April 18, 2014

thewildswan:

Charles Cork, Jean Pierre Léaud and Nicky Tesco in I hired a contract killer, a film by Aki Kaurismäki, 1990.

April 17, 2014

glebedigital:

Questions, questions

April 17, 2014

architectureofdoom:

Alphonse Laurencic, Celdas psicotécnicas, Barcelona and elsewhere, 1937-9. Modernist torture cells designed by an anarchist for use against Franco’s nationalist army in the Spanish Civil War.

Beds were placed at a 20 degree angle, making them near-impossible to sleep on, and the floors of the 6ft by 3ft cells was scattered with bricks and other geometric blocks to prevent prisoners from walking backwards and forwards, according to the account of Laurencic’s trial.

The only option left to prisoners was staring at the walls, which were curved and covered with mind-altering patterns of cubes, squares, straight lines and spirals which utilised tricks of colour, perspective and scale to cause mental confusion and distress.

Lighting effects gave the impression that the dizzying patterns on the wall were moving.

A stone bench was similarly designed to send a prisoner sliding to the floor when he or she sat down. Some cells were painted with tar so that they would warm up in the sun and produce asphyxiating heat.

(Source: fxysudoble.com)

April 17, 2014

let-s-build-a-home:

The Soto Dolmen after Restoration

  1. An aerial picture of the Soto dolmen in Trigueros, Huelva. In the midst of the agricultural landscape of southwestern Spain, the Soto dolmen, a major megalithic monument of 60 meters in diameter and 3.5 meters high, has regained its splendor after a nine-year restoration. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images            
  2. The architectural ensemble was originally a Neolithic stone circle similar to Stonehenge, before the stones were reused around 4,200 BC to build the interior gallery of the dolmen, above. Photograph: Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images

(Source: theguardian.com, via architectureofdoom)

April 17, 2014

mikasavela:

The AIA Building in Hong Kong, perhaps aided with its proximity to the cemetery, always gives me ‘skeleton tower’.

(via architectureofdoom)

April 17, 2014
architectureofdoom:

0000skammen9:

De komst van Joachim Stiller, 1976

Antwerpen, Belgium

architectureofdoom:

0000skammen9:

De komst van Joachim Stiller, 1976

Antwerpen, Belgium

April 17, 2014

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April 17, 2014
"I believe he is the toughest of the four because he is unique. No matter who you play in the previous round or can practice with, no one plays like Rafa, so you have to adjust every match."

— Milos Raonic about Rafael Nadal (via rafaelnadalfans)

April 16, 2014

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April 16, 2014

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April 16, 2014

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April 16, 2014
detailsdetales:

Portrait of a Young Woman of Frankfurt (c. 1480-1485)
Sandro Botticelli

detailsdetales:

Portrait of a Young Woman of Frankfurt (c. 1480-1485)

Sandro Botticelli

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April 16, 2014

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April 15, 2014

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April 15, 2014

victorianfanguide:

A praxinoscope theatre and accompanying selection of picture strips from 1879. The praxinoscope was an optical toy invented by Charles-Émile Reynaud which succeeded the popular zoetrope. Like the zoetrope it used a strip of pictures fixed to the inner surface of a spinning cylinder to create the illusion of a moving image but replaced the zoetrope’s viewing slits with an inner circle of mirrors lit by a lamp. Reynaud continued to develop his invention and in 1892, in his Théâtre Optique, used a large scale praxinoscope to project a sequence of hand drawn images onto a screen. This was the first presentation of a projected moving image to an audience, pre-dating the first public performance by the Lumière brothers by three years.

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