Monday, April 29, 2013

Book sculpture

Jonathan Callan is a British artist who makes sculptures out of books held together with large screws.

Hong Kong skyline

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Lightning Express

In 1932 the Zeppelin railway coach named "Lightning Express" carried 40 passengers at 100mph in tests near Hanover, Germany.  

Exotic dancers

It is apparent that "exotic dancers" have evolved to something somewhat different than what they were in the 1890's.  See a collection of the beauties from the early era here.


Fast forward twenty five years (1915) and travel to France and the dancers have a different look.  These girls knew how to dress!  See some of her friends here.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Galactic squid

This image is one captured by Cameron Knudsen and submitted to the 2013 National Geographic Traveler photo contest.  It was taken during a night dive in the waters off of Okinawa, Japan.

Saturday morning ride

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Not a stitch of Lycra or a helmet in the group; there are, however, a number of very cool hats.                                                                            

Friday, April 26, 2013

Plastic canvas

David LaFerriere packs his childrens' lunch and includes a quick illustration on the sandwich bag.  Not just a couple of times but over 1000 times.  I am sure everybody at school anticipates seeing the bag of the day.  See more examples here.

Fun at the beach

Marlon and friends

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bus shelter

A school bus shelter in Maui, Hawaii.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Charlie Brown

Scaffolding minimized


Scaffolding maximized

Monday, April 22, 2013

National Park Week


Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii

It's Earth Day

... and yet another high wire act

Taken in 1935 during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge

Jurisch Motoplan Prototype 1957

Smooth motion

Click here if the embedded video is not showing up on your tablet.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Overnight guest

                                                                      vectorimage (click to enlarge)

Yesterday evening close to dark I noticed a turkey vulture had perched in a tree behind our house.  I wondered if he would roost there for the night and when I got up this morning he was still there and posed for a few pictures.

These large birds are not uncommon and are often seen feeding on road kill- a thankless job at best.  Read more about turkey vultures at wikipedia.

Mountain biking

Street view

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Coogi's ride

Roll tape

Quidditch World Cup VI

Bowling Green State University (Ohio, USA) advanced to the semi finals of the Quidditch World Cup in Kissimmee, Florida.  Sam Roitblat is obviously excited about the win.  I am unfamiliar with Quidditch but apparently Harry Potter fans are more familiar with it.  You can learn more about it ->here<-

Monday, April 15, 2013

What are your plans for lunch?

The link for those of you who can't see the YouTube display:!

Corsetted waist

Polaire was the stage name of French singer and actress Marie Bouchaud.  She reportedly had a waist circumference no greater than 16 inches

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Grateful Dead Sing the National Anthem 1993

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Deep trouble

Cormorant fishermen

On the Li River in the Guangxi province of China.  An old fishing method achieved by having the cormorants dive for fish.  Their necks are bound with cord and they are unable to swallow the fish they catch.  They return to the boat where the fishermen remove the fish and place it in a basket.

The method was once a successful industry, but today it is done mostly for tourists and their cameras.  Especially popular along a 50 mile length of the river between the cities of Guilin andYangshuo.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Wooden Vespa

Portuguese carpenter Carlos Alberto created this Vespa scooter for his daughter Daniella.  He replaced all but the mechanical parts with laminated hardwoods.  The Vespa runs and drives.

Icelandic sunset

Jokull Lagoon in Vatnajokull, Iceland

Friday, April 12, 2013

Picnic bike


A bicycle with a radio would have been a very big deal in 1955.  Powered by a battery pack on the luggage rack.  Additional information at the Online Bicycle Museum.

German submarine

Circa 1918  Can you imagine the learning curve on performing the tasks necessary to conduct operations in these spaces?

The Piano Bike

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hot pursuit

How do you catch speeders in supercars??  The Dubai Police Department has a $555,000 Lamborghini Aventador in their fleet, but it isn't used for routine patrol.  The deputy police director, General Khamis Matter al-Muzaina says the car is more for showing "how classy Dubai is."

Louvre closed

Security personnel at the Louvre staged a one day work stoppage on Wednesday in protest of the increasing problems of pickpockets in the museum.  The Louvre grants free admission to children.  Gangs of Eastern European children have been using the cover of the large crowds to avoid apprehension after threatening  visitors and guards.  When they are collared they present a judicial problem because they are minors and not French citizens.

Additional information from the London Telegraph

Mantis Shrimp

A beautiful, violent creature; read all about it.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Natural occurance

This is part of the Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu province in China.  These are naturally formed and the image has not been photoshopped or manipulated.

Additional images and further explanation of the area are ->here<-

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Swiss guard

On duty at the Vatican.

Israeli guard

On duty at the mall in Eilat.

Jordanian guard


On duty at Petra.