Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Awesomest Combination du Jour CXXXIV

You got your Mies' piece in my chocolate!

You got your chocolate in my Mies' piece!

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Two great tastes that go great together:  Mies van der Rohe's iconic Barcelona sofa and chocolate.


[Source:  ARTINFO via NPR on Tumblr; artist:  Leandro Erlich.]

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXXXIII

Well, that was easy...

Sometimes it takes me the better part of a day several days to find an appropriately-awesome image to share.  Not so today.

The above, badass bird is a cassowary.  They are Australian and the second largest bird in the world.  Even if they didn't grow to 5 1/2 feet and 150-ish pounds, the look it casts, alone, should make one wary.

Sam the Eagle looks downright cuddly in comparison.

[Source:  National Geographic.]

Friday, August 26, 2011

Adorablest Image du Jour CXXXII

Apparently it's National Dog Day!

To mark this occasion, I give you a gratuitously-adorable picture of Poldi and Tris relaxing after a hard day's drive either to or from Maine at a LaQuinta or some-such, approximately Ohio-Pennsylvania-ish.

Driving is exhausting!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXXXI

Happy 95th Birthday, National Park Service!

This familiar logo, with its evocative arrowhead design incorporating such iconic American images as the redwood and bison, has been employed since 1951.  Co-sponsored in the 64th Congress by Representative William Kent (I-CA) and Senator Reed Smoot (R-UT), the National Park Service Organic Act was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson on this day in 1916.

Wikipedia has a concise history here.

[Image source:  Wikipedia; hat-tip (with thanks):  Brandon Hayes.]

Friday, August 19, 2011

Awesomest Image(s) du Jour CXXX

Fog blanketing Bear Pond.

This Bear Pond happens to be in the Adirondacks of New York State.  In fact, if I'm not mistaken, I believe it is the Bear Pond that serves as a backdrop to Bruce Weber's book of the same name.

In it you will certainly see some lovely landscape, but mostly your eyes will be drawn to the pre-Abercrombie & Fitch studies of male youth (presumably smothered in insect repellent) that the landscape frames.

Like this a canoe.

Et cetera.

Isn't nature great?

[Source (1st image):  National Geographic; (2nd and 3rd images):  Bruce Weber's Bear Pond.]

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Truthfulest Image du Jour CXXIX

So what if this political cartoon ran over a year ago; it hasn't lost one bit of punch in the intervening period.

In fact, it may have gained some:  Timothy Geithner is staying on as Treasury Secretary; Congress is slashing spending without raising revenues; no one has gone to jail for actively facilitating the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression; and the banks continue to sit tight-fistedly on their your bailout cash.

And a brand-new election cycle is gearing up, largely underwritten by...guess who?

Pitchforks:  polish 'em, if you got 'em.

[Source:  Jim Morin's May 26, 2010 editorial cartoon for The Miami Herald.  See more Jim Morin here and here.  Hat-tip:  Kent Hargesheimer.]

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXXVIII

Who wants a hug?

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the completely huggable stag beetle of Sumatra.

[Source:  John Seamons, photographer, via National Geographic's Photo of the Day for July 27, 2011.]

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CXXVII

This scratches a great many of my spots!

Achingly clean, sharp lines nestled into the crisp, rocky island coastline of the Swedish achipelago...somebody pinch me!

The work of architect John Robert Nilsson, Villa Ă–verby presents a mask on the approach.  Only once inside, does the building open itself up to frame gorgeous views on its other three sides.

Click here to see all the stunning shots via my new favoritest website Stylepark.  Once there, investigate a bit more; it's fun!

Source:  John Robert Nilsson Arkitektkontor via Stylepark.]

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Soberingest Graph du Jour CXXVI

Incumbant Presidents seeking re-election tend not to win if economic growth figures are weak.

(Click graph to enlarge.)

Designed by political scientist Seth Masket on his blog, you'll notice that only two out of six post-war incumbants have won re-election when Real Disposable Income growth was below two percent -- Bush II (just barely) in 2004 and a very popular Eisenhower in 1956.

President Obama will be judged by the economic numbers that come out between now and next fall, not by today's numbers.  Considering the current economic outlook, however, he has a tough row to hoe.

Add to that one very disappointed base and....

[Source:  Enik Rising via The Dish.]