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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Would you like to own the bass guitar that Kurt Cobain smashed in Nirvana’s music video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit”? Well, you’re in luck! It’s going up for auction next month at Christie’s in London, where it’s expected to fetch between £15,000 and £25,000. [via NME]

2. “I may have to… Read More

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Inspiring Photos from Vintage IKEA Catalogs

Our favorite destination for Swedish pancakes and self-assembled furniture changed the American design scene forever when it set up shop in Philadelphia in 1985. Founded by an enterprising 17 year old by the name of Ingvar Kamprad some 40 years prior, the modern furniture mainstay evolved out of a childhood business selling matches from a bicycle. Kamprad realized that he could buy matches in bulk very cheaply, sell them individually at a low price, and still make a good profit. Et voilà, the idea for IKEA was born.

Today the allure of DIY design really within reach has made its famously frugal founder the seventh richest man in the world and its annual catalog peddling an affordably well-designed home the third most printed publication after Harry Potter and the Bible. Join us as we take a virtual trip down memory lane to flip through the exceptionally colorful and wonderfully retro IKEA catalogs of design eras past. … Read More

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8 Designs That Integrate Beautiful Architecture and Renewable Energy

The Internet is brimming these days with starry-eyed conceptual renderings of sustainable eco-buildings and forested urban bio-habitats. Although many of these visions will forever remain on paper, a few designs manage to nudge past the buzzwords, garner commissions, and actually become realized, sometimes on an impressive scale. One of the few certainties of the 21st century is that design will play at least as decisive a role as technological innovation in envisioning new energy options. Biomimicry, minimalism, efficiency, and organic design appear to be the mainstays of sustainable engineering’s future. We’ve put together a list of intriguing projects that have actually been completed and that follow in this spirit. Each design elegantly integrates progressive ideas about energy into real landscapes and buildings. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we discussed the worst movie taglines, inspired by the lame-o Dark Knight Rises line. We watched five men stand under an exploding nuke. We tried to figure out who was the best Catwoman. We checked out the Ikea design ideas worth stealing. We… Read More

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10 Great Web Series You Should Be Watching

Imagine a world where you can delete the characters you hate from your favorite TV show. A world in which shows about musical theater aren’t over-produced and make sense. A world in which a cabal of pre-aughts celebrities staff the Burbank IKEA. This isn’t the future, everybody, this is now. Yep, we have a whole lot more than just Dr. Horrible to talk about these days.

While original web programming is still defining itself — from both a creative and business standpoint — it’s also poised to replace traditional TV entirely. But until we get there, we’ll refer to this rapidly growing medium as an entity unto itself. Some web series are excellent because they are so simple in concept, like SNL writer Mike O’Brien interviewing celebrities in his personal closet. Meanwhile, others like Bryan Singer’s H+, which we got to check out at an early screening this week, have special effects people are calling “too good to be on the Internet.”

For those of you who haven’t heard of either of these shows, and are interested in checking the territory out, we’ve rounded up some of the most innovative new series out there, as well as some oldies (which in webisode speak translates to “circa 2008″) that are worth catching up on. And if you’re feeling the weight of your pre-existing TV schedule, never fear! With some episodes clocking in at under five minutes, they’re actually pretty manageable (albeit dangerously addictive). Have a favorite web show you think we should be watching? Please, do share in the comments!  … Read More

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Would You Drink IKEA Beer?

IKEA is a way of life, at least for young city dwellers with well-developed design aesthetics and small home decor budgets. We buy their cheap couches, we sleep on their cheap (yet surprisingly not-awful) mattresses, we trick out our kitchens with their cheap and handy space-saving storage devices, we eat the tiny Swedish meatballs in… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we found out how to respond to Frank Ocean haters. We remembered great quotes from the film Point Break. We thought Gotye shark à la Shark Week was well played, and we admitted this sometimes happens when that song is on. We watched The Onion’s… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Thank god Jimmy Fallon decided to do another installment of his hilarious Downton Abbey parody “Downton Sixbey” — and this time we have Whoopi Goldberg playing Questlove’s mother. [via Vulture]

2. The critical consensus to the premiere of Kanye’s 26-minute “sensory experience” at the Cannes Film Festival seems to be that… Read More

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What's On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we melted from the cuteness of these animal yoga poses. We found out what the best cities for hipsters are. We noted that French Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande is using Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Ni**as In Paris” for his new ad. We watched The Fresh… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we tried not to look at this hot dog stuffed crust pizza. We learned about a fish from hell that has been terrorizing Maryland for the past ten years. We got cat fancy reading about this hyperliterate, proto–LOL Cat. We boggled time itself by watching this silent-era version… Read More

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