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Fallout 3 Broken Steel Train Is Actually Just a Giant NPC Hat

Going behind-the-scenes reveals a comical workaround.<p>Players poking around in Fallout 3's game files have noticed an entertaining detail: the …

Game Development

An Apple construction worker told us the new spaceship HQ may change building standards in the US

Construction is well underway on Apple Campus 2, Apple's planned new Cupertino headquarters. No expense is being spared on the futuristic building, nicknamed the "spaceship" and costing an estimated $5 billion. Due to be completed at the end of 2016, it will accommodate 12,000 employees and …

Architecture

Quentin Tarantino defends the decision to shoot — and screen — The Hateful Eight on 70mm film

'The thing I don't like about digital projection is it's just HBO in public.'<p>Quentin Tarantino loves cinema: the idea of it, watching it, talking about it, participating in it. He's the most genuine fan you can imagine, which is part of what makes it so fun to hear him speak about making movies. …

Making Movies

Street Artist and City Worker Spend a Year Having a Fun Graffiti Conversation

On his way to work in the morning, street artist Mobstr would cycle past an average, graffiti-covered red wall in London. For years, he noticed that a city worker would paint over the graffiti with red paint, when it was below a certain line. For any graffiti above this predetermined line, the …

Streetwear

Mesmerizing Paper Dome Turns the Sky into a Kaleidoscope

This beautiful, geometric “telescope” turns gazing at the sky into a mesmerizing experience. From the outside, the piece looks like a plain, white cylinder. But if you stoop low and step inside, the white walls open up into a soaring dome that divides an onlooker's view of the sky into intricate …

Art

Jordanian pilot 'burned alive' in new Isil video

Video showing death of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasaesbeh, held prisoner by Islamic State jihadists, released now but he may have been killed a month ago<p>Isil jihadists have released a video that shows the <b>Jordanian pilot</b>they have been holding hostage being burned alive.<p>Moaz al-Kasaesbeh, a pilot in …

Vivid Photos of a Rare Flipped Iceberg in Antarctica

While on an expedition in Antarctica, interface designer and filmmaker Alex Cornell was treated to the rare sight of a massive iceberg that had recently flipped over, revealing an extraordinarily vivid blue underside. With the strikingly polished ice ranging in hue from light aqua to dark teal to …

Global Warming

Artist reveals a hidden message in Apple's iCloud agreement

Terms of service for the internet are often good for two things: inspiring wild outrage, or simply acting as a textual speed bump between us and the web. Now, it appears they're also good for hiding secret messages.<p>Artist Florence Meunier scoured Apple's terms and conditions for iCloud and found a …

InterAct

Four ways to become a happier gamer, and person, in 2015

2014 was the year I got serious about happiness.<p>It was a strange thing to look at my life and realize how rarely I was happy. I'm making a good living as a writer, which has always been my dream. I have a wonderful family, and we all have our health. It felt like I had hit all the necessary …

Why Men Should Live Romantically | The Art of Manliness

When Neville Chamberlain brought Churchill into his cabinet in 1939 to serve as First Lord of the Admiralty (meaning he ran the British navy), …

The 10 Best Movies You Missed in 2014

From the editors of Esquire.com, catch up on the year's best movies that you most likely missed out on.<p><b>You've been chilled</b> by the marriage-gone-awry suspense of <i>Gone Girl</i>, stupefied by the cinematic inventiveness of <i>Birdman</i>, and terrified by the twisted mentor-mentee relationship of <i>Foxcatcher</i>, but …

Entertainment

Thrill Seekers Suspend a Giant Hammock 400 Feet Above the Desert Floor

During the recently-passed Thanksgiving holiday, a group of BASE jumpers, highliners, and friendly volunteers constructed a large pentagon-shaped hammock and suspended it 400 feet above the Moab desert in Utah. They called it the <i>Mothership Space Net Penthouse</i>, and it majestically hung over the …

Extreme Sports

Grand Theft Auto 5's misogyny is a problem its creators must finally address

The doctrine of "if you don't like it, just don't buy it" is a useful defense for cynical purveyors of shoddy products. They would prefer that you move along and keep your opinions to yourself.<p>When used in video games, this cheap line usefully reduces the relationship between products and humans to …

What 'GTA 5' Teaches Us About The Unsettling Future Of Immersion

Grand Theft Auto 5, out for more than a year already, has found itself even causing controversy in its re-release, something only Grand Theft Auto could do. The issue is that in response to an online petition, Target and Kmart have pulled the game from store shelves in Australia, leading to an …

The Art of Jackie Chan's Action Comedy - Video Essay

Portuguese Street Artist Creates Stunning 3D Graffiti That Seems To Float In The Air

Odeith, an extraordinarily talented street artist based in Portugal, creates incredible works of street art that will fool your eyes into thinking …

Streetwear

‘Police betrayed me,’ says mother of imprisoned British jihadi

Yusuf Sarwar was jailed for 12 years after his mother revealed that he was in Syria. She explains why the sentence is unjust<p>The distraught mother of a young man sentenced to 12 years for going to fight against the regime of president Bashar al-Assad in Syria said that she felt betrayed by the …

Germany mourns trainee teacher who dared to defy the bullies

Thousands are expected to attend funeral of student Tuğçe Albayrak who was attacked after defending teenagers<p>Scrolling through the picture stream on her mobile phone, Tutku Keskin proudly shows off countless images of her cousin, Tugce Albayrak: at her school leaving concert, celebrating Germany’s …

No spoilers: meet the film critic who's never watched a single film

He reviews dozens of films but hasn’t seen any of them. Tommy Edison, aka the Blind Film Critic, talks American Hustle, audio description and the joys of ‘watching’ his first silent movie<p>The next time you’re watching a big budget action movie – a superhero spectacle, perhaps, or a Michael …

This belt and buckle are actually a phone charger

Nifty’s Xoo is a belt for Batman that Bruce Wayne could wear<p>What's nearly as bad as running out of battery life on your phone? Having to lug around a battery charger. I have bought half a dozen of these portable chargers over the past few years, of all shapes and sizes. There's always one floating …

This goofy-looking device makes first-person shooters much more exciting

The Woojer sounds like a stupid gimmick, and it arrives with a sales pitch we've heard before.<p>The product itself is a small box that plugs into the 3.5mm audio jack of any device, and then you connect your headphones to the Woojer. The hardware works with any device that outputs audio, from your …

This nifty Japanese umbrella can stand on its own

There are lots of reasons not to like rainy days, but umbrellas have to be near the top of the list. They constantly break and they're awfully unwieldy. Japanese designer Oki Sato is doing his part to improve the humble umbrella, though — his Stay-brella won't fall down when you lean it on the …

11 Architectural Fantasies That Will Make Your Brain Hurt

The city has long been a source of inspiration for artists, who have throughout history flocked to cultural meccas like Paris, London, and New York. A eye-catching new book of art and photography called <i>Imagine Architecture</i> probes the way architecture and the urban realm have influenced visual …

Art

Famous Novels Turned into Beautifully Intricate Works of Book Art

Tokyo-based artist and designer Tomoko Takeda turns literary masterpieces into stunning works of visual art in her series <i>ものがたりの断片</i> (<i>monogatari no danpen</i>, trans. “story fragments”). With a brilliant eye for form and structure, Takeda cuts and carves away at the pages of books to form intricate, …

Books

Keira Knightley: ‘I used to try to be sensible and good and professional in a way I don’t now’

Keira Knightley is happier than she has been for years. Although she is busier than ever, the paparazzi no longer hassle her and even her critics have softened. So what’s changed?<p>There are few young actors who have divided opinion as much as Keira Knightley. It’s hard to understand – can she really …

Police repeatedly mistake Pennsylvania man for suspected cop killer Eric Frein

Friends and strangers are rallying to help a man whom police have repeatedly mistaken for Eric Frein, the alleged cop killer and survivalist still on the loose in northeastern Pennsylvania.<p>James Tully, who doesn't own a car and who walks 5 miles to work every day, has been mistaken for Frein more …

Will Pooley told he may not be immune to Ebola as he returns to Sierra Leone

British nurse who survived virus after being airlifted to UK said it was an ‘easy decision’ to go back to help contain outbreak<p>The British nurse who survived Ebola has flown back to Sierra Leone expressing fears that the world will return to indifference about the plight of Africans when the crisis …

The FBI Targeted A Vulnerable 18-Year-Old As A Potential Terrorist

FBI agents provided the high school student with a fake car bomb he allegedly attempted to detonate by a downtown Chicago bar before being arrested, the Telegraph reported. He could get life in prison if convicted of using a weapon of mass destruction at his November 2014 trial.<p>Here's the …

Crime