Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Frozen frog

Natural beauty of the macaber kind. This frog did not survive the harsh winter conditions in Norway, but it does make for a startling image. First seen here.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Jimi Hendrix pizza

The iconic face of rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix has been made into a mozzarella and olive pizza by chefs at Pizza Express. The limited edition pizza series includes other musical stars such as Rihanna, Madonna, Jeff Buckley, and Bob Marley. First seen here.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

David Bowie stamps

As a tribute to rock star David Bowie, who passed away just over a year ago, the British Royal Mail will issue ten stamps based on his iconic album covers, as well as shots from live shows. First seen here.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Happy Rooster Year!

A bit of fun my wife had with a picture she took of me and a Chinese software programme. Happy Chinese New Year everyone - the year of the rooster has begun.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Spot the artist

A nice but simple new game: Spot the artist.... First seen here.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Compact sculptures

South Africa-born, Australia-based artist Sean Avery creates animal sculptures from broken CD's. Pretty impressive. First seen here.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Funny money

Do you have change from one hundred trillion? A great overview of wonderfully weird money, mostly for real. First seen here.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

And now Stravinsky's Firebird Suite!

Kudos to whomever Photoshopped the eagle in the pose of a classical music conductor. First seen on a classical music discussion board.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Modern art wedding cake

Isn't this a gorgeous wedding cake for a modern-art themed wedding? Full story in the link. First seen here.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Nailed it!

The idea to use book covers in combination with people is not new, but this is one of the best I've seen. First seen here.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Twilight zone

I saw this on a discussion board, with this accompanying awesome text:
President Donald Trump, a fabulously wealthy entrepreneur and real estate mogul, with an ego the size of the 68-story glittering tower he erected in Manhattan in honor of himself. A man with a bad orange comb over that unsuccessfully attempts to overshadow a permanent pout. This is the face of unrestrained privilege. Born with a 24-karat gold spoon in an oversized mouth that can't stop spewing out an endless barrage of insults, self-glorifying praise and enough unintelligible non sequitur to fill the Vatican Library. Donald Trump wants it all and now he has it all--the Oval Office in Washington DC complete with an army of Secret Servicemen ready to tend to his every need and a bevy of small buttons for doing everything from ordering a 3 am six-course Twitter snack, which he does quite often, to starting a nuclear war on a whim, which he may do all-too-soon. President Trump has it all, no doubt. Or, at least, that's what he thinks for President Trump is about to find out what he lacks aside from class, manners, tact and an attention span of longer than 2.4 seconds. Today, President Donald J. Trump will find himself, as they say, in over his jumbo-sized, orange head. Today, President Donald J. Trump and the great country he leads, indeed the entire planet, will learn that his lack of planning and policy is a one-way, irredeemable ticket...to the Twilight zone.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Garda Lake Limoncello

Designer: "We'll make the bottle in the shape of the lake - tourist will go nuts over it". Tourists: "Ummmmm... ". First seen here.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Taking notes

This is one of the best Plastic People shots I have seen for a while, another great effort by Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka. First seen here.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Light pillars

From wikipedia: "A light pillar is an atmospheric optical phenomenon in the form of a vertical band of light which appears to extend above and/or below a light source. The effect is created by the reflection of light from numerous tiny ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere or clouds." The photograph shown here depicts the phenomenon as captured by Timothy Joseph Elzinga in Northern Canada. First seen here.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The Washington Post Express blunder

Taken from a post about blunders with magazine covers. This is a fairly recent one: The Washington Post Express ran the Women's March on Washington, scheduled to take place the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, as their cover story. But someone used the male symbol for the cover (left), leading to an apology and the right cover one day later. First seen here.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Cookie crush

Given the many positive reactions on this shot of mine, I should have posted it in my main blog. But given the fun theme I decided to put it in Potpourri. First posted here.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Map of Africa 1805

Just over 200 years old, this map of Africa is amazing. Not just the large white parts sowing how much of the continent was still unknown to European explorers, but also the inclusion of a huge mountain range across the continent which of course did not exist. First seen here.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Tiramisu production

A new name in the Plastic People category: Matteo Stucchi. What makes his work even more remarkable is that this Italian pastry chef uses his own culinary creations for these shots. First seen here.

Friday, 13 January 2017

FedEx art

It's a fascinating idea, even though some would question whether it is art. Artist Walea Beshty ships glass boxes without protection in FedEx boxes all over the USA and exhibits the broken results with the FedEx box it was packed in. I don't think FedEx will like this. First seen here.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Recession piggy bank

The imagination some designers have.... awesome result, this piggy bank for the crisis years. First seen here.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Dumbo!

This picture made me smile, even without the association with Disney's Dumbo - photoshopped or not (to be honest, it probably is). First seen here.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Food chairs

The food-inspired chairs designed by Haris Jusovic are special indeed. The link gives more examples (such as an egg chair and a chocolate chair), but this pasta chair really caught my eye. First seen here.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Fly Ranch Geyser

One of the most beautiful geysers of the USA can be found in Nevada. Well, not quite "natural beauty", as it was created accidentally in 1916 during well drilling. First seen here.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Buddha

The link shows some of the most remarkable origami pieces I've encountered - unfortunately without giving credit to the artists. I picked this stunning Buddha figure for today's post. First seen here.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Banana!

An interesting new optical illusion. I suspect that like me you see the bananas in yellow in this shot. They are actually blueish grey. First seen here.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Drill baby drill!

The shoes created by Montreal-based shoe designer Anastasia Radevich are truly special - and too much fun to be in the Mixed Nuts category. This one would be great for ladies working in the oil industry. First seen here.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

From a toddler's sketches to a mother's paintings

Ruth Oosterman takes the simple sketches of her two years old daughter and turns them into paintings. First seen here.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Album+Art

Eisen Bernardo's Album+Art project involves putting album covers into classical paintings to great effect. First seen here.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Litlanesfoss

Iceland must be one of the most beautiful countries that I have not visited. The link gives an amazing collection of photographs of its beauty - this one stood out for me. First seen here.

Monday, 2 January 2017

The carnage of 2016

The past year was a truly remarkable one for celebrity deaths. This Sergeant Pepper style compilation by Chris the Barker gives a fascinating overview - I love the most recent additions of Carrie Fisher (as a hologram) and her mother Debbie Reynolds. First seen here.

Sunday, 1 January 2017