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Five Friends Build “Icehenge” In The Middle Of A Frozen Lake

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What may at first appear to be a crystal structure on a distant alien planet is actually a beautiful work of ice art by 5 American guys who come together every year to build an “Icehenge.”

About four years ago, Drew McHenry, Kevin Lehner, Quinn Williams, Alec Seamars and Patrick Shields thought it would be fun to try out some antique ice cutting equipment to see what it’ was like to be an ice harvester. Their experiments led to their “Icehenge” creation. In 2014, unfortunate weather conditions prevented them from finishing this project, but this year, it was built in only two weekends.

This structure can be found on Rock Lake near the city of Lake Mills, Wisconsin. The gigantic pillars of ice weight around 140 kilograms (300 pounds) each and the pieces laying on them – 90 kilograms (200 pounds) each.

h/t:  wkow.com,  hngnews.com

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Sew Wanderlust: Instead Of Taking Photos, This Designer Embroiders Her Travels On-Site

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Most of us bring a camera to our travels, capturing the images of anything that interests us, while annoying the local residents. Designer Teresa Lim decided she did not want to look like an average tourist, so she thought of a very unique way on how to preserve the memories from her trips.

Anywhere Teresa goes, she takes the time to make an embroidered souvenir, depicting the landscape or landmarks that she visited. As of now she has brought these little souvenirs from such places as Vietnam, Tokyo, Prague, Germany.

On her website Teresa explains how and why the project began: “I started the project late 2014 after I realised that with today’s state of the art technology, taking pictures becomes so easy. I wanted something more from my travels, to be able to take back a part of that place with me. When I’m done with a piece, I actually feel like I KNOW that place, and that gives me a huge sense of satisfaction that I think just taking a photo wouldn’t give.”

If you liked Lim’s “Sew Wanderlust” series, be sure to check our her website for more of her amazing works.

More info: teeteeheehee.com (h/t: modernmet)

Vietnam, Ha Long Bay

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Tokyo (left) | Perth, Serpentine Falls (right)

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Prague

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Germany, Laufersweiler

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London, Big Ben

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Hanoi

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Berlin

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Prague, Charles bridge

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Amsterdam

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16+ Cool And Creative Bookmarks For Bookworms

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Have you ever read a book, only to lose your place because you haven’t got a decent bookmark? Well, perhaps if you’d had one of these unique page markers, you’d be more inclined to continue your quest for knowledge or adventure.

A bleeding bookmark for a thriller? Perhaps a shark’s fin for a nautical tale? If knowledge does indeed sprout from the hallowed pages of a book, then perhaps a leaf bookmark would take your fancy?

Themed bookmarks that represent a motif from the story are a fantastic way to get get children to read. For example, the arrow from Robin Hood’s bow helps bring Sherwood Forest to life. Or imagine chasing the White Rabbit into Wonderland after being tantalized by his pink ears!

Hippo In Water Bookmark

Reading Light Bookmark

Bloody Bookmark

Hands- Up Bookmark

Shark Bookmark

Zipped Book Bookmark

Feather USB-Bookmark

Rubber Band Bookmark Showing Exactly Where You Finished Reading

Birdy Bookmark

Magnifying Camera Bookmark

Reading Light – Book Holder

Grass Page Markers

Leafy Bookmark

Bookmarks Which Interact With Book Covers

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A Fascinating Field Guide to the Internet Infrastructure of New York City

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Seeing Networks by Ingrid Burrington

In her project Seeing Networks, author Ingrid Burrington seeks to better understand the scale and ubiquity of the Internet by examining its physical infrastructure. Her project is currently focused on New York City, where she has identified all manner of Internet infrastructure, including various antenna, buildings, manhole covers, and street markings. The project can be viewed on her website and in an upcoming book, Networks of New York: An Internet Infrastructure Field Guide. The book can be pre-ordered or it can be found at Eyebeam’s 2015 Annual Showcase in Brooklyn through February 21, 2015.

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“A Distributed Antenna System (DAS) is basically a way to expand a cell network’s reach, adding capacity in under-covered areas. They’re a little easier to find on the street because they’re not on top of buildings–they’re attached to street poles and linked to underground fiber-optic networks. If you ever see an orange cable marking going into a street pole, look up. You’ll probably see a DAS.”

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“Level 3 Communications began trading on NASAQ in 1998 and received its franchise to build a fiber optic network in New York City in 1999. They are a major Tier 1 network, which means that their network has a direct connection to every other network online without paying fees to do so. In 2012, Level 3 received a $411 million contract from the Department of Defense’s Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to provide fiber cable and maintenance support to DoD networks. This is just something that is interesting to know.”

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images by Ingrid Burrington

via Gothamist

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ABC Is Relaunching the Robot Combat Show ‘BattleBots’ for Summer 2015

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Today Deadline reports that BattleBots, the competitive robot combat television show that aired on Comedy Central for five seasons, is returning, this time on ABC. The relaunched show will feature the same single elimination tournament format found in the original series, though weight classes will be abolished. Six episodes are scheduled to air this summer on ABC.

via Deadline