Mother Nature Goes A Little Bit Crazy with the Bronzer

23 09 2009

Blotchy, Irregular Application Leaves Parts of Earth As Orange, If Not As Ridiculous-Looking, As That Tanorexic Dude You Always See at the Gay Bar

The flooding in Georgia and a dust storm in Australia made for some pretty insane visuals:


L: This is something that happens. R: This is also something that happens.

In each case, mineralogy and meteorology collided for some OT-plague, vengeful-God grade activity. Holy crap, that Six Flags is gonna reek during Fright Fest®.

Six Flags

Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Northern Hemisphere, water and earth

Luna Park

Sydney, Australia; Southern Hemisphere, air and earth

There’re some pretty insane “before and after” comparison shots, or whatever you want to call them, mixed in among the rest of the 1000+ photographs on the Flickr pool that I lifted the Sydney images from. Of the two phenomena, the dust storm made for more interesting images—plus the death toll for the Southern-state flooding is at, like, 10, and I felt kinda ghoulish nosing around Google Images for something as frivolous as juxtaposition pics (you’ll notice, though, that it didn’t stop me).

Atlanta Wheel

Six Flags Over Georgia

Sydney Wheel

Luna Park Sydney

Two weeks.

Mars canteen from Total Recall


Frank Lloyd Wright Textile Block Classic Can Be Yours for $15M

24 06 2009

Voiceover Narration, Unicorn Origami Not Included

The Ennis House, built in Los Angeles in 1924, is for sale:

Look at that gate. That is some straight-up Olmec shit.

Wright did a bunch of these houses, but it was the textile block design of the Ennis House in particular that was recreated for Deckart’s apartment in Blade Runner. I was going to post a slick screen capture, but then I realized that my copy of that film is on VHS LOL.

There are some crazysexycool interior shots on the craigslist Christies Great Estates(R) listing for the property. And here’s one of the structure with its worst face forward (retaining wall + seismically active zone = ongoing Sisyphean struggle):

It’s too bad she won’t live. Then again, who does.

It would appear as though any link that’s at all relevant is included on the Ennis House Wikipedia page.

Tracy Baby You Crazy I Don’t Know Whut the Hell’s Goin’ On Or Where the Camera Belongs Let’s Go to Nicole

20 06 2009

Auto-Tune the News #5 Rocks False-Start Blog Out of Torpor

Michael Gregory really took it to the next level yesterday with his fifth edition of Auto-Tune the News. Chances are you first caught wind of the phenomenon back when Auto-Tune the News #2 blew up. In case you’re not on board, the installments are funny without being too clever or too silly. And the music is catchy as hell. After I saw #2, I subscribed to the YouTube channel. Now when a new one drops I watch it about thirty times and then I’m invariably in a good mood for the rest of the day. I don’t think I’ve been able to say that about any other content in my entire life ever. Anyway, here’s #5:

One thing that I especially appreciate about these Auto-Tune the News videos is the fact that a transcript of the “lyrics” is always included in the YouTube file information for each clip–in much the same way that a transcript always accompanies the vlog posts of the Couric and Company Notebook, which is the fluff-piece receptacle from which all of the shorty’s footage is lifted. Of course, the segment featuring Katie Couric (who’s looking more like Carrie Fisher every day) was one of #5’s best bits. She has to have seen these by now!

Katie Koo and Evan (sitting in for Andrew, who is on assignment)

But what really blew me away and made me revisit my own blog fail for a new post was how Gregory let #5 disintegrate upon re-entry with the help of some footage from a minor and fleeting Fox Business News transition fiasco that someone had the presence of mind to rip from their TiVo last week. For making the Fox News franchise look silly, a 29. For appearance, a 29. And for brilliant use (five times) of the “Countdown to the Closing Bell” transition graphic and SFX, a perfect score of 30.  The effect is frenetic and chaotic and I totally ate it up with a spoon. I even made a little bit of fan-art:

I’ll try to resurrect this blog (I enjoyed putting this post together), but I’m not making any promises.

Postmodern Gods Combine Forces and Officially Blow My Mind

12 09 2008

If My Previous Two Posts Ever Got Together and Made Babies, One of Them Would Look a Lot Like This

As if “Good Morning” weren’t awesome enough, witness as heterochromic Dropout Bear navigates superflat and futuristic Universe City. Empathize as he gets beat down, and savor his defiance of the crapitalist myth of paper as panacaea. I’m about as huge a Murakami fan as can be imagined, but I still wasn’t prepared for this. It’s cooler than a Louis Vuitton purse.

Vandal eyes.

Universe City’s university has neon signage, and only Murakami could send the capital of a Neoclassic facade into cute overload. Oh, and I’m especially fond of the football-playing gorillas.

You got D’s.

Long live KanYe. It’s hard to find a high-quality version for which the embedding hasn’t been disabled; this one’s not bad, and with any luck it won’t be removed for at least a few hours. Behold:


10 09 2008

“I’m Not Like You”

After serving as Japan’s Prime Minister for about a year, Yasuo Fukuda announced his resignation last week. When, during the press conference, a reporter suggested that Fukuda had been “detached” while in office, the sober yin got his yang on. “I can see myself objectively,” he explained, “I’m not like you.” Slam!

In Japan, fans of the Fukuda quote have dropped its first half and have taken to plugging the remaining second half into countless customized phrases as needed. Try it yourself! It’s as easy as “Smurf” or “Abercrombie”:

” I  am/can/have [insert desireable attribute] . I’m not like you.”

And, like Day-Lewis’ “I drink your milkshake” line from There Will Be Blood, Fukuda’s quote (“anata to wa chigaun desu”) has made its way onto a fantastically-designed T-shirt. The accompanying graphic, created from ASCII characters, was appropriated from Japanese internet forum 2channel, where it had been posted anonymously. Online store Club T offers it in over forty color patterns with prices ranging from ¥1,995 to ¥2,415. 

Here’s a decent link: