Archive for November, 2009

The Kopp-Etchells Effect

November 25th, 2009 by Ian

The Kopp-Etchel effect

Named after British and American soldier who died in Helman province, Afghanistan, this weird halo-like effect has been spotted around the rotor-blades of military helicopters. It is a result of static electricity that occurs when the CH-47s fly though dust storms.

View combat journo Michael Yon’s page for more great photographs.

Eisenhower Interstate network meets the London Underground

November 24th, 2009 by Ian
Eisenhower Interstate System in the style of H.C. Becks London Underground Diagram

The Eisenhower interstate roads were built so that, in the event of invasion, America’s armies could quickly move to the part of the union that was under attack. This diagram in the style of the famous H.C. Beck London Underground diagram (shout out to BoingBoing) helps you see what cities these roads pulled together.

via Kottke

NSFW Truckers Delight 16-bit pixel vid

November 18th, 2009 by Ian

This is NSFW due to lots of things going in and out of peoples bottoms. It is however awesome pixel-work which takes us back to the era of SNES and Sega Genesis. Pretty much the most controversial comment on truckers since that Jeremy Clarkson ‘joke’. The clever people on reddit remind me of Paul Robertson, the twisted genius who did Pirate Baby’s Cabana Battle Street Fight.

Via pretty much about everyone on my twitter stream.

Berlin and the wall: 61-89

November 16th, 2009 by Ian
Looking across No Mans Land to East Berlin

Looking across No Man's Land to East Berlin

Flickr have created a set that commemorates the fall of the Berlin wall. What’s great about this is that whenever we pick up a paper we see the same pictures and video: The Brandenburg gate, that guy with the hammer… etc. You know what i mean? Sometimes you need to step back from the same old cliched images and get more of a sense of the scale of the thing and the effect it had on the architecture around it. This set has regular folk who visited in the dark old days to show off their photos which often show the city, not just the wall, and from the angles you tend not to see on tv.

Picture by flickr user Richard and Gill

Cartman, Walken, Gaga perform ‘Pokerface’

November 11th, 2009 by Ian

The crazy costumes, dry delivery and pure sexual energy of Lady Ga Ga, Christopher Walken and Cartman respectively (at least I think that’s the right order) combine to make this the ultimate plodding-beat pop-mashup:

(via the good people at reddit)