Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Highway to heaven

Forced perspective of a different kind. Not difficult to figure out what is going on here, but the result is marvelous. I post a slightly cropped version (my choice) from the original. First seen here.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Naga Chilli Vodka

Whoever comes up with ideas like this? This special vodka is made by fermenting liters of regular vodka with 18 kg of Naga Jolokia peppers. Naga Jolokia? Yes, the hottest peppers in the world, twenty times hotter than Jalapeno peppers. Drinking this is guaranteed to burn holes in your oesophagus. First seen here.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

A photographer's bow-tie

I hardly ever wear a tie, let alone a bow-tie, but this one could tempt me. Taken from a complete series of special bow-tie designs by Nicholas Tee. First seen here.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Drunk molecules

Triggered as so often by a Jenny Downing buzz. Alcoholic drinks magnified up to 1,000 times under a high tech laboratory microscope. Beautiful unique pictures. First seen here.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Dream big

Impressive mosaics can be constructed with a wide variety of materials. This huge portrait of Martin Luther King was made by Peter Fecteau from over 4000 Rubik’s Cubes. Remarkable, for sure. First seen here.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Sloth rings

Aren't they cute? Hand-made sloth rings from polymer clay by Teresa Chadwick. Not sure how often they would be worn, but they sure are fun. First seen here.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Snappy Christmas!

Best wishes for Christmas - and make it a snappy one..... A Christmas shot unlike any other. First seen here.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Happy Christmas in 1000 words or more

Now that Christmas is coming up, a YouTube fragment of one of my all-time favourite sitcoms, Yes Minister. Best. Christmas wish. ever. To be seen here.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Police 100mm shoe

Another example of mixed nuts at work in shoe design. This one is by Christian Louboutin. The name of the product is as strange as the shoes themselves. For a mere 795 USD they can be yours... First seen here.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Tea diver

Taken from a charming collection of tea infusers in all kinds of unusual shapes. I like the little diver in particular. First seen here.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Speak English you do not?

Taken from a funny series of these by Marcos Minuchin, all about Star Wars figurines posing as out-of-work veterans with handwritten signs that are very appropriate. First seen here.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Screw this

Another artist who gets great results with unusual material - in this case Andrew Myers, who uses thousands of screws to create a 3D portrait. First seen here.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

In a parallel universe

I find this image by an unidentified illustrator strangely unsettling - two of the most famous TV cartoon families, the Simpsons and the Griffins, drawn in the style of the other. First seen here.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Handel's twelve Concerti grossi

I always thought album cover art should at least have some connection to the music - but that is difficult to find in this one (mind you, L'Oiseau Lyre is a respected classical music company). Or has Handel's music driven everyone out of the bus? First seen here.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

USB Camera stick

Another must have gadget for an amateur photographer like myself: a fully functional USB stick in the shape of a Canon camera, courtesy of Paradox Media. First seen here.

Monday, 16 December 2013

3D cappuccino art

Cappuccino art, making shapes in the milk foam on top of that lovely drink, has been around for a while. The 3D version is more recent, and this is one of the best examples I have seen so far. Unfortunately, this picture was posted on Facebook without further reference.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Oedipus Airlines

I find the tag line more than a little bit disturbing, especially since the stewardess depicted is a very, VERY attractive girl. First seen here.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Button art

This amazing version of a famous Vermeer painting was created using lots of buttons and assorted found objects. I would love to give credit to the artist, but unfortunately it was posted on Facebook without link.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Nothing lasts forever

Fine art? Hardly. But this wall installation by Austrian artist and visual poet Anatol Knotek with its clever title and beautiful play on words brought a smile on my face for sure. First seen here.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Sushi girl

An interesting project by French photographer Jonathan Icher. In his “Fat Flag” photo series, assisted by make-up artist Anastasia Parquet, he picked five different nationalities and put iconic foods into his models’ mouths. First seen here.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Simpsons in 3 pixels

Amazing that our mind can readily see the Simpson family even when reduced to three pixels each (two for Maggie). First seen here.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Vinyl bookends

I am using the covers of obsolete records as decoration - this would be a great way to use the records themselves as well. First seen here.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Cleaver ring

Well, for Halloween it would be OK, but in daily life, this weird ring designed by Raul Souza definitely falls under the Mixed Nuts category. First seen here.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Mine

Pets are sometimes just like children, aren't they? First seen here.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

I want to hold your hand...

Not photoshopped, not even a lucky coincidence: apparently sea otters do hold hands whilst sleeping, to prevent them from drifting apart. First seen here.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Dead pop/rock stars - how would they look today?

The linked site gives an interesting suggestion what several pop/rock stars who died far too early would look like today had they lived on. Above is Bob Marley, aged 68. First seen here.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Gardiner's Bach Cantatas

In itself, these covers (dozens of different ones in this series) may not strike one as awful, but there is zero connection between the images selected (National Geography style portraits from around the world) and the music of Bach. The resulting covers are bewildering in their non sequitur effect. First seen here.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

3D Chess board

This chess set is actually straightforward, except that the board comes in a 3D shape. In theory it should not affect play, in practice I am not so sure. First seen here.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Butterfly alphabet

This is truly one of the most amazing things I have seen this year. Norwegian nature photographer Kjell Bloch Sandved collected patterns on butterfly wings that resembled the complete alphabet - throwing in the numbers for good measure. Simply incredible. First seen here.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Liechtenstein football association

Granted, they will never make it to the finals of a European or World Championship, but the logo of the Liechtenstein football (soccer) team is probably the worst in the world compared to other countries. The figure depicted looks more like he is using the bathroom than playing the game. First seen here.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Oil paintings - literally

Now here is a type of oil painting that you would not expect.... Belarussian artist Ludmila Zhizhenko creates paintings using petroleum as her medium. First seen here.