December 03, 2008
Murder... Even for a Woman!
A Complete 16 page guide to Murder. Killing your family is "Easy", even for a woman!
• flickr photo by crash n donna
July 07, 2008
Cleaner Brighter Faster
In 1968 women wore "futuristic" helmets during house cleaning house. After cleaning, wearing the fashionable helmets to shopping and lunches was considered a must. My own mother couldn't afford a helmet, so my dad constructed one out of cardboard and duct-tape. He painted it gloss white. I thought it looked authentic, but she finally stopped wearing it when she noticed some of the neighbor ladies laughing behind her back.
Thankfully, such strict standards are no longer required.
May 04, 2008
This Babylonian pillar, which now rests in the Louvre, is unbelievably huge. It's just one of many pillars that once held up an ancient temple in ancient Babylon.
July 31, 2007
The Darth Vader design is a cheat? Stolen from history? It can't be!
Ever since I was a kid, I've always loved the way that our favorite bad guy looked like a Samurai knight. During a recent visit to a weapons museum, I spotted a Samurai helmet that almost had me joining the dark side! (yes Darth, we can rule the galaxy as father and son!!!)
click helmet to enlarge
More Vader Fun:
January 09, 2007
Sex Shop Grace
Suitcase sex shop, Xiamen street market. Below: wax museum figure, Xiamen
Design researcher, Jan Chipchase, travels the furthest corner of the globe for work and pleasure. From Campeche to Hukeng to Kyotera....
As a skilled photographer, Chipchase seems to enjoy focusing on the odd and often forgotten details of the world. You can see the world through his eyes on his Future Perfect blog.
Another backpack-around-the-world-with-camera source I continue to enjoy is a photo-book called Asia Grace, by Kevin Kelly. This unbelievable resource (with its accompanying website) is simply packed, from end to end, with the most amazing people and places on earth. One would almost swear that Kelly traveled back through ancient history to take some of these shots.
September 06, 2006
The Rugs of War – Part 2
Because of the overwhelming response to my Rugs of War post, I thought I should continue with some more edge-of-your-seat Rugs of War info. And as it turns out... both textiles and war are nothing new! Neither is the dramatic combination of the two.
Let's travel back to the middle ages... shall we?
The above stalwart warriors are lifted from the famed Bayeaux Tapestry, commissioned by Queen Matilda of France to depict the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Unlike the Afghan rugs, there are no M60's or Blackhawks, tanks or jets... but there's plenty of weapons and death! That same thing was around in the middle ages and, even back then, people wanted to commemorate it (and glorify it) in cloth.
War rugs don't just remain decorative; we wear them... as you can plainly see by the "Remember Pearl Harbor" scarf, at the top of this post. I can't help but admire the scarf – practically overflowing with patriotic American soundbites snatched from throughout U.S. history – one of them is bound to make you feel something.
The detail from the left is taken from a japanese kimono during the 1940's. In the design, one can clearly discern searchlights, seeking out japanese bombers in the night sky. Chilling.
You can find more info and images on propogandistic textiles at designboom.
September 02, 2006
The Rugs of War
I just encountered the most amazing rugs. At first blush, many of them have all the qualities of your typical persian styled rug – the saw-toothed borders, the repeating patterns, the decorative fringe – however, upon closer inspection, they're anything but typical.
The rugs are woven by Afghan women. Some are overtly illustrative, as in the bizzare and provoking depiction of September 11th, at the top of this page (look close... you can even see tiny people falling to their deaths!).
In other rugs (like the one to the left), the women have turned guns, tanks, jets and other weapons of war into decorative patterns and have created a folk-expression of what's it's been like to live with war for the past few decades, from as far back as the war with the Soviets to the current occupation by the U.S..
My favorite... this rug, welcoming the United Nations Troops to Iraq, reading, "Wel Come Unit Ednation Iniraq".
Update: For more info about war-textiles, see The Rugs of War – Part 2.
Click rugs to enlarge
August 16, 2006
I'm fascinated by the stylings of the military. The guise is pure functionality but underneath that surface is a complex military aesthetic. I'm fascinated by the continued evolution of this design aesthetic, from as far back as the greeks all the way to modern day.
For a quick glimpse of it all, just take a quick browse through ebay (like I just did). The above helmets are from one seller "who has been asked by a widow to sell her husband's huge military collection." Wow! They're stunning.
As military technology does evolve, so do blogs. With this post, I am evolving (and hopefully improving) the Tinselman blog by enlarging the standard size for images. I'm getting tired of looking at these tiny pictures! So here it is... the first of many larger images to come. Enjoy! (And click image to enlarge)
August 02, 2006
Persistent Disparate Interchange
Justin Norman contacted me a few weeks ago. He and his brother Wesley were curious to see if they could creatively transform the Myst or Riven music into something very different from either Myst or Riven... using visuals.
Of course I told them to shove it up their collective asses.
And just when I was getting ready to call my hotshot lawyers and sue them for even considering such a thing, I settled down and suddenly warmed to the idea. I'm glad... because they ended up doing something that's just plain weirdly great. They decided on Catherine's Theme from Riven. I provided the music but their (very) short film is their concept and implementation.
And afterwords, stop by the brother's Shrieking Tree site.
June 24, 2006
What a great discussion (in the previous post). Provoking and informative and passionate, and it seems to represent a large spectrum of what's felt about this historic time and how it continues to impact us.
Here's a sampling of some of the comments...
Armyguy quoted a number of Western statesmen who were directly or indirectly involved with WWII. I think it doesn't hurt to pay attention to their assessment of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki:*
General Dwight David Eisenhower, Commander in Chief of the Allied Forces in Europe said,
Japan was at that very moment seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of 'face'... It wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing.
Admiral William D. Leahy, President Truman's Chief of Staff said,
The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons... In being the first to use it [the atomic bomb], we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages...
I was not taught to make war in this fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.
Leahy also wrote,
The dropping of the first atomic bomb was an act of pure terrorism. It fulfilled no military purpose of any kind.
Paul Nitze, Vice Chairman, U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey said,
Certainly prior to 31 December 1945... Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated.
Field Marshal Montgomery, Commander of all UK Forces wrote,
It was unnecessary to drop the two atom bombs on Japan in August 1945, and I cannot think it was right to do so .... the dropping of the bombs was a major political blunder and is a prime example of the declining standards of the conduct of modern war.
UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill said,
It would be a mistake to suppose that the fate of Japan was settled by the atomic bomb. Her defeat was certain before the first bomb fell.
All of that was from one reader. Thanks armyguy!
Daisuke Colson, another reader, says,
My grandma lived in Hiroshima. She's dead now, but luckily she was able to raise her children before she passed due to some unknown condition linked to radiation poisoning. Lucky, because otherwise I'd not exist! Grandfather lived in Nagasaki. He was lucky to be out of town during the time. Other Grandfather was in the American armed forces. Grandma cheered him on.
War, although tragic, is neither evil nor heroic. It's just an effect of human nature. The Japanese do not brag about wartime heroics, it's not a topic that is mentioned. In the fog of war, there were choices made during that time, that we can look back on and say "ahh, that was a mistake", but over all.. It played out the way it did.
No one says the American's were wrong. Most Japanese are very thankful of the generosity with which the American's treated them. MacArthur was a good man. Many Japanese knew they were in over their head during the war, but at the end they were left little choice, as the homeland was at stake, and there was fear of being taken over by a country like Russia which was viewed as ruthless. Japan is still paying it's dues to the countries it has invaded.
War happens. Japan had bad timing. The Atom bomb is an amazing power. It's amazing that man could create something like this. It was excessive, but understandable. -shrug-
Many cowardly, brave, barbaric, ruthless, compassionate..etc deeds have been carried out either inside of us, or by our ancestors at some point in time. It would not be a well thought out opinion that indicates otherwise, I believe. Unless you're not a participant of humanity. If so, I'd like to meet you!
There was a short comment from reader "none" that got me thinking. He said (amoung other things) that the bombs "jump started the Cold War." Could it all really have just been for a show of power? With the U.S.S.R. looming in the distance, did we just wanted to flex our muscle to show them how powerful we were? Maybe it had nothing to do with Japan; like the bully, beating up the skinny kid with his big new stick when he's really just out to scare the other bully (who's on his way, around the corner). Ah! But he never realizes that the other bully will just bring a bigger stick to school the next day!
Ralph Bard, Under Secretary of the Navy at the time, seems to be one of many who gives creedance to none's comment. He said,
In my opinion, the Japanese war was really won before we ever used the atom bomb. Thus, it wouldn't have been necessary for us to disclose our nuclear position and stimulate the Russians to develop the same thing much more rapidly than they would have if we had not dropped the bomb.
Thanks to everyone for your comments! I appreciated all of them!
a. Tinian island, August 5th, 1945. The tail of the Enola Gay is being edged back into position over the pit in which rests the Little Boy bomb.
b. Little Boy, in the pit, waiting to be loaded into the bomb bay.
d. Hiroshima, from the Red Cross Hospital, about a mile from the center of the blast.
e. Photograph by U.S. Intelligence, to help analyze the destructiveness of atomic weapons.
* I check on a few of these quotes but not all of them.