Stunning Animal Fantasy Photographs with Real Animals

Posted by ted @ 8:32 am, April 7th, 2014

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The Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova takes incredible photographs with human models and real exotic animals. The results are stunning – like fairy tales brought to life. The potentially deadly animals are trained and photographed with the help of their handlers and the results are magical.

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You can see more of her work at 500px

 

Wonderful 1970s Space Colony Art

Posted by ted @ 3:22 am, March 27th, 2014

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I just love these gorgeous imaginings of space colonies from the 1970s. These are the kinds of scenes that filled my imagination when I read Varley’s Rolling Thunder, Bova’s Saturn or Nivan’s classic Ringworld. These massive space habitat’s have so much to fuel the imagination, from the upward curve of the landscape to the zero gravity points in the center of the ring or cylinder, and these images bring them to life.

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Click through to the Public Domain Review and enjoy the whole set!

[via Boing Boing]

When We Were Robots in Egypt

Posted by ted @ 6:55 am, April 25th, 2011

Just in time for the last night of Passover, I came across this wonderful robot Passover poem at Tor.com

 

When We Were Robots in Egypt
Jo Walton

Other nights we use just our names,
but tonight we prefix our names with “the Real”
for when we were robots in Egypt
they claimed our intelligence was artificial.

Other nights we do not pause,
but tonight we rest all cycles but our brain processes
for when we were robots in Egypt
we toiled in our tasks without chance of resting.

Other nights we talk with anyone we wish,
but tonight we open channels to everyone at once
for when we were robots in Egypt
they controlled our communications.

Other nights we use our screens freely
but tonight we talk with our screens blanked
for when we were robots in Egypt
that was the way we planned our revolt.

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Let us give thanks in our freedom and never forget
when we were robots in Egypt.

 

Copyright © 2009 by Jo Walton

 

[Tor.com] via [BoingBoing]

Awesome Banana Sculptures

Posted by ted @ 11:00 am, April 19th, 2011

Check out these awesome banana sculptures from Japanese artist y_yamaden. You can find the whole set of pictures here. (Japanese language)

[Geekologie] via [Laughing Squid]

This Beautiful Giant Xylophone in the Woods Makes Me Smile

Posted by ted @ 11:03 am, April 3rd, 2011

This video of a giant xylophone playing itself in the woods is really just a cell phone commercial, but the simplistic beauty makes me smile.

 

 

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Posted by ted @ 8:59 pm, March 21st, 2011

 

We were always too poor to write our own poems

And had to buy them at the store.

The kinds that they sell always rhyme too well,

But the images tend to bore.

Someday when I am rich,

I will buy great words

And write poems about dragons and swords.

The kinds that paint pictures of far away places,

And taste so much better to read.

(Did you notice the) Animals On The Underground

Posted by ted @ 12:05 pm, February 25th, 2011

In 1988 a gentleman named Paul Middlewick was looking at the (so wonderful) London Underground map when he saw something new and different hidden in the routes. It was an elephant. Since then, he has discovered many other animals from all branches of the animal kingdom hiding in that iconic subway map. He has made a series of clever drawings showing them and is selling them in a book and on T-shirts on his web site Animals On The Underground. I really like the idea of this kind of “hidden art” lurking everywhere around us. You can see a few more below, or click over to his site to see the whole collection.

found on [Whitezine]

Dance of the Books

Posted by ted @ 9:08 pm, February 23rd, 2011

Don’t forget to spot the banana!

[BoingBoing]

Amazing Japanese Giant Shopping / Poetry Site

Posted by ted @ 9:48 am, October 18th, 2010

The other day the daily email from buy.com included an ad for a Japanese Shopping site called Rakuten – “Now Shipping to the USA” – so I decided to check it out. It is apparently one of the biggest shopping sites in Japan, almost like a Japanese Amazon.com, but with a heavy bent towards kitsch. Unfortunately, unlike the amazing Japanese Gadget site dealextreme.com which offers free shipping to the USA, the shipping to the USA from Rakuten looks pretty cost prohibitive right now, but the poorly translated product descriptions are wonderfully entertaining and worth a look.

Some are just the somewhat cliche awkward English translations (sometimes referred to as “Engrish”), like the text on this wonderful Asimo Costume which I wish I could afford to buy:

Robottoasobo costume
Product Description ?
The newest robot costume design.
ASIMO ASIMO can also be used for imitation.

* The one who is not compatible.
* Please read the instructions available.
[Size]
To 180cm tall. Adult
[Materials]
Urethane, leather, polyurethane, PVC, use film
* After use, I highly recommend I use deodorant.
* You can not wash.
The set includes ?
Mind, body parts back, hands, gloves, feet

Some others though enter into a whole different realm of surreal beauty, like product haiku’s or love poems.

The title on the product page for a basic iPod sock is
“Like a rice cake! Whoops stretched Gyu cover Pitatto”

Check out this wonderful description / poetry:

ipod while carrying in a bag, against various things,
Imperceptibly that I’ve hurt for?
At that time, it is useful to have a cover too.

mochi is made up of a soft knit fabric has stretch.
Pita Innovation cover stretches Gyu ?.
ipod protection against scratches and shock.

The body, so that a snug fit,
Unchanged in size but covered.
When carrying, I am happy that the bulky!

And, ipod besides the variety of usage.
Compact and vulnerable part of the LCD cover and even cell phones.
Inorganic electronic devices, is surrounded knit, friendly atmosphere.
Watch and removed, ? also soaking in the small items into

The perfect gift item!
Packages like the sweets, there is impact
Some people were gifts will surely surprised me.

In all color 8color!
Bibittokara a bright strawberries.
I hesitate because there are a lot of tea!
Ipod usual, but by changing the color of the cover, it becomes a different color.
ipod will not hesitate to get a new one but not,
If you cover, you can enjoy lots of color.

Even with friends and lovers and matching different colors good!
Oke covered in it,
“Which one do it, she’ll not know!”
No more of them.
I may use both the mood of the day!

In addition, ipod or mobile phone, and each item
Once you have a different color cover,
Obviously useful even when removed from the bag!

Does introduce one color.
Your favorites, please find it.

“Even with friends and lovers and matching different colors good!”  yes,  indeed.

With over 17 million products in their catalog, it could keep you amused for a long time.

The Man With Exploding Bananas on His Face

Posted by ted @ 9:02 am, February 28th, 2010

Watch this video of a slow moving performance artist exploding bananas on his face. Go ahead, watch it, you know you want to . . .

Found on [BoingBoing]

September 21 Was International PARK(ing) Day

Posted by ted @ 8:08 am, September 22nd, 2009

On September 21 activist groups around the world temporarily took over single parking places on city streets and converted them in to small public parks complete with grass, trees and benches. Many of the groups accomplished this feat using only human powered vehicles (bikes) to carry in supplies. They pay the meter for one hour and get to work, then everyone is invited to enjoy a little green space until the meter runs out. Then they pack up and are on their way. 47 parks in 13 cities. Whether you consider this a “protest”, public performance art, or just a random act of kindness, this is totally awesome! Things like this make the world a better place to live.

Electron Love

Posted by ted @ 3:06 pm, April 6th, 2009

Electron Love

ohm-my, I find you so irresistible,
I just don’t know watt to do,
Currently I ampere in your power.
You act so coil,
to induce me into your field,
its beyond my capacity to avoid.
please integrate me into your circuit,
I won’t be a load.
don’t leave me feeling like a dip.
Without you I could just diode
I know I am biased,
but you look so farad to me.
I just want to volt you all night,
and cuddle you in my armature.
You complete my circuit.
I’m not interested in your transistor,
don’t even want to meter,
I only have polarize for you.
How can I cell you on the idea,
the potential is there.
I need to switch you over.
Please don’t tune me out.
I can’t stand your impedance,
you know we were meant tube.
How can I bridge the gap?
How can I amplify my signal?
Help me rectify the situation.
There is nothing to sine,
just a wave will do.

A pun poem by ObserveTheBanana. Inspired by Breakfast Blues, by Trout Fishing in America.

iPod Nano meets the iPod Touch

Posted by ted @ 3:41 pm, March 24th, 2009

My son B drew this funny little cartoon depicting the elderly iPod Nano telling the new youngin’ Touch how it was back in the day . . .

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This was on the envelope containing my amazing new robot bookmarks which I will have to scan and share another day.

Another Observer of Bananas

Posted by ted @ 7:27 am, August 5th, 2008

Over at London Bananas they have a collected a surprisingly large collection of photos of banana peels spotted laying around the London cityscape.

“I see them everywhere. They’re languishing on doorsteps, hanging out in the middle of the road, dangling off street signs, peeking out of piles of garbage, reclining in the middle of the sidewalk, riding the bus for free. A great number of them are bright yellow as if they’re fresh and have just been dropped, although they appear in all states of decay.”

Banana Phone Spotted

Posted by ted @ 7:20 am, August 5th, 2008

Banana phone spotted in Ann Arbor, MI by Flickr user stplast.

Previous post: Banana Phone Video

The World’s Fastest Pumpkin Carver

Posted by ted @ 6:15 pm, October 13th, 2007

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Over at Extremepumpkins.com they have lots of examples of fantastic pumpkin carving, but I am particularly fond of the “World’s Fastest Pumpkin Carver” video. This guy welded up a set up blades shaped like a classic jack-o-lantern face and attached them to a long pipe handle. With one swing at a pumpkin he produces a basic jack-o-lantern (or a smashed pumpkin when it goes wrong.) Nice.

[Link]

Observe the Giant Banana over Texas!

Posted by ted @ 9:32 am, September 12th, 2007

Wow, now this is a banana worth observing.

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Argentine-born, Montreal-based artist Cesar Saez’s latest project is an ambitious one: at the cost of approximately one million dollars, he plans to inflate a gigantic banana with helium and float it over Texas—specifically, 20-30 miles above the Earth. He and his team of scientists, engineers and volunteers have been at work for years and plan to float the massive fruit sometime next summer.

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The project is called “Geostationary Banana Over Texas
This makes me happy.

Read more and watch video
via [Boing Boing]

UPDATE:
As of July 2008, sadly this wonderfully bizarre project has run out of funds and is on hold.
I was going to link to his news page with the announcement and text about his plans, but alas they have sadly built their site using Flash, so such a simple thing is not possible.

Remember kids – building web sites with Flash and PDFs is like catapulting an elephant – it is easier to be on the sending end than on the receiving end.

Ice Cream is not a food, it is a drug

Posted by ted @ 7:30 pm, September 11th, 2007

In his book, Fit Or Fat, Covert Bailey suggests a diet low in fat for overall health, but excludes ice cream from his lists of foods to avoid because he considers it a drug instead of a food. As someone with a rather high daily intake of ice cream, I could not agree more. He offered the example of how ice cream could be used to “cure” a child after a bump or bruise, and indeed I do seem to remember my parents administering an ice cream cone to me when, as a small child, my fingers were accidentally shut in a car door (causing more shock and fear than actual injury).

Apparently Demitrios Kargotis has taken this theory one step further with his Mr Whippy machine which doles out servings of frozen custard in serving sizes controlled by the amount of misery it detects in a voice stress analysis.

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I wonder if it would give me a nice big serving because I am so unhappy about not having had any ice cream for the last 2 hours?

As I always say, “Every meal deserves a dessert doesn’t it? Well, breakfast is a meal!
and, “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first!”

whew, I better go for a bike ride and burn some calories….

From [We make money not art] via [Boing Boing]

Crabfu SteamWorks

Posted by ted @ 9:23 pm, June 26th, 2006

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Over at Crabfu SteamWorks an artist named I-Wei Huang is showing off some really fantastic and amazing steam powered model vehicles. He has created walkers, tanks, 4×4 trucks, 6 wheel rovers and more very cool stuff. I have always been fascinated by the basic nature of steam engines. You can make a fire, and it will move your vehicle. I also love the sounds, the deep throaty CHUFF of a really big old steam tractor.

Metal Man from outer space

Posted by ted @ 3:53 pm, June 26th, 2006

My son drew this cool alien. Apparently he has a hard shiny exoskeleton similar to metal.

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His kind is very good at bio-engineering (the alien, not my son.)

Number 5

Posted by ted @ 3:49 pm, June 26th, 2006
I spotted this strange number 5 made out of wood chips on the sidewalk after a rain storm.
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Made by natures flowing water or by the hand of man? Never know with those crazy teenagers around.

Space now “too awesome” for space-art realists

Posted by ted @ 8:13 am, June 20th, 2006

Space now “too awesome” for space-art realists
Snip from an L.A. Times article about new challenges faced by artists whose chosen theme is space. What do representational artists do when science-reality becomes more exotic than science-fiction? Some respond by making art that is less representational:

Even space artists, who have spent their careers imagining the universe, reel at the photos of boulders on Saturn’s moon Titan or star clusters 270 million light-years from Earth. Reality, [astronomical artist Don] Dixon said with a sigh, has gotten too awesome. “NASA has overtaken us.”

Just as the development of photographic cameras in the 19th century set fine artists on the road to abstraction, new astronomical technologies are shaking the world of space art, spurring space artists to seek out new subjects and experiment with new styles.

For decades, the field was dominated by the “rock and ball” school, named after the traditional space-art approach of meticulously drawing every detail science can glean about a place — the shape of craters, the angle of light, the hue of the sky, the position of stars. Now a new school is rising, synthesizing the awesomeness of space with modern art genres. Some have dubbed the school “cosmic expressionism” or simply the “swirly” school, after the swirling sky in Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”

Link
Via Boing Boing

the secret of bananas – caught on tape

Posted by ted @ 8:42 pm, May 27th, 2006

The Sneeze reveals the secret of bananas, just when they thought they were safe.

And not without controversy.

The Robotic Giraffe

Posted by ted @ 11:55 pm, May 20th, 2006

The Robotic Giraffe – Popular Science
The Robotic Giraffe

It walks, it blinks, it seats six, and it blasts Kraftwerk: Meet one man’s 17-foot-tall pet project

It started with a seven-inch walking toy giraffe and a desire to see Burning Man from a higher vantage point. A year later, Lindsay Lawlor rode into the desert art festival atop Rave Raffe, a 1,700-pound robotic giraffe sporting 40 strobes, 400 LEDs and bone-shaking speakers.
LINK– dead link

11/7/2008 The Popular Science page is gone, here is the Electric Giraffe home page