Category Archives: Images

Flip & Rotate

With Facebook going public and Twitter announcing it has switched to the bird (outlawing certain behaviour), these two unique social networks have more in common than you might think. Here are the familiar icons, after flipping horizontally and rotating 180°:

Update: Buzzfeed spun this as a conspiracy and picked this up and added a better visualization:

The most common criticism I’ve received is that this is no big deal and “duh, so what if f and t look similar upside down”. Well, I don’t think that is the entire story because it is only applicable to lowercase f and t and you still have to have to flip AND rotate because just turning upside down doesn’t cut it.

Update #2: Buzzfeed has feeds in the footer of several other prominent sites. Here are two worth mentioning:

Clifford (1994) featuring Where the Wild Things Are

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Obligatory 9/11 Coverage

Nearly 3,000 people from 90 different countries were killed that day, in New York City, at the Pentagon in Virginia, and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. While the damaged Pentagon has been rebuilt, plans are still underway for a memorial in Pennsylvania, and construction has only recently gotten underway on the memorial at Ground Zero, the former site of the World Trade Center in New York City. On that same site, the new Freedom Tower has been under construction since 2006, and will hopefully be completed by 2012, reaching 1,776 feet above Manhattan’s skyline. Here is a brief look back, several views from today, and a peek into the future of these sites.

from The Big Picture

Do you remember this photograph? In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001. The story behind it, though, and the search for the man pictured in it, are our most intimate connection to the horror of that day.

from Esquire

It’s Not Greek To Me

I tend to impervious to advertising in my life but some blogs are a-buzz with a controversial Greek BMW Premium Used Car ad that features a very young looking girl in a very sexually suggestive fashion. I must say the content is offensive to me (and the reason I am not re-posting the image), but what bothers me more is that this really looks like a fake made by someone with a pirated copy of Photoshop and a burning desire to work for a marketing company.

Taking this to the next logical level, which seems to escape most people, I thought I would ask BMW. This is what Corporate Communications at BMW Group Canada had to say:

The ad you were inquiring about is not an official approved BMW campaign. It originated from Greece, but has no approval from BMW Greece. BMW Group does not endorse the content of these advertisement drafts.

At the very worst I could see this being pitched to BMW I believe that this was not part of a real or viral campaign.

Cheap Christmas Gifts

I meant to post this before, but I am just getting around to uploading the images I took before Christmas:

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Deep Discount

Deep Discount,
originally uploaded by boost ventilator.

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Deeper Discount

Deeper Discount,
originally uploaded by boost ventilator.

The Mirror Project

I finally got around to scanning some older pics for the mirror project. I have a lot of mirror pictures, but only a couple of them have me in them and follow the site specifications. This one is a self-portrait using a series of mirrors at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown, PE. It was during the ECMA weekend last year. This one was either en route or returning from a white water rafting expedition in Maine. We stopped in Fredericton and I snapped this picture. Ah, fun with mirrors.