Artist Molly Hatch creates ceramic “plate paintings” in which patterns and illustrations are distributed across multiple ceramic plates. Some of the installations are quite large: Physic Garden is 22 feet high, consists of 475 plates, and covers an entire wall.
Spirit aficionados Jared Hirsch and Jennifer “Absinthia” Baum have created together a sweetly spicy small-batch concoction called Caged Heat Cocktail Syrup and are currently currently raising funds through Kickstarter to expand their market. The duo originally debuted the syrup in 2012 during the release of St. George Spirit’s Breaking and Entering Bourbon and around the San Francisco Bay Area in such places as Sidebar and Southside Spirit House, to very favorable reviews.
A concoction of tamarind, cardamom, ghost pepper, and cane sugar, Caged Heat is warmly spicy. It makes a statement, but it isn’t overwhelming. It’s caged, get it? …Since so many of our customers have been asking where they can buy bottles to take home, we decided the time was right to grow and expand. In order to do that, we need to move from the small kitchen at Sidebar into a larger commercial kitchen. We need your help to make the syrup available for you, the craft cocktail enthusiast. We need your help getting Caged Heat into your home!
images via Caged Heat Cocktail Syrup
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Seven Seas Games is creating a deck-building game about registering aliens based on the Space Dandy anime series by Japanese anime studio Bones. The game–which is similar to fellow deck-building card games Dominion and Ascension–was designed by Chris Gardner. Seven Seas Games is currently raising funds to produce the game via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.
images via Seven Seas Games
Back in 2012, French coffee brand Carte Noir released a series of food videos in which each short was based on a different color. The videos are visual recipes for incredibly delicious-looking desserts, such as pistachio tiramisu (“VERT”–“Green”). But the videos do more than simply document each desert’s creation–they lavishly capture each step in extreme closeups, complete with the sounds of eggs being folded and cream being poured. The viewer is forced to watch as syrup is drizzled and butter is melted. The videos are, in other words, positively indecent. In addition to “VERT,” Carte Noir released “ROUGE” (“Red”), “JAUNE” (“Yellow”), and “ROSE” (“Pink”). The series was produced by digital agency Proximity BBDO.
Film editor Michael Branco (previously) has created “BLACKBIRD“, a brief but beautiful side-by-side visual comparison of the films Birdman by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Black Swan by Darren Aronofsky–both of which explore the psyche behind the individual as performer.
While watching Birdman recently, I realized how similar it was to Black Swan decided to purchase the Blu-rays and edit a quick 1.5 minute video comparing the similarities. …New York City — two artists, two opening nights, two rival figures, and one center stage. Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “Birdman” bares many striking resemblances to Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” in terms of plot, characters, and on-screen imagery. Having seen both films beforehand is highly recommended. Spoilers [in 4k!] ahead.
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The Swirl faucet features a system of turbines that causes water to come out in a swirling lattice consisting of many jets of water. In addition to being pleasant to look at, the swirling function also reduces water consumption by 15%. Swirl is a design concept by London-based designer Simin Qiu.
images via Simin Qiu
Residents of the St. Pauli quarter of Hamburg, Germany took matters into their own hands by declaring “peeback time” after the frequent urination on walls by a steady stream of partygoers stunk up their businesses, playground, and alleys. St. Pauli’s Community of Interest organized a project to apply a superhydrophobic coating to walls in the area–some marked with warning signs, some not–that causes urine or any other fluid sprayed on the wall to splash right back at the perpetrators. The group hopes this deters people from peeing outside, though they don’t mean to be unfriendly to tourists.
Julia Staron of the Community of Interest recently spoke with Spiegel about their project, saying that while the message is “St. Pauli can defend themselves,” tourists are welcome, but must follow their rules, including the one stating “Do not piss on walls!” The project has already had more than a wee effect on the area, as the campaign has gone beyond St. Pauli as it whizzes around the Internet.
The group also plans to roll out a program in which people using the restroom at bars can get a stamp on a special card that can be redeemed for a shot on the house after the sixth restroom trip. One thing is for certain: if you pee in public in St. Pauli, “urine” trouble.
image via IG St. Pauli
A recent episode of the American Museum of Natural History series Shelf Life tells the story of the olinguito, a mammal in the raccoon family that was finally described and identified nearly a century after it was first collected and put in the museum. In the episode, museum curator of mammals Kristofer Helgen tells how he first found the unusual pelts and skulls of the olinguito, and how that led to the search to find living specimens in the wild.
As we have previously written, the olinguito is quite adorable.
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