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Trapped in the Tower of the Brain Thieves

This is perhaps the most elaborate and spectacular retro-future offering on the web: the first installment of the Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual by Bradley W. Schenck has seen the light of day - nicely titled "Trapped in the Tower of the Brain Thieves", it reminds us of the good old pulp magazine "Thrilling Wonder Stories", only with groovy 3D graphics and labyrinthine interactive plots:

Link (Vimeo video)

This is only a video preview, but do yourself a favour and read the whole thing here.

(art by Bradley W. Schenck)

Today's pictures & links:

Moscow Calling

Spectacular view of old / modern Moscow, with Army Headquarters IL-86 above it:

(photo courtesy Artyom Anikeev)


Full Steam Ahead! - Au Revoir Paris!

(image via)


Reeses's Peanut Butter Cups, anyone?

It's a Cephalotes varians turtle ant. Not really edible, I'm afraid.

(image via)


Mixed fresh links for today:

Spectacular Dubai Panorama - [keep zooming in]
Cool Hard Drive Modifications - [geek art]
Dramatic Cold War spy incident, another lady super-spy - [interesting]
In the meantime, scientists discover surreal matter - [wow science]
Amazing Origami-inspired Sculptures - [design]
How are teens using their mobile phones? - [infographic]
Galapagos Bat Fish - [unreal nature]
Liquid Hills in Italy - [wow video]
The most extreme parkour you ever likely to see - [wow video]
Soldier Reunites with Dog - [unconditional love video]
What News Anchors Do During Commercial Breaks - [fun video]
Tornado forms on a highway - [wow video]
Fabulous & Funky Modern Furniture Designs - [design]



This grill is smiling - 1970 Ford Torino:

Also - is this the longest American production car (not a stretch limo)? Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, 1969 at 5.7 in length (225 inches) -

Some other huge (yet graceful?) American vintage cars for your viewing pleasure:

Chrysler Newport Custom 1969

Pontiac Bonneville 1969

and these are quite obnoxious grills, if you ask me:

A picture of optimism (1969):

In the same year Italian FIAT brought a simple little car to the US market (it did not really catch on):


Something is wrong with this image

...on a deeply subliminal level, I guess. But this work by Laurie Lipton simply creeps me out:

(image credit: Laurie Lipton)

See more here. The whole series is appropriately named Weapons of Mass Delusions.


Prototype of 2012 flood scene?

This is one of illustrations to Hugo Gernsback's novel Ralph 124c - considered to be the first published science fiction novel - art by Frank R. Paul, "Amazing Stories Quarterly" Winter 1929.


Waiting... waiting...

(original unknown)


The Old Style is Cool Again

(Smirnoff ad from LIFE magazine)

The year is 1969, by the way.


Unidentified British Object

If you did not see this yet, this is British pavilion at Shnaghai's EXPO - more picture and info here.

(image via)


Funny Boys

Missed some funny faces? Check out our weird series here, and here.


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Blogger sergeySch said...

about FIAT - it had long life in USSR as VAZ 2101 (was produced up to 1984)

Blogger Lobo-guará said...

Workers of Balbino

Balbino and Orelio
The soup of Balbino

this is what that thing reads, seens to be brazilian

Blogger alvarhillo said...

About an optimist picture 1969, I tink they are "Up Whith The People" can´t you remember it?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although the Fiat did not catch on in the US; it was noted by the Russians and became the famous "Lada," known as the "Riva" here in the UK.
Perhaps a DRB article in the making could be about soviet designs copied from the europeans?
I can think of a fair number; aircraft (Tuploev copy of I think a Flying Fortress? Concord-ski?)
Motorbikes (Mainly BMWs, now known as Urals. This design has since been copied by the Chinese!)

Anonymous Dave said...

Really enjoying looking through your blog posts. Some wonderful imagery.

Anonymous soundchaser said...

An article on Soviet cars would be GREAT!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alvarhillo: they're supposed to make you think they're "Up With People", but they're really not.


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