Discord adds some much needed safety features

In a new blog post Discord has announced new, a bit late but much needed security features including security scanners for messages from non-friends, link filters, two factor authorisation and, most importantly, a report button for individual members.

You can read in depth about it in detail on the official Discord blog (On Medium of course).

Levi’s to sell a smart denim jacket for all your cyberpunk needs

Alejandro Alba at Vocativ about the new collaboration between clothing brand Levi’s and Google to make what is currently the most stylish looking piece of techwear I’ve ever seen:

The renowned denim company partnered with Google to develop a smart denim jacket that’s capable of answering calls, giving directions, control music, and offering information about nearby places. The team behind “Project Jacquard” used tiny circuits and conductive yarn that can be woven into any textile (hats, shirts, pants, etc.) to produce touch- and gesture-sensitive surfaces, which are then controlled with a cufflink-like device called a smart tag.

The smart tag looks and works very similar to a fitness band or tracker and is packed with LED and haptic sensors that vibrate when receiving phone notifications via Bluetooth. Those wearing the jacket can tap on the smart tag to answer calls, change tracks they’re listening to their music.

Finally, a piece of clothing that’s got the cyberpunk aesthetic and doesn’t look fucking ridiculous.

A camera lens made from 32000 drinking straws

Artists Mick Farrell and Cliff Hayne have worked together to create a camera lens made from 32000 drinking straws, which produce an effect similar to what you would expect a bee sees. The specs of the lens are actually quite good too:

Haynes explains that the straws have a ‘raw’ f stop, where a 254mm long, 22mm wide straw gives an aperture of about f127, which they used as a starting point for exposure. each straw has its own density and hue, and the analogue creation gives a straight indexical rendering of whatever is placed directly in front of it.

Source: straw camera is an analogue lens made from 32000 drinking straws

My favourite Instagram account: Gangculture

I will now take a few moments of your time to talk about one of my favourite Instagram accounts on the internet: @gangculture (Features no actual gang culture).

In a slew of photos that are pretty, webcomics and selfies, @gangculture stands out against the rest of them by providing something different: Gritty realism. The photos on the account are not overprocessed shots of the moon, the lake sparking grandly in the moonlight. Instead what we get is this:

The gritty realism of LA in all its glory makes the minimalist framing of each photo both endearing and off putting at the same time. From each image you can kind of get a feel for the man behind the camera. Somewhat of a dry, creative humour and an eye for minimalist detail. If you follow him, what you’re getting in your feed is not prettiness. You’re getting grungy, angsty realism.

The best owl pictures for Superb Owl Sunday

Female Great Horned Owl on Her Nest, 2009

World War I. A French soldier of the 92th Infantry Regiment holding an eagle owl (France). Ca. 1916. (Photo by adoc-photos/Corbis via Getty Images)

A burrowing owl rests on the ninth hole of the Olympic golf course near is nest in a san bunker during a practice round for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

As a part of Superb Owl Sunday, the Atlantic has collected the best owl photographs ever taken to commemorate this event. I hope your… team wins?

Photography hack: Use your sunglasses as an irl filter

Last Christmas I asked for a pair of aviators. Cheap ones, just so I could see if I liked them enough.  I’ve never been a sunglasses person, but I’ve always found aviators appealing since my Fallout: New Vegas days. I can’t really explain exactly why I like them, except they’re big and classical looking1. I wasn’t sure about them at first on the drive to the family Christmas party. Everything just seemed too dark.

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