Photographer Mocks San Francisco’s Outrageous Housing Prices –

By Jillian Wong, 07 Apr 2014

Basement 1 BR – $3500

Spacious basement apartment. Classic architecture; very Romanesque and gothic! Arched interiors! Close to public transportation. PG&E not included. Not ADA-compliant; requires the use of a ladder for entry.

…Photographer Scot Hampton’s latest series mocks San Francisco’s famously high housing prices with a collection of sarcastic ‘For Rent’ signs placed around the city.

Hampton even created a Craigslist listing advertising a dumpster as a “waterfront condo.”

His hilarious and tongue-in-cheek descriptions promote mailboxes as studio lofts and public parks as garden penthouse studios, complete with amenities like vaulted ceilings, rooftop gardens and arched interiors…

See article and more images here: Sarcastic ‘For Rent’ Signs Mock San Francisco’s Outrageous Housing Prices –

Live like a hermit atop a massive wind turbine | DVICE

If you’ve been looking for somewhere to get away from it all, design firm Morphocode might have just thought up your dream home. By combining the age-old concept of lighthouse-style dwellings and the forward-thinking fields of offshore wind turbines, designers have come up with a futuristic-looking loft space.

The idea of living atop a wind turbine is not for the faint of heart, however. First of all, youll have to be ok with heights — and especially good at not falling from them. To this end, Morphocode has designed a system of rails to which you can clip yourself, Cliffhanger style.Second, you should be a fairly secluded individual who is also good at repairs.

The denizens of these low-density-living wind farms are meant to function as engineers and repair workers — on-call for when any of the monster turbines go down. Enjoying wind, choppy seas, rain and electrical engineering is a must.

Youll also want to seriously stock up on reading material, since high-speed Internet may not be available in all areas.That being said, the view would be epic and at least your electric bill is taken care of.

So, if a hermitage is what youre after and carabiner is your ideal accessory, keep your fingers crossed. Your perfect community could be ready for move-in as early as 2015.

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The Artist’s Life

Everything is gestation and then bringing forth. To let each impression and each germ of a feeling come to completion wholly in itself, in the dark, in the inexpressible, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one’s own intelligence, and await with deep humility and patience the birth-hour of a new clarity: that alone is living the artist’s life: in understanding as in creating.”— Rainer Maria Rilke


11 Year Old Genius—”Stop Learning, Start Thinking, and Get Creative”

They said he would never learn, now he will teach them a thing or two… A genius boy whose IQ is higher than Albert Einstein is on his way to possibly winning a Nobel Prize after being set free of special education programs in public schools.

I hope I have convinced you by now to STOP LEARNING. Most of the time the greatest advances come when you stop the book learning. You have to quit trying to make your teachers and colleagues perfectly happy. I hope you will take my challenge and leave here today and find what YOU want to do most.

His mother made the decision to take him out of the programs, even after having doctors diagnose him with Aspergers and say that her son Jacob Barnett would never even learn to tie his shoes.

She describes in her book “The Spark: A Mothers Story of Nurturing Genius” that she was afraid of trying to pull him out of school. “For a parent, its terrifying to fly against the advice of the professionals. But I knew in my heart that if Jake stayed in special ed, he would slip away.” Jacob was not thriving in special ed classes. He kept turning deeper into himself and was uncommunicative with other people.

His doctors prescribed medical treatment for the boy. When he wasn’t in therapy though, his mother noticed him doing amazing things. “He would create maps all over our floor using Q-tips. They would be maps of places we had visited and he would memorize every street.” Jake dropped out of elementary school in the 5th grade.

His incredible memory allowed him to attend university classes after he learned all of high school math in two weeks. Now hes on track to graduate from college at age 14 and working on theories to build on Einstein’s theory of relativity. 60 minutes did a special on Jacob below:

via Genius Child Kicked Out Of School For “Not Being Able To Learn” Could Win Nobel Peace Prize.

Arranged Marriage: Taxidermy and Recyled Bike Seats

Listed as a finalist for a recent designboom competition, the ‘ASIA AWARDS 2013′ conducted in collaboration with DA – japan design association NPO, the ‘bike seat sculptures’ by canadian designer Clem Chen transform the recycled bicycle pieces into animate works of art. appropriately titled, ‘bite it’ and ‘pink eye’ the customized fittings were made by carving out openings and inserting plastic-cast taxidermy molds into them. featuring a snarling mouth and creepy eye, the parts are held together with construction adhesive and 2-part epoxy glue, making the intimidating look durable, with additional sculpting done using epoxy putty. achieving an intimidatingly real-life look, details were painted in acrylic, while the body was given a matte-black spray finish.

The works were originally made for the ‘saddle-up!’ show at the hot art wet city gallery in vancouver, BC, where local artists were given used bike seats, donated by pedal to be modified and reinterpreted.

via clem chen inserts taxidermy molds into bike seat sculptures.