Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXIX

Haha...this must be the Papua New Guinean version of Flat Stanley!

Doesn't s/he look weirdly two-dimensional?  I mean, I know it's a picture, but still.  Would a little chiaroscuro kill it??

Regardless, I love what it's wearing!

[Source:  photograph by Lutz Obelgonner, WWF via National Geographic.]

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXVIII

This is just fabulous!

What do you do with your Oreo cookies?

See other amazing examples -- as well as non-cookie art -- here.

[Source:  Artist Judith G. Klausner via Boing Boing.]

Monday, June 27, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXVII

We may still have miles to go before we sleep, but milestones are a convenient time to briefly pause to see how far we have come:

Click to enlarge.

[Source:  Box Turtle Bulletin via The Dish.]

Friday, June 24, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXVI


This is what candles and a long exposure can do for you!  It was taken yesterday in Brasilia, Brazil, during a processional observance of the Christian feast day of Corpus Christi.  The illuminated building in the background is Oscar Niemeyer's 1958 Catherdral of Brasilia.

[Source:  photograph by AP Photo/Eraldo Peres via The Atlantic.]

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXV


This an Afghan youth.  He's looking at a [U.S.] soldier back in May. What's going on in his face?  It appears neutral, no?  There's no furrowing of the brow, but am I crazy in thinking there might be one in a nano-second?  The lips betray, perhaps??  After all the billions spent [OUR billions, just for those keeping track at home], is this child's face NOT what we have accomplished?  And, if so, have we not everyone else who has wondered into this briar patch??

We got the taliban out, though.  Mostly.  That's something.  They'll re-group, of course, but....  At the very least, we've left a calling card as a reminder of what will happen when they choose to strike out again.

Am I alone in wondering if any of this matters to the above Afghan youth?

(Let's hope it does.)

[Source:  Massoud Houssani/AFP/Getty Images; via]

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXIV

Halò, dè an t-ainm a tha oirbh?

Justin Bieber hair has even made it to the livestock in the Scottish Highlands, apparently.  These lovely laddies are called kyloe and are an ancient highland breed.

[Source:  National Geographic, photograph by Patrick Kelley.  Translation of Scottish Gaelic:  Hello, what is your name?]

Monday, June 20, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXIII

You can burn my house,
Steal my car,
Drink my liquor
From an old fruitjar.

Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh,
Honey, lay off of my shoes.
Don't you step on my blue suede shoes.
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

These pleasingly-blue bird feet belong to the accurately- and amusingly-named Blue-footed Booby of the Galapagos Islands.  They're supposed to be a Lady Booby magnet, and the bluer the better.

[Source:  National Geographic, photograph by Tim Laman; Elvis lyrics via]

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Awesomest Image(s) du Jour CXII

Thanks to following TED on Twitter (@tedtalks), I was introduced to Camille Seaman's amazing photography.  One of their TED 2011 Fellows, she showcases some of the images from her recent collection The Last Iceberg.

Here are but two [click to enlarge]:

The first is near Franklin Island, Antarctica, and the second is from East Greenland.

Watch her brief talk here.  Check out her website here, where you'll find additional sublimity.

[Source:  Ted; images via Soulcatcher Studio.]

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXI

On a day when most of the world is watching a total lunar eclipse (sadly only via the internets for those of us in North America), space-y things are in the air, so to speak.  Happily, this was reflected in an awesome collection of photographs posted over at PhotoRadar

The photographer is Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who just completed a several-month stint at the International Space Station this past May.  One of the approximately 100,000 pictures he took during his time there is this [click to expand]:

Captured using an 800 mm lens, the objects in the center are the Great Pyramids at Giza, just outside of Cairo, Eqypt.

See the 33 others here.

[Source:  Paolo Nespoli for ESA/NASA via PhotoRadar.]

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Awesomest Potential Flags du Jour CX

Today is Flag Day.  Today is also the day President Obama fulfilled a campaign promise to visit Puerto Rico as President -- the first to do so in 50 years.  Puerto Rico is often mentioned as a potential, even probable, 51st state.  Soooo, what more appropriate time would there be than right now to show two versions of what a 51st state might do to the ever-changing design of Old Glory?

This first one employs the now familiar staggered-star design (and is the first of a number of designs by the United States Army Institute of Heraldry that could take us up to 56 states).

This second one is favored by the New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico, something that certainly has precedence in historical American this one attributed to Betsy Ross

...or this one (one of two) used for 13 years after Colorado became a state in 1877.

If P.R. doesn't turn out to be our 51st state, perhaps the District of Columbia might be...or Baja Arizona...or any number of places around the country with separatist movements.

See all the various designs throughout our history here.

[Source:  Wikipedia.]

Monday, June 13, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CIX

Sure, it's easy to write about the horrow show that is Sarah Palin on some dumb blog; it's quite another thing to arrive at one of her media circus events and say it to her face.

With coordinating eyewear and tie, no less.

Sir, I salute you!

[Source:  June 2, 2011 photo by REUTERS/Brian Snyder via Boing Boing.]

Friday, June 10, 2011

Awesomest Video du Jour CVIII

Payback's a bitch, NYC.

You may have heard about a cyclist getting a ticket for leaving the bike lane in New York City to avoid crashing into an obstruction.  Officer New-York's-Finest didn't much care for "reasons" or "explanations".

As you might image, the cyclist did; and to make his point, he produced this wonderful little FU:

So many levels of awesomeness.

(Clearly, he doesn't bruise easily.  As for me, I'm bruising just watching him.)

[Source:  Boing Boing.]

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CVII

Happy 144th Birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright!

The above is a 1958 portrait by Alfred Eisenstaedt for Life Magazine.

[Source:  Wikipedia; image source:  Life.]

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CVI

Gaston Lacombe has been tapped yet again for National Geographic's Photo of the Day with this beauty from Sri Lanka:

Don't forget to visit his website here.

[Source:  National Geographic...and Lars.]

Monday, June 6, 2011

Amazingest Image(s) du Jour CV

D-Day -- also known as the Normandy Landings or Operation Neptune -- happened 67 years ago, today.  Operation Neptune was the initial assault phase of the concurrent Operation Overlord; Neptune established the foothold in Normandy, and Overlord continued the invasion and brought the Allied troops as far as the River Seine.

The fact that it was successful is incredible, considering this:

I'll admit to getting a little tired sometimes with the hagiography surrounding the "Greatest Generation", but it's pretty hard to deny when you see images like these:

I cannot image having that kind of courage.

[Source:  Wikipedia.]

Friday, June 3, 2011

Satisfyingest Image du Jour CIV

Sexy Swiss Swats and Squashes Sassy Serb!

[Image:  Christophe Karaba/EPA, via Guardian online.]

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Awesomest Chart du Jour CIII

Kind of takes the wind out of the no-new-taxes crowd, doesn't it?

[Source:  ThinkProgress.]

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CII

You's not every day when you get to post an Awesomest Image that was produced by a friend (unless, I suppose, you have tons of visual artist friends, in which case it would be something that, quite possibly, is a daily or near-daily experience).

Suffice it to say it is not for me.

So, how thrilled was I to come across today's Photo of the Day in National GeographicVery!

The image, by Gaston Lacombe (the husband of my long-lost -- but, thanks to the internets, still-current -- friend Lars), is of Bhutanese monks in Punakha.  Visit his wonderful website here.

Mazel tov, Gaston!

[Source:  National Geographic.]