A world dominated by books, illustrations by Jungho Lee

Thursday, 25 August, 2016

Illustration by Jungho Lee

Don’t write off books yet. The paper ones, that is. In the world of Jungho Lee, a Seoul based artist and illustrator, they are omnipresent. The books here have re-purposed themselves, and it will be a long time before they become obsolete…

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Grey Bull, a short film about the struggles of newly settled refugees

Thursday, 25 August, 2016

For refugees seeking safe haven in another country, and a chance to start over with their lives, finding a new home is sometimes only the beginning of the process. Coming to grips with a new environment, and culture, presents all manner of difficulties and challenges.

Some of these struggles are brought to the fore in Grey Bull, a short film by Eddy Bell, about Martin, a refugee from South Sudan, as he adjusts to life in a small town in South Australia.

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Sunga Park’s surreal watercolour paintings of European buildings

Thursday, 25 August, 2016

Painting by Sunga Park

Sunga Park, a Bangkok based illustrator and graphic designer, is also an accomplished watercolour painter. Inspired by her travels in Europe, she has produced a dreamlike collection of works depicting some of the buildings she has seen there.

More of her work can be seen on Behance, and Instagram.

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For fans of cutaway drawings, some cutaway drawings

Thursday, 25 August, 2016

1932 GeeBee racer cutaway, via Tony Dilworth

I’ve always enjoyed looking at cutaway drawings and plans, as they offer an insight into objects such as buildings, ships, cars, and aircraft, that otherwise may go unseen. If cutaways are your thing as well, here’s a collection put together by Tony Dilworth.

Via things magazine.

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Sailing down Sweden’s Klarälven River on a log raft

Wednesday, 24 August, 2016

All I ask is a sturdy raft, and a star to steer by. A few creature comforts, plus a calm, meandering river, would be nice also. And a few warm summer days. Not much to ask, surely?

Sweden’s Klarälven River, is the waterway in question, and doesn’t the experience look idyllic?

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The top one hundred films of the twenty-first century

Wednesday, 24 August, 2016

David Lynch’s 2001 feature Mulholland Drive, has taken out the number one spot in a poll of film critics, conducted by the BBC, of films made in the twenty-first century. In the Mood for Love, made a year earlier by Kar-Wai Wong, came in second place. I can’t argue with that.

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The beautiful, yet menacing, blue lakes of Antarctica

Wednesday, 24 August, 2016

Meltwater pond, Antarctica. Photo by DigitalGlobe, Inc

Thousands of quite picturesque blue lakes have been appearing on the Langhovde Glacier, in East Antarctica, since the turn of the century. In short, they are meltwater ponds that form as warm air comes into contact with the glacier’s surface. While they may be easy on the eye, they evidence the presence of global warming.

Such ponds have been observed in Greenland for sometime, where ice sheets are now melting at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, it looks like that process is going to start increasing in parts of Antarctica.

Photo by DigitalGlobe, Inc.

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The flag of the United States, the way it might have looked

Wednesday, 24 August, 2016

US flag design proposal, circa 1950s

The current flag of the United States of America, that features fifty stars, one for each member state of the union, flew for the first time on Independence Day, 4 July 1960. During the 1950s however, much thought had been given to how the flag should look once Alaska and Hawaii became fully fledged states, which they did in 1959.

This prompted US citizens to send their – often unsolicited – design ideas to the President, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Of the three thousand submissions, one by then high school student Robert G. Heft, was chosen. And the rest is history, as they say. But now, a selection of ideas that were rejected, have been published in a book, Old Glory.

There were certainly some interesting proposals put forward, that’s for sure.

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A trailer for Kenobi: A Star Wars Story. Wait, is that even a thing?

Tuesday, 23 August, 2016

Even though it was introduced as a fan-made clip, as I watched I thought, no, this must be an official trailer, for a Star Wars Anthology, or spin-off, film about Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. But, no, it is not official, it is a labour of love by Canadian filmmaker Rich Williamson, for a would-be film that might be titled Kenobi: A Star Wars Story.

I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this went on to spawn an actual film. Or trilogy of films, a prospect that has been on the cards for sometime, from what I can gather. Ewan McGregor, who played Kenobi in the Prequel Trilogy films, is said to be interested in reprising his role, if production were to proceed.

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The dreams and aspirations of the homeless, by Horia Manolache

Tuesday, 23 August, 2016

The Prince and the Pauper is a poignant photo series by San Francisco based photographer Horia Manolache. He took two photos of homeless people, one of how they look today, and one of what they once saw themselves becoming.

There is always the hope that his subjects may yet come to realise their dreams and aspirations.

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