Thursday, April 28, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour LXXXVIII

Let's do the timewarp again!


Can you dig it?  Check out the hair....  What's old is new again, Mr. Bieber.

[Source:  The Wow Report via Boing Boing.]

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour LXXXVII

Wake the kids and phone the neighbors, our President is a natural-born citizen of the United States:


Hooray!

No one in Hawaii gets the long-form version anymore...in fact, no has since the 1980s.  When the state issues proof of birth, they do so in a short-form version.  Even for presidential candidates.

Sitting Presidents, on the other hand, tend to have a bit more clout.  So, when Obama decided to ask for a waiver to the policy of not issuing the long-form, he got one.

The fact that he was basically forced to take such a step by a media circus that has grown to the point where it threatened to drown out the real issues of the day is a sad commentary on our society and the political climate it has produced.

Sadder still is the fact that Obama's perceived "otherness" will still drive some to hunt for proof that he is "not one of us".

[Source:  Politico; image source:  TPM.]

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour LXXXVI

Happy 226th Birthday, John James Audubon!

He is famous, of course, for producing things like this:


This is a plate of zenaida macroura from his celebrated The Birds of America -- an original "double-elephant folio" of which is said to be worth upwards of $10 million.  My alma mater, Bowdoin College, has one on permanent display.  Every few weeks, they slip on some white gloves, pull it out of its protective case, and turn a page.

[Source:  Wikipedia and Bowdoin Daily Sun.]

Monday, April 25, 2011

Awesomest Image(s) du Jour LXXXV

Talking Points Memo has a fabulous gallery of some images NASA issued to commemorate last Friday's Earth Day.  Very cool stuff.  Here are two of my favorites:


Doesn't that layer of what we call atmosphere look frighteningly thin!?


This was taken by Galileo some 3.9 million miles out.  Space is dark, no?

See the rest here.

[Source: NASA via TPM.]

Friday, April 22, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour LXXXIV

Today is the 41st observation of Earth Day.  Conceived by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) in response to an oil spill off the coast of California in 1969, it is now a world-wide phenomenon that informs personal, commercial and political decisions every day of the year.

To commemorate the 1st Earth Day in 1970, here is the poster Walt Kelly made for the occassion:


Indeed.

[Information and Image Source:  Wikipedia article on Earth Day.]

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour LXXXIII

A bit of the tail wagging the dog...


...but clever, nonetheless.

Architect:  Matsunami Mitsutomo Architect & Associates.

For more images and some elevations and floor plans, check out the link to Dezeen below.

[Source:  mma-design.com via Dezeen via blueantstudio via cribcandy.]

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Awesomest [Chart] du Jour LXXXII

The lines on the graph have crossed:


Interestingly enough, this graph measures the trend since 1988, which just happens to be the year I came out of the closet.  It was my senior year of college.  I was 22.

[Source:  Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight via Andrew Sullivan's The Dish; poll data from CNN.]

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour LXXXI

From the creative desk of Brazilian artist Blancosur:


Click here for more.

[Source:  Ummaisoumenos via Boing Boing.]

Friday, April 15, 2011

Awesomest Image(s) du Jour LXXX

The Library of Congress has an amazing collection of photos taken in the 1930s by Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952) to document Southern [American] architecture.  It is called the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South, and it contains some 7,100 images.

Here are but a few:

I love this wee, yet grand, spiral staircase at Holliday-Cary House, Auburn, Alabama.

The plantation behind bars -- James Jackson House, Florence vicinity, Alabama.

You can feel the heat and humidity...William A. Dawson House, Mobile, Alabama.

A lovely folly at Chatham, Fredericksburg vicinity, Virginia.

Some outbuildings at Hawkwood, Gordonsville vicinity, Virginia.

[Source:  Library of Congress CSAS via The Scout Project.]

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour LXXIX

Mother Nature is an impressionist!


This is a photograph taken by Michael Roberts and featured as National Geographic's Photo of the Day on April 9th.

I miss afternoon thunderstorms in Florida.

[Source:  National Geographic.]

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Awesomest Image(s) du Jour LLXXVIII

One hundred and fifty years ago, today, it began.



The Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, ignited the American Civil War.  Four-plus years later, 620,000 Americans would be dead (10% of all Northern males aged 20 to 45 and 30% of Southern white males aged 18 to 40)* -- the deadliest war in American history.

We continue to experience the fallout to this day.

[* See footnote no. 4 in this Wikipedia article.]

[Photo Source:  National Park Service.]

Monday, April 11, 2011

Awesomest [Link] du Jour LXXVII

Sure, the image is perfectly fine...


...but it's all about what the image does for you when you follow the link to the BBC and start to play.

Click here to begin.

[Source:  BBC News via The Map Room]

Friday, April 8, 2011

Awesomeest Image du Jour LXXVI

Someone get me an iron!




"Metafoil" is the new main stage curtain at the Oslo Opera House.

[Source:  Boing Boing via FEELguide; Artist:  Pae White.]

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Awesomest Image(s) du Jour LXXV

Dumfriesshire, Scotland (circa 1845).


It's where my great-great-great-grandmother, Emily Margaret Graham, was born in 1810, in Canonbie Parish (the pink bit on the far right).  She, her parents and siblings emigrated to Canada in 1822, eventually settling in New Brunswick.

Here is a very ghostly picture of her:


[Source:  map via wiki.familysearch.org; photograph from personal collection.]

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour LXXIV

Awesomest!


[Source:  Ads of the World, advertising agency:  Ogilvy & Mather, Bogata, Columbia.]

Monday, April 4, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour LXXIII

What are two things that end in "-ray"?

Stingray and x-ray!


Two great tastes that go great together!  Niftier still than the image itself is the fact that this little guy is one of two newly-found species of stingray in the freshwater environs of the Amazon Rain Forest.  Check out these new "pancake" stingrays here.

[Source: Our Amazing Planet via Boing Boing.]