Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Cats can see optical illusions too

The gif itself is cute, but the underlying conclusion is remarkable: the cat is trying to catch the perceived spinning wheels - meaning they can see optical illusions like we do. First seen here.

Monday, 29 April 2013

The mask of love

A fairly recent optical illusion, one of the finalists of a 2011 contest. A surprising number of people who look at this image do not notice that the main features of the mask are actually composed of two distinct faces: a man and a woman kissing one another. Once the viewer discerns two individual faces, his/her brain will flip between two possible interpretations of the mask, making the viewer perceive two faces or one face in alternation. First seen here.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Paper crab

The link gives an overview of the origami art by Kiev based artist Jaroslav Mishchenko - some of the best I have ever seen! First seen here.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Thailand soap flowers

Nothing extraordinary about these flower-shaped soaps from Thailand, but they sure are pretty. First seen here.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Nature wins

An amazing illustration of the power of nature. In the middle of thousands of tons of used tires in Lachapelle-Auzac, France, a tree has struggled through. First seen here.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Winterreise

Schubert's Wintereise is a brilliant piece of music, and this version is decent enough if not outstanding, The cover is a disaster though. The singer (Goerne) is caught in a less than flattering pose, and the pianist (Brendel) looks on in quiet desperation. First seen here.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Churchtanks

There is nothing subtle about the symbolism of the sculptures/structures by artist Kris Kuksi, who combines churches and tanks into astonishing hybrids. Well crafted though, and worth clicking the link to see more examples. First seen here.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Chocolate planets

This would make an amazing gift, especially for an (amateur) astronomer. The remaining eight planets, after poor Pluto has been booted out, in chocolate editions. Great packaging as well. First seen here.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Bohemian headline

Whoeever devised this headline must be a big Queen fan - and it is awesome that the editor allowed it to go through. First seen here.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Chicken wire sculptures

As usual when it ends up in this blog, I admire the crafts and the originality, but find it lacking in true artistic qualities. That said, the portrait sculptures Ivan Lovatt makes from chicken wire are amazing. As an example I have picked his take on eighties' icon Grace Jones. First seen here.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Camera USB

If I ever see this in a shop, I'll get it. A must-have for photographers, this 4 GB USB stick based on the traditional camera/lens design. First seen here.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Hairy chest sweater

One of those garments that makes you think: who designs this? And more importantly maybe, who buys this? Nice touch with the chain though, fits the theme somehow... No link, this picture was sent to me by my nephew-in-law to share in the blog (no, he is not the one wearing it). Thanks Chris!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Orgy!

What a find! Indonesian amateur photographer Nordin Seruyan captured this rare scene of six leaf beetles having a bit of fun. First seen here.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Forest fire pit

As such, the individual fire pits designed by Melissa Crisp are nice pieces of work but not that special. Until they are used, and the fire inside transforms them into nightmarish scenes of forest fires. Stunning. First seen here.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Volkswagen

I would guess that this one dates back to around 1960, when advertisers not only got away with this kind of crap, but apparently it even helped to sell. This VW has easy to replace parts in case the wife drives. First seen here.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Paper clip fun

An interesting image with paperclips - fascinating how quickly our mind translates these into real people's situations. Thanks to Jenny Downing for sending me this one originally some years ago. The link has since expired unfortunately.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Rhinochair

The Animal Chair collection by Spanish designer Maximo Riera has to be seen to be believed. I picked the rhino one, but the octopus one is at least as ridiculous. First seen here.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Spring cleaning life hacks

Even if only half of the twenty tips in the linked site work, it is well worth exploring them! I like the shown one above in particular, removing excess fur (how does one spaniel shed so much??) from the carpet with a window squeegee. First seen here.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Native American themed paper art

Amazingly detailed paper sculptures based on Native American themes. Takes me back to the Karl May books I read as a teenager. Impressive work by Allen and Patty Eckman. First seen here.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Sword umbrella

How cool would it be to pull this umbrella out when it starts to rain? Even if you are not wearing a metal suit that requires protection from rust? First seen here.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Shower

An elephant is not the first animal that comes to mind when you think about funny animals, but this one is cute for sure. First seen here.

EDITED 31/12/15: I fell for an internet hoax - this is actually a robot featured at the Disneyland attraction Jungle Cruise.

Monday, 8 April 2013

200,000 piece fantasy world

As a child, I created lots of things from LEGO bricks, but this is something else... At over five feet tall and six feet wide, Mike Doyle’s Odan is an incredible fantasy world created from over 200,000 LEGO pieces. It took over 600 hours to build. Amazing stuff for sure. First seen here.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Tiny paper sculptures

Fantastic miniature craftsmanship by Japan's artist Akinobu Izumi, who creates these miniature paper sculptures and places them into miniature bottles. First seen here.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Hadyn symphonies

The cover for this album of Haydn symphonies is bland and lackluster, but that in itself is not a reason to post it here. Until you notice that a major record label like Sony managed to put this on the market with a glaring spelling error of the composer's name. First seen here.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Vincent

Optical illusion paintings in general do not hold much interest for me, but this one really caught my eye. It was created by Ukrainian artist Oleg Shuplyak. First seen here.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

The book planter

Taken from a site with many ideas how to use old obsolete books. Simple and elegant. I am very much tempted to try this myself with the encyclopedias that are no longer of practical use in this internet age. First seen here.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Infinite supply of chocolate

A clever exploitation of a well-known optical illusion, in a great gif that makes you wonder even more where your mind goes wrong if you have not seen the answer yet... First seen here.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

The Music of Milton Babbitt

I have seen many awful album covers (before the re-start, it was a separate category in this blog), but this is one of the worst. As one reviewer on Amazon put it: Note to the record label--THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE WORST ALBUM COVER IN THE LONG HISTORY OF RECORDED AND MARKETED ART MUSIC. GENERALLY, YOUR GRAPHICS ARE SIMPLY TERRIBLE ANYWAY BUT THIS PARTICULAR RELEASE TAKES THE GRAND PRIZE. IT'S HIDEOUS, GROTESQUE, OFF-PUTTING, AND DAMNED UGLY. IT'S DIFFICULT RECOMMENDING SUCH A VISUALLY VILE THING. PLEASE TRY TO FIND BETTER GRAPHIC ARTISTS, IT WILL HELP YOUR SALES! First seen here.

Monday, 1 April 2013

April Fools

One of the best cartoons on today's obvious theme that I have encountered.... First seen here.

Easter

Perhaps not the most sensitive post right now, but definitely fitting, to round off the Easter theme of the previous days. First seen here.