[Image: A set of gifs showing a white man along with other people inside a micro apartment where things fold into walls or adjust to save space. The captions read: What if 200 ft squared could be 3x larger? It’s possible when a gesture can transform…a large bedroom…into  fully equipped office…or a dining room for six friends…or a comfortable living room…What if you could double the size of your bathroom…or extend your counter space…or adjust lighting with apps from your phone]






See all of the functionality of this amazing home unit here.

(Developed by MIT Media Lab)


ok honestly who actually needs stuff like this except rich white people

Um, oh, I dunno, people in ridiculously densely populated Asian cities like Hong Kong?
Seriously, there’s a time and a place for discussions like that, but this comment is practically too silly for words.

Ignoring the lighting app, well-designed convertible spaces are being proposed in many high-density, high-land value areas, including New York and San Francisco. The idea is to create apartments with necessary living features in a smaller space, reducing cost. However, small living spaces are psychologically distressful and have added stress from constantly reconfiguring your apartment. Might be great for able-bodied 20-somethings, not so great for anyone older, disabled, or with a family.

The people who would benefit most from this style of living, at least in the US, are wealthy 20-something tech workers. At least, until micro-apartments become the norm and rents rise to compensate. In the end, renters are still getting screwed, even the rich ones.

Can I also mention that if you are a fat person (like me) some of this could get uncomfortable on a daily basis. Fuck all the commenters who are going to say “haha you’re too fat to live in an apartment” and what not. That dining room for six friends is comfortable about until you’re a US size 22/24 by the looks of it. 

I guess I object to the virtues of such living being extolled by a thin white dude who gets to take up as much space as he wants EVERYWHERE ELSE IN LIFE and doing it on the assumption that we’ve all been living in huge sprawling condos before this. Like a lot of people haven’t been doing the micro-living thing by virtue of being forced into tiny, tiny apartments because rent was too high elsewhere.

Because when lower income people are doing this shit as a matter of course, it’s somehow a sign that they’ve failed. When a white guy with an app does it, well, it’s cool and modern and a great way to “save space”.

My annoyance isn’t so much with the idea of the small apartment, it’s that as the commenter said above, MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS were doing this way before this white dude added some ridiculous lighting and acted like he just discovered this was a thing.

So this annoys me because ppl in Hong Kong and other densely populated parts of Asia have been using this sort of thing for quite a while now but this white guy is totes columbusing it. 



The cruelty before the bullfight:

The Bull is not an aggressive animal, and the reason he is angry and attempts to charge at the matador whilst in the bullring is mainly because he has been horrendously abused for the previous two days.
In fact, what spectators see is not a normal, healthy bull, but a weakened, half-blinded and mentally destroyed version, whose chances of harming his tormentors is virtually nil.

The bull has wet newspapers stuffed into his ears; vaseline is rubbed into his eyes to blur his vision; cotton is stuffed up his nostrils to cut off his respiration and a needle is stuck into his genitals.
Also, a strong caustic solution is rubbed onto his legs which throws him off balance. This also keeps him from lying down on the ground. In addition to this, drugs are administered to  him up or slow him down, and strong laxatives are added to his feed to further incapacitate him. He is kept in a dark box for a couple of days before he faces the ring.

The purpose of this is to disorientate him. When he is let out of the box, he runs desperately towards the light at the end of the tunnel. He thinks that at last his suffering is over and he is being set free, instead, he runs into the bullring to face his killers and a jeering mob. (x)