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That Tube Life.


There are various iterations of how urban dwellers will live in times to come, and of course, this is edged on by sci-fi films and various other architectural cityscape concepts. Above all, the vision of the future whether it be utopian or dystopian in your eyes is seemingly micro. One example of this is the OPod Tube Housing by Hong Kong studio James Law Cybertecture.

The OPod Tube Housing is low-cost, stackable micro-homes manufactured from concrete pipes. These pipes would be slotted in between building gaps rather similar to a game of Tetris. These concrete pipes are of course that of water pipes, transformed into a gorgeous 9.29 square meter home.

“OPod Tube Housing is an experimental, low-cost, micro-living housing unit to ease Hong Kong’s affordable housing problems,” James Law said, envisioning that these adorable homes be aimed at “young people who can’t afford private housing.” Albeit this ‘apartment’ is somewhat of an underground water pipe at heart, it’s hard to knock the fun-loving industrial interior. Compiling everything a young city-dweller needs, the OPod Tubes comes complete with a fold out bed, shower, toilet, fridge, microwave, cooker, microwave, and more neat add-ons.

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A Bit To Do About Respect.


 

François-Michel Liliane

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Everybody wants it but not nearly as many people want to be the first to give it. Isn’t it the root of all arguments? The staple of all companies? The reason friendships and relationships end?  Respect is a universally understood value but not universally given. There are some people that believe respect is a two way street in which both cars should be traveling at the same speed. Then there are people that believe they drive Ferrari’s and should not abide by speeds even resembling their neighbors’. (Meaning they do not believe respect is mutual give and take).  The biggest error in the comprehension of respect is when people assume it is just given.  People want to receive it but are always hesitant to give it. Remind you of anything? Money.

Grace Mathias

 

Funny the way that everything in life comes full circle; everybody wants money right? The more money you have, the more respect you attain. Even if somebody does not agree with what you think or feel or say or do, if you have a significantly greater amount of money than them in your bank account chances are they are definitely going to respect you. Think of homeless people on the street- do they usually get respected? The unfortunate reality is that they don’t. But if that was a business man on the ground texting on his iPhone and you accidently tripped over him you would probably be more likely to apologize to him as opposed to if you tripped over the scruffy looking dude that looked like he brushed his hair with a sneaker.

Michel Edward

 

What was one of the main lessons we were taught as young adults? First impressions are everything. The last thing anybody wanted was to be looked at foolishly upon first glance. Because if people do not think you are a respectable individual, that will completely change their response and their mannerisms with you. The absolute last thing you want is to be seen as somebody that does not deserve respect.  As you grow into an adult and begin to realize that it is not about what you know but who you know, your projection of self image will drastically change. Your decisions that seemed concrete at 16 to do whatever you wanted and to “express yourself” however you saw fit become significantly less realistic.

Alain Antoine

Be sure to put the same type of energy & emotion into the universe that you want to receive. If you want to be respected, respect others. If you want to be appreciated, be sure to appreciate others.

And remember; 

life will always come full circle-no matter what.

-Victoria Fisher

 

Photos by Andrew Kovalev.

Silja Magg Photography


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From the New York Post to Twelv Magazine passing by Jalouse, Bloomingdale’s or Please Magazine, her work angle and portfolio is quite rich and divers. Silja Magg creates great photo shoot for both Fashion Editorial & portraits editorial. We loved her work full of authenticity though mixing real and imaginary thoughts.

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Can You Translate Engrish Properly?


In the 2000 American version of “Godzilla”, the big lizard got his name from a misnomer of the words “Go-Jira”.  In the movie they were trying to make the point that it may be a bit difficult to translate from Japanese to English.  However, they never made the point that sometimes it might be hard there other way around.  Here’s a visual tribute to the ineptitude of the translation skills of the land of the rising sun and other Asian countries.  (For some reason, images on this list keep intermittently glitching, doubling up or disappearing. Rest assured that I’m constantly rectifying this issue, so if you encounter it, it should be fixed within the hour or so..)

Jay Ant – Pose.


Check out the track ‘Pose’ from Jay Ant, directed by Arturo Torres, and be sure to check out his mixtape  #iammostratchet right here.

Old School ‘Do It Yourself’ Ads.


Anytime we see ad’s from the 30’s or 40’s, things just strike us as odd.  (I know for me in particular, the ads the say cigarets improve your health), but things in general just kind of didn’t make sense.  That was never more apparent when I saw a collection of Do It Yourself Ads from that time period.  People were advertising things that didn’t make sense, would take years of expertise to accomplish, or were just downright impossible.  But in the 30’s and 40’s, I guess it was perfectly fine to sell nothing but a dream.

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Phonograph: June 1919

Can’t afford a phonograph? Try building one yourself. The Modern Phonograph Supply Company offered blueprints, diagrams, and metal parts to customers who were confident enough to construct 1919’s hottest gadgets by themselves. The Makafone cost just one-fourth the price of a regular machine of equal quality, came with a bundle of free records, and could be sold for a profit of $50 – $75.

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Erector Set: December 1935

During the holiday season, we advertised A.C. Gilbert’s No. 7 1/2 Motorized Erector set as a last-minute Christmas present. What boy wouldn’t uphold “25 pounds of scientific thrills” as the world’s greatest toy? As the illustration shows, this kit could actually produce hundreds of different steam shovels, ferries wheels, airships, automobiles, and more. The kit also came with a toy motor for additional realism.

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Telescope Lens Kit: April 1941

Do-it-yourself telescope kits might be common nowadays, but you’d be hard-pressed to find parts that cost just $1.95. Brownscope’s 100x telescope lens kit, which was suited for refracting telescopes, came with two astronomical eyepieces and one polished objective lens. As if you weren’t saving enough money by buying an inexpensive lens, the advertisement also recommended making a profit by charging people to look through your newly-upgraded telescope.

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Trailer Shell: June 1949

A 12-foot trailer for $299? Sounds like a sweet deal to us. DIY trailer kits from U-BUILD-IT came with everything you could possibly need for a basic shell: windows, doors, exterior panels, tires, roof ends, and a chassis, to name a few. The kit required no experience and no expensive tools.

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Magic Art Reproducer: January 1958

Now, this advertisement is a little vague about how the product actually works, but what can you expect from a $2 mystery gadget described as a “magic art reproducer”? According to the description, this tool would turn real-life objects into faint line drawings. With a little bit of tracing, talentless artists would be able to sketch everything from the human body, to bowls of fruit, to blueprints at a professional level.

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Electronic Organ: March 1960

While fine organs take years of training to construct, this DIY kit allowed just about anyone to build their own electronic organ for just $18.94. You could also order a 10-inch LP demonstration record for further instruction.

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Fireplace: September 1967

While a DIY fireplace seems like a challenging, even hazardous, home project, The Majestic Company claimed that you could build their wood-burning fireplaces without any expensive tools or masonry. It could fit in any room (except the bathroom, of course) and came in a variety of styles. You could choose from a corner fireplace, a front model, and pick either real brick tops or synthetic brick tops.

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Gyrocopter: November 1968

Speaking of hazards, how about the Bensen Aircraft Corporation’s build-it-yourself gyrocopter? Anyone who bought this would be the envy of his neighborhood. The gyrocopter came with interchangeable wheels and floats, required less landing space than a plane, and would glide gracefully to the ground if the engine broke… Or so it says on the box.

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Kit-a-Month Program: November 1969

While most of our DIY kits catered to home construction and car modification, we certainly indulged readers with a penchant for science projects. For just a $1.00 enrollment fee, and $4.95 per kit, you could make your own analog computer, light transmitter-receiver, weather station, atomic energy lab, and more. Members could either receive the kit on a monthly basis, or they could order all the projects at once for $49.50.

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Jet Powered Space Ranger: December 1977

Maybe we should just end the gallery here because clearly, nothing can beat this mail order item. The Space Ranger could reach a height of 5,000 feet, could take off and land vertically, and ran on “easily obtainable fuel.” Despite its fantastical appearance, the Space Ranger could be easily assembled in just a few days (supposedly). The entire thing cost 250 pounds and was available for a mere $5,795.

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DIY Sports Cars: October 1982

Embarrassed by your unsightly Corvair? Try outfitting it with a glamorous bolt-on body. With a little bit of tinkering, you could become the proud owner of a T-Bird, Porsche, or Ferrari, without going into debt over your purchase. Unlike the original sports cars, though, the bodies of kit cars are made of fiberglass coated in polyester resin instead of sheet metal.

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Cartridge of Tear Gas: February 1949

This isn’t exactly a DIY project, but we couldn’t resist including it in our roundup of mail order items. Before fog horns became the vigilant civilian’s weapon of choice, people carried cartridges of tear gas in their purses as a defense against attackers. Pens could shoot tear gas at a distance of 15 feet. Unlike most of the other kits advertised in the back section of our magazine, this one could be ordered for free. Safety first.

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Radio Hat: October 1949

Long before pocket-sized music devices were invented, Victor T. Hoeflich’s Radio Hat was the frontrunner in portable entertainment. The circuit was sewn into the hat’s lining, while the radio was powered by a small external battery pack. Despite its kooky appearance, this hat was a triple threat: for just $7.95, you could make a fashion statement, shield your eyes from the sun, and listen to your favorite programs.

Two Roads To Courage.


Growing up with quite a few cousins my age, when Christmas time came and we were all together, there was a little bit of gift envy between some of us.  This is exactly the way I felt when I saw a blog post from Tyler Riewer about a birthday gift he received.  It’s a suitcase – perfectly fitted for a bottle of bourbon and a set of brass knuckles. The outside says, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Sack up.”  The inside offers, “The two roads to courage.”  They built/screenprinted the whole thing.  It’s incredible.  His friends are amazing.

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