Monday, 30 September 2013

Do not copy the Simpsons....

Imaginiative and well executed, this piece of Simpsons inspired street art - possibly by Banksy himself. First seen here.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

More!

A gif that made me laugh out loud yesterday - literally. First seen here.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Schnittke

This cover for an album of compositions by Alfred Schnittke defies all descriptions. Possibly the worst I have ever seen in this genre. Ran across it in a dedicated classical music blog. My eyes still hurt.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Ebony and ivory

This may very well be photoshopped, but whether 100% natural or not, it is still a magnificent image. First seen here.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Portable power drive

I know, sex sells, even in the decent 1950's version, but this must be one of the most unlikely combination of a pretty scantily dressed girl and a product I have ever seen in an advertisement. First seen here.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Miniature origami

In the end it is more crafts than art, but remarkable it is. Origami artist Mui-Ling Teh makes small but perfectly formed paper creations so tiny that they can only be appreciated in close-up photographs. First seen here.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Peripheral vision is whacked

Thanks to Jenny Downing for sharing this gem. If you like optical illusions as much as I do, click the link and follow the simple instruction. And be prepared for a surprising experience. First seen here.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Time stops for no-one

We all know that the ageing process is unavoidable, but it seems that rock stars suffer more from it than most.... A great collection, from the Rolling Stones (like Keith Richard above) to Metallica. First seen here.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Submersible bridge

This is a bridge design that (after initial disbelief) makes you wonder why this has not been thought of before. Rather than lifting the bridge to let ships pass, this bridge over the Corinth Canal in Greece is submerged to the bottom of the canal. First seen here.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

There is always one....

No source or information was given about this shot. Great photograph as such, with its repeating patterns, but also good for a smile. First seen here.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Sushi soap

Would you ever actually use such a set of sushi-themed soap? What a pity to destroy such pieces of art. First seen here.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Baby turtle

I always enjoy pictures of turtles and tortoises, because they played such an important part in my life. But this baby turtle picture is one of the very best. Talk about cuteness overdose. First seen here.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Recycled toy doggies

Great sculptures made from used toys by Robert Bradford. Thanks to a Jenny Downing buzz. First seen here.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Dog training

This idea definitely went wrong right from the start. I encountered this fun image at Fukung, a site so non-safe for work that I never link to it.

Monday, 16 September 2013

A thank you

This EP cover by the American-French Basque synth-pop duo Dual Split is not that remarkable - until you move the image around your screen and generate an optical illusion that the circles start spinning. First seen here.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Rainbow rose

An excellent piece of photoshopping, right? Wrong. Believe it or not, this rose is all natural. Well... except that this variation has been grown in coloured water. First seen here.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Benzene rings tool

A beautifully designed tool, recalling polyaromatic molecules composed of benzene rings, but also very practical with five different sizes all in one handy format . First seen here.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Morbid mirror

Well, only a really fanatic horror movie enthusiast or someone with a deeply disturbed mind would consider this a suitable mirror to hang in the house.... First seen here.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Out of the box

A wonderful piece of photoshopping, creating a fun picture that looks so real. First seen here.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Round and round

Here is an optical illusion that I had not seen before. It does not seem special, until someone (like me now) points out that each single dot is just going on a straight line from one side of the circle to the other and back. First seen here.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Bear with me

Cuteness overdose alert. Simply love this. Don't know where I got it from, it's been on my hard disk for a while.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Chameleon

This is one of the original animal sculptures by Japanese artist Natsumi Tomita. He works with various found objects and salvaged material from the scrapheap to construct his creations. Impressive. First seen here.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Svintus power strip

I definitely need one - and so do you, if like me you have struggled with the oversized connectors and the small parallel holes in the usual distributors. Sheer genius in its simplicity. First seen here.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Zombie garden ornament

Not sure who is the bigger nut here.... the nut who designed this abomination of a garden ornament or the nut who puts down money to actually decorate the garden with it. Seen with a number of other monstrosities here.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Dogfighters

Part of me loves this - after all, dogs and vintage airplanes are two of my passions. Part of me is creeped out by these digital constructions by digital production studio Ink. Any way, one has to admire the Photoshopping skill involved. First seen here.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

The real Simpsons

Interesting experiment - because you do tend to see the family on the left as real, whereas they obviously are just as much as a cartoon as the Simpsons themselves. First seen here.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Fashion in leaf

Thanks to Jenny Downing for alerting me to this one. Malaysian illustratror/designer Tang Chiew Ling creates beautiful graphic and plant collages, which he names Fashion in Leaf. The Audrey Hepburn inspired creation shown above is simply beautiful in its minimalism. First seen here.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Checkershadow illusion

This is an ancient one, but of all the optical illusions, I find this one the most frustrating and confusing. Believe it or not, but squares A and B are exactly the same shade of grey. I did not believe it either, so I cropped these two squares out of the shot into separate pictures. A comparison of the two, without their context, clearly proofs this baffling illusion. First seen a long time ago, more recently found here.


Monday, 2 September 2013

Thinking inside the box

Intriguingly, this is not another version of the popular plastic people subject - these figurines are real people. Artist Coke Wisdom O'Neal built a seven meters tall box sculpture to serve as the backdrop for a series of portraits. The results are surreal and confusing - and I love it. First seen here.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Syracuse Chiefs

Taken from a hilarious overview of bad baseball club logos. To quote that site verbatim on this one: "The Nationals Triple-A affiliate took what looks to be a hybrid of Teddy Roosevelt, Wilford Brimley, Colonel Sanders and the Monopoly Guy and successfully turned a baseball into something laugh-out-loud funny looking. I'm sure that was their goal when they first created it.". Click the link for more. First seen here.