How Much Torque Do You Really Want?

If you’ve ever been out with bike enthusiasts, you know that it doesn’t take long for everyone to start talking shop: a game of one-upping one another on things like engine stats, horsepower, and the always hot topic of torque. All the hype about higher torque might give newbies the impression that more torque is… » 8/20/15 11:55am 8/20/15 11:55am

So You Want to Be a Detective: Essential Tools For the Modern Snoop

The girl detectives of olden times were able to make do with a few rudimentary tools of investigation: a flashlight, a bobby pin, a magnifying glass, and perhaps a notebook. Well, good for them! But today's sleuth needs a full arsenal of tools – both analog and high-tech – to stay competitive in the mystery-solving… » 3/25/15 4:00pm 3/25/15 4:00pm

The Future of GIFs Is Killing What Makes Them So Great

Those wonderful looping animations we call GIFs are an unlikely story of survival in an age when digital formats come and go like the wind. The lure of the decades-old GIF format has caused people to ignore its flaws, but those looking to bring the format into modern times might just be inadvertently drowning its… » 2/01/15 10:06am 2/01/15 10:06am

Real Thread Visits Gawker Media: Serious Swag Ensues

Here at Gawker Media, we love us some swag. But, really, who doesn't? And like our iced coffee and free-lunch-Wednesdays, we take our gear very seriously. That's why we turned to Florida-based apparel screen printing pioneers, Real Thread, when we needed some new Gawker team hoodies earlier this year. Thanks to… » 10/07/14 11:02am 10/07/14 11:02am

How Innovations in Water-Based Printing Make Clothes Softer


Gone are the days of scratchy company hoodies and boring event T-shirts that go straight into the giveaway pile. Real Thread is helping companies up their merch game, developing techniques around water-based and discharge printing to give customized apparel that elusive favorite old shirt-coziness. But how do they do… » 6/23/14 4:29pm 6/23/14 4:29pm

Who Designed the Weather Icons?

To modern eyes, they're as intuitive as the alphabet: The bubbly cloud, the circle and its simplistic rays of sunshine. But our weather icons are actually pretty new inventions. Up until the 1970s, meteorologists used an enigmatic system of symbols to forecast the weather—until a design student came along and changed… » 5/29/14 1:01pm 5/29/14 1:01pm

Here’s What a Team of Artists Made Out of a Ton of Pringles Cans


It's not every day that one finds oneself in the presence of both an apocalyptic piano and a working pipe organ made entirely out of Pringles® potato crisps cans. But that's exactly what you'll find in the Brooklyn studio where mixed-media artist collective, Fall On Your Sword (FOYS), took on the challenge of using… » 3/19/14 12:13pm 3/19/14 12:13pm

How a Multimedia Artist Collective Went From Viral Videos to Art Week

Art Week may be winding down in Manhattan, but all those sculptures, paintings, and installations probably left you with one lingering question: who gets to create these inspiring and perplexing pieces? We were lucky enough to visit the studio of multimedia artist collective, Fall On Your Sword (FOYS) — who exhibited… » 3/11/14 12:45pm 3/11/14 12:45pm

IBM Announces Master the Mainframe World Championship competition

This is not your father's mainframe. As the mighty mainframe celebrates 50 years in existence, it's more powerful and reliable than ever. It's estimated that there are more mainframe transactions on CICS every second than there are Google searches every second. Bottom line: the mainframe is not only still… » 3/04/14 9:39pm 3/04/14 9:39pm