Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

Saint Pierre and Miquelon is the only remaining territory of the former colonial empire of New France that remains under French control. The islands are situated off  Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula.

I've always wanted to visit but getting there is difficult and flights are expensive so I don't know if it's in the cards for me. 

Classical Paintings In Modern Settings

In his 2 Reality series Kiev Ukraine-based artist Alexey Kondakov photoshops images from classical paintings into modern settings.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Vintage Life Hacks.

Around the turn of the last century tobacco manufacturers began including collectible cards in their packages. Gallaher’s Cigarettes printed a special series of 100 cards that included useful and helpful tips for everyday situations and problems. Some are still useful today while others are obsolete. Here are a few examples:




The entire 100 card collection is part of the New York Public Library’s George Arents Collection and was recently digitized.

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The EcoCapsule Lets You Live Off The Grid Anywhere

I think I've just found my ideal vacation home. It's the Ecocapsule.

These portable, flexible use dwellings designed by Bratislava-based Nice Architects let anyone live off the grid for up to a year. Each unit is equipped with solar panels, a retractable wind-turbine, and a design that captures rain water. Inside, you’ll find a kitchenette with running water, a flushing toilet, and hot shower and 8sq m of living space.

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Italy's Abandoned Architecture

Matt Emmett of Forgotten Heritage Photography recently traveled to Northern Italy to explore abandoned sites: factories, villas, churches and asylums. He captures the beauty of decay in places where time has stopped.

Inside an industrial tower in Northern Italy, looking straight down to the base of the tower
to looking up slightly to the central skylight. (Photo: Forgotten Heritage Photography)

Medical suite equipment left behind in an abandoned asylum.
(Photo: Forgotten Heritage Photography)
A fresco-adorned room within an abandoned castle.
(Photo: Forgotten Heritage Photography)

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Sleep In Anti-Gravity

Would you like to experience what it feels like to sleep in space? As part of a project called KSEVT Hotel architecture students at the AA Visiting School Slovenia have designed a ‘levitating’ suit suspended from ropes so you can find out what it feels like to sleep in ‘3D.’

It looks mighty uncomfortable to me.

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Terry Sawchuk, The Face Of Hockey

Hall of Fame goalie, Terry Sawchuk, started tending goal pre-1966, when players weren't required to wear masks or head protection of any kind. In 1966 LIFE magazine hired a professional makeup artist to recreate many of the facial injuries Terry had sustained during his sixteen years in the game for an article titled “The Goalie Is the Goat”.



Make Your Own LEGO Gummy Candy

Cute but if I wanted to spend $18.10 I'd probably invest it in a bottle of wine, not a Lego Mold.

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Stone Ridge Glass founders Lucie Boucher and Bernie Huebner work out of a studio in their home in Waterville, Maine. Their Glasscapes are a cross between high-end art glass and light sculpture. Many of the designs are interactive, with fully manipulable glass sets.

Central Park South

Fog City

Early Snow on Mount Katahdin

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Mont Blanc Panorama Is World’s Largest Photograph

Photo zoomed all the way out
An international team led by Italian photographer Filippo Blengini used a Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 II IS, a Canon 70D DSLR and a Canon Extender 2X III on a special robotic mount to capture 70,000 photographs of Mont Blanc in every direction over 35 hours of shooting. The resulting image would be as large as a football pitch if printed out at 300dpi.

Check out the interactive viewer on the project’s website.

Zooming in shows everything from an eagle in the far distance to the construction site of a futuristic cable car station.

This infographic breaks down the shoot

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