Now you see it, now you don’t, Borgloon’s transparent church

Tuesday, 30 June, 2015

Transparent church, Borgloon, Belgium

Here’s an intriguing structure… a church in the Belgium town of Borgloon, that almost becomes transparent, depending on the angle from which it is being viewed.

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Route 50, get your kicks instead on the loneliest road in America

Tuesday, 30 June, 2015

I think if I ever road-trip across the United States, I’d forego driving along the better known Route 66, and instead opt for the not so often mentioned Route 50:

And then there is Route 50, a black ribbon that stretches from Ocean City, Maryland, to Sacramento. “For the unhurried, this little-known highway is the best national road across the middle of the United States,” wrote William Least Heat-Moon in Blue Highways, his classic 1982 account of driving the nation’s back roads in search of the nation’s heart. Fifteen years later, Time magazine called this same strip of pavement “The Backbone of America” in a cover story that was part travelogue, part sociopolitical pulse-taking. It is a long backbone, 3,007 miles in length, its vertebrae etched with names like Loogootee, Pruntytown, Poncha Springs and Majors Place.

There’s a 460 kilometre section of the highway, approximately between the borders of Utah and California, that has been dubbed the “Loneliest Road in America”… would that not be a journey to remember or what?

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A bigger picture would help when it comes to overtaking big trucks

Tuesday, 30 June, 2015

It happens to me all the time, especially on the freeway, I find myself stuck behind a large lumbering truck. Usually there’s the option of eventually overtaking it by moving into another lane going in the same direction.

But what about situations where there is only one lane available in your direction of travel, and an overtaking manoeuvre requires moving into the on-coming traffic lane?

A clear view of the road ahead, before attempting to move into the other lane, would be useful, to say the least, but sometimes such chances are far and few between. How about then attaching a widescreen monitor to the back of large vehicles, that projects an image of what lies ahead? Sounds like an idea worth looking into.

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Travelbox, take home with you when you’re away from home

Friday, 19 June, 2015

Travellers, or I’m thinking more like minimalists, will appreciate Travelbox, a trunk that includes a fold-out table, chair, and bed, plus a bicycle, to furnish their home, as designed by Stefan Juust, an Austrian architect.

At a little over two metres in length, by a bit more than one metre high, and weighing in at some sixty kilograms, it just might be a little too hefty to hit the road with though. The truck’s frame can also be used as a small wardrobe unit, and a bookcase.

As I say, ideal for the minimalists among us.

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Flat out on the slopes of San Francisco’s streets

Friday, 19 June, 2015

The steeply inclined streets of San Francisco have doubtless been the subject of many a photo series that levels, or flattens them, by appropriately adjusting the angle of the final image, but applying the concept to video might be something we’ve not seen too much of before.

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More photos from another stay in North Korea

Thursday, 18 June, 2015

Because we can’t get enough of what has become regarded as the hermit kingdom, here’s a new series of photos taken by US photographer David Guttenfelder.

I know I’ve said it before, but it strikes me that an omnipresent stillness, quiet even, shrouds much of North Korea, each time I look at photos of the country. Having never been, I obviously have no idea what it’s really like though.

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Hotels, a home away from home, or nothing of the sort?

Tuesday, 16 June, 2015

A morose contemplation of a perpetual traveller, Suzanne Joinson, and her ambivalence to hotels, where she often stays on her frequent journeys away from home.

A person is not supposed to be in both Asia and Africa in the same week on a regular basis; the world should not be traversed at that speed. It was scrambling, discombobulating; worse, it was damaging – some central element of my subjective self was being ebbed away. Yet, I still said yes. I was the go-to girl for a last-minute flight to anywhere, and whenever I returned home, lightly tethered to a house-share in Brixton, south London, I plotted to be away again.

I guess if I lived in a sharehouse, I might also feel it necessary to be away from home as often as possible…

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Jellyfish, nothing but jellyfish, as far as the eye can see

Tuesday, 9 June, 2015

This video truly looks like a scene from a science-fiction movie. In fact it was filmed by a swimmer snokling through the aptly named Jellyfish Lake, located on the island country of Palau, situated roughly one thousand kilometres east of the Philippines, in the western Pacific Ocean.

Via Reddit.

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The icebergs of Antarctica as photographed by Anna Vlasova

Thursday, 4 June, 2015

I mention Antarctica here a fair bit I guess… it’s but one place I would like to visit one day. In the meantime though, I’ll have to settle for looking at someone else’s photos, in this case the work of London based photographer Anna Vlasova, of the ice covered continent.

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Shanghai in reverse, that’s one way to see a city

Thursday, 21 May, 2015

Walk in Shanghai by JT Singh, takes an off-beat stroll through central Shanghai… at first I wondered how they filmed some of the sequences, but that curiosity quickly gave way to a desire to be walking those exact same streets myself.

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