Sunday, January 30, 2011

Height experience

A dinner table in the air, is that right?
Dining opportunities supposedly arranged wherever you want.
(Marriage could also be part of the process.)

However, the 828 meter tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai
has the highest situated restaurant in the world, At.mosphere, 442 meters up in the air (on the 122nd floor). 

(The photo is from 2008, when still under construction. Burj Khalifa became the highest building in 2010.)

I discovered though a blog that Switzerland has several restaurants above the clouds in St. Moritz,
and that is where I want to go.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Nice garbage

Printed garbage bags. Key words: Finally; beautiful. (Source.)

Re-using has a use

There are so many interesting things which can be recycled, and so many things that can be made out of recycled materials. I made a "collection" below, quite significant for our time.

Flybussarna - the Swedish buses that take you from Stockholm to Arlanda airport - had a campaign saying that it is better to travel by bus that by car, and made an exhibition of themselves out of old cars next to the highway. An exhibition that caused traffic jam.
Corona save the beach hotel in Madrid really got the recycling concept: it is made out of 12 tons of garbage - as much as is dumped in the sea nearby.
The hotel is designed by a German artist, who also made... trash men that have traveled around the world, starting 1999 in Paris, moving to Cairo in 2002,

...Rome in 2007...

...and the Arctic in 2010! Ever polar bears came to watch. 
(This picture is greatly enlarged - hence the bad resolution.)

There was also an exhibition called House of Contamination at Italy's International
Fair of Contemporary Art in 2010. Entirely made out of litter, of course.
Shadow art of garbage, from an exhibition called "Life is rubbish" by
the British artists Tim Noble and Sue Wester.

Speaking of  wasting , if somebody did not get the message when it comes to trees,
Greenpeace is there for you.

Sometimes, you can not even tell that something has been recycled...

...while other things are more obvious, even though not immediately...
...and sometimes you indeed can tell the origin.
Circuit board cuff links are cute, though. More gadgets at Life Sufficiency
and Thegloss (gadgets suggested there have to be opened in new tabs).

Also, while the world was talking about hydrogen as fuel, designer Daizi Zheng
charged his phone with Coca-Cola...

But that does not top the idea of just rotating the phone to charge it

Monday, January 24, 2011

Nature lit up

"Festival of lights" is surely a common name for wonderful colourings of different places around the world; so far, I am aware about two of them: the one in Germany, which will be hold on 23 of October in 2011 next time, and Niagara Falls Festival of Light, lasting from November 6th 2010 till the end of January.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Moment of joy

A friend sent me this photo to make me happier.


Cupcake-pizzas. A recipe in Swedish can be found here.

A vegetarian "gitzza", from the Latin "guitar" + "pizza" (kidding!).
The gitzza reminds me of a funny clip I saw on TV once - some guys tried to take a pizza slice from the pizza they ordered, but there were so many cheese strings that they used them as guitar strings instead,
organizing a cheese orchestra!
And, for desert, a handcrafted pop-bar from New York!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Peculiar publishing

To quote Wikipedia, the work Calligrammes by Guillaume Apollinaire is more than just poetry, where the size of the letters as well as "...the spatial arrangement of the words on a page plays just as much of a role in the meaning of each poem as the words themselves."  
(For my part, I always wanted to write a poem where the spacing between words would be cleverly combined to form a particular shape seen from a distance, giving further meaning to the poem.)

The Swedish poet Lennart Hellsing, on the other hand, preferred to let the object on which his poetry was published to give the flow. Back in 1964, it was not possible to let his two books with poems to be printed on "cigarettes" of plastic, but these days you can even order them in an ordinary Swedish book shop a kit to puzzle the cigarette package together all by yourself. It really looks like one; each poem is glued to a "cigarette", and the book itself could be easily mistaken for a Marlboro box, except it says Strandbok (beachbook) and the warning label on the second box goes "Even a small dose of poetry can cause euphoria".
Yesterday's headlines: "Now provided with warning labels, reading turns out to be somewhat dangerous..."

Then we have George Pérec's novel La Disparition, which misses the letter "e" throughout the entire work, while another book of his, Les Revenentes, only contains the vowel e... And did you know that Goethe's first text was published on the back side of a wine bottle?

A friend wondered, is this the peculiar way the author uses to express himself? Well, not really...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Avatar Mountains

Originally called Southern Sky Columns, these Chinese rocks have been renamed to Avatar Hallelujah Mountains due to the blockbuster 3D film Avatar from 2010 where they, well, played the role of mountains.

The inspiring original...

...seen slightly modified in the film.

I wonder though, do not these Vietnamese mountains look more like those in the film?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pencils, pencils, pencils

By artist Jonna Pohjalainen.

Somewhere in the U.S.A.

A huge ad for the Faber Lancasters pens. Source.

Like a large serial strip

A fun thing to have in every economist's course literature. (Source.)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Butterfly ABC

Butterflies have the alphabet and numbers on their wings, so amazing.

A silk moth's wings have the pattern of number eight, for example.

A close-up of a butterfly's wings.
This picture in particular is one of the
honorable mentions in Scientific American.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Say it with dance

More of Jordan Matters photographies from the project "Dancers among us" could be found at this site in 2011.

At the Broadway Theatre.


"The train finally came!"

Friday, January 7, 2011

Circular view

A rooftop restaurant called The View Restaurant & Lounge is situated in the middle of Times Square Theatre District, and it rotates together with its visitors. It takes 15 minutes for the restaurant to make a full turn.

Effective students are Good students

At the Faculty for Math and Computer Science at Technical University Munich. Such a great idea! I wished for this all the time as a kid.