Julien Breton-Kalaam from Nantes, France, makes elaborate light-painted art with Arabic letters (or rather latin calligraphy with an Arabic aesthetic), which seem to be ideally suited for this kind of artistic presentation. Now somebody just has to do the same with Japanese hieroglyphs, and the new trend in "light calligraphy" will be complete.
We received a tip about one more unusual railroad accident: one Portuguese railroad Linha do Tua for long time had an extraordinary large number of derailments and train accidents. At some point, the railroad officials even suspected terrorism. But one day the ground gave completely, resulting in a significant landslide:
Last night I took a look at the "most searched" words in my right column on DRB (look to the right, under categories)
"steampunk sexy japan women octopus dangerous roads iran guns abandoned ark russia dubai russian caves fish cars accidents cat robot star wars wiring lego tank castles motorcycle socotra furniture portrait funny animals"
- and suddenly realized that this exact word sequence (with a little editing) reads like a pretty cool story!
Check it out:
"Steampunkish-sexy Japanese women (with octopuses as pets) are driving on the most dangerous roads in Iran - on a mission to bring the abandoned Ark from Russia (and the Russian caves) to Dubai!
Their car fish-tails... and they get into an accident - with a bunch of cat-like "Star Wars" robots and hard-wired LEGO tanks, who were going between castles on motorcycles - carrying funny Socotra furniture and portraits of funny animals"
This is a BMW, rebuilt by R.P Morris, Longfield, Kent, in 1967 - it's now called a "Railway Taxi".
Russian Dark Fantasy Covers from 1905
Great collection of rare Russian periodicals from 1901-1907 can be seen at Beinecke Library (type in search: Russia 1905). It looks like Russian artists predicted (or had some sort of premonition) the atrocities that were coming in less than a decade... Anyway, the art itself is fearfully intense and simply beautiful:
"Our story begins in December of 2003, St. Louis Missouri. Curt found a cave while searching for commercial property in our area on Ebay. That’s right, we found our cave on eBay! A couple of weeks later we visited, and fell in love with the place. It took us nearly five months to complete the purchase, and just over four years to build our offices and home here. We managed to sell our home in Sunset Hills and use that money as 50% down payment and the balance created a five year Balloon note. That note expires on May 1st, 2009..." The rest of the story, and why they have to sell it, read on their eBay page and on the family's website - Caveland
Dog's life has these intense moments....
In the meantime cats concentrate on the task at hand:
The King of All Bean Bag Chairs
Andrew from Sumo Lounge sent us a sample of his "SUMOSAC Gamer" bean chair, deep red color, the coolest thing in my office right now. It weighs about 30lbs, comes vacuum-packed, and then unfolds in about 12 hours into a... "bean", which will morph and support your body in all sorts of positions. It also invites you to jump right into it, with utter abandon. As for long-term comfort, I found it very good place for reading and playing games on a laptop. As this is radically different from normal furniture, but a step above in comfort and good value, we are thinking of replacing the old stuff with these "alien beans" to throw ourselves around.
Don't forget to check out other groovy options - Sumo Omni, Sumo Sac and Chief Rocker! They all different by size, by it's impossible not to love them, or not to long for more of them.
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