I feel I need to reblog this correctly, because I just haven’t seen it much elsewhere on the web, so, if you haven’t already, do check out all winners of the 2010 worldpress photo competition. Take your time, browse through all entries, read the captions. It gets to me every time I see pieces like this, powerful images of our world still full of problems. So vivid, so real. Lots of heavy stuff though: when was the last time you saw someone stoned to death or an elephant carcass being torn up in an afternoon?  

CNN delivers scenes from Haiti with 360º degree camera (currently four scenes in total). Imagine fiction cinema using this exact concept: all around video + user navigation delivery like this. I guess that’s where video games come in. 

Umair Haque’s Generation M manifesto is dead on. It starts out with:

Dear Old People Who Run the World,
My generation would like to break up with you.

The ideological differences are so blatant, its no wonder so many well-established institutions with their 20th century mentality are struggling to keep afloat. With great power comes great responsibilities, they should be the ones leading the way.

 

Young photographer Richard Mosses discusses with BLDGBLG his recent visit and photographs of Saddam Hussein’s palaces in Iraq where American soldiers have established living quarters amongst the rubble and marble. Gorgeous pictures.

“Vast, self-indulgent halls of columned marble and extravagant chandeliers, surrounded by pools, walls, moats, and, beyond that, empty desert, suddenly look more like college dormitories. Weight sets, flags, partition walls, sofas, basketball hoops, and even posters of bikini’d women have been imported to fill Saddam’s spatial residuum. The effect is oddly decorative, as if someone has simply moved in for a long weekend, unpacking an assortment of mundane possessions.”

 

P.W. Singer and his very excellent TED presentation on new robotics in warfare. The conflict has balanced from one form to its other robotic equivalent, yet the rules relationships and targets between enemies are yet still the same. These new robots are wired for war, can we then say we’re not? 

Earth hour 2009 @ The Big Picture: Laurence était réjouie de dire qu‘«on peut éteindre le monde!» En effet, il y a quelque chose de très satisfaisant d‘éteindre les lumières de quartiers entiers au click d’une souris. 

I had no idea Koreans were such fans of maple sap (gorosoe in korean, eau d‘érable en françâ). They drink it straight from the tree, ideally, a mal full (20 liters) for maximum health benefit: “The idea is to sweat out all the bad stuff and replace it with sap.” 

Big picture’s best of 2008 round up: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Seeing these is like a species report: what do human do on earth? Lots of shit,good and bad. Human drama, disagreements and disasters are inevitable. But amidst it all, it nevertheless seems that justice, beauty and goodness can transcend. 

James, my Australian Sydney-born friend, why didn’t you tell me about these marvels? An overview of the many (40!) coastal pools of Syndey. I love the Pruned prose (emphasis mine): “[…] You sense that so embedded are [the pools] in the cultural geography of the city that they’ve become an indelible part of its psyche, soaked into its citizens’ genetic makeup after so many decades decades dipping into these baptismal fonts.” 

Un court vidéo sur le voyage du bois Russe: de la coupe illégale à ton siège de toilette chez Wal-mart. So remote yet so close. 

Une petite mine d’or: National Geography Photography Galleries Galore. Sujets variés, plusieurs nouveaux albums chaque mois, pas de fil RSS

Bien avant que la crew de RadioCan et de RDS débarque à Beijing, le photographe Dan Eckstein a été se promener en Chine, parcourant 10 000 km en 8 semaines, photographiant le pays et pour ensuite partager les clichés sur le web. C’est catégorisé par thèmes (Religion, Pollution, Pauvreté Urbaine…) Picture China

NYTimes: Fashion crit of the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony. Mon préféré: l’uniforme des Français. 

Big Picture: anti-terrorism exercices in China in preparation to the upcoming summer olympics. The beauty lies in the number of trained policemen. Oh, and 2 words: Segway gunmen. 

New Superpowers: “A set of flags that express more accurately the natures of the world’s up-and-coming superpowers: Russia’s stranglehold on oil and gas lines; China’s peerless manufacturing ability; Israel’s defense capabilities; and Japan’s ever-expanding workforce.” 

Big is beautiful: Big Picture est la nouvelle section de photo-journalisme du boston.com mettant en vedette les superbes clichés de nouvelles internationales en grand format. Effectivement, si la mojorité des internautes est capable de télécharger des vidéos de plusieurs MB en quelques secondes et possède maintenant une résolution d‘écran relativement large, pourquoi s’entêter encore conserver l’esprit de réduction et d‘épargne de bande passante? Hippopocampe a fait le move en janvier dernier. 

Reuters’ Bearing Witness: five years of the Iraq war. Includes a timeline of events since 2003 illustrated by photography and films and quite interesting interviews with local journalists and photographers whose workplace is probably the most dangerous un the world. 

Diaporama retrospectif du New York Times: 2007 en photos. Le NYT sait bien présenter les choses. 

Reuters best of photography 2007. Love that burning bike, George Bush’s tear, the Chinese conductor and the wounded Canadian soldier. 

A photographic report of a photographer’s recent tour to Antartica. Et ils ont trainé pas mal de stock, dont des caméra/scan à 400 mégapixels. Malgré le fait que je maugré l’hiver qui est à nos portes, l’idée de prendre des photos par froid glacial m’excite. Et ces tons de glace et d’eau froide! Road trip to Hudson Bay, anybody? 

When I watch clips like this one about the dimensions of the universe and what it contains, I just feel like dropping all the everyday stuff and rules and obligations right this instant and shouting “what’s the use, huh?”  

A Soviet Poster a Day : analysis and historical context for CCCP poster propaganda. 

Ironic Sans does it again: An analysis of terrorist organization logos. Stars and guns seem to be the common practice. 

Le nouveau logo des olympiques de 2012 à Londres fait autant de bruit sur le ouèbe et la scène international que le code de conduite de Hérouxville. J’suis étonné de voir autant de gens, d’habitude si fervants d’innovation et de création inédites, se révolter contre le nouvel emblème. Il y a une pétition qui circule avec déjà 25,000 noms. Hippopocampe, par sa part, est très content de cette approche claire, fraîche et novative; l’essence du brand n’a pas été dilué, ramolli et perdu à travers des milliers de réunions et commités (comme celui ci par exemple) et se distingue clairement de tous les autres logos des jeux olympique. Seb Coe, chairman of the London 2012 organising committee: “It’s not a logo, it’s a brand that will take us forward for the next five years.” A great rant in favor of the logo: 10 good reasons why the Coudal Partners like it

For webcam users, get your 5 Minute Friend. Can somebody seriously try this and tell me how it turns out? I don’t have a webcam but it looks like fun to me. Quelqu’un peut-il l’essayer et me dire ce qui en ai, s’il te plait. J’suis seul au monde, j’n‘ai pas de webcam. 

Hong Kong mid-level escalators: 800m escalators, moving walkways and pedestrian bridges that connect the downtown financial district to the mid-levels, a upscale neighborhood of condominium towers where many executives live.” And if you like escalators (I mean really love the idea of a fixed conveyor belt-like machine that moves humans), I strongly suggest you read Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine

Malu Malu: a short amalgamation of footage of the traditional fisherfolk of Sri Lanka. I love the super wide video ratio and the use of the split-screen. 

Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.” Ça c’est de la communication graphique à son meilleur. En un coup d’oeil, je peux comprendre les proportions globales, les rapports entre les pays, l’impact de la position géographique… des choses que des chiffres expliquent mais communiquent mal. 

Abu Dhabi Museum Project. “Abu Dhabi’s royal family plans to buy a $650 million (€500 million) share of the Louvre. This will allow them to transfer several hundred artworks to the Arab metropolis for an initial term of 20 years.” When you have enough money, you can do pretty much what you like. Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Tadao Ando ont tous soumis des propositions formelles.