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// archive for October 2010

Jonas Bendiksen – Satellites

Jonas Bendiksen’s “Satellites” book is a compilation of some amazing photos. My favorites are the photos of the spacecraft crash zones. So cool.

The Soviet collapse spawned 15 new countries that are now established members of the international community. However, economic, political and ethnic disparities also gave birth to a series of far less known unrecognized republics, national aspirations and legacies. “Satellites” is the culmination of Jonas Bendiksen’s fascinating seven-year photographic journey through unrecognized countries, enclaves, and isolated communities on the periphery of the former Soviet Union. The itinerary goes through places such as Transdniester, a breakaway republic in Eastern Europe, Abkhazia, an unrecognized country on the Black Sea, the religiously conservative Ferghana Valley in Central Asia, the spacecraft crash zones between Russia and Kazakhstan, and the Jewish Autonomous Region of Far Eastern Russia.

15 years after the fall of the USSR, Bendiksen’s haunting photographs and text explore these restless territories’ search for historical, religious and ideological identity, and forms a timely look into unfinished chapters of Soviet history.

Via The Middle Ground

Stance – Pendleton Socks

Stance makes mess of your socks with all sorts of crazy colors and mixups. They even have a pair with Don Pendleton drawings. They even have Lizard on the team – mega sock passion!

Mengsel – Tiny Towers Print

Love this Tiny Towers print by Mengsel – screenprinted in orange and fuschia.

Christoph Niemann – Unpopular Science

A hilarious set of illustrations by Christoph Niemann at the NYT – Unpopular Science – explaining science through examples from Christoph’s everyday life with a family in NYC.

The Working Proof: Natalie Tweedie – Autumn Poppy

I love this print called Autumn Poppy by Natalie Tweedie, perhaps better known as Nebo Peklo. I love the simplicity of the linework, the fall colors…While her work is perfect for the medium, this is the first letterpress print that Natalie has ever produced of one of her line drawings. The letterpress adds a great textural quality to the artwork.

This is a four-color letterpress print on 300gsm Somerset Rough 100% cotton paper. Each print was signed and numbered by the artist. 15% of the sale of this print goes to the Show Hope. Buy the print here and read our interview with Natalie here.

The Big Picture – National Ignition Facility

Back in July, I posted about the NIF. It got the Big Picture Treatment last week.

This time you can see the change in scale – 1st one of the laser bays where electricity is converted to photons. 2nd the target chamber, where 192 lasers all focus their beams. 3rd – inside the target chamber. 4th – the target hohlraum, which itself holds a miniscule 2mm diameter capsule where the focused laser energy can recreate conditions of the sun to start a small fusion event.

It’s pretty incredible that all that equipment to nuke something the size of a mustard seed. Makes you appreciate how much energy the sun actually generates: The NIF generates about 1,000,000 joules. In one second, the sun generates 380,000,000,000,000,000,000 joules.

NYC Subway – The Last 100 Years in Photos

The NYTimes has an interesting photo feature of the last 100 years of the subway system. It shows an era that I am glad I missed – the sketchiness of the subway back in the late 70′s to 80′s. But the 40′s to 50′s would have been cool to see.

Kayiwa – Aakkoset shelf

I like this Aakkoset alphabet shelf by Kayiwa for a kid’s room. It can also be used as a room divider and comes in a bunch of different colors – black, blue, green, orange, red, violet, white and yellow.

Samantha Hahn – Imgs Wallpaper

I love these new wallpaper designs by Samantha Hahn – so colorful and pretty!

Nike5 Elastico Finale

Now that Anna’s pregnant, she’s on the DL for our soccer team. But I am still playing and always on the lookout for shoes. And I came across these insanely bright Nike5 Elastico Finale’s. All I can say is you better have a lot of flare in your play to warrant a pair of shoes like this.