At the headquarters of Cloudflare, in San Francisco, there’s a wall of lava lamps: the Entropy Wall. They’re used to generate random numbers and keep a good bit of the internet secure: here’s how — via Youtube
The true story of a rescued greyhound who becomes a healer to others — via Youtube
Poisoning has always been a popular method of getting rid of one’s enemies, but is there actually a
perfect poison capable of being completely undetectable? Here are six of the poisons that have confounded doctors throughout history — via Youtube
A cool 1974 home with Brutalist sensibilities is on the market in the hamlet of Armonk in Westchester County, New York. Designed by Arthur Witthoefft, an architect at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the Branscombe Residence features a facade of asymmetrical volumes of ribbed split-face architectural block that gives the home a monumental feel. Located at 5 Hidden Oak Lane and completely refurbished, the property is offered at $2.195 million — via Curbed
In the Quadratestadt of Mannheim, Germany, the streets aren’t named: instead, the blocks are. It’s an exception to a rule that most people don’t even think about — especially not mapping companies — via Youtube
Learn how to 3D Print a pattern directly onto Fabric for Cosplay — super easy and very fun — via Youtube
Shaped like a scalene triangle, this 1976 home in the coastal village of Climping in West Sussex, England, was designed by Antonio Perella and it features flashes of Scandinavian style throughout. It’s no surprise, then, that the residence is called Scyld, after the Danish king in Beowulf. Interested buyers, take note of its guide price of £725,000, or just about a tad over $1 million — via Curbed
William L 1985 will be offering a beautifully styled self-winding chronograph with an excellent mechanical movement, made by Seiko. At launch, there will be several versions available; cases are in stainless steel, with options for case finishing that include ion-plated (PVD) black or rose gold. Dimensions are 41mm x 14mm thick, and about 45mm lug to lug — via Hodinkee
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Brothers Derek and Don Rickman had become famous by shoehorning sporty engines into their specially made nickel-plated frames. The fibreglass bodywork was shapely, and Rickman bikes also outperformed many factory teams on the track—causing a few monocles to drop in the paddock. Back home in Melbourne, Geoff Baldwin from Return Of The Cafe Racers fired up Photoshop and drew a T120 Bonneville wearing replica Rickman bodywork and with a nickel-plated frame — via Bike EXIF
This beach house in Del Mar, in San Diego County, is the stuff of dreams. The 1982 home was designed by architect Sim Bruce Richards, a Taliesin fellow, and the influences of Frank Lloyd Wright are clear. Located at 2932 Camino Del Mar, the property is offered at $18.75 million after a recent price cut of $1.2 million — via Curbed
Why danger symbols can’t last forever — via Youtube
In this first episode of the Antikythera Mechanism project, Clickspring lays out the plan for how he intends to proceed with the reproduction — via Youtube
Montreal-based firm MU Architecture sure knows how to make a modern woodsy retreat. For one of their latest projects, a lakeside home near the Montreal border, the firm combined contemporary materials like black timber and glass with local granite to create a sort of home-grown modern effect — via Curbed
Taronga Zoo is celebrating the breeding success of more than twenty Feathertail Gliders, one of the smallest mammals in the world.
Twelve different female adult Feathertail Glider’s fell pregnant at a similar time with the joeys, and the mothers now communally care for one another’s young — via ZooBorns
World record setting racer Alp Sungurtekin has been a Lowbrow Customs sponsored racer since 2011, when he started competing in land speed racing. Since then, Alp has gone on to be the fastest person ever on a 650cc pushrod engine motorcycle, with a record holding speed of 175.625mph at El Mirage Dry Lake. Alp, along with his Crew Chief and right-hand woman, Jalika Gaskin, holds a dozen land speed records set at El Mirage and the Bonneville Salt Flats. NBC captured Alp in the process of building his Lowbrow-sponsored race bike, the T200, an all aluminium bodied bike with a very unusual riding position, and a top-fuel burning 650cc, iron head, pre-unit Triumph engine from the 1950’s. Alp’s ultimate goal with this new bike is to break 200mph. In the initial first test runs he has already broken records and is at a top speed of 149mph. Not bad for a bike with half a dozen runs on it, and lots more to go — via Youtube
The Cornelius Armour-designed Luma Tower is one of the best preserved are deco buildings in Glasgow and as a result has had category B listing status since 1988. Of course, this is no longer used for light bulb manufacturing (its original purpose), having been converted into apartments in the early 90s after a period of dereliction.
In fact, the housing association that took on the building pretty much stopped this one from being demolished, so credit is definitely due in that direction. It resulted in 43 apartments in the original building, with a further 12 in a ‘creative reproduction’ of the original building’s style to the rear. £139,999 is the asking price of this one — via WowHaus
In 1939, the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, erected a huge brick incinerator to dispose of the city’s trash. It was only in operation for a year before they passed an ordinance prohibiting trash burning within the city limits. So the building was abandoned, unused for decades. Nature took over, until the building was barely visible. In 1979, artist Ron Fleming discovered it.
Fleming and his wife went to work making the incinerator a home and a glorious piece of art. The building, now on the historical register, has plenty of light, open spaces, and modern amenities, while still retaining its historical quirkiness. After his wife died, Fleming decided to sell his masterpiece. The Incinerator House can be yours for $275,000 — via Neatorama
In the early days of bowling, respotting the pins was a physically demanding job. There were actually people behind the lanes resetting the pins and sending back the balls.
Today there are amazing robotic devices that do all the pin setting. The automatic pinsetter, first patented by Gottfried Schmidt, was introduced by the American Machine and Foundry Company (AMF) in 1946. This first pinsetter was a monster, weighing nearly 1.8 tons and standing 2.7m tall.
Modern pinsetters are but a fraction of a size of their predecessors and much more intelligent — via Youtube
On the market for the first time is this beautifully preserved 1971 modern beach house in the coastal California city of Morro Bay. Designed by architect James Maul, this modern classic incorporates a wooden construction with soaring interiors characterised by floor-to-ceiling glazing and windows all around, plus a few surprising details. Located at 3009 Beachcomber Drive just steps from the beach, it’s offered at $2.35 million — via Curbed
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You may be amazed at how it’s possible to ship a package and have it arrive anywhere in the world overnight (for a premium price), but you’ll be even more amazed when you see how it’s done. FedEx, UPS, and DHL have overnight shipping down to an art — via Youtube
Details on the new listing are vague, but what we know is that Bridge House dates from the 1970s, the work of the much-loved Frazer Crane and in the sought-after location of Wilmslow, Cheshire. The original details also pointed to this being
sympathetically maintained, which indicates not a great deal has changed structurally. You will need around £1,350,000 before you can consider this as your next home — via WowHaus
Don’t feel bad. You don’t suck, the game makers do — via Youtube
This modern abode in south east Brazil is all about the courtyard. Hidden from view behind a series of rectangular volumes clad in cement and stone, the lush interior garden is filled with palm trees, birds of paradise, and other tropical plants. Talk about bringing the outside in. Designed by David Guerra, an architect based in Belo Horizonte, the home was designed to have greenery-filled views from every room, whether looking into the courtyard or out toward to hilly landscape beyond the walls — via Curbed
The Greubel Forsey Differentiel d’Egalite is an example of a certain tradition of horological experimentation: research into a means by which energy which doesn’t vary can be delivered to the escapement. The verge, which was the first known escapement, was very sensitive to power variations and was often paired with early constant force devices such as the fusee or the stackfreed. The more sophisticated but much more complex remontoire is another example and variations on this device are among the most interesting mechanisms in horology — via Hodinkee
Historic, original, and spectacular, this 1956 home in Palm Springs is a mid century modern dream. Designed by architect Walter S White for psychoanalyst Dr Franz Alexander, the Alexander House, as it’s known, appears to emerge from the site’s boulders and the rocky mountains behind it. The result is a structure that seamlessly integrates into its natural surroundings, enhancing views of the Coachella Valley while creating numerous indoor-outdoor connections. Located at 1011 West Cielo Drive, the sympathetically updated property is offered at $2.795 million — via Curbed
With daring designs, five- and six-figure price tags, and production measured in the hundreds of timepieces annually, Hautlence is a boutique brand which produces timepieces for the upper echelon of watch enthusiasts. The Vortex Gamma Tron features a white case with blue photo-luminescent edges that are incorporated in the material rather than on the surface that make for absolutely stunning
lume shots, this watch is hard to ignore. Hautlence Vortex Gamma price is ~170.000 CHF — via Perpetuelle
A charming adobe home with artistic pedigree is on the market for the first time in the Historic Eastside district of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Measuring 200 square metre, the pueblo-style house features traditional elements like viga ceilings, plaster walls, slate floors, and kiva fireplaces, creating a romantic vision of the Southwest. Though its completion year is unknown, the artist Cyrus Leroy Baldridge retired to Santa Fe with his wife in 1951, presumably to this house, which
still bears traces of his presence, according to the listing, like the carved linoleum panels lining the walls of the breakfast nook. Located at 601 Camino Rancheros, it’s offered at $695,000 — via Curbed
This question vexed Darwin — and now we have a fascinating answer — via Youtube
Working from a rusted out and long forgotten 1982 Le Mans MkII, James Hilton and Ray Petty from Death Machines Of London have created a sleek Guzzi. Everything that went into Airforce was meticulously and painstakingly crafted, and pays omaggio to Giovanni Ravelli, one of the WW1 fighter pilots who founded Moto Guzzi — via Bike EXIF
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Back in 2015, Barn Built Bikes’s 900SS caught the attention of a customer. Sven Decoux’s latest build is a direct descendant of that 900SS.
Can you build me a similar bike, but with technical upgrades and a Tricolore colour-scheme? was the customers request and Sven gladly accepted — via Return of the Cafe Racers
A platinum watch with a black PVD coating is a true rarity in the watch world, which makes the Black Platinum more exclusive and luxurious than of all the UR-210 models that preceded it. The Urwerk UR-210 Black Platinum will be a limited edition of 25 pieces, priced at 155,000 Swiss francs — via WatchTime