Burton and Lucasfilm have teamed up once again. This time for a new series of 8 Chopper Star Wars Snowboards, a Darth Vader version of the Grom Snowboard Boot and a Star Wars Boy's Anon. Boba Fett Helmet and Anon. Boba Fett goggles.
The 2014 Chopper Snowboards, designed for youths, have a beginner-friendly convex base and are made for even the lightest weight rider. For parents, the Riglet accessory attaches to the nose of the three smallest sizes to tow little ones around until they are comfortable enough to try the bindings.
The 2014 Star Wars Chopper Snowboards:
The Star Wars Darth Vader Grom Boot:
anon. Boy's Boba Fett Rimes Helmet:
anon. Boy's Boba Fett Tracker Goggles:
Shop the youth's 2014 Star Wars X Burton collection here.
Everyone is buzzing about Africa's first underwater hotel room. Opened as the Manta Resort's newest attraction on November 1, 2013, the sub-aquatic accommodation floats in a circular blue hole in the coral reef near Pemba Island, off the East Coast of Tanzania.
I was very excited when I heard that an actual underwater hotel room could be booked, but I was expecting one of these:
Instead, the Manta Resort's Underwater Room is really more of a submerged observation cubicle.
The top floor, which sits above sea-level, is basically an open-air deck like a floating raft with a bed upon it. Here guests can relax, take in the idyllic Indian Ocean surroundings and soak up some sun or gaze at the stars.
Beneath the top deck is a level with a lounge, a shower, a bar and a cozy sofa/ built in bench and table.
The bottom floor is a small square, claustrophobic-inducing box submerged to the depth of four meters. A bedroom with inset windows, hardly "walled entirely in glass" as it has been described.
It most certainly does offer surreal views of passing sea-life and at night, the nocturnal sea life illuminated by spotlights is breathtaking. And yes, it's true, most of the occupants will be spending time above on the deck or looking out the windows below.
But given the glut of underwater hotel designs and proposals, this is where we can stay?
Where are the rooms that look like those proposed in The Poseidon Resort, and The Discus Hotel? Even the actual Underwater Spa treatment rooms at the LIME, Hufaven Fushi are prettier.
above: The proposed underwater bedrooms at the Water Discus Hotel
above: the underwater treatment rooms at the LIME spa in the Maldives
The gorgeous photos of the Manta Resort's underwater room from the exterior by Jesper Anhede are lovely. And, to be fair, the Manta Resort in Pemba, Tanzania has lots to offer in terms of activities: scuba diving, sailing, gorgeous white sand beaches, massage, spa treatments and exotic underwater life to observe. But come on, couldn't they have decorated that room a little better?
An overhead view of the Manta Resort on Pemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa:
The vacation innovation was designed by Swedish installation artist and sculptor Mikael Genberg. He's the brains behind the Utter Inn, an underwater room built in a lake near Stockholm, and is currently contemplating putting a Swedish-style cottage on the moon.
Funding was achieved via a newly formed company registered in Zanzibar, Genberg Art UW Limited, which represents a collaboration between several Swedish and Tanzanian investors, including Genberg Underwater Hotels, Christer and Jacky Abrahamsson, Hans Elis Johansson and Michael Wild.
The underwater room can be 'added' to your bookings for a night or two at the Manta Resort for $1500 ($750 per person) as opposed to being booked as your sole room. They do offer special prices for divers.
prices and packages
The Manta Resort
images courtesy of Photographer Jesper Anhede
What about those cool looking underwater bedrooms shown in this post? Check those out at the links below:
• The Poseidon Resort and the H2Ome
• The Water Discus Hotel
• The Underwater Spa, LIME at Huvafen Fushi
This complete collection of 6 letterpress coasters with display stand by Nathan Mummert makes a great gift for the artisanal or craft beer enthusiast.
Each of the beautifully designed and eco-friendly coasters feature quotes from beer drinkers Jack Nicholson, Bart Simpson, Ben Franklin, W.C. Fields, Jim Morrison and Frank Sinatra.
Made in the USA, each printed piece is delicately handcrafted by a vintage 1960′s letterpress:
Designed for visibility, the 6 pub/bar coasters are well displayed by an eco-friendly premium bamboo stand, engraved with the Beer Press logo.
Price for the decorative and functional set and stand is $34.99
Buy them here
That Dad Who Colors In His Kids' Drawings Is A Wicked Tattoo Artist, Inventor, Philanthropist and Environmental Activist.
We could all use a dad like Fred Giovannitti. Heck, we could all use a friend like him. An inventor and philanthropist, tattoo artist and environmental engineer, Fast Company has profiled him, he has spoken at TED and now he's become famous as a Dad for coloring in his childrens' drawings.
Fred Giovannitti (aka Redditor Tatsputin) trades his quiet, rural Delaware lifestyle for 10 days per month as a high-end tattoo artist in glamorous Las Vegas, Nevada at Tatlantis Allied Arts and Sciences.
above: some examples of Fred's incredible skin art
By digging deep to reveal common interests, Fred believes we can form personal bonds between ourselves and our teammates/partners/clients, allowing us to connect with each other’s personal history and develop ideas that have the ability to take on lives of their own. Giovannitti uses this philosophy to draw inspiration for each project he takes on, and the relationships he has shared with his client have led to many successful ventures—from spiritual enrichment to ocean cleaning innovations. In the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, inventors were called upon to develop a mass-scale oil cleanup solution. Fred responded by co-developing an oil-cleanup device at Southern California's VorTek Recovery Solutions.
above: Fred's daughter and son and the first drawing of theirs that he colored in.
The constant traveling to Las Vegas led him to use this time as a personal challenge to see how much he could fill per flight into a single page in his sketchbook. He begins each drawing at take off and ceases upon landing. He posts the results on one of his two Instagram profiles, Mile High Moleskine and his personal Instagram Profile at It's Pronounced Jovaneti.
One of his latest collections of 'Airborne Art' is that of coloring in his children's playful drawings. The compelling side by side images have been making the rounds all over the internet and I simply couldn't resist posting the pics here for you as well. Some of them he drew in with colored pencils, others were done on an iPad:
On the iPad:
images courtesy of imgur and Fred's instagram feeds, information courtesy of his own website, TED and Fast Company
You can follow Fred on Twitter at
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