Friday, 30 November 2007

Electrolux Design Lab Finalists

From FunForever, a collection of the finalists of Electrolux Design Lab annual competition with their amazing (mostly green-tinged) concepts. The picture below is the Brazilian Finalist “Fog Shower”.

More from the Electrolux Design Lab here.

Sat Lav

I didn't make up the name for this new scheme from Westminster Council. Promise. I wish I had though...

"Just text the word "toilet" to 80097 and you will be texted back with the location and opening hours of your nearest public toilet."

They hope the service will stop people from urinating in alleyways, saying some 10,000 gallons of urine ends up in Westminster streets each year. Nice.


20 Photographs Taken at the Exact Right Angle

I'm always a fan of comedy holiday photos so quite enjoyed this collection.

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

50 Greatest Fictional Weapons...

...and the lightsaber is not at No 1! From Wizard comes the top 50 wieldable fictional weapons.

5 Phaser
4 Lightsaber
3 Iron Man's Armour
2 He-Man's Sword
1 Green Lantern's Power Ring

Political Posters

From the NY Times, a slideshow of posters/stickers from recent and current US political marketing with commentary.

Dog v. Cat

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Dan Hillier

Following a post from somewhere (Boing Boing possibly??) over the weekend, I was sent off to explore Dan Hillier's altered engravings. I wish I lived near Brick Lane so I could accidentally-on-purpose buy one :(

Joe Abercrombie

I've been reading a lot of great things about Joe Abercrombie's books and am really looking forward to the third one coming out next March because I can't start reading his trilogy until they're all published. This is a quirk of mine that we won't dwell on here...

I was interested to see on his blog that he's running a competition! The prize is one of three signed advance proofs of his third book, The Last Argument of Kings, complete with a personalised dedication. All you have to do is amuse him by completing the following sentence:

"I deserve a proof of Last Argument of Kings because ..."

My thinking cap is on....

Friday, 16 November 2007

Randall Munroe

Wired have a brief article about Randall Munroe - creator of the xkcd online comic that I may have featured before. OK - have posted about several times.

In honour of this occasion, and because I am the boss of this blog, I shall shoehorn two comics into my post:

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Wingsuit Video

A video where people are flying around in Wingsuits after jumping off cliffs. For the second time this week, I am reminded of things I thought could only happen in Sci-Fi...

Earth from the Moon

A Japanese moon probe (also known as Selene) has been orbiting 62 miles above the moon since 18th October and has taken these stunning high-def images of Earth-rise and Earth-set.

The mission website is here where you'll find techie stuff and a couple of beautiful videos.

George the Hedgehog

A fat hedgehog that is four times as big as a normal hedgehog is being put on a strict diet in a bid to make him lose weight. George weighs nearly five pounds and measures more than 31 inches around. He may be overweight but dammit - he is cute. Link to BBC.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Sgt Podge

Sgt Podge is a cat who gets collected by the lady he lives with (you can't use the term "owner" if it is a cat) between 8:00 and 8:15 at exactly the same place every morning. Mysterious creatures.

Read more.

Creation Museum

John Scalzi took a trip to the creationist museum and wrote his review here.

"Imagine, if you will, a load of horseshit. And we’re not talking just your average load of horseshit; no, we’re talking colossal load of horsehit. An epic load of horseshit."

Link to Creation Museum official site.

zeroHouse

The zeroHouse (designed by Scott Specht of Specht Harman) is not only an object of beauty but also boasts impressive environmental credentials. It generates its own electricity, collects its own water and processes the inhabitants waste products. What really appeals is that there is a house "brain" that manages the processes.

Maybe that's just exciting because once I read this though...

Marvel-ous News

Marvel Comics are online with their new Digital Comics scheme. 250 issues are currently free to view with bazillions more available if you join their membership scheme. I'd forgotten how many great titles they have until I started drooling...

Monday, 12 November 2007

Arusha Gets Traffic Lights!

Wow - we really do live in changing times. The city of Arusha got their first set of traffic lights (also known locally as robots) installed last month on three out of the four roads that make up the Sanawari intersection. It sounds like they're not really working out as planned. "They are playing with people's lives. Had it not been for Traffic policemen who have been intervening, all day long, this junction would have been a pool of human blood" (quote to Arusha Times from Mama Elisha).

Blog post here and Arusha Times exerpt here. I can't link directly as their archiving seems to be up the creek.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Photography Blogs

This collection of 89 photography blogs should inspire/teach/amuse you. Or at least while away some chunks of time.











From the browsing I have done so far, honourable mention goes to 365 Portraits, but I might add more later.

The Leaning Tower of Suurhusen

The Suurhusen church steeple has been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most lopsided building, knocking Pisa's tower off the top spot. I am sure that tourists will flock there as a result... More here.

Animation Backgrounds

This blog from Rob Richards is dedicated to animation backgrounds and he (in what must be a labour of love) painstakingly removes characters from the screen to leave only the backdrops. Lots of the images are Disney but other animators get a look in too.

The image below from is from the "Golden Afternoon" musical sequence inAlice in Wonderland and I discover from the blog that it is the work of Mary Blair.

Spam One-Liners

Artist Linzie Hunter takes the subject lines of Spam messages and makes them into pretty pictures. More here.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

My Book to Help America

Not mine. It was written/illustrated by Munro Leaf a few months after Pearl Harbour. Iowahawk has scanned in a copy and it's a gem. I especially liked the section giving pocket money to buy war saving bonds.

I'm back!














Well. Actually that was a couple of days ago but hey - who's counting?

We had a cottage holiday, with the dogs, in Northumberland. I would heartily recommend it as a UK holiday destination - fabulous beaches, ruined castles, beautiful countryside and kippers.

Our expeditions included Jedburgh (because my brother, Richard, was running the half marathon), Warkworth, Alnmouth, Bamburgh, Alnwick Garden, Barter Books, Dunstanburgh Castle and Druridge Bay. The Doggies loved it.