Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Portal: No Escape, A Live Action Short Film Based on Portal

“Portal: No Escape” is a beautiful live-action short film based on the game Portal starring Danielle Rayne as Chell. It was directed by Dan Trachtenberg, with visual effects by Jon Chesson and matte painting by Maxx Burman.

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Skype Office in Stockholm

The newly Skype office was designed by Swedish architecture & design firm PS Arkitektur. This cool cheery-cherry-berry office (wow! that was a tongue twister) is located inside of an old brewery (Münchenbrewery) in Stockholm, Sweden The office design is based on the spirit of Skype, how it is a useful and playful tool that connects the world. The in-between shapes of interconnected nodes has given us romboid and triangular shapes that is visible in the flooring and in the design of some of the hard furniture.

The playful happy theme in colours and soft furniture comes from the Skype graphics and the Skype cloud logo is reinterpreted as cloud-shaped lighting throughout the office space. The Stockholm office predominately works with audio and video development and this is manifested in the special made wallpapers with cables, earphones and other devices linked to audio-video technique.

Photographs by Jason Strong
Source: archdaily
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Happy Lottery Winners

Many people dream about getting a large fortune without any effort. Those who do not rely on themselves, or on inheritance of rich relatives, are often willing to rely on fate. For example, they participate in the lottery. Especially lotteries are popular in the United States. It is interesting to mention that the largest lottery winnings were received in the USA. It is worth noting that the winners will not receive the full amount of the winning.

First of all they have to decide whether they want to receive the winnings in the form of relatively small annual payments, or prefer to take their cash. In the second case the prize amount is greatly reduced. In addition, winners must pay 25 % federal tax on winnings. We will not go deep into the complex process of payments, let's look at the happy faces of people who received fortune in a moment. Judging from the photos, many have not yet realized that they became rich.

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Having Fun in the Hurricane Irene

Despite the death of 20 people, most were unharmed by Hurricane Irene, and instead had some fun with the storm. From surfing and boogie boarding to dancing in the rain and floating down water filled streets, many took advantage of the plentiful water.

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