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What We Love This Week, Volume XVI

An Insider’s Look At The X Games Barcelona

A couple weeks ago, the X Games swept through the Spanish city of Barcelona. And in its wake, those of us unable to attend the extreme sports festivities are left with some absolutely incredible photographic coverage of it. Head over to The Roosevelts for more high-quality and even higher octane images of the athletes who would make Isaac Newton have a field day.

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An Ark In The Middle Of The Desert

Imagine how awesome it would be to tell someone at a party that, when asked what you do, you’re in the process of building an innovative biosphere in the middle of the desert that’s completely closed to the outside atmosphere…and that, on top of that, you’ll be living in it for two years? The guys featured in the video above did.

What We Love This Week, Volume XV

War Toys 1

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Brian McCarty’s “War Toys”

War Toys 3

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While war may destroy nations, political ideologies and even historic monuments, perhaps the most tragic casualty is the imagination and innocence stolen from a child caught in its throes. In light of this, world renown photographer Brian McCarty has taken to several Middle Eastern cities devastated by war and talked to some of the very children stricken by it. In their conversations, McCarty asks the children to express their memories through pencil and paper, which eventually serves as the framework for McCarty’s subsequent photos.

In them, war toys take on a much more sinister and macabre appearance, thus begging the question of why we try to plasticize, market and misrepresent war and its accompanying violence to children. If you want more, Hi Fructose has a great gallery of other images in McCarty’s series for your viewing pleasure.

War Toys 2

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