June 30, 2013

Christopher Hitchens on Literature: Homer's Odyssey (2000)

Posted by the Flea at 08:14 AM

BBC - Face-to-Face (1959)

Bertrand Russell's message to the future.

Posted by the Flea at 08:11 AM

LØV - The Girl Who Spoke the Language of Trees

Posted by the Flea at 08:04 AM

June 29, 2013

Meanwhile, at the Berlaymont

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European Commission security is best dressed security.

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

In Memory of the Late Mr. and Mrs. Comfort , A Fable by Richard Avedon

The single greatest fashion editorial of modern times, a fable by Richard Avedon.

"I believe in maniacs. I believe in type As. I believe that you’ve got to love your work so much that it is all you want to do. I believe you must betray your mistress for your work, you betray your wife for your work; I believe that she must betray you for her work. I believe that work is the one thing in the world that never betrays you, that lasts. If I were going to be a politician, if I were going to be a scientist, I would do it every day. I wouldn’t wait for Monday. I don’t believe in weekends.

If you’re headed for a life that’s only involved with making money and that you hope for satisfaction somewhere else, you’re headed for a lot of trouble. And whatever replaces vodka when you’re 45 is what you’re going to be doing."

- Richard Avedon - 1988
Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

La Cour des Senteurs

"If you’re lucky enough to be travelling to France this summer and are scheduling your obligatory trip to Versailles, then you shouldn’t miss La Cour des Senteurs, a new sensory experience dedicated to the art of perfume which just opened near the palais."

(Et la et la.)

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

Natalia Kills - Problem (Explicit)

Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.

Posted by the Flea at 08:22 AM

June 28, 2013

The changing shape of cinema

The Changing Shape of Cinema: The History of Aspect Ratio from FilmmakerIQ.com on Vimeo.

The history of aspect ratio.

John Hess traces the evolution of the screen shape from the silent film days through the widescreen explosion of the 50s, to the aspect ratio of modern digital cameras.
Posted by the Flea at 08:49 AM

Five lovable cities

"They might not be slick or smart, they might be a bit dusty in the corners or a nightmare to navigate, and they won't be making our top 25 most liveable cities list any time soon. But who cares?"

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Evolution of Get Lucky [Daft Punk Chronologic cover by PV NOVA]

Thanks to Bill.

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

June 27, 2013

Adele's Dream - The Movie

"Adele's Dream is Fendi's latest cinematic undertaking, a short movie that celebrates the new Selleria Line, with a focus on the Adele bag and the magnetic appeal of Italian cinema. A woman and her bag. The timeless appeal of Adele 1328 named after Fendi's founder, which blossoms like a flower in the hands of Fendi's master artisans."

So goes the Fendi copy. But this isn't Italian cinema, it's Hitchcock.

Posted by the Flea at 07:33 AM


Dandy Diary explains they got Miky the Streaker - and a cameraman - into Saturday's Dolce & Gabbana menswear show.

It was quite difficult to get the whole action started since we didn’t get accreditation for the show. So our plan B had to work: We took the name of a German fashion editor of whom we knew would come to the show. Miky the Streaker then got in to the theater on his name (without showing an invitation or an acutal ID). For one of our camera guys, we bought a ticket from a random guest. We gave him €200 for his ticket. The seller seemed quite surprised but took the money, gave us his ticket, and left. Must have been a strange feeling for him afterwards.
Posted by the Flea at 07:29 AM

Vibration theory of olfaction

"A controversial theory that the way we smell involves a quantum physics effect has received a boost, following experiments with human subjects. It challenges the notion that our sense of smell depends only on the shapes of molecules we sniff in the air."

Posted by the Flea at 07:27 AM

The Jaguar C-X75 Prototype

"We needed to achieve the performance of a Veyron, the range of a Volt, and the CO2 of Prius."

Heaven is where the police are British, the cooks are French, the mechanics German...

Posted by the Flea at 07:24 AM

Nyusha - Alone

Russian pop music videos > other pop music videos (with a hat tip to Mr. Percifield).*

* Possible exception: Ukrainian pop music videos.

Posted by the Flea at 07:22 AM

June 26, 2013

Chanel - The Little Black Jacket in Shanghai

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Can perfume ever again become a luxury?

"Luxury is less about hype and more about showing the best that a human being or brand can make. Thanks to the information age, high-end consumers are becoming more and more knowledgeable, more connoisseur and more discerning.

"To them, brands are for those who don’t know any better – brands being for those lacking in knowledge, confidence or culture. The more educated consumers become, the more they tend to seek out the best in a field, and as such, they tend to seek out the great masters - specialists in specific fields."

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Model Files - Season Finale: It's Preston's Day

While shooting the MODEL FILES spread for V Magazine, Preston finally gets the camera time (he feels) he deserves.

Posted by the Flea at 08:43 AM

Mark Hollis - The Gift

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June 25, 2013

Christian Dior Spring/Summer 1998

"A celebrity and femme fatale, the marchesa's famous eccentricities dominated and delighted European society for nearly three decades. The beautiful and extravagant hostess to the Ballets Russes was something of a legend among her contemporaries. She astonished society by parading with a pair of leashed cheetahs and wearing live snakes as jewellery."

"Much later, John Galliano based the 1998 Spring/Summer Christian Dior collection on her. Gowns from this collection have been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Fashion Institute."

"Perhaps Alexander McQueen most unashamedly romantic show to date, his Spring/Summer 2007 collection was inspired by [Luisa] Casati." (NSFW, couture)

Posted by the Flea at 05:58 AM

Senators of fashion

"For several years now, the international fashion industry has been whispering about the decline of Milan Fashion Week and the waning influence of Italian fashion at large."

Posted by the Flea at 05:57 AM


What Would Tom Ford Do?

Specifically: Tom Ford in 24 hours, Tom Ford's 15 things every man should have and,
Rules of Style from Tom Ford.

While we are on the subject: Tom Ford on fashion success.

Tom Ford has huge plans for his label, aiming to overtake the world's leading luxury fashion brands to become the biggest and best. He's been studying how massive brands like Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton corner the market and it ain't always pretty.
Posted by the Flea at 05:54 AM

China Haircutter Chant

Posted by the Flea at 05:53 AM

Gary Numan - Music For Chameleons

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June 24, 2013

Dandy Diary - Fashion Film: #fashionooball

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

Runway safari in Milan

"Designs shown on the second day of menswear previews during Milan Fashion Week had an exotic flare - even if Miuccia Prada in particular says she was rejecting the label."

Resort 2014: The Missoni runway show.

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Audrey Hepburn - Jazz dance from Funny Face (1957)

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

Nikita - Losing Control

Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.

Posted by the Flea at 08:22 AM

June 23, 2013

Inside Koenigsegg - The Future of the Internal Combustion Engine

"Inside Koenigsegg provides for the first time, a look behind the scenes at Koenigsegg and examine how innovation within the highest echelon of sports car manufacturers will affect the broader automotive world. Company founder and principal, Christian Von Koenigsegg, hosts this nine-part series, which was produced at Koenigsegg headquarters in Angelholm, Sweden.

"In the seventh episode, Christian Von Koenigsegg and Urban Carlson demonstrate their Free Valve technology that does not require a camshaft to run. This engineering is being pioneered by Koenigsegg for future use, but is already running in a Saab 9-5 test mule"

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM


"An ancient Egyptian statue has spooked museum bosses – after it mysteriously started to spin round in a display case."

The 10-inch tall relic, which dates back to 1800 BC, was found in a mummy’s tomb and has been at the Manchester Museum for 80 years.

But in recent weeks, curators have been left scratching their heads after they kept finding it facing the wrong way. Experts decided to monitor the room on time-lapse video and were astonished to see it clearly show the statuette spinning 180 degrees – with nobody going near it.
Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Dead Can Dance - Bylar

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June 22, 2013

Dali Atomicus (1948)


"Before modern, computerized techniques in image manipulation, Latvian-born American portrait photographer Philippe Halsman shot this photograph of the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí suspended in mid-air. "

Posted by the Flea at 06:48 AM

Das Parfum

"The origin of Eau de Cologne might seem difficult to determine, but nothing is more farther from the truth than that. In fact, its roots can be easily traced as it is fully documented in the “Rheinisch-Westfälischen Wirtschafts-Archive” (RWWA) which can be found in the City of Cologne in Germany.) There all purchases, sales, correspondence, production and controversies about Eau de Cologne can be traced on the hands of original documents dating back to 1709."

Posted by the Flea at 06:44 AM


The series of typographical symbols (such as @#*&!) used in cartoons and comic strips to represent swear words. Plural: grawlixes.

Posted by the Flea at 06:43 AM

Caribou - Odessa

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June 21, 2013

The Midnight Archive - The Art of Ryan Matthew Cohn

"Prepare yourself for a world of skulls, mixed anatomy, shrunken heads, and mummies. This episode takes us into the home of collector and artist Ryan Matthew Cohn and showcases the amazing world he has created for himself. Here he gives a charming account of his collection as well as the work he does. His apartment is OVERWHELMING in its incredible design and expansive collection."

Posted by the Flea at 07:28 AM

Memento mori

Time and death were the inspirations behind Christian Dior‘s opulent Dior Joaillerie.*

Dubbed the “Kings and Queens Collection,” these luxurious accessories, designed by Victoire de Castellane, are crafted from opal, jade, and obsidian. The stones are then sculpted into skulls complete with ornate, blinged out crowns and collars. The garish heads are meant to represent the passing of time and the coming of death, while the sparkling crown and collar remind us to enjoy every moment.

* This is several years ago now but this Reine de Quartzie ring in platinum, diamonds, pink quartz and pearls, for example, is still relevant to my interests.

Posted by the Flea at 07:24 AM

Talking Games

"Founded by indigenous language learning veteran and Thornton Media President Don Thornton, a Cherokee Nation citizen, >Talking Games is the first company to bring immersive virtual game environments to the consumer language-learning market."

Posted by the Flea at 07:23 AM

Jocelyn Pook - Hell, Fire & Damnation

Posted by the Flea at 07:22 AM

June 20, 2013

Ermenegildo Zegna Men Fall/Winter 2013-14 | Milan Men's Fashion Week

"Classic suiting meets sportswear at the Ermenegildo Zegna show for Milan Men's Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013-2014 in colors like stone gray, charcoal, and granite. A couple of unique colors and leather additions made for another luxurious line by the brand. Appearances: Jacob Coupe, Linus Gustin"

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

Rules of conversation

"The excerpt below comes from a book published in 1875: A Gentleman’s Guide to Etiquette by Cecil B. Hartley. Hartley’s rules may be over 100 years old, but they’re just as true today as they ever were."

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Je Veux les Lunette de Karl

The Karl Lagerfeld video game: Fail and Karl has no more time for you.

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

The Dears - No Hope Before Destruction

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June 19, 2013

China Southern Airlines : An Introduction

Meanwhile, I have two shipments of bottles en route from Zenjiang. Fortuantely, they are being thrown into a cargo container.

Posted by the Flea at 07:59 AM

No road is long with good company

"The Pitti Discovery foundation has teamed up with ITKIB - Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporter Associations - to host thirteen Turkish designers who are already established in their country but not yet internationally." (video at the link)

Posted by the Flea at 07:57 AM

Colour Me Good Cara

The Cara Delevingne colouring book.

Posted by the Flea at 07:54 AM

Leila - Boudica

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June 18, 2013

Coco Avant Chanel (2009) - Final Scene

"Coco Before Chanel, the final scene. Not really spoiler-worthy. I mean, we all know what becomes of Coco, right? Music by Alexandre Desplat."

Aussi: Thanks to YouTube, an interview with Coco Chanel followed by scenes from her spring/summer 1970 haute couture collection.

Posted by the Flea at 07:28 AM

How to sell wine

"The second catalogue, Rose et Noir, has an odd storyline for a wine advertisement. Its narrative follows newlyweds through a downward spiral, brought on by the effects of too many American cocktails (and not enough French wine)."

Posted by the Flea at 07:27 AM

How to Tie a Turban (1942)

Woman Magazine (editrice) Anne Edwards combats rations with turban fashions.

Posted by the Flea at 07:24 AM

Leila Arab - Underwaters

Posted by the Flea at 07:22 AM

June 17, 2013

British Pathé - Spectacles Fashion, 1950s

Additionally: Shoe fashions of tomorrow.

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

Absurdly Expensive Items Of Clothing I Will Be Making And Selling

"Up until this point, I thought I would have to work hard, like Pierpont Morgan, to amass a fortune, but, actually, all I have to do it make one single item of clothing and sell it. These are some ideas. You can let me know which one you would like to buy."

By way of illustration: Alberto Moretti 24-Carat gold shoes and a $68,000 jacket by Saint Laurent Paris.

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Constance Bennet - Daily Beauty Rituals 1937

"In lush 1937 cine-color , the beautiful and glamorous Constance Bennett takes us though her typically lavish [for a Hollywood Starlet] daily beauty routine, complete with attending house maid! It was produced for the Educational Films Corporation of America by none other than Hal Roach, who is better remembered for his work with Laurel & Hardy."

Posted by the Flea at 08:43 AM

Rihanna - Stay ft. Mikky Ekko

Posted by the Flea at 08:42 AM

June 16, 2013

Finding Bessarion (2013)

"In this short documentary, TTC Enthusiast and Urban Explorer Jeremy Woodcock travels to Bessarion Station, the least used Subway Station on the Toronto Transit Map, to find out if it really does exist and why it would be built in the first place."

Meanwhile: The Bamboo Train of Cambodia.

Posted by the Flea at 08:43 AM

June 15, 2013


"It is a city shrouded in myth, swallowed by the Mediterranean Sea and buried in sand and mud for more than 1,200 years. But now archeologists are unearthing the mysteries of Heracleion, uncovering amazingly well-preserved artifacts that tell the story of a vibrant classical-era port."

Detail: Also known as Thonis.

Discovery: "Prior to its discovery in 2000 by the IEASM, no trace of Thonis-Heracleion had been found. Its name was almost razed from the memory of mankind, only preserved in ancient classic texts and rare inscriptions found on land by archaeologists."

Posted by the Flea at 10:06 AM


Australian archaeologist Damian Evans "matched years of archaeological ground research to reveal Mahendraparvata, a lost mediaeval city where people existed on a mist-shrouded mountain called Phnom Kulen 350 years before the building of the famous Angkor Wat temple complex in north-western Cambodia."

Posted by the Flea at 10:05 AM


Cities around the world at night photographed by Jakob Wagner.

Posted by the Flea at 10:04 AM

Secret London

A tube map of London's ghost stations.

Posted by the Flea at 10:03 AM

Siouxsie & The Banshees - The Passenger

Posted by the Flea at 10:01 AM

June 14, 2013

This word "triumph"

I do not think it means what you think it means.

So, fashion icon Daphne Guinness, heiress to the Guinness beer fortune and best friend to the late Alexander McQueen came out with a music video. Entitled “Fatal Flaw,” the 5-minute video was directed by Nick Knight (who also directed Bjork’s “Pagan Poetry” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”).

Much as I like Daphne Guinness.

Posted by the Flea at 07:48 AM

Custom perfumery, Brooklyn

"Julia Zangrilli, who got her certification from the renowned Grasse Institute of Perfumery in France, launched Nova as a custom-blend service partly as a way to learn more about her craft."

“I know the smells that I like, but I wanted to get a better sense of what other people like,” she explained. “Then I found I had a knack for it.
Posted by the Flea at 07:44 AM

Everest capsule collection

"When Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953 alongside Sir Edmund Hillary, he did so wearing Bally Reindeer-Himalaya boots."

Posted by the Flea at 07:43 AM

Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon (Live, 1976)

Posted by the Flea at 07:41 AM

June 13, 2013

Fashion Uncovered | Iran

"In Iran the fashion police are armed with more than a few cheap gags on prime-time TV. Designer Shadi Parand has worked hard for her creative freedom -- even if it can only be celebrated behind closed doors."

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

Bertrand Duchaufour, The Maharaja and Jodhpur

Bertrand Duchaufour returns with Vaara, his first perfume for Penhaligon’s since Sartorial (2010).

Bertrand travelled to Jodhpur to explore the life of a Maharaja; visiting historic forts, family palaces, exotic gardens and bustling city markets. His journey provided him with an abundance of inspiration for the fragrance and the end result, Vaara, cleverly captures the spirit of this fascinating part of India.

Duchaufour: "He’s at lunch, deconstructing the chutney. He says it could trigger his next perfume. Just like the soup served at Bal Samand Lake Palace in Jodhpur, the night before. “It was so incredible! The combination of tomatoes, apple and cinnamon in the soup...,” says master perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour, in Jodhpur to launch his latest fragrance, Vaara by Penhaligon’s (the legendary British perfume company)."

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Chapels / castles

10 chapels: "Ever since Bramate’s Tempietto, architects have loved to design small chapels. These structures provide designers a unique opportunity to craft a large communal space that can play with, or even break from, a long tradition of religious architecture. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 unusual modern chapels, representing a host of styles and range of faiths."

And: Twenty-nine castles.

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Henrik Schwarz - Take Words In Return (Carl Craig Vocal Rmx)

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June 12, 2013

Yardley - "You're The Fire" Skin Incense

Posted by the Flea at 06:58 AM

The Slayer Tarot

"Lost hundreds of years ago, the Slayer’s tarot is an important artifact from Slayer history that came into existence after a group of women shared a vision of a rogue Slayer who would love a vampire and who would be aided in her fight against evil by a group of mystical allies. The heretical prophecy led to the suppression of the deck by the Watcher’s Council."

Posted by the Flea at 06:57 AM

Tornado season on the Sun

"For a 38 hour spell (June 3-4, 2013) the Solar Dynamics Observatory captured plasma whirling through a magnetic dance across the Sun's surface. Multiple 'sun tornadoes' appear to be supporting a long solar filament like pillars of fire."

Posted by the Flea at 06:54 AM

Annie Lennox - Precious

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June 11, 2013

Marc Jacobs talks "Dot"

"Polka dots are exuberant, chic, whimsical.. an energetic pattern that I have always loved" - Marc Jacobs

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

Is oxymoron an oxymoron?

"Yes. The common part of grammar/speech 'Oxymoron', is technicality a, well, oxymoron. The first part of the phrase, 'Oxy' means smart, Whereas 'Moron', as we know, means dimwitted, or stupid."

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

The Lunar

Hasselblad's new bespoke Lunar camera has landed.

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

David Lynch & Lykke Li - I'm Waiting Here

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June 10, 2013

Grimes - En El Laberinto

"Grimes plays her biggest show yet at Barcelona's San Miguel Primavera Sound 2012 Festival and talks about her interests in minimalism and mindless pop."

Posted by the Flea at 07:23 AM

Grimes - What's In My Bag?

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Grimes - Oblivion (Live at Grimey's)

&: Live at Coachella - April 21, 2013.

Posted by the Flea at 07:21 AM

June 09, 2013

Iain Banks, RIP

I was told the story about Iain Banks abseiling down the side of the Metropole hotel by Robert Holdstock, sadly, also dead. It's a funny old world.

Posted by the Flea at 05:20 PM

June 08, 2013

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)

"Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a 2010 American documentary film which follows the 60-day journey of Australian Joe Cross across the United States as he follows a juice fast to regain his health under the care of Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Nutrition Research Foundation's Director of Research. Cross and Robert Mac, co-creators of the film, both serve on the Nutrition Research Foundation's Advisory Board. Following his fast and the adoption of a plant-based diet, Cross lost 100 pounds and discontinued all medications."

Posted by the Flea at 10:48 AM

The vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928

"In his recent book How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, author Dave Tompkins tells the story of how a military voice-scrambling technology (the vocoder) became absorbed by civilian pop culture in the form of artificial, robotized vocal effects."

Posted by the Flea at 10:47 AM

Canada & The United States: Bizarre Borders Part 2

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Justin Timberlake - Strawberry Bubblegum

Posted by the Flea at 10:42 AM

June 07, 2013

Affective computing

"I think we’re going to see an explosion of devices that sense emotion. It’s going to be everywhere, from our existing gadgets to intelligent earrings and bracelets that monitor heart rate — maybe even embedded in your clothes. In terms of expression recognition via video, the technology works with any type of camera, so it could be the camera on your laptop, the camera on your phone, the camera on your tablet. So cameras are becoming ubiquitous — and soon they will be emotionally aware."

Posted by the Flea at 07:28 AM

Paul Smith in his Covent Garden office

"For his portrait of famed English fashion designer Paul Smith, Nottingham-based photographer David Baird knew he wanted to capture Smith in his natural habitat: a frenetically cluttered office in London's Covent Garden, filled top to bottom with neon tomes, small toys, boxes of Polaroid film, heaps of unfolded clothes, and the colorful finds of a well-traveled collector."

Posted by the Flea at 07:27 AM

Couture 4

"A dreamy close-up of Giambattista Valli’s Spring 2013 Haute Couture collection, directed by Antoine Asseraf. "

Posted by the Flea at 07:24 AM

Rone - Let's Go (Wild Edit)

Posted by the Flea at 07:22 AM

June 06, 2013

Tom Ford: Roots of a Perfectionist (2011)

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A promised L'Uomo Vogue interview with artist Ed Atkins made me wonder just what post-Internet means.

... any hope for the Internet to make things easier, to reduce the anxiety of my existence, was simply over—it failed—and it was just another thing to deal with. What we mean when we say “Internet” became not a thing in the world to escape into, but rather the world one sought escape from…sigh…It became the place where business was conducted, and bills were paid. It became the place where people tracked you down.
Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Under the hammer

"An auction of clothes and vintage accessories from brands including Chanel, Christian Dior and Rochas will take place at the Hôtel Drouot auction house in Paris on June 24."

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

Belinda - En El Amor Hay Que Perdonar

I forget if Mr. Percifield sent this to me or I sent this to Mr. Percifield.

Posted by the Flea at 08:22 AM

June 05, 2013

Edgeland House

Edgeland House was built for an unnamed sci-fi writer and his family.

"It is not every day that you have discussion about Paul Virilio's Bunker Archeology with a client."

Bunker archaeology: "Writing in The Guardian, J.G. Ballard asserted that Hitler’s bunkers served as the predecessors for the Brutalist architecture which was to spread across Britain and the continent in the post-war period."

Similar to the concrete residential blocks produced by the European architectural vanguard of the 1950s and 60s, the blockhouses, “left behind by a race of warrior scientists obsessed with geometry and death,” were drained of all mystery and emotion, otherworldly structures reduced to barefaced pessimism. Walking along the beaches of Normandy, Ballard sees in the abandoned bunkers the last vestiges of modernism slowly receding beneath the sands.

Paul Virilio: Renowned urbanist, political theorist, and art critic.

During my youth, work on the European littoral forbade access to it; they were building a wall and I would not discover the ocean, in the Loire estuary, before the summer of ‘45.
Posted by the Flea at 07:24 AM

Matthias Heiderich's Dubai

"It’s hard to believe some of these images are real—the incredible scale of construction versus the complete absence of human beings is shocking, even if you're familiar with the area."

Posted by the Flea at 07:23 AM

Thom Brennan - Raingardens

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June 04, 2013

Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925)

"Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925) is a silent documentary film which follows a branch of the Bakhtiari tribe of Persia (today Iran) as they and their herds make their seasonal journey to better pastures."

The film is Merian C. Cooper, Ernest Schoedsack, and Marguerite Harrison's documentation of their journey from Angora (modern-day Ankara, Turkey) to the Bakhtiari lands of western Iran, in what is now the western part of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province and the eastern part of Khuzestan. They then follow Haidar Khan as he leads 50,000 of his people and countless animals on a harrowing trek across the Karun River and over Zard Kuh, the highest peak in the Zagros Mountains.
Posted by the Flea at 08:58 AM

Artisan perfumers

"Monocle takes a look at the world of perfume and the new generation of expert alchemists."

Posted by the Flea at 08:57 AM


A Ziploc baggie jacket: That’s stylish and practical.

Posted by the Flea at 08:54 AM

Guillermo del Toro's libraries

Sadly, del Toro does not name the possessed book in question.

Related: Guillermo del Toro's four favourite books.

Posted by the Flea at 08:52 AM

Steve Reich - City Life, Part 1 "Check it out"

"Performed Live in 1995 at the Frankfurt Opera House, with the Ensemble Modern conducted by Sian Edwards."

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

June 03, 2013

Guy Ritchie - Dior Homme, Rendez Vous (2010)

Posted by the Flea at 06:35 AM

Willy Vanderperre - Dior Homme, Underpass (2013)

Posted by the Flea at 06:28 AM

Dior Homme Fall-Winter 2013-14

"Discover the Dior Homme Fall-Winter 2013-14 collection by Kris Van Assche."

Posted by the Flea at 06:27 AM

Jonas Akerlund - Dior Addict [Director's Cut] (2012)

"Dior Addict New fragrance collection: The art of seduction and being free by Daphné Groeneveld! Filmed on the French Riviera in Saint Tropez."

Posted by the Flea at 06:22 AM

June 02, 2013

Model Files S02 E01 - Save SoSo

&: S02E02 The Preston Tee.

Posted by the Flea at 07:27 AM

Hutt Lagoon

"With its dazzling shades of pink, these pictures look like abstracts paintings. But these bold squares of rose, magenta and coral are actually part of the world's largest algae farm."

Posted by the Flea at 07:24 AM

1998 - 2012

Interactive Toronto skyline.

Posted by the Flea at 07:23 AM

Cayucas - East Coast Girl

Posted by the Flea at 07:22 AM

June 01, 2013

The Secrets of the Hieroglyphs (2005)

"Egypt is a BBC television drama serial about various archaeological discoveries taking place in that country's history, with the occasional 'flashback' scene involving actors portraying the ancient Egyptians themselves. The hour-long show originally aired on Sunday nights at 9 pm on BBC1 in 2005."

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Highbury under lights, 1951

"Arsenal's 2nd ever match under flood lights. Arsenal 3:2 Glasgow Rangers. Friendly match. 62,000 attendance. Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, 17th October 1951."

Posted by the Flea at 08:10 AM

Christopher Hitchens on science vs religion

"You might not think it to look at me but my background is a British family of the Royal Navy..."

Posted by the Flea at 08:07 AM

The Human League - Never Let Me Go (Aeroplane Remix)

Posted by the Flea at 08:04 AM