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2014 Holiday Gift Books, 4 of 4

This year I'm presenting a selection of 40 holiday gift books from the same number of publishers, presented alphabetically in chunks of 10. Some none-too-serious recommendations of who might like the titles are indicated. See the others here.Click covers ? to visit Amazon - or click titles ? to visit publishers' websites. Show More Summary

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 11/26/14

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 11/26/14 on the Web. In this separate issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: New home sales report small increase in October Pending...Show More Summary

How Uber Is Making One Design Firm's Life A Living Hell

Just another day in the office for the beleagured startup. Uber has its fair share of problems right now. The CEO allegedly said that Uber should be called Boober for its ability to get him laid. The upper management can spy on the trips of its users with a privacy-busting 'God View' app. Show More Summary

A Plant-Covered, Car-Free Design For The Megacity Of The Future

Instead of a traditional street grid, the design employs a network of public squares surrounded by massive, interconnected skyscrapers. In 1980, only 30,000 people lived in Shenzhen, China. Today the population is over 15 million, and Shenzhen is the most crowded city in the country, with more people per square mile than famously packed Hong Kong. Show More Summary

If You Prefer Drawing Instead Of Typing, This iPhone Keyboard Is For You

It's like Draw Something meets Swype. DrawType Keyboard is a new keyboard for iOS 8 with a very simple premise: like Draw Something meets Swype, it turns the bottom half of your screen into a virtual whiteboard. Anything you can draw, you can then send over iMessage to a friend. Read Full Story

This Giant Maze Is A Self-Portrait For Your Patience

How will you solve it? And what does that say about you? The Labyrinth is an otherwise unassuming 30"x22" piece of paper that houses the freakishly long maze that's been drawn by pen. It hides 375 feet of playable area within its ink walls. Show More Summary

$230 Million Still Can't Buy A Startup Original Design?

Do these two designs look the same to you? Because they sure do to us. You've heard it before. Two startups, with vastly different amounts of funding, each do ostensibly the same thing. In the left corner, you have HelloSign, with $3.5 million in funding, which allows you to sign documents electronically. Show More Summary

"I'm Addicted To Decay": What It's Like To Be A Ruin-Porn Photographer

Urban explorer Andre Govia talks to Co.Design about the risks and rewards behind the scenes of his latest book, Abandoned Planet. Andre Govia describes himself as "addicted to decay." The U.K.-based urban explorer's book of photography,...Show More Summary

Everything You Can Make With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Fried stuffing bites? Turkey ramen? Let our exclusive infographic guide you through getting creative with your excess holiday foodstuffs. Lily Tidhar for Fast Company The aftermath of any decent Thanksgiving meal is replete with more than enough uneaten food for a second (or third, or fourth) meal. Show More Summary

2014 Holiday Gift Books, 3 of 4

This year I'm presenting a selection of 40 holiday gift books from the same number of publishers, presented alphabetically in chunks of 10. Some none-too-serious recommendations of who might like the titles are indicated. See the others here.Click covers ? to visit Amazon - or click titles ? to visit publishers' websites. Show More Summary

Win At This Card Game By Mastering The Color Spectrum

It's where Rummy meets Pantone. Is there anything as OCD-satisfying as laying out color into the perfect rainbow gradient? We dare say not, which is why we've been charmed by Spectrix, a card game that's all about organizing color. Read Full Story

GPS Not Working? This Analog Nav System Contains No Electronics At All

Chemical computing may not be as practical as electronic GPS, but it works—and it's fast. What to do when the GPS on your phone is being wonky and you have no clue where you're going? If these scientists have their way, there may beShow More Summary

Is James Franco Trolling Us With This Selfie Calendar?

The multi-hyphenate lends his body of selfie work to Paper's ongoing quest to "Break The Internet." James Franco, a man of many professional and amateur artistic endeavors, has decided to funnel his massive accumulation of Instagram self-portraits into "a calendar" released exclusively by Paper magazine in form of this downloadable PDF. Read Full Story

A Visual History Of Body Art From Around The Globe

Body art is practiced in all world cultures. Here, a survey of designs from Maori facial engravings to prison tattoos to gay pride ink. Whether it's the Sanskrit Om symbol tattooed on a yoga teacher's back, the '50s pin-up girl inked...Show More Summary

You Need To Snuggle Up To These Sweater-Knit Pillows Immediately

Why not combine the two coziest things around? Excuse us, we're never getting off the couch again. The cozy season is upon us. The weather is turning cold, some prime eating-related holidays are coming up, and it's just about time to dive under a couch blanket and resolve to not come out again until May. Show More Summary

CMD Introduces Bid City App for Contractors

Small to mid-size contractors afforded easy access to private construction data on iOS devices

San Francisco's Homeless Problem As Viewed Through Human Poop

A giant poop cloud over the streets of San Francisco exposes the city's persistent inequality. San Francisco's homeless population, at the city's last count, numbered more than 7,000 individuals, including youth. There are many waysShow More Summary

CMD Announces Fall Economic Webcast: Is the Pace of Construction Investment Set to Quicken?

Construction economy experts to join forces on Nov. 20 to discuss the future of the construction industry

McDonald's Has Released An App To Protect Your French Fries

Who would have thought that McDonald's would release the most important app of the 21st century? "Don't mess with my food," he said to us, rising from the table, after carefully arranging his burger and fries on his way to the bathroom. Read Full Story

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 11/25/14

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 11/25/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook Survey increased notably in November...Show More Summary

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