Terrifying Volcanic Lightning Photographed by Martin Rietze | Colossal

Very stunning. It looks like the sort of thing that belongs on the cover of a bad fantasy novel. More here.

Photographer Martin Rietze recently traveled to Japan where he had the incredible opportunity (or near grave misfortune?) of photographing the Sakurajima Valcano in southern Kyushu as it spewed forth smoke, fire, and lava bombs. If that wasn’t enough the hellish volcano also caused a lightning show that lasted over 20 seconds giving the photographer ample time to flee for his life take these stunning photographs. You can see many more images from the series right here. Of note, the photographer’s grit and fearlessness landed the top photo a feature on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day earlier this week. (via spoon & tamago)

via Terrifying Volcanic Lightning Photographed by Martin Rietze | Colossal.


On the Writing of the Insane (1870) | The Public Domain Review

The full book is here.

A book of observations on the peculiarities of writing styles as shown by asylum patients. G. Mackenzie Bacon was a medical superintendant at Cambridgshire County Asylum (now Fulbourn Hospital) located near Cambridge, England. As well as the fascinating images, the book also gives a series of transcribed excerpts.

via On the Writing of the Insane (1870) | The Public Domain Review.

A Dictionary of Surrealism and the Graphic Image: Observatory: Design Observer

Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design uncovers the presence of an alternative tradition in graphic design. The Surrealist movement of the 1920s and 1930s focused on literature, painting, photography and the object, and the Surrealists’ publishing activities provided only hints of what a fully conceived Surrealist graphic design or typography might look like. Many of the most suggestive early examples came from Czechoslovakia, where Surrealism would become a lasting influence. Subsequently, Surrealist ideas and images had a profound impact on image-makers in every sphere of art and design, and by the 1960s the effects of Surrealism were widely felt in international graphic communication. Uncanny traces this intermittent line of development up to the present.

It would be mistaken to describe this lineage as representing a movement. Surrealistic design is not a group activity, it has never cohered into a dominant tendency within graphic design, and histories of design have said little about it. Work showing a strong debt to Surrealism emerges only when a graphic artist or designer appears who is attuned to this way of thinking, dreaming and imagining.

Most graphic design conforms to an underlying grid, a sense of structure and professional good taste, which brings order but also imposes limits. The images and designs in Uncanny break free from these bureaucratic restrictions and follow the impulses of a wayward, subjective, dreamlike logic to arrive at their own kind of equilibrium and form. They show that graphic design, too, can sometimes be a place to encounter the strange, the fantastical and the uncanny, to rediscover our lost sense of mystery, and to experience the convulsive beauty and capacity for enchantment and wonder that the Surrealists called “the marvelous.”

via A Dictionary of Surrealism and the Graphic Image: Observatory: Design Observer.

Studio Days Easel – Anthropologie.com

Lol! They sell art easels pre-splattered with paint at the budget price of $2100 dollars. This is the creative equivalent of ripped jeans.

Studio Days Easel – Anthropologie.com.

Video Games | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios – YouTube

This is a short video featuring Ralph Baer, the inventor of the Odyssey, the first video game console. He also invented the Simon among other things. Now 90, his friends and wife are all dead, so most of his free time is spent inventing toys.

via Video Games | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios – YouTube.

Was Batman Gay? – Neatorama

I don’t suppose Orson Scott Card will be writing Batman either. Personally, anyone who wears a Batman costume gets a blip on my gaydar.

Batman, the popular comic book character and later TV and movie superhero, was born in 1939 in DC Comics. Homosexual interpretations of Batman began in the mid-1950s. These accusations began in 1954 with a book written by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham called Seduction of the Innocent.

Werthan claimed that “The Batman type of story may stimulate children to homosexual fantasies of the nature of which they may be unconscious.” Wertham added, “Only someone ignorant of the fundamentals of psychiatry and the psychopathology of sex can fail to realize a subtle atmosphere of homoeroticism which pervades the adventures of the mature Bruce Wayne and his young friend, Robin.” Dr. Wertham’s book was issued in the context of the “lavender scare” when homosexuality was considered a security risk. It is also worth noting that homosexuality was an officially classified “disease” by psychiatrists until 1972. The good (or bad) Dr. Wertham aside, let’s take a look at the nebulous and questionable sexuality of Batman.


via Was Batman Gay? – Neatorama.

nyc past

Collection of really beautiful  photos of New York’s past.

Via nyc past.

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