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Generally, GIFs are not found outside multi-thread e-mail responses and Facebook posts, but the format is capable of so much more in the right hands. UK artist INSA has been bounding around the globe making his own real-life GIFs. Turns out huts, walls and optical illusions are actually far more interesting than cats.
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The higonokami knife was originally made in Japan starting in the late 1800s and is characterized by its lack of a locking mechanism and simple, protruding tang. The style was exceedingly popular in Japan until 1961 when blades were banned. Still, a few craftsmen carry on the tradition today. This is a collection of higonokami knives in a range of sizes that bring that tradition to your pocket. ... check it out
If this post does really well, we're looking at you, Colorado. David Dope creates these very simple yet very mesmerizing little Gifs for your brain's pleasure. He updates his Tumblr with things that he finds that inspire him along with his own looped work. Determine how stoned you are by how many hours you spend staring ... continue reading
Take a break from looking for random naked people on Google Maps and take a little virtual tour of the Lamborghini Museum in Italy. Google Street View lets you see the rides, and snoop around all while giving you an insane fit of jealousy. You can even get yourself inside the cars to check out the interiors. Unfortunately, ... continue reading
Um, yeah, so it's Father's Day. Did you forget dear old Dad? If you did, here's a quick, last minute way to save face. Print out this simple card (those flowery ones at the store aren't the manliest offerings ever anyway) and write a quick note to your pops. You can even print out an envelope and some wrap for a small ... continue reading
Instagram is easily the coolest thing to happen to iPhone since IPhone, and Android since, well, ever. Once they finally rolled out the Android client, the only real issue was the fact that their website was useless. If you wanted to look at or share your pictures in an actual browser window, you had to use a third ... continue reading
Haven't you always wanted a gigantic wooden Kraken, a skull pinky ring or the sweetest amoeba looking desk anyone has ever seen? Custom Made can make it happen. Actually, they can make just about any of your wishes come true (nonsexual). Simply submit what you would like to have made (or choose from some of their ... continue reading
We know we took some shots at Instagram in this previous post, but to quote the well-known philosopher, Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, "We kid, we kid." The truth is, we enjoy using Instagram. Now that the popular app is available on Android devices, everyone at the Cool Material offices uses it frequently to document their ... continue reading
If we had to guess, we'd say 75% of the internet is a waste of time. The problem is, you're probably assuming we think that's a bad thing. We love wasting time! Seriously, little time-wasting sites are addictive, funny and occasionally informative. If we had to choose one site to waste away on (perhaps we have some ... continue reading
If you spend your days hunched over a keyboard like a code writing Quasimodo, you probably have little contact with the outside world. This isn't good. You need to keep up your relationships outside of dealing with internet trolls, and what better way to do so than by sending out a few Code Cards. Whether it's just ... continue reading
Drinkify is a website that tells you the perfect drink to enjoy with whatever band or artist you happen to be listening to. When we first stumbled upon it all we could think was that, that sounds like an awful lot of work to just tell us "beer." Then we started playing around on it. Two hours later, we can safely ... continue reading
Towards the end of last year, I found myself up against an article deadline for this website while a few cocktails deep. This is not a great place to be, because a) you’re short on time, b) anything you write seems totally awesome, and c) it isn’t. You submit it anyway for obvious reasons, and the feedback usually ... continue reading
Too often the time on our Friday nights is spent debating on where to go only to end up going to the same bar as ever other Friday night. Sure it's cool to get to know the bartender and occasionally get a free drink, but the women there are the same that are always there and the TV is—as always—playing muted episodes ... continue reading
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Bragging to your friends about that hottie you met last weekend is always better with photographic evidence. But cell phone pics only go so far.
Remember the who, where, when, and even what you ate from all your escapades with Visa’ s Memory Mapper app, a synergistic ... continue reading
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World records are usually spoken of in terms of the professional athlete, with time, distance, speed and strength being the facto units of measurement. But as any Guinness ... continue reading