- Artist Camouflages Her Human Canvases In NYC Scenescapes: You’ve never seen body art like this. Daily Mail features Trina Merry making people practically disappear in Central Park, in front of the Gugg, and on bridges.
- Domino Sugars Sign Will Be Relocated: NYDN reports that the iconic sign will be taken down this month, but then reinstalled in a different location with a retail space, residential building and school.
- Jewelry That Converts Kinetic Energy into Electricity: Why dig for renewable energy in some far away place when you’re a walking renewable resource? Dezeen covers industrial designer Naomi Kizhner’s line of jewelry that can store energy from your body and turn it into electricity. If you’re wondering how it works: think of a water wheel, but with your blood – eeek.
- A Spin-The-Bottle Bar In, Wait For It, Bushwick – Games that you usually see at a bar: Jenga, Scattegories, Guess Who?, Connect 4. Leave it up to the up-and-coming nabe of Bushwick to have a bar with a spin-the-bottle table. Gawker assures us they also have food; just don’t forget your mints and floss before you pucker up.
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Daily Link Fix: Artist Turns People Into NYC Landmarks; Wearing This Pendant Can Convert Kinetic Energy into Electricity, Wed, August 6, 2014
- Honeycomb Sleeping Pods For Music Festival-Goers: Wired features B-And-Bee, the winning design for a Belgium competition for sustainable entrepreneurship. Believe it or not, each pod is big enough to fit a king size bed! Where do we sign up?
- There’s No Place Like NYC In The Summer: Summer Fridays, Saturday afternoons laying out in Sheep Meadow, outdoor dining and maybe even an ice cream cone from the Mister Softee truck… DesignTaxi spotlights a slow-motion video of scenes in the city during the dog days of summer.
- ‘Hug’ Tracks How Much Water You’re Drinking: Because #firstworldproblems, TechCrunch reports on the device and smartphone app that helps you stay hydrated. If only it told you how many people go without fresh, clean water every day too…
- Going Back To The Basics of Design: Lifehacker reminds us that design is part of everyday life. Use these three basics from design 101 to help improve your photography, interior design and writing skills.
Images: Achilles Heel’s B-And-Bee courtesy of Wired (left); “Streets – New York City” by Tim Sessler courtesy of DesignTaxi
Daily Link Fix: Stay Active and Keep Your Phone Charged with Cycling Bike; Spray Can Cake Batter (Yes, Really), Mon, August 4, 2014
- Iron Man Suits Make A Debut In South Korean Shipyards: Super strength suits are no longer just for those Marvel films. New Scientist reports that engineers in South Korea have built an exoskeleton that shipyard workers can use to lift up to 66 pounds.
- Cycle While You Work: Because standing desks are boring and treadmill desks are an eyesore. FastCo.Design highlights WeWatt’s cycling desk that helps you stay fit, improves work ethic, and charges your smartphone!
- Yummy Cake…From A Spray Can: Solving the real problems of life, two Harvard students have created a sprayable, microwaveable cake batter for easy baking without the mess. One of the students revealed to the Washington Post that ultimately they want an “organic and kosher certified” product. We’re not exactly sure if you can get that from “food” in a can.
- No Longer Able To Keep Up With The Joneses: The hard truth is that poverty exists and is growing in the suburbs. Slate reports that high poverty started to become more concentrated in suburban neighborhoods since the early 2000s.
Images: Left – Cycling Desk from WeWatt’s Facebook page; right – Spray Cake courtesy of John McCallum and Brooke Nowakowski for the Washington Post
- Summer Streets Is Here!: Time to break out the bike and ride the open roads. Summer Streets closes down streets in Brooklyn and Manhattan for biking, zip-lining, running, yoga and other activities. Find out where to find the annual program at The New York Times.
- LGBT Barbershop Coming To Crown Heights: DNAinfo reports that hair stylist, Khane Kutzwell, plans to open a barbershop that also doubles as a safe space for LGBT to come, hang out and get a haircut in a non-judgmental atmosphere. Click through to read more and help fund her Indiegogo campaign.
- A Tree Grows in Ground Zero: Narratively’s short video tells the moving story of one Cleveland Callery pear tree that refused to be broken when it was buried in the rubble at Ground Zero.
- Would You Live In Damien Hirst’s Community?: Because once you’ve done it all, what else is there to do? The richest living artist is now planning an eco-community in the British country. Find out how
notsustainable this project is over at PSFK.
Images: left – Video screenshot from Narratively; right – DNAinfo
- How Does Your Train Stack Up?: Animal New York covers The Straphangers Campaign’s annual ranking “State of the Subway.” Find out which train was considered the best and the worst – hopefully you’re not taking the latter any time soon.
- Pepper Spray Doubles As A Camera: This innovative design, now asking for funding on Indiegogo, snaps a pic of your attacker when you pull its trigger. We’re not exactly sure where the photo goes or how the emergency service is able to find you, but find out more about this campaign on Daily Dot.
- A Growing Pot For A Growing Plant: You won’t have to repot your greenery anymore with Emanuele Pizzolorusso’s Fold Pot that grows with your plant. Check out DesignMilk to see the snappy design.
- Understanding Your City with Graphs: CityLab interviews the founder of I Quant NY about his open data graphs. In case you were wondering which convenient store is dominant in each of the boroughs: For the Bronx, it’s Rite-Aid; for Manhattan, it’s Duane Reade (duh); for Staten Island, it’s CVS; and Brooklyn and Queens love all convenient stores equally.
Left: Fold Pot courtsey of Design Milk; Right: Wikimedia Commons
- Enjoy the New Yorker’s Best Architecture Articles for Free: The editors at Places have been busy digging through the New Yorker’s now pay-wall free vault and have rounded up some of the best stories on architecture and urbanism, including profiles of David Adjaye and Bjarke Ingels and a slew of interesting critiques and interviews.
- A Recycling Bin That Helps The Environment And Furry Friends: This neat recycling bin on MyModernMet provides food for stray animals when you deposit a bottle. And the best part: it doesn’t cost the city anything.
- 3D-Printed Loudspeaker Is Music To Our Ears: This 3D printer was able to print out a functioning loudspeaker, says Futurity. No assembly required.
- GIFs Are Now Street Art: Wait, when were GIFs considered art in the first place? Gizmodo spotlights artists Guus ter Beek and Tayfun Sarier who have been mounting these addicting animated loops all over London.
Images: GIFs Street Art courtesy of Gizmodo (left), 3D-printed loudspeaker courtesy of Futurity (right)
Your Daily Link Fix: A Rock Band from the Sahara Desert; The Mets Want to Save the ‘Tent of Tomorrow’, Tue, July 29, 2014
- A Nomadic Rock Band From The Sahara Desert: MessyNessyChic reminds us that the awesome bohemian band Tinariwen, formed back in the late 70s, is still rocking out with their unique sounds. Be sure to watch the video; you’ll want to have it on replay for the rest of the day.
- The Mets Want To Save the Vandalized Tent Of Tomorrow: Last week Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion was broken into and vandalized, but NYDN reports that the Mets want to pitch in to help restore it by donating a portion of ticket sales.
- Are You Drunk or Did You Not Get Enough Sleep?: You’ve probably heard it many times over that you need to get more sleep—and we all could use more time to catch some Zs. IFLScience featured a video from AsapScience showing what your brain looks like when you’re working on only six hours of shut-eye.
- Panda Bears En Route to Central Park: Gothamist has gotten word that Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is hoping to bring two giant pandas to New York City.
Images: Tinariwen band member (left), Tent of Tomrorow © Matthew Silva (right)