California’s peak wildfire season captured in spectacular photographs

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 13 August 2015

Many of us have heard about California’s wildfires and the danger they cause to both humans and homes. But rarely do any of us get as close to the fires as LA-based photographer Stuart Palley does. In his photo series ‘Terra Flamma: Wildfires at Night’, Palley hiked out to the fire lines during wildfire season to capture some extraordinary long-exposure photographs that will take your breath away.

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A restaurant asks their guests ‘where are you from?’ The answers look amazing

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 January 2014

Phil’s Fish Market is a restaurant located in Moss Landing, a small town with a population of 204 (as of 2010). It’s known for its delicious seafood, but what’s also making headlines about this small-town restaurant is its world map that asks its guests the question; ‘Where are you visiting from?’

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Buy your own ghost town in California for cheap

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 13 December 2013

‘$225000 Seneca – ghost-town with liquor license’, said the Craigslist ad. So yes, for a low, low price of $225,000, you could have your very own ghost town. And you could drink all you want! Seneca is in Northern California, about 3 hours from Sacramento and 2½ hours from Reno. The town basically consists of […]

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Lucid Stead: a mirage cabin made of mirrors

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By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Thursday 28 November 2013

Designed by Phillip K. Smith III, this cabin reflects its desert surrounding, creating a mirage effect. Smith’s Lucid Stead was created using an aging homestead and some cleverly placed mirrors. The original structure feels at home in the harsh environment yet the mirror additions give it a spectral quality. It seems to float in the […]

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Ed Ruscha’s Hollywood Boulevard: 1973 and 2002

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By Paul White in Video on Monday 25 November 2013

Ed Ruscha’s work in both paintings and film are influenced by the vernacular of Southern California. In 1966, he published Every Building on the Sunset Strip, a book about capturing a continuous shot of a two and half mile section of the strip. In 1973, he likewise photographed the entire length of Hollywood Blvd. Here […]

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Dusters California x The Doors Skateboard collaboration

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By Didu Losso in New Design on Wednesday 7 August 2013

The 1967 debut of The Doors changed much more than the popular music scene. The genre-defying band and its music helped transform youth lifestyle and usher in the rebellious counterculture that came to define the late ’60s.

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Behind the scenes of a Chinese love doll factory

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 23 July 2013

We’ve been amazed by these oddly visceral photographs from an inflatable love doll factory in China, and now, thanks to Huffington Post, we are now looking at photographs of another love doll factory in San Marcos, California, that makes customized dolls. These snapshots were taken by Zackary Canepari for a film he co-directs with Drea […]

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Morbidly cute illustrations by Norio Fujikawa

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Illustration on Tuesday 18 June 2013

These little illustrations by California artist Norio Fujikawa are super cute. I know, the little Grim Reaper is a tiny bit morbid, but he’s adorable too! I used to cover my school papers with similar baby Grims, but these guys are way better than mine ever were. And I love their placement on Snoopy’s Doghouse or swimming […]

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Top 3 luxurious Google offices

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Friday 29 March 2013

How do these offices even qualify as offices? At what point is it ok to just call them “work resorts” or “luxurious working vacations”. Seriously. Between the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, the Google Tel Aviv Headquarters, and my personal favorite, the Google London Headquarters, Google has created the ultimate work-hard-play-hard atmospheres. Who wouldn’t appreciate […]

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KickStarter for a Ricky Watts Mural in Petaluma, California

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By dAVE inden in New Art on Wednesday 13 March 2013

Ricky Watts is asking for help in the creation of his biggest project to date. Watts has done many murals, but this one is special. Firstly, at five stories, if completed, it will be his biggest. Coincidentally, it will also be the largest mural of any kind in Petaluma. But the biggest factor is that […]

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Take a scenic Jade collecting walk in California

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By Loren Kantor in Cool Travel on Wednesday 13 March 2013

Jade Cove is a secluded Central California beach about 30 miles north of Hearst Castle. Its name comes from the vulcanized yellow/green jade rocks that wash up naturally on the shore. Jade collecting is permitted above the shore line and rock hounds can take their finds to the Big Sur Jade Company where a jeweler […]

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The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles

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By Loren Kantor in Cool Travel on Monday 11 March 2013

While retail booksellers are dying off worldwide, The Last Bookstore has erected a firewall against the death of literature. Located in an old bank building in downtown Los Angeles, The Last Bookstore features spoken word and music events, an espresso bar and the widest range of indie and classic literature in Los Angeles. Let’s hope they […]

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Incredible house completely covered in mosiac tiles

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Tuesday 26 February 2013

This house in Venice, California is completely covered in cool mosiac tiles. The house is a little overwhelming. Can you imagine having to do the tiling? It’s a true wonder of the American west coast. And guess what? It’s open for visiting if you call ahead!

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A peek inside Skype’s hip Californian headquarters

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Thursday 21 February 2013

Between the multiple world clock displays, funky astroturf style rugs, clever rock shaped bean-bag chairs, and clean glass walls, the Palo Alto Skype office screams creatively modern yet practically comfortable design. This is the office that encourages you to get distracted with the right things. The 16 foot ceilinged rooms are scattered with unusual objects […]

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The Edge Effect: mirror reflections that look like paintings

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Friday 1 February 2013

Daniel Kukla spent time in California’s Joshua Tree National Park observing the desert landscape and ecosystem. Inspired by the natural beauty around him, Kukla created these photographs of mirrors on easels situated in the scenic desert. At first glance, the reflections in the mirrors look like serene paintings. But look closer … you’ll be surprised.

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