Here are all your favourite paintings with pandas instead of people

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These pandas are certainly shaking up the art scene.

A Chinese online illustrator is re-imagining iconic paintings, but replacing the humans inside with pandas. The results are surprisingly unforgettable.

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Here’s Panda Lisa:

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The Creation of Panda:

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Panda with a parasol:

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The Vitruvian Panda:

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And The Scream(ing Panda):

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The gifs created by A-Long, a Shenzhen-based artist, are also going pretty viral on Chinese social media site Weibo. Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ star Lena Headey had a fairly unexpected reaction to episode 1

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Lena Headey may be a die-hard Lannister in the Game of Thrones world, but on Twitter her allegiances lie elsewhere.

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Once the first episode of Season 7 had been shown in the UK, Headey (a.k.a. everyone’s least favourite ruler, Cersei Lannister), shared her thoughts on the characters who came across best.

And they may not have been what everyone was expecting.

MVP’s of ep one .. in my humble opinion. Sansa and The Hound

— lena headey (@IAMLenaHeadey) July 17, 2017

To be fair, they did both have excellent episodes. Sansa proved exactly how much of a badass tactician she is these days, and the Hound showed his softer side. Read more…

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Annoying yet sorta fun virus makes you watch ‘Homestar Runner’

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Remember the old days of viruses — which instead of holding your computer to ransom unless you pay hundreds of dollars like they do now — would just mildly annoy you with random changes.

As you’ll see in the case of Email-Worm.Win32.Lacon, which has been detailed in a video by YouTuber danoct1.

On the 10th of every month, the virus sets your Internet Explorer homepage to the 404 webpage of the much-loved Homestar Runner and also forces a log off when you try and close a dialog box titled “Your Angry Computer.”

The virus affects Windows computers and spreads via an executable attached to an email about a “National Call Registry” program. But unlike today’s viruses, this one is just simply mildly annoying. Read more…

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Infinity book store looks like an endless tunnel of books

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Imagine an infinite row of books as far as your eye can see.

This bookstore and library in Yangzhou, eastern China, has transformed its space into an endless space of books, with some clever mirror trickery.

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Zhongshuge, which roughly translates to Bell Book Loft, is part of a chain of bookstores with two other locations in Shanghai and Hangzhou. 

Its interior was designed by Shanghai studio XL-Muse Architects, which took inspiration from Yangzhou’s famous waterways and stone bridges that were referenced by Chinese classical poets, like Li Bai, who lived in the 8th century, and Du Mu, from the 9th century. Read more…

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This iPhone photo has made it onto billboards across the world

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You know what they say — it’s not about the camera you have, it’s what you do with it.

When Filipino Instagrammer Francis Olarte snapped a photo of his niece, he wasn’t expecting it to be seen by million across the world. 

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Francis, who currently resides in Singapore, went swimming with his niece Ava, when he decided he wanted to test his new water-resistant iPhone 7.

He snapped a few photos of her and uploaded one of them to Instagram and Facebook — and it caught the attention of the folks at Apple. 

If you live in Singapore, you might recognise this picture near Rochor Road: Read more…

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After ‘Game of Thrones,’ Ed Sheeran will feature in another cult TV show

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After he appeared in the long-awaited Game of Thrones premiere — dividing hardcore fans — Ed Sheeran is ready to feature in another cult TV show — The Simpsons

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The singer-turned-actor confirmed on Instagram he will voice a character named Brandon in a musical-themed episode of the animated Fox comedy titled “Haw-Haw Land” — a clear jibe at La La Land. 

This year continues to be equally surreal and amazing. Watch out for this one, me and Lisa have a whole thing going on x

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China launches self-driving patrol boats to rescue people from drowning

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Robotic speedboats now ply the waters of a large lake in China, which has seen multiple deaths from drowning over the years.

The autonomous watercraft is equipped with GPS, cameras, and acoustic and infrared sensors. 

It’s aiding lifeguards at the Tian’e Lake in Hefei, eastern China, which receives tens of thousands of people each day during peak periods, according to park officials. 

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The boat is designed to detect “moving targets” in a lake that has seen 15 people drown in 2016, according to state-run China Daily. 66 people drowned in total since the park along the lake was first inaugurated in 2004.  Read more…

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Ed Sheeran cracks down on ticket scalpers to save his fans money

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Ed Sheeran may have found a way to redeem himself for his dud of a cameo in this week’s Game of Thrones.

The singer has cancelled 10,000 of the tickets to his forthcoming London shows next June to prevent ticket resale sites from turning them around at massively inflated prices.

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Third-party dealers had reportedly been selling the affected tickets at prices of as much as eight times the face value, which was between £49 ($64) and £88 ($115). One pair of seats was even rumored to have been listed at a whopping £174,000 ($227,700).   Read more…

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Google Home now has an Australian accent

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Google Home wants to be Australian like football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars.

The voice-activated smart home device is set to launch in the country on Thursday, shipping with a distinctly Australian twang and an understanding of the local vernacular.

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“We’ve done a lot to make sure Google Home feels, sounds and looks Aussie,” Raunaq Shah, Google Home Product Manager in Australia, said.

You can ask Google Home’s Australian assistant where the nearest Maccas is, and it’ll respond if you ask it to play some Acca Dacca (that’s McDonald’s and AC/DC, for those playing at home.) Read more…

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Why that ‘Game of Thrones’ cold open was worse than ‘Scooby Doo’

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Game of Thrones‘ season opening episodes are almost never regarded as the best of their ilk. From the “Winter is Coming” pilot onwards, they’ve all suffered the same problem: too much scene-setting and checking in with characters is required for much of interest to actually happen. 

This is not necessarily a problem — we’ve had some excellent, top-ten worthy Episode 2s spring from the solid foundation of that scene-setting. But you can also see why the showrunners — and their bosses at HBO — would be interested in making sure there’s as much oomph to a season premiere as possible.

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