When a grocery store in Süderlügum, Germany offered $276 in free groceries to anyone willing to shop naked, they expected maybe 10 brave souls. They got more like 250, including folks from nearby Denmark who cross the border to shop for cheaper alcohol. This video is, I hardly need to tell you, not really safe for work -- although there's nothing all that titillating about it.
Technology has helped bring about a retail shift that now means I can buy my consumer goods without ever leaving my house, my husband's shaving gear without ever thinking about it and now, thanks to True&Co, my bras without ever having a lady in a department store wrap a tape measure around my chest. I love the Internet.
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects designed the hedquarters for one of Denmark’s leading mortgage banks, Nykredit. The ten-storey glass structure amply endows the office spaces with natural light from the harbour, thus linking the floors together. The CEO’s office is situated on the 9th floor and contains a clothing cabinet with a hidden escape hatch, built on his request.
A designer, Max Lamb, decided to return to his favourite beach on the south coast of Cornwall, UK, to make stools utilizing a primitive form of sand-casting. A childhood spent building sandcastles inspired Lamb to design stools by pouring molten pewter into a sand mould and hand sculpt it into the beach.
Il Vulcano Buono, built in Nola - province of Naples, southern Italy.
Infographic by Vertic.
A Model of Stephenson’s Steam Engine, made in 2008, by glassblower Michal Zahradník. Description:
The crankshaft is glass. The piston is glass. The counterweight that makes the wheel spin evenly is glass. Everything is made out of glass, and no sealants are used. All is accomplished by a perfectly snug fit. The gap between the piston and its compartment is so small, that the water that condensates from the steam seals it shut! Notice the elaborate excessive steam exhaust system next to the piston. The piston is the most arduous part to make due to extreme level of precision needed. Its parts have to be so accurate that no machinery is of use here. The piston and its cylinder must be hand sanded to perfection, and they are very likely to crack in the process. On average, three out of four crack.
Everything is a Remix Part 1.
Message From The Creator:
Remixing is a folk art but the techniques are the same ones used at any level of creation: copy, transform, and combine. You could even say that everything is a remix.
Source: Everything Is A Remix.
Economic Researchers, Jeremy Edwards And Sheilagh Oglivie (University of Cambridge) just published a new paper covering What Lessons for Development We Can We Draw from the Champagne Fairs. A delightful and quite readable paper, according to Tyler Cowen. Here is the abstract:
«The medieval Champagne fairs are widely used to draw lessons about the institutional basis for long-distance impersonal exchange. This paper re-examines the causes of the outstanding success of the Champagne fairs in mediating international trade, the timing and causes of the fairs’ decline, and the institutions for securing property rights and enforcing contracts at the fairs. It finds that contract enforcement at the fairs did not take the form of private-order or corporative mechanisms, but was provided by public institutions. More generally, the success and decline of the Champagne fairs depended crucially on the policies adopted by the public authorities.»
Download The Paper Here.
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About the clip [via NG]:
«Alex Honnold makes the first free solos of the largest walls in North America. He scales 2,000 feet with only shoes and chalk bag—no rope, no safety, and no room for error. Though he’s a superhero on the walls, off the rock Alex is a shy, self-effacing young guy living in his van.»