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Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a camera? Most DSLRs are probably a bit too complex for most of us to really get our heads around, but what about an old film SLR? While complex, they're based on fairly straightforward mech...
Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a camera? Most DSLRs are probably a bit too complex for most of us to really get our heads around, but what about an old film SLR? While complex, they're based on fairly straightforward mechanical concepts. One French photographer and designer decided to figure out what really made SLRs tick by designing and building one himself from scratch. This project actually took place in 2010, but it's still an incredibly interesting build. It's photographed and explained in great detail in a... (read more)
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{Easy French cuisine} Homemade pommes dauphines and blue cheese & mushroom saucecraving more? check out TasteSpotting
{Easy French cuisine} Homemade pommes dauphines and blue cheese & mushroom saucecraving more? check out TasteSpotting
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Learn more about Decadent Creations here. What I Think: While shopping at my local New Seasons Market, I found this cute little box of macarons on the bakery shelf.  The packaging was almost as alluring as the contents:  the box is a pre...
Learn more about Decadent Creations here. What I Think: While shopping at my local New Seasons Market, I found this cute little box of macarons on the bakery shelf.  The packaging was almost as alluring as the contents:  the box is a pretty French blue, and it’s been wrapped in twine.  Really cute with a very French sort of appeal to it. It didn’t take me long to start in on these treats.  I could think of little else on the way home except those macarons in the grocery bag!  I did take a moment to read the label and I found that Decadent Creations is a local bakery in Beaverton, Oregon.  I like supporting local businesses, so I felt even better about this purchase.  (I always feel a little guilty when I buy treats for myself, and knowing that I’m supporting a local business … lessens the guilt just a little bit.) The macarons are delicately crisp on the outside and light and airy on the inside.  The creamy filling adds the right amount of decadent sweetness.  These seem to just melt in my mouth.  So delicious and … yes … decadent.  They named their bakery appropriately! There were three flavors in this box:  2 pistachio macarons, 2 lemon lavender macarons and 1 salted caramel.  The pistachio macarons were very sweet and it was a little difficult to discern the nutty pistachio flavor through all the sweetness until the finish, then the pistachio nuttiness came through.  The pistachio macarons were good … but my least favorite of the three. The lemon lavender macarons were delightful!  The lemon comes through prominently as soon as I bite into the crackly crisp shell of the macaron, and the lavender pops through as I continue to eat and allow the flavors to move across the palate.  I like that the lavender is delicate here.  It’s just the right amount of lavender to add a hint of sweet, floral contrast to the tangy lemon notes … but not so much to overpower the confection and give it a soapy taste. The salted caramel macaron was by far my favorite.  Oh my goodness.  Perfection!  The caramel is sweet and creamy and luscious, and there is just the right touch of salt to cut through that sweetness to keep it from becoming cloying.  I only got one Salted caramel macaron in my box of five macarons, and I found myself wishing that all five of them were the salted caramel!  They’re so good! My Final Thoughts: These were delicious.  At $6.99 for a box of five, they’re a little spendy, but, macarons ARE a little difficult to find and when you do find them … the price I paid is comparable for what I’d pay elsewhere.  These were a little bit of heaven.
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If your calendar has a gaping void during Saturday the 12th (of October) then you should head to Corvallis. Starting at 1pm and running through 11pm, Block 15 presents Bloktoberfest - a little bit of Oktoberfest in downtown Corvallis. A...
If your calendar has a gaping void during Saturday the 12th (of October) then you should head to Corvallis. Starting at 1pm and running through 11pm, Block 15 presents Bloktoberfest - a little bit of Oktoberfest in downtown Corvallis. A quick history of Corvallis Joseph C. Avery settled a land claim at the mouth of Marys River where it flows into the Willamette River in 1845. In 1849, Avery opened a store at the site, platted the land, and surveyed a town site on his land claim, naming the community Marysville. It is possible that the city was named after early settler Mary Lloyd, but now the name is thought to be derived from French fur trappers' naming of Marys Peak after the Virgin Mary. In 1853, the legislative assembly changed the city's name to Corvallis, from the Latin phrase cor vallis, meaning "heart of the valley." Corvallis was incorporated as a city on January 29, 1857. The town served briefly as the capital of the Oregon Territory in 1855 before Salem was eventually selected as the permanent seat of state government. source, Wikipedia Today Corvallis is not only home to Oregon State University but also one of Western Oregon's most under appreciated breweries, Block 15. All the more reason to stop in Saturday October 12th for their 5th Annual Bloktoberfest. WSU Cougar fans might appreciate the fact that the game versus (naturally) Oregon State will be on the big screen, starting at 7:30pm. $5 gets you in from 1pm - 11pm. Featured at this year's event will be live music, food, games and of course beer. Included below is the current menu of beer (plus cider and wine) as well as the entertainment schedule. Featured Beer Bloktoberfest Marzen Lager Atmosphere Hop Forward Pale Ale Lemon Raddler Featured Cider Two Towns Outsider Hard Cider Local Wines Live Music Tent 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm     Accordioso 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm     Wild Hog In the Woods 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm     Lederhosen & Dirndl Contest! 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm   The Bon Ton Roulet 7:30 pm watch the Oregon State Beavers versus Washington State Cougars Games Tent Darts Photo Area Projector Screen with Pac 12 Football Games 7:30pm OSU Beavers Football Cheers About Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery is the Mid Valley’s premier Brewpub. We specialize in locally sourced casual food and premium, from the source, craft brews. Take some time to browse our website where you will find what top quality goods and techniques form the brain of our establishment. Block 15 is situated in downtown Corvallis, Oregon. We are in the heart of a bustling area amid shopping, commerce, historic buildings, and the waterfront park. We are also only a few blocks from the Oregon State University campus. Located at the corner of Third and Jefferson, our building was originally built in 1926 for the Gazette-Times newspaper. Through a fusion of old and new, traditional and unique, Block 15 was born. We take our footprint on this earth seriously. Breweries and restaurants in general create a large amount of waste and use a lot of resources. Through planning and training, Block 15 takes the steps to reduce waste and limit resource consumption. Our plan is always evolving, as we constantly search for unique and effective ways to bring you the highest quality beer and food in a more sustainable manner. See more information on our practices. –source, Block 15 Restaurant and Brewery About the photo’s author "Matt Wiater is a photographer covering the Portland beer scene for portlandbeer.org."
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Hear This: “Yes, a penguin taught me French back in Antarctica” and other wordy revelations
Hear This: “Yes, a penguin taught me French back in Antarctica” and other wordy revelations
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Skrtel lined up as Rami replacement for La Liga outfit.La Liga side Valencia could be set to make a move for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel in the January transfer window as they seek a replacement for the departing Adil Rami, CaughtOf...
Skrtel lined up as Rami replacement for La Liga outfit.La Liga side Valencia could be set to make a move for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel in the January transfer window as they seek a replacement for the departing Adil Rami, CaughtOffside understands. The Slovakian centre-back has been a consistent and solid player for Liverpool since joining the club in 2008, though he has recently fallen down in the pecking order at Anfield due to some slightly below-par performances last season. This summer's arrivals of Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori have also thrown his future into further doubt, and his old manager Rafael Benitez has been reportedly monitoring his situation as he ponders bringing him to his new club Napoli. However, Valencia may now step up their interests in Skrtel, as it looks increasingly likely that Rami is set to make a move to Serie A side AC Milan in January. The French international has previously been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United after earning a reputation as one of the most solid central defenders in Spain, though his future now seems to be in Italy, with Milan agreeing to take him on an initial six-month loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer. Valencia will miss Rami's presence at the back and have endured an inconsistent enough start to the season as it is, so will hope to move swiftly to bring in a replacement, and have already identified Skrtel as the ideal candidate to replace Rami at the Mestalla this season. Skrtel could be available for around £7m, and is likely to be allowed to leave after appearing to have passed his best form for the Merseyside giants, and the player himself may welcome a move to a new club to reignite his career. Valencia currently sit in 7th place in La Liga, and have made the decision to sell Rami after the 27-year-old's outburst at the club for selling so many key players during the summer, with the likes of Roberto Soldado and Aly Cissokho making way in a difficult pre-season. Rami could eventually command a fee of between £8-9m, and manager Miroslav Dukic would look to reinvest most of that on his replacement, and also has Swansea City's impressive Spanish centre-back Chico Flores on his shortlist of potential defensive options. Meanwhile, Milan's signing of Rami should signal an end in their interest in Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic, who had been linked with a move to the San Siro in recent weeks.
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Paris-based luxury conglomerate Kering has launched a digital magazine named “K” published in English and French:
Paris-based luxury conglomerate Kering has launched a digital magazine named “K” published in English and French:
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Industrial designer Eugeni Quitllet designs a playful set of cutlery for Air France. The 100% plastic, eco-friendly tableware were inspired by the aerodynamics of an airplane, giving them smooth, rounded edges. Their friendly shapes evok...
Industrial designer Eugeni Quitllet designs a playful set of cutlery for Air France. The 100% plastic, eco-friendly tableware were inspired by the aerodynamics of an airplane, giving them smooth, rounded edges. Their friendly shapes evoke a child’s toy, and toys they are, as they turn into mini airplanes when pieced together. You can’t get the assembly kit anywhere (unless you get fly Air France), but you can see the full tableware collection here. Eugeni Quitllet for Air France Cutlery Toy Airplanes is a post by Elaine YJ Lee on Selectism.
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VEVO announced that it is launching on yet another connected TV platform today, making its music videos now available on the latest Samsung Smart TV products. The launch will grow the number of viewers who will have access to the company...
VEVO announced that it is launching on yet another connected TV platform today, making its music videos now available on the latest Samsung Smart TV products. The launch will grow the number of viewers who will have access to the company’s streaming service, while also improving monetization of its content. Over the past several years, VEVO has moved to make its music video apps ubiquitous across all screens and all connected devices. It started out on mobile devices and tablets but has been gradually expanded to Roku, Apple TV, and the Xbox. As a result, VEVO’s app becoming available on Samsung Smart TVs isn’t that big of a surprise. The app will be made available on Samsung Smart TV products — both actual HDTVs and Blu-Ray players — from 2012 and 2013, and will work in a number of different geographies, including the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, and the U.K. According to the company’s blog post, the Samsung app is built for TV viewers. When launched, it will go directly to the company’s recently launched live VEVO TV interface. VEVO TV is kind of like the next generation of MTV, built for the streaming video set — it’s a human-programmed group of music videos that run in a linear feed. From the Samsung TV app, viewers will also be able to browse different genres of music videos, to get a continuous feed of certain types of music. They’ll also be able to view playlists that they’ve put together once they’ve connected the app to their own individual accounts. For VEVO, the goal is not just to get its 75,000 music videos in all the different places where viewers might see them, but to better monetize those videos on new platforms. Since the company controls all the ad sales and placement on new connected TV platforms, it gets more money than for videos that appear on, say, YouTube. While YouTube is still the biggest single distribution platform for VEVO, more of its revenue is coming from new platforms and from original content. Expect VEVO to try to take advantage of this as it expands to even more online and connected devices as time goes on.
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Digging the idea of the NVIDIA Shield, but looking for something a bit more affordable? The Archos Gamepad 2 could be exactly what you’re looking for. The upcoming gaming tablet features a built-in physical controller, reasonably decent ...
Digging the idea of the NVIDIA Shield, but looking for something a bit more affordable? The Archos Gamepad 2 could be exactly what you’re looking for. The upcoming gaming tablet features a built-in physical controller, reasonably decent specs and a price tag of $200 in the United States, or £179.99 for those in Europe. So what exactly does that $200 net you? The Gamepad features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 2GB RAM, a 7-inch IPS display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, 8GB storage, microSD, HDMI, Wi-Fi and the power of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. While the Nvidia Shield is more powerful and offers PC streaming, the Archos Gamepad does have a bigger display and represents a savings of $100. Additionally, the design of the Archos Gamepad 2 likely makes it more comfortable for those times when you want to use the device as a more conventional tablet. As for the games, the Archos Gamepad has full Google Play support and is even partnering up with Gameloft to give you two full games out of the box, Asphalt 8: Airborne and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour. For those interested in the GamePad 2, you’ll have your chance to pick one up by the end of the month in Europe, or sometime in the 4th quarter of this year for those in the United States. How about it – anyone interested in picking this one up, or would you rather fork over a bit more cash to get the Nvidia Shield? ARCHOS GamePad 2 Announced A hybrid tablet made for gamers; the GamePad 2 features a faster Quad-Core CPU, a 7″ IPS HD screen and the proprietary ARCHOS Game Mapping Tool London, October 9th, 2013 – ARCHOS, a pioneer in Android™ devices, is proud to announce its second generation tablet made for Gamers – the ARCHOS GamePad 2 available in Europe at the end of October at £179.99. “Following the success of the GamePad 1, we knew that we could take the gaming-tablet concept further. With our GamePad 2 we have included an HD screen, better controls, a larger battery and a faster processor,” said Loic Poirier ARCHOS CEO, “We’re excited to be working with a leading games company like Gameloft to pre-install two visually stunning titles for an amazing gaming experience.” The ARCHOS GamePad 2 includes complete versions of Asphalt 8: Airborne and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour by Gameloft both revisited for physical controls. “With a tablet that’s as innovative as the ARCHOS GamePad 2, it was an easy decision to optimise our games for the platform,” said Cyril Guilleminot, Gameloft Director for France & Benelux. “Users will be able to take part in a brand new gaming experience with its integrated physical control system.” Made for Gaming HD IPS Screen The ARCHOS GamePad 2 features a 7 inch HD screen perfect for gaming. The widescreen 1280 x 800 pixel resolution gives an amazing gaming and multimedia experience and IPS technology ensures amazing colours and brightness as well as perfect viewing angles Powerful Processor, Larger Battery Powered by an A9 generation quad-core processor running at 1.6GHz coupled with a fast Quad-Core graphics processor and 2GB of system RAM, the ARCHOS GamePad 2 has more than enough power to play the latest 3D games smoothly. Thanks to super energy-efficient 28 nanometer processor technology and a much larger battery than normally used on a 7 inch tablet, the ARCHOS GamePad 2 has vastly improved battery life whether in gaming or simply when browsing the web. Improved Thumb-Sticks, Buttons and Mapping Tool The ARCHOS GamePad 2 features more precise, incurved dual thumb-sticks, double buttons on each shoulder, a single part directional pad and a vastly improved button click-feeling for a better physical gaming experience. Combined with the updated version of the critically praised Game Mapping Tool, first featured on the GamePad 1, that lets users map any touch-screen button game to work with the physical controls, the ARCHOS GamePad 2 offers an improved android gaming experience for hund
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