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The creative mind behind Facebook‘s timeline, Nicholas Felton, has just released a new app capable of measuring your entire life and summing it up in a range of aesthetically pleasing graphs. Named “Reporter,” the app works as a survey tool, notifying the user to answer a series of questions at randomized times during the day. Default questions include “how many cups of coffee have you had?” and “who are you with?,” as well as personalized questions that can be created and answered with either multiple choice, fill in the blanks and yes/no options. Aiming for efficiency, the app is designed to ask and record your answers in less than 10 seconds, working to integrate seamlessly into your life.
Originally created as a private app for Felton, the infographic designer used the technology to track the last two years of his life. Known as the Felton Report, he then released each year’s data as limited-edition graphic prints for sale. Currently the app is more about gathering data and the curiosity that comes with it, however, ultimately its intuitive design will undoubtedly lead to merged technologies. For example, a fitness band can only monitor so much on its own, but by adding your daily food intake quickly into the app, the two can work together much more efficiently. The app will no doubt adapt and be refined once more users get on board. To purchase “Reporter,” head here.
These photos by Francisco Negroni of a volcano exploding in in central Chile look like the backdrop to a fantasy film.
China is the first country to label “Internet addiction” a clinical disorder. With extraordinary intimacy, Web Junkieinvestigates a Beijing rehab center where Chinese teenagers are deprogrammed, focusing on three teens, their parents and the health professionals determined to help them kick their habit.
“…what starts out as an already-fascinating look at ways that technology may be destroying the lives of Chinese youth quickly becomes something more. As the unorthodox psychological sessions continue and the teenage boys begin to share with their parents the reasons why they feel more connected to disassociated voices in cyberspace than to their families, Web Junkie chronicles the results of a nation going through one of most drastic transformations in human history. In honest and wrenching ways that transcend national borders, this film is a thoughtful examination of a society in flux and a technology-addled generation on the precipice of an unknown future.”
For Liberals, Ladies & Limeys.
Directed, written and animated by Fraser Davidson, kindly voiced by the great guys over at Adventures in Design podcast (aidpodcast.com). All sound work by Morgan Samuel.
Check out the complete list of Hypebeast’s Hundred HERE
Whether by effort, skill or often both, 2013 offered up many names deserving of accolades; newcomers and veterans, varying in practice from music, art, and fashion to technology and media. Aiming to sensibly account for all achievements worth noting in 2013 is a lofty task, and while there are many deserving of commendation, this list pays respects to those that made the biggest leaps.
The big picture seems to revolve around the continual growth of a global culture through which news and trends can instantaneously spread. It is no longer surprising when something goes viral, rather it is expected. The digital age persists in creating and killing celebrities, seemingly offering a new name each day. In 2013, the overlap carried on; and never has there been a more eclectic mix involving street culture, with high fashion, sportswear and hip-hop all playing their parts. Street goths, bucket hats and floral prints arrived in full force, activewear and function became more prominent, rappers co-mingled with streetwear influencers, and multinational corporations patiently took notes. Meanwhile, we bore witness to Miley’s twerk seen around the world, Kanye unleashed the brilliance of Yeezus and a following barrage on radio programs, and it was our mission to keep you updated along the way. We present to you our inaugural listing of The HYPEBEAST Hundred.
Your chopsticks can make your food taste better, claims Hashikura Matsukan, a chopstick manufacturer steeped in 400 years of history. But how can you improve on, or reinvent, something that’s been around for so long? Something that’s been refined so many times? It’s just 2 sticks that taper to a point, right? Well that’s exactly where Oki Sato from Nendo turned to, when he was asked to redesign a series of chopsticks.
“Chopsticks ordinarily come in pairs,” explains Sato, “but the rassen chopsticks are a single unit. They’re separated into two for eating, then rejoined into one form when not in use.” Rassen means helix, and refers to the DNA-like shape used to link the two together.
Another design in the series is kamiai, or interlock. “We put a gap on one of the four sides of the square shaped chopstick, and embedded a magnet, so that the two would snap together in one piece when they are flipped and fitted to each other.
We placed the magnets towards the outside of each chopstick, so that the chopsticks don’t come together accidentally while someone is using them to eat.”
Banzai Pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii is a surf spot that serves up some of the largest and deadliest waves in the world. If you can hold your own above its razor sharp reef, the surfing community will respect you forever.
Using a GoPro camera and a DJI Phantom quadcopter, aerial photographer Eric Sterman has captured the world’s top surfers taming these massive waves.
The result is a truly breathtaking video from a perspective which used to be impossible for filmmakers to achieve without hiring a helicopter. I’ve watched a few surfing films before (Billabong Odyssey and The Endless Summer are my personal favorites) but this is by far the best footage I’ve ever seen from Pipeline.
Early into 2014, streetwear’s premiere trade show Agenda kicked off the new year right with a first show in Long Beach. The two-day affair brought together the best of the West Coast as well as international attendees for the latest and greatest in street-inspired fashion. Of course, what was on the feet of many attendees was not to be discounted as we bring you a recap of some of the best over the two days in this #OnFeet feature — leading off with the one and only CroatianStyle in the Red Yeezy IIs.
From Nike‘s “Silver Speed” collection comes this Super Bowl Edition of the Lunar Terra Arktos boot. Designed to handle the worst winter conditions the Lunar Terra Arktos should make the crazy winter weather just a bit more bearable. This edition sees the boot done up almost entirely in silver, with black accents, laces and Swoosh to round out the look. The removable inner bootie goes for an inverse look with silver serving an accent color against the black base. Look for these boots, along with the rest of he “Silver Speed” collection, at Nike soon.
Web magazine The Smoking Tire revealed that the the car collection video they published over a year ago was actually the personal garage of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas.
Here’s the official description from the YouTube page: Though we originally respected their privacy when they asked not to say who owned the cars, as we filmed this over a year ago, it makes no sense now not to say the cars all belonged to Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, two good friends of The Smoking Tire who tragically lost their lives on 11/30/13, and the world is officially a worse off place without them. Paul and Roger will be dearly missed by everyone who ever got to see their smiles, exchange words, or spend time with them at the track. RIP Roger and Paul.
Photography: Youngjun Koo / Highsnobiety.com
Coastal living has serious perks—views, waves, sandy beaches. And usually it’s all idyllic sandcastles and sunsets. That is, it’s like that until the hungry beast of coastal erosion starts eating up the beach. Then, next thing you know, your tranquil beach house is sliding down the sandy bank and out to sea. We’ve seen it happen over and over.
So while building your house upon the sand is not usually advised, Kiwi architects Crosson, Clarke and Carnachen are breaking centuries of convention, and they’re getting great results. Their multi-award winning Whangapoua Sled House rests on two massive wooden beams and is easily movable to avoid coastal erosion. Up-vote for modernity.
Built in the tradition of the Kiwi “bach” (short for bachelor pad, bach’s are beachside vacation homes that are an iconic part of NZ culture), this movable home rests on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, and can fit a family of five.
Whangapoua sits on a footprint of only 40 square meters, and is totally sustainable. It features a worm tank waste system (for composting) and potable grey water tanks for storing roof runoff. The exterior is a rough macrocarpa-cladding that can be closed completely in the case of coastal torrents, or opened for a sunny open-concept living space.
The kids’ sleeping area maximize space with cabinetry toe spaces and secret cubbies, and the adult quarters are accessed by climbing a ladder through a closeable hatch. If you keep scaling the ladder, it’ll open up to a roof terrace with panoramic views.
The essence of the Whangapoua Sled House is summed up in three words: small, simple and functional. It’s also extremely smart and, at the end of the day, while rain can ruin some beach time, it’s nothing compared to your home running away into the ocean. So,CCCA advises you to be like the wise man, and build thy house upon the sand.
Season 3 of Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee kicks off with Louis CK riding shotgun. Gallivanting around town in a 1959 Fiat Jolly in coral orange, they ultimately head to CK’s boat where topics range from their shared history as standup comics, t0 facial hair, to the precarious makeup of the delicate car.
While embedding is disabled, watch the entire twenty-three minute episode here.
Citing his 2014 winter ride as the “most impressive car [he has] ever driven,” winter sports sensation Jon Olsson has shared a look at his customized Audi RS6. Although the car is currently in line for upgrades at the hand of Stertman Motorsport, Olsson linked up with photographer Oskar Bakke to showcase the paint job and look of the car before it goes under the knife. Take a closer look at the Audi RS6 above and head to Olsson’s website for more.
Motorhead magazine teams up with Maiham-Media.com to give you a glimpse into the life of three young at heart car maniacs that own three extremely unique Le Mans’ cars, the Mazda 767B, a Jaguar XJ220LM and the already famous road going Porsche 962C. You may think these cars should be put in a garage or museum for safe keeping, but that is not the case here. Some of them still spend their lives racing around the circuit while others can be found hunting the streets for speed.
These are the “Car Maniacs”, and this is their “Life With Le Mans'”.
Director : Ko-Hey Takada | Motorhead.jp
Cinematographer / Editor : Luke Huxham | Maiham-Media.com
GFX / Animation : Edward Khoma | Carbonstudiosllc.com
Translation : Takashi Koga
Brendan Fairclough’s final run at Red Bull Rampage 2013.
Shot 100% on the HD HERO3+® camera from http://GoPro.com.