Home on the sea, a cliff above the sea

Wednesday, 17 September, 2014

Cliff House, design concept by Modscape

At this stage the Cliff House, as conceived by Australian prefabricated home designer Modscape is a concept, but what a concept it is.

Provided there were no concerns with how securely the structure was latched to the cliff face, the home would make for a spectacular vantage point, regardless of the weather. In fact the worse the weather, the better it would be… imagine sitting out a storm in such a building?

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The time my car had to be repaired… an illustrated story

Wednesday, 17 September, 2014

Stories of car repairs that proved to be far more expensive than originally envisioned are two a penny… maybe then it’s the illustrations that make Josh Michtom’s tale of replacing the battery of the hybrid electric car he and his partner own, one you want to read.

One place could sell me the battery for $1,900 but wanted $850 for the work, so I pressed the guy. I said, “That’s more than double what someone else quote me for labor. How can that be?” I expected him just to come down a little, but instead, he offered a long discursion on the fine art of Prius battery replacement, the careful steps involved, the inherent danger in the operation. As far as I know, he is Connecticut’s only artisanal Prius mechanic.

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Artworks inspired by maths and the workplace stationery cupboard

Thursday, 11 September, 2014

Photo by Zachary Abel

If you’re taking usual, run of the mill, items of stationery, and using them to craft works of art, as Zachary Abel does with his Mathematical Sculptures, then it seems to me your deriving the best possible value from your day job time…

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The streets of Tokyo after dark in kaleidoscopic vision

Wednesday, 10 September, 2014

A time lapse video filmed while driving through the streets of Tokyo after dark, by Japanese filmmaker Hiroshi Kondo. Quite psychedelic actually, it reminds of a well known scene from a well known sci-fi movie, you know, one that I often refer to

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To add to nautical maps, where waste plastics gather in the seas?

Friday, 29 August, 2014

Image by National Geographic

According to maps prepared by National Geographic, discarded plastic materials are building up, or coalescing, on the surface of five regions of the Earth’s oceans, mainly as a result of ocean currents that act as a marshalling force of sorts.

Tens of thousands of tons of plastic garbage float on the surface waters in the world’s oceans, according to researchers who mapped giant accumulation zones of trash in all five subtropical ocean gyres. Ocean currents act as “conveyor belts,” researchers say, carrying debris into massive convergence zones that are estimated to contain millions of plastic items per square kilometer in their inner cores.

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The covers of Tintin books that never were

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014

“The Dunwich Horror”, “Tintin and the Reanimator”, “The Whisperer in Darkness”, and “The Shadow Out of Time”, these are just some of the Tintin titles that may – who knows – have come forth, were the stories of the young Belgian reporter still being published.

(Thanks Christine)

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Mapping out a new understanding of the Roman Empire

Tuesday, 26 August, 2014

From small things big things one day come… the rise, peak, fall, and aftermath of the Roman Empire, as set out in forty maps.

I begin to wonder if more people would enjoy high school history courses if maps were used as a basis for teaching it?

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Bones in motion, a series of x-ray animations

Friday, 22 August, 2014

Image via Cameron Drake

Cameron Drake has created a series of animations using x-ray images of people’s hands, ankles, elbows, and shoulders. Fascinating.

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Chocolate LEGO bricks… is this really a good idea though?

Monday, 18 August, 2014

Chocolate LEGO brick

Chocolate LEGO by Akihiro Mizuuchi… actually I’m surprised they didn’t come along sooner. Maybe they have, but just didn’t last very long?

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If we can’t go to the stars maybe they can come to us

Friday, 15 August, 2014

Even the Stars screen cap

Wandering through space without a purpose. Getting old and getting lost. That’s what interstellar space exploration might actually be like, given the time it’ll take to get anywhere… a game by Pol Clarissou.

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