Sunday, August 29, 2010

Link Latte 140


#140 - Week of August 29, 2010

The Asteroid that Flattened Mars - [best video about Mars]
Time Lapse of Asteroid Discovery - [wow video, watch for red ones]
Is the Web Really Dead?, Well?, Is It? - [discussion]
Largest Hail Stone Ever Recovered in the US, pic - [extreme weather]
Ed "Big Daddy" Roth 1964 Monster Catalog - [flickr set]
Fascinating Look at the Human Brain - [interactive gallery]
Sebastien Loeb at Rally Sweden: Video - [the world's best driver]
Words Created by Molecules: Nanotechnology Art - [fascinating]
Big Dreams, Slim Odds: The Lottery Economy - [infographic]
A Compact Personal Vehicle from Fiat - [auto concept]
Double Tornado at Novorossiysk Bay - [extreme weather]
Mold-A-Rama machines at the Henry Ford Museum - [vintage]
Creepy and Abandoned Zoos - [abandoned]
One of the Best Collections of Vintage Images - [pics, flickr]
The 10 Greatest Fictional Inventors of All Time - [good list]
In the Land of the Dogon - [travel]
101 Places Not to See Before You Die - [travel, refreshing]
A Huge Gundam Model - [geek art]
Recycled Circuit Boards Can Be used For This - [cool art]
Strange Structure: A Pallet House - [architecture]
When Wax Replicas Go Wrong - [weird art]
Forget "Speed Racer", this is "Red Line"! - [cool trailer]
Dangerous Playground Moves - [fun video, cartoon violence]
Rare Sighting of a Fire Tornado in Brazil - [wow video]
Future Rock Group: Easy to Learn an Instrument - [wow video]
Fabulous Fishing: Asian Carp - [fun video]
Strange and Cool Creature in a Music Video - [cool video]
New York City at Night - [compilation]
Great Ideas for Storage and Organizing - [interior design]

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Super Giant Rainbow Bubbles


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Super Giant Rainbow Bubbles

Morphing, weaving in and out of reality, dressed in a most psychedelic array of colors - these are short-lived creations, super big monster bubbles, blown at Nye beach in Newport, Oregon.


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Today's pictures & links:

"Liquid Space" at GogBot festival 2010

From September 9th to 12th the city of Enschede (NL) will once again be dominated by the annual art, music and technology festival GOGBOT, presented by PlanetArt. See other previews of the festival art here.


(image via)

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This Picture Still Rocks, After 67 Years

This is the most spirited Uncle Sam I've ever seen:


(art by Alexander Leydenfrost, image via Paul Malon)

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Deco / Noir

This is just a Huge and Heavy Roadster, but it does warm up my heart with all sorts of dieselpunk sensibilities:


(art by 600v, Russia)

Another awesome machine in the similar vein was actually built; check out this Holden Efijy concept from Australia (more images here):



(images via)

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Mixed fresh links for today:

Inside Russian Mysterious Radio Station UBV-76, info - [photos, scroll down]
When Worlds Really Do Collide - [a scenario]
The Smallest Steam Engine - [geek tech]
The Grand Daddy of All Traffic Jams - [weird]
"You're Awesome!" (for only $10 / month) - [cool site]
Post-Apocalyptic Tokyo Scenery - [art]
Skull Made from the Brain Slices - [what?!]
Fat Cat's Homecoming - [fun video]
The Ugly Dance: Dancing Putin - [funny site]
The Yo-Yo Master: The real thing this time - [wow videos]
Greatest impression of a nuclear explosion ever - [fun video]
The Majestic Plastic Bag - A Mockumentary - [fun video]
NSFW: Most Suggestive Vegetables on Earth - [weird, nsfw]

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The Beauty of Insect Eggs

Insect eggs are not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when we look for beauty. However, some of these exotic "cocoons" and Alien-like pods do look fascinating and colorful - just see this National Geographic gallery:


(images credit: Martin Oeggerli, National Geographic)

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The March of Progress

So... what happens after 2002?


(image by Alexander Leydenfrost, Popular Mechanics, January 1952 - via)

This page even tells you the meaning of each element in this illustration.

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Not an Early Riser


(image via)

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Another Monster Machine Found

This time it's Swiss snow blower on a half-track chassis. See other strange snow blowing machines in Jet Engine on Trucks


(image via)

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For all you steampunk enthusiasts out there:

Work Refreshed!



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The Fog / The Mist

Inside the recent Moscow fog... there was something else, something big and THIRSTY -


(original unknown)

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Moving Right Along



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Monday, August 23, 2010

Propaganda Posters of World War Two

"QUANTUM SHOT" #650
Link - article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams



Warped, Twisted "Hall of Mirrors" vs. Actual Truth

During World War Two, propaganda posters became something of an art form and some examples are very well known even today. It’s been claimed that truth is often the first casualty of war, and it is very interesting to see how the events of the time were depicted in this selection of posters and leaflets from both sides of the conflict.


(the original of the Stalin's poster is here)

Allied governments posted frequent warnings to the civilian population about the dangers of careless talk, which might inadvertently reveal secrets to the enemy. The poster below right similarly warned of the dangers of loose talk while in the company of ladies:



(images via 1, 2, 3)

Apparently you never knew when Hitler himself might be listening under the table, on the telephone wires, in the luggage rack on the train or even sitting behind you on the bus:



(images via 1, 2)

More graphic posters left the public in no doubt of the dangers to the Atlantic convoys if Axis spies overheard details of maritime movements or military operations such as those involving paratroopers.




And of course if you didn’t car pool and save fuel for the war effort, you might as well be riding to the office with the Fuehrer himself:




(images via)

Hitler is portrayed as a comical cartoon character in the poster about the British and US bombing campaign; another humorous Allied poster depicts Hitler caught with his ‘panzers down’:


(images via)

However, the German leader was rarely seen by Soviet artists in such an amusing light during the course of the war. In these vicious examples, Hitler is dehumanized and made to look like a demon


(images via 1, 2, 3)

This British poster shows Hitler as a monstrous man-eater, dining on the bones of the conquered nations of Europe (below left). ON the right is another Soviet frightening poster, showing the "Face of Hitlerism":


(images via 1, 2)

This one, also from the UK, depicts Hitler and his henchmen as the horsemen of apocalypse, destroying everything in their path (below left). The poster on the right shows Soviet depiction of giving over of Czechoslovakia to Hitler in 1938:


(images via)

Here we see the solidarity of the Allied forces, crushing the enemy from all sides:



(images via 1, 2, 3)

Soviet propaganda always tended to show the victorious Red Army driving the fascist invaders from their homeland, usually in a very violent manner. "Russian People Will Never Bend Their Knee!":




However, it should be noted that Soviet propaganda, in an attempt to galvanize the defense of the country, had no problem appealing to the old fashioned patriotism and the idea of ‘the Motherland’, which had been very much pushed into the background after the introduction of communism after 1917. Here Russian boys with their toy planes watch the air force soar into battle, no doubt dreaming of the day when they can enlist:


(images via 1, 2)

Heroic Red Army soldiers and loyal partisans are shown here under Stalin’s watchful gaze (below left). Stalin is portrayed here as the father of his people (on the right):


(images via 1, 2)

"Grow, little giant! The Soviet Army is watching over you!" -


(image via)

Soviet artists were also not averse to making comparisons with another earlier, and ultimately unsuccessful, invasion, that of Napoleon in 1812.



This Soviet poster was aimed at the population of Ukraine, ‘two boots make a pair’ referring to Ukrainian nationalists as German collaborators and no better than the Nazis themselves. Ukranian nationalists answer with their own anti-Soviet propaganda (below right):



The Germans of course produced propaganda of their own throughout the war. This one, featuring a vicious communist wolf, was directed against the subject races of the Soviet Union, who the Germans sometimes claimed to be liberating from oppression:


(images via)

These leaflets were usually dropped by the German air force on American and British troops fighting in Western Europe after D Day, in an attempt to destroy morale (below left). The German poster on the right gives a good impression of how the government tried to maintain morale in the face of relentless Allied bombing raids against German cities and the resulting civilian casualties:



The heroic German soldier naturally depended on the hard work of the equally heroic factory worker, tirelessly devoted to the nation’s cause (below left). Russian workers are on the right:



Always eager for new recruits, the SS attempted to entice Dutch men to join the fight against communists on the Eastern front.


(images via)

This German leaflet dates from the Italian campaign in early 1944, warning Allied troops of the certain death that was sure to await them in the Anzio landings on the coast just south of Rome (below left). Below right: "Join the German War Marine!" -


(images via)

In case they needed reminding, this famous poster reminded Americans of the nature of the enemy they were fighting (below left). Just in case anyone forgot, here’s a Nazi jackboot crushing a small town American church:


(images via)

These two posters encourage increased productivity of American war materials:


(images via)

Just as the Soviet artists liked to refer to Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812, this poster depicts Americans fighting for liberty in both 1778 and 1943. On the right: "Liberty Sowing the Seeds of Victory", poster from 1917:


(images via 1, 2)

Here’s a selection from the war in the Pacific. The German, Italian and Japanese flags feature prominently in this one from around the same time (below left). The famous poster on the right played on fears that Japan might launch an invasion of Australia:


(image via)

And finally, also from the Axis side, this Italian poster portrays the ‘liberators’. The Statue of Liberty is shown as an angel of death, and Italian cities in flames after a bombing raid (below left). Shown on the right is the German "Liberators" poster, saving Europe from Communism:



Talking about "Hall of Mirrors"... Here is Hitler the Liberator (Ukraine, 1942), and Stalin the Monster (Poland, 1940):


(images via 1, 2)

Also "Liberators", this one is the German 1944 poster. "World's Most Beautiful Leg?"... Really? -


(German 1944 poster, via)

Bonus: Soviet posters from the 1980s depicted American "Imperial Appetites" in a similarly sinister way:


("Imperial Appetites" and images via)

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Simon Rose is the author of science fiction and fantasy novels for children, including The Alchemist's Portrait, The Sorcerer's Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic's Tomb and The Doomsday Mask.

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