Friday, 29 February 2008

Warsaw Diary

I can't begin to truly imagine how horrific it must have been to be incarcerated within the Warsaw ghetto and from The Guardian this week:

"We will probably never know who Debora was, why she decided to record her family's horrific treatment at the hands of the Nazis, and why her friend, the Holocaust survivor Lusia Schwarzwald Hornstein, did not reveal the existence of the charred diary for more than 50 years."

The recovered document begins on January 4 1943 with the Gestapo assuring Jews that there would be no more deportations from the ghetto and ends mid-1944.

Carpe Diem!

Do something special today. Love this illustration by Roy Doty! (via)

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Oscar "Best Film" Posters

A collection of posters from every film that's won the Best Picture Oscar. (via)

Sleeveface

To sleeveface: one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion. Genius.

Monday, 25 February 2008

Friday, 22 February 2008

Coraline

Cor - looks great. Quicktime version here.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Ugandan Skate Park

The Uganda Skateboard Union built a skate park in 2006 (build photos here and course photos here) and they want donations so that they can build another one.

"We are looking for donations to help us buy land and materials to make this happen. If you like what we have done with our first park, please support us in building a new one. As with our first park we are relying solely on private donations, so any amount will help!"

You can visit their website here or their blog here. There's also a work-in-progress movie here.

(via Boing Boing where the commenters are going crazy!)

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

"Psycho Predator is Sid Fishious"

You certainly know where you are with The Sun and here's their take after angler Andy Alder caught this delightful snakehead fish on the River Witham near North Hykeham, Lincs.

"A SAVAGE fish more terrifying than a piranha has been caught in Britain for the first time — sparking fears of a deadly invasion....The vicious giant snakehead EATS everything it comes across and has even been reported to KILL people.... An Environment Agency source said last night: “The reaction was, ‘Oh s***’."

Other sources indicate that a snakehead is unlikely to survive a UK winter and that it preys on fish, amphibians and even small birds before turning to HUMAN FLESH.

Panda Heaven

From the Beeb:

"Eighteen panda cubs living in China's Wolong Nature Reserve have been named at a ceremony in Sichuan province. Names for the five to seven-month-old cubs were chosen from about 30,000 entries submitted by the public after an appeal for ideas. Tao Tao (playful in Mandarin) and Huan Huan (happiness) were amongst the most popular. After the ceremony, the cubs left their mothers for the first time to stay in a panda "kindergarten". The move is to help the pandas adapt to the humidity and group living. They will be resident until they are a year old."

When at least one of them needs to move into my garden. Or I need to book myself a flight to China to go panda-hugging. Is that ethical...?

R2-D2 Cake

When post inspiration runs dry I know I can turn to novelty Star Wars stuff. Not sure how good this would taste but it's a great looking cake! Link to the cake guy who made it and link to his friend who blogged it.

Internet v. Work

Thursday, 14 February 2008

World's Most Romantic Restaurants

Concierge have pulled together a list of "12 restaurant picks from around the world that have all the right elements—a seductive view, an unhurried atmosphere, terrific food—but never veer into sentimentality."

Sadly, I am not sure I've got enough time to make a reservation for tonight which is a pity as the New Zealand one looks nice .

Perculiarosities

The very nice Robert Gale from A Welsh View has re-launched his "other" site Perculiarosities - home of weird and wonderful news stories. I think the new layout looks great and look forward to the developments to come. The perfect site for timewasters ...

Getting Soppy...

From ThinkGeek's Valentine collection comes this chocolate t-shirt. Just make sure it's paired with some of the real stuff....

"roses are #FF0000
violets are #0000FF

all my base
are belong to you"

Monday, 11 February 2008

House of the Year - 2007

The long list for House of the Year 2007 has been announced and there are several British sustainable houses included. The criteria they are measured against are originality, innovation and sustainability, as well as consideration of the context. More about the UK houses from The Evening Standard and see (and click) the pic below for a taster of all 25 finalists.

















The Long House is the only British entry to have got through to the final six where it is joined by properties in upstate New York, Spain, Croatia, Japan and South Africa. The overall winner will be announced on Friday 15th February.

Wonderland

In his Wonderland project, artist Yeondoo Jung takes pictures drawn by children and recreates them in photographic form. I'd love to know how the children came up with the subject for their pictures as there seem to be some really imaginative efforts.

World Press Photo 2008

British photographer Tim Hetherington has won this year’s prestigious World Press Photo Contest. His photograph of a US soldier in the Korengal Valley in the Eastern province of Afghanistan beat more than 80,000 other images submitted this year. Other entries can be viewed on this BBC slideshow or visit the World Press site for the full listings.

Victoria Falls

This photo freaks me out but it is undeniably a photo you'd just have to take if you were there! I'm told that between September and December, it's possible to swim close to the edge of Victoria Falls due to a natural rock pool called Devil's Pool being accessible when water levels are low. Lots more photos and a video here.

Aquarium Phone Booth

As part of Lyon's Fete des Lumieres artists Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufali turned a phone booth into an aquarium.

With the advent of the mobile telephone, telephone booths lie unused. We rediscover this glass cage transformed into an aquarium, full of exotically coloured fish; an invitation to escape and travel.

Saturday, 9 February 2008

Vintage Keyboards

Datamancer makes, and importantly sells, gorgeous steampunkish keyboards at around the $900 mark.. I'd love to see how one feels to use as I quite fancy a von Slatt...

Macro Photography

Photographer Martin Amm has a set of gorgeous macro shots of damselflies. I am jealous of his portfolio and will not be posting the photos of snowdrops that I took yesterday as I suspect they will not compare favourably!... (via)

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Count the People.

Count the peoples before and after the move - takes @ 5 sec and you might need to click on the pic. Some things about maths factoids are here and I got the link via spluch.

Photo of Missile Trail

Photographer Frank Zullo lives in Arizona and the skies there must be pretty clear and you should check out his gorgeous Night Skies gallery.

The photo below is of a "Contrail from a THAAD missile launch at the White Sands range in NewMexico refracts sunlight into a rainbow of colors seen many miles away from the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix, Arizona."

Rocking Bed

From Private Cloud, a bed that rocks.

As babelfish's site translation tells me, "The swinging bed necessarily hardly more place than a "normal" bed, revolutionizes however each bedroom."

Pancake Day!

Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday) is here again. If you want to join in the fun you can either buy a bottle of this - a product I just can not believe exists - or make one youself. Either way, enjoy!

Monday, 4 February 2008

“Unnecessary” Quotation Marks

Surely there is a blog out there for every topic! Neil Gaiman* pointed me towards this "blog" today that's dedicated to pictures of "unncessary" quotation marks. Hilarious.

* I don't know the chap. I just read his blog and buy his books.

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff is a clear and engaging film that shows the underside of our production and consumption patterns.

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Have a Nice Day!

This picture of a crater resembling a "happy face" was acquired by the Context Camera (CTX) on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on January 28, 2008. The unnamed crater is about 1.9 miles across.

Friday, 1 February 2008

New Tanzanian Mammal!

Not often that a new mammel gets discovered and this one is extra-special because it was found in Tanzania's Udzungwa Mountains.

The catchily named Rhynochocyon Unzungwensis weighs 700g (25oz) and measures about 30cm (12in) in length. "This is one of the most exciting discoveries of my career," said Galen Rathbun, from the California Academy of Sciences... Who needs to get out more. Full story from the BBC.