Archachatina marginata ovum, giant African Snail species — via Youtube
George Young, a pioneer of Australian music as a member of The Easybeats and producer for AC/DC, the band fronted by his brothers Angus and Malcolm, has died aged 70.
created a new sound for the Australian music industry, the production company Alberts, where he spent many years producing hits for other acts, said in a statement on its website.
Young co-wrote Friday On My Mind, an enduring hit that charted around the world, with Harry Vanda, who became his long-time song-writing partner.
The pair were inducted in the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1988, and have a highly regarded song-writing award named for them.
Love Is In The Air, the disco number Young and Vanda penned for John Paul Young, was another chart success, reaching number seven in the US — via George Young, member of The Easybeats and pioneering Australian songwriter, dies – ABC News
This ‘70s cottage, sitting right on the banks of Rainbow Lake in Ridgefield, Connecticut, is the ultimate nature retreat just 65 miles north of New York City. Previously home to legendary singer Judy Collins, the roughly 185-square-metre house shows off a façade of California redwood and a revamped interior with a customised kitchen and dramatic great room with a wall of windows showcasing the lake. The half-acre property also includes an expansive deck with a scenic spa, private dock, detached studio, and extensive stonework. The house, located at 239 Mountain Road, is asking $639,000 — via Curbed
This award-winning brick-and-timber home in London’s Highgate Village is on the market for the first time ever. Designed by Charlie Sutherland, the dynamic contemporary residence known as Barnhouse comprises the main house, a cottage, and maisonette for a total living area of 560 square metres. The house is on offer for £7,600,000 — via Curbed
RZSS Edinburgh Zoo keepers are hearing the
pitter-patter of tiny hooves with the birth of an endangered Malayan Tapir calf.
The female calf, born on 18 September, has been named Maya. The new arrival was welcomed by mother, Sayang, and father, Mowgli, and is being well cared for by her experienced mum — via Zoo Borns
106 vertical concrete tubes making up a massive disused grain silo in Cape Town, South Africa are sliced and carved from the inside out to produce cathedral-like spaces in this incredible transformation. Architect Thomas Heatherwick and his firm contrasted the cold, ageing industrial appearance of the complex with faceted glass and organic shapes for a futuristic looking result, a fittingly monumental setting for the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), the world’s largest museum dedicated to African contemporary art — via Web Urbanist)
Graduation film from The Animation Workshop/VIA UC: The ugly parrot Pierre gets lucky when a fashionable pirate is being just a little too fashionably late… — via Youtube
Architecture firm Log-Urbis have designed a house on a sloped site on the island of Pag in Croatia, that has a terraced landscaped yard, a long swimming pool and water views. From the street, the house looks to be a single level home, however a second, lower level is hidden from view — via CONTEMPORIST
If you need a room brightening up, then look no further than this Mondrian-inspired flooring at Atrafloor. In fact, the design itself is called Mondrian, so no denying the inspiration of the Dutch artist. His work forms the basis of this wonderful geometric flooring design, which is made to order and made to fit your space. As for price, that depends on the size of your room. But as a guide, it’s £59 per sq. metre — via Retro to Go
MB&F have collaborated with clockmaker L’Epe?e 1839 to produce the Octopod, a biomechanical, articulated-limbed, bubble-headed timepiece with shout-outs not just to the octopus, but also to James Cameron’s film The Abyss and marine chronometers as well. And there’s a sort of stealth tourbillon built into the movement as well. The clock will be made in three limited editions — black PVD, blue PVD, and palladium — with 50 of each at a price point of CHF 35,000 — via Hodinkee
A 9-week-old Sumatran Tiger cub was introduced to a 7-week-old Bengal Tiger cub at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Ione and Paul Harter Animal Care Centre on 11 September. The Sumatran Tiger cub arrived from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC and was introduced to the Bengal Tiger cub, currently residing at the Safari Park — via Youtube
Gustavo Penna Arquiteto & Associados have recently completed the design of Ateliê Wäls, a large brewery surrounded by nature in Olhos d’Agua, Brazil. The brewery, which features a large sculptural wood roof, includes a restaurant, shop, office, wine cellar, beer factory and an outdoor area for food trucks — via CONTEMPORIST
The just-announced Farer Aqua Compressor line is comprised of three models offering different expressions of the same loosely vintage-inspired theme, and they add something new to the brand’s offering of time-and-date and GMT models. Employing the twin crown and internal bezel layout commonly seen on vintage Super Compressor dive watches, this is Farer’s first dive watch design.
All three variants of the Farer Aqua Compressor Automatic are being sold via their website for $1,295, including both a steel bracelet with a dive extension and a fitted black rubber dive strap with every watch — via Hodinkee
Los Angeles Zoo has announced the birth of two endangered snow leopard cubs, a male and a female, born on 12 May and 13 May 2017. The siblings spent several months behind the scenes bonding with their mother and getting to know animal care staff. Now, at four months old, the cubs have gained enough strength and coordination to navigate their outdoor habitat and make their public debut — via Youtube
A noted piece of architecture, the 1960s Young and Remington-designed DeLeeuw Residence in Palos Verdes Estates, California is still looking resplendent in 2017. That’s obviously not by accident. This is a top-end renovation job.
The house dates back to 1965. It was designed for a WWII veteran and his family who must have wanted something a little cutting edge. That’s pretty much what they got and as this house is on the market for just the second time ever, it sounds like they enjoyed living here for quite some time too.
The second owners obviously love it every bit as much as the first, renovating the house without taking away the character of the original build. This is the first time the DeLeeuw Residence has been offered on the open market and if you want to be the third owner, $1,825,000 is the price — via WowHaus
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Kinji the Cheetah is something special. He honestly tries making friends with everyone… especially the animals that lives within his reach. Here he is at 8 months and 2 years old trying to get the meerkats to scratch him. He ends up purring to the delight of getting a grooming from these small creatures. He has no idea they want to kill him. Meerkats are territorial and do not like predators — via Youtube
Hector is a Ducati Hypermotard 796, probably the last machine you would expect to get the old-school treatment.
It comes from the oddly named workshop Be Unique 2.22, a collective of six petrolheads based in the small town of Magden, about an hour’s drive from Zürich, the largest city in Switzerland — via Bike EXIF
Merci’s first watch design, the LMM-01 (LMM stands for La Montre Merci) is the company’s take on what you might call essentialist watch making: a simple, very affordable watch that nonetheless has a number of carefully curated design decisions. This is very much an industrial age approach to luxury; design, so the thought goes, needn’t be expensive and production line manufacturing techniques can, and should, make good design democratic and widely available.
LMM-01 comes in two versions: a quartz model, which houses a Ronda 513 movement with about a 45 month running time between battery changes, and a hand-wound mechanical version, which uses an ETA 2801-2 calibre. Both watches are water resistant to 50 meters, and they’re assembled in Switzerland. Cases are 37.5mm in diameter. Pricing has been kept extremely affordable; the quartz model is €190, while the mechanical model is €365 and Merci plans to make 500 of each — via Hodinkee