Archive for the 'Trivia' Category

Amazing Pictures of Houses Overcome by Nature

September 2, 2009

Sweet Juniper via BoingBoing:

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Librarians of the FUTURE!

August 19, 2009

JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee – although to me that’s always been as meaningless as the acronym) released a slick video recently canvassing opinion and conjecture on what libraries might look like 10 or 20 years down the line:

While I find all the talk about virtual information hubs, networks and the like interesting, I’d always thought librarians of the future were supposed to look like this:

Terminator Librarian WH40K

(from here)

Abandoned Scottish Village to be Demolished

June 24, 2009

The BBC reports that Polphail, a village built in Argyll in the 70s to meet the demands of the fledging oil industry, is to be demolished.

The strange thing about Polphail is that it was never occupied:

Keys still dangle on a board waiting for tenants who would never arrive. Coat hangers remain in cupboards and rusting washing machines stand idle, dreaming of their first spin cycle.

There’s a definite post-apocalyptic feel about the derelict houses lying empty and unused. There are some excellent images of the abandoned Polphail at local photographer Philippa Elliott’s website:

Philippa Elliot >> Polphail

And on Flickr:

Flickr >> Polphail Set

Preservation Photo: Awesome Photos of Urban Decay

March 14, 2009

Found via Dark Roasted Blend, here’s another site showcasing some incredibly beautiful photography of abandoned buildings before the wreckers move in:

Preservation Photo dedicates itself to documenting architecture through photography in an effort to preserve a building’s history.

Some illustrative examples:

Bancroft Mills

The massive Bancroft Mill complex was the largest and longest running mill in Delewares Brandywine Valley before it went bankrupt in 2003.

Pennhurst State School

At it’s peak the several hundred acre campus housed over 3500 patients (known as “clients”) and began suffering from overcrowded conditions. Sexual abuse, neglect, and appalling living conditions led to a class action lawsuit against the school in 1977. The school was found guilty of violating patients rights and was officially shut down a decade later in 1987.

Radiohead Nude – ZX Spectrum Style

June 10, 2008

You’ve all heard the remixes of “Nude” by Radiohead, right? Well here’s one you might not have heard earlier:

James Houston is a final year student on Glasgow University’s Visual Communication course, and the video above is his end of year project. You’ll have to wait until 1:10 for the “performance” to begin, but it’s so worth it…

Postapocalypse Now!

May 19, 2008

You may not know this, but I have a (possibly unhealthy) fixation with post-apocalyptic fiction. Writing, film or art, it doesn’t matter: I’ll happily consume any of the above voraciously if it’s about life after some global catastrophe which could befall humanity.

I’m currently reading The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (more on that at a later date) which, although not fiction per se, explores what might happen to the earth if humans were to suddenly disappear tomorrow.

When I get a spare couple of hours in the next week, I’m planning on sitting down and writing a much more comprehensive and in-depth post on all of my favourite post-apocalyptic fiction – from John Wyndham to Cormac McCarthy. For now though, you’ll have to content yourself with what I think is a pretty awesome compilation of some of the best post-apocalyptic links on the web:

Lostmoya’s del.icio.us postapocalyptic special!

If you know of any better stuff that I haven’t yet included, please suggest it. Either here in the comments or add me on del.icio.us and send me links. The more post-apocalyptic the better!

Like this, for example. My latest find is a series of lithographs of post-apocalyptic Tokyo, by Japanese artist Hisaharu Motoda:

Post-apocalyptic ruins

Blast From The Past: Batman Dead End

April 27, 2008

Remember this?

This fan-produced film did the rounds ages ago. In fact it was back in 2003 (5 years ago!) when I first heard about it – from this thread at TTLG forums, as it happens.

And, you know what? It’s still as gloriously campy and fun as it was back in the day, as well as being a shining example of what insane fanboys with a budget can actually produce when they put their minds to it… Batman vs. Alien vs. Predator – no one expected that! Talk about a mashup

Just imagine how the audience would react if Christopher Nolan pulled that kind of stunt in his upcoming The Dark Knight. Although it would of course be unforgivable (and would no doubt result in a sustained hate campaign from legions of die-hard fans), it would almost be worth it simply because of the supreme “WTF!?!” factor and stratospheric levels of internet kudos which such a move would generate.

Presidential Tag Clouds… Of The Future!

February 10, 2008

Remember the site which showed you all the buzzwords from the last two hundred-odd years of the US State of the Union? Here’s another I came across just now, but this time it’s a wry look at what the speech might look like in 70 years or so:

2080 State of the Union Address: Key Terms and Phrases (via Waxy.org)

Highlights include ‘Engorged Benefactor Larvae’, ‘Iraq 2.0’, ‘September 11’ and ‘Metaeducation Implants’.

(By the way, here’s the real one for 2008 in case you were wondering…)

Amazon Has Dispatched The Queen

February 8, 2008

Here’s an amusing little snippet which I came across while checking my Gmail inbox earlier this week:

Sender: Amazon.co.uk

Subject: The Queen has been dispatched

Yikes! Has all the power finally gone to Jeff Bezos‘ head?

“Dear lostmoya,

We’ve dispatched The Queen. You can expect to receive it in 1-2 business days…”

Oh ho ho, I see what you’ve done there, because this is all about Stephen Frears’ excellent film starring Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen. Disappointingly, what actually dropped on my door mat three days later was the Amazon DVD rental envelope, and not a severed monarch’s head…

At least the film was good.

Sometimes xkcd Can Be Really Deep…

January 18, 2008

The latest one brings a tear to my eye:

xkcd - To be wanted


By the way, the alt-text on the original is “Or so I hope?”. And, as most xkcd fans know, the alt-text is crucial to the overall interpretation of the piece.