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Mike Giant: Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder

San Francisco based artist Mike Giant has been a fixture in the graffiti, skateboarding, tattoo and illustration scene for years. This past Friday, July 20th he had his first solo show with the FFDG gallery entitled “Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder” featuring tons of new and recent. Black ink is his specialty, and his signature style inspired by Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration is unmistakeable — you know a Mike Giant piece when you see it, and you love it.

“I’m a product of my generation. I grew up through the 80s and was drawn to the punk rock and hip-hop cultures simultaneously,” Giant said in a recent interview. “I threw myself in headfirst. A lot of those things were about personal expression, and also an anti-establishment attitude like, “We don’t need you, we have our won thing.” That’s the backbone of who I am to this day.”

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How Your Favorite Sites Are Using Your Data

All of the different sites you frequent on a daily basis are actively gathering facts about you. The rise of social sharing sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Google, Pandora, and Twitter are gathering information as well, and bringing about an interesting change in how our data is being used. Social networks are betting on a future built on a personalized web, an Internet paradise filled with items the virtual you will be more apt to share, pin, tweet, or “like.” With each of those actions you complete, advertisements based off of your preferences are being diverted your way. With a personalized web we’ll see more of what we like, and less of what we don’t.

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TV Roommates

We’ve all had our fair share of roommates. Having the right one can enhance your life tremendously, and account for hours and hours of great conversation and hilarious hijinks. Having the wrong roommate can turn your life into an awkward living hell, where the torment of not getting along, mixed with the continuous stream of passive aggressive notes about inconsequential things will drive you to the brink of jumping straight off a bridge. Because of these possible polar extremes, roommates have always made great fodder for television. Check out the pairings in these illustrations below.

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Grill Master: A Foolproof Guide to Grilling

We’ve all been there before: You cut into your seemingly medium-cooked, char-broiled burger only to find it’s still a little too pink inside. What gives? Many things can affect how long it takes to properly grill perfectly moist and tender meats, seafood, and vegetables. Take the guesswork out of grilling with this guide to average cook times. The guide provides average times for a wide variety of beef, poultry, pork, and vegetable items you might plan on throwing on the grill this summer—all you’ll need is a watch and a meat thermometer.

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Shark Wranglers

Sharks have been one of the most feared creatures of the ocean for nearly 400 million years. There are more than 400 living species of sharks in our world, with over 200 of those species being listed on the World Conservation Union’s “Red List” of endangered species. This new show from the History Channel, Shark Wranglers, will head to the Atlantic Ocean, faring some of the world’s most treacherous waters, to follow Chris Fischer and his crew aboard the shark research vessel OCEARCH, who are on a mission to decode the mystery of one of the planets most notorious predators: the great white shark.

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California Americana: Photography of Harper Smith

Harper Smith’s photos move effortlessly across the landscape of modern California, transporting us to the eras of generations past. It’s a place where the sun never seems to fade, and youth is the omnipresent currency. Swimming pools, vintage and discarded bathing suits, views of the beach through heart rimmed sunglasses, a 60s era convertible red porsche: they all recount a perfect day at the beach. Two lane roads, red rocks, fine sands, scattered clouds, and dry expanses of grass speckled with Joshua Trees capture the splendidness of the empty desert. Sparkling embers, lace tops, blacked out faces, moons, eeriness, and cosmic symbols rule the night. Harper Smith creates a world that exists in the moments when we realize the world around us is overwhelmingly beautiful. Make sure to check her out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as: harpersmithphoto.

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Explosions in the Sky: Independence Day Fireworks

The Fourth of July is the day in which America celebrates gaining it’s independence from England, and has become synonymous with being the most supreme holiday of the year. When you add alcohol and fireworks, the outcome isn’t always an optimal one; so don’t become another statistic and use safety precaution you turkey! While the majority of injuries come from sparklers and small firecrackers, shooting roman candles at each other and lighting off illegal fireworks that set off car alarms are dangerous — so make sure you find a perfect hiding place that has an unobstructed view of the mayhem so that all of your digits and eyeballs remain intact this Fourth of July.

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What Your Brand Colors Say About Your Business

Studies have shown that a product’s color influences 60-80 percent of a customer’s purchasing decision, which makes choosing the wrong color a death sentence before your brand ever has a chance to get off the ground. This infographic created by Marketo doesn’t just look at the colors, but digs deeper and looks at specific industries, the colors they choose, and how they affect consumers. See where your business, place of work, blog, or favorite brand falls.

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Facebook’s Most Social Landmarks By City

People everywhere use Facebook to check into places to and share what they’re doing with friends. Based on this activity, here are the top five landmarks in eight of the world’s most social cities.

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The Candy Punk Aesthetic of Rik Lee and His Babes

Drawing pretty girls has been done for thousands of years. The Egyptians lavishly decorated the walls of Queen Nefertari’s tomb — which was the largest and most spectacular in the Valley of the Queens — in honor of her beauty. The Greeks went to war over the beauty of Helen of Troy, and the Romans practically invented wine fueled orgies. But, you know who else knows about beautiful women? Rik Lee, an illustrator and artist living in Melbourne, Australia. His illustrations of pretty girls with wondering eyes, tattooed features, flipped up hood caps, the color pink, and a general air of melancholia — leave you desperate and yearning for more.

Make sure to check out Rik Lee’s site and scope his online store.

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Cell By Cell: Why We Haven’t Cured Cancer Yet

You can be walking down the street completely healthy, having the time of your life, when you realize something doesn’t feel right. You go to the doctor complaining of your ailment, and that’s when everything changes: they’ve found something, and it’s not good. With all of the medical advances made in the last 50 years we have to question: why hasn’t a cure been found?

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How Much Data is Created Every Minute?

Data never sleeps. Every minute massive amounts of it are being generated from every phone, website and application across the Internet. Just how much data is being created and where does it come from?

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Zed’s Dead: Pulp Fiction in Chronological Order

Whether you love him or hate him, Quentin Tarantino weaves a mean and engaging story, like in the case of his second major release, the now classic Pulp Fiction, that story is engagingly complex. See how designer Noah Daniel Smith has put together an extensive timeline detailing the many intermingling paths of the film characters, tracing their moves through the film in chronological order based on the time each event happens.

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The Secret to a Sound Ocean

The whale is an auditory creature, meaning it’s hearing is essential for their everyday function. Their communication, navigation, feeding, and breeding all depend on it. When oil tankers, container ships and other large vessels travel through waters inhabited by whales, the ships produce noise that disrupts their activities and everyday life.

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Student Loan Debt: How Big Will the Bubble Grow?

People understand that college can be an expensive place, and there’s no easy way to escape graduating without incurring some amount of debt.
This sheer growth of student loan debt has many worrying that we are watching another financial bubble in the making. See what’s going on with student loans below.

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