Yo Leonardo, how many IG likes did the “Mona Lisa” collect?

Tuesday, 15 April, 2014

Remix by Nastya Ptichek

Ukrainian designer and artist Nastya Ptichek superimposes Facebook and Instagram “like” symbols, or familiar computer error warnings, over well known works of art.

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How about a World Wide Web museum of web design?

Tuesday, 15 April, 2014

I like the sound of this idea, a museum of sorts, for web design artifacts, which possibly includes disassociated. I now regret not better archiving some of my earlier designs, if only for personal reference purposes, but it unfortunate that the interfaces of many websites dating from the 1990s are irretrievably lost.

For too long we have relied upon a service that “archives” other websites but it’s not enough. The archives are tragically incomplete and lack the means to provide the full experience of what used to be. Archive.org does not adequately preserve enough information to serve as a lasting account of the web. We can not rely on large, multi-billion dollar companies to do this for us. Nor can we depend upon individuals to properly archive their PSDs, HTML, their work, which helped to change the world.

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Chinese Puzzle

Monday, 14 April, 2014

3 and a half stars
Chinese Puzzle scene

All Paris resident Xavier (Romain Duris) ever wanted was to live quietly writing novels. Life however had other ideas, and a move to New York City to be closer to his two children, after his English wife, Wendy (Kelly Reilly), asks for a divorce so she can move in with a man she met there, is accompanied by a raft of complications.

Xavier finds himself helping lesbian friend Isabelle (Cécile De France) start a family, marrying an American Chinese woman, Nancy (Li Jun Li), so he can apply for residency, while seeing ex-girlfriend Martine (Audrey Tautou) whenever she visits the US. All that and more in Chinese Puzzle, trailer, by Cédric Klapisch (“Russian Dolls”, “Paris”).

It might not be anything you haven’t seen before, but “Chinese Puzzle” offers some wry observations on contemporary family life and relationships. Duris charms, and Tautou put on her best performance in years in this fun, spirited, zesty, if a tad farfetched rom-com, that will likely keep you guessing until the end.

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The coffees of the world, right here, right now

Monday, 14 April, 2014

Cappuccino, latte, short black, and flat white, would probably be the more popular coffee orders in Australia, but they are only a few of the variations that are ultimately possible with the bean based beverage.

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I don’t know if it’s Australia’s biggest mural but it sure looks like it

Monday, 14 April, 2014

Melbourne street mural by Rone

Melbourne based street artist Rone has, on the side wall of a nine storey building in downtown Melbourne, created what is said to be Australia’s largest street mural produced by one person. Going by the evidence that looks to be a pretty sound claim.

(Photo by Ben Wesley)

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Modern day conundrums, what to do if you find a lost drone?

Monday, 14 April, 2014

The tranquility of a quiet afternoon at home is shattered by a crashing sound coming from the garden. Going outside to investigate, you discover a drone, essentially an airbourne surveillance device, lies disabled on your back lawn.

So what the hell do you do next? Fear not, you wouldn’t be the only person setting foot in what is so far relatively uncharted territory:

Last week, a San Franciscan named Joseph encountered a crashed quadcopter near Golden Gate Park. It was “squirmin’” and “buzzin’” like a wounded animal, he says. Unafraid of rabies or computer viruses, Joseph took the drone home and knocked it out by cutting its power. He then posted a Craigslist ad, “I found your stupid drone,” asking the “dr-owner” to contact him to get it back. Else, he would send it to the pound called “Ebay.”

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Great Barrier Reef life may be slow, but it’s colourful and vibrant

Friday, 11 April, 2014

Slow Life… time lapse photogaphy of the corals and sponges of the Great Barrier Reef. What to say, except go into full-screen mode, and be prepared to be dazzled.

Via Kottke.

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Spoilers for just about every book ever published

Friday, 11 April, 2014

Tired of people offering up unwelcome spoilers for films and TV shows? If said persons are book readers there may be a way to get a little of your own back though, by way of this reasonably extensive list of book spoilers.

Published on 1 April I know, but I believe the… summaries are accurate. For the most part anyway.

Via Hynophant.

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Ben Sack’s hand drawn city panoramas

Friday, 11 April, 2014

US artist and illustrator Ben Sack manually draws intricately detailed panoramas of cities from across the world.

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Kicking around in a vintage car in your hometown

Friday, 11 April, 2014

Last October I linked to a photo collection of a model town built by US archivist Michael Paul Smith, that was inspired by the Pittsburgh neighbourhood where he grew in the 1950s. Now revisit the gallery and take a look at the model vehicles of the period. Incredible right?

I’m fortunate enough to actually see period vehicles, similar to these, on the streets of my “hometown” on the NSW Central Coast, from time to time.

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