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!
1. 3 minutes and 13 seconds of some crazy good skiing 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!
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!?
New dandelions monochrome is coming soon… Fragile composition of their evanescent dandelion fluffs // Nouveau monochrome en pissenlits. Le temps est suspendu pendant l'application de leurs aigrettes si légères et volatiles. #dandelion #monochrome #brillance #botanical #botanicalfresco #meditation #dandelionfluff #botanicalsculpture #artvegetal #gold #duyanhnhanduc #onebyone #dandelionmeditation #specialtime
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!
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.
Illusion magazine asked – ‘Where do you go for inspiration?’ — ‘Fetish, temptation, obsession, compulsion, childhood memories, philosophy.’
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??
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!!
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.
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
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
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! 🙂