Saturday, 31 May 2014

The finger painter from Chile

There is a reason why I post it here instead of in my art blog, but remarkable it is. Fabian Gaete is an artist who specializes in finger painting. He can actually create small finger oil paintings of landscapes in under three minutes. First seen here.

Friday, 30 May 2014

American laser

Ewwwwwwww. Photoshop used in a way that I cannot imagine will attract a lot of men to use this hair removal company. First seen here.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Fordite

No, these are not natural minerals, nor, in the usual sense of the word, man-made jewelry. These pieces of Fordite, as it is colloquially called, were formed from layers of automobile paint over several tens of years. In the early days of car manufacture in Detroit, fresh automobile paint would drip onto metal racks that transported cars through the paint shop and into the oven . The paint was then hardened to a rock-like state in the baking process. First seen here.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Copy paste

You may have seen this one or variations on the theme before - I like this shot best. Wonderfully creative T-shirts for geeky twins. Recently seen here.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Camouflaged food

I have seen similar images in the Worth1000 photoshop contests, but Japanese artist Hikaru Cho takes the idea to reality: he paints real food to make it look like other food. Clever and fun. First seen here.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Slide shoes

Original shoe design usually falls into either the mixed nuts or the special designs category. I like this off-beat creation by Kobi Levy from Tel Aviv sufficiently to avoid the nuts stigma. Whether they would really be fit for wearing is another matter though. First seen here.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Dresden's Too many skeletons

One of the very worst album covers I have ever seen. Apparently Dresden were a speed metal band who did not make too much impact - the album is from 1986. First seen here.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Daliesque

One of those WTF shots you find on internet where you cannot even begin to imagine what it is all about. Daliesque for sure. First seen here.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Painting on turkey feathers

Highly original and accomplished work by Brenda Lyons, an American artist, illustrator and jewelry maker: she uses turkey feathers as canvas for her paintings. First seen here.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Steam punk Star Wars

This is just one of several Star Wars characters re-imagined in steam punk style by Bjorn Hurri. Do check out the link to see all of them. First seen here.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Obama sushi

Only in Japan: Obama sushi.... This special sushi roll includes shrimp, black sesame and fish paste. First seen here.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Bicycle seat from hell

Part Special Designs, but still mainly Mixed nuts... who would want this seat designed by Clem Chen on their bicycle? First seen here.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Photographer in action

The things we photographers do to get that special swan shot... no way, mine are taken from the shore. First seen here.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Dali watch

Dali is not one of my favourite painters, but the melted watch from his Persistence of Memory painting is an iconic image. And now it is available as a wrist watch. First seen here.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

C sharp

Another off-beat shot by Spanish photographer Chema Madoz, the Magritte of photography. First seen here.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Selective dog breeding

The linked post gives astonishing and very sad evidence how selective breeding has all but destroyed some of the more popular dog races. Please read to see the other examples as well. First seen here.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Clouds

A brilliant overview of ten of the most fascinating and unusual cloud formations. Even though I have not seen a single one of them in real life, I loved the collection. First seen here.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Slogan translations from hell

Translating established slogans is a tricky business, as the linked Oddee contribution shows. One of the ten gems is for Pepsi Cola, whose slogan “We bring you back to life” caused disturbed feelings in China, where the translation turned out to be more like “We bring your ancestors back from the grave.” First seen here.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The science behind the coke/mentos bomb

If you have not tried it yourself, I am sure you have seen the videos: the geyser that is created by dropping mentos sweets into a diet coke bottle did the rounds on the web in recent years. In the linked article the science behind it is explained. I found it quite interesting. First seen here.

Monday, 12 May 2014

DUCK!

Chinese workers are famous for being able to sleep anywhere any time. Like this farm hand in Jiaxing amidts countless ducklings. First seen here.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Parking permitted

Well, since any time of day is by definition after midnight, parking is always permitted here. Mixed nuts alert for sure. First seen here.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Foldable bicycle

Isn't this amazing? This bicycle, designed by Italian engineer Gianluca Sada, can be folded to the size of an umbrella. I want one. First seen here.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Obesity

No comment necessary, really. Sad, but true - but still good for a smile. First seen here.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Wheat is Wheat is Wheat

Wheat is Wheat is Wheat is a thought provoking exhibition by designer Peddy Mergui. He wrapped over a dozen basic food products (fruit, sausages, milk, etc) in high-end designs (LV, Nike, Ferrari, etc). The message is clear: these expensive brands are all about marketing and lifestyle, instead of substance. First seen here.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Ice scream cubes

Taken from a series of especially shaped ice cubes, I picked this one both for the art angle and the novelty aspect. First seen here.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Turtlehead

Taken from a series of incredibly bad tattoos, this one tops them all. I am against tattoos in general, but even my favourite animal cannot save the day in such a version. First seen here.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Not Again! (The History of "Not the Nine o'clock News")

I really enjoyed this documentary about the legendary BBC sketch show Not the Nine O'Clock News, which was broadcast from 1979 to 1982, and introduced Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith, and Griff Rhys Jones. First seen here.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Nazgul

One of the most striking pieces of Origami art that I have ever seen: a Nazgul rider from Lord of the Rings, designed and folded by Jason Ku. First seen here.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Before and after

One of the most rewarding "before and after" pictures I have seen in a long time. Of course, being a dog person helps. First seen here.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Bogda Mountains

Another magnificent satellite shot. The Turpan Depression, nestled at the foot of China’s Bogda Mountains, is a strange mix of salt lakes and sand dunes, and is one of the few places in the world that lies below sea level. First seen here.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Sure we can

Taken from a post with lots of shots like these - most of them good for at least a smile. First seen here.