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Rare Russian Space Movie

"The Grand Space Voyage" (1974) - Two boys and a girl (Mila Berlinskaya) are sent into space to have some heroic adventures there, with added romantic interest.

Music by Alexei Rybnikov. Mila Berlinskaya (who sings this song) went on to become world-famous classical pianist. She lives in France.


(image credit: fantafilm.net)

Today's pictures & links:
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Alien Presence

Dale Chihuly's incredible glass installations at the de Young Museum (see more at his site)

(art by Dave Chihuly) - via


Somebody likes to play Tetris?

Absolutely awesome aerial photography gallery by Vincent Laforet - click here

(image credit: Vincent Laforet)

Another air travel related cool image (ad for Turkish airlines):

(photo by Mikael Albrecht)


Japanese Cube Satellites

The University of Tokyo "CubeSat" Project, more info -


Must be some kind of a new cult


Streamlined Scooters

Are these scooters? Motorcycles? They look like they came from sci-fi movie, and some are set to go into production.

Honda Griffon shown at Tokyo Motorshow in 2003 (more info) -

Yamaha Maxam 3000 prototype, 2005 - see more info at Yamaha's page (scroll down) -

Suzuki G-Strider concept, last updated in 2005 (more info) -

And finally - Monotracer R1 Concept bike - via:


Mixed fresh links for today:

Iceberg Living Architecture - [design]
Epic Move Across Europe - [fascinating]
How DNA Works: animation - [interesting]
Private islands: the peak of luxury - [lifestyle]
Spinning Wing Airliner - [vintage tech]
The unsung postal worker heroes of the "Titanic" - [history]
The World of Chemistry (not what you'd expect) - [fun video]
Tiger vs. Crocodile - [nature video]
Funny Commercial: Staying Alive - [fun video]


Love this urban art

Google Earth might get confused, though.

(image credit: paulthewineguy)


Stuck Panda

You can see more pictures of pandas and "Baby Panda Adoption project" in this photo set.


The worst chess set you'll see all day

When it appeared on reddit, somebody remarked "This is the ONLY chess set I've seen all day." Anyway, this is more than controversial:

(image credit: Maze)


Wings for Paratroopers

Designed and tried out in 1935 (!) by the Russian engineer A. Sanfirov:

Here is a bit more info: This was "The Dedalus" concept from 1935 meant for RKKA (Russian Army Paratrooper Division) tested in Moscow with unknown results.


Very Radical Shopping Cart

Could be a hazard for the fellow shoppers. This is a work of Ryan Johnson, see more here.

(image credit: Ryan Johnson)


Haute Couture in Guns (and Chainsaws)


Another way to improve your wife:

(original unknown)


Mystery Device

Now, this should keep you guessing for some time:

I'd say, this is a brainwashing machine (for two) from the trippy sixties.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The space ship on that Russian space movie is just a little too Phallic.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allright, I give up... What is that mystery device?!?

Blogger Jamie McEwan said...

Mystery device: my bet is it's a giant kaleidoscope from the trippy hippy 1960's.

Anonymous 256 said...

Those motorbikes are awesome. The Yamaha is a bit much, but the Suzuki G-Stryder is gorgeous. It's a pity that the more extreme looks you see in automobile concept pieces are so rarely passed on to the consumer market.

That Monotracer pod thing seems to have two secret extra wheels - you can see one of them in the picture above, mostly covered by a panel, just in front of the back wheel. You can see them extended a bit here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/6bxnjt on a different version.
Can't work out quite what the point of them is, though, unless it's to let you take EXTREMELY radical corners... Although then surely you'd have to get out to tip the bike upright again afterward...

Anonymous Rowan said...

Ok, I have become entranced with the song, and must know where I can find a copy of it, short of replaying the YouTube video over and over..Help, oh internet!

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Rowan - try this link. It should have all the songs from this movie in mp3.

Blogger Michael said...

I think the small wheels on the Monotracer are for low speed and parking. The Ecomobile has the same concept. This video shows it in action:

Anonymous djbethell said...

Avi Abrams, wow! Great to have those links although for some strange reason I can ony save as quicktime movie files. Any idea how I save as mp3s so I can play on my i-tunes?
Much appreciated
D x

Anonymous trambroid said...

интересно чем закончился эксперимент с крыльми на параутисте


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