Posts tagged “USA

Dare to Fight?

If you come across a ninja with a sign in front of him daring you to engage him in combat and even giving you a weapon to use, remember two things: 1. Ninjas are sneaky. 2. Bring coffee.


Branding 10 000 Lakes

An initiative by the designer Nicole Meyer based in Minneapolis, thinking the logos of over 10,000 lakes, which used to be very traditional.

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Toyota Hilux – Tougher Than You Can Imagine

Toyota’s commercial for the 2012 Hilux is a hyperbolic romp through New Zealand that will make you want to get a Hilux and/or live in New Zealand.

Toyota Hilux Australia Unbreakable

 


Microsoft Xbox 360 Gears of War 3 Special Edition

To coincide with the launch of Gears of War 3, Microsoft has released this limited edition Xbox 360 bundle. Featuring a full-body custom Gears of War 3 paint job, the 320GB Wi-Fi ready pack also comes with two matching custom-painted wireless controllers, a wireless headset, and a copy of the game. The limited edition Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 hardware pack is available now at video game retailers for $399.99 USD.


R.E.M. breaks up

R.E.M., one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, announced it is breaking up.

A statement on the band’s Web site reads: “To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”


adidas Superskate Mid Stormtrooper Helmet

Freehand Profit has recently remixed adidas sneakers to build a creative new Stormtrooper headgear art piece. The helmet was designed specially for Star Wars Remix and is completely wearable. The Stormtrooper piece required more than two pairs of the adidas x Star Wars Superskate Mid shoes along with one EFX Studio Stormtrooper prop replica. The colorful headgear is currently available on eBay

 

 


Bell & Ross WW1-92 Heritage & GANT by Michael Bastian Watch

Distinctive watch makers Bell & Ross have designed a WWI-inspired watch that marks a departure from their mostly square silhouettes. The watch features a bold round-face and tan leather strap that stands out, but is entirely wearable on a daily basis. The white stitching is an added touch that reinforces the rugged appeal of this heritage piece. Further information on the timepiece is available through Bell & Ross.

GANT by Michael Bastian introduces a limited edition watches alongside their 2011 fall/winter collection rollout.  Produced in a finite run of 1949 pieces each, the black PVD watch is individually numbered on the back paying homage to the year GANT was first established.  Internally the timepiece is crafted with high precision quartz movement by Miyota and housed within a domed mineral crystal glass.  Three interchangeable strap options are offered.  Retailing for $395, now available through the GANT online shop.


The Midnight Show

The Midnight Show it’s the new best thing

 


YouTube Introduces Video Editing

Some YouTube users may be noticing that they can now edit their videos onsite thanks to a new feature that rolled  out globally Wednesday.

Using the feature will enable you to edit uploaded YouTube videos while also maintaining the same video IDs, making it possible to hold onto view counts and comments. Existing links to the video will also continue to work. All you have to do is click “Edit Video” on your video’s page or on the My Videos page.

While the editing feature isn’t necessarily meant to replace software like Final Cut Pro, it is meant to help users fix their videos in a less time consuming manner.

“We noticed that a lot of people were uploading videos to YouTube that we can say are somewhat unpolished,” says Jason Toff, product manager at YouTube, adding that rougher amateur footage tends to be a lot more common than professionally edited work on the site.


Epic Tea House Server

Is this waiter extremely skilled, or is he just really lazy? Are there no serving trays in this restaurant? Are his co-workers ever tempted to trip the guy?


Volvo Concept You

The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show was the venue for the unveiling of Volvo’s The Concept You, a vehicle that blends contemporary Scandinavian design with smart pad technology. Thanks to new world amenities, the interior of the vehicle is uncluttered and aesthetically impeccable. Aside from the touch screen capabilities, The Concept You features rear suicide doors of Lincoln Continental fame and a four cylinder engine that utilizes a kinetic flywheel for better fuel consumption.


World’s Greatest Drag Race

Motor Trend lines up 11 of the greatest drivers’ cars (and drivers) in a totally unscientific, totally awesome bit of hardcore automotive porn.


Looking Into The Past : 9/11

d as part of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of the World Trace Center September 11, 2001, the following specific project was carried out by the photographer Jason Powell, mixing past and present photographs of places of NYC.

Shutterlog Remix

Shutterlog is a crowdsourced YouTube channel containing videos of the moment when a camera’s shutter release is pressed. Cameron Lew remixed the sounds into a relentless, attacking beat.


Obama Kill Osama Collectible Figurine

After remembering the victims and heroes of 9/11, let’s also remember that we finally killed that bloody Bin Laden bastard, shall we? Behold the Obama Kill Osama Collectible Figurine!


Windows XP Bliss Today

One of the most famous wallpaper images is undoubtedly the default Windows XP image showing a blissfully relaxing vista of green rolling hills and a bluer than blue sky. The wallpaper, probably one of the most viewed images of all time, is aptly named ‘Bliss.’ Do a Google image search for just the word ‘bliss,’ and the first result is the Windows wallpaper.

The man behind the camera  is American photographer Charles O’Rear. Don’t let his name fool you into thinking that the photo was in fact taken in Ireland. Bliss, as it turns out, is in California. In Sonoma County to be exact. The photo was taken in 1996, years before Windows XP launched, and before the area was converted into a vineyard. In fact, a photo taken 10 years later from exactly the same spot where Bliss was shot, shows a disappointingly, dreary view

So how much did O’Rear get for taking what is considered one of the most famous photos of all time? A non-disclosure agreement prevents him from revealing the actual figure, but according to Napa Valley Register, O’Rear stated that it was:

“extraordinary” and second only to that paid to another living, working photographer for the photo of then-President Bill Clinton hugging Monica Lewinsky.

Taken with a medium format camera, the most surprising fact about the image is that O’Rear claims that it wasn’t digitally manipulated.

If you want to see it today just go to Google Maps and enter the following coordinates: 38.248966, -122.410269.


Edsel Ford’s 1934 Model 40 Special Speedster

Inspired by a visit to Europe in 1932 and penned by none other than E.T. Gregorie, Ford chief designer at the time, the Roadster began life as a 1934 Model 40 frame before going under the knife for substantial revisions. Stretched a full inch over factory dimensions and saddled substantially lower to the ground, the vehicle boasts a rear-pitched cockpit, long nose and custom aluminum bodywork. A classic Ford Flathead V8 powers the rear wheels.

After Edsel passed away in 1943, the vehicle made a few scant appearances around the country before vanishing. It surfaced again at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 1999 and sold to a collector for a heady $1.76 million. When the collector died, the car was returned to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House before receiving a full restoration to return it to its former glory.

Official site – Ford House


Lockdown in New York – Sandbags on the street, Subway shuts down for the first time ever

New York City today prepares to go into an unprecedented lockdown as Hurricane Irene roars its way northwards up the East Coast.

Although Irene’s strength waned last night and was downgraded to a category 1 hurricane,  experts warned that it could still wreak havoc when it hits New York because of storm surges pushing seawater ashore and heavy rainfall causing flooding. Public transport in the city will be completely shut down at midday, with the subway, buses and MTA trains all ceasing operations. The five main airports in New York will also be closed to arriving passenger flights from noon affecting hundreds of thousands of peoples’ journeys. NFL officials have also been forced to reschedule the popular New York Giants’ pre-season game against the Jets for Monday.

More than 2 million people across the Eastern Seaboard have been told to move to safer places,with hurricane warnings from North Carolina in the South all the way to Massachusetts in the North. It is the first hurricane warning issued for New York City in more than two decades.

President Barack Obama addressed the nation yesterday, urging Americans to ‘take the storm seriously’ and warning it is set to be ‘a historic hurricane’.

‘You need to listen to your state and local officials,’ he said. ‘If you’re in the way of this hurricane you should be preparing now. If you’re instructed to evacuate please do so.’


Mandatory Evacuation in New York

In an unprecedented decision, nearly 300,000 people who live in flood-prone areas of New York City were ordered to evacuate Friday as Hurricane Irene sets its sights on the nation’s largest city. New Yorkers, many of them without cars, don’t have much time to get out of the way before the city shutters its subways, buses and trains on Saturday.

At a press conference Friday, Mayor Bloomberg ordered a mandatory evacuation for all 270,000 residents living in low-lying Zone A areas, and the Far Rockaways. “Nature is a force more powerful than any of us,” the Mayor said, “and it really is better to be safe than sorry.”

The areas include the Battery Park City complex on the southern end of Manhattan; Coney Island, famed for its boardwalk and amusement park; the beachfront community of the Rockaways and other neighborhoods around the city. “We’ve never done a mandatory evacuation before,” the Mayor continued, “and we wouldn’t do it now if we didn’t think the storm had the potential to be very serious.”

While the evacuation was a first for New Yorkers, “I would think that the vast bulk will comply,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference. “Unfortunately, there’s a handful who will not comply until it’s too late. And at that point in time, you can really get stuck.”

“Waiting until the last minute is not a smart thing to do,” he added. “This is life-threatening.”


Adidas Originals Crazylight Top Court

Seen first during the photoshoot for adidas Originals ST Collection, the Crazylight Top Court is an integration of up-to-date performance tech with tried-and-true classic form. Lighten by new SPRINT WEB welded mesh upper, its eye catching Sharp Blue and Indigo colorways aggregate nicely with the vulcanized white sole. Inspired by both adidas‘ past and present, adidas Originals Crazylight Top Court for Fall/Winter 2011 will be available at  retail locations starting next Thursday, September 1st.


Alexa Meade – Human Canvass

Artist Alexa Meade’s technique involves painting directly onto the physical subjects that she is referencing, rather than using a canvas. Once the paintings are complete, she then photographs both the subject she had painted onto and the background. The effect creates an optical illusion as the 3D effect of her scenes is compressed into a 2D plane.


Danny Macaskill – Industrial Revolutions

Industrial Revolutions is the amazing new film from street trials riding star Danny Macaskill. Filmed and edited for Channel 4 ’s documentary Concrete Circus.

Industrial Revolutions sees Danny take his incredible bike skills into an industrial train yard and some derelict buildings.’ Filmed in the beautiful Scottish countryside Danny Macaskill’s latest film was directed by Stu Thomson (Cut Media/MTBcut) for Channel 4’s documentary Concrete Circus.


The Hollywood Megamercial – DC & Ken Block

Filmed over the course of five days, director Ben Conrad (Zombieland and 30 Seconds or Less) and his team at Logan deliver a Hollywood caliber production complete with pyrotechnics, massive stunts and a series of unbelievable tricks.


TrackMania² Canyon

The long-awaited sequel to one of the craziest racing games ever made, TrackMania² Canyon adds smooth, crisp graphics to the deep track-building and sharing that made it so popular.


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