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Hold your sides and check out these April Fools’ Day tech jokes

April 1 is the day on which you should never believe anything, especially when it comes to new tech product releases. Don’t worry though, everything we’ve featured on our list here is total nonsense, which is what makes it funny.

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Check out the Features of a $95,000 Luxury Tiny House

There are two main aims with the tiny house movement. The first is to reduce your footprint, doing more with less. The second is that it’s supposed to be cheap, as in sub-$ 50,000. But looking past the second aim, a company called New Frontier Tiny Homes is betting that there’s a market for luxury versions, and has thus created a $ 95,000 model.

Called the Alpha, it features reclaimed barnwood, walls that are spray-foam-insulated, hardwood floors, a ductless mini-split for the A/C and heat, granite countertops in the kitchen and a few interesting design tricks. Let’s take a closer look.

Here’s the front of the Alpha, which features sliding glass doors.

On the back we see this shou-sugi-ban-finished center portion.

That flips down to provide a deck.

Just inside the deck is a glass garage door that slides open.

Moving to the interior, on one side we’ve got the kitchen, which you’ll notice is elevated. We’ll get to why in a minute.

Inside the kitchen is a 33″ stainless steel sink;

a drawer-style dishwasher;

an 11-cubic-foot stainless steel ‘fridge;

and a sleek-looking induction cooktop.

Opposite the kitchen we’ve got the bed loft.

You ascend it by means of this ladder.

When it’s not in use, you can put on a felt ladder-moving hat and tuck the ladder away in this compartment.

The bed loft will fit a king-sized bed.

Beneath the bed loft is the bathroom, which contains a washer/dryer combo unit;

a small sink;

a composting, separating toilet that vents to the outside;

and a full-sized Jacuzzi tub.

Here’s the view from the throne.

And at the front of the bathroom is a tiny, and I mean tiny, closet. There’s room for two of Indiana Jones’ jackets and little else.

Now we get to why the kitchen is elevated. Anytime you want to have people over for dinner, Chris Hemsworth’s body double comes over and pulls out these benches.

The stairs to the kitchen pull out…

…revealing a folding table hidden within.

Now you can host dinner parties. 

But whomever’s house this is apparently has lousy friends; while you can see that the table has clearly been set in the evening…

…these jerks don’t even show up until morning the next day.

I’d never invite them back. I’d be like “Why are you animals standing on my animal furs with your filthy shoes on?”

You can learn more about the Alpha, including lower-priced versions of it, here.


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Check Out OK Go’s Spectacularly Chaotic 4.2-Second Music Video

Happy Thanksgiving! Turn the parade off for a second and feast your eyes on this spectacle: OK Go’s “The One Moment,” which manages to wring a complete music video around roughly four seconds of meticulously choreographed chaos:

In the making-of video below, we see the crazy amount of planning that went into this, and also learn that no functional guitars were harmed during filming:

The video was funded by Morton Salt to promote their philanthropic “Walk Her Walk” initiative. Next Tuesday the 29th, they’re participating in the #GivingTuesday movement, which urges consumers–after the shop-a-thons of Black Friday and Cyber Monday–to “raise money for local nonprofits, schools and arts organizations; run food and clothing drives; teach children about philanthropy; encourage acts of kindness; collaborate with their neighbors; and celebrate generosity.” You can learn more here.


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Unexpected Design: Check Out How This Traditional Chinese Foot-Powered Lathe Works 

It’s incredible that over the centuries, folks on different continents devised different-but-similar solutions to the same problem. Both Europeans and Chinese developed foot-powered lathes to turn items on, for instance. But while I’d seen the Western design for a treadle lathe, I could not have imagined what the Chinese variant would look and operate like:

That’s in Shawo Village in China’s Hebei province, where they have been making bowls in this manner for centuries. (Sadly, they’re currently down to just “six elderly grandpas in the village [that] can use the lathe” and just one younger apprentice, the guy wearing the checked shirt in the video.)

You’ll note that the older gent in the video is turning the bowls in a nested fashion, known as “set turning,” in order to increase the yield per log.

Now let’s talk about the design of this thing! First by contrasting it with a Western treadle lathe:

The Western design is intended to be powered by one leg at a time, and the treadle is wide enough that either leg can be used. When one of the operator’s legs becomes fatigued, s/he switches. It’s also possible with this design that an operator can use just their dominant leg if preferred, though that would of course lead to assymetrical muscle development.

The Chinese design is interesting in that it uses both legs simultaneously. I am no ergonomic expert, but I would imagine that this is a more healthful way to operate it where the legs are concerned. At the very least, it certainly provides a balanced “workout,” though it was obviously not designed as a piece of gym equipment.

Also note how the cantilevered foot-levers have informed the object’s overall form factor. In order to get a greater range of motion, the foot-levers must be long, translating a short step near the pivot point to a deeper throw on the belt end. Thus the entire thing must be elevated. 

That’s pure form-follows-function, but the elevation of the design has created the happy accident of making the shavings easy to sweep up.

I like how the tool rest is integrated into the design.

Am also digging how the “sharpening station” is mounted onboard, to the operator’s right. You can see that the sharpening stone has a flat area for general sharpening, as well as a gouge cut into the left side for honing curved tools.

Laslty, I was very interested to see the system of staggered notches in which they mount the tool rest:

Overall, it’s a very clever object, and the design is different enough from the Western variant that it seems obvious that they were developed independently.

The video, by the way, was produced by the International Wood Culture Society.


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Unexpected Design: Check Out How This Traditional Chinese Foot-Powered Lathe Works 

It’s incredible that over the centuries, folks on different continents devised different-but-similar solutions to the same problem. Both Europeans and Chinese developed foot-powered lathes to turn items on, for instance. But while I’d seen the Western design for a treadle lathe, I could not have imagined what the Chinese variant would look and operate like:

That’s in Shawo Village in China’s Hebei province, where they have been making bowls in this manner for centuries. (Sadly, they’re currently down to just “six elderly grandpas in the village [that] can use the lathe” and just one younger apprentice, the guy wearing the checked shirt in the video.)

You’ll note that the older gent in the video is turning the bowls in a nested fashion, known as “set turning,” in order to increase the yield per log.

Now let’s talk about the design of this thing! First by contrasting it with a Western treadle lathe:

The Western design is intended to be powered by one leg at a time, and the treadle is wide enough that either leg can be used. When one of the operator’s legs becomes fatigued, s/he switches. It’s also possible with this design that an operator can use just their dominant leg if preferred, though that would of course lead to assymetrical muscle development.

The Chinese design is interesting in that it uses both legs simultaneously. I am no ergonomic expert, but I would imagine that this is a more healthful way to operate it where the legs are concerned. At the very least, it certainly provides a balanced “workout,” though it was obviously not designed as a piece of gym equipment.

Also note how the cantilevered foot-levers have informed the object’s overall form factor. In order to get a greater range of motion, the foot-levers must be long, translating a short step near the pivot point to a deeper throw on the belt end. Thus the entire thing must be elevated. 

That’s pure form-follows-function, but the elevation of the design has created the happy accident of making the shavings easy to sweep up.

I like how the tool rest is integrated into the design.

Am also digging how the “sharpening station” is mounted onboard, to the operator’s right. You can see that the sharpening stone has a flat area for general sharpening, as well as a gouge cut into the left side for honing curved tools.

Laslty, I was very interested to see the system of staggered notches in which they mount the tool rest:

Overall, it’s a very clever object, and the design is different enough from the Western variant that it seems obvious that they were developed independently.

The video, by the way, was produced by the International Wood Culture Society.


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The 2017 Acura NSX reality check

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After 10 years of playing around with different designs and drivetrains the new NSX is finally in production. Was all of that time and engineering worth the payoff?

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Check Out These Addictive “History of Great Inventions” Videos

I’m just going to go ahead and say especially to you DIY-ers that I’m sorry in advance: if you haven’t already seen this, you’re about to get lost in an internet K-hole.

MAKE recently resurfaced their 2013 video series with Steve Hoefer, “Make: Inventions,” in which the designer finds old patents and attempts to recreate lesser known iterations of classic design objects. The exploration is a fascinating one to watch as a designer because the videos not only go into a brief history of the object, but also shows exactly how many predecessors to classic models fail to acknowledge design elements now seen as common sense. 

Get your feet wet with a few different episodes, like: 

Can Openers

Although canned food was invented even before the Civil War, it seems a dedicated tool to opening the cans actually came about 50 years later (as canned food was invented for war times, suggested tools for opening included bayonets and sharp rocks).

The Etch-A-Sketch

You may have never thought you wanted to know about the history of the Etch-A-Sketch, but once he starts going into the internal pulley system you’ll be hooked. 

Telegraphs

This one is pretty fantastic—Hoefer mixes old technology with new by laser cutting in wood a replica of a telegraph from an 1800s patent sketch. 

Sadly this series wrapped up in 2013 after a short lived run, and it’s really quite a shame because they are so fascinating—but then again, I guess the limited number makes it easier for us to get back to our lives. 


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Check Out These Addictive “History of Great Inventions” Videos

I’m just going to go ahead and say especially to you DIY-ers that I’m sorry in advance: if you haven’t already seen this, you’re about to get lost in an internet K-hole.

MAKE recently resurfaced their 2013 video series with Steve Hoefer, “Make: Inventions,” in which the designer finds old patents and attempts to recreate lesser known iterations of classic design objects. The exploration is a fascinating one to watch as a designer because the videos not only go into a brief history of the object, but also shows exactly how many predecessors to classic models fail to acknowledge design elements now seen as common sense. 

Get your feet wet with a few different episodes, like: 

Can Openers

Although canned food was invented even before the Civil War, it seems a dedicated tool to opening the cans actually came about 50 years later (as canned food was invented for war times, suggested tools for opening included bayonets and sharp rocks).

The Etch-A-Sketch

You may have never thought you wanted to know about the history of the Etch-A-Sketch, but once he starts going into the internal pulley system you’ll be hooked. 

Telegraphs

This one is pretty fantastic—Hoefer mixes old technology with new by laser cutting in wood a replica of a telegraph from an 1800s patent sketch. 

Sadly this series wrapped up in 2013 after a short lived run, and it’s really quite a shame because they are so fascinating—but then again, I guess the limited number makes it easier for us to get back to our lives. 


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12 lingerie labels to check out for Valentine’s Day

Posted in Fashion / Clothing & Accessories / Fashion blog / Lingerie & underwear

Any excuse to indulge in some gorgeous, sexy lingerie should be celebrated, Valentine’s Day included. Because if lingerie does its job right, it transcends the pure practical, and we all know how the purchasing of new lingerie can end up feeling like a treat for the senses, while acting as the perfect confidence-booster.

What Valentine’s Day does bring along though is the possibility for you to venture outside your regular boundaries, even if it’s for one night only. You can play it sweet, or you can go for the ultra-hot, you can choose lace, or you can make your look all silky, you can opt for your favorite cuts, or you can dare try out the impossibly sensual ones. As long as you feel good, all is permitted.

Read on to discover the 12 lingerie labels you should check out for Valentine’s Day.

best lingerie labels for valentines day

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Tagged: agent provocateur Andres Sarda Chantal Thomass For Love and Lemons Karolina Laskowska Kisskill lingerie Lucile Ludique Madame Aime Mise En Cage Myla Lingerie pleasure state

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Cool-factor? Check

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Maybe it’s the round sunglasses, maybe it’s the orange crop top. Or maybe it’s simple the ease with which she stands, thumb hooked into jeans. But this off duty model look definitely has the cool-factor nailed.

The shot was taken in New York during fashion week.

model off duty crop top

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Check out the drone-based delights served up by DJI’s first ever flagship store

Drone giant DJI has opened its first ever flagship store in a futuristic-looking space in its home city in southern China. The store offers visitors the chance to see up close its full range of aerial machines, and includes a flight arena for drone demos.

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Masculine meets feminine? Check

Posted in Fashion / Fashion blog / Fashion pictures / Paris fashion week / Street style

A tailored pant suit is usually the domain of the masculine, but when the silhouette is defined by slim, boot leg pants and a swing-cut cropped-sleeve jacket with pleated details, the result is definitely feminine plus. Add some black lace into the mix and you have this alluring street style ensemble, spotted in Paris during fashion week.

check pant suit street style

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Check out these autumn styling ideas from Free People

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free people fall 2015 look book
Getting on trend for fall 2015 is all about layering, an inkling of 70s throwback and a romantically bohemian air. Of course, Free People’s October 2015 look book has plenty of inspiration on all three, filled as it is with shots of Parisian ‘it’ girl Caroline de Maigret, musical duo Miranda and Elektra Kilbey from Say Lou Lou, and model stunner Toni Garrn, all wrapped up in the latest fall styles.

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