Thursday, May 31, 2012

'Riveting' Art - Baptiste Debombourg

Air Force I

Airforce II





Medium - Staples on White Wall


Almost a negative 3D effect

Baptiste Debombourg

Baptiste Debombourg's website here.

I Have Acquired a Nameless Phobia

What is the word for irrational fear of being eaten by a cannibal? 


Recently there has been a plethora of news items involving cannibalism. So many that I find it's on my mind even when I'm not reading about it. 

Phobia: An extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something

People are randomly assaulting other people, killing them or seriously injuring them and then eating them. Killing and injuring is bad enough, but what's with the eating thing??

Did you know there is no phobia listed for fear of being eaten by a cannibal?

This is a huge oversight on the part of the phobia nomenclature experts. HUGE! The best we can do is phagophobia. This is a fear of swallowing, eating or being swallowed or eaten. Really that's two separate things. What the hell, people?!



Globophobia is the fear of balloons
art by Natalie Carr

Papophobia is fear of the pope. Warranted in this case.
Coulrophobia is fear of clowns

Kinemortophobia is fear of zombies
Art by Andre De Freitas

Arachibutyrophobia
Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth

They have a name for pb sticking to the roof of your mouth but not fear of being eaten by a cannibal? OK...

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia
is the ironically named phobia for fear of big words.

Aulophobia - Fear Of Flutes

I think it's time to get "fear of being eaten by a cannibal" its own name.

Phobias in alphabetical order can be found here. If you have alphaphobia message me and I'll find a randomized list not in alphabe...well, you know. 

Feminine Tattoos?

Feminine: Having qualities or appearance traditionally associated with women, especially delicacy and prettiness.

This is feminine? This is delicate and pretty?

Delicate: Very fine in texture or structure; of intricate workmanship or quality. Tender, dainty, fine, nice, frail, subtle, subtle

I don't care if women want to get tattooed. The problem I have is most I've seen are ugly or cliched. It's usually a tramp stamp, some representation of a perceived sexy animal or symbol reflecting the owner's perceived sexiness, or a Chinese character for some personality trait she wants you to ask about. Yawn. When it comes to tattoos women get, they tend to be as dull and banal as the women who get them. "Bitch" tattooed across the wrist? Seriously? That was the best you could do for a word embedded into your skin, in ink, for all of eternity?

Some of my friends have tattoos and I don't mind them. They have tattoos that are meant to be funny or inspire laughter. A funny tattoo I understand.

Today, I came across a website that was entitled "Selectively Feminine Tattoos". The women were posing as pin ups and in feminine costume, yes, but and I have to wonder, what exactly is selectively feminine about these tattoos? Maybe you can let me know? Because I don't see it.






Zombie-looking thing on the left leg - so selectively feminine


Sith Lords - sutle, delicate and pretty


The whole pin up deal? Feminine. Tattoos on the back of the hands, knuckles and neck? That counts as extreme even for a guy. The only tattoo that I would consider somewhat feminine was this one:


Loved. This is feminine. Except for the forearm tattoo

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Motorcycle Engine


I was looking at this engine and thinking it looked familiar. I'm no mechanic so I had to do an advanced search through the memory files for where I had seen it before and then it hit me.

It was here at the Bomber Command Museum in Nanton, Alberta and it was this engine:

Cheetah IX

Obviously the bike doesn't have this exact engine, this one is from a vintage airplane, but radial engines are associated with airplanes. So, is this a bike with an airplane engine? It would seem so. Then I found this picture alone with this website describing it in more detail.



Why? Motorcycles already fly, do they need airplane engines too?

Black Jaguar



Jaguars are beautiful and spotted and  sometimes they're black. Black is a rare colour variation, not a separate species but as you can see from this photo, black jaguars aren't completely black no matter what it seems like. They're almost black, but you can always see the spotted pattern.




Fabergé

Today's Google doodle commemorating Peter Carl Fabergé's 166th birthday
IF he were still alive...

I don't know how much patience I'll have with this post but Fabergé is a noted craftsman and has contributed a great amount of work to the world of art and it bears mentioning. It's not my taste. It's ornate and, dare I say, decadent. Admire it, sure. Actually use money to acquire it? There a million other ways I'd rather put my money to use. I'll try to save the editorializing for comments.



Peter Carl Fabergé was a Russian jeweller, best known for the famous Fabergé eggs, made in the style of genuine Easter eggs, but using precious metals and gemstones rather than more mundane materials. Like wood and pebbles, for example.

The Fabergé egg has become a symbol of luxury, and the eggs are regarded as masterpieces of the jeweler's art. 

'Fabergé egg' typically refers to products made by the company before the 1917 Revolution. The trademark is currently owned by Fabergé Limited (visit if you must), which also makes egg-themed jewellery.


Bouquet of Lilies
1899

It's a clock. Made with enamel, diamonds, onyx and gold. The surprise from this egg is currently missing, but from contemporary photographs it is known to have been a ruby pendant with rose-cut diamonds.

The cool thing about these ornate eggs is that each one came with a surprise, just like a Kinder Surprise Egg, but at least you can eat the chocolate with a Kinder Surprise. Which makes it way more valuable to a child.


Kinder Surprise Egg costs about a dollar

I love these eggs, often you had to put together the prize inside and they were kind of ingenious. Too bad they're not allowed in the USA. Anyhoo, I have a tin box full of these little toys. They're awesome.


Imperial Czarevist Easter Egg

Lapis lazuli and gold


Chimpanzee.

Date circa 1900, banded agate, diamonds, 6.4 cm (2.5 in)  A waste of agate and diamond if you ask me.

Nephrite Bat Letter Opener

"The blade carved from a single piece of Siberian Jade, the handle in the form of intertwining bat wings.  The three terminals on the handle are set with cabochon moonstones, whilst the centre is set with two cabochon rubies on both sides."

(whilst? Are you kidding me?) 

I LOVE this. First, it's a bat - win! Second, you can actually USE if for something. Sure, it's a crazy expensive and ornate letter opener but at least it doesn't just sit around and collect dust.


 Alexander III Equestrian from 1910 at Moscow Kremlin Armoury

Egg with a horse in it. Probably platinum and lapus.

The Colonnade, British Royal Collection

Fabergé created more than just eggs and ornate pieces of sculpture. I know this because I have a book full of various works by the house of Fabergé. But can you find this stuff in a google image search? Not hardly. Nevertheless, here are some examples:

he was into jeweled bugs and stuff.

enameled picture frame

enameled picture frame detail

picture frame made with gold nugget

enamel


OK. I've had enough of Fabergé for a while.

The Russian Revolution is the collective term for a series of revolutions in Russia in 1917, which destroyed the Tsarist autocracy and led to the creation of the Soviet Union.

I can't look at these creations without thinking about the disparity between the wealthy and the poor. Yes, the craftmanship is outstanding and the pieces are beautiful, in an ornate, conspicuous kind of way. I don't understand how one class of people could enjoy such wealth and not feel weighted down by the fact that others cannot find enough to eat.

In 1918 The House of Fabergé was nationalised by the Bolsheviks. In early October the stock was confiscated. The wiki article goes on to say that the House of Faberge was no more but it is still around and there's a link to the their website at the top of the post.

Moscow's Grand Subway

The following are photos of subway stations found on the Moscow Metro system. Everyday, ordinary subway stations anyone can use.












Getting off my high horse, I thought I would post this along with the Faberge post. Beauty is everywhere in Russia and anyone can enjoy it for the price of a subway ride.