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The Island: Profound Animation

"The Island" (Ostrov) - this Soviet-era animation from 1973 has a lot to say about our consumerist society.... Made by the talented director Fyodor Khitruk, it won the Golden Palm in Cannes (good stuff starts around 1:30 mark)


Today's pictures & links:

Very Special Candidates

Now that "Black Man Was Given Nation's Worst Job" - this Mad guy may come to haunt us in the next election...

(image via)

And by the way, did possibility of Sarah Palin becoming a president spook you out? Well, it was worse in the 50s:


Science. Get inspired by it.

Even though one 30-ton transformer failed and put LHC out of action till the second part of next year, let's not forget the glamour and grandeur of the project, and keep interest piqued by pictures like this:

Semiconductor trackers for ATLAS (a big part of LHC) - image via, copyright Peter Ginter, NIKHEF


Pink Fairy Armadillo!

The smallest armadillo in the world:

(image credit: Sunday Williams)

(images credit: Friedrich Specht, Julie McArthur)

This one is stuffed, but they do exist. "It has the ability to bury itself completely in a matter of seconds if frightened."


Definition of Eye Candy

These glorious ray guns and posters come from the fantastic website "Dr. Grordbort's Infallible Aether Oscillators", made by the famous Weta Limited special effects company.

(images credit: Weta Limited)

Don't miss the "Bestiary of the Cosmos" (Monsters from Venus) also on that site - Click here.


Mixed fresh links for today:

32 Nearby Stars - [3D map] - via
Are you going to miss George W. Bush? - [funny pics]
World's Trickiest Runway Approach - [airplanes]
Haunted Hospitals and Churches - [abandoned]
Struggling Americans are forced to work in extra-dimension - [sarcasm]
More Broccoli Mysteries - [weird]
Dropping Spiders on People - [fun video]
Mind-boggling: Hubble's Deep Field - [wow video]
Long Long Snake... - [scary video]
Super Cheap DVDs - [sponsored]


Be careful when booking a romantic hotel over the internet

(image via)


Stephen King's Favorite Books

What books keep Stephen King up at night? This week on the Barnes & Noble Review, the master of literary thrills shares his favorite reading. Not surprisingly, each book penetrates the scary depths of a reader’s imagination.

Visit Guest Books on the Barnes & Noble Review for a little insight into King’s reading life.


Happy Thermostat

(sent in by Woody)


Moon Music

(image credit: troisiemeoeil.org)


Ocean View

Located on Outer banks of North Carolina, this structure reminds us of Aunt Josephine’s rickety house in "A Series of Unfortunate Events":

(image credit: Mark Pillsbury)


Denmark's Amazing Submarine Plane

Remember our article Flying Submarines? Read about this vintage concept here:

(image credit: modernmechanix)

Also read: Amazing Submarine Concepts


Looking for Glamor?

Find it anywhere...

(image credit: behance.net)

A ggod addition to our Gas Mask series:


Unorthodox use of animals

For fun and profit...

(image via)

(1932 in Laerdal, Norway. It's the most selling postcard in Norway of all time)




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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't the Outer Banks Ocean Front house the one from "Nights in Rodanthe?"

Blogger Sigivald said...

What's unorthodox about a dogcart?

Blogger Kristoffer said...

The picture of the women on the pig is definetly from Norway as the sign in the background says: "Real goat cheese for sale" :)

...and is it just me or is that pig exceptionally tall compared to its length?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The photo of the woman and the pig is taken in 1932 in Lærdal, Norway. It's the most selling postcard in Norway of all time :)

Blogger kees said...

Actually, the photo from CERN is a front view of the semiconductor trackers for ATLAS, one of the four enormous detectors for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, built at NIKHEF, The Netherlands. It was taken by Peter Ginter and is copyright NIKHEF. Here's the original url.

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Thank you Kees, credits updated.


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