London-based, Japanese anime inspired clothing brand, Mayamada is back with their conclusion to the epic journey of a young Samurai Chef on his way to becoming a present-day infamous food slicing critic. Samurai Chef, Origins was such a kickstarter hit that Mayamada is attempting to launch this second volume using Kickstarter as well. They’ve got to finish the food fight! The funds raised will go towards artwork and printing fees for the first print run of the combined volume this autumn. Check out their full list of rewards below and be sure to watch the video. If you’d like to donate, you can do so by going here. Read More
The Dymaxion car was a concept car designed by U.S. inventor and architect Buckminster Fuller in 1933. The word Dymaxion is a brand name that Fuller gave to several of his inventions, to emphasize that he considered them part of a more general project to improve humanity’s living conditions. The car had a fuel efficiency of 30 miles per US gallon. It could transport 11 passengers. While Fuller claimed it could reach speeds of 120 miles per hour (190 km/h), the fastest documented speed was 90 miles per hour (140 km/h). The Dymaxion car was a three-wheeler, steered by a single rear wheel, and could do a U-turn in its own length. However, the rear-wheel steering made the car somewhat counterintuitive to operate, especially in crosswind situations.
An accident at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair damaged the first prototype badly, killing the driver, and seriously injuring the two passengers, one of whom was William Sempill, aviation pioneer and Japanese spy. The Dymaxion had rolled over, and although the driver was wearing a seatbelt, the prototype’s canvas roof had not offered sufficient crash protection. The cause of the accident was not determined, although Buckminster Fuller reported that the accident was due to the actions of another vehicle that had been following the Dymaxion closely. The crash prompted investors to abandon the project, blaming the accident on deficiencies of the vehicle’s steering.
In his 1988 book The Age of Heretics, author Art Kleiner maintained the real reason Chrysler refused to produce the car was because bankers had threatened to recall their loans, feeling the car would destroy sales for second-hand cars and for vehicles already in the distribution channels. Read More
A Woman Shops for a Fur Coat at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Her Chinese Pug, Miss Puffet, Sits on a Nearby Chaise. December 1964
PHOTOGRAPH BY ALBERT MOLDVAY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Read More
Russian marine biologist and underwater photographer (read that again to yourself and tell me you’re not already impressed) Alexander Semenov understands the importance of photographing the tiny organisms that live underwater. Alexander works at the White Sea Biological Station, in northwest Russia, as head of the scientific divers team. As a marine biologist, he’s trying to study underwater life in their own environment through the lenses of his camera. For Alexander, it’s very important to observe how sea creatures, live, feed, interact, and reproduce. He hopes to show his findings not only to other scientists, but to all people. There are entire societies of creatures living underwater that most humans rarely interact with or even know about. Alexander is happy to shed some light onto their existence. What we’re left with are gorgeous photographs of creatures sometimes too small for the human eye to see on its own. Check them out!
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
Missing the holidays? The winter season brings so many joyous emotions into the forefront. The early part of the season centers around the holidays, while February ushers in Valentine’s day, and here in America, winter is capped off by St. Patrick’s day in March. We think that these stock photos below will help put you in a winter mood. This is also the final season in our series of seasonal stock photography. If you missed Spring, Summer, or Autumn, be sure to check them out as well! Read More