Crowdfund campaign for a 500-kilometer walk across rural Japan

Crowdfund campaign for a 500-kilometer walk across rural Japan

In January 2019, Peter Orosz plans to live broadcast his snowy trek across the Japanese island of Shikoku. He will also produce a printed field report. The story is that last year I walked 2,700 miles from one end of Japan to the other, and now I will go back to walk the most interesting 300 miles in the winter, then write and print a large format Field Report about it. You will also be able to follow it live on YouTube and Instagram. It costs $45 to support the…

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Artist lovingly paints Texas fast food joints in Kinkade-esque scenery

Artist lovingly paints Texas fast food joints in Kinkade-esque scenery

San Antonio artist Michael Esparza‘s oil paintings put Texas-based fast food restaurants in the center of bucolic landscapes. It’s hard not to compare his work to Thomas Kinkade’s but that’s the point. (The main difference, imo, is that Esparza’s pieces are actually palatable.) Texas Monthly: The idea for the series, which Esparza describes as “a little bit Bob Ross and a little bit Thomas Kinkade,” came to him 2012, just after he came back to Texas from a year of studying art in Italy. In Italy, nothing was built taller…

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Make this scale model of the Dr. Nim digital game

Make this scale model of the Dr. Nim digital game

Dr Nim is a plastic, gravity powered computer from the 1960s that plays the game, Nim, against a human player. Recently Michael Gardi made a 3D scale model of Dr Nim, which you can download and print on a 3D printer. The Amazing Dr. Nim is a toy invented by John Thomas Godfrey and manufactured by Education Science Research (E.S.R., Inc.) in the mid-1960s. It consists of a marble-powered plastic computer capable of playing the game of Nim. The machine selects its moves through the action of the marbles falling…

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Wear your ugly holiday sweater and Alaska Airlines will let you board early

Wear your ugly holiday sweater and Alaska Airlines will let you board early

If you’re traveling on Alaska Airlines on December 21, make sure to wear your holiday sweater. No doubt it’s ugly, and wearing it will get you a free pass to board the plane early, in celebration of National Ugly Holiday Sweater Day Via MarketWatch: Back by popular demand, this is the second year Alaska Airlines and its employees have embraced National Ugly Holiday Sweater Day, hoping to bring joy to travelers during the busy holiday travel season. All guests are invited to join in the celebration and share their memories…

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All Is True could make for a great superhero movie detox

All Is True could make for a great superhero movie detox

If you can’t stand the thought of sitting through another superhero movie, All Is True looks like a fabulous alternative option. With a stellar cast that includes Dame Judy Dench, Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Kenneth Branagh (who also directs the flick), All Is True is a story about the life of William Shakespeare, his family and hangers-on, after he steps back from his life as a writer. Read full story

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Soul Plane actor sues airlines after his pinky gets stuck in an armrest hole

Soul Plane actor sues airlines after his pinky gets stuck in an armrest hole

Stephen Keys, an actor who has appeared in many movies, including Soul Plane, was on a flight from Reno to Los Angeles last week. When he raised his armrest so he could get his seatbelt, his pinky got stuck in a hole under the armrest. According to a lawsuit he filed against American Airlines and SkyWest Airlines, “The spring mechanism embedded inside of this hole in the armrest applied intense pressure to plaintiff’s finger, immediately inflicting injury, swelling and pain.” “By this time, dozens of passengers became aware of Mr….

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Touching video tribute to Burning Man founder Larry Harvey

Touching video tribute to Burning Man founder Larry Harvey

After Burning Man founder Larry Harvey died in April of this year, a special storytelling event was held in his honor a few months later at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. I attended “The Man With the Hat” event and can attest that it was a lovely, heartfelt evening. Of note, his brother Stewart and nephew Bryan shared their stories set to a backdrop of personal photos from Larry’s childhood in Nebraska and from his early “bohemian scene” (pre-Burning Man) days in San Francisco. It was a delight to…

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Passenger attempts to smuggle 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers

Passenger attempts to smuggle 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers

A gentleman arriving from Guyana was caught at JFK Airport attempting to smuggle 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers. He was sent home without his birds, which he was planning to enter in a high-stakes underground singing contest. From the New York Times: On Saturday, 70 live finches were discovered in the black duffel bag of a Guyanese citizen who, like the other smugglers, was believed to be bringing them to the United States to participate in underground singing contests. Gamblers set the birds against each other and place…

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