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Russian Army Hip-Hop

The roots of breakdance are revealed in this video (with music by Run DMC "It's Like That"). The dance is a mixture of elements of traditional Russian and Ukrainian dances, performed by the Aleksandrov's Russian Army Ensemble.


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Absolutely Incredible Lightning Shots

Good addition to our "Spectacular Lightning Strikes" page:

(photo by Olivier Vandeginste)

(originals unknown)


This hermit crab must be totally confused:
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Seeing Faces in Nature: A Peak into Creative Process

Vermont artist Cristine Cambrea uses the natural world as inspiration for her unique, intricate "Visionary Art" creations.

This video allows a rare peak into a visionary artist's creative process. Also, check out her "Gallery in the Woods" exhibit - goes well with a spring walk in the forest.


The Day There Was No News


"there is no war... there are no funny stories.... zilch, diddley, squat... nothing is still happening..."


Mixed fresh links for today:

Earthquake Lights Seen in China, info 1, 2 - [mystery]
The Essential Man's Library - [great article]
Congrats, Milky Way: It's a Baby Supernova - [space]
Create groovy transparent molds - [how-to]
The most bizarre reproductive system in mammals - [animals]
M. C. Escher's Gallery & site - [art]
A Mansion Abroad vs. Humble Home in US - [thought-provoking]
Sleepy Baby Bear - [cute! video]
Crazy Japanese TV: Laughter = Pain - [nutty video]


New Robot Art Update

Rich Muller from GuyRobot has 5 new robots on his site.

(images credit: GuyRobot)


"Blue Angels" Aerial Photography

Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team has a series a images circulating around internet, supposedly originating from the Admin Chief for the Blue Angels, Chief Flora, retired USN:

See the rest here


Reinvent Yourself

Here is a cool (promotional) idea: a box of imaginary business cards, customized to your name - featuring different profession for you for each day of the year.
See how you name would look in such occupations as "Distraction Inventor", "Day Colorer", "Desert Moulder"... Perhaps something might even click with you; but don't quit your day job just yet.

See the whole collection on Year of Creativity site. You can also create and customize your own business cards or send a particular business one to a friend.


Alternate Histories Photoshop Contest

Worth1000 had some great entries recently - various alternate histories...

(image by Worth1000, Iamagarth)



Good addition to our "Tank Accidents" page:

UPDATE: this tank did not loose its track. Quite the contrary: it's the only way to change the tracks on a tank.. One of the links gets unbolted, the tank drives off, a new track gets laid in place and the tank drives on it again.



(original unknown)


Very strange....

Apparently this is authentic old Russian decor:


Cthulhu Harvest:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your "tank accident" isn't an an accident.. It's the only way to change the tracks on a tank.. One of the links gets unbolted, the tank drives off, a new track gets laid in place and the tank drives on it again.

How else would you replace a +2 tons "wheel" ?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, It looks like it is an accident, as the tank doesn't appear to have a new track on. Normally to change a track, the old track is unpinned at the front, the new track pinned to it, the tank driven forward until it is on the new track, and the old one is removed. This looks like one of the track pins has snapped while the tank was moving, and it's coasted several meters.

Anonymous * Miss Universe Pictures said...

Marilyn Monroe has so much personality - she still almost leaps at you from that old photo.

No star of today can match her aura

Blogger Richard said...

I recommand people from other country then U.S. to NOT read "The Essential Man's Library". You could be a little bit insulted to find out that more then 50% of the book come from U.S.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your "old Russian art" looks a rather modern Baltic thing, something from Estonia, Lithuania or Latvia. The theme is still a mystery, though.

I identify the "Chtulhu harvest" as the Buddha's Hand citrus. That's the shape it typically is. The fruit is used symbolically in Chinese art.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering the "Russian Art":
I don't know what the guy with the ring on the anvil is doing, but the woman seems to hold a pair of scissors..
the theme is "trades" it seems.

The Library could be seen as insulting, however the author of that list has some bias to T.Roosevelt and Dostoevsky - it is easy to replace many of the books with equivalent ones of other authors/countries and languages. These lists are always quite arbitrary and say much about their authors' taste.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought she had a willy!

Anonymous 256 said...

I don't usually like YouTube edit-jobs, but that Red Army Ensemble/Run-DMC confab was great.

Also, agreed with the earlier poster; Marilyn Monroe was really a remarkable person.

That "Visionary Artist" thing was a bit painful, though, wasn't it?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Got Served: 1940's Soviet Edition


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