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Worried about someone making off with your hard drive and all those super, secret files the bad guys are dying to get their dirty hands on?
Well, chances are they’ll just hack you and the damage will be done before you have a clue what happened, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the show put on by Caleb Kraft as he constructs a self-destruct mechanism out of thermite and lights that baby on fire! *Insert evil laugh here*
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Ever stop and look at your grocery cart as though it wasn’t yours?
Would people say you were a healthy eater, a busy person, a late-night snacker?
Photographer Peter Menzel decided to use a wider lens and focus on what families from different countries consume in a typical week and, as you might guess, pizza figures prominently in the shot from the States.
We are what we eat.Author on Google+
Iconic buildings can make a city instantly recognizable, such as The Sydney Opera House or Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, so WebUrbanist’s look at what could have been is particularly fascinating, especially when you think a giant elephant could have been topping the Champs Élysées. Ooh la la!
Triumphal Elephant in Place of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe (above)
In place of one of Paris’ most famous monuments, the Arc de Triomphe, could have been a three-story elephant monument with a spiral staircase in the underbelly leading to the pinnacle. 18th century architect Charles Ribart offered this monument for the Champs Élysées, complete with a cross-sectional drawing showing the intricate rooms within, but was turned down by the French government…
Unbuilt Design for the Golden Gate Bridge
Now 76 years old, the Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic symbol of San Francisco, coated in literally millions of gallons of orange paint. The Art Deco-style bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, beating many experts’ predictions that it wouldn’t last against gale-force winds in the straight where the San Francisco Bay opens to the Pacific Ocean. But this wasn’t engineer Joseph Strauss’ first design. The original proposal is markedly different, with a heavier look combining cantilevered and suspension designs. It was rejected by the planning committee.
Full story at WebUrbanist.
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Nothing ruins a morning faster for caffeine junkies than a lousy cup of coffee, so if you’ve been looking for that perfect list to post above the office brew machine to drop a subtle hint (or five), The Pilot’s Blog has just the thing.
1. Water to coffee ratio
Just like with any food or drink concoction, the ingredient portions need to be correct. This is especially true with coffee, considering water and the blend are the only two ingredients for many people. Truth is, it is really a matter of preference. Some prefer their coffee brutally strong, while others need to tone down the overwhelming coffee taste. This chart can help you figure out your perfect water to coffee ratio!..
2. Water temperature
Similar to the water to coffee ratio, your perfect water temperature is going to be discovered by trial and error. We at The Roasterie have found that the most pleasurable coffee is served between 195-250 degrees F. But start on the lower end and work your way up. We don’t want you burning your mouth on your first try!
Full story at The Pilot’s Blog.
Good to the last ground.
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If your ideas are fresh and your writing rocks but the audience for your blog is still waiting in the lobby of the Internet, you might be losing hope that blogging is the place to be.
So, what’s the next step for a struggling content creator?
Take a look at these thirty quick editing tips by Copyblogger’s Stefanie Flaxman and see if there are things that can still be tweaked before you throw in the towel.
Fall in love with your website:
1. Forget “like.” No one will be head-over-heels about your online space if you’re not thoroughly impressed with your presentation. Commit to making your site a masterpiece before you even think about your next post topic.
2. Sit down; stay awhile. “Web furniture” sets the tone for visitors. These elements include your headshot, logo, and layout. Does your design welcome people into your hub and make them want to find out more?
Vamp up your editorial strategy
11. Water the plant. Each edit you make to your content should directly contribute to the goal you’d like to accomplish.
12. Prepare; don’t plan. Structure your editorial calendar in a way that allows you to adjust your posts if you naturally think of new ideas as you write.
Full story at Copyblogger.
Bettering your blog.
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Would you like to give the finger to a world that worships productivity (or at least the appearance thereof)?
Make a statement without being rude with a sloth ring by Theresa Macdonald of Etsy’s CuriousBurrow.
The cute, little polymer clay creatures cuddle up to a finger or two to reassure you that it’s okay to step off the fast track every once in a while or climb a tree to avoid it altogether.
Sloths welcome at Etsy.Author on Google+
Skyscrapers and city-scapes aren’t known for giving the green movement warm, fuzzy feelings, but a new generation of architects and engineers have been hard at work to change that nitty-gritty image and no idea inspires cuddling up to the concept of close cohabitation like the Strawscraper.
Designed by Swedish firm Belatchew Arkitekter, Strawscraper would harness wind power with something called piezoelectric technology, eliminating the need for wind turbines.
According to My Modern Met’s Jacob Paul Wiegmann:
Piezoelectricity works through the compression of specific crystals found inside the straws that coat the building. By covering the outside facade in millions of plastic bristles, not only will energy be created every time the wind blows but it will add a unique, ever-changing look to the building. The architects state: “What is usually considered to be the most static of all things, the building, suddenly comes alive and the construction gives the impression of a body that is breathing.”
Guess it’s time to start referring to the pant rather than the pulse of city life.
Breathing new life into architecture.Author on Google+
Do certain rooms of your house have an unwelcome feel to them?
Perhaps you’ve just been greeting it all wrong.
With the Hand-le doorknob, every opening provides a new beginning or at least the opportunity to lose that dead fish handshake.
Seriously, that’s never impressive. Time to get a grip.
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You may have noticed cat owners prowling around the Internet lately sporting peculiarly feline facial hair, so it shouldn’t be surprising that dog people are lining up to put their mark on this particular meme.
According to Laughing Squid,
And you thought the rest of the week was going to be a bore…
Full story at Laughing Squid.
For the love of dogs.Author on Google+