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I desperately need a palate cleanser after that last piece, which brought so much bile to my throat that I think I permanently damaged my teeth. So here is a change of pace, or perhaps a return to form, since I think this blog is evenly split between my movie poster obsession and our various political rants. So here we have some pictogram posters of famous movies by artist Viktor Hertz. Follow the link to see many many more.
And a great painting of Quorra by Peter Breese. I like that he even got her highly improbable shoes right.
These are fantastic Formula 1 Grand Prix posters from PJ Tierney. I love the way he integrates the shape of the car into the dominant shapes of the flags. Especially the one for Japan. Although now I want to see rip offs featuring the Stig.
I just found the Value of a Dollar Project, a photojournal chronicling the amount of food you can get for a dollar, both healthy and otherwise.
Photography is used to deceive. Millions, if not billions of advertising dollars are spent annually photographing food and obfuscating reality. Fast food conglomerates are certainly the worst culprits, but everywhere we see glamorized versions of what we eat. [The value of food] is determined by the price of oil, its transnational transport contributes to Global Warming, its ingredients entice America into obesity, and its production processes animals into floss and mush.
The photographs in this project attempt to strip back the artifice; to depict food items as they were sold, (minus packaging,) without styling, retouching, or artificial lighting. Each image represents a dollar’s worth of food purchased from various markets in New Mexico. The subjects exist as equivalent amounts of commodity, and nothing more.
A MacDonald’s cheeseburger vs 10 organic blueberries
$1 of ramen vs $1 of rice
4 grapefruits from Supersave vs 1 organic grapefruit from WholeFoods
$1 of ‘potted meat product’ vs $1 of beef shank from Supersave
$1 of Shurfine flour vs $1 of Shurfine bread
$1 of tea biscuits vs $1 side salad from Burger King
Some food for thought.
These shoes are amazing. Kobi Levi makes them as a form of ‘wearable art’ but frankly I don’t think I could ever actually wear them. I’d rather put them on my bookshelf and giggle.
And best of all
Although I admit, I would wear these, cause they’re actually super stylish and would remind me of you, Puffin, although they’re actually a Toucan.
While I’m on the topic of crazy footwear, there are also these, based on the design of the Lamborghini Gallardo, with carbon fiber heels, and I WANT THEM. Altho I’d prefer an actual Lamborghini. I suspect that Lamborghini pumps have an even shittier resale value than an actual Lambo. Unfortunately they don’t actually exist. The only Lamborghini shoes you can buy are butt fugly.
This is the most unwelcoming garment since the chastity belt
And these frankly terrify me.
Given that I can’t even wear clogs without falling flat on my ass I can’t even imagine the carnage I would inflict on Manhattan if I were waddling around in these. (PS, they’re actually a statement about global warming and as such are really quite neat. But I can’t pass up the opportunity to mock stuff. Also I have traumatic memories of flippers)
OK, I meant to get back to work, I really did, but then I came across these before and after shots of Earth Hour, over on TheAtlantic. Which I had to visit because it was totally relevant to my work. Click to embiggen, or head over to TheAtlantic to see the transitions animated.
These last ones really blow me away because of the way the focus shifts once the lights go out. In Vancouver the water is suddenly visible, rather than being obscured by the reflected lights, and in NYC the trees magically appear once the bright object is the background is gone. I think this is really neat.
New York City:
And, just because I love it, the Sydney Harbor Bridge:
Earth Hour is awesome
It has come to my attention that you love travel blogs. But after the credit card company cancelled my reward miles, I’ve had to become more creative in the type of traveling I do. In my research I came across a wondrous phenomenon – Urban Exploration. This is somewhat like the old tours we used to take in the 19th century to see the city’s slums for ourselves.
This first picture comes from The Moebius, he claims this is from the old Donner Pass (hardly Urban Exploration, I daresay)
This one, from A Daily Dose of Arhitecture, reminds me of the flat we shared in Paris. I daresay our graffiti was on par with this.
This one, from fotopedia, is even closer to home for you, from the Rochester Subway.
I’m not even sure if this one from Telefunker is even in the country. But I would love to explore it.
Laundelles also has some excellent pictures.
I do hope you’ve enjoyed this pictures. I hope to begin such explorations here.
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In 2005, Norway initiated a massive 15-year agenda to generate more tourism. The government turned to architects and designers to concept and build tourist routes and architectural rest stops to enhance the experience of the stunning Norwegian landscape. The projects span from the southern town of Jaeren to the northern tip of Varenger. Visitors and Norwegian natives alike are afforded the luxury of safe roads and reveling in clean and relaxing architecturally inspired viewpoints.
Noway wins. I now want to go here. These are just so incredibly gorgeous….Im pining for the fjords. Or, in the words of Liz Lemon, I want to go to there! Via Superpunch.
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