hoi an, vietnam: city of lanterns
each evening the beautiful venice-like city of hoi an becomes a spectacle of lights when the lanterns are lit. what was a daytime town of flood-muddied sunflower and ochre colonial buildings becomes a dazzling warm glow of red, orange, and green globes that make the city seem to float.
via David Pelaez
Its not a model. Actual image of floodwaters in the village of Jeram Perdas, Malaysia.
Duuuude, I think it's kickin' in.
If only we could all make investments like that.
Cuz doing it on a stationary pad is too easy? Wow!
now I want to see this
(photo via thedrck)
After a long period of pummeling wind, snow, and ice, weather photographer Marko Korosec sensed an opportunity to climb Mount Javornik, part of a mountain range in eastern Slovenia and the location of a popular ski center. What he discovered can only be described as otherworldly. Trees and lookout towers fully encased in hard layers of rime ice, formed by high winds and freezing fog. Korosec says some of the ice spikes growing off the tower reached well over 3-feet (100cm) long. To see more of his weather photography and additional images from this shoot, head over to his 500px page. All photos courtesy the photographer.
This is so powerful.
Fitting a C-130 into a C-5 :D
How would you like to be the guy behind the wheel?
President Obama on Wednesday announced that the United States would normalize relations with Cuba. As he put it: “isolation has not worked.” Yet, the United States itself has been isolated in its attempt to isolate Cuba. The European Union, for instance, changed its position in 1996 and allows Cuba to benefit from some preferential treatments for its exports.
The United Nations General Assembly has voted since 1992 on an annual resolution on the “necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.” In 1992, with the Cold War just ending, fewer than 50 percent of all member states voted in favor of the resolution (more than half abstained). The graph above shows how quickly any semblance of support for the embargo evaporated. In its latest iteration only Israel joined the Americans in voting against the resolution, although, to its credit, the United States did get the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau to abstain.
U.N. General Assembly resolutions have mostly symbolic value as they do not create binding legal obligations. Yet, U.S. isolation probably undermined the effectiveness of the embargo. Given its geographic location, the United States is a natural trading partner for Cuba, but trade with Europe, Latin America and Asia is not nothing. Moreover, having to lobby countries on an issue where the chances of success were minimal created a headache that U.S. multilateral diplomacy could well do without.
I wonder how much those weigh. And good luck finding a shirt that fits. So cool this tech.
Cheetah, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014
Wasteland, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014
Gaze, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014
Hawk, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014
Hunting, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014
Lotus Pond, Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014
Bones of a Snake, Metal, 200 x 38 x 9 cm, 2014
Artist Li Hongbo, whose flexible paper sculptures we’ve admired many times here on Colossal, recently created a new series of silhouette artworks as part of a solo show at Contemporary by Angela Li in Hong Kong. Each piece is delicately cut from the knife leaving a complementary negative space from which it appears to rise. Hongbo says the pieces are meant as a warning, that “human beings will eventually destroy themselves because of their gluttony and their abuse of animals.” You can see more from the series here. If you liked this technique, also check out paper sculptures by Peter Callesen. (via My Amp Goes to 11)