaped bottle from Crystal Head Vodka earlier this year layer by layer, making the skull really come to life with a realistic face at the end. It’s pretty amazing work.

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One-star Yelp reviews from people who don’t know what to make of national parks

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Monday 10 November 2014

Mashable recently hit upon this brilliant idea of juztaposing a lovely quote collection of one-star Yelp reviews by real people who left unimpressed with America’s national parks they visited for whatsoever reasons, against pictures of these world-class nature-scapes.

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Want to kill time? This clock will do it for you

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 10 November 2014

As part of his graduation project series Good Medicine Tastes Bitter, Berlin-based product designer Weng Xinyu created the Time Killer, a clock with a blade that slowly saws itself down whenever it is left to its own devices.

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Meet TurboRoo, a two-legged chihuahua with 3D printed wheels for his front legs

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 10 November 2014

Born with his two front legs missing, two-legged chihuahua TurboRoo was just a six-month-old puppy when he got fitted for a 3D-printed wheelchair to help him walk on ground. The feisty dog uses the device to push him forward as he walks on his hind legs. Like Lazarus, the cat with a cleft palate, TurboRoo […]

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Cats taking a stab at contemporary dance with human companions

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 8 November 2014

Anyone remember that gem of a book, Why Cats Paint? As it turns out, the same authors, Burton Silver and Heather Busch went on to publish another coffee table book, Dancing With Cats, documenting just that: humans dancing with cats.

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In Melbourne, you can order a toastie and catch it from the sky!

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 7 November 2014

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Jafflechutes, which declares itself to be Melbourne’s first float-down eatery, actually lets you pay for a toasted sandwich (known colloquially in Australia as a jaffle) via Paypal and wait for it to fall from the sky in a parachute! It started with an idea to create pocket parachutes for people who live on storeyed buildings and forget their keys.

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Now you can be a cat slurping water from your mug

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Thursday 6 November 2014

It’s said that downing a glass of water first thing in the morning is good for you. Well, why not do that and be a cat about it? This adorable mug made of Boronsilicate glass will help you gulp down 550ml of your watery treat and transform into a cat at the same time. If […]

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