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The Giant Mecha-Spider Attacks!

We may think we're used to the magnificent giants of La Machine – the elephant, the girl, the diver, and all the wonderful rest – but then when we see their spider march on Yokohama we're amazed all over again:


Today's pictures & links:

Steampunk Darth Vader!

Look him in the eye -

(art by Kevin Mowrer)


An Ugly, Dumb Robot

From the long-forgotten Russian movie "His Name's Robert" - Ego Zvali Robert - (1967):


The Supercell

National Geographic's Photo Contest includes this stunning image: a supercell thunderstorm rolls across the Montana prairie at sunset. (Photo by Sean Heavey)

(photo by Sean Heavey, National Geographic)


Mixed fresh links for today:

CERN: Anti-Matter Caught! - [wow science]
Great Interactive Map of Emigrants and Refugees (by Year & Country) - [cool site]
Absolutely Awesome Micro-Photography - [gallery]
The City Inside a Giant Siberian Crater - [architecture]
One Artist Creates Sun, yes... Sun - [wow art]
Syd Mead Inspired Vehicles, more - [futurism]
Taxidermy Recycling Artists - [weird art]
Some Weirdly Creative Uses of an iPad - [gadgets]
Nice Lilttle Japanese Robots Doing What They Do Best - [video ad]
The Gentleman's Guide to Villainy - [fun video]
Popcorn Popping, Balloon Exploding - [high-speed videos]
Frontier Psychiatrist - [really weird video]
10 Really Cool DIY Gadgets (No More Than 5 Minutes to Make) - [compilation]
15 Popular Design Trends on Houzz - [interior design]


The Lonely Edifice Of An Abandoned Weapon Testing Station

You know we have a fondness for ruins, but you have to admit these photos of a weapons testing station (built in 1939) in the middle of the Caspian Sea is truly amazing, even for us:

(images credit: English Russia)

More pics and a little info are here.


The Golden Spine of Autumn

Or maybe, the Resting Golden Dragon? Wonderful colors in Namego Valley, Japan (Tenkawa Mountain):

(image credit: , via)


Houston? You there Houston? Hello...?

Cats in Space... and a poor astronaut that took a wrong turn somewhere (a project by Alicia Framis, more here). If you happen to see him wandering the streets please call NASA.

(left image via; right image by Alicia Framis)


Fastest Knitting Needles In The West

Artist Inger Carina crocheted these beautiful six-shooters. We have to wonder, though, if she did them at high noon – and what happened to the guy who didn't crochet fast enough...

(images credit: Inger Carina)

See more "crochet sculptures" here.


Does This Make Me Look Fat?

Here's what the well-dressed lunar explorer was wearing back in the '60s -

(Photo courtesy of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory / NASA, via)


Backyard Hoth

Here is to the coming winter! (and Christmas decorating) -

(this image and more are here)

while Luke and Han Solo are not looking, Chewbacca gets in trouble:

(image via)



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

>the well-dressed lunar explorer
that is a Real Protoype form year 1959
and called Grumman Lunar exploration suit mk I
Design by Designed by Allyn B. Hazard

Michel Van

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, that robot is the same one (with a different head) from the movies VOYAGE TO THE PREHISTORIC PLANET (1965) and VOYAGE TO THE PLANET OF PREHISTORIC WOMEN (1968), which were two Roger Corman-produced flicks made up around footage from a Soviet film, PLANETA BUR!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That suit was also worn by none other than the action figure Major Matt Mason, it came with that, lunar sled, and jet pack. Both sled and jet pack worked with a string/pulley system, and a yellow hand pump and tube made the arms move.

Anonymous Gregoryno6 said...

That testing station in the middle of the Caspian would make a great hotel. Or jail.


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