Darius Kazemi Discusses the Lottery of Creative Success at the 2014 XOXO Festival in Portland, Oregon

Darius Kazemi discussed the lottery of creative success at the 2014 XOXO festival (previously) in Portland, Oregon back in September. The talk starts off as a parody of talks typically given at these kind of festivals before discussing the inherent luck involved. Kazemi creates, in his own words, “Weird Internet Stuff,” and only a select few of his many projects have achieved measurable success despite the relatively similar amount of work put into each.

Google Introduces Inbox, A New Email System With Enhanced Features Compared to Gmail

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Today Google announced Inbox, a new email system with enhanced features compared to Gmail. Inbox offers users the ability to bundle similar types of email together to more easily manage different types of messages. The service will also highlight important details within an email as well as pull additional useful information from the Internet.

Google’s new Inbox will give users “Assists,” supplementary pieces of information to make things like reminders more useful. One example Google gives in the official announcement on their blog is that if a person sets a reminder to call a hardware store, Inbox will also provide the phone number and business hours of that store.

Inbox is rolling out its first wave of invitations starting today, and invited users can in turn invite their friends to use the service as well. Anyone interested can request an invitation from the official Inbox site.

Google has released a video showing off some of the features of Inbox.

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Box Brew Kits, Compact Brewing Kits That Let Home Brewers Make Small Batch Beer in Small Spaces

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After losing their original name to a large brewing company, Boston-based entrepreneurs Mike Langone and Matt Gorman have bounced back with their newly named Box Brew Kits, a variety of compact brewing kits that allow home brewers of all experience levels to make small batch beer, wine and cider in small spaces.

Introducing Box Brew Kits, a handmade small batch home-brew kit built from rustic pine and reclaimed wood. Unlike most bulky kits currently available, Box Brew Kits fits in your apartment and gives you everything you need to tackle the brewing process in classic style, even if you’ve never brewed before. Each of our home-brewing kits celebrates the rustic roots of home-brewing. They are designed to last a lifetime, and no two are exactly alike. Each kit includes complete written instructions, a brewers’ log, and more than 25 tasty recipes to try. We have four sizes available, capable of brewing one to three gallons of beer in about two weeks. Enjoy!

Hopbox Kit

2 Gallon Kit

The Long One Recipe

The Long One

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Two Acrobats Use a Teeterboard to Catapult Each Other in the Air and Perform Back Flips

Cirque du Soleil acrobats David James Rimmer and Stéphane Beauregard perform a gravity-defying partner routine with a teeterboard, a seesaw-like gymnastic apparatus, in an astonishing short video. In their routine, the acrobats launch each other in the air and perform a series of hair-raising back flips. The video was shot in 2013, while Rimmer and Beauregard were training for the Cirque du Soleil show Corteo.

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A Twisted and Gritty Reboot of the Classic Children’s Book ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie’

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a classic children’s book by author Laura Numeroff, has become a place of nightmares in a twisted and gritty reboot trailer by the talented people at Gritty Reboots (previously). They also released behind-the-scenes footage showing how the story was brought to life.

If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk.
When you give him the milk, it’s too late…