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Bitcoin Rings: The Engagement Rings of the Future

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Diamond engagement rings are traditional, beautiful, and generally a safe bet when proposing. That said, the gems come with their own complications, like possible theft, and worries about where, and how ethically, the diamonds were sourced. 

Inventor Seb Neumayer believes these risks are far too great. He suggests that you forget about traditional sparklers and get your bethrothed a BTC ring instead. This unceremonious piece of metal is 3D-printed, customizable, and features a QR code linked to a Bitcoin blockchain. Anyone with the corresponding app can scan the ring and determine how much it's worth. (Yup—now you can know exactly how much your fiancé was willing to fork over before you say yes.) Neumayer argues that standard engagement rings are already indicative of wealth, so why not make the whole process absolutely transparent?

The primary goal is to shift value away from the physical ring, which can easily be stolen or lost. “The real value of the BTC ring lies in the blockchain," Neumayer told Motherboard. "This is different [from] a diamond ring, where the value is on the ring.” Hauling a huge rock around might make you susceptible to mugging, but no one is going to want a QR code stuck to a band of metal; even if they did steal it, the ring does not contain a password to access the associated funds. 

The baubles are easily reprinted if lost, and can come with “blockchain inscriptions,” similar to an inscription on a ring, but digitized. Plus, if you ever find yourself with money to burn, you can upgrade the ring's worth without having to head to the jeweler. Your keepsake won't actually look any different, but nosey friends will know. 

If you'd like to secure your own financially prudent ring, you can design your own here

[h/t: Motherboard.com]

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One Photographer's Quest to Document Every Frank Lloyd Wright Structure in the World
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From California’s Marin County Civic Center to the Yokodo Guest House in Ashiya City, Japan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence spans countries and continents. Today, 532 of the architect’s original designs remain worldwide—and one photographer is racking up the miles in an attempt to photograph each and every one of them, according to Architectural Digest.

Andrew Pielage is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s unofficial photographer. The Phoenix-based shutterbug got his gig after friends introduced him to officials at Taliesin West, the late designer’s onetime winter home and studio that today houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Higher-ups at Taliesin West allowed Pielage to photograph the property in 2011, and they liked his work so much that they commissioned him for other projects. Since then, Pielage has shot around 50 Wright buildings, ranging from Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, to the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.

Pielage takes vertical panoramas to “get more of Wright in one image,” and he also prefers to work with natural light to emphasize the way the architect integrated his structures to correspond with nature’s rhythms. While Pielage still has over 400 more FLW projects to go until he's done capturing the icon’s breadth of work, you can check out some of his initial shots below.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

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Inside This Pop-Up Book Are a Planetarium, a Speaker, a Decoder Ring, and More
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Designer Kelli Anderson's new book is for more than just reading. This Book Is a Planetarium is really a collection of paper gadgets. With each thick, card stock page you turn, another surprise pops out.

"This book concisely explains—and actively demonstrates with six functional pop-up paper contraptions—the science at play in our everyday world," the book's back cover explains. It turns out, there's a whole lot you can do with a few pieces of paper and a little bit of imagination.

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There's the eponymous planetarium, a paper dome that you can use with your cell phone's flashlight to project constellations onto the ceiling. There's a conical speaker, which you can use to amplify a smaller music player. There's a spiralgraph you can use to make geometric designs. There's a basic cipher you can use to encode and decode secret messages, and on its reverse side, a calendar. There's a stringed musical instrument you can play on. All are miniature, functional machines that can expand your perceptions of what a simple piece of paper can become.

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