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Don Gorske eats milestone 30,000th Big Mac

Sharon Roznik, via FDL Reporter:

Don Gorske gobbled down his 30,000th Big Mac Friday at the same McDonald’s where he got his first taste of the beefed-up burger in 1972.

The Big Mac maniac gave a half-hour presentation to the crowd, which gathered to watch him take that first bite of the 30,000th all-beef patty, with special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame-seed bun. He showed off his record books and how he keeps track of thousands of receipts, sandwich wrappers and containers.

“People like to see proof,” he said.

Among his calculations, Gorske figured it took him 356 days to eat his first 1,000 Big Macs. On the day McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc died in 1984, Gorske ate his 5,978th Big Mac.

Through more than four decades, he’s gone about eight days total, without eating a Big Mac. The first day missed was the hardest, Gorske said, and that was in 1982, when he drove in a snowstorm to get his sandwich, and the restaurant was closed.

Christoph Niemann – Imaginative visual story-teller

I just spent the better part of the day going through Christoph Niemann’s work on Instagram and – Wow. If you’re interested in quirky and imaginative graphic work, just drop everything and head over there. This is amazing, amazing work.

This series is of the Season Campaign of Deutsche Oper, Berlin. From his website:

I spent a day in the opera, and eventually decided to use everything but the actual stage as a basis for the drawings. The photos were taken back stage, in the work shops, outside the opera house and in the (wonderfully restrained) lobby with it’s iconic paper lamps.

Layers in Nature – Canvas artworks by a French artist

Mark Robinson, for OEN:

Rieu-Piquet focuses on graphic work that in many ways depicts life. His goal is to reconnect with natural order and graphically translate this on to a material of his choice, usually canvas or paper. Although sometimes he uses more physical representations in his drawings, such as buds in bloom or roots of a plant, usually the embryonic state interests him the most. He meticulously tries to mimic these patterns on a small scale, repeating them again and again to create order and interest.

Simple and minimal cubic house in Belgium

Via This is Paper:

The architects behind the studio aim to minimise architecture practically, caring for functionality above all. [..]

This simple cubic house is shaped as a coherent solid volume and fulfilled with simplicity, art and design. Featuring wide, glazed surfaces which introduce rural landscape to the interiors, the villa invites one to get amazed by the architecture that is practically beautiful.

Impeccable detailing and finishing.

Strategy Analytics: iPhone dominates Best-Selling Smartphone list

Via Business Wire:

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments reached 345 million units in Q1 2018. Despite fears of expensive pricing, Apple iPhone X was the world’s best-selling smartphone model, shipping an impressive 16 million units during the quarter. Xiaomi Redmi 5A and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus were the world’s top-selling Android smartphone models.

This story is mainly doing the rounds as to how the speculation of the iPhone X doing poorly is hogwash, but it is the table that catches my eye:

This year’s iPhones take the top three spots.

And fourth-best selling smartphone of the quarter? Last year’s iPhone 7.

Vitsœ’s new office for headquarters and production

Caroline Williamson, for Design Milk:

British furniture brand Vitsœ not only moved into a new home for their headquarters and production, they had a hand in both the design and construction of the new space in Royal Leamington Spa. The new facilities span 135 meters in length, 25 meters in width, and six meters in height, and are naturally ventilated and naturally lit thanks to its thoughtful design, which came together with Vitsœ’s in-house team along with yacht designer Martin Francis.

The new building is thought of much in the same way as the company’s iconic 606 Universal Shelving System, as it’s constructed like a kit of parts that can be adapted over time depending on their needs. The design focuses on natural materials, natural lighting, and natural ventilation as a way to create a connection between the employees and their surroundings, while also helping to keep energy consumption down.

The building marks the first time a wooden structure in the UK is constructed entirely out of the newly developed beech laminate-veneer lumber (LVL), a high-performance engineered hardwood that adds a layer of sophistication to a wooden building.

The most divisive work in modern art: All-white paintings

So-called “white paintings” are in museums all across the world and Robert Ryman’s all-white painting “Bridge” sold for a record $20.6 million at a Christie’s auction in 2015. How are these seemingly plain white paintings considered art and why is it that not anyone can pick up a tube of white paint and make one?

CSS-only hand coded “Paintings”

Jason Kottke:

This is kind of nuts. Diana Smith creates CSS-only hand coded “paintings.” Here are the rules she sets for herself.

All elements must be typed out by hand

Only Atom text editor and Chrome Developer Tools allowed.

SVG use is limited, and all shapes can only use hand-plotted coordinates and bezier curves – without the aid of any graphics editor.

If you’ve ever done anything around web development / front end design, you’ll appreciate the craft in minutia that goes into these projects.

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