July 19th, 2006

Chris Keeley

President Bush gives an unsolicited, surprise neck-massage to German prime minister Angela Merkel

Bush headed directly behind the chancellor, reached out and, placing both hands on the collar of her gold jacket, gave her a short massage just below the neck

Bush "gropes" Germany's (female) chancellor Merkel

Yesterday's news from the G8 summit was all shit. Today, blogger Taylor Marsh posts photos of another "candid moment" in which President Bush gives an unsolicited, surprise neck-massage to German prime minister Angela Merkel. The Los Angeles Times reported:

"Entering the meeting room, as relayed by a Russian television camera, Bush headed directly behind the chancellor, reached out and, placing both hands on the collar of her gold jacket, gave her a short massage just below the neck. She smiled."

IANAFRE (I am not a facial recognition expert), but that doesn't look like much of a smile to me, or a happy hand-gesture following. What odd manners the leader of the Western world has. Link (Thanks, Stefan Jones)

Reader comment: Alex Steffen says,

There's video on this page that makes it clear how inappropriate it was... the Germans are calling it a "Liebes-Attacke"

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Chris Keeley

Image of the day: children send messages on missiles

Image of the day: children send messages on missiles 

Image of the day: children send messages on missiles


I don't know the whole story behind these images, but they say a lot on their own. Here, some Israeli girls have apparently been told to "sign" bombs directed at Lebanon, writing messages like "from Israel with love." Link (via lawrenceofcyberia and thismodernworld) Update: That link keeps crashing my browser. Here are better links, to the source of these photos: one, two. Caption, via AP, "Israeli girls write messages on a shell at a heavy artillery position near Kiryat Shmona, in northern Israel, next to the Lebanese border, Monday, July 17, 2006." AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner.

Reader comment: Chris Maytag says,

In your boingboing post "Image of the day: children send messages on missiles", the objects in the picture are alternately referred to as "missiles", "bombs" and "shells". These are three very different terms, and it's worth keeping things straight.

A "missile" is a projectile, powered during flight by either solid of liquid-fueled engines, with a weaponized payload of some kind (example: SCUDs, 'Katyushas'). A "bomb" is a weapon dropped from an aircraft or other airborne platform and guided by ballistics alone or a combination of ballistics and fin-based guidance (example: JDAMs, unguided 500lb mk82 bomb).

A "shell" is essentially a bullet. It is fired from a tube (cannon, howitzer or mortar) il it either hits a target or explodes due to to one of a variety of triggers (flight time, position, etc). Contents of shells range from pure metal (as in an early, simple cannonball) to explosives (as in the high explosive and shaped-charge shells generaly used by tanks) to advanced anti-personnel munitions, which explode and release smaller objects (much like a shotgun shell releases 'shot').

Why is this worth paying attention to? Because there's enough misinformation in the MSM already. By the way, the objects being signed by the Israeli girls appear to be 155mm howitzer or tank shells.


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Chris Keeley

The portrait of Mephisto

'El retrato de Mephisto

http://www.photoseen.com/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=album24&page=1


- 'El retrato de Mephisto' es una serie de fotografías de Maleonn en las que interpreta la figura de Mefistófeles con una ambientación que recuerda a los antiguos lienzos barrocos.

- Texture King nos regala numerosas fotografías con texturas reales.

- No son los del Caribe de Johnny Deep, pero estos
piratas animados también merecen una ojeada.

- Los photoshoppers dan buena cuenta de los famosos y los convierten en
zombies.

- Si eres un amante de los iconos, en
Dark Project puedes descargar unos cuantos de cuidado diseño.
Chris Keeley

Rocket 57

Rocket 57

- El trabajo de diseño gráfico de Rocket 57 tiene ese aire inocente y retro que lo hace atractivo para clientes como Microsoft.

- Ahora los robots se están especializando. Por ejemplo, éste va en
monopatín y patina sobre hielo con estilo; éstos otros bailan sincronizados, y éste es montable cual caballo.

-
Andrew Moore nos ofrece en la web parte de su trabajo fotográfico sobre Rusia o Cuba, con imágenes de bellísima factura.

- Los personajes de
Star Wars ya no están en una galaxia muy lejana. Están por nuestras calles.

- '
La línea' es una genial serie animada en la que el protagonista interactúa con su creador, el dibujante.


http://www3.sympatico.ca/rocket57/