Saturday, 30 November 2013

Salt made from tears

A weird marketing gimmick for sure, but those buying it are the real mixed nuts. A London store is selling a new line of gourmet salts, allegedly extracted from human tears, shed in Anger, Sorrow, Laughter, Chopping Onions or Sneezing, to name the five variations. The price is enough to make your eyes water: £7 per jar. First seen here.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Slinkachu’s Little People Project

I really like these types of photographs with little figurines placed in the real world, creating a strange and appealing effect. One of the latest to join this subject is a London-based artist called Slinkachu. More examples in the link. First seen here.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Ink calendar

Spanish designer Oscar Diaz designed this ingenious ink calendar, where capillary forces suck up just enough ink per 24 hours to fill a number. The drawback of course is that you need to change ink and paper every month.... First seen here.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Good luck counting them

Earlier this month, Samsung paid a $1 billion dollars fine to Apple. They did so by sending dozens of trucks filled with 5-cent coins..... which reminded me of a similar story dating back to 1682, when the city of Kampen paid the neighbouring city of Zwolle for churchbells in a similar fashion (link). First seen here.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Dolphins? What else?

A fascinating image, because kids really see dolphins and nothing else. Grown-ups have to look a number of times before they spot any dolphin. Recently seen here.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Batmonroe

Unfortunately, the link does not credit the creator of this funny spoof on two pop icons. First seen here.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Faroe football pitch

The Faroe Islands, an island group situated halfway between Scotland and Iceland, has taken part in UEFA football (soccer) tournaments for some time now, but this is the first shot I have seen of their national football pitch. Simply amazing location - and indeed, they do have a guy in a boat that collects the balls that fall into the sea during a match..... First seen here.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Paper art by Simon Schubert

Truly remarkable art, what images artist Simon Schubert can achieve just by folding and creasing a piece of paper. Simply unbelievable. First seen here.

Friday, 22 November 2013

East meets West infographics

There are many differences between the cultures of China and Europe, as I know from first-hand experience. Yang Liu, a young artist from Beijing living in Germany, illustrates dozens of these differences between her Eastern and Western worlds in effective infographics, such as the one shown above. Well worth clicking the link to see more of them. First seen here.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The Planets

A decent version of Holst's classical score of The Planets, but oh my god, that cover.... Austin Powers would love it. Yeah baby! First seen here.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Siamese fighting fish

Some of the most beautiful fish photographs I have ever seen in the linked MyModernMet post. They were taken by Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich. First seen here.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Sand paintings

Amazing, these detailed and colourful sand paintings by artist Joe Mangrum - and what a pity that because of his choice of medium and location (floors and streets), his creations are so short-lived. First seen here.

Monday, 18 November 2013

So sexy it hurts

Thanks to Jenny Downing for first drawing my attention to this one. This special project started, when MotoCorsa hired a model for a sexy photo shoot, to advertise their motorcycles. When the photographs became available, the all-male staff of the dealership decided to recreate the same poses, with hilarious results. First seen here.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Like father like son

Another example of those "priceless taken-just-at-the-right-time" shots - posed or by coincidence, who knows. First seen here.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Minimalist posters for classic movies

This is really amazing stuff. Michal Krasnopolski used just a few straight lines and curves, and strong colours to create a number of movie posters depicting the essence of the movie title or story in truly minimal fashion. I don't like/get them all, but some are spot on, such as the one shown above. First seen here.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Ghost in the Machine

Intriguing art pieces created from old cassette tapes by Erika Iris Simmons, depicting musicians such as Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. First seen some time ago, more recently seen here.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Beetle arm chair

The idea is weird, and as much as I like the classic VW Beetle, the result is weird as well. The Italian design duo Andrea Colombo and Linda Assandri of Zac Glamour created these strange hybrids of cars and chairs, and even offer the customer the choice about the car. First seen here.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Fixed that for you

I have seen this done before, but never with such a cuteness overdose. "What do you mean no dogs allowed? There, it's fixed." First seen here.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Snowy owl

One of the most stunning owl shots I have ever seen, the characteristic stare enhanced by the white plumage of this variety. This image was shot by David Ebener/AP. First seen here.

Monday, 11 November 2013

High Heels on wheels

On the border line between Mixed Nuts and Special Designs, but in the end, I must admit I kind of like it... David Crow is to blame or praise for this weird motorized creation. First seen here.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Metropolisson

This one has gone to and fro in my mind between the two blogs, before I decided to put it here. The imagination behind this art project is surely impressive, the execution excellent. Parisian photographer Janol Apin shot pictures at many stations of the Paris Metro, using the station names as the inspiration behind each image. First seen here.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Pre-House Hugh Laurie

Many years before his sterling role of Doctor House, which has come to an end last year, Hugh Laurie was one of the best comedians in the UK. Especially his partnership with Stephen Fry in ""A bit of Fry and Laurie"" was pure gold. From one of those shows, this fabulous spoof on Bob Dylan that I saw recently once more on the Comedy Channel. Retrieved from here.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Creating origami

I love origami when it's done right - and I love this gif showing how this rhinoceros one is created. First seen here.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Surprise

And what a bad surprise it is! Big stars like Paul Simon hardly ever release albums with extremely bad covers, but this one is right up there with the worst. The baby picture is awful and unsuited, the water at the top disconnected and artificial, and the placing of the album title awkward. Surely one of the worst of the decade. First seen, well anywhere really.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

War on Kinkade

The art of the late Thomas Kinkade is about as bad taste as you can get - but this twist is hilarious and excellently done. Jeff Bennett recently created the War on Kinkade series, showing stormtroopers and other Star Wars icons attacking the hyper-sweet American scenes of Kinkade. First seen here.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Turkish Airlines

There's nothing funny about the ad itself, its placement is a totally different story though.... First seen here.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Banksy animated

The imaginative street art of Banksy is close to Art for Art's Sake material, and this spin on it is simply fascinating. Serbian gif artist ABVH took several of Banksy's most famous creations and transformed them into animated gifs. Do click the link for more examples. First seen here.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Cuban surprise

Bon appetit. Really, you can eat this cigar. Cantu and Roche are the artistic chefs who continue to create dishes that look like something else, such as a Cuban pork sandwich that looks like a Cuban cigar. "We take the spices that go into the pork shoulder and fashion that into ash," said Cantu. "We take the sandwich and wrap it up into a collard green" and add an edible cigar band. "We put it in a $1.99 ashtray and charge you about 20 bucks for it." First seen here.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Lamborghini Desk

I confess: this really appeals to the kid in me. This beautiful and creative office desk is made by Design Epicentrum after the image of a Lamborghini Murcielago sports car. First seen here.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Finger monkeys

I did not even know monkeys of this size existed, but the link has a whole series of them. Cuteness overdose. First seen here.