Thank Goddess it’s Friday

In I am... on September 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

You know how on Fridays I like to find a bunch of cool stuff and jam it all together into one incoherent post?….Well I’ve done it again! Mostly because I couldn’t find a single topic to compete on its own against today’s headline “Life with Jen was dull. I’m so happy with Angelina now: Brad Pitt Tells All”.

You want to go read it? Go ahead, there’s nothing I can do to stop you. Modern society and culture is crumbling before our eyes, all thanks to The Daily Mail. (By the way, while you’re there, you should definitely catch the article: “It’s Tough Being Ginger even When You’re a Seal: Pup Shunned by his Colony”.)

Where’s (Naked) Wally?

I’ve come across a French photographer who would probably really, really hate me for comparing his work to Where’s Wally?. The man in the pictures is apparently, amazingly the photographer himself, Ruben Brulat, and these are self portraits. He claims to be trying to merge with his set. I say he’s pulling a good old game of Where’s Wally? on us (or for the French, Où est Charlie?). This is what one critic had to say: ‘Brulat’s photographs are vast in scale and the sheer size of his backdrops are incredibly striking’ (just like Where’s Wally?). ‘His work captures the vulnerability and the smallness of humans’ (just like Where’s Wally?). Each photograph shows a figure naked and almost lost amid their environment (Just like Where’s Wally?, but without clothes).

Find Wally (Ruben Brulat) below…

I want. I need. I want. I need.

I don’t know where, I don’t know how and I don’t know who (is going to pay for it).

A Flinstone’s Kinda Life

Have you ever had a reason to go and visit Portugal? Yeah me neither. Never had a huge urge to go sample the country’s famous… um… well… what is Portugal famous for? Football maybe? Anyhoo, looking at these photographs of a town squeezed between giant boulders, the charming village of Montesanto has certainly put Portugal back on the map for me. Apparently the village’s appearance hasn’t been altered for centuries and in 1938 building restrictions were officially put in place to avoid that whole shift into the 21st century thing. In effect, the entire village is now a living museum forever. Spookie? Eerie? Why live under a giant boulder?

All good questions.

You Big Fat Liar.

Here is a poster series called Truth and Lies by Justin Barber (woah, that’s way too close to Justin Beiber), which we can all relate to because, well, we’re all liars. Everyday we lie to our boss’ face, we lie on the internet, we even lie to our own dogs. So enjoy this one you little liar. Enjoy.

A Yacht you Don’t Have to Hate on.

You know those incredibly rich and beautiful people that own massive yachts?…. and with those yachts they chuck loads of toxic waste into the ocean … and that and only that is the reason why we don’t like them? Well lookie here at some people with a yacht that are totally likable.

This is the world’s largest solar-powered boat, currently circumnavigating the world and if it succeeds, will be the first of it’s kind to do so.

Ok now here comes the science-y part if you’re interested…

Driven by a silent, pollution-free electrical engine that is powered exclusively by solar energy, the PlanetSolar team has two goals in mind. The first objective is to show that current technologies aimed at improving energy efficiency are reliable and effective. The second is to advance scientific research in the field of renewable energy.

The Swiss-designed, German-built ship is powered by over 5,380 square feet of solar paneling. The panels power two electric motors, which can reach 15 miles per hour. The panels can also soak up enough stored energy to power the boat in cloudy weather for three days. The excess energy is stored in a giant lithium-ion battery.

In case you were just how geeky there guy are, the ship’s name, TÛRANOR comes from the “Lord of the Rings” saga and translates to: “the power of the sun” and “victory.”

Measuring around 101 feet long and 49 feet wide, the $26 million solar yacht can comfortably transport 50 passengers.

See. Totally likable people.

Just a Reminder of How Far We’ve Come

Complaining about your video-call capable, high-speed internet accessing- mobile phone again today? Just take a look at this Motorola promotional video circa the 1980s. And then go and kiss your phone…


More Truthful Versions of Our Favorite Logos

Oh I do love a good poke at commercialism. Graphic designer, Victor Hertz has been hard work, poking fun at your favorite brands with a big dose of wit and, I’m taking a wild guess here; a teeny weeny bit of dislike for capitalism.

Hey. Isn’t this last one kind of like what you’re doing right now?!

Oh and here’s a picture from that article about the lonely ginger seal I was talking about…

Don’t worry, some seal rescuers took him into care…


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