The Xbox One That Coud’ve Been

We know what Microsoft’s next gaming console, the Xbox One, looks like. But this batch of prototypes showed off by the company are what could’ve been. Some of these look crazy. They’d have to rename the console the X-Octahedron.

137 Landmarks

Artist Jenny Odell crops images from Google Maps and rearranges them to fit into one image. Here are 137 landmarks, like the Pyramids of Giza, Big Ben, and Space Needle, all collaged together. You can get the key here.

Balloon Boxes

As part of the annual Festa de São João street party, Portugal’s FAHR 021.3 architects created these sort of trippy, shiny balloon-boxes. Check out a video of them over at designboom.

Outside The ISS

This photo, taken during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station this week, seems especially beautiful. Looks like there’s more light than normal shining on Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano?

Modern Tintypes

Ed Drew, a photographer/heavy weapons and tactics specialist in the California Air National Guard, was deployed to Afghanistan. There, he used tintype photography, a plate-based form popular in the 19th century. That makes these the first tintypes taken in a combat since the Civil War. See more here.

A BB Lion

Artist Courtney Timmermans takes thousands of BB rifle bullets and carefully crafts them into taxidermy heads. Impressive, since the BB rifle lions the heads came from are even more dangerous than regular lions.

Beautiful Bacteria

Cambridge post-doc Fernan Federici takes gorgeous, microscopic photos of bacteria. Here’s a look at soil bacteria Bacillus subtilis, stained with flourescent proteins. You can check out more photos here.

Glitch Rugs

Faig Ahmed creates rugs with a twist: they’re all given computer glitch-style distortions, like this (actually totally flat) specimen.

Murakami Map

Designer John Fass created this “motif map” based on the short story “Sleep,” by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. The English translation of the story is placed alongside the author’s favorite motifs that appear in the story–like “lethargy and ennui, animals (usually but not exclusively cats), awkward sex, and extreme weather events,” Fass writes–with the original Japanese text placed above in thermochromic ink. When people place their hands on the text, the underlying translation and motifs are revealed. Would be great to see reactions if people saw “AWKWARD SEX” appear underneath their hands. Check out more from the project here.