Giant Mechanical Spider and Horse-Dragon Descend on Beijing for Spectacular Outdoor Performance

La Machine Performance in Beijing
photo by Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Last weekend French art group La Machine (previously) staged a spectacular performance in Beijing with two of the group’s gigantic kinetic sculptures, a spider known as La Princesse, and Long Ma, a fire-breathing horse-dragon. The performance, entitled Long Ma, Spirit of the Dragon Horse, marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China. The Atlantic has an excellent photo gallery of the event. Back in September we posted about the French premiere of Long Ma.


La Machine Performance in Beijing

photo by Reuters/Jason Lee

La Machine Performance in Beijing
photo by Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

La Machine Performance in Beijing
photo by Reuters/Jason Lee

La Machine Performance in Beijing
photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

via The Atlantic

Brad Pitt Spits Gum at Zach Galifianakis During an Interview on ‘Between Two Ferns’

In the latest episode of Between Two Ferns (previously), actor Brad Pitt spit a piece of gum at host Zach Galifianakis during their interview. Galifianakis kept with the show’s usual habit of loosely disguising insults as interview questions while the two men discussed charity work, Pitt’s new movie Fury, and losing their virginity.

At one point the interview was interrupted by a special appearance by comedian Louis C.K. performing awkward comedy and crowding the tiny stage.

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Twitter Launches Digits, A Way For People to Sign Into Apps and Websites With Their Phone Number

Digits

Twitter recently launched Digits, a way for people to sign into apps and websites with their phone numbers. The method — launched as part of the social network’s announcement of their mobile platform Fabric at the recent Flight mobile developer conference — sends a confirmation code to the phone number presented to verify it, allowing users to sign in and sign up to websites and apps. Twitter has posted a detailed overview of Fabric for developers, as well as a blog post further explaining Digits.

We built Digits after doing extensive research around the world about how people use their smartphones. What we found was that first-time Internet users in places like Jakarta, Mumbai and São Paulo were primarily using a phone number to identify themselves to their friends. But until Digits, there has been no simple way for app developers to integrate phone-based sign-up and sign-in to your apps.

Mat Honan has also written a lengthy article about both of the releases on Wired.

image via Twitter

Teddy Bear the Talking Porcupine Chatters Away While Devouring His Halloween Pumpkin

“I think Teddy Bear found some pumpkins for Halloween”

In the fall of 2013, Teddy Bear the Talking Porcupine (previously) encountered a bowl of pumpkins on a table outside of his home at Zooniversity in Dallas, Texas, picked out his favorite and adorably chattered away while devouring the orange gourd as fast as he could. According to his official website, pumpkins are a rare treat for Teddy.

Does he eat a lot of corn or pumpkin? No, these are not part of his daily diet, only for videos, appearances or special occasions. In the wild they eat leaves and bark. At Zooniversity, he eats his natural foods, as well as a balanced zoological diet.

Here’s a close-up video of Teddy Bear devouring a different pumpkin, also in 2013.

Teddy Bear and His Pumpkins

image via Teddy Bear the Porcupine

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Homeboy, A Simple Home Security System That Attaches Magnetically and Communicates Wirelessly

Homeboy

Homeboy is a simple new self-contained security system made up of wireless, rechargeable cameras with built-in alarms that attach to a home magnetically. The cameras communicate over a home wireless network, sending alerts to connected smartphones when a problem arises. The Homeboy is currently available for pre-order, and shipping is scheduled to begin on November 1st, 2014.

Homeboy

Homeboy

Homeboy

images via Homeboy