"The Secret Gestural Prehistory of Mobile Devices
is cultural anthropology. It seeks to recover those moments of intuitive prehensile dexterity, when the famous and the ordinary alike felt the unconscious desire to occupy their hands for an as yet unknown purpose. Like Roy Neary's obsession with the image of Devil's Tower in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), this gesture was vague, uncanny and compelling. It is the intimation in images of a gestural second nature to come." [more inside]
10 years of gorgeous images
of Earth from Space. [more inside]
Machinery Scans a showcase for some of the most detailed advertisement engravings produced. During the later part of the 19th century most machinery and equipment makers spent large sums of money to have their tool or piece of machinery converted into an engraving for advertising.
The scans are of engravings produced from the 1850s-1890s.
An archival photo
from The New York Times shows news pictures being sorted in the newspaper’s photo “morgue,” which houses millions of images. Here they are — several each week — for you to see. Welcome to The Lively Morgue
. [more inside]
: Retro resources for designers. (With associated Tumblr blog) [more inside]
(video explaining a fraction of his role in shaping the modern American automobile
[and his postwar vision of the future, full of ideas decades before their time, the Harley Earl Buick LeSabre]), the legendary automotive stylist, designed the F-88 under the belief that it would have outsold the Corvette and forever changed automotive history. Unfortunately Chevrolet, which produced more GM products than any of its other divisions, convinced the GM board of directors to cut the Oldsmobile project. The F-88 never went into production due to that sabotage combined with lukewarm Corvette sales. The 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 was strictly ever a dream car.
" (*Via, 1
) [more inside]
(some later images NSFW; or are they
? [but seriously, some possibly even more nsfw than this
]) "Sculptors" "today", what with their
"plank piece I & II
", "planking" back when it was "cool", before it was hip; there are at least 47 pages of wonderful
, mercifully, none relating to "planking". [more inside]
This past July, Forbes blogger Kashmir Hill posted a three-part series about "online defamation and involuntary nudity." The first entry
focused on an offender: Hunter Moore,
owner of IsAnyoneUp.com (Link is NSFW.)
The second entry
focused on a victim: Paul Syiek, whose company was defamed by a disgruntled ex-employee on the consumer website Rip-off Report
. The third
profiled a Senior Copyright attorney at Microsoft, Colette Vogele, who co-founded a side project this year to help victims: WithoutMyConsent.org
. [more inside]
is a film
by Jen Siebel Newsom about the images, representations and media constructions that shape American society in a harmful way for women. It explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence that result. Shorter trailer here
. [more inside]
Hey Oscar Wilde!
— A spot to archive nerd images of interest from out of print/hard to find art books, magazines, comics and other assorted ephemera laying about as well as detours into other things found about the web. Some of the pieces from the 'Hey Oscar Wilde! It's Clobberin' Time!!!'
literary art collection (previously on MeFi
) may make it on here from time to time as well.
Biomedical Ephemera, or, a Frog for your Boils
is "A blog for all biological and medical ephemera, from the age of Abraham through the era of medical quackery and cure-all nostrums. Sometimes featuring illustrations of diseases and conditions of the times, sometimes fascinating ephemeral medical equipment, and sometimes clippings and information about the theories themselves." The archive page
is also a useful starting point. via Things Magazine.
Stéphane Missier alias Charles le Brigand (and/or Carlito Brigante)
is a Brooklyn-based urban photographer and filmmaker. "From the Bronx to Brooklyn, I capture the real New York, the one I like to call 'RottenbutBeautiful'." Flickr Sets
. [more inside]
— A placeholder image generator for web and print designers for any size or topic. Speed up your workflow during the development process.
Inspired by Andrew Sullivan's recent post
on views outside airplane windows, BuzzFeed compiled a collection of "100 incredible airplane window views" from Flickr
. (bandwidth-heavy single page version.) Click through slideshow at Business Insider.
We tend to think of blogs that showcase large images as a phenomenon of the past few years. But NASA's Earth Observatory has been posting its Image of the Day
since April 1999 (when its first "large" image available for download was a 214 KB jpeg of the North Pole
). Now, Image of the Day has downloads of images in multiple formats, most of which measure in megabytes, not kilobytes, and these stunning images of the earth's surface give context to the human activity down below: a toxic spill in Hungary
, wildfires in Mexico
, the growth of a coal mine in West Virginia
, agriculture in Brazil
, snowmelt flooding in Fargo, North Dakota
, last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
, artificial islands in Dubai
, the aftermath of Japan's recent tsunami
Home Kinks, part 1
and part 2
- for years, Popular Mechanics Press published a series of tips, many from readers, in a special edition format they called "Household Kinks." Scanning Around With Gene
has posted a collection from 1940s and '50s editions.
Inspired by the Seven Roads Gallery
(which is no longer being updated), this Flickr group
contains over 900 images of book trade labels, also known as bookseller labels
is an award-winning British illustrator famous for his bestselling "Incredible" series of engineering art books: Incredible Cross-Sections
, Incredible Explosions
, Incredible Body
, and many more
. A master draftsman, Biesty does not use computers or even rulers
in composing his intricate and imaginative drawings, relying on nothing more than pen and ink, watercolor, and a steady hand. Over the years, he's adapted his work to many other mediums, including pop-up books
, educational games
), interactive history sites
, and animation
. You can view much of his work in the zoomable galleries
on his professional page, or click inside for a full listing of direct links to high-resolution, desktop-quality copies from his and other sites, including several with written commentary from collaborator Richard Platt [site, .mp3 chat]
. [more inside]
It's barely been a half-a-week, and your New Years Resolutions are probably running out of steam. The cure? IFeelUnmotivated.com
and via Reddit's /r/getmotivated]
"We tried to pick images that quickly became popular, generated hundreds of thousands of views, were interesting, and/or somehow changed the Internet as we knew it."
has become the standard among social news and media websites for sharing images. With the weight of 20 billion annual views, Imgur presents The Best Images of 2010.
(Anti-memesters beware, the list is full of 'em)
The Cell: An Image Library
collects visualizations of single-cell structures, mechanisms and events. (via
) [more inside]
"It is only fitting that the story of the brain should be a visual one, for the visuals had the ancients fooled for millenniums. The brain was so ugly that they assumed the mind must lie elsewhere. Now those same skeletal silhouettes glow plump and brightly colored, courtesy of a variety of inserted genes encoding fluorescent molecules.
A glossy new art book, “Portraits of the Mind
,” hopes to draw the general reader into neuroscience with the sheer beauty of its images." Slide Shows: The Beautiful Mind
and Portraits of the Mind [more inside]
Nearly three decades ago, folklorist Alvin Schwartz
published Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
, the first of three horror anthologies that would go on to become the single most challenged book series of the 1990s
. But most of the backlash
was against not the stories themselves (which were fairly tame), but rather the illustrations of artist Stephen Gammell
. His bizarre, grotesque, nightmarish black-and-white inkscapes suffused every page with an eerie, unsettling menace. Sadly, the series has since been re-issued
with new illustrations by Brett Helquist
, of A Series of Unfortunate Events
fame. Luckily for fans of Gammell's dark vision, copies of the old artwork abound online, including in these three image galleries: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones
. Interested in revisiting the stories themselves? Then don't miss the virtual re-enactments of YouTube user MoonRaven09
, or the dramatic readings of fellow YouTuber daMeatHook
offers a curated collection of art-photograph wallpapers for mobile devices (it's affiliated with Poolga
is a collection of 4973 found amateur photos sourced mainly in Budapest. Pick a year and browse - photos are organized in chronological order from 1900 to 1990, accessible via a slider. "Users are encouraged to use, copy, send to friends, clip or paste the photos, which are free
for they are not our property." (via Szanalmas, sometimes nsfw)
On July 17th, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer
(WISE) satellite completed its first survey of the entire sky viewable from Earth
. After just seven months in orbit, WISE -- a precursor to the planned James Webb Space Telescope
-- has returned more than a million images that provide a close look at celestial objects
ranging from distant galaxies
. The first release of WISE data, covering about 80 percent of the sky, will be delivered to the astronomical community in May of next year
, but in the meantime we can see some of the images and animations that NASA has released to date: Galleries (containing just a small selection of images)
. Videos and Animations: 1
, 2 [more inside]
Last week, Gizmodo asked their readers to submit wallpaper-sized pictures of bugs.
Today, 294 colorful images of creepy crawlies
were posted to galleries on their site: 1
, 6 (bandwidth alert: those pages are very picture-heavy)
and also to Flickr
, where high-resolution versions can be downloaded. This project is part of their weekly "Shooting Challenge"
. Each week's results can be seen in individual sets on their Flickr account
is archiving the early graphics of the Internet. There are still graphics
, animated ones
, and complete websites
. They also have a blog featuring select images
) Some images NSFW.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is using crowdsourcing to determine the best images, crops and enlargements
of items in its online database
. [more inside]
The beauty of roots.
From Dan Christensen
and Sam Derbyshire via John Baez. If you like algebra: these are plots of the density in the complex plane of roots of polynomials with small integral coefficients. If you don't: these are extravagantly beautiful images produced from the simplest of mathematical procedures. Explore the image interactively here
has been featured here once
before, but Jim Griffioen's site
photo-documenting his discoveries in and around Detroit deserves a look.
Griffioen was recently interviewed [direct mp3 link]
on the American Public Media radio program The Story
. [more inside]
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
has returned its first images of the Apollo moon landing sites
. The spacecraft’s onboard camera
photographed Lunar Module descent stages at five of the six Apollo sites—11
, and 17
. The Apollo 12 site will be photographed in coming weeks. [more inside]
British Printed Images to 1700
is a fully searchable (if somewhat buggy at this early stage of release) online library of over 10,000 printed images from early modern Britain. As a taster, here is the naughty Cully Flaug'd [NSFW]
of the title.
Live Hope Love
— Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica.
Where are you in the movie?
If we started a movie on the day you were born, and stretched it over your lifespan, this is where you’d be in that movie
is a Google feature that allows you to search for images using pictures rather than words. So you can get images of vaguely similar pigs
or somewhat similar houses
or egglike shapes
of rare and obscure Alan Moore material from Slovobooks
"All of the nomenclatural, bibliographic, and specimen data accumulated in MBG
’s electronic databases during the past 25 years are publicly available here
. This system has over one million scientific names and 3.5 million specimen records." (Description from website.)
Searchable by scientific or common name, the database includes brief descriptions
, images and references
(with some links to full text in Botanicus
), and specimen
lists that are available in Google Maps
. Quite a nice resource for anyone interested in botany. [more inside]
Photomontage timeline, 1850-2007.
Spirit photography, trick photography, comic montages, Photoshop, etc. [more inside]