Archive for December, 2005
Everyone knows one single lion can’t take down a full-grown elephant. But what about an entire pride of lions versous an elephant? See previous Houze.net animal battles: parts 1, 2, and 3.
Colombian-born Miami artist Maria Adelaida Lopez takes toy dollhouses and covers them with vacuum cleaner bag lent. Her Dust Houses, or Casas de Polvo, are creepy and compelling.
So I know I’m being manipulated by stealth German marketing, but Volkswagon customer Michael Moore (not the Michigan-based political filmmaker, apparently) has taken some really nice photos of a Phaeton being built. Talk about a floor clean enough to be eaten off of, the Dresden factory is more like a Prada storefront than something you’d see in Flint or Hamtramick.
There are more cool products with cheap LEDs eveyday. The CameraBright is a great little light that screws into your camera’s tripod mount and adds some extra lighting to your point and shoot photos or videos.
The Conglomco Media Network is offering a dizzying way to corrupt the brand identity of large corporations with their project, retag: retroactive logo distribution. By tagging stores like McDonald’s and Gap with stencils of their own logos, they seem to be attempting to dilute the brand and co-opt the brand as a form of protest at the same time. Think of it as a race around the world, which you have won, says Conglomco. Your logo has penetrated every consumer base, been blazened across every conceivable surface, and now the only place left for it to go is home. Maybe this video will help explain the idea.
Gripping photos by Magnum photographer Chien-Chi Chang of Taiwanese mental asylum inmates chained together in pairs at Lung Fa Tang, a Buddhist sanctuary chicken farm where nearly 700 mentally ill inhabitants work. The Chain, an exhibit of Chang’s photos, is on view at the Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
Picturing Business in America, Hedcuts in The Wall Street Journal is a new show at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery featuring the paper’s iconic portraits of business leaders, including the portrait of Oprah on the left by stipple artist Noli Novak. Journal artist Kevin Sprouls came up with the distinctive dot-layering technique in 1979. I’ve always thought it was a pretty good match for the Journal, says Sprouls. They’re like fine engravings.
A Dutch geek has come up with a way to use his bike to charge his iPod.
Recently Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan was stopped from entering the US after US Border agents googled him and found things on his blog they the didn’t like.