Tag Archive | architecture

Who needs fun stuff to look at? You won’t believe what happens next. (ie. This week’s digital dozen post!)

I am so tickled by this series of “how dogs see the world”. In particular:

Let’s all move here. That’s all I have to say about that.

There’s been a lot of strides in robotics in my lifetime.. but I think this one freaks me out just a little bit. I suppose I should just welcome our new robot bird overlords and be done with it. It’s so reeealll looking, the way it flaps.

I already dig the blog Things Organized Neatly, and this project kinda aligns with that particular aesthetic satisfaction. Mm, matching things.

Are all cats this sentimental? It’s so sweet. HUGZ.

There’s nothing like a sweet illustration from a photo – and these ones of kids are particularly adorable.

Creative and interactive uses for technology amaze me every day, and this augmented reality sandbox that shows how topography works – real time – is incredible! It would be amazing to see stuff like this in use in museums.

When I was living in London/travelling Europe, I used to love spotting the little mosaic space invaders around cities. You can see a few pics of the ones I found here (along with my love for other random Space Invader paraphernalia). This shit’s gotten pretty next level though, with an invader mosaic on the damn ISS. How cooooool.

These body painting illusions FLIP ME OUT. Can’t handle it. Wow.

Mold is so gross, but fascinating. Following that, enjoy this timelapse of it growing in a petri dish! I fear to watch, yet I cannot turn away.

You’ve probably seen random photos of urban decay & the like pop up in my links roundups before – I dig it. I saw this linked on Boing Boing and it looks maddening and beautiful and messy and fascinating. More previews of the book’s contents are here.

I think this doghouse is way too fancy for Jake’s tastes (although if there’s automatic food dispensing he’s gonna be all over it) and he doesn’t really like watching TV or anything like that. But the treadmill and water therapy thing seems cool. And the abundance of napping places. But it’s all kinda silly, considering it was a publicity stunt. Hella cute dog though!

Digital Dozen! I know you need fun stuff, internet.

I forgot all about DD last week because it was a short week and my brain was confused. Obviously. So here’s fun things for you now, friends.

This installation, New Moon, is a pretty awesome visual concept. [More images at the link and a short video here]

Do you want to know why you sun sneeze, or sleep start? Then watch on, good reader, for these explanations of involuntary bodily reactions!

I bet you’ve never combined the words “science fictions buddhas” in your brain before. Well, here now. There you go. For real I want this little Chewie for my desk.

This artist created the symbols for certain vitamins/minerals out of foods they’re present in. Is it just me, or does Iron look REALLY TASTY? Mmmm.

I want to get a big print of this and hang it in a classy frame. (via)

There’s an amazing fox sanctuary in Japan. So many foxes! I don’t think I could handle the cute. Lookit!!

This treehouse is so nice it’s basically like a little wooden castle in a tree, and I’d totally live in it. It must be nice to build something like this as a whim!

My handwriting’s scratchy at best, so I’m always mindblown to see well done calligraphy, especially when it’s really taken next-level like this!

Artist Denny Dyke makes these intricate sand designs, or what he calls “walkable art”. I don’t think I could bring myself to walk on them and ruin them! But by their location I suppose they’re fleeting anyhow thanks to the tide.

I love photos of abandoned places; I wish I was more of a photo adventurer to get some shots of abandoned places on my own. Until then, I’ll keep appreciating those I come across, like this series of an abandoned, snowy mall.

I love art installations that have a mesmerizing component. This fits the bill perfectly. Hypnotizing, almost..

I think my favourite type of installation, though, is having surreal placements of objects in regular scenes/places. It just tickles my brain so much. So I’m pretty down with these weird bunches of balloons appearing in all sorts of places.

Throwback.. Tuesday?

I keep meaning to finally follow up my initial ramblings about Halifax with the rest of that trip’s photos, but they’re on my external hard drive which means.. I forget, a lot. So instead, I’d like to share some pre-blog photos just for your visual fancy and a little nostalgia. (One day I’ll get all my actual, physical photos back from Australia and scan them. Wouldn’t that be rad?)

That time when I climbed to the top of York Minster.

It’s pretty weird looking out over a skyline and seeing pyramids in the distance. Cairo, 2008.

I love how present parts of the Berlin Wall are all around the city there. Incredible transformative effect. Berlin, 2008.

Roadside America is strange and wonderful. On our way out of South Dakota, 2009.

Sweet art on the street, NYC 2010.

Colourful symmetry, Toronto 2010.

Palenque, Mexico. This trip, 2002, seems like a lifetime ago.

St Kilda, Melbourne. This is so Melbourne to me! I miss that place. 2006.

Photo sharing time!

Ah yes, that time when Nicole remembers all these photos snapped on her phone (Samsung Galaxy S4) that she’d forgotten about/hasn’t shared on social media. Enjoy today’s random selection!

This first one would likely break my layout because it’s a panorama, so i’ll just link to it: the view from my old apartment on the 12th floor, up in the Annex on Spadina Avenue. I like being down near ground floor in our new place because of the nice proximity to trees etc, but I do miss that old view!

A very shaggy Jake before his summer haircut

A much less shaggier Jake chilling on the couch at our new place.

In my old ‘hood, one of many neighbourhood watch signs made far more awesome. This is the best, because it’s Sheriff Truman & Agent Cooper! ❤

Lovebot gets an upgrade, Grange Park. (Now it’s covered in tags, booo.)

Armadillo Dogs? I have no idea what this installation is.

Mural near OCAD. I love the lines and how bold this is.

Floating skirts at Brookfield Place

Looking up – financial district, Toronto

Kimchi fries!! One of my memorable food adventures in recent times. Vegan and GF at http://stonebowl.ca/

 

And that’s my most recent photo memories, forgotten until I realise how many are adding up on my phone. When I get myself a nice decent camera, I’m hoping to take better quality stuff to upload to 500px instead of the everyday kind of dumping on Flickr (I should upload to social media more for that sharing!)

Digital Dozen – late edition!

A day late, but full of goodies nonetheless. Feast your eyes and your mind!

  • All of the posts on the Googly Eye Books Tumblr are just wonderful, but this Black Beauty one had me cackling:
  • When SNL are on, they’re ON. Their idea of a Wes Anderson horror movie starring Ed Norton as a remarkably convincing Owen Wilson.
  • I want to swim about in this before it’s sullied with children’s grossness.
  • With just a couple of days left on its Kickstarter, Glamazons: the Curse of the Chainmail Bikini has caught my attention. I would normally skim by the art style, but in actual fact this is a game that takes a tongue in cheek look at the skimpy nature of females clad in fantasy-realm clothing. “Pushed to the brink by pervy medieval blacksmiths and sweaty basement dwellers alike, killing monsters is the easy part – now the Glamazons must face their most difficult challenge – finding female armor that is actually functional!” I’m not sure it’s a game I’d enjoy gameplay-wise, but I sure love their humour and tone.
  • If I had some nice photography equipment, I’d like to spend time helping out on a project like this, photographing homeless dogs to help them find homes. It’s amazing what some great photography does to the adoption rate of homeless pets!
  • Speaking of badass ladies, here’s a supercut of many of the ‘final girl’ strong female figures in horror.
  • How great is this coffee table/rug idea? It just needs a spooky den and fireplace to match.
  • There’s been plenty more spooky stuff posted lately, due to Halloween – this lays more on the funny side, though. I love when Kate Beaton does her book cover funnies, and now she’s done spooky postcards. I love her brain.
  • Bringing everyday things to life with little sketches, this project is truly lighthearted and bursting with creativity.
  • I hope the composite mobile phone project that Motorola are developing comes to fruition. Imagine an upgrade-able phone, rather than a phone you have to totally ditch to keep up to date! It looks so exciting.
  • Bike traffic is so important in the Netherlands, they develop amazing things like elevated roundabouts for it. I’m in love.
  • While you’re working your way through cheap post-Halloween candy, enjoy these candy facts!

Digital Dozen, July 6!

Time for a delightful mess of internet to paw at.

  • This week’s dose of Adventure Time: totally badass kid’s bedroom all tricked out in Land of Oo wonderment. I’d love to have Gunter looking down on me as I slept.
  • I love public art installations that are surreal and outstanding in the landscape. This great big cardboard box dude is just that. I love this aerial shot of it so much!

    Box by artist Pablo Curutchet

  • Speaking of surreal and outstanding, these 3D architectural illustrations are just that. I especially enjoy the ‘zippered’ buildings, and the bendy tower towards the end of the images at the bottom of the article. This one, too, delights me:

    Stitched Panorama, Victor Enrich

  • Many of these are terrifically creative and some are downright laugh out loud hilarious. My fave is the rapping goldfish. Enjoy this compilation of funny & creative Vine videos.
  • Etsy user Akinobu Izumi makes all these wonderful things in tiny tiny bottles (her day job is making architectural models, so her skills are mad). All of them are so whimsical and awesome, but I love all the dinosaur skeleton ones! It’s like some giant dude decided to start collecting bones in jars – imagine how big you’d be to have jars scaled this miniature to you! I love this:

    Dinos in bottles by ‘tinywordinabottle’

  • Why stick with a regular old Millenium Falcon beanbag chair when you can have a whole dang Millenium Falcon bed? Yeah, exactly!
  • The next Wright/Pegg/Frost join, The World’s End [trailer], is coming up soon – completing the ‘Cornetto’ trilogy – and i’m really looking forward to it. One nice gentleman has done these lovely old-timey posters for each of the three movies with a different Cornetto. A slice of fried gold.
  • Want to see how a key opens a lock? This animated GIF is so simple and awesome at showing the magic inside the lock! So cool.
  • ‘Primates’ is a graphic novel about Jane Goodall, Diane Fossey & Biruté Galdikas (all primate researchers and students of Louis Leakey) and you can read an excerpt over at Boing Boing.

    Primates by Jim Ottaviani

  • More on primates: chimpanzees & dealing with death. Non-human primates are incredibly complex and their emotions and behaviour have always fascinated me. The issue of mortality is a huge one, especially when examining chimpanzees. Very interesting essay.
  • Remember the ‘Homer’ car? Someone MADE ONE! Oh gosh.
  • And I’ll leave you today with a video of a sloth ‘playing’ piano. Oh, internet – never change!