The women are the strong ones, truly.
The women are the strong ones, truly.
In the remarkable time-lapse video “Dubai Flow Motion” by photographer Rob Whitworth, Dubai is explored in a series of frenetic, seamlessly linked time-lapses. The video covers the length and breadth of Dubai, including the baggage sorting system of the Dubai International Airport, the interior of the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building), and the tanks of the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.
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A mother who goes by the handle Unicornreality on Imgur recently used a makeup app to give her newborn son a virtual makeover with some hilarious results. The photos show the young boy with varying levels of digitally inserted makeup, fake eyelashes, and wigs to give him looks that range from to cute to downright unsettling.
images via Unicornreality
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Link - article by Avi Abrams
Long time ago (in the 1970s), in a Galaxy far far away (well, actually, in France),
two space pilots (Valérian and Laureline) were battling the forces of Evil
One of the most interesting developments in European cultural life of the 1970s was the rise of baroque, intricate, sophisticated comic art tradition, and a veritable Golden Age of science fiction comic art in particular, led by such French magazines as "Metal Hurlant", "Pilote" and "Pif" ("Metal Hurlant" was later replicated in America as "Heavy Metal" magazine). This explosion of highly-detailed, almost Art Nouveau-ish, comic masterpieces has been gracing European news stands for most of the 1970s and 1980s - including ground-breaking work by legendary Moebius, Spanish artist Esteban Maroto (specializing in sensual heroic fantasy) and later by Argentine artist Juan Gimenez, of the "Metabarons" fame - who routinely came up with some of the most beautiful space adventure images ever put on paper by anyone.
(art by Jean-Claude Mézières)
Today, however, we will concentrate on French science fiction comics series Valérian and Laureline (info), created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières - whose work influenced not only famous French movie directors (Luc Besson and his "Fifth Element"), but also - oh boy... George Lucas himself and production design for his "Star Wars" original trilogy.
Check out the shape of Valerian and Laureline spaceship - this was an admitted prototype for the "Millennium Falcon", first drawn out back in the 1960s:
There are more parallels with "Star Wars" that we care to mention here (even famous American scifi artist Frank Kelly Freas admitted that the French series was full of "so many stealable ideas..."), but the original tradition of Space Opera in the grand old manner of Edmond Hamilton and Leigh Brackett (and don't forget Jack Vance!) gave birth to many 1970s-styled space adventures, "Star Wars" being only a part of a much bigger genre. French space comics of this period belong to a more elegant, sexy, sophisticated kind of grand space epics - somewhat exemplified by the "Barbarella" movie, Italian Druuna graphic novels, and by the Japanese "Space Adventure Cobra" manga series. There was plenty of good story-telling and style/fashion galore, wrapped into a galaxy-spanning romp with a slightly decadent twist.
We already covered some of the 1950s-1970s British, Japanese and Russian science fiction artists, and when we speak about French SF art, work of Jean-Claude Mézières deserves a closer look, even though it was not of the same calibre as surreal art by Moebius, it was detailed and inspired enough to influence many creative visionaries of the 1970s, including George Lucas.
If you find these flying taxicabs vaguely familiar, that's because they were later included in the "Fifth Element" movie by Luc Besson:
France in the 1970s had a very special love affair with space adventure style, not in the least aided by epic electronic music by Jean-Michel Jarre and Didier Marouani of "Space" pop group. Valérian and Laureline comics series fit quite well with this soundtrack:
Valérian and Laureline experienced many adventures in and out of space and time together, most of which fall into a familiar "quest and rescue" pattern, but others going on wild tangents in alternate worlds with elements of heroic fantasy and steampunk thrown in for good measure. Some of the episodes feel kinda like Alan Burt Akers' (pseud. of Kenneth Bulmer) installments of Dray Prescott "sword & planet" series, still very popular in Europe (the latest installments in this series are published only in German translation, and were never published in English) - while others remind me of "Dr. Who" British franchise.
In any case, visually these stories are a treat - and today, with the proliferation of often-generic and cheap-looking computer art, this warm hand-drawn "analog" approach gives a reader much better appreciation for "Wonder of the Spaceways", in my humble opinion:
Baroque spaceships (complete with ghost-ridden halls and gargoyles sticking out into the void of space) feature in many "Valérian and Laureline" episodes, being a major influence on "Metabarons" by Juan Gimenez later in the 1990s:
In future articles we will have a look at other French space comic art from "Pilote" and "Pif" magazine, a beautiful, stylish vision of the future which cares for how it looks, feels and fashions itself - not losing the sensibilities of Art Nouveau and turn-of-the-century Paris, but relishing and preserving them:
Article by Avi Abrams, Dark Roasted Blend.
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Fashion designers, models, and other luminaries at New York Fashion Week are shown posing with bouncing fuzzy creatures in the thoroughly odd animated GIF portraits of motion designer John McLaughlin. McLaughlin has been recruiting people to pose with the “Fuzzy Dude” at various Fashion Week events. The project started as an experiment with hair rendering in Cinema 4D, but now McLaughlin is using it to raise awareness for the nonprofit organization Champions Against Bullying.
Fuzzy Dude with models at the JOYRICH presentation
Fuzzy Dude with actress Zosia Mamet
Fuzzy Dude with a model at the Sandy Liang presentation
Fuzzy Dude with model Julia Restoin Roitfeld
GIFs by John McLaughlin
Prayer nuts are small spherical wooden objects that can be opened to reveal remarkably ornate relief carvings of biblical events. Prayer nuts served as a kind of luxury Rosary bead for pious (and wealthy) Northern Europeans during the 16th century. The objects are now rare and reside in a few museums around the world, including the British Museum in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and one particularly handsome fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. For those in the market for a prayer nut, Sotheby’s recently auctioned one for £133,250–which comes out to $205,000.
photos via British Museum
The Sant Antoni de la Pobla bonfire festival is an annual three-day celebration that takes place in the Gràcia neighborhood of Barcelona each winter. The festival began in 1992, but is based on a much older festival from the island of Majorca. The Barcelona version features traditional music, performances, and food from both Majorca and Catalonia. The festival culminates in a night of bonfires and a spectacular procession of costumed revelers. The 2015 festival took place in the end of January.
False spring here is still beautiful
Genko-an Temple (Kyoto,JAPAN)
I swear.... this guy.
REAL LIFE DISNEY PRINCE TOM HIDDLESTON EXHIBIT
I adore him.
My biggest role model
I never got why SO MANY females swoon over him, many of my friends list him as their #1 celebrity crush but glimpsing this bit of his intelligent, compassionate, romantic personality (Even if it may be glorified PR persona or REALLY good game with the ladies) I finally get it a little.
Wow, respect for the cosplay diversity while still observing her traditions.
so happy these ladies and these pictures exist
Ah I love this!
Noctiluca scintillans, a species of bioluminescent plankton, illuminated a stretch of coastline near Hong Kong yesterday in a stunning display that was captured in long exposure photos by photographer Kin Cheung. Unfortunately, as The Atlantic reports, the glowing bloom is caused by farm pollution. The plankton is also known as “Sea Sparkle.”
Mario Wienerroither (previously) of the DIGITALOFEN audiobakery recently stripped all the music out of the music video for Sia‘s song “Elastic Heart” featuring Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler. Wienerroither then dubbed over the music video with all sorts of crazy sounds and voices.
Sia’s original music video for comparison:
Although questionable in its genesis, the “hands-in-the-air” gesture has become the de facto slogan of outcry against police brutality and racial profiling tactics across the country, with the latest endorsement from NFL athletes sparking a minor controversy in its own.
Parts being greater than their whole.
It’s that time again: the year-end movie montages are here. In the next six weeks we’ll probably see quite a few examples of people cutting together reels of their favorite film footage from the past twelve months, but two early entries in the 2014 movies supercut race are already available. One is a great edit of footage from 25 of the year’s best films, while the other is a long cut that samples from a couple hundred movie trailers.
First up, let’s have a look at David Ehlich’s nicely-cut look back at the year in film. The Little White Lies contributor and new Associate Film Editor at Time Out New York cuts together a montage of what he considers to be the 25 best films of each year, and the 2014 edit has just arrived.
And then, for the completist who doesn’t have much time to spare, there’s the supercut of one shot from each of almost 200 movie trailers released this year.
That comes from Louis “The Sleepy Skunk” Plamondon, who also does this sort of edit each year. His YouTube page is the source of this cut of 197 movie trailers from 2014. The full list of films featured in the video is available at his Tumblr.
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It's that time of the year again.
“United States of Pop 2014 (Do What You Wanna Do)” is a mashup by DJ Earworm that combines more than two dozen hit songs from 2014 including “Say Something” by A Great Big World, “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon, “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, and more into one seamless track.
DJ Earworm compiled a similar mashup of popular songs from 2013 as well.