November 9th, 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?
November 8th, 2011
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May 2nd, 2011
Zadie Smith on the experience of watching The Clock, a film by Christian Marclay:
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. [...]
April 9th, 2011
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, 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]
March 23rd, 2011
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.
March 21st, 2011
Another day, another post on origami. Dinh Truong Giang uses a technique called wet folding to produce paper sculptures of animals and people.
My favourites are his animals: foxes, gorillas and owls – even more so when they're miniatures.
March 21st, 2011
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]
March 20th, 2011
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]
March 1st, 2011
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.
My favourite from the former series is from Mister Miracle #17: in the latter series, I'm torn between images from Kamandi and Fantastic Four.
February 22nd, 2011
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.
[Via My Modern Metropolis, via MetaFilter]
January 14th, 2011
October 31st, 2010
October 16th, 2010
My little piece of privacy.
September 17th, 2010
September 17th, 2010
A dress made of china. Not in China: of china.
August 29th, 2010
Nice as the default view of David May's photograph of a statue of a Clydesdale horse situated just outside Glasgow is, viewing it at Original size is even better.
In the cropped view offered by my browser window, the full-size image looks more like a pencil sketch that a photograph of a real, three-dimensional object. Lovely work.
[Via MeFi user maudlin, posting to this thread]