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Enhancing Mobile Photography with the Moment Case : The Seattle mobile phone lens-maker launches a second Kickstarter for a smart shutter button integrated case

Enhancing Mobile Photography with the Moment Case

Designed to elevate the mobile photography experience to a more professional level, Moment launched with a two-piece lens system on Kickstarter in January 2014, pulling in nearly $ 500,000 and over nine times their goal. But while their lenses have……

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Westland Distillery’s American Single Malt Whiskey: A flavorful, refined expression hailing from Seattle

Westland Distillery's American Single Malt Whiskey

If you’re looking to venture away from Scotland for a reliable, rich, single malt, you might not think of America’s Pacific Northwest as the go-to source. And yet Westland Distillery, housed in Seattle, has produced a…

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Digital Tales From 2 Days in Seattle

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This past weekend we had the great fortune to join the gang from Creative Social for their latest global event in Seattle. For this group of talented creative folk from across the globe, and for the record a heavy emphasis on socializing, we were lucky enough to experience some incredible speakers, and better yet, some pretty radical inspiration over two days.

Three things that impacted us digitally were tales of creative education, optic nerve start-ups, and a crazy game where you play immigration officer. And this would say nothing about the inspiration that visiting the Boeing Flight Experience center, meeting the co-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, and learning from the man who created Cranium would have, but that is for another story.

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Chase Jarvis is just one of those guys. He makes you feel like you’re standing still. Or going backwards. He turned his passion for photography into major campaigns for brands around the world. Then he turned that into the Best Camera app—you know, social photography before ‘graming was made insta. He then doubled down on his chips with his latest venture, Creative Live.

This new platform is where 2 million aspiring creative professionals in 200 countries are being connected with the world’s top creative through learning 24 hours a day online. As Jarvis sees it, “creativity is the new literacy.” An inspiring speaker in his own right, Jarvis’ new mission to create a large and free-to-watch educational system for future creative people is an incredible way to give back and build a culture of creativity.

Magic Leap

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From Peter Martin of Surreal Films we learned there is technology coming soon that rivals that season 5 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where the whole crew, save Wesley Crusher and a character played by Ashley Judd, fight to save the Enterprise from a mind controlling computer game that attacked the pleasure centers of the brain. With that set up, meet Magic Leap—a start-up that promises human computer technology they call Cinematic Reality—which somehow is working on sending digital images and experiences directly to your optic nerve.

Magic Leap is bending its propriety technology to meet the very human needs of our future users and co-creators,” said Rony Abovitz, President, CEO & Founder of Magic Leap Inc. “Our technology exists to unlock the creative spark found in all of us.

Part science fiction, part creepy nostalgia, this moves us well beyond the second screen, actually pushing us beyond the screen and into our brains. And the mysterious start up just closed $ 50 million in funding, so science fiction is about to get a lot closer to our brains. And to think this was the crazier talking point over Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Elvis, and Frank Sinatra holograms. Our future is digital resurrection.

Papers Please

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We also met game-maker Ryan Payton of Camouflaj who shared his exciting iOS title Republique and also his personal story in the gaming world. His real tale of ups and downs (a theme in almost every speaker’s tale) would make for a great HBO show on its own, along the way dispensing nuggets of wisdom and fighting against the idea that “your game needs to be playable in a line at Starbucks.” Just as interesting was his public sharing and obsession with a little game called Papers Please.

Billed as A Dystopian Document Thriller”, this experiment in digital is a simple immigration game in throwback graphics. “Using only the documents provided by travelers and the Ministry of Admission’s primitive inspect, search, and fingerprint systems you must decide who can enter Arstotzka and who will be turned away or arrested.” The whole concept is a fascinating journey into the banal, and yet the game has become somewhat of a sleeper hit —the game equivalent of the cult film.

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Construction workers unearth mammoth tusk in Seattle neighborhood

Construction workers in Seattle’s South Lake Union area managed to unearth the tusk of a mammoth earlier this week. Experts at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington believe the tusk originated from a Columbia mammoth from approximately 16,000 years ago, and it may be the largest tusk ever found in the region.

The massive fossil was found while workers were digging out the foundation for an apartment complex in the Seattle neighborhood. Executive museum director Julie Stein told NPR that paleontologists and graduate students are currently in the process of carefully excavating the tusk, which will eventually go on display. However, unlike the remains and blood of the woolly mammoth discovered in Russia last May, it doesn’t…

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Battle over Google Glass etiquette erupts in another Seattle diner

Google Glass has been available to early adopters for nearly nine months, and some merchants are doing their best to keep it out of their establishments. Nick Starr, a network engineer in Seattle, learned that the hard way this month on a visit to the Lost Lake Cafe, a 24-hour diner in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. According to Starr, he had eaten at the cafe several times while wearing Glass, but on his last visit was asked to remove the $ 1,500 headset or leave. Starr demanded to see a written policy banning Glass, but when the server held her ground he left. “I would love an explanation, apology, clarification,” Starr wrote on Facebook, “and if the staff member was in the wrong and lost the owner money last night and also future…

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Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series: We hit the streets of Seattle in an automobile that’s beautiful and functional, inside and out

Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series

by Davis Adams In light of the launch of its new 4 Series coupe, BMW invited CH to the Pacific Northwest to spend some time with what will surely…

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The Aviary: A new micro-shop in Seattle sells objects that inspire and stimulate the brain

The Aviary

by Sam Bovarnick In Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, on an unusually cloudy summer evening, CH visited Ken Mitchell’s creativity shop The Aviary. Stepping into The Aviary is a joyfully discombobulating experience. The shop is maybe 10×10 ft…

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Cool Hunting Video: NW Cannabis Market: Farm-to-table takes a different meaning in our look at this Seattle farmers market

Cool Hunting Video: NW Cannabis Market

During our recent visit to Seattle, WA we stopped by an unusual farmers market, where instead of tomatoes and tangerines, customers can purchase medical cannabis. The NW Cannabis Market, open seven days a week at…

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Rick Murphy: Seattle Print

Rick Murphy, of Hardly Code, just released his first print inspired by the city of Seattle. The four-color screen print, signed and numbered by the artist, is available right here for $ 35. Love it.






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Phenol55: Off-site wine storage in Seattle introduces an iPad app to make collecting more convenient


For the wine enthusiast looking to get serious about keeping bottles, but lacking the space at home to do so, off-site storage can provide a handy, well-managed solution. Even those with the square footage and disposable income to install a temperature-controlled catacomb in their own home might still miss…

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