Sunday, November 30, 2008

Olga Kurylenko, the bond girl

I think pictures speak louder than words here. Ukrainian born actress and model Olga Kurylenko. Stars in the new Bond movie Quantum of Solace.

Cedric Delsaux. Star Wars Series.

French photographer Cedric Delsaux uses action figures to bring urban scenes to life in his Star Wars Serie. The photos have a chilling stillness to them, as if its an everyday occasion to see stormtroopers gridlocked around your local expressway.

See more: Cedric Delsaux

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Nike Mercurial Vapor Rosa.

Nike releases a pink version of their Mercurial Vapor soccer shoes. Franck Ribery sports them in this "Pink Panther" inspired advertisement. I hope they make these in women's sizes as well.

Friday, November 21, 2008

15 Below Project

The 15 below jacket, designed by Canadian designer Lida Biday, was designed to help devise a way to keep the homeless warm in cold Canadian winters. The jacket itself is light, windproof, and water proof. But the coux de gras comes with the "insulation". Users can stuff newspaper into 15 hidden pockets within the coat to provide some insulation, which is rated for 15 below weather for at least 8 hours. The bag can also fold into a pillow and a backpack. Several of the bags have been signed by famous celebritites and made it to ebay to be sold as a fundraiser. Celeb endorsers include Yo-Yo Ma, John Stewart, Nelly Furtado, R.E.M, and more.

See the test footage here: The test

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Mayan Playing Cards

In Soviet Russia, there wasn't much tolerance for free market capitalism. The gov. controlled most production. The same went for card companies, of which there were only 10 variations and were all made by the Soviet state. Apparently Ancient Mayan culture seemed to be of interest to Russians at that time?

Renaissance Rap - Q Tip

Q-Tip - "Renaissance Rap" from Three/21 Films on Vimeo.

Single off Q-Tips album The Renaissance In stores now.  Nice little backbeat, with a catchy refrain.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bags from Bike Tires

Alchemy Goods is in the business of handmade sustainable bags. Their products are mostly made from discarded tire inner tubes and seatbelts, which makes them extremely durable as well as better for the environment. Messenger like these bags are taking off, especially among the rising urban biker communities. Wish I had one myself.

A police car, thats actually a police car.

The first purpose-built police car by Carbon Motors brand. This machine was designed and built specifically for all things police. No stock frame on this baby. There have been many additions, of course, that make it better for crime fighting. The machine boasts a 300 hp clean diesel engine, and a frame that can withstand a 75 mph rear impact. Not only that, the thing just looks aggressive. To quote the company:

The car was designed to be robust and last to a 250,000 mile durability specification. Inside the car, many features aim to improve the officers job. There's an extensive list of integrated technologies like a heads up display, driver specific intelligent key, automatic license plate recognition system, nightvision compliant interior illumination, and an integrated forward looking infrared system (FLIR).

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Extreme Human Abilities

If you have not heard of Parkour, you need to check it out. It is basically a street art where people can jump around urban settings. These guys seem to have superhuman jumping abilities and absolutely no fear or inhibitions. This video shows some of their stunts.

Raymond Loewy

Raymond Loewy was one of the greatest designers of the postwar generation. He is considered the father of modern industrial design. Some of his famous creations include the Shell and Exxon logos, anything "streamlined", Studebaker Cars, the Coca-Cola bottle, and numerous other products. It has been said that in his heyday, you could not go through a normal day without encountering something that Loewy had helped design.