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Stud of the week: Aki Hoshide

I mean, if you are gonna take a Facebook profile pic, go big or go home, right? At least that’s the mantra Aki Hoshide lives by, Astronaut for JAXA (Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency). He casually snapped this shot while “hanging out” on a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station. Stud. Check out the rest of their Flickr photoset here.

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M83 crams in every telekinesis movie reference ever in 4 minutes

What happens when you make a music video that is an homage to Scanners, X-Men, X-files, Fringe, Push with a little Children of the Corn mixed in? You get this video. I will admit that the visual FX are rendered fairly well; I’d say on par with Fringe and better than any other sci-fi on network tv these days. This video probably cost more than the last 5 SyFy originals combined.

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Audi eBike: awesome prototype, probably decent bike

Audi makes awesome cars. Lets just get that out of the way. I love ’em. I would never buy one but I can really respect them. So much that some jerkface used to park his 2010 R8 in the handicapped parking spot at my gym and I kept catching myself trying to justify that kind of behavior, because… it’s a freaking R8!¬†Needless to say they know how to design automobiles that not only look killer but are monsters on the road. But how much of that knowledge really can carry over into the world of bikes? Enter their offering, the Audi eBike.

At first glance, this electric bicycle certainly continues the Audi tradition. The laundry list of tech in this carbon fiber beast is ridiculous. Built-in head and tail lights, electric motor, touchscreen display and wifi? Even a wheelie mode where it balances on the back wheel like Segway? All crazy awesome features. But my question is this: who is this (I can only assume) insanely-priced machine aimed at? Commuters? People doing freestyle tricks? Trail riders? With practically no rear travel and those puny front shocks it can’t be trail riders. And it looks like the frame’s rear suspension is a unified rear triangle, aka the worst kind of rear suspension ever. All modern bikes have some sort of variant on the 4-bar linkage suspension so that as the shock compresses your bike doesn’t shrink in size or get chain slack. And lets be honest, commuters aren’t riding any real distances on that seat. Oh yeah, that seat! Ridiculous. Looks like a one way ticket to the proctologist. No, but for real. Nobody’s sitting on that seat.

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Solar Eclipse from space: Photoshop of the week


After the solar eclipse on Sunday, awesome photos capturing it started cropping up all over the internet. This one instantly showed up all over Twitter and Facebook, claiming to be a picture shot from the ISS space station. Unfortunately this too-good-to-be-true pic has joined the ranks of The Tourist Guy on the World Trade Center and Shark Attacking Helicopter; a.k.a. it’s a total fake. A convincing fake, created by a this user from the DeviantArt forum. Even though it’s a fake, its still pretty inspiring and worth the hype.

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Puma + Subaru join forces for the Global Rallycross Championship [vid]

It really doesn’t take much to get me excited about Rallycross: Fast cars driven at top speed over rough terrain with a good chance of glorious crashes? You had me at “Fast”; not to mention how big of a Subaru nerd I am. So naturally Puma sponsoring Subaru’s 2012 Global Rallycross team got me more than a little interested.

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‘Pulp Fiction’ Lego characters take it to another level

Came across this the other day during some tangential internet search. I mean, come on. This is crazy. The skinny ties and hand-guns are rad, but it’s the freakishly accurate hair for both characters that is blowing my mind. To compare it to the original flick, check out this screenshot here.

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Officially hitched!

Russ and Kat got married

It’s official. The dishes are done, man. Yup, I got married! On October the 15th, my fianc√© Kat and I tied the knot here in Los Angeles. It was a whirlwind of crazy planning and a heck of a lot of last minute scrambling, but we somehow were able to get everything in place and we pulled it off.

And of course by “we” I mean my wife. She did the lion’s share of the planning (and bore a lot of the stress) to get this done, along with an amazing rag-tag team of awesome friends who helped get so much done. They were like the A-Team of wedding helpers and we couldn’t have done it without them. After the reception we went straight on our honeymoon to Playa del Carmen. We just got back so when I get a chance I’ll put a post with some Mexico pictures.

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Tokyo Slo-mode [vid]


Seriously sick. This is why after the wedding I’m saving all my money for a Tokyo trip.

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Pour a refreshing bowl of Kevin Garnett Murder-Ohs

P54I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I’m a sucker for packaging: great or horrendous. You know this. Having sat in one too many creative brainstorms in my day, I inevitably find myself taking guesses at what the creatives were thinking when designing something like this cereal box. I’m sure they were trying to capture the “raw intensity and determination” of a professional athlete, but to me it’s more like Kevin Garnett is saying, “Buy my cereal or I’ll murder you In your sleep!!” which, hey, I mean I guess it worked either way because I bought it. So… we’re cool now, right KG??

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The pros & cons of handmade wedding invites

This weekend Kat & I decided to silk-screen our wedding invites by hand. Why, you might ask? Mainly we wanted to do something handmade fitting our style, but it was also a heck of a lot cheaper than having someone else do it! One caveat: neither of us have silkscreened anything in the last 6 years and we had no equipment. Minor technicality. Yeah.