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"BEST OF THE YEAR" 2009
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Dark Roasted Blend: Weird & Wonderful Things in 2009

Promoting "sense of wonder" and intense exploration of our world and beyond, shamelessly cynicism- and nihilism- free, "Dark Roasted Blend" is happy to serve our readers since 2006. As a sort of overview, but mostly trying to highlight the themes and articles of 2009 that you might have missed, here is a roundup of the most popular and interesting posts on DRB (arranged by months):

January - Most Popular:

World's Most Dangerous Roads, Part 6

Wicked routes in Pakistan, Romania, Ethiopia and... Germany
Abandoned Amusement Parks in Asia

Spirited Away, or Spirited for Good?
January - Hidden Gems:

Hellish Weather on Other Planets

Wild, Wild Planets...
February - Most Popular:

Totalitarian Architecture of the Third Reich

Imperial dreams... and the agony of taste
Chrome-delicious Robot Art & Ray Guns

Army of miniature robots gets bigger... and bigger...
February - Hidden Gems:

Awesome Octopi: Cephalopods from Outer Space

Colossal squid, vampire squid, and more

February 9, 2009 - SF Site
The Ultimate Guide to Modern Writers of Fantastic Literature

Epic release by Dark Roasted Blend
March - Most Popular:

Bladerunner Tokyo (in Large-Format Photography)

The future began a long time ago in Tokyo...
Monstrous Aviation, Part 2: Huge Helicopters!

"Let's see how insanely huge we can make them!"
March - Hidden Gems:

Apocalyptic Scientific Experiments

Not always clean or painless, but can be very quick
"Cosmic Motors" Concept Art by Daniel Simon

Find a quiet corner to drool over it
April - Most Popular:

Extraordinary Clocks and Watches

"Time does not exist. Clocks exist."
Komodo Dragons: They Eat Meat

Marauding Dragons on a Desolate Island
April - Hidden Gems:

One-Track Wonders: Early Monorails

Past, Present and Retro-future
Wonder Weapons of World War Two

Made in Germany, 1940-1945
May - Most Popular:

Real Life Spy Gadgets - For the secret agent in all of us

Ignorance is bliss... no more
World's Most Interesting Bridges, Part 3

Awe-inspiring Construction of Mountain Bridges in China, and more
June - Most Popular:

Ekranoplans Showcase, Part 2

Mind-boggling, unique concepts
Spectacular Steampunk Art Update

Part 2 of this eye-popping, mind-boggling series
July - Most Popular:

Flags of Forgotten Countries

Don't just wave a black flag... consider your options
Star Wars for Your Mind, Heart and Soul

Part 3 of the popular series
August - Most Popular:

Jet Engines on Trucks (For Fun and Profit)

Snow-blowers from hell, and more...
Unusual and Marvelous Maps

Alternate histories, sea monsters, weird politics
September - Most Popular:

Incredible Astronomical Clocks

Antique and medieval technology blended with art
Living, Growing Architecture

Grow your house one root at a time
October - Most Popular:


Lovely Cowgirls in Vintage Westerns

Beauties with guns scorched the screen... and it was good

The World's Most Magnificent Pipe Organs

Simply Blockbusters of Their Time!
November - Most Popular:


Weird Food McDonald's Sells Around the World

Spaghetti! Soaked! In Sugarrr!

When Crocs Ate Dinosaurs

Super Crocs, Boar Crocs, Pancake Crocs...
December - Most Popular:


10 Possible Sources of "Avatar" in Classic Science Fiction

Going beyond the obvious "Dances with..."

Mysterious Non-Egyptians Pyramids

James Gaussman and the Jewelled Pyramid of China


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

Atlas Obscura
BiblioOdyssey
bldgblog
Boing Boing
Brass Goggles
Ecstatic Days
Ectoplasmosis
Enter the Octopus
Ephemera
Ffffound
GigaZine
Gizmodo
Intelligent Travel
Make:Blog
Meine Kleine Fabrik
Mental Floss
Miss Cellania
National Geographic
Modern Mechanix
Neatorama
Oddee
Oobject
Presurfer
Random Good Stuff
Tim Girvin
VideoSift
Walyou
WebUrbanist
WonderHowTo
Yanko Design


Stay tuned for more extraordinary & thrilling material on DRB in 2010!




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4 Comments:

Blogger Jack said...

Where is the "Happy 2010" picture from? I think I recall seeing it without the words here before but I can't find it, now. It's a fantastic photo. Can someone point where I can find a copy without words over it?

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Anonymous Art said...

[aol] Me too! [/aol] ;-)

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Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Jack - the full-size image is at the end of this article - it seems to be an ad from a European agency, but we'd like to get more info as well.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's astronaut Anna Fisher

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