The Ecocapsule: A Portable House That Lets You Live Off The Grid

March 19, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

Imagine having the complete and utter freedom to live off the grid and in the middle of an isolated valley or on top of a mountain with stunning panoramic views.

Well, it could soon be a reality thanks to the Ecocapsule: a new, teeny tiny smart home powered entirely by the sun and the wind. The company behind the capsule, Nice Architect, call it “dwelling with the spirit of freedom.”

The Ecocapsule is a micro-shelter that offers a variety of sustainable offerings. Ultra-portable, the capsule is powered by solar and wind energy, includes rainwater collection and filtration, and even has a tiny kitchenette that can be used to prepare a hot meal.


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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

March 14, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

How do prisoners get so muscular?

When I first came to prison back in 2001, I knew that I would be entering a treacherous environment.  Instinctively, I felt the Darwinistic importance of staying in shape in order to survive. I was actually looking forward to ‘hitting the weight pile’ and ‘driving iron’ in order to put on some muscular size.  However, when I finally made it to the yard, I learned that the California Department of Corrections had removed all of the weights in 1998.  Administration claims this was due to the potential of them being used as weapons.  Personally, I think it was because California’s ‘tough on crime’ policy had almost doubled the size of the prison population.  The end result being more and more muscle-bound felons being released back into society.   Whatever the reason, guys in prison could no longer get as big, except for the dedicated few who used their creative ingenuity to achieve muscular size and definition.

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What Is Dating And Sex Like In Japan?

March 6, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting, main |

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Flirting in Japan

Flirting seems like a misnomer. It’s more like an absense of flirting. If you like someone in Japan, there are a couple of different ways of showing it and/or approaching them, none of which really resemble flirting in the west. 

1. Nanpa (the “pickup”) First off, only guys do nanpa; in the rare case that girls do it, it’s called gyaku-nan (“reverse nanpa”), but I never heard of gyaku-nan actually happening, it always seemed like it was more of an amusing theoretical idea, rather than something girls really did. 

Nanpa only refers to the case when you don’t know the other person at all, and you want to pick them up. Nanpa is direct. “You’re cute. What’s your name? Do you have time? Let’s go somewhere.” That is the classic script of nanpa. It can be shortened to just: “Kawaii yo. Jikan aru?” If you hear that, you’re being nanpa-ed. Of course, if you are a non-Asian foreigner, you will probably never hear that, because Japanese guys are too shy to try and nanpa a white or black woman. Most Japanese guys are too shy to nanpa at all. If you ask a Japanese if he has ever done nanpa, he’ll probably say, “ZOMG! No way! I’m too embarrassed!” since nanpa is direct, and mostly, if you are Japanese and you like someone, you embark on a series of subtle, indirect stealth manoeuvres, because liking prohibits action, especially for women, but also for men. 


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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

February 28, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

How do you appreciate abstract modern art?

For this explanation I’ll stick with painting, though it applies to art in general. There’s two main things you look at when viewing a painting. It’s “form” and its “content.” Form describes the physical stuff about a painting: color, size, what type of paint, thickness of paint, type of canvas, type of brush strokes, and so on. Content describes what the painting is depicting: a house, a person, a group of people, a particular event, a collection of objects, whatever.

We’ll look at two paintings, one “normal” painting and then an abstract one. First up is Leutze’s painting of Washington crossing the Deleware.  


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15 Ridiculous Pieces Of Art That Sold For Millions Of Dollars

February 27, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

Concetto spaziale, attese by Lucio Fontana

We’re having a go at being cultured today. Lovers of modern arts are a special breed of people. They are able to see things other people can’t.

For instance, the colour blue is just blue to many of us. But to modern art lovers, it is a blue that evokes the artist’s emotions of longing and sadness, you get my drift.

We have a hard time wrapping our heads around the fact that some of these ridiculous modern arts were sold for millions of dollars, the most recent being of a blue painting with a white line in the middle – that went for $43.8 million dollars!

Don’t just take my word for it! The following are 15 examples of paintings that would be considered junk if they were sold at an ordinary garage sale, but because of their extravagant history, descriptions and estimated value, were sold for millions to the highest bidder:


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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

February 22, 2018 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Answers |

How do mathematicians know that they’ve correctly solved a complex math equation when other equally skilled mathematicians cannot?

Here’s an analogy. Let’s say you’re trying to find the solution to a very difficult maze. Everyone might be stuck trying to find their way out, but you’re the first to find the solution. How do we know your solution is correct? You showed us the path – it’s easy to verify that the path is correct, even though finding it is hard.

It’s the same in math – finding a solution is hard, verifying it’s correct is easy.

Another example is Sudoku – it’s hard to solve, but checking whether a solution is correct is easy.

It’s true that more difficult math problems might be more difficult to validate, but it’s still easier to validate the correctness of a solution (typically a proof) than to find it in the first place.




A Man’s Body Was Photoshopped To Show Different Beauty Standards Around The World

February 21, 2018 | 4 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

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What does the ideal male body look like across the world? 

UK-based Internet medical service Superdrug Online Doctor commissioned graphic designers from 19 countries around the world to Photoshop a man to “make him more attractive” to people in their country. The project was inspired by Esther Honig’s 2014 Photoshop series, in which graphic designers retouched a woman’s body based on their country’s beauty standards.



The Gombe Chimpanzee War of 1974-78 Shattered Jane Goodall’s Illusions About Their Benevolence And Thinking They Were ‘Nicer’ Than Humans

February 20, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

Between 1974 and 1978, a tribal war raged in Tanzania. After the death of a local leader, two rival factions were formed which engaged in classic guerrilla warfare. In the end, the northern group systematically eliminated the southern group, killing nearly all of them–even the children–and kidnapping the survivors.

But the unique factor in this war was that all of the participants were Chimpanzees.

Until the 1960’s, there had been little effort to study the great apes in the wild. That changed when Dr Louis Leakey, a prominent paleontologist in Africa, decided that one way to learn more about the possible social structures of early humans ancestors was to study our closest living relatives. So he assigned three students to the task: one was sent to Borneo to study Orang-utans, another was sent to Rwanda to study Gorillas, and a third, Jane Goodall, was sent to Gombe Forest in Tanzania to study Chimpanzees.


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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

February 19, 2018 | 22 Comments » | Topics: Fascinating |

This is Anthony Borges, 15. He used his body to hold a classroom door shut, protecting 20 other students inside as the gunman fired through the door, hitting him five times



18 People Describe The Unwritten Laws Of Their Country

February 12, 2018 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

1. Mainland China: Do not buy traditional Chinese silk clothes and from a shop also sells wreath. (no matter how beautiful they are) Those clothes are for dead people, and that shop is a shroud shop. You have no idea how horrifying to see a foreigner wearing them and walking down the street.

2. Vietnam – commit to crossing the road. I know it looks scary due to the endless scooter stampede but if you just cross at a steady pace, they’ll avoid you. Do not try to dodge or make sudden movements, you will get your ass hit and there will be no sympathy.

3. In Malaysia, it is absolutely normal for someone to ask you what race you are. It’s not meant to be offensive, just general curiousity.

4. Finland: Do not go too near anyone. Our personal space is huge.

5. When going to a friend’s house and the family offers you have dinner with them, it is impolite to say no. Also, they would insist that you stay over in case you’ve had too much a lambanog and will give you the next best mattress they have. Before you leave, accept the leftover they give should you be hungry on your way back home.

Filipino hospitality at its essence.

6. In America, if you rent a bike, you should be aware that even if the bike lane is painted onto the street in a rainbow pattern with flashing neon lights, nobody gives a shit. You are not safe in the bike lane.