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Undercity Adventures

Boing Boing tipped me off to this NPR Interview about exploring the underground tunnels in NYC, and then I found this video about Steve Duncan (above). Fascinating, and totally bad ass.  Listen to the interview as well if you have time.

As an urban historian & photographer, I try to peel back the layers of a city to see what’s underneath. From the tops of bridges to the depths of sewer tunnels, these explorations of the urban environment help me puzzle together the interconnected, multi-dimensional history and complexity of the great metropolises of the world.

THIS IS Studio: Nike 78

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Nice interview and submission by THIS IS Studio for the NIKE78 project.

NIKE78 is an exciting new project created by Paul Jenkins and inspired by NIKE. Creatives involved will receive a brand new pair of NIKE shoes and will be asked to use sport as inspiration to challenge their function. The project will be documented on this website [Nike 78] and after the shoes have been collected, an exhibition showcase is planned for the London Design Festival 2010. This is a unique project featuring some of the most talented creative individuals, studios and other organisations.

The Incredible Eyjafjallajökull

The Eyjafjallajökull volcano reminds us, as Larry Brilliant said: We know very little about a lot.

From Sean Stiegemeier:

So I saw all of these mediocre pictures of that volcano in Iceland nobody can pronounce the name of, so I figured I should go and do better. But the flights to get over took forever as expected (somewhat). 4 days after leaving I finally made it, but the weather was terrible for another 4. Just before leaving it got pretty good for about a day and a half and this is what I managed to get.

Music of course by the one and only Jonsi.  Hat tip to Micah!

What do birds eat? Well, human trash.


Easily some of the most unsettling photographs I’ve seen in a very long time– but oddly important to spread around. Artist and photographer Chris Jordan always nails the point.

These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.
To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world’s most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

This is sickening. Something needs to be done about dumping in the oceans. Via QBN

The Art of Tim Burton

Just as the imagery in his films haunts your dreams, the art of Tim Burton manages to get under skin while remaining perfectly still. While many of the pieces carry the Dr. Seuss meets Brothers Quay depictions we would expect from the director, some surprise you, specifically the crayon renditions of characters including what resembles Cesar Romero’s Joker. The site is endlessly fun in itself; navigate the topy turvy gallery by walking around as stain boy, a rudimentary drawing with a curious little smile as he checks out the wall hangings. You’ll spend more than a couple a minutes on this, guaranteed.

New Soap, Old Bottle

The minds behind New Soap, Old Bottle are marketing multifuncionality in the form of new liquid soap sold in reused plastic and glass bottles. After being sanitized, the former Coke and Heineken bottles are filled with home or car cleaner, topped with child safe caps, and sold at $4 a pop. “Big companies aren’t going to do this on their own. So we’ll do it for them,” said Scott Amron, designer, electrical engineer and founding principal of New York’s Amron Exprimental. “We buy brand name liquid soap by the barrel and package it in old bottles here in America.” Recessionistas and green thumbs rejoice"“ we love this work.

Can anyone guess the bottles above? First one is pretty easy…

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