Dark Side of the Pluto

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"There is no dark side of the Pluto really. Matter of fact it's all dark."

What if Photoshop were a shooting game?

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You can do a lot of things in Photoshop, but rarely do you use its tools to defeat flaming skulls in an alternate dimension. Read the rest

Photoshopped ideas of "beauty" around the world

For Ester Honig's Before & After, she used freelance platforms like Fiverr to contract 40 people from 25 countries to make her "beautiful" with Photoshop. (Above right, the work of someone in the Philippines.) Honig's hope was that the resulting images would provide insight into the contractor's "personal and cultural constructs of beauty."

"They are intriguing and insightful in their own right; each one is a reflection of both the personal and cultural concepts of beauty that pertain to their creator.

Photoshop allows us to achieve our unobtainable standards of beauty, but when we compare those standards on a global scale, achieving the ideal remains all the more elusive."

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Hubble Cat

Hubble Ultra Deep Field Cat. So many galaxies! Read the rest


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Now Entering Hy-fur-space

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Blood Moon Kitten Feast

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Don Draper and Jackie Brown at LAX

Illo: Matt Haughey

Two scenes shot on LAX's mosaic-backed moving walkway, years apart: Pam Grier in the intro credits of Jackie Brown, and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in last night's season opener of Mad Men. Compare The Graduate.

Matt Haughey carefully spliced stills from the two scenes together to create this exquisite composite. It's unsettling, yet intriguing, to see the two stars with their impassive public don't-bother-me faces appearing to stand before one another. The walkway hidden from view, it could be anywhere in abstract LAXspace.

But I prefer an alternate explanation, where the context of the automatic walkway is assumed: Don has turned around in order to travel backwards while chatting up Jackie, but Jackie is having none of his bullshit.

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White Rabbit

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Peaceful Panda Planet

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Rabbit Rainbow

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All You Need is Pug

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Kitten Frog Laser Battle

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Some cute animals photos may have not-so-cute backstories

A photo analysis written in Chinese and translated by photographer Jenn Wei claims that a lot of ostensible nature photos featuring cute frogs, lizards, and snails are actually staged shots. The animals are likely to be pet store critters and, in some cases, were probably even manipulated in abusive ways, such as hanging up a frog's arms and legs with string to force it into a clever pose. Read the rest

Thumbs and Ammo, a tumblog of greatness

Star Wars, now with more positive reinforcement.

thumbsandammo.blogspot.com: Guns in promotional posters or stills from popular movies are replaced with thumbs. Read the rest

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