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Lartigue’s racing car

3rd January, 2011

 

This is one of Lartigue‘s most well-known photographs depicting a racing car and spectators. I recently found this explanation of the optical distortion that made this image so famous. It is apparently down to the comparatively slow shutter speed on his large-format camera that opened from bottom up as he panned the camera

jhl animation

 

…and here is the undistorted version if Jacques’ shutter had been faster and he had not panned…

 

jhl_racing_distorted

ranier milke

A riddle: What is one of the most crucial commodities for creative people that’s also becoming increasingly difficult to obtain in the 21st century?

Click here for answer

As the internet is down many Egyptians are resorting to a new Google phone service to spread word of the protest, via audio tweets.Announcing the service on its blog, Google said:

Like many people we’ve been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we could do to help people on the ground. Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service—the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection.

We hope that this will go some way to helping people in Egypt stay connected at this very difficult time. Our thoughts are with everyone there.

(extract from the guardian.co.uk)

Echoism

 

“Echoism” is a project by artist
 Julian Wolkenstein and plays with the notion of your own identity. What do you look like? What are the things that make you look like you – your identifying features? If you are made symmetrical, do you consider yourself more beautiful, less so, or is it just weird? Or is it you at all? Do you have a best side? What is to be said of left and right brain dominance?

Read on…

snake jambangan

That was lucky… nearly stepped on this little fella as I got out the shower this morning Read on…

kiss

What a shot. Read on…

antlers_thumb

Laser-sintered and vacuum cast polyamide on raw oak – 27cm in height – Edition of three.

brain research

New research suggests our brains delete information at an ‘extraordinarily high’ rate.
The mysteries of the brain may be virtually endless, but a team of researchers from two institutes in Göttingen, Germany now claim to have an answer for at least one question that has remained a puzzle: just how fast does the brain forget information?
Read more at Engadget here

paper clip

Widely regarded as a classic in the design world, the humble paper clip may have just been improved upon one again…
Read Fast Company’s article here

chocolate

One of the Green Camp staff just walked past my chair and dropped this in my lap and with no explanation walked off. It is piping hot chocolate freshly made by the kids in their chocolate making class – oh and they also made the banana leaf vessel and spoon.
no more words now… must concentrate… on… chocolate

guardian_egypt

Not wanting to make light in any way of such an horrific incident but…
…way to go Gooogle Ads

Information overload

How too much data can kill – an horrific outcome caused by a very real issue.  This is a fascinating article in the New York Times on a subject that concerns me as one of the major challenges facing future generations, namely filtering.

pancakes

I treated myself to banana and coconut pancakes with passionfruit syrup for breakfast this morning

tiepolo topology

Fascinating exploration of old masters. Link here

cigar bug

 

The length of my fingernail, this stunning little bug looking like a gold-tipped havana landed on my screen earlier.

lartigue's racing car photo

 

This is one of Lartigue‘s most well-known photographs depicting a racing car and spectators. I recently found this explanation of the optical distortion that made this image so famous. It is apparently down to the comparatively slow shutter speed on his large-format camera that opened from bottom up as he panned the camera Read on…

Stevie's General Store

 

Another cracking find in Singapore – and just over the road from Books Actually – it has a lovely collection of vintage clothes, accessories and emphemera like this jar from Roswell. Honest.

technics_thumb

Surely one of the great product designs of my generation, the Technics 1200 is finally being EOL’d by Panasonic. A sad day indeed.
As a true mark of its quality, this is one of the few things I have bought four times in my life, spanning two decades and always bought the same version. They are a brilliant example of the balance between strength, durability and delicate precision.

link here

floating sunburn

Somehow this just does not appeal

made_thumb

Bali’s internationally renowned artist… drumming Read on…

bad room

At least they’re honest