tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-36554382686271967082016-12-13T15:45:02.984+02:00CultCaseA blog about culture and artCultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.comBlogger2515tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3655438268627196708.post-18757695582536908552013-02-10T23:21:00.001+02:002013-02-10T23:23:31.146+02:0026 feet Giant Squid Filmed in Pacific Depths<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xVP-HLKb9pk/URfrZKCWJlI/AAAAAAAAPa8/NSglD8Tq-Qg/s1600/Giant+Squid.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xVP-HLKb9pk/URfrZKCWJlI/AAAAAAAAPa8/NSglD8Tq-Qg/s640/Giant+Squid.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />We&nbsp;always&nbsp;knew that deep-sea monsters are for real but now we have a real live one captured on film. After around 100 missions, during which they spent 400 hours in a cramped submarine working with Japanese public broadcast network NHK and the US Discovery Channel, scientists from Japan's National Science Museum have managed to <a href="http://on.aol.com/video/giant-squid-filmed-for-japanese-tv-517632981">capture footage</a> of an elusive 8 meters (26 feet) long giant squid that roams the depths of the Pacific Ocean.<br /><br /><a href="http://news.discovery.com/earth/oceans/giant-squid-filmed-in-pacific-depths-130107.htm">According to Discovery Channel</a> the three-man crew tracked the creature, thought to be "the genesis of the Nordic legend of Kraken, a sea monster believed to have attacked ships in waters off Scandinavia over the last millennium" around 15 km (9 miles) east of Chichi island in the north Pacific Ocean. Here are some snapshots from the video:<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">Giant Squid 1</span><br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4iNXOLbB6AE/URfr1dhhBYI/AAAAAAAAPbE/CWqVVdDh-Mo/s1600/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+65008+PM.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="454" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4iNXOLbB6AE/URfr1dhhBYI/AAAAAAAAPbE/CWqVVdDh-Mo/s640/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+65008+PM.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">Giant Squid 2</span><br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V7lDCKkXdRQ/URfsAm7ZgNI/AAAAAAAAPbM/GDxK3ZeXi74/s1600/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+64949+PM.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="456" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V7lDCKkXdRQ/URfsAm7ZgNI/AAAAAAAAPbM/GDxK3ZeXi74/s640/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+64949+PM.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">Giant Squid 3</span><br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uu4FyKmRP5k/URfsJVntX2I/AAAAAAAAPbU/kNIwptncRps/s1600/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+64952+PM.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="456" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uu4FyKmRP5k/URfsJVntX2I/AAAAAAAAPbU/kNIwptncRps/s640/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+64952+PM.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">Giant Squid 4</span><br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FrNp5NMbAZA/URfsoMF5lyI/AAAAAAAAPbc/bgRUmSImGqI/s1600/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+65021+PM.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="456" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FrNp5NMbAZA/URfsoMF5lyI/AAAAAAAAPbc/bgRUmSImGqI/s640/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+65021+PM.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">Giant Squid 5 (Close-Up)</span><br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FrNp5NMbAZA/URfsoMF5lyI/AAAAAAAAPbc/bgRUmSImGqI/s1600/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+65021+PM.jpg" imageanchor="1"></a> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OrXUIcOq89g/URfsv8crmpI/AAAAAAAAPbk/S3Z_wM4ZZOE/s1600/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+65024+PM.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="454" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OrXUIcOq89g/URfsv8crmpI/AAAAAAAAPbk/S3Z_wM4ZZOE/s640/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+65024+PM.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />CultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3655438268627196708.post-63221546853019603652013-01-17T17:14:00.002+02:002013-01-17T17:16:52.161+02:00From Smallpox to HIV: 6 Glass Sculptures of Colorless Deadly Viruses<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CbLEGRmrgp8/UPf6HyEKyZI/AAAAAAAAPWs/HRg2WVT3XIs/s1600/Luke%2BJerram.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CbLEGRmrgp8/UPf6HyEKyZI/AAAAAAAAPWs/HRg2WVT3XIs/s640/Luke%2BJerram.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />Deadly viruses such as Smallpox, E.coli and HIV have claimed the lives of hundreds of millions of people but they always seem to have these fantastically vivid colors, right? Well, not exactly. As opposed to what we're used to see on TV and in the movies, viruses are actually colorless as they are simply smaller than the wavelength of light. British artist <a href="http://www.lukejerram.com/" target="_blank">Luke Jerram</a> thought that's just isn't right, so, since around 2004 he has been making his own representations of viruses, alternative to the artificially colored imagery we are used to receive through the media.<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sawctkWL78Q" width="640"></iframe> <br />Jerram's sculptures are made in collaboration with glassblowers Kim George, Brian Jones and Norman Veitch and are designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using scientific photographs and models. The following are 6 scientifically accurate glass representations of deadly viruses created by Luke Jerram. For more about Jerram and his amazing artwork check out the above BBC video or visit <a href="http://www.lukejerram.com/" target="_blank">lukejerram.com</a>.<br /><br /><h2>[1] Smallpox</h2><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--ax8poghFtw/UPgE_MAiCgI/AAAAAAAAPW8/LBjwnxAq95U/s1600/Smallpox1.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--ax8poghFtw/UPgE_MAiCgI/AAAAAAAAPW8/LBjwnxAq95U/s640/Smallpox1.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><h2>[2] T4 Bacteriophage Virus</h2><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0usJibBgOdc/UPgFSKgR9aI/AAAAAAAAPXM/ooli8LSi6Q8/s1600/t4phage_widescreen.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0usJibBgOdc/UPgFSKgR9aI/AAAAAAAAPXM/ooli8LSi6Q8/s640/t4phage_widescreen.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><h2>[3] HIV</h2><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-S5JsKGzsqyE/UPgFGnfsm5I/AAAAAAAAPXE/RtGoxu3Yitk/s1600/hivseries2.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-S5JsKGzsqyE/UPgFGnfsm5I/AAAAAAAAPXE/RtGoxu3Yitk/s640/hivseries2.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><h2>[4] E.coli</h2><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AmYnbLwaUaw/UPgHo5JfWqI/AAAAAAAAPXc/sDYWLZV5Zac/s1600/barc.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AmYnbLwaUaw/UPgHo5JfWqI/AAAAAAAAPXc/sDYWLZV5Zac/s640/barc.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><h2>[5] Swine Flu</h2><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-skanvx8HH6c/UPgHwsOKA6I/AAAAAAAAPXk/EWmLVnV3SFI/s1600/onblack2.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-skanvx8HH6c/UPgHwsOKA6I/AAAAAAAAPXk/EWmLVnV3SFI/s640/onblack2.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><h2>[6] Untitled Future Mutation</h2><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t6PluWEQkMU/UPgH2y0ytSI/AAAAAAAAPXs/5Wg10Jt4jqo/s1600/untitledfuturemutation1wide.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="358" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t6PluWEQkMU/UPgH2y0ytSI/AAAAAAAAPXs/5Wg10Jt4jqo/s640/untitledfuturemutation1wide.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />CultHats to <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IFeakingLoveScience" target="_blank">IFeakingLoveScience</a><br /><br />CultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3655438268627196708.post-36180411418229798792011-07-17T12:21:00.050+03:002011-08-04T15:13:59.122+03:00Robber Beaten by Hair Salon Owner and Sex-Slaved for 3 Days Fed Only Viagra<img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-O3A3yF0Yn-8/TiK56OczKYI/AAAAAAAAN8w/f5tTaaJsWQs/Robber-Beaten-590.jpg" alt="Robber Beaten by Hair Salon Owner and Sex-Slaved for 3 Days Fed Only Viagra" title="Robber Beaten by Hair Salon Owner and Sex-Slaved for 3 Days Fed Only Viagra" /><br /><p>Planning to rob any Russian hair salons in the near future? Better make sure the owners are not Pulp Fiction fans with a black belt in Karate, first. Viktor Jasinski (32) who tried doing just that ended up as a sex victim after the female shop owner Olga Zajac (28, shown above at the top) overpowered him with a single kick and decided to 'teach him a lesson'.</p><p>Then, in a nearly perfect remake of the famous 'gimp scene' in Tarantino's 1994 <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulp_Fiction">Pulp Fiction</a> (starring Ving Rhames and Bruce Willis, need a reminder? check the video below) the lady dragged the semi-conscious kicked 'robber' to a back room of her salon and stripped him naked. She then tied him up 'to a radiator' using a 'hair dryer cable' and used him as a sex slave while force feeding him Viagra to 'keep the lesson going'.</p><p><iframe width="590" height="484" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/F4RdPBImnuE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p>According to the local police the above procedure went on for 3 consecutive days, until the would-be robber was eventually released with Zajak saying 'he had learned his lesson'. We're pretty sure that he did. Anyways, both Jasinski and Zajac have now been arrested. More details? <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2013870/Robber-broke-hair-salon-beaten-black-belt-owner-kept-sex-slave-days--fed-Viagra.html">Read the full story here</a><br /><h2>Collage images</h2><p>Top: Olga Zajac (via <a target="blank" href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/">DailyMail</a>) | Bottom left: Ving Rhames and Bruce Willis in Tarantino's Pulp Fiction | Bottom right: Official Pulp Fiction poster</p>CultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3655438268627196708.post-43743463310787941522009-07-25T18:29:00.020+03:002011-06-13T11:13:23.700+03:00Chernobyl Journal: HDR Photo Journey to the Zone of Exclusion<img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2613/3754588861_0d21b80432.jpg" alt="Chernobyl Journal: HDR Photo Journey to the Zone of Exclusion" /><br /><br />It was exactly 01:23:45 AM (UTC+3) on 26 April 1986 when reactor #4 at the Chernobyl plant, near Pripyat in the former U.S.S.R., exploded and sparked a chain reaction ending up with what we know today as the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history. A huge plume of highly radioactive fallout, 400 times more than during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (<a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster">Wikipedia</a>), was exploded into the atmosphere and over an extensive geographical area. But 23 years later, for Swiss decay photographer <a target="_blank" href="http://timmsuess.com/">Timm Suess</a> the Chernobyl ground-zero is also the stuff dreams are made of. At least his dreams.<br /><br />Like Stalker in <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalker_%28film%29">Tarkovsky's sci-fi masterpiece</a>, filmed 7 years before the Chernobyl disaster, Suess takes us to a stunning photo-journey into one of the most horrific, abandoned and destructed areas on the surface of earth. While the "Zone" parts in Tarkovsky's fiction film where shot at a deserted hydro power plant on the Jägala river near Tallinn, Estonia, Suess' Chernobyl Journal is an overwhelming HDR photo documentary project chronicling a two-day trip taken in March 2009 through the real thing – the Chernobyl zone of exclusion. Packaged into an online presentation on Suess' website, the must see collection includes approx. 450 photographs as well as a few short videos. Below are a few samples we find particularly interesting.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">The Road to Chernobyl</span></span><br /><br /><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3391/3456296414_fd1ffecb31_o.jpg" alt="Chernobyl Journal: HDR Photo Journey to the Zone of Exclusion" width="590" /><br /><br />Road towards Chernobyl town, still outside the zone (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/3456296414/">Source</a>). More from this set, including pictures taken in the town of Chernobyl nearby Suess base camp, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/sets/72157616957336785/">here</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Red Forest</span></span><br /><br /><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3577/3472951985_ff962432b2_o.jpg" alt="Chernobyl Journal: HDR Photo Journey to the Zone of Exclusion" width="590" /><br /><br />Panorama of the Chernobyl power plant, view from the railway bridge (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/3472951985">Source</a>). More from this set, taken around the Red Forest area near Pripyat, Chernobyl, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/sets/72157617211374987/">here</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Pripyat Center</span></span><br /><br /><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3390/3473787592_ba28805fe8_o.jpg" alt="Chernobyl Journal: HDR Photo Journey to the Zone of Exclusion" width="590" /><br /><br />The Pripyat city administration building. The radioactivity sign was probably placed there after the accident (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/3473787592">Source</a>). More from this set, taken in the city square of the ghost town of Pripyat west of Chernobyl, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/sets/72157617211768421/">here</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;font-size:130%;" >Apartment Building</span><br /><br /><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3307/3493734037_96078016b5_o.jpg" alt="Chernobyl Journal: HDR Photo Journey to the Zone of Exclusion" width="590" /><br /><br />Another corridor in an apartment block in the ghost city of Pripyat near Chernobyl (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/3493734037">Source</a>). More from this set, taken around an apartment block in the ghost town of Pripyat near Chernobyl, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/sets/72157617509519027/">here</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Amusement Park</span></span><br /><br /><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3596/3518158171_276b599152_o.jpg" alt="Chernobyl Journal: HDR Photo Journey to the Zone of Exclusion" width="590" /><br /><br />The Ferris wheel in the ghost town of Pripyat near Chernobyl (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/3518158171">Source</a>). More from this set, taken around the amusement park in the ghost city of Pripyat near Chernobyl, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/sets/72157617948260326/">here</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Swimming pool</span></span><br /><br /><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2176/3543346044_9b3d69f2ff_o.jpg" alt="Chernobyl Journal: HDR Photo Journey to the Zone of Exclusion" width="590" /><br /><br />The public swimming pool in the ghost town of Priypat near Chernobyl (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/3543346044">Source</a>). More from this set, taken in a public swimming pool in the ghost town of Pripyat near Chernobyl, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/sets/72157618421021836/">here</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">School Greenhouse</span></span><br /><br /><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3411/3610942357_2d138030e8_o.jpg" alt="Chernobyl Journal: HDR Photo Journey to the Zone of Exclusion" width="590" /><br /><br />Greenhouse of a school in the ghost town of Pripyat near Chernobyl (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/3610942357">Source</a>). More from this set, taken in and around the greenhouse of school #1 in the ghost town of Pripyat near Chernobyl, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/sets/72157619506231020/">here</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Ship Graveyard</span></span><br /><br /><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3589/3685611494_a9a0b1f82b_o.jpg" alt="Chernobyl Journal: HDR Photo Journey to the Zone of Exclusion" width="590" /><br /><br />Liquidator boats at the ship graveyard north of Chernobyl (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/3685611494">Source</a>). More from this set, taken in the North of Chernobyl, where the old liquidator ships went to die, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/sets/72157620914991928/">here</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Around Reactor Island</span></span><br /><br /><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3646/3559510944_bfde4b9484_o.jpg" alt="Chernobyl Journal: HDR Photo Journey to the Zone of Exclusion" width="590" /><br /><br />Cooling tower of the unfinished Chernobyl reactors 5 and 6 (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/3559510944">Source</a>). More from this horrifying and thrilling set of pictures from and around the Chernobyl Reactor Island, including reactors 1-4 and unfinished reactors 5 and 6, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/sets/72157618627235997/">here</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">For more see Chernobyl Journal:</span><br /><a target="_blank" style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://timmsuess.com/chernobyl-journal/">http://timmsuess.com/chernobyl-journal/</a>CultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3655438268627196708.post-83091253125645269012009-07-03T14:11:00.042+03:002011-06-13T11:15:15.619+03:00Man Comes Back From The Dead in Israel<img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3144/3684391114_4252fedb51.jpg" alt="Man comes back to life in Israel after being pronounced dead" /><br /><br />An ambulance crew dispatched to the apartment of an 84 year old man in the city of Ramat Gan in Israel, found him lying on his stomach amid filth in his living room. Maggots and blue death marks were all over the body that was already cold. There was also no pulse or breathing or other life signs and there could be no mistake about the strong putrid smell in the apartment. In other words, the man was dead. So, after a doctor arrived to the scene and examined the body he signed the death certificate shown in the above photo.<br /><br />But as the saying goes, it ain't over till it's over. A few minutes later, when the body evacuation crew was waiting for the CSIs to complete their documentation process, a policeman came near to the "corpse" and could see it is, well... moving his hand. The paramedics were called back, and the man was taken, conscious, to Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer. Naturally, until the recommendations of the special investigation team that had been set up following the incident are issued, the team that declared the man dead was suspended from all medical activity.<br /><br />We're relived.<br /><br />Via <a href="http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1246443700081&amp;pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull">JPost</a> and <a href="http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3740175,00.html">Ynet</a><br />Photo by paramedic team member Berale Yaakobovitch, via <a href="http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3740175,00.html">Ynet</a>CultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.com0