Wildlife

Denver Zoo is excited to announce its first successful birth of a Fishing Cat. The cub, whose sex is not yet known, is named Miso-Chi and was born on 25 January — via ZooBorns

Design

Designed in the 1930s by noted architect William Kesling for another noted name, Academy Award winner Wallace Beery, the house is described as one of the finest examples of its type in Los Angeles, with much of its striking exterior detail still in place after a restoration. $1,750,000 if you want to live here — via WowHaus

Design

The MCT Dōdekal One, or D110, features a digital hours display — in the centre of the dial — powered by a mechanical, not electronic movement, of course. However, interestingly, the design was inspired by electronic watches from the 1970s. Available in titanium or titanium and 5N pink gold, the Dōdekal One — D110 is issued in a 25-piece limited series for each version — via Professional Watches

Design

Along with lead designer Gianluca the Stile Italiano team consists of his business partner Cristian Diana and skilled mechanic of 25 years, Loris Lessio. Moto Guzzi’s are a common platform for Stile Italiano’s cafe racer conversions and this bike was once an 850cc Moto Guzzi T3. Named the Moto Guzzi CR950 very little remains of the original bike. During a build which Gianluca describes as the most elegant one possible their donor was transformed into a 70’s style road racer with design cues taken from Honda’s legendary CR750 — via Return of the Cafe Racers

Entertainment, Politics

Obituary: John Clarke

Celebrated satirist and comedian John Clarke has died suddenly, aged 68. Your favourite Clarke and Dawe sketches

Iconic comedy duo John Clarke and Bryan Dawe entertained audiences with their political satire skits for over 25 years. We’ve collated some of their most loved segments and classic exchanges.

Clarke died from natural causes while bushwalking in Victoria over the weekend.

John died doing one of the things he loved the most in the world, taking photos of birds in beautiful bushland with his wife and friends. He is forever in our hearts, his family said in a statement issued by the ABC.

We are aware of what he has meant to so many for so many years, throughout the world but especially in Australia and New Zealand.

We are very grateful for all expressions of sympathy and love which John would have greatly appreciated — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

Architecture firm MVRDV have recently completed Casa Kwantes, a house in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, that from the outside appears as a rectangular box, however the back of the house opens up to wrap around a mature olive tree — via CONTEMPORIST

Wildlife

Meet the designer cats with wild blood / Vox

Bengals, Savannahs, and Toygers, explained.

By breeding house cats with wild animals, humans developed hybrid cats that look like little leopards. Bengal cats are a breed that was developed by breeding domestic cats with Asian Leopard Cats. The first American Bengal breeder is a woman named Jean Mill, but her work has continued through other breeders. We met one of those breeders, Anthony Hutcherson, when we went to film the cats at the Westminster Dog Show. Besides Bengals, we also saw another hybrid breed: Savannahs. Instead of Asian Leopard Cats, Savannahs were developed by breeding house cats with Servals. Unlike the other two breeds, the last breed we met, Toygers, are not hybrid cats. Breeder Judy Sugden created the breed by carefully breeding domestic cats with qualities that resemble wild tigers — via Youtube

Technology

Google invests in new undersea cable from Australia to Southeast Asia

Google announced Wednesday that it’s investing in a new subsea cable system that will run between Australia and Asia. The investment is Google’s latest move to strengthen its ties to the APAC region.

Called Indigo, the cable will connect Perth, Sydney, and Singapore, with a branch to Jakarta. To build the cable, Google is partnering with AARNet, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, SubPartners and Telstra, while Alcatel Submarine Networks will construct the cable. Span approximately 9,000km, it’s expected to be completed by mid-2019.

Indigo will initially have two fibre pairs with a design capacity of around 18 terabits per second — enough capacity for people in Singapore and Sydney to join 8 million simultaneous high-definition Google Hangout video conference calls — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Art

Joshua Smith, a miniaturist and former stencil artist based in South Australia, constructs tiny, intricate worlds for a living. His work, which exhibits astonishing observational and representational skills, focuses on the overlooked aspects of the urban environment — such as grime, rust and decay to discarded cigarettes and graffiti, all recreated at a scale of 1:20. Smith, who has been making model kits for around a decade, only recently chose to move away from a 16-year-long career creating stencil art — via ArchDaily

Design

Simon Fleetwood had to go deep to shake off the Moto Guzzi Breva 750’s commuter styling, so he started by stripping it down to just the frame, motor and running gear. The spindly conventional forks and single disc brake were the first to go — replaced by a full Kawasaki ZXR750 front end — via Bike EXIF

Design

If you’ve ever wanted to live high-in-the-sky in a home you shared with no other households (apartment towers don’t count, obviously), then this incredible falcon’s nest home in Prescott, Arizona by Phoenix architect Sukumar Pal may be for you. Built in 1994, the post-modernist residence is nothing to scoff at, either. With three, bedrooms, four baths, 10 stories, and 575 square metre of living space, it nestles against the area’s landmark 1,985-metre-tall Thumb Butte with the main floor radiating out on four sides. Located at 2365 Skyline Drive, the home can be yours for the making-over for $1,500,000, a significant cut since the last time it came on the market in 2015 for $2,800,000 — via Curbed

Design

Louis Vuitton unveils its Escale Spin Time Tourbillon Central Blue featuring a new automatic movement with a central flying tourbillon. The calibre LV 92 with Vuitton V-shaped carriage was developed by Louis Vuitton’s own movement specialist, La Fabrique du Temps (acquired 2012). And of course being spin time, it has 12 rotating cubes that tell the time. Price is about $125,000 — via Perpetuelle

Mediaeval Yorkshirefolk mutilated, burned t’dead to prevent reanimation

Archaeologists investigating human bones excavated from the deserted mediaeval village of Wharram Percy in North Yorkshire have suggested that the villagers burned and mutilated corpses to prevent the dead from rising from their graves to terrorise the living.

Although starvation cannibalism often accounts for the mutilation of corpses during the Middle Ages, when famines were common, researchers from Historic England and the University of Southampton have found that the ways in which the Wharram Perry remains had been dismembered suggested actions more significant of folk beliefs about preventing the dead from going walkabout.

Their paper, titled A multidisciplinary study of a burnt and mutilated assemblage of human remains from a deserted mediaeval village in England, is published today in the Journal of Archaeological Science — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

ARRCC have recently completed the City Villa, a modern family house in South Africa, that was inspired by architects like Tadao Ando and the use of geometric forms to sculpt natural light. The house is made up of rectangular forms that are positioned on top of each other, with some cantilevering out — via CONTEMPORIST

Science

Fungi Fantastic / Steve Axford

Enter the magical miniature world of fungi in these time-lapses by fungi photographer Stephen Axford.

Two photographers, Steve Axford and Catherine Marciniak, only one intervalometer and a forecast of a stormy Sunday afternoon resulted in the story of a forest to go with the fabulous time-lapse photography Steve has been doing of fungi growing — via Youtube

Design

Terry & Terry Architecture designed this two-level family home in Oakland, California, that opens up to reveal spectacular uninterrupted views San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Located high on a mountain range, the original house was re-built after it was destroyed during a fire storm. The updated house features a wood tube that connects the garden with the main entrance of the home, and continues through to the living areas — via CONTEMPORIST

Design

A new piece in Raymond Weil’s Freelancer collection celebrates the spirit of Gibson’s iconic Les Paul guitar and its role in the history of rock ‘n’ roll: the Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul, a limited edition of 300 pieces, priced at $3,295 — via WatchTime

Design

Andres Uibomäe of Renard Speed Shop wanted to build a bike that was easy to ride and easy on the eye. The main goal was to build a factory racer-style bike that still had great riding properties, and I think it turned out great, he says — via Bike EXIF

Entertainment

If you’ve ever wondered what the cars of Mad Max: Fury Road would look like all cleaned up, or you want some inspiration for a totally bonkers hot rod creation of your own, check out this photo series by photographer John Platt. Minute details of the vehicles can be seen in shockingly pristine states, as they were just after their creation and prior to the start of filming, giving us a good look at all the custom contraptions welded together into junkyard monsters — via Weburbanist

Design

The Richard Neutra-designed Schaarman House in Los Angeles, California dates back to 1951, which is a surprise in itself. This place looks as contemporary as anything on the market right now. That’s forward-thinking architecture for you. An absolute dream of a place, but you will need around $8,000,000 to own it — via WowHaus

Design

According to The Design Files, Blott House in Chirnside Park, near Melbourne, has no heritage protection, despite  one of the best examples of a Robin Boyd house in Melbourne. With that in mind, it is open to pretty much any type of renovation. But at the same time, why would you change anything this beautiful?

The house dates back to 1956, built for Dr Stanley Blott and his wife. The design was undoubtedly a talking point at the time, with a sloping roof and floor to ceiling glazing more in keeping with the cutting edge mid century modern builds of the US of the same era. It sold at auction for $1,500,000 — via WowHaus

Entertainment

Alfred Hitchcock on Dead Bodies / Blank on Blank

If I did a story or a musical about Cinderella, they would be waiting for the body to turn up — Alfred Hitchcock in 1957

Interview by Colin Edwards from the Pacifica Radio Archives.

The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, sat down for a short interview on the set of a film tentatively titled, From Amongst The Dead. The film would be released in early 1958 as Vertigo, the classic starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. In this interview, we go inside the mind of a master storyteller with a penchant for fear — via Youtube

Design

This extraordinary machine is a Motoconfort C23, which looks like it was built yesterday but is actually 84 years old. It’s the work of John Harrison, who at 63 is just a wee bit younger.

John lives in the old medieval market town of Dartford, in south-east England, and he’s been making a living as a mechanical engineer since his boyhood days.

We got the tip-off from his son Mike, who describes his Dad as One of those old school engineers that can make things out of lumps of steel, with dangerous looking machinery, after sketching it on the back of a cigarette packet — via Bike EXIF

Design

This Kemper Nomland-designed midcentury modern property in Altadena, California is an interesting place and all the more interesting because little has changed since this house was completed back in 1952. Kemper Nomland is the name behind the property, with the original plans still available in the house and presumably included in the sale. A name to conjure with too, as Kemper and his father designed the only Case Study house in Pasadena in 1947. Kemper Nomland Jr continued to design mid century property, which included his own home and at least a dozen others in the early 1950s. This is one of those houses.

If you love it enough to buy it, then you will be interested to know that the asking price is $769,000 — via WowHaus

Design

The original plan was to lightly modify a new Scrambler Ducati. But as the discovery phase progressed, Speedtractor realised that not many of the Scrambler’s attributes were on the client’s must keep list. A growing desire for a truly custom machine began to emerge — via Bike EXIF

Design

This rustic, contemporary cottage sits right on Johns Bay in South Bristol, Maine, and sure knows how to take advantage of its waterfront surroundings. With full-height windows providing peninsula views on three sides — the east, south, and west — the 160 square metre two-bedroom makes for a gorgeous escape. Located on an acre of land at 13 Little Harbour Road surrounded by granite ledges and a protected cove, the property is available for a cool $2,000,000 — via Curbed

Entertainment, History

Blue Monday / Orkestra Obsolete

New Order’s Blue Monday was released on 7 March 1983, and its cutting-edge electronic groove changed pop music forever. But what would it have sounded like if it had been made 50 years earlier? In a special film, using only instruments available in the 1930s — from the theremin and musical saw to the harmonium and prepared piano — the mysterious Orkestra Obsolete present this classic track as you’ve never heard it before — via Youtube

Design

Mohamed Amine Siana designed Villa Z in Casablanca, Morocco — via ArchDaily