Swiss Resort to Build a 1,250-Foot Tall Luxury Hotel Tower in the Alps

7132 Hotel Luxury Tower in Swiss Alps

7132 Hotel is a design proposal for a 1,250-foot-tall hotel that soars over the Swiss alpine resort of Therme Vals. Created by Morphosis Architects, the design calls for a slim mirror glass tower that will house 107 rooms, one per floor. The design is a product of a design competition hosted by the resort’s developer, though Dezeen reports that earlier this year the competition’s jurors distanced themselves from the selection of Morphosis, citing concerns about “architectural form, scale, materials and relationship to site.” Given the tower’s location and size, bird strikes might also be a concern. Nevertheless the tower is scheduled for completion in 2019.

7132 Hotel Luxury Tower in Swiss Alps

7132 Hotel Luxury Tower in Swiss Alps

7132 Hotel Luxury Tower in Swiss Alps

photos via Morphosis Architects

via Dezeen

The New York Times Introduces One-Sentence Stories to Be Read on the Apple Watch’s Small Screen

NYT One Sentence Stories

The New York Times has introduces one-sentence stories intended to be read on the Apple Watch (previously), making the most out of the device’s small screen. Users can continue reading the full story on their iPhone or use the Apple Watch to add the story to a reading list for later. The app will also include breaking news alerts from the Times, similar to its existing iPhone app.

The New York Times Watch app will be free to download and available when the Apple Watch is released on April 24, 2015.

image via The New York Times

Feminist Frequency Examines the Scythian, A Positive Female Video Game Character

The latest video by Feminist Frequency and Anita Sarkeesian examines the Scythian, a positive female character from the 2011 video game Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. The episode marks the debut of a new series about positive female characters in video games.

In the debut episode of our series on Positive Female Characters, we celebrate the Scythian, the protagonist of Capybara Games’ 2011 release Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. This episode examines how Sword & Sworcery employs widely recognizable action adventure game tropes to make the Scythian’s quest feel like the stuff of video game legend, and how in doing so, it asserts that women can fill the role of the mythic hero as effectively as men can.

Parody of Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone 6′ Ad Campaign Depicts the Less Picturesque Side of Phone Photography

Also Shot on iPhone 6

To promote the camera on the iPhone 6, Apple has been running an international ad campaign in which striking photographs are displayed alongside the tagline: “Shot on iPhone 6.” Two anonymous advertising creatives in San Francisco recently responded with their own parody “Shot on iPhone 6″ campaign, replacing Apple’s picturesque shots with bizarre photos–mostly selfies–sourced from Google Images. As one of the creatives explained to Refinery29, “Our thought was that people don’t always take pretty pictures on their phones, so we thought it would be funny to show the other, non-beautiful, photos people take.”

Also Shot on iPhone 6

Also Shot on iPhone 6

Also Shot on iPhone 6

Also Shot on iPhone 6

photos via Also Shot on iPhone 6

via Refinery29, DIY Photography, PetaPixel

A Live-Action Version of a Scene From ‘The Simpsons’ Where Homer Devours Snacks on the Couch

Assistant director Caolan McArthur of the Boulder, Colorado-based production company CinemaRaven recently created a live-action version of a scene from The Simpsons third season episode, “Lisa the Greek“, where Homer devours all sorts of snacks while sitting on the couch. The frame-by-frame remake of the animated scene is spot on. They include everything from the speedy junk food consumption to the placement of iconic objects from the Simpson family‘s cartoon living room.

Snacking with Homer Simpson

photo via CinemaRaven

via Metro

Facebook Scrapbook, A New Way for Parents to Tag and Organize Photographs of Their Children

Facebook Scrapbook is a new way for parents who use the social media platform to tag and organize photographs of their children, and to share those photographs with loved ones.

Scrapbooks can be co-owned by a couple in a relationship on Facebook, and those two people are the only two who can tag photos of the child. The name of the tag can be anything including the child’s real name or nickname, and the Scrapbook only includes photos the couple select.

Users can create a Scrapbook for their child by going to the “About” section of their profile, selecting “Family and Relationships,” and selecting the “Create a Scrapbook for Your Child” option. The feature can also be used to create a Scrapbook for another common subject Facebook users post photographs of–pets.

Facebook product manager Dan Barak, who worked on the feature, wrote in the announcement about why he felt the need for Facebook Scrapbook.

Over the past few months, I’ve noticed the more pictures I shared of my son on Facebook, the more scattered they became across my different photo albums—I needed a better way to organize them. And, I found myself tagging my wife in photos of my son so her friends could see them, too.

Facebook Scrapbook

Facebook Scrapbook 3

Facebook Scrapbook 2

images via Facebook Newsroom

Day Octopus Changes Color Three Times in a Little Over 30 Seconds at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

A beautiful day octopus at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in central California, demonstrates its phenomenal ability to change color three times in a little over 30 seconds. This talent allows the clever cephalopod to easily camouflage into whatever the surroundings there may be.

Pound for pound, it’s about the strongest octopus we’ve ever exhibited. They like to huff and puff and blow water. Combine this strength with the animals’ natural cleverness, and you have a real Houdini on your hands. As a result, we’ve built a strong, five-foot cowling around the display. …While most octopuses hunt at night, the day octopus (Octopus cyanea) spends its days stalking crabs, clams and fishes. Because it forages during daylight, it has exceptional camouflage skills. In addition to changing color, it can transform its skin into long, lumpy ridges, mimicking nearby corals, rocks or algae.

Thanks Robert Brownstein!