Places You Just Can’t Go & Visit



Lascaux Caves in Southwest France


These 20,000 year old cave paintings were being damaged by exhaled CO2 from tourists so the French Government shut them down.


North Sentinel Island, Andaman Islands


Inhabited by between 50 and 400 Sentilese who tend to rain arrows down on the heads of foreign amabassadors trying to make contact, they have now been protected by the Indian Government.


 Ise Grand Shrine, Japan


In existence since 4BC only priests and priestesses of the royal family are allowed in. The shrine is demolished and rebuilt every 20 years in keeping with the Shinto idea of death and rebirth.


Club 33, Disneyland


 Pay a $25,000 initiation fee and $10,000 annually for membership then you can join Club 33, one of the world’s most exclusive and secretive dinner clubs found in the middle of the happiest place on Earth.


 Metro 2, Under Moscow


Supposedly built by Stalin for the Russian Secret Service and top government officials, this rumored secret subway has never been proven to exist although people who worked on it have been interviewed.


 Mount Weather, Virginia


48 miles outside of Washington DC in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Not much has been said of the place apart from a short TIME magazine interview of one of its retired engineers.


Vatican Secret Archives, Italy


  Although you can’t enter you can view any document that is older than 75 years. Today it is said that they have more than 50 miles of shelving.


White’s Gentleman Club, England


No, it’s not racist. At least not to our knowledge. It’s the most exclusive club in England and it only caters to royalty and other men in powerful positions.



Room 39, North Korea


Found in the capital city of Pyongyang, this a secretive government facility


 RAF Menwith Hill, England


Run by the Royal Air Force in conjunction with the NSA, this place is said to be the most powerful and extensive monitoring station in the world.


Coca Cola recipe vault, Georgia


There have always been rumors about Coca Cola’s secret recipe and in 2011 it was supposedly retrieved from its vault at SunTrust Bank and transferred a few minutes down the street to the new World of Coca Cola exhibit. Visitors can now see the vault complete with all of its security.


Area 51, Nevada


 Area 51.


Mezhgorye, Russia


This town in Russia is closed by the government and is believed to house employees working on Mount Yamantaw, the location of what NATO suspects to be a large nuclear facility.


 Snake Island, Brazil


Just off the coast of Brazil this snake infested island lives up to its name and is off limits to visitors courtesy of the Brazilian Navy. Supposedly it is home to over 5,000 highly venomous snakes.


 Surtsey, Iceland


Among the planet’s youngest places, this North Atlantic island emerged from the waves following an extended volcanic eruption in the 1960′s.  Only a few scientists have ever been allowed to venture there.



Secret Places



Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, Italy-Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, nestled in the caves of Polignano a Mare beach, said to be one of the greatest places to eat in all of Italy





Albarracín is a beautifully preserved medieval village in Northern Spain.

Aescher, Switzerland


Aescher hotel is so high up on the Appenzellerland mountains that you have to hike or get a cable car to reach it. Amenities are intentionally basic. The Food is hearty.

Þingvallavatn Lake, Iceland


Dior’s Couture Miniature Pieces



The exhibition titled “Le Petit Théâtre Dior” featuring 60 dresses in twelve installations, all of them meticulously resembling the original designs in every tiny detail. Every miniature piece is produced based on a cotton toile in the purest haute couture tradition and needs the same precision and rigor as its big sister. The inspiration behind the exhibition comes from “Le Petit Théâtre de la Mode,” a 1945 display of miniature dresses from the greatest couturiers of the time. The showcase originally paid homage to the glory of French Haute Couture after the war, with the list of featured designers including Lucien Lelong, for whom Christian Dior was working for at the time. In fact, Christian Dior is believed to have helped Lelong to make some of the outfits for the 1945 exhibit, just two years before creating his legendary “New Look” in 1947.

Such intricate work

Nilofer Shahid Of The Design House Meeras

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Nilofer Shahid  (No longer shows her collections ) was awarded with Le Grade De Chevalier Dan L’ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres on May 27, 2014 by the French government at the Governor House in Lahore. HE Mr Philippe Thiebaud, the French ambassador to Pakistan conferred the award upon the designer for her contributions to the development of art, culture and fashion design.

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Hologramed Sweets



Lausanne-based Morphotonix has found a way to etch microstructures into chocolate that refract light to produce holographic images. there is no stickers, no additives, no paint. The holograms work similar to those etched into credit cards, except these are edible. Microscopic patterns are carved into a master mold made from metal. That mold in turn is used to create a plastic mold in which the chocolate is poured. Dark and milk chocolate varieties have been made, but not all chocolate is made the same.

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Fashionware 2014


The GER MOOD SWEATER interprets emotion and displays excitement levels instantly with an illuminated collar. It is a whimsical approach to new forms of communication inspired by the body.

The Mood Sweater in currently on tour with Futurotextiles 3 photo by Roger Dyckmans


How it works
SENSOREE has crafted a soft sensor design called the The GER: Galvanic Extimacy Responder, as it promotes extimacy – externalized intimacy. The sensors are located on the hands and reads excitement levels and then, translates the data into a palette of affective colors. The design of the bowl shaped, high collar is positioned with LEDs that reflects onto the self for instant biofeedback as well as act as a tele-display or external blush for the other. Located around the larynx, the visual interface replaces speaking, as the wearer’s truths are instantly expressed with color.

Currently taking pre-orders for a limited edition run of 100! 

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Scott Minneman, Anthony Asterisk, Erik Johnson electronic
Roger Dyckmans running pink/excited photo
Gabi Carneiro blue/calm  photo
Defne Beyce red/nervous photos
Phil Martin video
Katie Scarlett talent

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Fashion & Technology



The wearable tech market is new but is expected to become a billion dollar industry. Tech companies are teaming with fashion designers to create wearable tech clothing. See here

The Navigate Jacket and its companion app (photo: Wearable Experiments)

The Navigate Jacket is a urban high-tech garment . It uses integrated LED lighting and haptic feedback to help users find their destination. The companion app stores locations and uploads the directions to the jacket with a built in GPS. The directions are then visualized via lights on the sleeves (indicating distance to the next turn and current stage of the journey) as well as through vibrations tailored into the fabric that alert users when to turn and in which direction.



eBay has teamed up with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to create a bracelet that will charge your iPhone 4/4S and transfer data from one device to another. The online retail giant has enlisted the talents of five designers: Mara Hoffman, Michael Bastian, Milly, Rachel Zoe and Shipley & Halmos.

Each bracelet also comes with an Apple adapter for the iPhone 5 and is compatible with iPods, Android smartphones and BlackBerry devices that use a micro USB connector. While it might seem pretty similar in nature to the upcoming iWatch, there are no official connections. eBay-CFDA-fasionable-wearable-tech-2



Google’s Mystery Barge Has New Home


Google has little to say about the barge. The barge was ordered to move from San Francisco. Its new home is now located in the California Delta (Stockton). the speculation goes on with reports such that the vessel might be turned into a party boat where Google executives could schmooze with government leaders and important customers. Others theorized the barge would be a floating data center to help run Google services — a concept the company has patented. Google seems to be having fun with all the speculation. Who knows they may have it floating to keep the guessing game going.