A few links today to get you started:
- BoingBoing posted this hilarious image of a teddy bear “science project” that features a teddy bear exposed to the effects of evil. (If you’re not the kind of person who finds mutated teddy bears funny, or finds them disturbing, do not click on this link. For what it’s worth, the “science project” seems to indicate that EVIL IS BAD.)
- Remember the 1990s? Yeah. So do I. And I wince a lot when I see this photo gallery. (via BoingBoing)
- Here’s a beautiful gallery of railroad company logos through history. (also via BoingBoing)
I vividly remember just one thing from reading Sartre in college, and that’s a few paragraphs about how an absence can become almost a presence–if you’re looking for a waiter named Pierre and you survey a crowd, you notice not the crowd, but the absence of Pierre.
This collection of old photographs wasn’t meant to highlight the absence of the children’s mothers, but it does. Especially the ones where you can see the parental legs just sticking out, like in the photo at left. Click on the link for more surreal vanishing-parent photos.
Meanwhile, this collection of old photographs (from the 1860s) shows that kids are pretty much the same now as they were then, they just wear different clothes and also get told to smile at the camera.
Here’s a more recent collection: Posters from the WPA. Is it me or do they stylistically resemble the iconography of the Soviets? I wish I knew more about graphic design so I could identify the precise style. (No, I’m not implying the WPA was communist.)
Would you visit a nuclear resort? Here are some images to whet your appetite, in that case. Come for the radiation, stay for the beach?
And even weirder, this is how Tokyo prevents floods. It has a science-fiction bunker for containing water. I’m not even kidding. This looks like a set from some sort of post-apocalyptic drama or a Michael Jackson music video.
And finally, I’m really glad I never ordered anything from a mail-order form in a comic book. Geez, what scams! It’s kind of fun to look at them all, though.
Just a round-up of links today; my list of things I want to show people is getting a little unmanageable.
(Most of these links originally came from BoingBoing.net.)
What happens to an airplane when it’s lived out its natural life and needs to be retired, as new standards are adopted and new safety equipment becomes essential?
I don’t usually think about these things too much, personally.
Partly it’s because Toy Story contains a lot of fridge horror, and I don’t like to think about how inanimate objects get sad and lonely when I don’t use them. I already have to worry about treating people ethically. When I have to worry about the ethical implications of dropping a pencil between the seats in my car and how it will send that pencil into a catastrophic spiral of depression? No.
Sorry. I’m drawing the line right after picking earthworms up off the sidewalk and putting them back on nice safe dirt, saving them from being squished.
But (as usual) I digress. What happens to planes when their life cycles are over?
This happens to them.
I imagine they checked the organ donation box when they got their licenses. (So did I.)
Detroit isn’t dead.
I just wanted to mention that before I get any further into this post. The city is under siege by economic forces, though, and it’s suffered some pretty severe casualties, some recent, some from a long time ago.
Courtesy of Lynde, here’s a lovely gallery of the beautiful decay of Detroit.
It reminds me quite a bit of the pictures of Chernobyl, but it doesn’t have quite the immediacy of the Prypiat pictures–where people were forced to leave their homes at a moment’s notice, without being told they would never return.
I tend to store up links until I have several that fit some sort of a theme. These are all vaguely focused on decay.
- What would happen if an atomic bomb had struck an American city in the 1950s? The magazine Pageant offered illustrations on the topic–sad, terrifying and in some cases, maudlin.
- Here are photos of decaying buildings in Gary, Indiana, which people like me have heard of because of the irritating song with that title. The photos are beautiful and sad, and they do remind me a bit of photos of Chernobyl, though Gary is obviously not (mostly) deserted and restricted. These abandoned places are fascinating to me, for some reason.
- And this math-related video doesn’t really talk about decay, but it does talk about patterns and iterations–critical concepts in mathematics I never learned in high school, despite taking higher level math courses. If you’ve ever been bored and drawn squiggles all over your notebook (and I have done this many times) this video is for you. In a humorous way, the girl in the video explains patterns and iterations–some of the cool parts of math. You don’t have to know any math, and it’s a fun flick.
- And finally, totally unrelated to decay in any way, here’s a gallery of stultifyingly boring book covers. Many are hilariously dull.
Our links today are courtesy, mostly, of BoingBoing:
- If your nightmares are not populated by Thomas Edison’s creepy talking doll, maybe they should be.
- What’s the secret ingredient in Ovaltine? You might be surprised to find out. (No, Soylent Ovaltine is not people.)
- Kenny Loggins ruined Christmas, in an early example of Chuck Norris jokes that did not involve Chuck Norris. I giggled maniacally at my desk over this one and I’m fairly certain my coworkers probably think I’m looking up knock-knock jokes or something. I wasn’t. This is hilarious, and if you liked “Dogs don’t understand simple things like moving” this is the same writer/illustrator.
- So long, Frank Lloyd Wright: Now your famous house has been rebuilt using gingerbread. In particularly clever use of the medium, Smarties form the stones on the home’s exterior.
- If you see a man in a brown dress, please don’t assume he’s a cosplayer or a cross-dresser (although he may be either of these things). The “dress” may be a robe and the man may be a friar, which is a bit like a monk, but not exactly the same. Of course, no matter what he is, it’s best to be polite.
- Some Civil War-era photos need identifying. If you have any family history dating from that time and if you are familiar with how those family members looked, please check this out and see if you can help.
- New photos of JFK have been released.
- Finally, here’s a child’s alphabet, Star Wars style. Pretty cute!
A few very strange photo galleries you might enjoy, most of which have been posted at BoingBoing!:
- A grandmother and Holocaust survivor was feeling depressed, so they dressed her up as a superhero and took pictures. Hilarious, cool pictures. She’s not sad anymore, and she looks like the coolest gramma ever. (Except for mine.)
- The Ghosts of Amsterdam is a photo gallery of images of past and present Amsterdam, melded together. It’s fascinating, especially for those of us who love history.
- There are more ways than one to skin a cat, and there are even more ways to kill an Apple product, some of which are apparently photogenic.
- Here’s a gallery of buildings shaped like the objects inside. I especially like the book-shaped buildings.
- Images of people gathering into groups to create giant pictures. It brings a whole new meaning to the term “group picture.”
- Finally, a collection of unusual dice. I play Dungeons and Dragons, so I have some of these, but I don’t know what I’d use a two-sided die for. Just flip a coin, people!
Over the past week or two I’ve stored up a long list of interesting photo galleries to share, most of which come from the copyright/geek/random stuff site BoingBoing:
Hexing Hitler: A Life gallery of the time in 1941 when a group of people tried to put a curse on Hitler. Seriously.
Things Organized Neatly: A Tumblr gallery of… things organized neatly. All kinds of things. I don’t see the point, but they are kind of pleasing to look at.
1975 and the Changes to Come: A gallery of predictions for the future (that future being 1975). Some came true, some… er… didn’t.
Military Photos: A guy’s photos from his military service. I can’t remember the date on these, but it looks like the 1960s to me. Fun to look at in that “contextless images of another persons’ life” way.
A Sculpture Dress for Each State: A woman designed a sculptural dress for each of the 50 states. The Minnesota one is made of corn, and the Iowa one is made of Iowans. Kidding; the Iowa one is actually made of tall prairie grass. (I think this one came from Yahoo! news rather than BoingBoing, though I could be wrong about that. It’s been a few days.)
There’s quite a bit going on here at the Daily Globe today, so I thought I’d link three galleries of beautiful images and leave it at that.
Two are historical; the rest are historic.
In the late 1860s, a little girl sailed on a whaling ship and wrote a diary. These are images of the diary, complete with poor spelling, iffy penmanship and “Good bye for to day” notes. It’s a fascinating read from the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.
Would you like to learn how to photograph an atomic bomb? Look no further than this series of photos from the New York Times, all from a book, “How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb,” by Peter Kuran. There is audio with it; alas, I have not listened to it as yet. You’ll have to tell me how it is.
Finally, we have a series of photographs of our flooded region, taken by people who live here: Gallery I, Gallery II, and Gallery III.