Did you know that our tears have the same percentage of salt as seawater? Or that 90% of the ocean is yet unmapped, and would take 125 years to explore? Most people aren’t aware of just how vital our oceans are, or that untold damage has been done to them over the past half-century. In the last decade alone, 600,000 barrels of oil have been accidentally spilled from various ships per year, and the cumulative damage being done to ocean ecosystems from spills, garbage dumping, and chemical waste water is downright horrifying. This infographic offers both a sobering look at the damage humans have done to these waters, and advice on how each and every one of us can do our part to set things right, for all life on Earth.
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Google-owned engineering company, Boston Dynamics, has created BigDog, a four-legged all-terrain robot with eerily life-like movements, which will take on a featured role in the western sci-fi movie, Young Ones, written and directed by Jake Paltrow.
The film follows Earnest, played by Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Man of Steel), a widower struggling to protect his children and water supply on a ravaged and barren planet. When the family mule breaks its leg, Earnest has to find a replacement – enter BigDog, which aptly plays a “simulant” that can handle all sorts of terrain in its carrying duties.
Paltrow had intended to use the real BigDog in the film production, but complications such has BigDog’s distractingly loud combustion engine meant the crew had to settle with using replicas, mimes, and visual effects to recreate its likeness.
The machine is really a plastic and fiberglass torso, and we had these two performers in grey leotards, these two great parkour guys, who could run up the rocks and do a whole thing.
By incorporating a piece of real-world technology, Paltrow hopes that BigDog will add an extra touch of believability.
I think there’s a general feeling [that] authenticity seems to be the number-one quality for anything these days. Maybe that’s because it’s so easy to explore so many things now. I just think people’s bullshit detectors are much more fine-tuned now than they were when i was a kid.
Watch the Young Ones trailer here.
by Ian Chainey
Danzig at Riot Fest in 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Samhain now have a guitarist and a solidified lineup for their upcoming run of 30 Bloody Years dates. First, the addition: Peter Adams of Baroness. Says Peter, "I'm truly excited, It's a great honor to share the stage with Samhain on the 30th Anniversary of Initium! Samhain has helped shape how I've played music, and the music I've listened to, since I was a teenager and will continue to, on into the future. To be a part of this legacy is great beyond words!" The rest of the group is rounded out by Danzig Legacy players London May and Steve Zing. (Yep, no Eerie Von. Maybe next reunion.) And, you know, Glenn Danzig will be there. Samhain is set to play Riot Fest, Housecore Horror Fest, and Samhain Night at NYC's Best Buy Theater among other dates.
In related news (and mentioning them here might be the only way to get the two together besides a lawsuit), the Misfits have been added to GWAR-B-Q. They'll be joined by Jello Biafra, the other recent add to an expanded lineup that includes Hatebreed, Body Count, Revocation, Iron Reagan, Goatwhore, Noisem, and more. You can find the updated bill below. GWAR-B-Q will kick off on August 16 at Richmond, Virginia's Hadad's Lake.
The latest drop from Japanese bag specialist Head Porter for the Spring/Summer 2014 season comes in the form of the label's "SAVANNA" drop. Featuring a backpack and two totes alongside a wallet, card carrier, and iPhone case, the collection--which originally dropped back in 2007 and is now making its return for the first time--is marked by an all-over leopard-spotted motif. Ranging in price from ¥3,800 JPY (approximately $37 USD) to ¥17,000 JPY (approximately $167 USD), Head Porter's "SAVANNA" series is now available at the brand's Japanese flagships and online.
System D has designed a compact ozone generator that can provide clean sterilized water anywhere. At the heart of this system is an electric powered “corona discharge” ozone generator that converts oxygen in the air (O2) to ozone (O3). The air is then injected into water. Ozone is a powerful oxidizer, way more powerful than chlorine. In the water it oxidizes metals, kills bacteria, and eats up just about any organics there are. Murky polluted water can be totally cleaned up and sterilized in a jiffy. We designed the O3 system to be reliable, inexpensive, long lasting and efficient. Our primary objective was to make this available to developing countries where children do not have clean water, opting for mass production, effectiveness and reliability. The O3 System kickstarter launches tomorrow – be sure to check it out.
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by Andrew Sacher
photo by Elvis Wilson
Like a handful of '90s alt rock one-Buzz-Bin-song-wonders, Superdrag were more than just "Sucked Out" and had a pretty good career that produced some worthy deeper cuts. They broke up in '03 but briefly reunited in the late 2000s, resulting in a 2009 reunion album. After that, singer John Davis formed the '80s-punk inspired Epic Ditch with alt-rock mega producer Nick Raskulinecz, and he's now fronting a new band, The Lees of Memory with Superdrag guitarist Brandon Fisher and Epic Ditch drummer Nick Slack.
The band's debut album, Sisyphus Says, comes out September 16 on digital/vinyl via melodic punk powerhouse SideOneDummy and on cassette via garage rock label/lifestyle Burger Records (side note: this means at least two '90s alt-rockers have recently joined Burger), but it sounds more like it should've come out on early '90s Creation. Though the snotty, crunchy power pop of their '90s days did have some shoegaze influence, they've fully immersed themselves in the sounds of My Bloody Valentine for this one. (Some of the material on that '09 comeback album hinted more strongly at this too.) Raskulinecz produced it. Get a taste from the Elvis Wilson-directed video for first single "We Are Siamese" (via Stereogum), below.
Watch the new Lees of Memory video, and revisit a Head Trip track, below...
When summer hits, the only days we want to be out are those that are not too hot or humid. We can manage when it gets a little cooler, but when it’s hot there are only so many layers of clothing you can remove and glasses of water you can drink before you run out of options to cool off. We’ve all had a time or two where the air conditioner dies because it simply cannot keep up with how hard it needs to constantly run.
If you are always looking for a chilly drink and sitting in front of a fan, then the IcyBreeze would likely be your new best friend. It may look like a typical rolling cooler, but it has the ability to be a portable air conditioner as well. It can hold 30 pounds of ice, and can make that last for up to 7 days if you’re not running the air conditioning aspect. There are handles on either side if you’d prefer to carry this, or a pull handle to tote it around like carry-on luggage. The lid has two cup holders which are right next to the controls for the air system.
There are 3 fan speeds which can blow up to 25 miles per hour, and can blast out air 30 degrees lower than the ambient temperature. To get the cold air flowing, dump 2 quarts of water in with your ice and drinks, turn it on, and the water will come through a radiator, either blowing out of the vent or the flexi-hose. You can run it off of the rechargeable battery for anywhere from 2.5-6 hours, or run it continuously by plugging it in. It’ll take about 5 hours to charge up from a dead battery. Should you be interested in this neat idea, be prepared to pay the price of $349. While this probably helps you beat the heat, the cost of convenience isn’t always worth it.
Plants grow, but their containers usually don't. Emanuele Pizzolorusso has designed the Fold Pot, a silicone vessel that can start with seedlings, and unfurl to make more room for mature plants. A set of three sells for €65.
After turning up a few years back with a Free sole unit, Nike's "Fab Five"-popularized Air Flight Huarache is set to make its return this fall in proper OG form. One of the fruits of a 1992 collaboration between Tinker Hatfield and Eric Avar, the shoe combines the functionality of South American sandals and the fit of neoprene waterski boots and is a testament to the Swoosh's “less is more” philosophy thanks to its weight-reducing design. Coupling blue and purple neoprene with a white leather exoskeleton and black accents, the original Air Flight Huarache is set to hit NSW retailers and Nike.com come August 8.
The very popular adidas Originals ZX Flux trainer has already evolved into its next generation design with the all-new, aptly-named 2.0 silhouette. Although remaining quite similar to its original shape, the ZX Flux 2.0 sees the removal of its supportive heel cage in favor of a lighter build, whilst sporting leather side panels that use negative space to reveal the brand’s signature stripes. Furthermore, adidas Originals chose to continue with the comfortable ZX 8000 tooling to complement its simplistic aesthetic and mix of materials, such as organic mesh and synthetic nubuck. The ZX Flux 2.0 is slated to hit retailers around the globe this August.
Iconic camera maker Leica hit the web a few weeks ago to offer a glimpse into the conceptual design behind its Kyoto flagship store located on Hanamikoji street in the Gion district. Occupying a recently renovated 100-year-old, two-story townhouse, this store does an excellent job in merging the brand’s historical identity with traditional Japanese culture through the building’s original structure, such as its wooden beams and pillars. Sharing a similar passion for handmade designs, Leica showcased the painstaking craftsmanship that went into some of the Kyoto store’s fine furnishings. If you’re in the area and have the chance, be sure to check out this inspiring retail experience.
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Vacheron Constantin timepieces have been worn by the likes of Harry Truman, the Duke of Windsor and even Napoleon Bonaparte. So when the luxury watch manufacturer needed a special case built to house a one-of-a-kind watch (a "tourbillon minute repeater," buyer unknown), they couldn't exactly buy off-the-rack. Instead they turned to UK-based Method Studio, a highly specialized manufacturer of one-off furniture and cases, to create something truly unique.
Method Studio, which is comprised of the husband-and-wife, cabinetmaker-and-architect team of Callum Robinson and Marisa Giannasi, along with the input of Callum's master-cabinetmaker/woodcarver/designer/builder father David Robinson, is located on the east coast of Scotland. But they were able to source some "rare old-growth brown oak" from a woodlands in Northampton as their starting point.
In all my years of apartment renting, moving-in was a rushed, desperate attempt to get out of whatever storage unit/friend's basement/truck I was stranded in—though I did always manage to scrub down each apartment first. Now that we're renovating a house, the move-in-ready question is trickier...