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Recovering NASA’s Lost Lunar Photos

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If it wasn’t for the hackers from the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project, we wouldn’t be looking at these photos of the moon that were brought back from 1,500 analog data tapes stowed away in someones shed since the late 60′s. They include the first high-resolution photographs ever taken from behind the lunar horizon, including the first photo of an earthrise. It’s actually a pretty long, but very interesting story and you can check the full, less lazy version via Wired.

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PaperBoy Wine Comes in a Cardboard Bottle

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When the weekend rolls around, sometimes we just like to kick back, relax, throw on a movie and sip a glass of the red. We already know that glass is recyclable, but an eco-friendlier version comes in the form of PaperBoy Wine. The newest wine from Sonoma County-based winery Truett-Hurst rolls-out in collaboration with Oakland, California-based packaging company Ecologic Brands.

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Black Out Light is a Designer Flashlight

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Flashlight design has hit an all new height with the Black Out Light designed by 5.5 designstudio. Simple in form and function, this flashlight offers a unique twist on your typical, boring flashlight design. With it’s unique features like the stainless steel cylinder handle, a red painted turned wood on/off switch, a natural leather strap  and a cork pad which serves as a resting base – you won’t even realize the usefulness that is the flashlight. You can pick it up through Designer Box’s online shop, but limited quantities may have you scrounging, which means hurry!

Available HERE.

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The World’s Smallest Laptop Charger

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I always make it a point to have my laptop fully charged the night before I take it anywhere. This is mostly due to the fact that I don’t want to carry my big-ass charger around. Now that Dart: the world’s smallest laptop charger has developed into a Kickstarter project, I’ll be able to start slacking on my overnight charges. It doesn’t matter if you own a PC or Mac, this universal charger was made to be just that – universal. They’ve used patented MIT technology called very high frequency (VHF) power conversion, while packing a 65W adapter and 2.1A USB charger into a 2.5 cubic inch package with a six-foot cable. Check the Dart Compatibility List to make sure your model is covered and you’ll be thanking us once yours has arrived in the mail.

Pledge HERE.

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The Design Deck Teaches Graphic Design

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Learning how to design something is what started the whole DirektConcept.com thing. We are proud to say we’ve come a very long way, but there is still plenty that we can learn and accomplish. If you too are trying to improve your designs skill set or are just getting started, the Design Deck of cards is perfect for learning graphic design and playing your favorite card game at the same time. Printed on Bicycle stock cards, you’ll learn everything from good design strategies to design terminology, quotes from famous designers, history of design movements and much more. Why not learn all of this while playing poker at the same time? It just seems to good to be true, doesn’t it?

Available HERE.

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Day Dream: Elvis Presley’s Honeymoon House

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We all have our preference for a dream home. Maybe you’d like that beach house sitting atop the water, or that contemporary, party home in the Hollywood Hills. Even that bachelor loft in downtown catches your eye. Day Dream is a new segment capturing the homes we’ve always dreamed about and the homes we one day wish to own.

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Behind Apple’s Campus 2 Headquarters

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Steve Jobs won’t be here to see how Apple is evolving into a spaceship, but we are sure he’ll be looking down on the build that everyone is anticipating in Cupertino. As you can see the new Apple campus will pretty much be ground-breaking architecture that will set new standards in energy usage, material usage and many other efficiencies. Go behind the scenes with Apple and its architect Norman Foster with the video below and see how the planning of Campus 2.

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The Lytro Illum is a New Era of Photography

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Blowing your DSLR game out of the water is the new Lytro Illum. Just like their first release a couple of years back, this first ever high-end consumer camera captures the whole light field, giving you the ability to accomplish several tasks you aren’t able to do with your Canon or Nikon. View your pictures from different perspectives, focal points, and dimensions. You’ll also have the ability to edit your pictures on the integrated touchscreen, while tapping the display lets you focus on a particular object. You can pre-order the camera now and receive a special introductory price along with an engraving and strap.

More HERE.

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Take a Look: Inside Seattle’s EMP Museum

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Last August I was able to hop on a plane and visit the Northwestern part of the United States (Seattle, WA) with my beautiful girlfriend. I was able to visit several attractions while I was out there, but since my love for music is stronger than most, the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum was my favorite stop of the trip.

Located in the heart of Seattle Center, the EMP Museum was founded by Larry Allen (co-founder of Microsoft) in 2000 and is dedicated to showcasing the works of contemporary pop-culture musicians. Throughout it’s 14-year history, EMP has organized numerous exhibits, 17 of which have gone on to tour across the US and internationally, with Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses being one of their biggest exhibits to date.

Check out our photo diary after the jump.

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Wall Dogs Showcases a Craft We Rarely Get to Witness

Ever wonder where those huge hand-painted murals are coming from in New York City? Wall Dogs showcases these brave men and women, as they take us on a ride up the the side of a building while they grace it with their artistic talents and take on a task that is limited to only a handful of people who can actually do it. Check the video above.