Friday, May 29, 2009

Things that are like batteries but are not actually batteries

Sent in by an overseas/emerging markets reader called "Nicolien". No idea if that's a boy or girl name. The EU ought to earn its crust by standardising names so we know whether to bother typing something nice or not.



Would never pass UK health & safety. Stupid kids might start smearing the contents of real batteries over their oven chips. More shots of its features - including side windows to accurately judge remaining salt/pepper so the user can see if it's empty or just damp and blocked up - here.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

*Jingle* Promotional image of the weeeeek

From the Museum of Computing. It's rare that the photographer INSISTS on getting in on the action. And that "E" looks familiar, although just about different enough to keep the solicitor happy.



Also, are there any THIN town mayors out there?

Static non-powered objects with FACES #34: A clasp on a train

The seat table clasp. Often your only source of amusement and entertainment,for an entire four-and-a-half hour train journey, before they invented mobile phones and MP3 players that can do video.



"This funny little face greets me every morning on my commute to work. It opens its mouth when you twist the nose, and seems to be very happy to stare at passengers in a German train all day. It's an electric train, so probably qualifies as a gadget. Oh, just in case there's no EXIF data - crappy old Rollei DR5100" - Dale.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

EXECUTIVE MOUSTACHES: Scott Thompson, CEO of PayPal

All those 5% fees of ours are getting reinvested in male grooming products, dentistry and shopping sprees in sports clothing outfitters.



Every time 1000 people supersize their gallery photos, Scott books another polish & whitening session with his dental hygienist.

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Exciting new look for the SONIC Alkaline

Could this be an entire new battery from a different manufacturer, or simply an alternate colour scheme for mainland Europe? The blue/green colour scheme is an exhilarating design choice, regardless.



"I know you've featured the Sonic Alkaline Battery brand twice before, and that readers were waiting for more pictures of the same battery design at higher resolution - maybe 12000 x 8000 pixels in 2012 or something. But this is different! A different logo and 'colourway'."



"Different! And that means important for battery completists everywhere. I found this battery on the streets of Denmark - yes, I was outdoors. And I was riding along on a bicycle with my girlfriend (hopelessly boastful - I have been outdoors AND have a girlfriend). Anyway, I took these on my Nikon D40, I have just cleaned the sensor, which was a very tender and loving moment indeed. Jody (male reader - sorry to disappoint)" - Jody.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

CELEBRITY HOLDING: Kelly Brook and some sort of Blackberry

Even Kelly Brook can't resist the urge to take opportunistic photos down Kelly Brook's bikini with her mobile phone.



Kelly Brook must also find it easy to take videos of Kelly Brook without Kelly Brook even knowing about it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Gadgets with FACES #133: An owl-like TV tuner

BRACE YOURSELVES - submission from a female reader! As ever, she mentioned her boyfriend in paragraph #1 to keep you RABID HOUNDS in check, plus, judging by the terrible over-exposure of photo #2, she's more rich than into cameras. And she committed the ultimate sin of going through her man's cable/wires depository.

But still - confirmed female reader #6!



"I found this thinger in a box of cords my boyfriend keeps. With me being a girl and all, I have no idea what it is, and I'm sure I had no business going through his cord box in the first place."



"I took some photos with my Canon Rebel XT & Canon macro lens EF-S 60mm I just typed that last part to look fancy, like I said, I have no idea what I'm talking about here" - Alicia.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Static non-powered objects with FACES we have POSSIBLY already featured BEFORE #31: An ash tray

It looks familiar. Probably because there was one of these outside the pub on the corner by the roundabout there on the way to the Co-op, but possibly also because we have done it before.

However, we've never featured a submission from a "Giles" before, so it's in.



"Look, it's one of those things you stub your fag out on. But: it's smoking a fag all of its own! Ha! That'll stick it up to the right-on PC anti-smoking health fascists. Won't it?" - Giles.

Gadgets with FACES #131: A Simbatec Cut-Ghost

Stainless German engineering, for when you want to feel a bit safer walking home from the pub past the kebab shop where all the teenage gangsters hang out.

Sent in by a person who wants to be called "Some anonymous continental reader/Check the Leipzig papers". He supplied a caption about Morrissey and ghosts that made no sense whatsoever.



Talking of utterly lethal tools people in certain industries are allowed to use and carry legally, has anyone got a spare billhook in the garage? One of your grandad's blood-stained ones will do. It's for wood preparation when we're not in bed on the internet.

Monday, May 18, 2009

WolframAlpha isn't very good or useful

Even though it has a name like something out of the Wrath of Khan so should be good, it doesn't seem to work or do anything useful.



It's obviously Anna Kournikova. You only need a 13-year-old boy and an old copy of Maxim to tell you that, not a vast cluster of super-computers.

Avon Rubber PLC and its outside-the-box executive photography

We are now official fans of Avon Rubber.



On the left is Steve Wilcox, Chief Executive. To the right is Terry Stead, Avon Rubber's Finance Director. Let's PHOTOGRAPH!



They are not afraid to THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX when it comes to executive photography.



Or, at least, they are not afraid to 'go with' the ideas suggested by the photographer.



They must've felt like they were in a band.



Procol Harum, or replacement bassists for The Kinks in the 1980s.

Mum, is it Christmas yet?

Here's what we want.



Lots of men. To help with the lifting and gardening. The one with the beard's probably got his own chain saw.

ABOUT:
"Forces' favourite Nell McAndrew is waving off the last of 25,000 Christmas goodie boxes destined for the troops. Affectionately known as 'square stockings', a box will be delivered to every UK serviceman and woman on operational duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans this Christmas."

Friday, May 15, 2009

A cardboard box with a FACE - and news about the 'Face War'

A reader called "8ptagenda" sent us this. We love cardboard boxes with faces, even though there's a hint of arrangement going on here.



Mr Agenda said "Faces in Places evidently don't want it so fuck 'em" - there's nothing we like more than knowing we're someone's second choice.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Something else that is a bit like porn

A novelty Japanese bra called the "Husband Hunter". If she really wants a husband, all she has to do is book a flight over here and hang about miserable cosplay conventions.



Reader "Jon", who sent these photos in, didn't provide any accompanying text.



The lazy SHIT.



He did at least do the groundwork and dug out a video of the bra. WARNING: This is a video of a bra.

An email regarding a "viral" video that might make a good competition or news item

Wow! We're so EDGY and UNDERGROUND and ASPIRATIONAL we have been selected by a PR/marketing company to help whore-out its latest attempt at making an advert look like something other than an advert.

Look for the clever use of the phrase 'go live' in paragraph three. It's like we've been emailed by a real live urban teenager.
I've been reading your blog and thought you might be interested in checking out a viral for an online art gallery called Hang-Up Pictures? I thought it might make a good competition or news item for your readers. If you like it, we are also giving bloggers a 12.5% discount on any pics you might want if you agree host the viral....watch it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Csx_9Ccyh3c

Entitled 'Surveillance', it was produced by Watermill-London and is designed to look as if it is 'found footage'.

We are also running a competition around the viral which is about to 'go live' at http://www.hanguppictures.com

If you can name the three pictures that are hanging (and leaning) in Agent Provocateur model Jennifer Dawson's apartment, including the famous artists who created them, we'll enter you into a draw to win a signed limited edition of 20 Bast prints with first prize winning an additional �500. One runner-up will also receive a signed copy of Dolk Greande's Lovers handmade poster including an further �200 to spend as they so desire!

Sounds great! Thanks for giving us the chance to get in on the ground floor of this excellent piece of 'viral marketing'.

WARNING:
The advert is a bit like porn.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Gadgets with FACES #130: The film cartridge for a Mini Instax non-digital camera

A robot in jail. This arrest closed the case of the 126 prostitutes found dead around Tokyo with odd indentations around their necks but no finger prints.



"There I was being all cool, bucking the digital trend and using other forms of instant photography when I stumbled across this, much to my delight (and confused looks from the non-nerdy one in the relationship). It is the empty cartridge from a pack of Fujifilm Mini Instax, and quite clearly shows it's cheeky little tongue sticking out.`I have also included a photo of what the box of the film looks like, the camera, and an example Instax photo using the empty pack as a handy frame, cos us what still use films also like to recycle stuff."



"In case you care I took the photos on an EOS 40D, which is alright I guess. I didn't scale them for you, although perhaps I should have, as they seem a little soft at 100%, but that's not helped by me using the 17-55 f2.8 wide open. If you're lucky there might be some EXIF data to get your liquid silk flowing, but I can't for the life of me remember if my raw converter keeps it when saving out to jpeg (I use Bibble for Linux, in case you're sad enough to care)" - Dave.

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