Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Akira Kobayashi in Yasuharu Hasebe’s Black Tight Killers (1966) Via: Cinebeats

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Along Dixie Highway by Lisa Anne Auerbach
By Clivanel, Lassalvy. Via: Deadlicious
A still rescued from a Thai ad agency. The pencilled grid lines would have been reference for someone doing a wall-mural or large painted poster of the image triangle-by-triangle.

Via: Vintage Ninja

Thursday, November 5, 2009

"A jet-powered carnival ride, built onsite at the Robodock festival in Amsterdam. Two booming propane pulse jets spun a 200-pound steel fish and a rider fast enough to turn the horizon vertical. Insanely loud. Radically unsafe." Via: The Madagascar Institute
Safe, clean and tiny.The legoland metro. Via: The Brothers Brick

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Searching for Value in Ludicrous Ideas. The art of Steven M. Johnson. By Allison Arieff
The man who folded himself, Eric Testroete. Via: Today and Tomorrow.
“I have never met a vampire personally, but I don’t know what might happen tomorrow.”
Via: Retrozone
The photographs of Jason Barnhart. Via: begin being
Happy Birthday, Godzilla. Via: The Good, The Bad and Godzilla
Something happens in the fridge of Mad Scientists
Modernist nature. Via: Arts and Crafts

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The man in the bubble, Darryl Starbird (pict via: )
For the man who has everything. Vintage Lawnmower Models
Creating Archigram's Walking City. By Joseph Robson

A trip to the Maskatorium. Via: boingboing

I am Woman.

Allen Harris we never once considered the artistic possibilities of subway exhaust. Using only tape and garbage bags, Harris creates giant inflatable animals that become animated when fastened to a sidewalk grate.
In the future there will still be hallways. Via: The Drex Files

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Sans Soleil (Sunless in English) is a 1983 film by French director Chris Marker. The title is from the song cycle Sunless by Modest Mussorgsky. Sans Soleil is a meditation on the nature of human memory and the inability to recall the context and nuances of memory and as a result, how the perception of personal and global histories are affected.

Stretching the genre of documentary, this experimental essay-film is a rich composition of thoughts, images and scenes, mainly from Japan and Guinea-Bissau, "two extreme poles of survival". Some other scenes were filmed in Iceland, Paris, and San Francisco. A female narrator reads from letters supposedly sent to her by the (fictitious) cameraman Sandor Krasna. Sans Soleil is often labelled as a documentary or travelogue, however it contains fictional elements and moves from one location to another without regard to a location or character-based narrative.
The Rev Wilbert Awdry. One of the residents of The isle of Sodor.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Yes, but will it match the curtains? Owning the Man in the Iron Mask.
Via: Kropserkel

Men who play with model trains should start to worry: Aliens have landed. Via:

The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) is a black and white thriller about a retired British colonel (George C. Scott) investigating a series of apparently unrelated deaths. The film is based on the 1961 novel of the same title by Philip MacDonald. A number of prominent Hollywood actors are advertised to appear in the film heavily disguised in make-up: Tony Curtis, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, and Robert Mitchum. Their identities are revealed to the audience at the very end of the film, when each star removes their disguise and make-up.
"Coates was convinced he was the best actor in business - or at least that is what he claimed. He forgot his lines all the time and invented new scenes and dialogue on the spot. He loved dramatic death scenes and would repeat them - or any other scenes he happened to take a fancy to - three to four times over." Via: MKF
Potato Chip Ice Cream, wild brook trout roe, malt crisps. Via: Ideas in Food
Created by Magnus Muhr. Via: Grinding

Monday, October 26, 2009

In 1949 Don Haynes, a 39 year old truck driver, made a bet that he would spend the next 14 months traveling to each of the 48 states while welded inside his car. The car came equipped with a chemical toilet and phone (and, someone suggested, removable floorboards so he could occasionally sneak out). Haynes’ wife was pregnant at the time so when she delivered Haynes had the car lifted on a crane so he could check in on his wife and baby in their second floor hospital room. Unfortunately, Haynes gave up just three weeks short of completing his journey when he lost track of his advance publicity man. Later, he would embark on quest to collect pajamas from the governor of each state though he failed to complete this task as well, stopping after collecting 41. Haynes would return to the car throughout the 50s and 60s- in the late 50s he and wife his shut themselves in and traveled the country billing themselves as “The Nomads”- but what became of the “Seaman of the Sealed Car” after that is a mystery.

Via: Square America
“Enemy tracer bullets weave an intricate pattern as they shoot towards the planes of the Royal Air Force during a night attack on Hamburg. Via: Xplanes

The Mad Potter of Biloxi

Self-styled eccentric George E. Ohr's wild, weird, wonderful pots gathered dust in a garage for half a century. Now architect Frank Gehry is designing a museum dedicated to the artist who made them. Via: Smithsonian Mag
On the radioactive streets of post-war Hiroshima, the mutant Kaba car—hippopotamus sound car of Kabaya Confections (machine translation) trolls for children starved for sweetness in this photo taken in December 1946. Via: 3yen
Ulica Kubusia Puchatka: (Winnie-the-Pooh Street ) Warsaw. Via: Ewa's Oceans' photostream

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The art and craft of the Lure. Image via: Medusa's Lover's photostream
"Well, I hope that the small bench, even if not yet saleable, will show you that I have nothing against tackling subjects with something agreeable or pleasant about them, which are thus more likely to find buyers than things with a more sombre sentiment. [..]

There’s so much paint around that it has even got onto this letter — I’m working on the big watercolour of the bench. I hope it comes off, but the great problem is to retain detail with deep tone, and clarity is extremely difficult.

Adieu again, a handshake in thought, and believe me, Ever yours, Vincent"

The Van Gogh Letter Sketches. Via: Bibliodyssey

The Teddy bear-Improved. By: Rohby
The tiny Craft of Nikolai Aldunin. Via: Design You Trust
The Anatomy of Japanese folk monsters. Via: Pink Tentacle

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

This issue by Dean & Son dates to circa 1950, and shows a couple of pre-war style Grand Prix cars duelling on track. Despite the cover illustration, there are no motoring tales within this book's covers. Via: Old Classic Car
The history of the Parasol. Via: InventorSpot
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