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Andrea James

Andrea James is a writer, director, producer and activist based in Los Angeles. Her work often focuses on consumer activism, the free culture movement, exogenous mysticism, humor, and LGBT rights.

DIY Underlit LED Skirt

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Imgur user SexyCyborg makes lots of cool fashion using open source hardware, like this underlit LED skirt. She published a very detailed HOWTO create your own based on her trial and error.

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WATCH: More DeepDream obsessions

Since Cory posted about the Deep Dream image recognition algorithm last month (and Rob earlier today) it's inspired an explosion of iterations like Roelof Pieters' DeepDreamed Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.

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WATCH: Jack Storms, sculpted gorgeous cube for Guardians of the Galaxy

Cold glass sculptor Jack Storms explains how he makes his gorgeous pieces, including one that became a cube prop in the Guardians of the Galaxy film.

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Detroit News documents the decimation of one city block

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Over the holiday weekend, The Detroit News published a remarkable analysis of what happened in Detroit's foreclosure meltdown. One block on Greensboro Street saw 33 of 38 homes go into mortgage or tax foreclosure in the last ten years.

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Dog with muzzle taped shut now posing with hot firefighters

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Remember Caitlyn, the dog whose muzzle was damaged after being taped shut with electric tape for days? Well, she's doing much better and posing with sexy firefighters in a new fundraising calendar.

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Timelapse 4K video: Thai street vendor makes ice cream rolls

YouTuber Max Lee got a great 4K grab of how street vendors make ice cream by hand in hot and humid Thailand. The secret: nitrogen.

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VIDEO: Can you pick out the hand-drawn leaf?

Illustrator Dino Tomic can draw trompe l'oeil leaves that look so realistic they are hard to tell apart from the real thing.

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Inspiring World Illustration Awards shortlist entries

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The Association of Illustrators and Directory of Illustration announced the shortlisted entries for this year's World Illustration Awards, including Grahame Baker Smith's Alice in Wonderland commemorative stamp for Royal Mail, above. Others include:

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WATCH: Patriotic fireworks safety supercut

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission just released a very dry safety video about not blowing yourself up with fireworks for the holidays, so we made a peppier patriotic supercut.

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WATCH: Bricklaying robot ushers in semi-automated masonry

Construction Robotics developed this bricklaying robot SAM (Semi-Automated Mason) after addressing two key challenges: mortar application and onsite variables that can hinder precision.

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Video: HOWTO put a Rubik's Cube in a bottle

YouTuber Mathologer shares his technique for reassembling a Rubik's Cube inside a glass container. The secret? Magnets!

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You probably need more pollen-covered bats in your life

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The undisputed king of cute pollen-faced bat photography is Merlin D. Tuttle of Bat Conservation International. If you like tequila, thank a bat!

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Massive sculpture covers saplings with plastic bags

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This year's non-traditional gallery exhibits at Art Basel Unlimited include Pascale Marthine Tayou's Plastic Tree C.

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Ten great websites with useful design style guides

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Laura Busche at Canva makes interesting observations about the style guides of 10 popular sites with distinctive and appealing styles, like Mozilla's Sandstone framework.

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Interactive chart displays opinion gaps between scientists and public

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Pew Research Center just released an interactive chart showing gaps between scientific consensus and public opinion. Refine results by gender, age, race, education, ideology, political party, and level of science knowledge.

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WATCH: Gorgeous drone footage of Iceland

Cinematographer Dima Balakirev created this striking montage of Iceland, including waterfalls, geothermal features, and lava formations. Crank it up to 2160p!

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Graffiti enthusiast won't take red for an answer

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In the eternal struggle between graffiti enthusasts and wall owners, sometimes a playful conversation emerges, like this battle over the word RED vs. red paint.

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