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Move over Snowflake Bentley

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 in Nature, Photography, Science

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Moscow based photographer, Alexey Kljatov, has made amazing macro shots of snowflakes using a hacked rig of old equipment. His results are stunning. Learn about the original hexafrozavisual kid, Snowflake Bentley, here. (Originally seen on FB via boredpanda.com)

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Anheuser-Busch Drinking Water

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 in Food, Nature

Apparently the makers of Budlite stopped a beer production line to put water in cans for victims of Sandy. Awesome.

Blackout

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 in Brooklyn, Nature, New York

A guy walking on the Williamsburg waterfront took this picture which CNN put up on its site. Really striking. That’s the Williamsburg Bridge with Brooklyn under power on the left and lower Manhattan blacked out on the right. That’s the deal right now. Four days now and another three to go. At least. He has another good one here.

Haunting image from Hurricane Sandy

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 in Brooklyn, Nature, New York

Where my family and I live now, Sandy was not much but a really windy storm and an intense night of TV. But watching the aftermath has been an emotional roller coaster going between the normality of central Brooklyn and news of the world unaffected by the storm to constant emails and Facebook invites about recovery drives and calls for food and supplies for those families whose homes were devasted. Some of those are friends and friends of friends. Banks are running out of cash and gas lines extend for blocks and hours. It’s getting intense. This picture from the nytimes really speaks to the whole thing.

Wild West

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 in History, Nature, Photography, Uncategorized

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Photographs of the early American West by 19th century photographer Timothy O’Sullivan as featured in The Daily Mail. The caption for the above image reads:

“Industrial revolution: The mining town of Gold Hill, just south of Virginia City, Nevada, in 1867 was town whose prosperity was preserved by mining a rare silver ore called Comstock Lode. On the United States Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel, Clarence King insisted that his men dress for dinner every evening and speak French, and O’Sullivan had no difficulty fitting in.”

Wind Map

Posted on Oct 28, 2012 in Art, graphic design, Nature, Science

Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg have created something very special with their wind map site. Prints are available here. I love maps.

WPA National Park posters

Posted on May 1, 2012 in graphic design, History, Nature

Ranger Doug painstakingly redrew these WPA posters from old black & white photos and hand silkscreens them in stunning color. Incredible.

Les jardins suspendus de Marqueyssac

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 in Craft, Nature

 

This is one of the most delightful things I’ve ever seen. Want to go to there. And can’t wait for late spring hedge trimming season. Totally inspired to break out of the box! via coolhunter

The metamorphosis of a kaleidoscopical polyhedron.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 in Color, Nature, Science

If you want to know what it means, ask this guy. I’m just going to do what I always do and put it up here and say it’s beautiful. It is.

Wheel-bench

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 in Furniture, Nature

My friend Harry from the Brooklyn Kitchen sent me this photo from Governor’s Island. I feel like I’ve seen this design before. Seems so familiar. Anyway, good stuff. Clean, simple. Clear. And a great way to get someone who’s passed out in a park back to bed.

Update, 20 March 2013: A commenter from Weltevree, a Dutch product label, points out that the above bench is a copy of the Wheelbench they sell as designed by Rogier Martens. See the comment below. The resemblance is unquestionable. And I wonder if the design is not older still. Shaker or pre-colonial even. Nonetheless, we appreciate the footnote, Weltevree, and you have absolutely beautiful things on your site! Thank you.