1. Orient Express vs InterRail pass, Europe
Worth the saving? Undoubtedly. But if you win the lottery
Worth the saving? Only want a panorama? Pick the pylon (A$11); the Bridge Climb (A$198-298) provides an adrenalin-boosting (but wallet-wilting) outlook
Worth the saving? A Plata day-trip (around US$35) is fine, but is no match. An eight-night Galápagos cruise costs from US$1500 plus flights – but find the cash if you can.
Worth the saving? Yes: Kenya’s a satisfying ascent – it just lacks the bragging rights
5. Nile cruiser vs felucca, Egypt
Worth the saving? Yes, if you’re not precious about loos
6. Gorilla tracking vs chimp trekking, Uganda
Worth the saving? Few are disappointed by gorilla trekking, but do consider alternatives: there’s much more to Uganda
Worth the saving? Yes. Game viewing in Kruger is great – but remember that a good guide can transform a safari
8. Glacier walk vs heli-hike, Fox & Franz Joseph, New Zealand
Worth the saving? No, splurge – for the chopper ride and more extraordinary ice.
Worth the saving? Ideally, do both. Book early for best-value Sambadrome seats
10. Yacht cruise vs Bateau Bus, Monaco
Worth the saving? Yes, for the views back to the world you can’t afford
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Found on: Lonely Planet
NeverWet has been making headlines as the silicon-based spray that repels liquids from clothes and electronics, but this off-book use shows another fascinating application that may be even longer-lasting: urban art invisible until poured upon.
Given criticism of NeverWet when applied to shoes (apparently it can discolor or leave residue) and phones (touchscreen and durability issues have been reported), this may prove to be a more persistent, if unintended, long-term application of the product.
And for any interested subversive artists, it could prove a unusual boon when bothered by police: how will the authorities justify arresting someone for spraying an invisible coating on a public surface?
Found on: WebUrbanist
New York has begun repurposing 91 of the state’s Park-N-Ride lots and rest stops to include “text stop” signs so motorists know they’re a safe place to pull over and text instead of doing it while driving. Of course, if you actually need a sign to tell you a parking lot or rest stop is a good place to pull over and text you probably shouldn’t be driving. Or texting — not even from bed at night.
Do you think people will use them?
Found on: Geekologie
British artist Ian Stevenson creates hilariously twisted street art populated by unfortunate characters and sarcastic messages. For more of his street art, check out his Facebook page. He also has quite a lot of humorous illustration work on his website, some of which is available for purchase.
Found on: Laughing Squid
Just a few weeks ago, men flocked to the 2013 Beard and Mustache Championships in New Orleans boasting all kinds of wild styles ranging from full beards to thin Dali mustaches. Along with the participants, Las Vegas-based photographer Greg Anderson also traveled there in order to document the spectacle of colors, styles, curls, twists, and braids throughout the competition. This extensive series of portraits features a wide range of dynamic personalities conveyed through each image.
Found on: My Modern Met
At some point I have been all of the above!
Les Turbulences, the newest project by design team Jakob + MacFarlane, is one of the few “morphing” buildings currently on permanent display. Created as part of the new FRAC Center in Orleans, France, a “graft” was introduced on the existing building, introducing an interactivity with its urban environment activated by a “skin of light” on the Turbulences. A collaboration with artists’ duo Electronic Shadow (Naziha Mestaoui and Yacine Aït Kaci), Turbulences consists of a facade of light made of several thousand diodes, creating a dynamic interface between the building and its surroundings. Using the natural construction lines of the Turbulences, various points of light become a pastiche of shapes: passing from point to line, line to surface, surface to volume, and volume to image.
This interactive skin of light is able to function in real time, responding with corresponding patterns to sunrises and sunsets, wind, and other variables.
The building’s surface is mostly informed by flows of information, directly transforming them into light-images. The result of a computer program, The Turbulences is at the forefront of the “immaterial architecture” technological revolution. In other words, buildings that can shift and change according to the surrounding climate.
Faceted aluminum cladding gives the building a chic, futuristic look during the day that at night turns to a light spectacular.
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Found on: YouTube