The end of any calendar year always means year-end reviews from the assorted news agencies around the globe. The best of these are always the “year in photos” retrospectives and Reuters is first out of the gate with an amazing collection of some seriously powerful images. You should probably be aware that there are some rather graphic items in here … it’s easy to forget that we live in a hell of a nasty world.
It’s also stuff that needs to be shown. Every time someone tries to save a couple of bucks by shopping for cheap-ass “Joe Fresh” clothes at Loblaws, they should have to look at this picture first. In fact, Galen Weston – and his kids – should have to look at this every single day.
TIP: Click on the “View All Images” link under the first picture to browse through without the annoyance of a slideshow.
How to draw a butt. The perfect addition to any Christmas card, really.
So I’ve long been a regular reader of “The Ramen Rater“. I have a serious soft spot for noodles in general, and I am all agog when I find some really primo instant ones. I’m also a huge fan of inexplicable Japanese TV – and the more unfathomable the show is, the better I like it. So when Hans the Ramen Rater was a guest on God Of Patena – on one of the strangest of all shows in Japan – I couldn’t stop watching.
The large and shouty Scandinavian-looking fellow in the pink helmet? Just a bonus.
BTW: The best thing about the Ramen Rater is that he puts the UPC number in every review. Makes it quick and super easy to look stuff up when you are at at the asian grocery and checking out the array of packages. Well done, sir, well done.
For those who missed, Jeff Bezos was on 60 Minutes last night and he was talking about Amazon’s new initiative: Amazon Prime Air. In a nutshell, it will use automated drones to deleiver your purchases by air to your doorstep in 30 minutes or less.
As fantastic as it seems, this is a lot closer to reality that you might think. Drone technology is widespread, relatively inexpensive, proven, and reliable. And if anyone has the resources (Warning: Brutal pun imminent) to get this off the ground (Hey! I warned you!) it’s Amazon. They have staggering amounts of revenue and have no need to ever turn any of it into profit – a perfect storm for developing pie-in-the-sky (Ha! Again!) stuff like this. And if you are the nay-saying type and wondering how far along from “interesting idea” to “making it happen” they are, take a look:
Obviously this would start in larger cities – and probably ones with pleasant climates – and spread from there. But I have to wonder: How long before people start scanning the skies for flying yellow boxes and shooting the things down for free loot? Or just following them to doorsteps and grabbing the boxes as they leave them? And do you get to keep the little bin? That looks like it would be handy for all sorts of stuff. Just saying.
This is one of the coolest vintage photo archives around. The photos are all sorts of cool on their own, but the “Virtually In Studio” entry is quite frankly brilliant. Play around with “being there as one of the Fab Four” for a while, and then start to work back through the archive proper.
Three things stood out to me: The boys dressed quite well as a rule, they drank a crapload of tea, and the recording floor at Abbey Road is fucking huge.
This insanely great infographic showed up on Bloomberg today. It’s notable for two reasons: First, it is all sorts of interesting, especially when you start to sort by things other than straight value. Sorting by wins is an especial eye-opener. And two, every dumbfuck editor and publisher in the newspaper biz that still thinks simply re-publishing the content of print editions online is somehow acceptable – read, all of them – needs to be shown this and then slapped in the back of the head repeatedly until they realize that this is how you both report and publish news in the digital age.
Your reporters gather your information with the idea from the start that it will be published visually and interactively. Your designers use visual and interactive features to allow the reader to understand and explore the story behind the data. And then, and only then, do you re-purpose what you can for your dead-tree editions.
Slap, slap, slap.
Technology, design, and beer. The gang at Heineken have teamed up with Krups and Marc Newson to produce a proper beer cooling and delivery system for the home. The old adage about a picture being worth a thousand words definitely comes into play here, so I’ll just shut up now.
As mentioned before, the problem isn’t that some people are filthy rich. The problem is that most of those filthy rich people aren’t patriotic enough to pay their fair (and definitely not bank-breaking) share of taxes. But don’t listen to me. Listen to Ed Asner.
You may have noticed that the “Cards” app on your iOS devices stopped working this week. Apple has pulled the plug on the service, which is sad. There are a number of “create a card” apps and services for iOS, but only Cards had an honest-to-goshen letterpress product. It was fun and easy and I personally enjoyed using it.
This is quite possibly both the greatest and the most fucked-up music video of all time. It starts out like a sort of a musical version of the old See-And-Say kids’ toy, but then it goes, um, somewhere. There are no words that can describe this thing. Really. Just watch it.
What Does The Fox Say?
The best part is that whenever you think “Okay, this is as fucked as it can possibly get” … it gets worse.