Category Archives: whoa

Hidden in Plain View


Done by USC’s architecture instructors: Alvin Huang of Synthesis

When fantasizing about the ultimate home office, the owner of this project imagined something sleek and sculptural that would conceal all the cords and contraptions that clutter most desks. To bring this vision to life, architect Alvin Huang and his team at Synthesis Design and Architecture hung sheets of CNC-milled birch—fabricated by local firm Cutting Edge—from the wall to form a continuous three-dimensional form. Look closely and you’ll glimpse the five hidden cabinets concealed within its sinewy surface that obscure files, books, a phone, and a paper shredder. In keeping with the theme of optical illusion, Synthesis inset a series of horizontal wooden spacers to form, from a distance, an abstraction of a world map—a way to hold the boards in place and nod to the resident’s love of world travel.






march of the flamingos


The greatest bird spectacle on earth at the Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley

i know it sounds nerdy- but i wish i could graph this. #swarmintelligence AMAZING!

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black and whites via Asudem



Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald singing Lady is a tramp

what amazing music! Nowadays we call duets pitbull and j.lo, justin bieber and usher. THIS is a real duet. No machines, no voice calibrations. HOT RAW MUSIC.

The Shaolin Monks

As a kid I literally grew up on every kung fu movie there was to see. Every family gathering, although for some meant caroling or family football games,  meant for us dinner and a gathering around the TV for a classic  kung fu movie. (And i swear its not your jackie chan or jet li stuff. Its the Bruce Lee, Wong Fei Hung, the ten tigers of Canton etc. The REAL kung fu movies)  Check out these photos of Shaolin Monks that i came across. They are truly amazing and truly inspiring. There was this one time when I was in Shanghai I met this man who told me that he just came from training for 3 years in the mountains of Tibet. He told me that every morning he would wake up at 3 am, fetch water, train, and meditate for 10+ hours at a time. Ive never met a man so well collected, passionate, and undisturbed by the faults of the world.  amazing people and amazing stories.


Id thought Id share a few images that have caught my eye.

“Sayeva” by Jakub Wojewoda.


David Moore – Sisters of Charity, Washington D.C., 1956

you are what you eat

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quotes from Second Nature

was reading Second Nature, an exhibition in Japan detailing the importance of nature in design.

Nature in itself is limitless and multifaceted, it does not show its appearance. In its own creations, nature has neither words nor form, but is boundless and eternal. This means that the miracle of nature of nature is contained even within the smallest seed. And those who pick up the seed can then understand the whole universe”

“He must be dull, the man who can examine the exquisite structure of a comb, so beautifully adapted to its end, without enthusiastic admiration. We hear from mathematicians that bees have practically solved a recondite problem and have the greatest possible amount of honey with the least consumption of wax. How great would it be if architects in human society had the same sensibilities! “

“Nature comprises things that just happen. Just as water falls, just as plants grow, just as tress grow, just as leaves fall and rot, yet somewhere and everywhere. In nature there is a beuty that sharply penetrates and lingers in the delicacy of the human heart”

most amazing photos of 2011

as the year comes to an end let us remember all the things that have happened this year. Buzz feed’s most powerful images of 2011

pictures are worth a thousand words

Members of the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House on May 1.

Firefighters of Ladder Company 4 — which lost seven men on 9/11 — perched together on their aerial ladder, watching a news bulletin in Times Square declaring that Osama bin Laden was dead on May 2.

Facebook played an extremely important role in the uprisings throughout the Middle East.

A demonstrator shows his bottom to riot police during a protest by European workers and trade union representatives to demand better job protection in the European Union countries in Brussels on March 24

84-year-old Dorli Rainey was pepper sprayed during a peaceful march in Seattle, Washington. She would have been thrown to the ground and trampled, but luckily a fellow protester and Iraq vet was there to save her. (Joshua Trujillo /

An aerial shot of the damage immediately following the Japanese tsunami.

A girl in isolation for radiation screening looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, Japan on March 14.

the best kind of maps

Collections of portraits taken from hidden places around the world. Take a look at these portraits and ask the simple question- why do they look the way they look? There are now officially over 7 billion people in this world and each one has a story that is reflected with each wrinkle and each expression. You’d be surprised at what you’ll find. In this world of 7 billion, everyone is interesting.