Here's a gallery of photos from the amazing new book The Library: A World History by James W. P. Campbell and Will Pryce, published in October. It's the first comprehensive history of library buildings through the ages by Cambridge University's James Campbell, and its centrepiece are the magnificent photos by Will Pryce.
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Spotted this morning at London's Giddyup Coffee in Fortune Park (near the Barbican): this terrific Venn diagram/grill menu. Haven't tried Giddyup's grill, but it's my daily morning coffee, and it is spectacular.
Back in 2009, Dark Roasted Blend rounded up a truly wonderful gallery of ancient, hulking computers, called The Cutting Edge of Retro Tech . Given that retro-tech only gets finer with age, it's fitting to link to it now, especially given this magnificent beast, identified as the 1968 Control Center of the JINR's (Joint Institute of Nuclear Research) synchrophasotron in Dubna, Russia. Hotcha, that is some sweet-ass control panel design
All around the world, there are abandoned Santa Claus parks -- Christmas-themed amusement parks that passed their prime and shut their gates. Atlas Obscura did a deep trawl through Flickr and other online photo repositories and rounded up a gallery of amazing pictures of decaying, unloved Christmas parks from every corner of the globe.
Rudolph and Ruins: Photographs of Abandoned Santa Parks [Allison Meier/Atlas Obscura]
(Image: Park Alalbandel (5), a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from paulk's photostream)
Reddit user D3cker posted this amazing photo of an electronic billboard showing a gorgeous blue sky in a smoggy Beijing square. No idea if the photo is original to D3cker or whether it's been shooped, but it's pretty sweet contrast, and plays neatly into the China-is-collapsing narrative.
Beijing Tv Sky.
Update: In the comments, m1ck3y posts, "The picture is real—it's from the Atlantic Magazine article China's Toxic City. This particular photo eerily looks like a screencap from Blade Runner."
(Image: China's Toxic Sky, Feng Li/Getty Images)
Nolan Conway's photos of Walmart nomads document the lives of people who use Walmart's overnight-parking-friendly lots as places to camp on their way from A to B, or for the long haul. The communities that form there run the gamut from happy-go-lucky retirees to the slightly desperate and more than slightly desperate, and the portraits give a sense of camaraderie and community.
Meet the American Nomads of Walmart’s Plentiful Parking Lots [Jakob Schiller/Wired]
From the Geeks Are Sexy gallery of photos from London's MCM Comic Expo: a clever fellow in his Left 4 Dead Tank costume, snapped by Nick Acott. The full set of Acott's photos is really worth a go: there were some extraordinary cosplayers at MCM this year!
MCM London Comic Con Cosplay in Pictures [Gallery]
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IgnacioEspejo's "Join Me In Death" is a makeup/costume piece on DeviantArt, photographed by lamuchan; it's spectacular design, and beautifully shot. He says it took 2h30m to sit through the makeup, but clearly, it was worth every minute.
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Esquire Kazakhstan features photos of the country's decaying Soviet space murals, which do not have protected status, and are coming to bits. They're still towering, heroic Soviet Realist paeans to space travel, sorrowful as they may be.
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This is a photo of telephone electricians learning to climb poles in 1914. There's a WWI pole/Pole joke to be made here, but I leave that as an exercise to the reader. In any event, these dudes are living the dream.
Pole-climbing class for telephone electricians
Behold, the Craven A tin that saved the life of Royal Flying Corpsman Arthur Mann, who was shot down by the Red Baron himself. In a later battle, this tin stopped a bullet and saved his life.
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Sarah writes, "Author Peter S. Beagle, most well-know for his immortal work The Last Unicorn, has joined forces with artist Sarah Allegra to create the most memorable photos in her Dreamworld series yet! Sarah Allegra goes into detail and explains how she was able to create a completely unique, detailed, custom look for her photo on a Target budget."
"On Mary's Peak, Oregon, 150 foot tall Grand Fir trees tower over you as you ascend." A photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by Ben Leshchinsky.