10 Cool Things I Found on the Internet this Week! #13

It’s another long one this week guys, so grab that herbal tea (aka, coffee), set your email to ‘out of office’, and put the phone on silent, and lets waste some of the boss’s time again!

 

From the producers of Backyards Project, comes this amazing bit of skiing through the largest glacier in France – the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) in Chamonix.

Local sporty-type, Sam Favret takes us down (and through) 7km of this 200metre deep glacier, in what can only be described as some insane footage as he traverses this icy wonderland.

H/t: Twisted Sifter

 

2. They rebuilt this hotel EVERY YEAR.

Located in the Swedish village of Jukkasjarvi, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle and next to the shores of the Torne River, sits the ICEHOTEL.

A hotel that’s been built and rebuilt every year since 1989 using ice from the Torne River.

This year however, the newly designed ICEHOTEL 365 is being unveiled.

The new structure will be a permanent one that remains next to the Torne River all year long with the help of solar powered cooling technology during the summer months.

Boasting several different suites, a cocktail bar, dining room and saunas (with communal change rooms), the new hotel, you’ll be happy to know, also has warm rooms for all those less inclined to freezing their butts off.

There is even an ice church, for that perfect Arctic wedding. Awwwww nice!

All Photography by  Asaf Kliger | ICEHOTEL.

.H/t: Contemporist

 

3. NOBODY breathe . . .

These monochomatic artworks look like they take a bit of work I reckon! For starters, just getting them to the gallery in one piece must take some doing!

Botanical artist Duy Anh Nhan Duc uses a steady hand to arrange dandelion blossoms in artful imitations of their flight through the air.

Hmmmm . . . not so sure about the whole ‘flight through the air’ bit, but they’re still kinda cool.

Just close the door behind you okay!?

 

You can see more of his work at Instagram or his website

H/t: Colossal

 

4. Living next door to an Aussie

I love some of the stuff that comes to my way – this one to my FB page courtesy of my lovely sis-in-law . . Thx Jools X.  🙂

Okay, to all my AWESOME overseas readers – all I can say is . . . Lucky for subtitles eh!

Ps. yep, this is how we speak – fair dinkum mate!

Source: Youtube

 

5. A little bit of NSFW this week guys, with some Fetish pics from visual artist Joanne Leah

Now, I always try and keep this blog on the light and breezy, fun-for-all-the-family kind of thing most of the time, but recently I’ve been finding some really great work by artists who are exploring, shall we say, the ‘darker’ sides of life.

. . . and this one is no exception!
Illusion magazine asked – ‘Where do you go for inspiration?’
— ‘Fetish, temptation, obsession, compulsion, childhood memories, philosophy.’
Get the picture?

In images that can be a little confronting to some viewers, artist and photographer Joanne Leah relies on a mixture of fetishism and the bizarre to explore our relationships with the ordinary things around us . . . like rope . . . or pasta . . . or . . . Is that seaweed coming out of his swimming trunks??

For the full interview and an insight into the artist, go to IllusionMagazine.

 

6. Well this is, ummmm . . . . a little weird!

Straight from Reddit’s online forums, and forwarded to my FB feed (thx Ali. X) comes this interesting and slightly strange pic of what appears to be a horde of birds of prey in the cabin of a jetliner.

“My captain friend sent me this photo,” the original poster wrote, “Saudi prince bought ticket for his 80 hawks.”

Details remain unconfirmed, but the pic is thought be genuine. Apparently, numerous airlines include sections on falcons in their cabin baggage policy.

“We accept the carriage of falcons in the main aircraft cabin provided that all the necessary documents have been obtained,” Etihad’s policy states.

Bet they don’t drink as much as the birds I usually take on planes either!!

Source: SBS

 

7. I’ve always been a big fan of the Art Deco/Nouveau movements, and who better than René Lalique to show us how it’s done.

French glass designer René Lalique was one of the foremost glass art and jewellery artists around in the late 1800’s and early last century, and was best known for his uniquely intricate creations transmogrifying beautiful goddesses from the wings of dragonflies or butterflies.

Often imbued with a surreal and symbolic nature, he would choose materials in his designs for their power, whether they be precious or not,

‘. . . combining gold and gemstones with semi-precious stones, mother-of-pearl, ivory and horn, in addition to enamel and glass.

Working as a freelance artist, he designed jewellery for Cartier, Boucheron and others, before opening his own business in 1885, and was recognized as one of France’s foremost Art Nouveau jewellery designers.

He later went on to designing glass art and became noted for his work in the Art Deco style, and was also responsible for some of the most enduring, and recognisable car hood ornaments in the world, including the Mercedes, Bentley and Rolls Royce.

For more head to Melt, and Wikipedia

 

8. What’s on my Soundcloud playlist at the mo! (okay it’s from Youtube but it’s GONNA be on my Soundcloud when I finish this post!)

Awesome stuff again from DJ Regard – lurrrrrving this guy at the moment!!

 

9. Perfect for a Supervillain’s lair – some of the world’s most Evil-looking buildings.

What were they thinking? Some of these look positively menacing to say the least!

Reddit has a whole sub dedicated to spotting “evil buildings”, and it’s getting more and more popular by the day. Check out the small collection below and follow Evil Buildings for more.

Omv Borealis Refinery, On The German/Austrian Frontier

 

Al Tijaria Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait

 

Kafka Castle, Sant Pere De Ribes, Barcelona, Spain

 

Temppeliaukion Church, Helsinki, Finland

 

Taipei 101 Observatory, Taipei City, Taiwan

 

The National Library Of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus

 

Pacific Design Centre, Red Building, Hollywood, California, USA

 

The Bank Of America Center, Houston, USA

 

Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

Jimbocho Theater, Tokyo, Japan

 

Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing Shi, China

 

Former Research Institute For Experimental Medicine, Berlin, Germany

 

Mahanakhon Tower, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia, USA

 

Polygone Riviera, France

 

Buzludzha, Bulgaria

 

Dc Tower I, Vienna, Austria

 

Bahnhof Office Built Into A Former Anti-Atomic Shelter, Stockholm, Sweden

 

Basque Health Department Headquarters In Bilbao, Spain

 

Fort Alexander (Plague Fort), Saint Petersburg, Russia

H/t: Ultralinx

 

10. Tech Time: AIR selfie – the drone that fits in a phone case.

I know, I know! – when will the whole selfie thing end right? Weeelllllll, not anytime soon by the looks!

There’s a drone for that! If you can hide your arm or selfie stick in a selfie, good for you! For those who can’t . . .

Introducing the AIR selfie – a new drone that is currently on Kickstarter, designed to take YAY! – you guessed it – Selfies!

Sporting a 5-megapixel camera, a battery (that only lasts about 3 minutes at this time, but can be charged in about 30 mins or swapped out for the optional power bank case), and is controlled by an App on your cellphone.

The idea is, obviously, it can move further away to capture more of the action, and then store the pics on its own 4Gb storage or can be transferred to your phone via the app.

With 3 different flight modes, and weighing in at only 52 grams (1.8 oz), AND only US$260, it’s available for pre-orders here! Order right now and they’ll fly it to straight-away (joking!)

For more info, head to Futurism

 

Bonus Extra – FIND THE CAT.

After all that, I thought I’d go easy on you all this time . . . oh by the way, it’s a Cheetah this time!

Courtesy of: Waffes at noon

 

Hope you all enjoyed this weeks list of Cool and Interesting stuff off the Net. Long one this week again sorry.

If you’d like to leave a comment below on anything, or want to suggest stuff you’d like to see in the future, then feel free to use the Comments section below!

As always, I aim to please!

Have an awesome week peeps! 🙂

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