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Brooklyn Decker SI Swimsuit Edition

Which she may not have made the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2011 Swimsuit Edition which was reserved for Russian supermodel Irina Shayk, Brooklyn Decker deserves a very, very honorable mention (yea, I guess gracing the cover two years in a row can’t be expected). So naturally we scraped around and compiled what we’re calling Banned’s Great Gallery: Brooklyn Decker SI Swimsuit Edition. As always, hold down the control key (apple/command on mac) and click the thumbnails below to open each image in a new tab (we’re working on a new gallery system that won’t totally suck, but until then bear with us).

Vanessa Hudgens Almost Gives Us A Taste

As far as upskirt pictures go, these have to be some of the worst ever. Here’s Vanessa Hudgens stepping over a velvet rope at some premiere last night flashing some what… Inner thigh? Big deal! I see more action riding the bus and believe me those thighs like to jiggle. Anyhow, luckily she redeems herself with some of that tasty little pushed up cleavage I like so much. Good save.

Ashley Greene PLUS Cleavage PLUS Sweat EQUALS Dream Nest

It's not that I'd really want to physically live in the warm and moist Ashley Greene cleavage space, I mean, could I? No, not even possible to think, yet... what if I just moved in a few things, like my futon and my Atari gaming system, that'd surely be enough. In fact, no need for the video games really when planted between the toasty wet melons of the super Twilight hottie. Oh, dare to dream. Such is the inspiration provided for when this young Hollywood hottie works up a sweat at the gym in her stretchy outfits. No pain, no gain. For Ashley Greene I mean. As for me, I'm just delighting in my new living space.

Olga Kurylenko is Still at the Beach

After being seen at the beach in Miami on Tuesday, Olga Kurylenko was again spotted at the beach yesterday. It's almost like she doesn't even care about skin cancer -- she wants to show off her sexy body despite it. Screw the troops. This is the kind of real hero I can get behind.


Photographer Loves Math, Graphs Her Images

Most of us can’t tell our secant from our cotangent. But the forms are everywhere, and Nikki Graziano wants to help us see them. Graziano, a math and photography student at Rochester Institute of Technology, overlays graphs and their corresponding equations onto her carefully composed photos. “I wanted to create something that could communicate how awesome math is, to everyone,” she says. Graziano doesn’t go out looking for a specific function but lets one find her instead. Once she’s got an image she likes, Graziano whips up the numbers and tweaks the function until the graph it describes aligns perfectly with the photograph. When graphed, this trigonometry function produces an ever-repeating wave of peaks and valleys that mirror the natural curves Graziano sees in plants.

Sex, Drugs and a Telephoto: Candid Car Photos Challenge Personal Privacy

Spanish photographerOscar Monzón sees two contradictory worlds colliding in photography today. On the one hand, cameras and photos are everywhere thanks to camera phones. On the other, restrictions about where photos can be taken have only been increasing. (Look at the battle between the NYPD and photographers at the Occupy protest and the numerous photographers hassled by private security guards.) People have also become more guarded about protecting their digital image and often don’t want their picture taken unless they have control of it.

Michael Johansson

I’m so excited to finally be posting about Michael Johansson – he has been in my ‘to post about’ folder for awhile now. Aren’t his installations amazing! I wish I knew a bit about his process, if he hunts for the perfect sized objects – if he maps each one out before he assembles. Everything fits just right!

Lower Manhattan’s Mysterious Warplane

For years, Shawn Hakimian has wondered why a World War I fighter plane sits on the roof of 77 Water Street. “It’s not every day you see an airplane taking off from a New York City building,” says Hakimian, a developer whose 75 Wall Street condominiums have views onto the roof of the neighboring Water Street building and the biplane that is parked there, on a landing strip lined with runway lights. “It’s one of our buyers’ most commonly asked questions.” When the William Kaufman Organization built the 26-story office tower in 1970, the owner wanted to adorn its roof with something more interesting than air-conditioning machinery. “When you’re in a building that’s higher, and you’re looking down, it’s pretty ugly,” says Robert Kaufman, the company’s president. “So we said: ‘what can we do?’ And we got the idea of putting an airplane on the roof.”


Motorbikes Specially Customized for Celebrities

Most celebrities have money, it is no secret. Some have so much money that they don't even know what to do with it. Some waste the surplus cash, but some put it to good use. Celebrities normally prefer to move around in costly, high end wheels as they allow them to show off their star power and their status. As a result, they do not think twice before spending a fortune to buy luxurious Harley Davidson, Ducati, Commando, etc. Some celebrities own especially customized bikes. Some of them are so manly that they have to be mentioned here.

Ducati Diavel

The all-new 2011 Ducati Diavel is a mean looking cruiser which sits above the Ducati Monster range in the company's lineup of tough-looking naked bikes. The bike's name - meaning Devil in the local dialect - sums up what Ducati wanted out of the bike and its designers. "The challenge of building a muscular silhouette over a pure-bred competition motor had to be met with determination and a delicate touch, and the result is a frontal area that looks like a power athlete on the starting blocks," explains the team at Ducati Design responsible for the project. The Ducati Diavel is available in two versions. The standard model, and the Diavel Carbon - which as the name suggests has a few carbon fiber goodies.

Your Hot Wheels Childhood Dream Comes to Life

Hollywood stuntman Brent Fletcher drove a life-size Hot Wheels buggy on a world record-setting 92-foot corkscrew jump. The record is for the “longest ramp to ramp spiral 360 in a four-wheeled vehicle.” And all the action was caught in the video below. Fletcher, of Fast Five fame, hit the asymmetrical jump at 54 mph, then rotated at 230 degrees per second before landing. Hot Wheels’ Team Green, the engineers behind the stunt, outfitted the 2,600-pound buggy with a center-mounted driver’s seat to ensure even rotation during the spiral. Hot Wheels set a previous record in June when two drivers performed a loop-de-loop at the X Games Los Angeles, and set another for longest four-wheeled jump at the 2011 Indianapolis 500.

Techart Powers 911 Turbo up to 620 hp

The infamous Porsche tuners at Techart have unveiled the company's new tuning program for the 2010 911 Turbo. If you find the car's styling boring and the power lacking, the crew has what you need to wrench a full 620 horsepower out of the factory 3.8-liter flat-six. Techart starts by ditching the factory exhaust manifolds and pipes for an easy-breathing system built in-house. Throw in a sports air filter and an ECU reflash, and you've got an extra 120 horsepower over what Stuttgart deems necessary. As usual, Techart has worked over the rest of the car's systems to keep up with the nudge in power. A set of fully-adjustable coilovers have found their way under the Turbo, along with massive brakes on all four corners. The company will even throw in its "Nose Lift" system for the right price, meaning the 620 horsepower missile won't quiver in fear at the site of a speed bump.


Orbital Garbage Scow Concept Would Keep Space Clean

There's a lot of crap up there in orbit. Like, seriously, a lot, and it's becoming a problem. This concept for a space debris collection and recycling ship from artist Vaughan Ling shows one potential way of taking care of all the junk. When two pieces of space junk come together they make lots of new little baby pieces of space junk, which might sound all cute and romantic, except that if one of them runs into your space station, it's gonna blow a good sized hole in it. At some point, there's going to be enough stuff flying around up there that a chain reaction of collisions could take place, creating so much debris that Earth orbit will end up unusable.

How The 2600 Forged The Home Video Game Future

Born in the early 1970s, I've experienced only a few world-changing events along the lines of the automobile, the telephone, and the television. Sure, I was around the campus computer cluster when NCSA Mosaic was installed in 1994, but the Internet didn't make a grand entrance. (The UC Museum of Paleontology, a prominent early Web site, was only so interesting.) The World Wide Web doesn't compare with 1981, when my brother and I got an Atari 2600 for Christmas. Before Atari, no video games at home. After Atari, video games all the time. Males of a certain age will regale you with tales of long mornings roping cattle in Stampede and the distinctive thumb cramp that the joystick delivered. But enough nostalgia for now. Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost, two professors of media studies, have written a book, Racing the Beam, that approaches the beloved machine from a new angle: What was it like to program for the Atari 2600?

The 4x4 That Can Change Into A Helicopter In Less Than A Minute

This helicopter that changes Transformers-like into a rugged 4x4 may one day be ferrying troops around Iraq and Afghanistan, helping them avoid the constant threat of roadside bombs. The futuristic design is the latest brainchild of the Texas-based AVX Aircraft Company. It can carry four fully-equipped soldiers and travel 250 miles by land and air on a single tank of fuel. The company says that almost any soldier could drive and fly it, and that they would not need a pilot's licence. Unfolding the rotor blades for flight should convert the vehicle from 4x4 to aircraft in just one minute. The company says the vehicle would be especially suitable for use in Iraq and Afghanistan where troops face constant danger from roadside bombs, or IED - improvised explosive devices. The Pentagon is now considering the design.

These Robotic Fish Feed, Swim And Cluster Like The Real Thing

Anyone who has ever owned an aquarium full of fish knows that they aren't the low maintenance pets everyone thinks they are. But now, for the truly lazy would-be pet owner, it appears the age of realistic robotic pets as depicted in Blade Runner has finally arrived. At first glance, motionless and out of water, Takara Tomy's Robofish appear to be nothing more than cheap fish replicas. But slap a battery in several of the units, place them in water and you'll be startled by how realistic the Robofish appear. The randomized movements of the fish mimic the way real fish swim, eat, and even gather into schools of fish. Each Robofish is powered by two lithium-ion watch batteries which drive the unit's tail movements.

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