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Dark Roasted Blend: Weird & Wonderful Things in 2008

Many great things happened for us and our readers in 2008: our site received a redesign, the DRB gift store has opened, new subcategories and more popular series were introduced, and a whole lot of interviews and other media attention brought DRB content into the web spotlight.

During that year DRB has achieved Technorati status as one of the Top 100 sites on the internet; we enjoyed working with new writers, editors and fans, who also helped us with the DRB Science Fiction section.

As a sort of overview, but mostly trying to highlight the themes and articles of 2008 that you might have missed, here is a roundup of the most popular and interesting posts on DRB (arranged by months)

January - Most Popular:

Painting with Light

Mystery and Melancholy of a Street
Abandoned Amusement Parks

Overgrown into the next dimension

Ghost Rides:
Abandoned Parks in South Korea


Final Destination, Asian Style
January - Hidden Gems:

Miniature Spy Guns

The smaller, the deadlier

Miniature Spy Guns, Part 2


Do not move while I destroy you, Mr Bond
Power Enforcers:
Anti-Riot Police Vehicles


Absolute power corrupts absolutely
February - Most Popular:

Nightmare Playgrounds, Part 1

Seriously disturbing sculptures, meant for kids

Nightmare Playgrounds, Part 2

Manic-Depressive Creativity
Robots in Arts

Compelling Art from Found Objects
February - Hidden Gems:

The New Motor, or
The Steam-Powered Messiah


A locomotive "god" from the Victorian times
Discovering Iran, Part 2

Outside of politics, this is simply a fascinating land
March - Most Popular:

Time Machine:
World's Biggest Collider


Have a loophole in time, will travel
The Deadliest Creatures
(Most Easy to Miss)


The Real Terror Lurks in Quiet Darkness
March - Hidden Gems:

Russian Nuclear Icebreakers:
To the North Pole!


Odyssey in the Arctic with Russian Icebreaker Fleet
The Geekiest LEGOs and Rubik's Cubes

The world of twisted dimensions
April - Most Popular:

Japanese Creative Barcodes

Cut out your UPC label and... frame it!
Out-of-This-World Fishing, Part 2

Big Fish Extravaganza

Out-of-This-World Fishing, Part 1

What lurked in the depths, now is here to haunt you
April - Hidden Gems:

You Know You Want This...
Steampunk Gear Masterpieces


plus interview with "Aaron Adding Machines"
Extreme Exploration:
Russian Nuclear Research Facilities


Deep under the mountain, or in the world's deepest lake
May - Most Popular:

Shipwrecks & Sea Disasters

The Beauty & the mystery of the wrecked ships
Extravagant Designs by Luigi Colani


Love them, or hate them, there is no middle ground
May - Hidden Gems:

Anteater Coolness


Life with two anteaters in the house
Extraordinary Art from Metal


Made from "found" and military scrap objects
June - Most Popular:

Largest Human-Made Art on Earth

Made by a single person... gone the next week
Geoducks Are Strange

Nothing can prepare you for seeing them for the first time
June - Hidden Gems:

Amazing Submarine Concepts

Every kind, except the Yellow One
Unexpected Creativity
(found in unusual places)


Wild designs lurking in everyday world
July - Most Popular:

Cool Computer Case Mods, Part 2

Pure Geek Awesomeness

Cool Computer Case Mods, Part 1

Outfit your humble PC for world domination
Shocking & Creative Ads from the Urban Jungle

These marketers would use anything!
July - Hidden Gems:

Dismantling the World's Largest Gantry Crane

The Gathering of Steel Giants
The Biggest Guns in Human History

It's not the size that matters... or is it?
August - Most Popular:

Sublime & Sensual Smoke Art

Smoke meets Electricity
Psychedelic Furniture, Part 2

When designers go around the bend

Psychedelic Furniture Showcase

Furniture does not have to be boring
August - Hidden Gems:

Spider Webs Glamour & Architecture

Mother Nature's Jewelry
Toy Robots to Have and to Hold

Share your life with a bunch of cute Japanese toy robots!
September - Most Popular:

Stunningly Intricate: Curta Mechanical Calculators

Perfected in a concentration camp, as a gift to Hitler!
The Most Alien-looking Place on Earth

Socotra Island: you have to see it to believe it!
September - Hidden Gems:

Darien Gap: The Most Dangerous (Absence of a) Road

The most intense 90 km on Earth
Monstrous Aviation: World's Biggest Airplanes

Grand dream realized
October - Most Popular:

Caves: The World Beneath the World

Fairyland Cave Formations
Strange Knits & Yarn Monsters

When Art and Knitting Needles Collide
October - Hidden Gems:

Project "Orion": Powered by an Atomic Bomb Machine Gun

NASA's most radical killer asteroid defense
Castles That Will Inspire And Haunt You

When fairy tale jumps from a landscape and hits you between the eyes
November - Most Popular:

Travel Distant Worlds!

Vintage Space Travel Posters, and more.
The Mimicry of Spiders

Sensational acts of cuteness and camouflage
November - Hidden Gems:

Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines

Slightly Mad Concepts of Early Aviation
Humongous Tunnel Boring Machines

Tremors! They're getting closer!
December - Most Popular:

The Ghosts of Antarctica:
Abandoned Stations & Huts


In "The Thing" and "The Mountains of Madness" territory...
Astounding Japanese Highways, Bridges and Interchanges

Farewell Horizontal!
December - Hidden Gems:

Punch Hole Clouds & Other Rarely Seen Cloud Formations

Crop Circles in the Sky
Dieselpunk: Love Affair with a Machine

Surreal industrial art & culture

We also would like to thank our friends: co-bloggers, partners and the sites which contributed to the growth of DRB in the last year:
(alphabetically):

Arbroath
BornRich
BiblioOdyssey
bldgblog
Boing Boing
DeputyDog
Ecstatic Days
Ectoplasmosis
Elite Choice
Ffffound
Enter the Octopus
GigaZine
Gizmodo
Intelligent Travel
InventorSpot
Make:Blog
Mental Floss
Miss Cellania
Modern Mechanix
National Review
Neatorama
Oddee
Oobject
Presurfer
Quipsologies
Random Good Stuff
Reuben Miller
SeeHere
Tim Girvin
UniqueDaily
VideoSift
Walyou
WebUrbanist
WonderHowTo


Stay tuned for more extraordinary & thrilling material on DRB in 2008!




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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet one DRB. I don't know how I came across your website, but it's awesome. Happy new year!

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Blogger Joanne Casey said...

Keep up the good work! :-)

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Anonymous Marilyn Terrell said...

Truly spectacular. I'm loving these all over again.

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Blogger Miss Cellania said...

Those were some great posts. All the best to you in 2009!

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Anonymous Jule said...

I absolutely love your website. Thank you and please keep it going!

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Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Thank you guys; can't wait to output more posts! Have a great year ahead.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool !
Keep it up, you are in right way!
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