10 Cool Things I Found on the Internet this Week! #14

Grab your diamanté hip-flask, tell the IT dept. your computer’s on the blink . . . AGAIN!, and put the phone on silent – it’s that time of the week again when we waste some of the boss’s time! Yayyyyy!

 

I could do that!

H/t: Twisted Sifter

 

. . . and just for good measure (couldn’t resist really).

Ryan Reynolds being interviewed by his ‘Twin’ bro Gordon! – and it’s NSFW folks, so squeak the volume down a little, and if you’re watching from home, maybe send the kids off to the shops for a minute or 2!

 

2. The Vine Bridges of Japan’s hidden valleys

Their making is steeped in ancient folklore – some say the originals were built by bandits or warriors – but the West Iya Valley vine bridges are beautiful in their simplicity.

Old photo of an original bridge – OkinawaSoba/Flickr

Wisteria vines, a tough, hardy variety of creeper vine that will climb around any host, are grown from each side of the river.

When they become long enough, the vines are interwoven with planking every 8-12 inches, with the idea in olden times that if robbers or bandits came along, the bridges could be cut down before they crossed, allowing the river to form a natural barrier to enemies.

A lack of any side-rails or supports on the originals all added to a harrowing crossing, with the bridges said to be so unstable that users unaccustomed to the crossings, would begin to wildly sway and bounce, causing them to freeze on the spot in fear, lest they fall the 50 or so feet into the turbid, icy water below.

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At one stage there were up to 13 different bridges, but today unfortunately there are only 3 left in existence, all maintained by local artisans, with the largest spanning almost 150 feet and now strengthened with thick wire cabling and heavy wooden support beams.

Side rails have also been added, but in the words of one recent crosser:

“You never think a vine bridge is scary until you walk on one and shit a brick.”

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Source: AtlasObsura

 

3. Britain’s wildest adventurer is the best!

An all-round adventurer and extreme sportsman, shaggy-haired and bushy-bearded Sean Conway ticks all the boxes when it comes to the ‘mad dogs and Englishmen’-type of guy!

Sean Conway arriving at John o’Groats in 2013, after swimming from Land’s End. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Known for his sometimes outlandish feats – he once climbed My Kilimanjaro dressed as a penguin – the 35yo has several major feats under his belt, including a 16,000 km round-the-world cycle ride, more than half of which was undertaken with a broken back after being hit by a car.

“I feel sorry for people stuck in cities their whole lives,” says adventurer Sean Conway. “There are so many landscapes out there.”

Last year, Conway became the first person to run, swim and cycle 4,200 miles around the coastline of Great Britain – thus completing the longest-ever triathlon.

Mission complete … Conway started and finished his triathlon at Lulworth Cove in Dorset. Photograph: James Cheadle/Discovery Communications

It took him 85 days. If that doesn’t sound difficult enough, he did the whole trip without a support team, wild camping at night in football fields or under upturned boats and carrying his tent and equipment with him.

Now 35yo and making a living from books on his adventures, he says,

“I lead a simple life. I don’t have a telly; I drive a really old Land Rover. You don’t need to earn as much as you think you do to have a kickass existence.”

Exactly Sean – looking forward to your next adventure mate – just don’t invite me okay!

Below he shares his Top 5 choices for some of the best coastal spots around Britain.

Natural drama … the cliffs at Beachy Head. Photograph: Franz Marc Frei/Getty Images/Look
Record-breaking beach … Pendine Sands. Photograph: Ian Wool/Getty Images/iStockphoto
All coast … Lundy Island, as seen from the southern tip. Photograph: Andy Stothert/Getty Images
On the edge … Cape Wrath. Photograph: Alamy
Jewel of the Jurassic coast … Lulworth Cove. Photograph: Matthew Pinner/Getty Images/iStockphoto

For the full story and an interesting and humorous interview, head to The Guardian.

 

4. Handy-to-know trick for removing a stuck ring.

Looks so easy when you know how!

Source: Youtube

 

5. A little bit more NSFW this week guys, with some great pics from fashion photographer and retoucher Tim Rise

As always, I try and keep this blog relatively family-friendly most of the time, but I DO love good photography when I see it, whether it be fashion, landscape, urban or whatever.

This week I happened upon a girl doing some great stuff in the fashion world, so thought I’d share.

They’re a little risqué so close your eyes kids!

For the more pics, head to her profile on Behance

 

6. It’s a Boy thing!

Ummmm . . . kinda lost for words here!? Maybe something like – I WANT ONE!!

Ferrari’s new concept car, dubbed the F80.

1200hp, 0-100km in 2.2secs, max speed almost 400kph, and sexy as f**k.

Nice!

All images © adriano raeli

Source: DesignBoom

 

7. Peru anybody?

I swear, these guys are bonkers!

The action starts about 1 minute in if you want to skip the intro btw.

Courtesy of Youtube

 

8. What I’m listening to at the mo!

Awesome stuff from DJ Asher out of Romania.

You can catch more of his stuff on his Website, Facebook, or Soundcloud

 

9. Boucherie Gepetto – A Belgian butcher’s house left just as it was.

You have to wonder sometimes what actually happened to the original occupant – the photographer states that:

“When there is no information online it’s either that the owner died or was brought to a rest house, but in both cases nobody cared afterwards…”

Weird, but also a little voyeuristic – so many stories, so many questions . . .!

Fashion photographer by day, this guy likes to sneak into abandoned houses and chronicles what he finds – check out his site for some more interesting finds.

Source and more pictures, head to: Manoir, Facebook, and Instagram

 

10. Tech Time: Into your own space? – then you need this ‘Shark Man’ suit

Hybrid wearable furniture that lets you have your own private space anywhere, AND in the shape of a shark’s fin.

Ummmmmmmm . . . . I got nothin!

For more info, head to DesignYouTrust

 

 

Bonus Extra – FIND THE CAT.

From all the comments I’ve had re. the difficulty of the weekly Find the Cat (none), I’ve obviously been way too hard on you all, so this week I thought I’d make it a bit easier.

CLUE: Puss is NOT under the table!

Courtesy of: Lifebuzz

Hope you all enjoyed this weeks list of Cool and Interesting stuff off the Net.

If you’d like to leave a comment below on anything, or want to suggest stuff you’d like to see in the future, then feel free to use the Comments section below!

As always, I aim to please! (yes, I’ll even answer your comments!)

Have an awesome week kids! 🙂

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