Art, Wildlife

Big Trash Animals by Bordalo II is a series of artworks that aims to draw attention to a current problem that is likely to be forgotten, become trivial or a necessary evil. The problem involves waste production, materials that are not reused, pollution and its effect on the planet. Damaged bumpers, burnt garbage cans, tires and appliances are just some of the objects that can be identified when you go into detail. They are camouflaging the result of our habits with little ecological and social awareness — via Neatorama

World

In the war between millennials and baby boomers we have forgotten about the work-hard, play-hard Generation X

Don’t you know there’s a war on? It’s being fought right now, all around us, between the baby boomers and the millennials.

Opinions differ as to the exact parameters that define each group of combatants, but the boomers are generally thought to have been born between 1946 (the results of the post-war baby boom, when people were so happy to be alive after six years of conflict that they jumped, en masse, into the sack) and the early 1960s. The millennials, on the other hand, take their name from the fact they came of age at the turn of the new century, so are usually defined as being born in 1982 or later.

The boomers don’t like the millennials because they think the younger generation are feckless, whiny snowflakes who are scared of hard graft and obsessed by status, more interested in posting a selfie to social media than doing anything useful.

The millennials, on the other hand, see the moomers as a rapacious generation that’s pretty much ruined everything for them. They’re living too long, taxpayers’ money is gushing into looking after them. They’ve kept house prices high, meaning young people can’t afford to buy. Workplace pensions are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Boomers are, by and large, Brexiteers and Trumpers. They remember when Britain was great, and think coming out of Europe will be a doddle. They want to make America great all over again.

If you fall into either of those camps, you’ll doubtless have strong opinions. If you don’t, then come and join me on the sidelines as the two sides limber up for the mother of all battles. I’ve got popcorn, it’ll be fun. And who are we, if we’re not boomers or millennials? Why, we’re Generation X of course. And when the slapping and fighting is all done and dusted, we’re going to save the world — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

The 1950s Richard Neutra-designed JM Roberts Residence in West Covina, California is one of those houses that looks like it’s straight off the pages of a period interiors magazine, but that is down to design rather than luck.

This place has gone on the market after a two-year restoration by Eric Lamers, which, according to the agent, involved updating systems, recreating missing elements and rehabilitating original details.

Not cheap at $1,795,000, but no doubt worth every penny to someone — via WowHaus

Design

Beinfield Architecture were tasked with transforming an abandoned police station, originally designed by James Gamble Rogers, into new offices for travel company Kayak.com.

As part of the design, the client requested a used jet fuselage to be hung from the ceiling. Due to the building being a historic structure, this wasn’t easy as the used fuselage was deemed too large to bring into the building. Instead, the designers were able to have a new fuselage built from within the office. Underneath the impressive fuselage is a glass enclosed room with kitchen facilities — via CONTEMPORIST

Art, Design

Fine arts and commercial photographer Balint Alovits has released Time Machine, his latest photo series documenting Art Deco and Bauhaus staircases throughout Budapest, Hungary — via ArchDaily

Design

This wildly indulgent property is your answer to African-style ranch living, according to the listing, in case anyone unbothered by that phrase’s colonialist undertones has been searching for that.

Measuring 226 hectares just outside San Diego, and surrounded by Cleveland National Forest, Double S Ranch is made up of seven lakes, horse stables, two helipads, a log cabin and main house, caretaker’s cottage, several workshops, and much more.

Apparently modelled after the world’s largest ranch in Zimbabwe, Double S Ranch is dedicated to raising Watusi and Black Angus Cattle in an all-natural, wholly sustainable environment and features full solar energy, six wells, several water storage tanks, satellite internet and cable, and generators.

For the chance to own this ranch utopialocated at 28197 Angel Mountain Road in Santa Ysabel, you’ll need $16,000,000 — via Curbed

Health

Pornhub launches online sex education centre because no-one else is doing it

The world’s largest porn site has launched a centre dedicated to educating people about sexuality and sexual health — because of poor standards of sex and relationship education (SRE).

In the US sex and relationship education is often heavily regulated by state lawmakers, meaning that school kids are commonly taught under abstinence-only programmes that do not provide quality advice on protection, avoiding STIs or sexual health in general.

In addition, a handful of states continue to maintain laws that ban teachers from mentioning homosexuality.

In the absence of any real education, young people are increasingly turning to pornography to learn about sex — which campaigners warn can lead to body issues, unrealistic expectations and even dangerous or risky practises.

But rather than being part of the problem, the world’s largest porn site Pornhub is trying to be part of the solution, launching an online resource centre dedicated to sexual health.

The website has hired clinical psychologist Dr Laurie Betito to run the new Pornhub Sexual Wellness Centre, which will provide readers with information and advice regarding sexuality, sexual health and relationships.

It explains: The free site will feature original editorial content on an assortment of topics from an array of esteemed doctors, therapists, community leaders and experts.

Unlike many sex ed resources online, all the contributors to the site are qualified medical experts.

The site already has content on a number of topics including consent, transgender terminology and HIV/AIDS — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Wildlife

The Buffalo Zoo recently announced the birth of their newest Brazilian Ocelot kitten, Nico. The adorable little male was born on 17 November to mum, Ayla (age 6), and dad, Pedro (age 12) — via ZooBorns

Design

This year’s Panerai PAM 671 with blue dial is is a nice follow on to the PAM 507 Bronzo of 2013 and the PAM 382 Bronzo of 2011 — also 47mm Luminor Submersible models, though with a forest green dial. The case, bezel, crown bridge, lever, and crown are all made of Panerai’s bronze (tin + copper alloy) with a brushed finish.  The PAM 671 is a limited edition of 1,000 units and it is priced at $14,400. The calibre is Panerai’s calibre P.9010 three-day automatic movement, which is imperceptibly thinner (1.9mm) than the P.9000 calibre in the 2011 model (P.9002 in the 2013 model) — via Perpétuelle

Rights

‘A Sense of Dread’ for Civil Servants Shaken by Trump Transition

Across the vast federal bureaucracy, Donald J Trump’s arrival in the White House has spread anxiety, frustration, fear and resistance among many of the two million nonpolitical civil servants who say they work for the public, not a particular president.

At the Environmental Protection Agency, a group of scientists strategized this past week about how to slow-walk President Trump’s environmental orders without being fired.

At the Treasury Department, civil servants are quietly gathering information about whistle-blower protections as they polish their résumés.

At the United States Digital Service — the youthful cadre of employees who left jobs at Google, Facebook or Microsoft to join the Obama administration — workers are debating how to stop Mr Trump should he want to use the databases they made more efficient to target specific immigrant group.

It’s almost a sense of dread, as in, what will happen to us, said Gabrielle Martin, a trial lawyer and 30-year veteran at the Denver office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where colleagues now share daily, grim predictions about the fate of their jobs under Mr Trump’s leadership.

It’s like the movie music when the shark is coming, Ms Martin said, referring to Jaws, the 1975 thriller. People are just wary — is the shark going to come up out of the water? — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

Now this is something a little different, But I think you’ll agree that this former nuclear bunker with original fittings in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland is just a little bit special.

Whether it works as a house is a different matter. You never know, if the news is getting you down right now, it might well be an attractive proposition. Failing that, it might well be good for a weird and wonderful holiday let, a tourist site or just your own hidden lair if you want to get away from everything. If you want it, the agent is looking for offers around the £575,000 mark — via WowHaus

Art, Wildlife

Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing — via Society6

Technology

Wikipedia bans Daily Mail as ‘unreliable’ source

Wikipedia editors have voted to ban the Daily Mail as a source for the website in all but exceptional circumstances after deeming the news group generally unreliable.

The move is highly unusual for the online encyclopaedia, which rarely puts in place a blanket ban on publications and which still allows links to sources such as Kremlin backed news organisation Russia Today, and Fox News, both of which have raised concern among editors.

The editors described the arguments for a ban as centred on the Daily Mail’s reputation for poor fact checking, sensationalism and flat-out fabrication.

The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia but does not control its editing processes, said in a statement that volunteer editors on English Wikipedia had discussed the reliability of the Mail since at least early 2015.

It said: Based on the requests for comments section [on the reliable sources noticeboard], volunteer editors on English Wikipedia have come to a consensus that the Daily Mail is generally unreliable and its use as a reference is to be generally prohibited, especially when other more reliable sources exist — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

Not cheap, but The Edris House by E Stewart Williams in Palm Springs, California is pretty special. In fact, this 1952 desert modernist gem is both listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Palm Springs Class 1 historic site. No mean feat for a piece of domestic architecture. It’s on the market at $4,200,000 — via WowHaus

Design

The former site of France’s National Library has reopened after years of renovation work by architects Bruno Gaudin and Virginie Brégal. located at Rue de Richelieu in Paris, the historic complex houses the collections and reading rooms of the manuscripts department, the maps and plans branch, the coins, medals and antiques bureau, and the performing arts office. Since 1993, the quadrangle has also been home to the french national art history library.

In the early 2000s, it was decided that the ageing building had become unsuitable for the demands of the 21st century, and a major overhaul was planned. With work starting in 2011, Bruno Gaudin’s architecture firm was responsible for the project’s general management, while the restoration of the listed Salle Labrouste was entrusted to Jean-François Lagneau. To keep the library partially open, the renovation has been divided into two phases, with the second stage set to complete in 2020 — via designboom

Politics

Some notes on the worst-case scenario

Confession time: I’m an optimist, especially about the ideas of social progress that emerged in Europe at the end of the middle ages and became mainstream in western politics in the early 20th century. I called the outcome of the Brexit referendum wrong (by underestimating the number of racist bigots and Little Englanders in the UK population: Brexit is a proxy for English nationalism, which is absolutely not the same as British nationalism), and I called the US presidential election wrong (underestimating the extent of gerrymandering and micro-targeted black propaganda driven by data mining in the campaign).

Since January 20th we’ve seen a degree and type of activity emanating from the new US administration that is markedly different from anything in my politically aware lifetime (loosely: since Reagan). Blanket bans on entry to the USA by anyone associated with certain nationalities, mass firings at the State Department, a president railing against a so-called judge, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff being booted off the National Security Council and replaced by a white nationalist ideologue, and a former CEO of Exxon in the Cabinet: what’s going on?

Let me pull on my pessimist’s hat and advance the most scary hypothesis I can imagine that explains the current situation.

Please note that the following scenario assumes that what we are witnessing is deliberate and planned and that the people in Trump’s inner circle actually have a coherent objective they are working towards. (I desperately hope that I’m wrong on all counts) — via redwolf.newsvine.com

History, Politics

Against Normalisation: The Lesson of the “Munich Post”

The Trump-Hitler comparison. Is there any comparison? Between the way the campaigns of Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler should have been treated by the media and the culture? The way the media should act now? The problem of normalisation?

Because I’d written a book called Explaining Hitler several editors had asked me, during the campaign, to see what could be said on the subject.

Until the morning after the election I had declined them. While Trump’s crusade had at times been malign, as had his vociferous supporters, he and they did not seem bent on genocide. He did not seem bent on anything but hideous, hurtful simple-mindedness — a childishly vindictive buffoon trailing racist followers whose existence he had main-streamed. When I say followers I’m thinking about the perpetrators of violence against women outlined by New York Magazine who punched women in the face and shouted racist slurs at them. Those supporters. These are the people Trump has dragged into the mainstream, and as my friend Michael Hirschorn pointed out, their hatefulness will no longer find the Obama Justice Department standing in their way.

Bad enough, but genocide is almost by definition beyond comparison with normal politics and everyday thuggish behaviour, and to compare Trump’s feckless racism and compulsive lying was inevitably to trivialize Hitler’s crime and the victims of genocide — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Craft, Entertainment, Wildlife

It feels good to do another plush again! I liked the look of the Wampa Plush from a while back so much that I thought I would make another with a similar shape — Cthulhu seemed like a nice fit. I just love how I’ve made a big scary elder god into a pudgy little thing. He comes complete with face tentacles and wings on the back as well — via Choly Knight

Design

Beyond the vintage aesthetics of Montblanc’s new bronze 1858 Collectionpieces, two related attributes shine: the visual warmth of the metal, both dressy and casual, and an understanding that with age these watches will acquire their own unique patina. Bronze has found success across a few watch brands of late, but Montblanc hit a sweet spot here with these three additions. The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100, Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time and Montblanc 1858 Automatic timepiece straddle the past and present delivering an understated elegance. The brainchild of Davide Cerrato, the head of Montblanc’s watch division, each timepiece also carries the brand’s ever-advancing dedication to quality proprietary movements — via Cool Hunting

Design

A home by Lloyd Wright — Frank Lloyd Wright Jr, that is — has gone on the market in Los Angeles, and it’s quite the looker. Built in 1949 for actor Daniel De Jonghe and enhanced by John Powell, the 195 square metre two bedroom perches on a ridge top in the Hollywood Hills with panoramic views of down town and features a long, low profile and is constructed out of glass, stone, concrete and wood.

The interior spaces flow both inward and outward, enhancing the connection to the outdoors by way of decking and expansive windows, while geometric shapes figure throughout the home, as in the triangular island in the kitchen and an overhang lining the perimeter of the sitting room. The property includes two large stone fireplaces and a private office. Located at 9028 Crescent Drive, it’s asking $2,495,000 — via Curbed

Design

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Double Flying Tourbillon is a limited version of Roger Dubuis’ bold double tourbillon watch, which also serves as the launch platform for a brand new alliance with Pirelli. The rubber inlays are from a set of Pirelli tires that won an F1 race, it seems a natural perquisite of purchasing such an expensive (280,000 Swiss Francs) and exclusive timepiece that the eventual owners of these eight watches will be granted a two-day VIP motor sports event as guests of Pirelli — via Perpétuelle

Rights

Refugee Policy Should Be Based on Facts, Not Fear

Refugees are men, women and children caught in the fury of war, or the cross hairs of persecution. Far from being terrorists, they are often the victims of terrorism themselves.

I’m proud of our country’s history of giving shelter to the most vulnerable people. Americans have shed blood to defend the idea that human rights transcend culture, geography, ethnicity and religion. The decision to suspend the resettlement of refugees to the United States and deny entry to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries has been met with shock by our friends around the world precisely because of this record.

The global refugee crisis and the threat from terrorism make it entirely justifiable that we consider how best to secure our borders. Every government must balance the needs of its citizens with its international responsibilities. But our response must be measured and should be based on facts, not fear.

As the mother of six children, who were all born in foreign lands and are proud American citizens, I very much want our country to be safe for them, and all our nation’s children. But I also want to know that refugee children who qualify for asylum will always have a chance to plead their case to a compassionate America. And that we can manage our security without writing off citizens of entire countries — even babies — as unsafe to visit our country by virtue of geography or religion — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

Located inside the Tower Park Praha, also known as the Žižkov Television Tower, in Prague, Czech Republic, sits a hotel unlike any other. As the name suggests, the One Room Hotel only has a single room, but don’t let the hotel’s small size deter you, the hotel is fully equipped to make your stay a luxurious one. Only minutes from Prague’s down town core, the One Room Hotel is surrounded by shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, and attractions and is close to things like Rierger Park and the Memorial on Vítkov Hill — via CONTEMPORIST

Design

If you are a fan of classic Disney, this 1940s Ted Criley Jr-designed Frank Thomas Residence in Flintridge, California, USA might have significance beyond the architecture.

Frank Thomas was one of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men illustrators, the core animators and illustrators behind some of its most famous cartoons. Thomas was behind the likes of the wicked Stepmother (in Cinderella), the Queen of Hearts (in Alice in Wonderland), and Captain Hook (in Peter Pan) to name just a few. So quite a name.

His success no doubt led to prosperity and enough money to build his own home in 1949. This was a collaboration between house owner, architect Ted Criley Jr and landscape architect Garrett Eckbo, based around a substantial list of requirements from Frank Thomas.

If you want to own the place, you are looking at offers around $3,228,000 — via WowHaus

Design

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Omega Speedmaster. The Speedmaster Automatic Master Chronometer looks, well, like a Speedmaster. This variation is a two-register chronograph with a matte black racing dial, distinguished by the minute track which is based on an early Speedmaster model from 1968, and which we last saw in the re-issue of the Mark II. It’s loosely inspired by the collection’s past, although it’s noticeably larger at 44.25mm across — via Hodinkee

Design

From the outside, this barn guest house on a 6 hectare property near Jackson, Wyoming may come off a bit jarring. A big glass wall under a gambrel roof barn and between weathered reclaimed wood siding? Once you’re inside though, that decision suddenly makes sense.

Designed by local firm Carnie Logan Burke Architects, the 220-square-metre new construction nods to traditional work barns with its shapes and materials, but offers convenient modern living inside. The dramatic second-floor space holds a streamlined kitchenette, bedroom, and modern bathroom on one end, and on the other, an exercise area with a spectacular view of the Tetons and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. In an interview with Big Life magazine, the owner explained that she wanted a scenic workout area for bad-weather days — via Curbed

Design

The Ulysse Nardin Freak has been with us for 16 years now, and while it seems a firmly entrenched part of the modern watch landscape, familiarity still hasn’t reduced its impact. There have been numerous reinterpretations of the Freak over the years, and for SIHH 2017 Ulysse Nardin is introducing the Innovision 2 — the name of course means that this is the second Freak to bear the Innovision name — via Hodinkee

Craft, Wildlife

Cute, bright and funny guy, shiny as summer sun. Needle felted out of 100% New Zealand wool coloured in Italy and Australian wool coloured in Germany. Wings are made using frame. Size: 15cm up to head — via via Etsy