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Post-it Love

Another office romance story, but this time very inventive and charming. Good acting, too:


Post-it notes can be very handy in creating stop-motion animation, see this example: Deadline! cool animation, and how it was made....

Today's pictures & links:

Inspiration for the Tyrell Corporation "ziggurats" in Blade Runner?

Do you remember our article about Paolo Soleri giant megapolis structures? Another wonderful futurist architect - Antonio Sant' Elia - also dreamed up many radical designs, for example, a train station in Milan - complete with an airport on the roof!

(image via)

He also had some interesting beliefs, for example, he thought that each generation should rebuild their city from scratch, based on their needs, and allowing for no historical preservation. His designs were a key influence on the Barbican Center in London - a Modernist, Brutalist (is this a term?) classic.


The Incredible Dehydrated Cat

and a small fuzzy "emo" creature:

(originals unknown)


French Aerotrain, worth remembering

Even though this "Aerotrain" was abandoned by the French government in favour of TGV, it was an interesting prototype in the 1960s that ran on a single concrete rail from Orleans to Paris for more than 100 km.

"Film buffs will remember it as the commuter train taken by Guy Montag in Truffaut's adaptation of Fahrenheit 451" (source)


Mixed fresh links for today:

Awesome video: "Civilization" - [wait for it to load] - via
Decorating an ugly industrial plant - [pics, scroll down, in Russian]
Strangely shaped communities on Google Maps - [weird]
Best Underwater Photography 2009 - [spectacular]
Geeky and Cool Egyptian PC Case Mod - [tech]
Psychedelic Fish Cane Creation, more - [sort of like a sausage]
Fantastic Urban Guerrilla Street Art - [design]
Making Butter! - [cool educational video]
RubberDuckZilla!! - [only in Japan]
The Recession Aggression Bag - [fun video]
Make stunning Flash websites for free! - [promotion]


Military Folding Bikes

Quite a lot more advanced than this incredible French machine.

Montague Corporation recently launched the Paratrooper folding bike, which is already being used in virtually every branch of the U.S. military - more info:

(images credit: MilitaryBikes)

"The Paratrooper was built to drop from an airplane attached to an Airborne soldier, hit the ground, unfold and go. It effectively bridges the gap between walking and the use of heavy mechanized vehicles, allowing soldiers to go further than on foot while not requiring the fuel and logistics associated with a vehicle. When it's not in use, the bike folds down to fit pretty much anywhere."

Speaking of bicycles and tricycles - this one you've probably seen already, but nothing even comes close to the statement it makes:

(image credit: Jud Turner)


Extraordinary early 20th century book covers from Japan

Don't miss this gallery! - click here - unique and strange designs:

There are more radical covers, if you follow the link - all rarely seen, from the hard-to-find book "Bookcover Design in Japan 1910s-40s", edited by Masayo Matsubara.


Hi-Tec Solutions

I hope he gets wi-fi in this place:

(image via Vladimir Zivkovic)


These images are NOT moving

These are not animated GIFs, but static normal images - your eyes are fooling you... again.

Just move your eyes around these images and experience the effect:

(images via Peter Balla)


Great Signs!

Oh, wait...

(original unknown)

I personally like the image above the best - hopefully this is not a fake - but the rest are good to go into our Signs series:

Check out some more here. Most signs are from a hilarious Engrish site.

One more, just to finish it o....

(image via)


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Anonymous Daud Nam said...

I can't recall the Bertin Aerotrain to be seen in Truffaut's Fahrenheit.

But there's for sure a futuristic suspended train in this movie, the SAFEGE prototype (see http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Orbit/1061/safege/ for instance). Sadly enough, both projects were abandoned, without much consideration, and left to rot in remote hanger (the SAFEGE firm has patented a kind of monorail system, anyway).

Greets from France !

Blogger Unknown said...

The first link - to the film - crashes my computer. FireFox under W2k.

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

It should be just an embedded QuickTime movie - maybe try it in another browser.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love to have that film from the first link as a screensaver

Anonymous Formerlawyer said...

Brutalist Architecture is a term as is a Modernest Brutalist but as a classic?


see: forex Trellick Tower

Blogger gregor said...

The monorail in 451 was an underslung model, see here:
The Aerotrain would have been much more interesting, though it would not have fit into the mundane landscape quite as well as the more utilitarian one actually used.

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