Custom motorcycle to carry surfboard

Deus Ex Machina is a custom motorcycle and lifestyle brand launched by Australian surfers. Seen here is their "Red Pill" bike, built by Jeremy Tagand. The bike is based on a Kawasaki W650 that's been re-engineered from the re-jetted carbs all the way to the quick-release surfboard racks. I wish I knew how to surf. And ride a motorcyle.

Deux Ex Machina: The Red Pill (via Uncrate)

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Amazon Prime is on sale today only for $67/year

Today, Friday, until 11:59pm PT you can sign up for an Amazon Prime subscription for $67. I use the hell out of Amazon Prime's free two-day shipping on everything from huge boxes of toilet paper to books and records to holiday gifts shipped to family and friends. They should set up a distribution facility at the bottom of my driveway. My kids also take advantage of Prime Video streaming of movies and TV shows on our tablet. (Amazon Prime also includes unlimited photo storage, streaming music, and free Kindle books, but I've never tried those features.) For the usual $99/year, my family absolutely gets our money's worth. It's a steal for $67/year. Amazon Prime Read the rest

Incredible new paintings by Richard Colman, art opening in SF tonight


Richard Colman opens a show of glorious new paintings at San Francisco's Chandran Gallery tonight! Above is my favorite Colman painting that I've seen so far, the mindblowingly beautiful "Figures, Faces and Candles." See more from the show and read an interview with Colman over at Juxtapoz.

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Motherfucking tarantula on a motherfucking plane


A baboon tarantula loose on a Delta plane caused a three hour flight delay in Baltimore on Wednesday that ended when the airline brought in another aircraft to fly passengers to Atlanta.

According to Delta, the spider had escaped from a cargo container. The spider was eventually found and had never made it into the passenger cabin.

"Safety and security are our top priority," the Delta spokesperson told The Baltimore Sun.

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104-year-old crocheter yarnbombs her town


Grace Brett, 104, is part of a guerrilla crochet group called the Souter Stormers who yarn bombed landmarks in Selkirk, Ettrickbridge and Yarrow, Scotland. The installation was tied to an arts festival in the area. Video below.

“I liked seeing my work showing with everyone else and thought the town looked lovely," Brett said.

Her daughter Daphne, 74, added "She thinks it is funny to be called a street artist.”

More at the Daily Record.

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Watch the trailer for the new Daft Punk documentary!

Daft Punk Unchained, a French documentary by Hervé Martin Delpierre about the mysterious robot musicians, has just premiered in the UK with English subtitles. It looks killer and I hope it screens in the US soon!

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OZ: page designs from the most beautiful psychedelic 'zine ever


Dig these covers and spreads from OZ, the psychedelic magazine launched in Australia in 1963 and reborn in the UK in 1967 under the visionary editorship of Richard Neville, Martin Sharp, and Richard Walsh. Far fucking out. From Wikipedia:

The original Australian OZ took the form of a satirical magazine published between 1963 and 1969, while the British incarnation was a "psychedelic hippy" magazine which appeared from 1967 to 1973. Strongly identified as part of the underground press, it was the subject of two celebrated obscenity trials, one in Australia in 1964 and the other in the United Kingdom in 1971. On both occasions the magazine's editors were acquitted on appeal after initially being found guilty and sentenced to harsh jail terms. An earlier, 1963 obscenity charge was dealt with expeditiously when, upon the advice of a solicitor, the three editors pleaded guilty...

Several editions of Oz included dazzling psychedelic wrap-around or pull-out posters by Sharp, London design duo Hapshash and the Coloured Coat and others; these instantly became sought-after collectors' items and now command high prices. Another innovation was the cover of Oz No.11, which included a collection of detachable adhesive labels, printed in either red, yellow or green. The all-graphic "Magic Theatre" edition (OZ No.16, November 1968), overseen by Sharp and (filmmaker Philippe) Mora, has been described by British author Jonathon Green as "arguably the greatest achievement of the entire British underground press."

More at Stoned Immaculate Vintage: "Return To Oz" (via Jux)

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Simple way to make popcorn on the cob

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Watch an octopus disappear into "quicksand" on the sea bottom


The southern sand octopus (Octopus kaurna) whips up some seafloor "quicksand" lined with mucus and burrows into it to rest during the daytime. From New Scientist:

(University of Melbourne researcher Jasper) Montana and his team first caught the octopus in the act of burrowing in 2008 when they were scuba diving at night in Port Philip Bay, south of Melbourne, Australia. When they shone a light on the octopus, the startled animal spread out its arms and repeatedly injected high-powered jets of water into the sediment using its funnel. This caused grains of sand to be temporarily suspended in water, making it like sandy water.

“The sediment became fluid like quicksand,” Montana says. The octopus put its arms into the sand while still pumping out water and eventually dived down into the sediment. The liquefied sand is likely to reduce drag and so allow the animal to burrow more quickly, using less energy, Montana’s team speculates....

They (later) found that the animal used its arms and mantle to push the sand away and form a burrow. It also extended two arms to the surface to create a narrow chimney to breathe through. Finally, it secured the walls of its new home with a layer of mucus that kept the grains of sand together so the entire thing maintained its shape.

"Zoologger: Octopus makes own quicksand to build burrow on seabed" (New Scientist via Laughing Squid)

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History of the hoodie


From Champion's creation of the hooded sweatshirt in the 1930s through Rocky Balboa to today's high-end cashmere designs to Trayvon Martin, writer Gary Warnett explores the cultural history of the hoodie.

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Steamer trunk with built-in minibar

Posh luggage brand Globe-Trotter and boozemaker Chivas teamed up on this steamer trunk design that includes a minibar. Good for long flight delays, I reckon. They'll make you one for just $18,000.

Featuring the bespoke burgundy fibreboard, American white oak from oak casks and a hand engraved copper plaque made from a retired Scotch whisky stills, the steamer trunk also comes with specially created compartments for shoes, a drawer to hold up to nine watches, oak hangers to hold pristine suits and a beautifully crafted mini bar with mirrored back...

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Beautiful, dreamy chamber pop from members of Afghan Whigs and Wussy


Imperial Phase by Plastic Ants

Cincinnati's Plastic Ants, purveyors of lovely "maximum chamber pop," follow up this year's gorgeous full-length debut LP, "Falling to Rise," with a new track "Imperial Phase." Listen above! Plastic Ants' dreamy orchestrations come from the friendship and collaboration of four music scene veterans: John Curley, bassist for Afghan Whigs, Joe Klug, drummer for Wussy, Robert Cherry, singer/songwriter perhaps best known from his many years as top editor of Alternative Press magazine, and Guy Vanasse, a multi-instrumentalist and singer with deep classical training. Cellist Amy Gillingham and Lisa Walker, Wussy's stellar singer, guest on the Falling to Rise album as well.

"I don’t even consider (Plastic Ants to be) rock music,” Cherry said in a recent interview. “It’s hard pop with timeless classical arrangements. We wanted to keep the instrumentation more acoustic because that’s where the songs originated and closer to how they were written. We like that instrumentation in terms of how timeless it can be. The collision of rock players and classical players made for some funny moments in the studio. At one point, John and I were trying to explain the appeal of AC/DC — a guitarist wearing a school boy’s outfit accompanied by a shirtless singer shouting sexual innuendos. They gave us this blank look and humored us.”

I'm glad, because they sure make beautiful music together.

Plastic Ants play a free show at Cincinnati's MOTR Pub on Monday, September 28.

Plastic Ants

Trailer for "Falling to Rise" below:

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Dig these groovy, diverse jazz sounds from Italian cinema


Imagine you're in a hip, swinging Italian movie with this killer compilation "Library of Sound Grooves: Jazz Expressions from the Italian Cinema (1963-1975)." The vinyl release is a gatefold double LP in a super-limited edition of 750. To give you a taste of the tunes, below are Nora Orlandi's "Sweet Body of Deborah," Ennio Morricone's "Un Uomo da Rispettare", and Armando Trovajoli's "The Getaway."

"Library of Sound Grooves: Jazz Expressions from the Italian Cinema (1963-1975)" (Forced Exposure)

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Watch the Angry Birds movie trailer!


Apparently, next summer "we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry."

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Beautiful video of the giant redwood trees of Northern California


More Than Just Parks (MTJP) immerses us in the Redwood National and State Parks to see the tallest trees in the world. What you see in this video is literally in my backyard and I feel so fortunate that I can immerse myself in such beauty just by stepping outside.

Redwood National and State Parks in Northern California are home to the tallest trees in the world, the mighty Redwood, which can reach staggering heights of over 360ft and weigh more than 500 tons. These parks feature magical forests, miles of spectacular beaches, stunning overlooks, and the largest herd of Roosevelt elk on the planet. This film was shot entirely in 4K.


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Man busted for high speed chase "learnt to drive on a Playstation game."


Adam Jones of Skegness, England was given a year jail sentence for "aggravated vehicle taking and driving without a license or insurance" after leading police on a 100mph chase that damaged countless cars. After he was caught, Jones reportedly told authorities that his driver's education consisted of playing Playstation driving games.

"You said you 'Only learnt to drive on a Playstation game," the judge told Jones. "You were driving like a Playstation game. You drove as fast as you could as if in a video or playstation game without any care for those around you."

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How a retractable ballpoint pen works


Click, point goes out. Click, point goes in. Click. Click. Click. (Engineerguy)

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