As the thrill of the Winter Olympics sweeps the nations, it’s interesting to reflect on where we’ve come from… and it’s a surprisingly long way! The first Winter Olympics, held in 1924 in Chamonix France, featured just 250 athletes participating in 6 sports: skating, curling, ‘nordic skiing’, ‘bobsleigh’, ice hockey and a military patrol competition. While we’ve seen many new sports added to the games, what’s really striking about these images is the change in fashion… just check out those suit jackets in the speed skating competition! It’s a long way from the US’s ‘hobo chic’ snowboard jackets and Mexico’s mariachi ski suit! [Read more...]
“Dumb Starbucks” is the newest coffee spot in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. It has replicated the famous Starbucks brand by using everything they could, including their logo, atmosphere, and even retail CD’s. The only apparent difference between the original and the fraud is the word “Dumb” before… pretty much everything. The shop features a menu with ‘Dumb Frappuccinos,’ ‘Dumb Espressos,’ and everyone’s favorite CD, ‘Dumb Jazz Standards.’ A particularly curious aspect of this new shop is that all of the coffee is free. [Read more...]
Burma is a country that, for many of us, only lives in our dreams. For years, it has been difficult for people to get into the country and experience its spectacular beauty.
Burma has long been known as a pariah state, isolated from the rest of the world with an appalling human rights record. From 1962 to 2011, the country was ruled by a military junta that suppressed almost all dissent and wielded absolute power in the face of international condemnation and sanctions. National Geographic Traveler and Fotopedia have set out to open our eyes with Dreams of Burma, an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. [Read more...]
This is one of the most important articles I will write this year, and it’s only February. Climate Change is a fact of life in our world, and one that increasingly makes itself known through natural disasters, crop failures and economic impacts. Being human however, it’s easy to think that everything is normal – status quo. [Read more...]
While watching the glory of the Olympic games unfold, it’s interesting to reflect on the dynamic area where the games are taking place. The Sochi Project is a documentary photography work initiated in 2007 by Rob Hornstra and writer Arnold van Bruggen. The two were baffled by the decision to hold the games in an area where mere miles separated playboy Russian millionaires and bleak war zones, and where facilities for staging such a massive world event were largely nonexistent. [Read more...]
The South Pole is the uttermost end of the Earth, and it has been over a century since anyone has tried to retrace the ill-fated steps of Captain Robert Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition. – the 1,800-mile return journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole on foot. British adventurers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere have set out to complete the longest unsupported polar journey in history, the Scott Expedition, along the same route Scott succumbed to in 1912. The men are now in the final week of hauling their heavy sleds across the coldest, windiest, most inhospitable place in the world – and they’ve been doing it for more than a quarter of a year. [Read more...]
What if instead of heading for Russia this year, the Winter Olympics were going down in good old New York City? After losing the bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the New York Times has imagined what it would look like if the city hosted the snowy version of the games instead… right in downtown Manhattan. As it turns out, the games would probably command more resources than even the Big Apple could pull together. [Read more...]
Is anyone still objecting to Beyonce being the Queen? Of everything? Didn’t think so.
To celebrate the queen of the music charts, artist Vivian Loh created a full alphabet made of “Beyonces.” [Read more...]
Do you ever wonder what your action figures do when you’re not playing with them? One Russian photographer has turned his hypotheses into an entertaining Tumblr. Bruce Lee takes his street fighting skills to the kitchen, where he can karate chop a banana in half and make a really nice bowl of Cocoa Puffs. The Tumblr, VSE OK, features Iron Man, the Joker, Hulk, Spiderman, and others doing some things typical of their characters in a great big world. Be sure to check out his sit to see all of his images. Some are NSFW, some are violent, but they are all entertaining. [Read more...]