Amazing LEGO Japanese Castle Opens Like a Pop-Up Book. Talented LEGO artists recreate famous structures all the time, and while we never get sick of seeing the incredible work they do, the bar has just been raised—or rather the bar has been “popped”—after seeing this LEGO building of a Japanese castle that opens just like a children’s pop-up book.
Made and posted online by YouTube user talapz, this castle starts off as a flat structure that looks like a one story underground garage parking lot, but when he starts to unfold it a replica of the Himeji Castle, “widely considered Japan’s most spectacular castle for its imposing size and beauty,” springs into being, actually locking into place as it comes to its full standing. Amazingly, talapz says this project uses no adhesives, which makes it hard to understand the engineering behind it, but obviously makes it way more impressive. He says it took him 15 months to finish and weighs over 27 pounds. This isn’t the first time he has made one of these amazing pop-up LEGO pieces, either. Dazzling Bismuth Crystals Look Like Hypnotizing Rainbow Stairs.
Bismuth has a long and rich place in history, but its colorful, crystallized form continues to dazzle us today. The element’s existence dates back to ancient times—it was one of the first 10 metals to be discovered—with the name bismuth appearing in texts around 1660. Often confused with tin or lead, its pure state dons a similarly silver hue. Bismuth crystals are derived from the element but are only created under the right conditions. These brilliant iridescent pieces are extremely rare in nature and are instead fabricated in a lab or even your stove top.
Instructables offers a short DIY for making your own Bismuth crystals, or they’re readily available for purchase in shops like Bismuth and Beyond. Above photo source: bismuthcrystal.com Photo source: bismuthcrystal.com Photo source: Bismuth and Beyond Photo source: Bismuth and Beyond. 100-Year-Old Photos Capture Authentic Daily Life in Japan.
These rare shots of vintage Japan during 1908 are thanks to the acute artistic eye of Arnold Genthe. The German-born American scholar honed his photographic talent on the streets, spending his off-time roaming through his city with a partially hidden camera in attempts of recording memorable moments. This intriguing series was collected during a 6-month visit to Japan, during which Genthe managed to share his perspective of the vivid daily experiences of its local citizens. Born in Germany, Genthe pursued formal education in the field of philology before immigrating to San Francisco to work as a tutor. Drawn to the expansive Chinatown in the city, he began practicing photography, learning to be subtle in order to capture the genuine expressions of the neighborhood's diverse characters.
Though most famous for his San Francisco street shots, Genthe did extend his talents abroad, apparent in his noteworthy Japanese series. Arnold Genthe Collection: Website via [Vintage Everyday] The Best Productivity Tricks Used By Evil Dictators. Archeologists Discover Ancient Skeleton Mosaic That Says "Be Cheerful and Live Your Life" Turkish archaeologists have recently unearthed a rare mosaic that dates back to 3rd century BC. The uniquely well-preserved piece features a reclining skeleton with a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread, and these wise words about its head: “Be cheerful and live your life.” The piece was discovered in Hatay Province, near the Syrian border, during construction of a cable car system. The enlightened expression was unearthed, making up one part of an elaborate triptych.
The wise mosaic with sage advice is believed to have decorated the dining room of a wealthy family’s villa in the Greek-Roman city of Antioch. The ancient city of Antioch is known as the early center of Christianity, established in the 4th century BCE. It is rumored to be the first place where the followers of Jesus were referred to as Christians. Via [Colossal, The History Blog] Infographic Reimagines “Smart” to Reveal Nine Types of Intelligence That Everyone Possesses. In school, calling someone smart often meant they were good at math or science, but American developmental psychologist Howard Gardner has a different conception of what makes a person bright. Instead of there being one type of intelligence, he contends that there are actually nine that we possess: naturalist (nature smart); musical (sound smart); logical mathematical (number/reasoning smart); existential (life smart); interpersonal (people smart); bodily kinesthetic (body smart); linguistic (word smart); intra-personal (self smart); and spatial (picture smart).
To visualize what these intelligences mean, Mark Vital designed an infographic for his entrepreneurial-focused site Funders and Founders. The image is based on Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences by Gardner, and it’s a helpful, easy-to-understand guide that color codes and defines the factions. You Can Experience Fox Heaven in Japan. Man Rescues Three Wild Foxes Who Continue to Live with Him for Years. In Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland, a man named Patsy Gibbons has taken three wild foxes under his wing, caring for them as one might tend to any average household pets. As he explains to the Irish Examiner, Gibbons never intended to take on the role of being an owner to three foxes, but the animal lover simply couldn’t desert these furry new friends who needed his help.
The oldest of the pack is Grainne, who Gibbons adopted when she was just seven weeks old, about nine years ago. He and his brother-and-law first found the solitary pup stuck in a box in a storeroom near Thomastown's Columba's Hospital, malnourished and cold. They knew they needed to take action. Gibbons took Grainne to a nearby vet before bringing her home to nurse her back to health with tender love and baby food—and she's been with him ever since. The next was Minnie, who a woman found injured in Kilmaganny and brought to Gibbons after having heard Grainne's story. via [Design You Trust, Irish Examiner]
The 15 Best Robot/Mecha Anime of All Time. Mecha anime shows will never go out of style. Giant robots piloted by feisty teenagers or grizzled heroes is just such a cool concept. Let's take a look at ten of what I think are the best! Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann MAL Rated 8.81, Ranked #25 | Aired Spring 2007 | Produced by Gainax A future where people are forced to live in subterranean villages is not a pretty one. Shinseiki Evangelion (Neon Genesis Evangelion) MAL Rated 8.32, Ranked #199 | Aired Fall 1995 | Produced by Gainax Anime TV series seldom borrow much of their lore from religious sources. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion) MAL Rated 8.86, Ranked #18 | Aired Fall 2006 | Produced by Sunrise This is a breathtaking anime series about a teenage genius who happens to be the son of an emperor, albeit having renounced his heir to the throne.
Lelouch has naturally developed a deep distrust and hatred for authority figures. Aldnoah.Zero Aldnoah.Zero is one of the most unique mecha anime ever created. Rescued Hedgehog with Adorable Fanged Teeth Has a Playful New Lease on Life. Sir Hodge Huffington the Cricket Slayer, aka Huff, is an adorable African Pygmy hedgehog who has gained fame on Instagram thanks to his unusual, tiny fanged teeth. The quilled creature charms his audience by flashing his fangs when he dons his signature grin. This cuteness is doubled as Huff’s human, Carolyn Parker, places him in small cups, artful nature arrangements, and even on his own Iron Throne. In every photo, the two teeth—something that Parker loves to highlight—shine along with his genuine good nature. Since Parker adopted Huff, saving the adorable little guy from suffering in a terrible environment at his former residence, she's lightened her own life.
This is a situation where both animal and human saved one another. Huff helps Parker cope with her seasonal depression through their delightful photo sessions. Hodge Huffington: Instagram via [Buzzfeed] Gorgeous Cat Has Magically Beautiful Eyes That Are Each Two Different Colors. This cat has a fabulous pair of eyeballs, but there is a perfectly normal explanation for its magical looking peepers.
The technical name for the condition is sectoral heterochromia, a genetic mutation that causes one iris to contain two completely different colours. This is a subtype of Heterochromia Iridis, which basically can be translated from Greek into "different coloured irises. " It is a condition that can occur in humans as well as animals, and there are no associated medical disadvantages in any way, meaning there is no real downside to those cool looking colours.
So what causes heterochromia? Eye colour is determined by the amount of melanin in an animal’s genetic makeup. All kittens are born with blue eyes, and melanin granules gradually accumulate into their irises, changing the colour over time. Via [Love Meow, Imgur] All images via Imgur. Exquisite Electric Bikes Made with Vintage Parts From the 1950s. As the founder of Agnelli Milan Bikes, Italian craftsman Luca Agnelli is melding the comfort and convenience of today’s technology with the artistry of old-school design. Each one of his electric bicycles is handmade with vintage parts that date back to the 1950s, from the frames to the fuel tanks, but carefully reworked with modern-day modifications and accessories. (The tanks, for example, hold battery packs instead of petrol.) Agnelli was trained in antique furniture restoration, which he credits as essential to his continuing creative path. In 1989, at the age of 22, he was inspired to open his own design lab, where he began experimenting with building new, contemporary products from older heirlooms.
Each of his bikes presents its own creative challenge, and no two sets of wheels turn out the same. 5 Reasons to Use to Vivaldi Instead of Chrome or Firefox. Samochody, jakie mogliśmy produkować w Polsce - Moto. Thinking Outside The Record Box – 20 Innovative Ways To Store Your Vinyl. Sure, you could keep your burgeoning record collection stored neatly in boxes or on overloaded shelves. But where's the fun in that? With vinyl sales continuing to soar, here's a couple of smart ways to display your 7"s at home in style – some you can buy, others of which simply require a bit of DIY inspiration... Deepercrates by Stu Loxley The new Deepercrates modular collection by UK designer Stu Loxley allows you to stack crates "in an almost infinite amount" of ways. Laying flat, standing up, er... horizontally?
Keep up with Deepercrates on Instagram ahead of the full product launch, coming soon. Wall Frames Throw that 100m swimming certificate in the bin and relegate that nice picture of your Nan in her garden to the top drawer, 'cos there's a new king of the wall decoration in town. 1960s Record Boxes Keep that eclectic collection tidy in a couple of vintage 1960s record boxes.
Upcycled Furniture Vintage Magazine Racks Old Bookcases Grow by Godar Furniture An IKEA Toy Bin Vintage Bar Carts. Women Beauty From Around The World In 100-Year-Old Postcards. Untitled. 396. Friends: Lynn AllinghamJohn AllisonDawn and Margie BeatonMarc BellJohn CampbellScott CampbellRyan CarleyAnthony ClarkRebecca ClementsDomitille CollardeyJillian Comeau, Kim Carson and Michelle SkeldingAaron DiazJess FinkEric FeursteinBrian FukushimaMatt ForsytheSarah GliddenMeredith GranLisa HanawaltDustin HarbinChristopher HastingsEmily Horne and Joey ComeauJon KlassenSteve LambkeHope LarsonJoe ListDavid MalkiPhil McAndrewCarolyn MerrimanCarly MonardoVicki NerinoRyan NorthRyan PequinNeil RoughJeffrey RowlandGabby SchulzSmart and BirdNathan StapleyJulia WertzBritt WilsonSteve WolfhardChip Zdarsky Good comic shops that have taught me a thing or two: The Beguiling, TorontoStrange Adventures, HalifaxLegends Comics and Books, VictoriaDesert Island, Brooklyn.
*groans in a very classy and sophisticated kinda way* Brick-built Adventure Time figures. Thanks a lot for all your recent support! It's been thrilling to see this project getting so much attention in the last couple of days. Finally it's time for the first update: This time I have tried to respect the proportions of the original characters more than in my first attempt. I've played around with adding brick built face detail rather than relying on prints/stickers. Overall 859 bricks were used to create these 16 characters and their accessories. I'd like to do a round-up of the most frequent questions I've been asked: - Why is Peppermint Butler not included? He is now! - Can you make Fiona and Cake? I may give a go at the gender-bender characters one day but for this project I will stick to canon. - Why aren't these minifigs?
I have seen custom AT minifigs made by fans online but to me they never feel like the AT characters i know. . - Why don't you make the tree fort, the Ice King's castle, PB's castle? I believe it's possible to create environments that fit the scale I've chosen.