Photos of the old city of Chongqing, China, by Maciej Leszczynski

Monday, 20 February, 2017

Photo by Maciej Leszczynski

Polish photographer Maciej Leszczynski recently visited China, and spent some time in the south west city of Chongqing. The city, together with the surrounding municipality, is home to some thirty-two million people. No surprise then to learn it is also China’s most populous municipality.

Check out his Chongqing: Old City photo collection though, for glimpses of a side of the city that perhaps only locals are familiar with.

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All sorts of small ideas and innovations that are likely taken for granted

Monday, 20 February, 2017

Avocado, with label

Where would we be without BuzzFeed, and their enticing, clickbait titled, listicles? How else would we know about the existence of these sorts of things?

Colour coded shopping baskets, that let the sales staff at a store know whether you need help or not. A credit card tip jar that allows you leave one dollar gratuities. Elevators with buttons near the floor, in case your hands are full.

Or, microwave ovens with mute buttons, so you won’t wake anyone when fixing a midnight snack. Or stickers that indicate how ripe an avocado is, according to its colour, as pictured above.

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Women, and their tattoos, illustrated by Laura Bernard

Monday, 20 February, 2017

Illustration by Laura Bernard

Laura Bernard is a Melbourne based freelance illustrator who has a penchant for painting watercolour pictures of women, many of who sport tattoos.

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Aggregator of all things, things magazine

Monday, 20 February, 2017

The publishers of London based aggregator of all things, things magazine, have spent the last little while trawling through links on their extensive blogroll, which includes disassociated.

Blogrolls. Remember those? For the uninitiated, blogrolls are collections of links favoured by the author of a website. They were preceded by links pages. Bonus points if you remember them.

I’m stoked to see they swung by this way in the last week or so, and rate disassociated as “recommended”. Thank you. If have a taste for, well, anything, then I suggest you check them out, and better still, subscribe to their RSS feed.

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Slightly creepy figurines and models, by Adeena Charlotte Grubb

Monday, 20 February, 2017

Models by Adeena Charlotte Grubb

Adeena Charlotte Grubb is a stop motion animator who hand crafts figurines and models, that are sometimes of a rather creepy disposition, for use in her productions. The guy you see here may not seem all that off-colour, until you learn that he is actually a fiddle player with four arms. Weird, or what? Watch the animations on her Vimeo page.

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Trailer for Before I Fall, a story a little like Groundhog Day

Monday, 20 February, 2017

Samantha (Zoey Deutch), a popular, well off, high school student, is fated to relive the day of her death, repeatedly, until she untangles all that is wrong with her life, in Before I Fall, the fourth feature of US director, Ry Russo-Young.

Based on the 2010 novel of the same name, by US young adult author Lauren Oliver, the trailer conjures up thoughts of Groundhog Day, though there seems to be a little more mystery to this story. “Before I Fall” opens in Australian cinemas on 2 March.

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Simón Prades, Saarbrücken based editorial illustrator

Friday, 17 February, 2017

Illustration by Simon Prades

Simón Prades lives in the German city of Saarbrücken, where he works as an editorial illustrator. Judging by some of his more recent works, he seems interested in what is happening inside people’s heads. This illustration, for instance, was for an article about the minds of evil people.

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If Stanley Kubrick liked the Futura typeface, how often did he use it?

Friday, 17 February, 2017

Late US film director Stanley Kubrick was said to be a fan of the Futura typeface. Christian Annyas, a web designer, decided to find out how often, if at all, that Kubrick used Futura, by analysing the typefaces he used in his films, trailers, and posters.

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It’s crazy but we’re all frightened by the sound of the telephone

Friday, 17 February, 2017

I’m one to avoid telephones if I can, though that can’t be a surprise, but it appears, as with Robert Palmer, I’m not alone. More people, it seems, are shying away from making or taking phone calls, but that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with them though.

Hating the phone doesn’t necessarily mean you have social anxiety – the two often go hand in hand, but some people who are otherwise perfectly fine with social interactions have a deep-seated fear of making or receiving a call. And besides, you’re in good company. There’s not a lot of hard data out there about how many people hate the phone, but research suggests that more are shying away from it.

As a method of communication, it is one of the more invasive. The phone rings, interrupting whatever you’re in the middle of, and you feel an obligation to stop what you’re doing, and take the call. Letters, email, messaging, and texting, all allow you the option to respond later.

But not the phone, or not, at least, back in the day. Today we have the luxury of being able to reject calls, or route them though to voicemail, for people still using voicemail, that is. When it comes to trying to contact someone though, they’re not much more effective.

The person you’re attempting to call is either driving, in a meeting, out of range, or simply isn’t answering. So you reach their voicemail, if they have one. Aside then from emergencies, and situations where you can arrange a time to call someone else, they’re good for nothing.

Short wonder telephones give rise to anxiety.

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Vladimir Tochanenko, Kiev based photographer and illustrator

Friday, 17 February, 2017

Photography by Vladimir Tochanenko

Vladimir Tochanenko is a photographer, illustrator, and video producer, based in Kiev, Ukraine. In addition to his photography work, he also runs Art of Miniature, a tableau photo series.

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