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Herman Miller Embody Chair Review

Herman Miller Embody Chair Review

Is a chair's purpose merely to furnish a place for us to sit? There are countless directions to discuss this subjective matter, but suffice it to say that a chair's purpose goes beyond a solid foundation for resting our weight. In an ideal chair, the design would be suitable for hours of comfortable sitting. The chair would accommodate healthy [...]

Solar eclipse at Easter Island (part 2)

Solar eclipse at Easter Island (part 2)

Another Easter Island solar eclipse photo was suggested by a reader. Another fantastic photo. I like this one better (by Juan Carlos Casado): http://www.twanight.org/newTWAN/photos.asp?ID=3002605 Also, make sure you check out Guisard's shots of Easter Island at night here and here. Something about those ancient sentinels silently staring into [...]

Solar eclipse at Easter Island

Solar eclipse at Easter Island

There was a total eclipse of the Sun on July 11th. Don't feel bad if you missed it. It was really only visible over the southern part of the Pacific Ocean. Easter Island is one of the few spots of dry land that got a glimpse. This shot was taken by photographer Stephane Guisard and was featured on Astronomy Photo of the Day. "View total solar [...]

A lust letter to NYC’s indie burlesque scene photos

A lust letter to NYC’s indie burlesque scene photos

Jeff Simmermon's homage to the NYC indie burlesque scene, in text and photographs. Here's a large Flickr gallery, and here is a blog post.

The “Barefoot Bandit” strikes again

The “Barefoot Bandit” strikes again

This dude is literally "trolling" the world. A Seattle teenage fugitive who evaded capture for two years was being hunted by both the U.S. authorities and Bahamian police today after allegedly crash-landing a stolen plane on the Abaco Islands. Colton Harris-Moore, from Puget Sound, north of Seattle, was dubbed the "barefoot bandit" last autumn [...]

Do you have a Kindle yet?

Do you have a Kindle yet?

I ordered my Kindle DX in January, and would highly recommend it, if you are only looking to read books It does this one thing very, very well, and I find that trait more worthy of my money than something like the iPad that does several things, but all of them, in my experience, half-assed. I didn't buy my Kindle to browse the web (although [...]

The new “OK Go” video plays with the speed of time

OK Go strikes again. Their last video memorably featured a Rube Goldberg machine that filled a two-floor warehouse and took four minutes to complete its sequence of wonder and mayhem. This time, the tech-happy band recruited Jeff Lieberman and Eric Gunther–artists, musicians, and all-around interesting guys–to direct the video. [...]

New Mortal Kombat movie trailer

New Mortal Kombat movie trailer

For anyone that did not watch Mortal Kombat Annihilation, it was the worst time to spend 90 minutes. That is the reason for a revamp of the Mortal Kombat movie franchise. A release date is set for 2013, and is to be a darker theme version of the first Mortal Kombat. A couple of names being thrown out there are "Mortal Kombat: Devastation" and just [...]

GoldenEye remake for Wii and DS leaked by Activision

GoldenEye remake for Wii and DS leaked by Activision

I thought waiting 12 years for a StarCraft sequel was bad, but it turns out we've actually been waiting 13 years for a GoldenEye remake, and we didn't even know it was coming.  Many companies have wanted to remake the game, and everybody else has wanted to play it, but it's always been held up by red tape.  The James Bond License was bought [...]

Everyone on TV reads the same newspaper

Everyone on TV reads the same newspaper

Everybody on TV and in movies reads the same newspaper, it seems... and they've been reading that standard newspaper prop for decades. At a guess: paranoid studio lawyers don't want to use real newspapers because they think that they might get a copyright complaint from the paper (despite this incidental use being clearly fair use), so they [...]

Think critically when looking at statistics (A valuable lesson)

Think critically when looking at statistics (A valuable lesson)

Today, I finally caught that infographic on Internet porn facts that's been going around like a bad itch in a delicate place. I'm a bit skeptical about how accurate it is—if you scroll to the bottom you will see that the number one source is an article in the Daily Mail. But, it did make me think about how a single soundbite statistic doesn't [...]

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

All cameras aimed at a grinning Johnny Knoxville—flanked by a bluegrass band—outside the theater where "The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia" made its Los Angeles debut. The "Jackass" star served as the film's executive producer, which might lead one to assume it's the same sort of death-cheating, stunt comedy stuff for which [...]

Zappos lost $1.6 million over-night due to pricing mistake… and honors prices

Zappos lost $1.6 million over-night due to pricing mistake… and honors prices

The deal is obviously dead now, but kudos to Zappos for honoring their mistake. Hey everyone – As many of you may know (and I’m sure a lot of you do not), 6pm.com is our sister site. 6pm.com is where brandaholics go for their guilt free daily fix of the brands they crave. Every day, the site highlights discounts on products ranging up to 70% [...]

Water balloon

Available in 1080p, not surprising. Note: there are three balloons: two saline, one fresh water.

Sarah Palin look-alike competition at Chicago’s Admiral Theatre

Sarah Palin look-alike competition at Chicago’s Admiral Theatre

On the same night that Sarah Palin spoke before thousands in Rosemont, a Chicago gentlemen's club held a Sarah Palin look-alike contest. We don't know how much the real Sarah Palin made from her event. But the look-alike contest winner, a Brazilian stripper who gave her name as Eloah Rocha, earned what the club said was a $2,500 first [...]

Huge Michelangelo-esque sculpture of Mario and Peach

Huge Michelangelo-esque sculpture of Mario and Peach

"Game Over" (2008) Sculpture carved in a block of Carrara styrofoam. It presents the dying Mario in the arms of princess Peach. These are characters from the famous series of computer games posed to Michelangelo's "Pietà." There's something so quiet and sad about this sculpture of Mario dying in the arms of Peach. It's carved out of styrofoam, [...]

When life gives you oil spills…

When life gives you oil spills…

A local graffiti artist best known for injecting elements of political commentary into his public art has recently furnished a new piece of work addressing the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico. The piece features two children in swimsuits with the drainage ditch serving as an improvised beach. Accompanying the children is a [...]

Tiny cannon is adorably deadly

This tiny brass cannon fires steel ball bearings with great force and accuracy, making it the second deadliest cute thing and cutest deadly thing I've seen all year.

Six Terrifying Things You Didn’t Know about the Platypus

Six Terrifying Things You Didn’t Know about the Platypus

In this day and age everyone knows about the platypus. Nature's adorable little oddball that looks like the result of an interspecies relationship between a beaver and a duck. What most people don't know, however, is that the platypus is the product of Satan's nightmares sent to destroy us all. What follows are six facts about the platypus [...]

Badass of the Month: Craig Harrison

Badass of the Month: Craig Harrison

In out latest Badass of the Month, Craig Harrison proves to us why he's ohh so cool... set a new sharpshooting distance record by killing two Taliban machinegunners in Afghanistan from more than 1 miles away. Craig Harrison, a member of the Household Cavalry, killed the insurgents with consecutive shots — even though they were 3,000ft [...]

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