Design: Pharrell Builds a $35M Afterschool Space for Kids!

Designer: Chad Oppenheim

Pharrell Williams is known for his skills as a rapper, singer, and producer. But with his latest project, the hit maker is tapping into his philanthropic side and putting his creativity to good use!

Pharrell has teamed with the revered Oppenheim Architecture + Design firm to create a youth center in his hometown. The $35 million facility will provide the children of Virginia Beach with a space to get their homework done and so much more. The 30,000-square-foot center will include a digital music lab and spaces to meet with on-site mentors dedicated to their wellbeing and personal development.

The Pharrell Williams Resource Center is slated for completion in 2013.  How amazing is this?!

Making good on its promise, the FDA announced today that it has informed cigarette manufacturers that they must affix large, graphic warnings to their tobacco products by October 2012.

The gruesome labels are already standard in some 40 countries, and the US government hopes the nine images chosen as part of the most significant change to warning label policy in over 25 years will help persuade people to quit and/or avoid the cancer sticks altogether.

What say you? Will these labels convince you to stop smoking?

Sean Connery’s “Fuck You” To Steve Jobs

Okay, I’m not entirely convinced this is legit even though this site says it is and part of a book about Macs coming out later this year, but I’m posting it anyways because “I am fucking James Bond” is the new “I’m the goddamn Batman”.

Emperor penguin found far from Antarctic home

Aquatic bird likely took wrong turn while hunting, expert says, ended up stranded on New Zealand beach.

Hey, where did everyone go?

A mother and child rest inside an MSF clinic in Myanmar (Burma). MSF provides the majority of available HIV/AIDS care in the country, but many more people living with HIV or AIDS need to be put on treatment.

This is incredible: a Silicon Valley startup, Lytro, has developed a new kind of photographic technology that allows user to adjust the focal point of a picture AFTER it’s taken.

That’s AFTER.

How does it work?  According to the New York Times:

The Lytro camera captures far more light data, from many angles, than is possible with a conventional camera. It accomplishes that with a special sensor called a microlens array, which puts the equivalent of many lenses into a small space.

The camera goes to market later this year.  Sign me up for one, please!


Miss USA: I don’t like wearing heels

Well, that’s going to be a problem.

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