The men of the sea who saved lives and stole the imagination of landlubbers nationwide.
There's something about life on the ocean that's attractive to men—even landlocked fellows hear the call of the open sea. Many sailors have shuffled off the small town doldrums with a tour of duty in the Navy, whose recruiters are eager to offer the perks of travel and adventure.
Even more have dreamed about life before the mast, and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums has collected antique glass slides showing the adventure of marine life, equal parts romantic and realist.
Unlike the relentless morbidity you see on the news, these are feel-good car crashes.
By process of deduction, the owner of this vehicle is the one who's clearly not laughing. (And also smoking a cigarette, because crashing your car is stressful).
In the early twentieth century, the streets and highways of America weren't littered with the chaotic high-speed hazards of today. However, the streets were littered with cars that utterly lacked power steering.
Possessing the nimbleness of overweight sloths, the cornering agility of arthritic donkeys, and tip-top speeds of around 40-45 mph, America's early, elderly vehicles crashed in ways that seem almost lighthearted.
Herra Kuulapaa has perfected the science—and art—of high speed ballistic photography.
Herra Kuulapaa considers himself “a scientific person fascinated by all kinds of phenomena.” Including, but not limited to: 3D photography, astrophotography, and the precision recording of flaming bullets firing from big guns.
Now, that last one, let’s talk about that. Let’s talk about recording bullets traveling at speeds up to 4,000 FPS (feet per second). Let’s talk about high speed ballistics, because that’s where Herra’s scientific approach turns into his specialty, his art. And, as his site introduces itself, he’s currently “the most comprehensive information source for visual transition phase ballistics.” Which meant, for us, that he was a man we needed to talk with.
Looking back at America’s Pastime, as the players of today get set for Spring Training.
Blink and we find ourselves on the cusp of March. A welcomed date for the winter weary and snow worn citizens of America, it signals warmer weather, longer days, and of course, the start of a new baseball season.
The pinnacle of optimism for every team, Spring Training symbolizes fresh cut grass, ball bark franks, and summer nights in the nosebleeds. Riddled with player evaluations, team conditioning, simulated games, and a whole lot of guessing on what 2014 will bring – it’s a celebrated sports enigma that helps bridge the gap between October and Opening Day.
A day-break wake up, three hour line, and a well-earned sip of Pliny the Younger.
At 7:07AM we pulled onto the Golden Gate Bridge—that burnt red beacon of endless opportunity. To the left swirled the Pacific, calm in the morning, the currents and swells small spirals of churning water. And to the right, the sun began its ascent over the Diablo Range. As with all great journeys, we began at daybreak. We were going to drink beer.
Pliny the Younger has been jostling for the #1 ranking the past few years. It topped charts in 2012, and, at time of tasting, it sat at the #2 spot (as of writing it’s dropped to #3, behind a fabled Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout whose merits, as with many of the top 50 beers, were thoroughly explicated waiting for Pliny).
An ultimate micro-home that boasts an infinite number of possibilities.
Simple, earth loving, miniature, and modular–the PODhouse by the Swiss design firm, Robust Outdoor Brands, is the culmination of an efficiently streamlined design with the implementation of an ideal “pick-and-plot” homestead. The result is the ultimate in micro homes that boast an infinite amount of possibilities.
Whether used as backyard office, a cozy guesthouse, or a secret getaway for you and the misses, this is could be your next home away from home. The POD, which has been in development since 2003, has gone through the rigors of continued testing, improvements, and optimization in order to ensure the highest quality, construction and overall flexibility of shelter.
The recent ruins of Moscow’s suburban sprawl—a vacation “destination.”
To many, the suburbs are an American standby. They’re something ingrained in our culture through film, advertising, and the baby boomer generation. It’s fair to say that everyone grew up differently, but it’s even fairer to say that the suburbia outside Moscow, Russia will challenge most American conventions.
Estonian/Russian photographer Alexander Gronsky’s project “Pastoral” counters the notions of suburbia that many Americans are familiar with. Shot over the course of four years, Gronsky’s photographs show Russian citizens enjoying the outdoors in Moscow’s periphery, with Soviet structures crumbling in the background.
Heroes so legendary, they needed stone tablets.
Well, not exactly stone, and maybe more like cool art prints you can geek out over, excavated and restored back to life by an adventurer named Josh Lane (Lois' brother). Mr. Lane went deep inside the tombs of pop-cultural ass-kicking people in spandex, where he unearthed a set of priceless, holy relics from your childhood.
Here's a preview of the Heroglyphs he discovered, before the guys from the Smithsonian come and lock them away in a vault for eternity.
This devil is far more frightful than even our most fiendish 4×4 dreams.
Jeeps usually come with the devil inside, standard issue. But the crafty folks who welded together El Diablo—well, when they do devil, they do devil big (they’re from Texas).
This isn’t the peacemaking, clean and polished Jeep x Filson, and it’s not the full-romping, full-paycheck Full Metal Jacket Jeep (a Jeep over $100K seems a little antithetical to us). It is, as hell usually breeds, a Jeep that follows—or burns—its own path, in its own red, hellish light.
From life in a Black Hole to Casey Neistat, this week’s Diversions + Tunes has it all.
1. EARLY OLYMPICS PHOTOS: Starting with numero uno in 1924 in Chamonix, France. / Airows
2. ARE WE LIVING IN A BLACK HOLE?: Scientists think that we might be the product of another, older universe—our mother universe. / Nat Geo
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