Sunday, 31 August 2014

Verdi versus Wagner

Maybe you have to be an opera lover to really appreciate this, but I found the linked video hysterical. And particularly well made. First seen here.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Baby tortoise

The tortoise or turtle is the lucky animal for my wife and me - and this is one of the cutest I have ever seen. A tiny baby tortoise to go awwwwwwwwwwww over. First seen here.

Friday, 29 August 2014

The bird bra

Taken from a 9gag post that is aptly named The Most Bizarre Trends In Underwear... and this one beat all the others. No information about designer (or artist). First seen here.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

The green monster

A piece of personal nostalgia - I had a poster of this car in my room when I was about 10. Art and Walt Afrons built several vehicles they all named the Green Monster, regardless of actual colour. Their red and blue version briefly held the land speed record three times in 1964 and 1965. Powered by an F-104 Starfighter jet engine, the car’s top average speed was 576 mph (927 km/h). First seen here.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Rescued dogs

Granted, I am a dog person, but I think that even if you don't like dogs, your heart will melt at these pictures of sixteen homeless dogs, before and after they were rescued. First seen here.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Lord of the Simpsons

A fascinating crossover between the world's most popular animated TV shows and the world's most popular fantasy book: Simpsons meet the Lord of the Rings. Artist Mary Johan Juver has created a series of these merger drawings, and I particularly like Mister Burns as Gollum. First seen here.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Body art by Gesine Marwedel

Using the human body as a canvas is hardly new, but Gesine Marwedel does it very well. You have to look twice to see the contours of the body in a work like the one shown above. More in the link. First seen here.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Pillow faces

Special designs or mixed nuts? I picked the latter based on the example given in the link, as I cannot imagine why anybody in their right minds would want to have pillows like this on their beds. On the other hand, you can choose the faces yourselves, which might just drag it into the special designs category. In any case, the American company PillowMob where you can order these, has come up with an original idea for sure. First seen here.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Friday, 22 August 2014

Scrabble

A new name in the growing legion of artists who use small plastic figurines in real world settings: this gem is by Audrey Heller. First seen here.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Calcite/hematite

I have seen this crystal (size about 10 cm) described as a deconstructed chocolate bar. It is actually a piece of calcite coloured red by small inclusions of hematite (link). First seen here.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Forgot my shoes.........

Making the best of an awkward moment. I wonder how long she managed to keep this up? First seen here.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Awful football shirts

Taken from a post (in Dutch) about some of the worst football (soccer) shirts of all time. This one takes the cake, even more so because it was worn by a renowned club: Athletic Bilbao of Spain. First seen here.

Monday, 18 August 2014

A special business card

Now here is a delightful design for a business card of a lawyer, specializing in divorce. First seen on Fukung, a site to which I never link to because of their content.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Slug solo

Taken from a website that focuses on pictures of rock stars with their guitars replaced in Photoshop by giant slugs. First seen here.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Nano rose

Proof that similar shapes re-occur in nature at orders of magnitude difference in scale. This beautiful rose is actually an indium crystal at the size of a few micrometers. First seen here.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Laser-cut paper art

The laser-cut paper art by American artist Eric Standley is truly amazing. Inspired by Gothic and Islamic architectural elements, his creations are complicated yet astonishing. First seen here.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

R.I.P. Robin Williams

There's been a plethora of tributes on internet sites after Robin Williams took his own life earlier this week, but this one is in a category by its own. First seen here.

Standing on rock

For an artist of quite some standing in classic rock, this is a really awful cover. Granted, the albinism that Edgar Winter has can easily make him look older than he is, nut at the time of this album (1981) he was 35, not 65 as you might guess. And the less said about the costume and the awkward inclusion of the keyboards, the better. First seen here.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Lop Nur

A beautiful satellite image that I photographed from a French book on this subject that we bought a dozen years ago. What we see is Lop Nur, a former salt lake now largely dried-up, located in the northwest of China - and infamous for being the major nuclear test site of China since 1959. Wikipedia link here.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

I believe I can fly

One of the most beautiful little figurines shots I have seen so far, courtecy of the artist Slinkachu. With a bird feather in each hand, this plastic guy is ready for take off. First seen here.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Black rhino

Kenyan-based artist Sophie Standing created this collage by stitching together pieces of fabric. Remarkable indeed. First seen here.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Art Yacht

So what does the billionaire do who already spent a few million on a yacht? Have Jeff Koons paint it of course - no doubt at an exorbitant price. This yacht is the property of Greek Cyprian billionaire and modern art collector Dakis Joannou. First seen here.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Who owns copyright of a monkey's selfie?

Mixed Nuts would have been a possible category as well. Photographer David Slater had his camera stolen in Indonesia by a crested black macaque. When he retrieved the camera, he found that the monkey had taken numerous selfies, some of astonishing quality. They went viral, and now he is suing Wikipedia for using them without his permission - whereas Wikipedia understandably refuses to acknowledge that Slater has any rights to them because he did not take them. To be continued. First seen here.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Timber!

No, this is not a forced perspective shot. This Shanghai apartment building tumbled over a few years ago whilst still under construction. It turned out that workers were digging illegally near the building, and so it collapsed. First seen here.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Mercurial

When I first saw this a few days ago, it put a big smile on my face. Freddie is definitely not forgotten. First seen here.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Madonna's secret

Fun, because it is so true. Even minor imperfections get brushed away with Photoshop, let alone the natural ageing process. First seen here.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

One foot in the grave

The title? I could not help but thinking of the opening sequence of the brilliant BBC sitcom of that name when I saw these pictures. But this is truly amazing stuff. Jonathan the giant tortoise is still going strong at an estimated age of 182 (and a confirmed age of well over 112, as these pictures of him taken in 1902 and now show). First seen here.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Tea leaves landscapes

Is it a new trend to create art work from material that ensures it is temporal? Sand, salt, ice, and now tea leaves. It is a pity that the delicate images created by Moscow-based artist and designer Andrew Gorkovenko from dried tea leaves will not last. First seen here.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Ice cream shoes

Unusual shoes often end up in the Mixed Nuts category, but I thought these ice cream shoes designed by Shoe Bakery were too much fun for that. And the theme fits the weather we have right now. First seen here.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Ursus beer

What? It's just three bottles of beer. What did you think it was? Whether it really helps selling this brand is another matter though.... First seen here.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Art of Silk

Art of Silk is a company that produces beautiful silk embroidery art, ranging from copies of famous paintings to landscapes and depictions of animals. Some border on kitsch, some (like the one I selected above) are beautiful. First seen here.