Wedding cake design, an almost timeless craft

Friday, 19 August, 2016

It seems to me that wedding cake design is timeless, or wedding cake design of the last one hundred years, anyway. None of the styles seen here could be said to be inextricably bound to a particular time period, or would look otherwise out of place, whatever the year was. Except perhaps the 1986 and 2016 designs.

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What becomes of old Olympic venues? A photo series

Friday, 19 August, 2016

What becomes of old Olympic venues? Sadly, quite a few become abandoned, and either fall into disrepair, or end up serving a purpose quite unrelated to their original purpose. It’s unfortunate that some of these venues aren’t designed with a use after the games in mind, considering the cost that must have gone into their construction.

Via Cool Material.

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Rock music during the time of the Star War’s Galactic Empire

Thursday, 18 August, 2016

Rolling Stone album cover, artwork by Superfi

What if planet Earth had become part of the Star Wars Galactic Empire? What would be the impact on our day to day lives? Would we be better off, or worse, that we are now?

ABBA album cover, artwork by Superfi

And what about the arts? And music? How would being an actual part of the Star Wars universe, have influenced our favourite musicians? This is the way Superfi thinks it may have been

Sex Pistols album cover, artwork by Superfi

(Thanks Erastus)

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Too much social stimulation results in a hangover for introverts

Thursday, 18 August, 2016

Unlike extroverts, introverts have limited social capital. There’s only so much time they can spend in the company of other people, especially large groups, before the desire to seek out a quiet, solitary space, becomes overwhelming.

If you’re an introvert, you already know what I’m talking about because you have likely experienced it more than once. But if you aren’t, or you need help explaining the idea to extroverted friends, here’s an attempt at a description. Introverts have a more limited ration of energy available for socializing, compared to our more extroverted counterparts. When we push past those reserves, we hit a tipping point where we go from being “fine” to “definitely not okay.” An “introvert” hangover is, simply put, a withdrawal into oneself brought on by overstimulation.

I’d have never thought to call the resulting social overstimulation a hangover though, but that’s what it feels like sometimes.

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Silence in movies, sometimes effective, sometimes not

Thursday, 18 August, 2016

When Words Fail in Movies, a short documentary that looks at the effectiveness, and – in some case – otherwise of silence, or an absence of words, in film scenes.

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Loui Jover, an artist making a living from a childhood passion

Thursday, 18 August, 2016

Artwork by Loui Jover

As children, many of us probably whiled away countless hours, pursuing a childhood passion of some sort. It might have been making model aircraft, or playing a musical instrument. Growing older, we were perhaps encouraged to start considering our futures, and devote our time to activities deemed less frivolous.

In other words, we had to stop acting as if we were children, and behave like adults. And for a lot of people, that meant the end of the pastimes we had once enjoyed. This was not the case for Queensland based Australian artist Loui Jover, however. A drawer since he could remember, it was a passion he did not abandon.

Artwork by Loui Jover

Today, Jover is still drawing, and making a living as a full time artist. This while the rest of us are doing our best to live like adults, or something. And although drawing, in ink, is a major component of the works he creates, the material he draws on, the sheets of paper taken from vintage books, is equally as notable.

The text on these sheets, Jover feels, imbues the images he draws with a story, and a perhaps a sense of purpose. It is a style that has gone on to see his work published in books and magazines, and become part of public and private art collections around the world. Who was it again, that said childhood interests were a waste of time?

Artwork by Loui Jover

More of Jover’s work can be seen on his Saatchi Art page, and on Instagram.

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Pink and blue are never in view, except at Las Coloradas, Mexico

Wednesday, 17 August, 2016

Photography by Fer Cabrera

There’s incredible photos to be taken on the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, in Mexico, if you make your way to Las Coloradas. There you will see lagoons of pink, and skies of blue.

The pink hue of the water however, isn’t down to pollution, or some sort of Photoshop trick, rather it is the result of an abundance of red plankton residing there.

Photo by Fer Cabrera.

Via My Modern Met.

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The world is a cube, not a sphere, and here are photos to prove it

Wednesday, 17 August, 2016

Photography by Pete Ulatan

Mind bending is probably the best way to describe the work of Honolulu-based graphic designer and photographer, Pete Ulatan, who takes photos of well known cities and locations, and folds the images over at ninety degree angles.

Photography by Pete Ulatan

Think of the scene in Paris, from the film Inception, and you’ll be with me. If you don’t mind your perceptions of reality being teased, you can see more of Ulatan’s work on his Instagram page.

Photography by Pete Ulatan

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One day you’ll be able to control your smartphone by smart tattoo

Wednesday, 17 August, 2016

One day, perhaps in the not too distant future, we may be able to control our smartphones remotely, by way of a temporary tattoo that acts as a touchpad. I could think of other devices that I’d rather control in this fashion, since I almost feel as if my smartphone is attached to me anyway, but the concept has promise.

A good tattoo artist could probably devise some more personalised designs, giving the idea further appeal. If nothing else, the notion beats chip-implants, or brain caps. More information about the technology that makes these touchpad tattoos work, can be found here.

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The flight of the drones over Nordland, Norway

Wednesday, 17 August, 2016

Nordland is a county in the northern part of Norway, that you can now see from an aerial perspective, thanks to the efforts of Michael Fletcher, and Alan Mathieson, who filmed the region using drones. Spectacular, isn’t it?

It looks like there may be some slight turbulence where the drones are operating, but that didn’t seem to compromise the quality of the video at all.

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