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Maya Arulpragasam at the Super Bowl

Image via The New Yorker

So M.I.A. shocked and awed the conservative Parents Television Council, “the nation’s most influential advocacy organization protecting children against entertainment sex, violence and profanity”. Apparently, she even shocked the original shock and awer Madonna herself, who can’t stand being upstaged at her own show. What has become of America, whose most famous and enduring act was a gigantic bird-flip to colonial Great Britain way back in the 18th century?

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Earth | Time Lapse View from Space | Fly Over | Nasa, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

The Galaxy as seen from Chilé

June 2010

via José Francisco Salgado


Sinulog Festival in the Philippines

via deviantART user subcoolandice

The Mountain

The Mountain from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

iPhone 1.0: Aged to Perfection

An image of a well-used original iPhone

Boba Fett's iPhone

We are so used to seeing perfect, flawless tech gadgets in slick advertising shots. Apple especially has raised the experience of the fetishized object to an art. A new in-the-box Apple object is perfectly cradled, pristine, hermetically sealed in various layers of glossy transparent plastic. The first scratch is the most painful.

In an attempt to stave off the natural aging process and maintain the object in its pristine, newly minted condition, many cover up the fetish icon with various cases and screen protectors—despite the fact that the often ugly objects people use to maintain flawless perfection defeat the purpose of having such a beautiful object in the first place. Like couched wrapped in plastic.

How refreshing then this blog post from frog designer Remy Labesque. Sharing his beautiful, heavily used original iPhone. Putting it on a pedestal to be admired before it is retired. Labesque presents it in the context of the Japanese concept of “Wabi-sabi.” A Zen appreciation of patina and wear that is a natural consequence of aging and use. Thanks Remy!

via Aged to Perfection | Blog | design mind


An image from Stephan Tillman’s exhibit


For someone who grew up in the age of tube televisions these portraits of TV screens as the power to the electron gun is cut manage to feel both nostalgic and futuristic at the same time. Future Nostalgia. The beauty that lurks within the chaos & randomness….

Very clever

via Kottke.org