Gustave H awaits your glowing review of the Grand Budapest Hotel

Thursday, 24 July, 2014

Grand Budapest Hotel lobby

The Grand Budapest Hotel, the same establishment featured in Wes Anderson’s most recent film, now has its own page on TripAdvisor. It’s already collected a number of glowing reviews, making it the top rated hotel in The Republic of Zubrowka:

When we arrived we had some problems with the tram that leads to the main building, but it was quickly fixed by the highly efficient lobby boy. Out of all the common areas the one you should give special attention to is the Turkish bath and the Greek spa. Food was excellent, and on our first day there were regional sweets from the Mendl’s bakery in our bedroom out of courtesy – that was really nice and they tasted delicious. Staff was particularly kind and helfpul. Next season we’ll certainly go back!

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Here’s one way to get to know New York City… follow its taxis

Monday, 21 July, 2014

A Day in the Life, by US developer and data junkie Chris Whong, is a nifty visualisation that tracks the movements of a New York City taxi cab over a twenty-four hour period. I don’t know the city all that well, in fact I’ve never been there, but watching this taxi wend its way around the city was still fascinating.

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I have sea fort and a constitution, I have my own nation

Thursday, 3 July, 2014

A former World War II sea fort located off the coast of Britain, in the North Sea, that slightly resembles an oil rig, and originally known as HM Fort Roughs, eventually went on to become the nation, or micronation, of Sealand.

British military personnel finally left the fort in 1956, and sometime later it was occupied by pirate radio broadcasters. In 1967 it was taken over by Paddy Roy Bates, who intended to establish his own pirate radio station there.

By 1975 Sealand had its own constitution, national anthem, flag, currency, and passport, while Bates ruled as a prince. In 1978 mercenaries staged an invasion while Bates and his wife were visiting Britain. Although Bates managed to regain control of the fort, the invaders continue to claim Sealand as theirs to this day.

There has a to be a screenplay in the story of Sealand…

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Abandoned places, as photographed by Joe Reifer

Thursday, 19 June, 2014

Photo by Joe Reifer

Joe Reifer, a San Francisco based night photographer, also has a liking for abandoned places… his intriguing, yet mildly foreboding, portfolio includes motels, ski fields, farms, scrap metal yards, military bases, and of course ghost towns.

Via Hypnophant.

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Selected National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest images

Thursday, 5 June, 2014

This year’s National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is in full swing – entries close at the end of June – and it looks like the competition will result in some amazing work overall, going by the editor’s top photo picks from week nine.

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And all roads shall lead to London

Friday, 23 May, 2014

An animation charting the development of road ways through the British capital from the time the Romans arrived there, almost two thousand years ago – during which period the bustling town was home to some thirty thousand inhabitants – through to the present day.

Actually there’s a lot can be learned about London’s past from the way its roads evolved.

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Can you guess where I’m instragramming from? I was afraid of that…

Friday, 16 May, 2014

On the subject of cities and their silhouettes, you might want to think twice about posting photos of a town’s skyline taken from a hotel room, especially if reflections of the furniture and fittings also happen to be visible in the image.

It seems it isn’t all that difficult for someone to pinpoint your location in a hotel, to within a couple of floors, by analysing what’s visible of the city, and then cross referencing the photo with pictures of a hotel’s suites from its website.

Here’s the thing though, all of this information can be obtained by way of readily available online resources such as Twitter, Google Maps, Street View, and TripAdvisor… even if you’ve chosen not to share any geolocation data associated with said photo.

Two great resources for reference pictures, in addition to hotels’ websites, are Foursquare and TripAdvisor (some people like to show where they’re staying). So, after a couple of minutes analyzing pictures of the three possible hotels, I finally found our reflected elements in pictures uploaded by people and on the hotel’s website itself.

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The city and its silhouette

Friday, 16 May, 2014

San Francisco silhouette, by Yoni Alter

Shapes of Cities is a collection of illustrations by London based artist and designer Yoni Alter based on the silhouettes, or skylines, of some of the world’s best known cities.

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The people of the Earth are but a molehill in the Grand Canyon

Friday, 9 May, 2014

people fill the Grand Canyon

On the subject of drops in the ocean, if the entire of humanity – what’s that, six billion plus – of us, were all piled-up, in molehill fashion, in the Grand Canyon, how much space would be left over? Rather a lot it would seem. Some fascinating trivia, even if it does seem somewhat incredible.

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Photos that portray the real London

Tuesday, 6 May, 2014

Photo by Rebecca Urso Baiarda

Rebecca Urso Baiarda aims change the aloof, distant, perception some people have of Londoners through her London Town photo project, where she posts a mixture of posed and candid images, that are taken on the streets of the British capital.

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