Category Archives: world

Anatomy book re-imagined.

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This is beautiful.  I wish my Anatomy books looked like this when I was in Med. School.  A concept for a futuristic/re-imagined/beautiful anatomy/osteology book by Irene Shkarovska.

Irene: if you’re reading this.  I want a copy….or two!  Just take my money.  I’m blown away.

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beautiful abandonment.

Buzzfeed has a very cool list of the “33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World”.  Here are some of my favourites from that list.  Check out their article for the locations and the rest of the list.

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all images taken at different times through different eyes connected to the same mind (IEDEI).

You’re just a spy too, as far as I know.

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Match.

I need this lighting in my life.  “Match” is marketed by Vidia and designed by  Jordi Vilardell & Meritxell Vidal

“This innovative product stands as a new lighting concept based on co-creation. Match allows you to create structures arranged chaotically, automatically planned on-line and adapted to fit into the room and the space available. The result is infinite artistic configurations based on thin rods of aluminum and LED light terminals, forming a light sculpture that illuminates central themes of space and interior decoration.”

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src:  minimalissimo

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Static Motion.

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by the wonderful Italian band Calista Divine

you can download their EP/Album for free on the link above.  What are you waiting for, again?

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Fovea.

When i sit quietly staring into my own eyelids, i dream of places like this.

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“How long can we respond to our visual perceptions and sound together? Working on the positioning and distance of light, sectioned on multiple reflective surfaces, the installation will be focusing on the idea of dark adaptation and how the contrast with light movements and illumination can heighten our senses. Sound will reflect on the repositioning of light on each reflected panel to create an intensified live performance.”

src: florenceTo via iLikeThisArt

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Vortex Rikers.

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I’ve been listening to this quite a bit while I get my work done.  Really fantastic stuff.  Made even better by the fact that you can download much of their stuff quite easily (and freely most of the time at the link below).   Really love their artwork as well; entirely adds to the listening experience.  They are from Germany.

download Vortex Rikers records at their Bandcamp

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waves.


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What a boss tune.  Listened to it about 20 times on Friday.   Last year, i remember bickering with my wife (who has loved this band for a couple of years) about how they weren’t any good….but my mind has changed.

from the album “Langsom Dans”

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intersection.

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i really enjoyed looking at these series of nighttime photographs by Navid Baraty of nyc streets and intersections.  many evenings, you’ll find me glaring out of my own window staring at the intersection nearby.  i do think they are fascinating for their motion and for their halt and go premise.

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the greatest 2.5 minutes of cinema you have never seen.

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Bollywood to the rescue.  I’ve watched this scene about 10 times now….and i’m still overflowing with laughter.

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dignity.

this is quite simply just a beautiful set of photographs done by Bence Bakonyi in Shanghai, China.  Lovely contrast and just a lovely idea.

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band of the moment: Peace.

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Madchester, early 90s UK indie, and with the sense of sarcasm and irony that is most welcome in these drab musical days—-Peace have released a couple of singles and one EP.  All of them great.   They do have sort of a frankly rubbish name—although i have to say i’m quite shocked there has never been another band named “Peace” before.  I’m sure there have been; however they must have been insignificant.

(warning: the Wraith video below has significant amounts of dirty booty—so you have been warned at work!)

photo via counteract

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self portraits by Tseng Kwong Chi.

Today I had some time to kill while waiting for an annual NYS car inspection for the TT, so i walked over to a bookstore and saw a book of B&W photographs by Tseng Kwong Chi and was struck by their coolness.  These photos were taken in the 1980s and published in a series known as East Meets West.

To me, he comes across like a futuristic asian tourist-slash-government official investigator! brilliant.

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src:  paulKasminGallery

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how a man takes photos…

Relaxing by the side of the track!  This photo was taken by Bernard Cahier.  I don’t know who the relaxing man is sitting at the side of the track.

1961.  Grand Prix De L’ACF

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src:  motorsportsGoldenAge via Dani D.M.

 

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Guns are used by cowards.

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A gentleman doesn’t need a gun to be a man.  BAN THEM.  The discussion is finally emerging.  Could we finally evolve as a society?  Remains to be seen.  A member of my family was held at gunpoint a few months ago while they were walking to work….every day 90 people in this country die from an idiot firing a gun.  Enough is enough.

Write to your local senator or government official.  Make it known you do not want guns circulating through your community.

If you are “pro gun” you should be (A) ashamed of yourself and (B) not commenting here, as your comment will be deleted and you will be marked as spam.   This is not a debate…this is me telling you what I believe should happen.  If you want a debate…go somewhere else.

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Gli Addii

“Gli Addii” by the legendary Umberto Boccioni, circa 1915

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src:  artinvest

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nyc subway.

Firstly, i detest taking the NYC subway.  Having said that, I will concede that it is the most efficient way to get around NYC, as well as the cheapest.  But it is dirty, too congested, unpredictable, chaotic, and most of all a deposition of individuals into mass movement.  I am not compatible with mass movements or mini-migrations of sorts.  I will assume that either you think I am (A) looking down upon commuters or (B) am an elitist.  The first is definitely not true, and the second is up for debate.

I did, however, enjoy these photographs by Daniel Zvereff taken in the subway.

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Most of these are taken with the Leica M8, although picures #3-7 are taken with my new pocket Ricoh GRD-III (which is great, by the way).

lenses used:  Chiyoda Kogoku  Super Rokkor 50mm F1.8 and Summicron 40mm F2.  The  Super Rokkor is total magic, i must say.

I will be posting some M5 photos next week.  The first roll was riddled with dust and scratches on the film (although they did look quite tastefully artful i must say).

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Leica ABCDE (1970) and Leica S1 (1996) prototypes.

Well here are 2 very strange prototype cameras.

The Leica ABCDE looks like a GREAT SLR design from 1970 (albeit with possibly the worst name ever for a camera…lol).  Why didn’t they use it? I haven’t the slightest clue.  Not much is known about this concept, however it was seen on a Leica Factory Tour in 2009 by DPReview.com (the link to their tour, unfortunately, does not work—however the pictures are found in search).

 

The Leica S1 (below) from 1996 has to be one of the least useable camera designs ever!  I cannot even imagine focusing while holding a gigantic ring—-or maybe it’s genius!?  Who knows….all we know is that it seems to have cool digital buttons on the top.  The colour is right as well.  It may make for a nice steering wheel though.

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Deconstructed.

Todd McLellan does  some really cool deconstructions and shows the extraordinary detail of things we consider ‘ordinary’.   He has some videos on his site as well…so make sure you check them out.

 

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self-projection.

This is so wicked. The future of presence.

Experiments into the Kinect for live 3D capture and overlay projection.  Coded by Sarat Babu and Stefan Dzisieswki-Smith.

 

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