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September 6, 2019

Photos of children around the world with their most prized possessions


Wrote Amanda Gorence in Feature Shoot:


Shot over a period of 18 months, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti's project "Toy Stories" compiles photos of children from around the world with their prized possessions — their toys. Galimberti explores the universality of being a kid amidst the diversity of the countless corners of the world; saying, "at their age, they are pretty all much the same; they just want to play."


But it's how they play that seemed to differ from country to country. Galimberti found that children in richer countries were more possessive with their toys and that it took time before they allowed him to play with them (which is what he would do pre-shoot before arranging the toys), whereas in poorer countries he found it much easier to quickly interact, even if there were just two or three toys between them.


There were similarities too, especially in the functional and protective powers the toys represented for their proud owners. Across borders, the toys were reflective of the world each child was born into — economic status and daily life affecting the types of toys children found interest in. "Toy Stories" doesn't just appeal in its cheerful demeanor, but it really becomes quite the anthropological study.


[via Stephanie Buck]

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Free, the way we like it.

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Sol de Oro — Sun Mask


Sol de Oro is a sun-shaped mask dated between 600 BCE and 400 CE.

It has an anthropomorphic face with a jaguar mouth.

The wavy rays bursting from the head are formed by slithering snakes tipped with human faces.

It was made with a natural alloy of gold and platinum.

The provenance of this masterwork was until recently uncertain, and one of the most controversial in the field of ancient Ecuadorian metallurgy.

For years, it was debated whether its origin lies in the Sig-Sig and Chordeleg area in the province of Azuay, or the La Tolita area in the province of Esmereldas.

Finally, the results of neutron activation analysis revealed the raw material had a coastal origin, placing it in the La Tolita Culture.

In the collection of the Museo Nacional de Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador.

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How to live in a different universe

In one of Carlos Castaneda's books, Don Juan remarked that one should live so as to make it more likely the rabbit will emerge from the hat.

One way I've adapted this excellent advice to everyday life: at the last second before you do something, do something else.

For example: if you're throwing clean clothes into the dryer and some end up on the floor, don't pick them up and toss them in like 99+% of people do but instead let them lie on the floor while you put your next load into the washing machine and get it going — then get the clean wet clothes off the floor and put them in the dryer.

You've just caused the universe to split in two.


Try Hugh Everett's classic 1957 "Many-Worlds" doctoral dissertation: free, the way we like it.

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Stealth Beer Cozy


From the website:

A Trinken Lid paired with the Collapsible Cup:

After thousands of happy customers bought the dopest lid around, our number one request was to add a portable cup.

Now after years of development, we have the ultimate pair! 

The Lid:

The Trinken Lid was invented after wanting to have a cold beer in a covert manner. 

Simply open your can of choice, snap it into the bottom of the lid, and pop the lid on the cup: instant stealth beer cozy!

The Cup:

The collapsible cup has the perfect dimensions for your Trinken Lid and canned beverage.

It insulates, looks great, and fits in your purse or pocket.

Works on its own as a portable cup. 


By suspending your beer inside the cup, the layer of air insulates your can, keeping it cold in the summer and your hands warm in the winter.  

On a hot day a Trinken Lid will keep your beer cold longer than a traditional beer cozy, with the added bonus of being discrete.

Trinken Lids feature an ergonomically designed rim and spout that is much nicer to drink out of than a regular can.

In addition,  the secondary air hole keeps your beer flowing smoothly.  

After trying a Trinken, you'll never want to drink out of a can again.

Lid Features:

  • Same dimensions as a standard coffee cup lid, so it fits almost all medium to large paper coffee cups
  • Silicone gasket seals to the top of the can to ensure no leaks
  • Secondary breather hold to improve flow
  • Six sets of snaps hold your can in tight                                               
  • Ergonomically designed spout and rim       
  • Black or White

Cup Features:

  • Works perfectly with the Trinken Lid
  • Works as a cup on its own and holds a full pint!
  • Size: 6"H fully extended and collapses to 1.5"H
  • Weighs only 2.3 oz, making it perfect for camping or on the go

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Lid + Cup combo: $15.99 (beverage not included).

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