February 18th, 2012
- I predict that we'll see at least one TV advert aping this film's visual style within 3 months. ↩
My favourites in this collection: Christoph 1990 & 2011, Puna 2003 & 2011, and Carli 1990 & 2011.
Greg Leyh's The Lightning Foundry Kickstarter project proposal:
The Lightning Foundry is a project to re-create super-long discharge effects normally found only in lightning. Two 10-story Tesla Coil towers will fill an area the size of a football field with lightning-like discharges hundreds of feet in length. If we trigger super-long discharge effects the arcs could strike considerably further.
That's Two Ten Storey Tesla Coil Towers! How can I not throw US$10 his way?
Christoph Niemann: My attempt at live-illustrating the New York City Marathon.
It's two in the afternoon. No one is groaning; no one turns over in bed or hits an alarm clock – it's much too late for that. Love set you going like a fat gold watch…. But by two o'clock the morning song is just a memory. We are no longer speculating as to what set us going, we just know we are going. We are less sentimental in the afternoon. We watch the minute hand go round: 2:01 becoming 2:02 becoming 2:03. It's relentless, when you think about it. Mostly we don't think about it. We're very busy, what with everything that's going on. The foreign schoolchildren have already left for the day, a burly gentleman is having his tea in a glass, Billy Liar is being asked "What time d'yer call this?" (seventeen minutes past two), and Charlotte Rampling is all by herself eating chocolate éclairs and smoking, in a garden somewhere, in France, probably. [...]
Trexels – Star Trek Pixel Art by John Martz and Koyama Press. So cute. I can't name every single character shown, but I recognise almost all of them.
One quibble: if they're going to give us separate images of characters whose appearance/uniform changed over the years,1 shouldn't they also have given us clean-shaven and bearded versions of Will Riker? Growing The Beard was a really big deal back in the day!
[Via Pop Loser]
Photographer Irina Werning's Back to the Future:
I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else's house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it's imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.
My favourites: Lucia in 1956 & 2010, Ato 1992 & 2010, and Pancho in 1983 & 2010.
Jenny Burrows and Matt Kappler came up with a cracking idea for an advertising campaign for the Smithsonian Museums: Historically Hardcore.
Sadly, the Smithsonian Institution insisted that the designers remove the museum's logo from their work. Even with a generic logo, they're still pretty damn good.
[Via The Hickensian]
Susan Orlean on The Origami Lab:
One of the few Americans to see action during the Bug Wars of the nineteen-nineties was Robert J. Lang, a lanky Californian who was on the front lines throughout, from the battle of the Kabutomushi Beetle to the battle of the Menacing Mantis and the battle of the Long-Legged Wasp. [...]
[Via The Essayist]
The last month has been good to anyone who ever enjoyed a bit of Kirby Krackle.
Four Colour Process has zoomed out a bit and spent the last month posting a series of images from Jack Kirby's 1970s work titled Cosmic Debris: Kirby in the '70s, whereas HiLobrow has invited 25 writers to pick a single Kirby frame and contribute an essay to Kirb Your Enthusiasm.
In her series Photo Opportunities, artist Corinne Vionnet takes hundreds of photographs taken from the internet of famous landmarks and overlays them to depict an eerily consistent consensus version of the building/monument/scene in question. I'm making it sound terribly dull, but in fact the results are beautiful.
The images at the artist's site are fairly small: My Modern Metropolis has larger versions of some of the pictures.