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June 01, 2009

Photo Gallery: Mining Sulfur from the Largest Acid Lake on Earth

Sulfur mining in Kawah Ijen - The Big Picture - Boston.com

Wikipedia says:

Escaping volcanic gasses are channeled through a network of ceramic pipes, resulting in condensation of molten sulfur. The sulfur, which is deep red in color when molten, pours slowly from the ends of these pipes and pools on the ground, turning bright yellow as it cools. The cooled material is broken into large pieces and carried out in baskets by the miners. Typical loads range from 70–100 kilograms, and must be carried to the crater rim approximately 200 meters above before being carried several kilometers down the mountain. Most miners make this journey twice a day. The miners are paid by a nearby sugar refinery by the weight of sulfur transported; as of July 2005 the typical daily earnings were equivalent to approximately $5.00 US. The miners often use insufficient protection while working around the volcano and are susceptible to numerous respiratory complaints.

May 31, 2009

Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie are hanging in the National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery - Photograph of the Month

Born in Northampton in 1953, Moore began his career as an illustrator in the late 1970s drawing cartoon strips for music magazines. As a writer he produced scripts for Warrior, 2000AD and Marvel UK publications including Captain Britain and Spider-Man. His acclaimed graphic novels include V for Vendetta (1982-8), From Hell (1991-6) and Watchmen (1986-7). All have been released as films, the most recent in April 2009.

Comic artist, Gebbie was born in San Francisco where she contributed her first strip to Wimmen’s Comix, before moving to London in 1982. Gebbie and Moore married in 2007; they have collaborated on the controversial graphic novel Lost Girls (2006) and the comic book heroine Cobweb who appeared in Tomorrow Stories (1999-2002).

May 30, 2009

PhotoshopDisasters: Entertainment Weakly: (Badly) Masked Vigilantes

I so very much heart PhotoshopDisasters. Kill a few hours and read every post. PhotoshopDisasters: Entertainment Weakly: (Badly) Masked Vigilantes ew_again.jpg
The Comedian. Secret power: immune to clipping paths.

May 29, 2009

They claim this isn't photoshopped

jwz - DINNER!

I'm sure it was just plucked FROM MY NIGHTMARES!

Photo Gallery: Fighting for control of Somalia

Fighting for control of Somalia - The Big Picture - Boston.com

May 28, 2009

Detroit now and then

Sweet Juniper!

Here is a picture taken this week in Detroit:

And here is an aerial photo of the same exact corner--the former location of the Jane Cooper school--in 1961:

The slow apocalypse continues.

May 27, 2009

Photo Gallery: Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling

Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling - The Big Picture - Boston.com

That is a fine looking double gloucester wheel.

May 26, 2009

Photo Gallery: Prop. 8 Protests in San Francisco

SF Gate: An unidentified same sex marriage advocate is held by San... (Paul Sakuma / AP) Multimedia (image)

May 25, 2009

Photo Gallery: Memorial Day 2009

Memorial Day, 2009 - The Big Picture - Boston.com

May 23, 2009

Photo Gallery: Hellingly Asylum -- The scariest place on earth

Hellingly Asylum - a set on Flickr

These pictures are absolutely stunning.

The Six Creepiest Abandoned Places

Atom | Post | The Six Creepiest Abandoned Places

You couldn't pay me enough to set foot in any of these places.

May 22, 2009

Photo Gallery: Elections in India

India's massive general election - The Big Picture - Boston.com

The Prairies of Detroit

Sweet Juniper!

May 20, 2009

Photo Gallery: Russia celebrates Victory day

Russia observes Victory Day - The Big Picture - Boston.com

Artist creates life-size dollhouse

From Abandoned Farm House to Life Size Dollhouse - My Modern Metropolis

Back in June 2007, Saskatchewan artist Heather Benning transformed an abandoned farmhouse in southwestern Manitoba into a giant dollhouse. She replaced the north-facing wall with Plexiglas, showcasing its interior and then fully restored the house with candy-colored walls and furniture from the 1960s, when the home was abandoned.

"I wanted to show the passage of time … I was able to show what it looked like before it was left, but then what it looks like now, you know, 35 years later. I chose to leave the porch on there, which is rotted out, and [leave] everything to look quite rustic on the outside."

*Thanks, Sheila!*

The Endless

Neil Gaiman's the Endless

Note that the rest of the artist's galleries aren't exactly work safe.

May 18, 2009

Photo Gallery: Fixing Hubble

Hubble's final servicing mission - The Big Picture - Boston.com