It’s Cooler Underground

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Canadian photographer Chris Forsyth has been spending most of his free time underground for the past few years. Beginning in his home town of Montreal, he has traveled the world’s underground transit systems capturing very stylized images for a series appropriately called “Metro”.

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Forsyth somehow manages to keep his shots free of pesky passengers, litter, and graffiti, making for colorful, neat, and uncluttered images. If you’d like to see more of his work and possibly buy a print, check-out his website.

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Dormez Sur La Seine

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With rates starting at €180 a night for a small cabin, and a location at the grittier end of the Seine, Paris’ first (and only) floating hotel isn’t for every visitor to the French capital. But if you’re looking for a hipster vibe and design-forward accommodations, the new Hôtel OFF Paris Seine may be just for you.

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Constructed from two catamarans, the floatel is decked out in salvaged wood, recycled metals, and custom furnishings. There’s even a dipping pool at the bar.

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Make America Read Again

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Cleveland, Ohio librarian Jonathan Harris is using his summer vacation to give away books to both protesters and delegates at the Republican National Convention. Harris, who is the branch manager at a neighborhood library in the Tremont section of the city, bikes to the convention site with crates of donated books. His only aim is to promote literacy. Now that’s a patriot.

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photo © Seth Millstein

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Chill Library

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Built to improve literacy rates in Bima, Indonesia, this wonderful little library was constructed using recycled plastic boxes from a local ice cream manufacturer. Sponsored by the NGO Pocket for the Poor, the eco-friendly building makes use of natural cross ventilation to create a comfortable reading environment without air-conditioning. How cool is that.

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Swinging Luxembourg

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Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of hours spent mindlessly swinging. This charming installation in Luxembourg—from Luxembourgeois artist Max Mertens—is aptly titled “Swings”. The 450 colorful wooden swings are suspended from fixed cables above the popular pedestrian street rue Phillipe II in Luxembourg City.

images © Max Mertens

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Gateway to Europe

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What Makes A Book A Book

This short animated film titled “The Evolution of the Book” by Patrick Smith is an enlightening TED-Ed video that demonstrates the elements that come together to make a book.

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Rocky Mountain Highs

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Since cannabis legalization in the U.S. State of Colorado went into effect locals have been coming up with new and improved ways to enjoy legal weed. Now residents and visitors in the Denver can safely travel around the Mile-High City in the brand new Loopr bus while consuming cannabis.

The bus travels in a continuous loop around town allowing riders to freely enjoy their BYOC (bring-your-own-cannabis) products. Loopr passes many of Denver’s popular hotels, restaurants, concert venues, and clubs.

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Adult tourists in Colorado can legally purchase marijuana, but often have no where to consume it under the current regulations since public use is forbidden. Loopr circumvents the laws since it is considered a private vehicle.

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Project creator Bryan Spatz says that he aims to integrate Loopr into the tourism, entertainment, and cultural scenes in Denver.

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Riders can use the Loopr app to buy one, three, or seven day bus passes.

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Real Street Art

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Berlin-based art collective Raubdruckerin specializes in screen printing. They recently had the clever notion to use European manhole covers and drains as surfaces to ink. They’ve been printing t-shirts, bags, and textiles directly on the streets of Berlin, Lisbon, Paris, and Amsterdam. They market the prints online and at a shop in Nikolaiviertel.

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Luggage Hacks

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If you have ever been locked out of your own suitcase or backpack, this clever hack is worth knowing. Hacks World on Youtube demonstrates how simple it is to bypass a luggage lock with a ballpoint pen.

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