Thursday, February 4, 2010

Top 10 Feb 5

This week has been stellar in so many ways,
Kick ass stuff on the web, fet tisdagsbullar and I just had my birthday and got free stuff!
Pretty awesome.

Anyway hope you enjoy this weeks top 10 List by Jon.

/Mr. J

1. Nokia - The World's Biggest Signpost

2. Shohei

Hello, my name is SHOHEI.

I draw a picture with a ball-point pen.

See more work by Shohei HERE

3. Michael Paul Smith - Miniture Photography

What started out as an exercise in model building and photography, ended up as a dream-like reconstruction of the town I grew up in. It's not an exact recreation, but it does capture the mood of my memories.

And like a dream, many of the buildings show up in different configurations throughout the photos. Or sometimes, the buildings stay put and the backgrounds change.


It's the oldest trick in the special effects book: line up a model with an appropriate background and shoot.

The buildings are 1/24th scale [ or 1/2 inch equals a foot ]. They are constructed of Gator board, styrene plastic, Sintra [ a light flexible plastic that can be carved, and painted ] plus numerous found objects; such as jewelery pieces, finishing washers and printed material.

See more of Michael Paul Smiths photography on flickr HERE

4. Die Antwoord

Check out Die Antwoord HERE

5. Cracker Bag

Eddie spends her pocket money obsessively hoarding fireworks and carefully planning for cracker night. When it finally it arrives, Eddie and her family head to the local football oval. In the frosty air Eddie lights the fuse of her first cracker and experiences a pivotal moment, one of the seemingly small experiences of childhood, that affects us for the rest of our lives.

Set in the 1980s, Cracker Bag is a gentle suburban observation which subtly reflects a disenchanting prelude to the coming of age.

Winner of the Palme D'Or - Short Film Cannes Film Festival 2003

Directed by Glendyn Ivin,
Produced by Jane Liscombe,
Director of Photography Greig Fraser,
Edited by Jack Hutchings.

6. Kulula Air - Paint Scheme is a low-fare 737 carrier based in South Africa. The airline started in 2001 and recently took delivery of a new 737-800 with an unusual paint scheme.

Dubbed "Flying 101" it isn't the typical Kulula logo-jet.

Someone there clearly has a sense of humor. The entire airplane is covered with details about the plane, including arrows pointing to the more interesting parts.

"The big cheese" describes the captain's window. An arrow points to the aircraft's registration, calling it the "Secret code."

Even the lav is pointed out, with the description, "Loo (or mile-high initiation chamber)."

The black box, seats, stabilizer and rudder are also pointed out and include a bit of clever commentary as well. I think we can all appreciate a marketing scheme that doesn't take itself too seriously.

7. The Vice Guide to Liberia

Welcome to The Vice Guide to Liberia. VBS travels to West Africa to rummage through the messy remains of a country ravaged by 14 years of civil war. Despite the United Nation’s eventual intervention, most of Liberia’s young people continue to live in abject poverty, surrounded by filth, drug addiction, and teenage prostitution. The former child soldiers who were forced into war have been left to fend for themselves, the murderous warlords who once led them in cannibalistic rampages have taken up as so-called community leaders, and new militias are lying in wait for the opportunity to reclaim their country from a government they rightly mistrust. America’s one and only foray into African colonialism is keeping a very uneasy peace indeed. In Part 1, Vice’s own Shane Smith provides a brief history lesson and some essential context for understanding what caused Liberia’s civil war and how things got so bad. Liberia was originally planned and founded as a homeland for former slaves back in 1821. But fast forward a bunch of years and a military coup and you find the First Liberian Civil War in 1989: yet another third-world regime change in which the US-backed opposition, led by Charles Taylor, overthrows a government unfriendly to US interests. Once in power, Taylor’s corrupt, dysfunctional government quickly finds itself under attack by local warlords, leading to the Second Liberian Civil War ten years later. From there things go from bad to total shit.

8. Evelyn Pritt

Jakarta based photographer, Evelyn Pritt, is back online with a spanking new website!
Take a sneak at her soft lights presented online + keep in touch via her blog too.


9. Amy Ross

Born in New Jersey, 1972.
Lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

See more work by Amy HERE

10. Passion Pit - Sleepyhead

Directed by Eli Stonberg and Drew Daly.