Space Teriyaki – A Collection of Japanese Illustration from 50 Watts

September 18th, 2013 | Robot, Space

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Noriyoshi Orai, late 70s

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“Blood maintaining life by conveying various substances,” illustration by Kazuho Itoh for “Newton,” 80s

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“Falling motion,” illustration by Kazuho Itoh for “Newton,” mid-80s

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Shusei Nagaoka, from Androla in Labyrinth, 1984

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Masao Minami, early 70s

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Shusei Nagaoka, from Androla in Labyrinth, 1984

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Natsuo Noma, late 80s

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Takashi Yamazaki cyber cycle 1985

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Atsushi Yoshioka

50 Watts is one of the best vintage design & illustration blogs on the web. Space Teriyaki, a collection of books and catalogs on Japanese illustration and design from the 70’s and 80’s, embodies the brand of intriguing and rare content that Will Schofield has gathered.

I’ve always enjoyed Japanese illustration and have featured the likes of Kazumasa Nagai and Yusaku Kamekura before. The pieces from this era tend to share a boldness in both color and form.

If you’ve enjoyed these, you can find more at 50 Watts.


Ground Control to Major Frog

September 12th, 2013 | Space

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This leaping frog was captured by NASA’s remote cameras set up for the launch last week on September 6, 2013 from the Wallops/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The Minotaur V rocket was launching the LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) spacecraft.

The spaceport is located in a 3,000 acre wildlife refuge, so it’s not surprising to find frogs and other animals in the area.  NASA writes:

“But how is it possible for wildlife to peacefully coexist with space operations and what effects do rocket launches have on wildlife? NASA’s launch facilities, roads, and facilities take up a small percentage of the area. The rest of the area remains undeveloped and provides excellent habitat for wildlife. During launches, short term disturbance occurs in the immediate vicinity of the launch pads, but the disturbance is short-lived allowing space launches and a wildlife habitat to coexist.”

Really incredible timing… Read more at Universe Today


Into Abstraction with Mark Lovejoy

September 6th, 2013 | Brain

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Mark Lovejoy created these beautifully abstract photographs using a collection of materials found in his art studio (see below). The images are full of color and depth, each expressing its own mood.

The work is extremely reminiscent of David Lidbetter, who we featured on the site back in May.

Here’s a word from the artist:

“These are not photographs of paintings – no paintings exist.  These images are of something as fleeting as any street scene or sunset – illuminated pigments, diluents, extenders, resins, oils, fillers, waxes, drying agents, etc. which, depending upon the mix, have varying miscibilities, viscosities, tacks, surface textures, reflectance, drying times etc., etc.  All images are made using CMYK, white & in some cases silver & gold.  Each original image has been reworked & reshot repeatedly – preserving any given iteration would be to doom all subsequent possibilities – the photographic record is all that remains . . . “

Another Friday filled with color. Find more from Mark Lovejoy at his Tumblr.


Big Wave Surfing – Teahupo’o, Tahiti

August 29th, 2013 | Brain, Space

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The sleepy village of Teahupo’o is known for a world class break that can be one of the most dangerous places to surf on the World Championship Tour. The day featured in the video above was 2 years ago, on August 27th, 2011. Kelly Slater stated that “witnessing this was a draining feeling… being terrified for other people’s lives all day long. It’s life or death. Letting go of that rope one time can change your life and not many people will ever experience that in their life.”

It’s awe-inspiring to witness the power (and beauty) of the ocean. I don’t think I’ll ever be the one facing down that wave, but I’m glad it was captured in all its force.

For more from the filmmaker, check out his site.


Daft Punk – Back in Time

August 26th, 2013 | Robot, Space

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French artist PV NOVA remixed the smash hit “Get Lucky” from Daft Punk in the musical style of every decade from the last 100 years. The result is fantastic! I think my favorites are the 1930’s and 1980’s versions, and the 1990’s and 2010’s are my least favorite…  What’s your opinion?

The last segment (2020) is NOVA’s interpretation of where music is heading in the next decade. God, I hope he’s wrong.

Here’s the loosely translated quote from PV NOVA:

“I enjoyed making a panorama of musical styles from the 1920’s onward.  We can go from jazz to blues, blues to swing, swing or rock, then folk, funk, new wave, dance, pop, dubstep and even freestep, the musical current not yet in existence and I offer you a preview – because I am in communication with oracles.”


Superheroes at War

August 22nd, 2013 | Space

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“Greenham Common Airfield in England about on June 5, 1944.

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Fidel Castro – MATS Terminal Washington 1959

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Navy Coast Guard, in October 1943

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Omaha Beach, 1944

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Viet Cong dead after an attack on the perimeter of Tan Son Nhut AirBase.


Afghan resistance fighters returning to a village destroyed by Soviet forces, 1986

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Cherbourg-Normandy 1944

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External post defense on the hotel roof. Moscow, 1941

By October 13, 1941, the Wehrmacht had arrived at the Mozhaisk defense line. Zhukov decided to concentrate his forces at four critical points: Volokolamsk, Mozhaisk, Maloyaroslavets and Kaluga. The entire Soviet Western Front, almost completely destroyed after its encirclement near Vyazma, was being recreated from scratch.


June 9, 1944, German soldiers are brought back this photo was taken in the sector of Taret Ravenoville.”

Agan Harahap juxtaposed superheroes with 20th century war photography to create the stunning images you see above. Some may think the photographs are insensitive to the men who lost their lives in battle, but I don’t see it that way. The images are somber and the addition of superheroes and villains doesn’t diminish the inherent brutality of war. The pictures are not “funny,” but rather intriguing, creative… even emotional.

Anyway, I think they’re excellently manipulated.

Find the full set of Superheroes at War on Agan’s Flicker page.


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