Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Oscar Niemeyer 1907 - 2012

Oscar Niemeyer, one of the more influential architechts of the 20th century, has died just shy of his 105th birthday.

A short documentary clip on his works in Brasilia, his most notable project.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Headline of the Year

TMZ reports that the lawsuit contains a host of other farfetched allegations, including claims that Usher sodomised the unnamed Michigan man with a firework whilst playing Katy Perry's song 'Firework'.
More as we get it.

From NME

Most Terrifying Cause of Death Ever

From Cabinet of Curiosities, via Chris Velazquez.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Wesley Willis Artwork

Apart from singing, Wesley Willis was a pretty alright artist, too.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Baumgartner, Kittenger, and the Golden Age of Aviation Pioneers

As well as being the day of Felix Baumgartner's momentous leap from the stratosphere, yesterday was also the 65th anniversary of Chuck Yeager becoming the first person to break the sound barrier in a manned flight. Yeager, every inch the old-school bad ass, managed to accomplish his feat with two broken ribs - which he broke by falling off a horse while hammered the night before.

Yeager, unsurprisingly in some discomfort the morning of the record-breaking flight, found that he was unable to close the hatch of the plane properly. Luckily, his mechanic supplied him a length of broomstick, which allowed Yeager, hungover and broken-ribbed as he was, to climb down from the B-29 bomber that was carrying the test plane (8,000 feet in the air), climb into the X-1 rocket plane, and close the hatch without use of the arm on his injured side. The flight went off without a hitch, and Yeager was back on terra firma in plenty of time to get sloshed once again, and crash a motorcycle in the desert in the middle of the night.

So, in honour of when men were men, and test pilots didn't allow little niggling concerns such as broken bones prevent them from entering the history books, here's a video of Joseph Kittenger's jump from a balloon at 102,800 feet on 16 August, 1960. If Kittenger's voice sounds familiar, it is because he advised on, and acted as Capsule Communicator for Baumgartner's jump.


Buy The Right Stuff (the source of my Yeager anecdata) on Amazon

Friday, October 12, 2012

Arrested Devlopment Art

Don't Leave Your Uncle T-Bag Hanging!, Jesse Riggle

 Who Will Save Our Village?, Jason Liwag

The Bluths, Kirk Demarais

All images from the There's Always Money In The Banana Stand exhibition at Gallery1988

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Just How Neurotic Are You?

 A lot less than El T if you made it to the end of this post in one sitting.

From Imgur.

Curiosity Rover Latest

Curiosity's photo of the Endeavour crater.

Image from @tweetsoutloud, via Graham Linehan.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Book Covers: The Casual Optimist

The Odyssey, Homer (Coralie Bickford Smith)

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte (Coralie Bickford Smith)

Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Coralie Bickford Smith)

2666, Roberto Bolano (Charlotte Strick)

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole (Gary Taxali)

The Train, Georges Simenon (Christopher Brian King)

The Art of Immersion, Frank Rose (Jason Booher)

Double Indemnity, James M. Cain (Evan Gaffney)

The Ethics of Interrogation, Michael Skerker (Isaac Tobin)

Columbine, Dave Cullen (Henry Sene Yee)

Images from The Casual Optimist, via The Book Design Review Twitter feed.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Cold Edge

 Sleeping Giant

Blue Iceberg

 The Blue Line

Images from The Cold Edge, an exhibition on Arctic photography, opening in The Copper House Gallery in Dublin on Thursday 13 September.

Images: Dave Walsh

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Elias Garcia Martinez's 'Ecce Homo' - make your own restoration

The art world was introduced to Cecilia Gimenez recently, due to the Spanish pensioner's spirited-but-misguided attempts at touching-up Elias Garcia Martinez's Ecce Homo.

You may scoff at her crude daubings, but could you have done any better? Well, here is your chance to find out. Go to to have a go at making your own restoration to Ecce Homo. You can can win a poster of the restored work if you enter, but the real satisfaction is gained by taking part.

Here are El T's picks from the entries:

View more entries on the ceciliaprize's Pinterest page.

First image from NY Times.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Lance Saga: A Little Perspective

Just to give a little context to the furore surrounding the latest installment in the Armstrong chronicles: yes it appears that there is now little doubt that Lance Armstrong engaged in blood doping. But, even if he did dope, he still managed to win the Tour de France seven times against a load of other guys who also doped (see the infographic above for details). Which is still an impressive feat.

(El T is no Lance fanboy, by the way. Just for the record).

The infographic above is a little out of date; Contador was of course subsequently stripped of his 2010 T de F title, and Frank Schleck has been caught with a banned diuretic in his blood just weeks ago.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tony Scott 1944 - 2012

Sorrows come not in single spies, but in battalions...

El Tarangu was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tony Scott. We've always had a soft-spot for his unashamedly populist, slickly-produced films. have this nice little tribute, featuring the first short film Scott ever directed, a more recent short film (Clive Owen playing opposite James Brown - how odd), and an interview with the man himself.

We would be remiss in not mentioning Tony Scott's most famous work. Top Gun, a film that caused a generation of self-assured, red-blooded men to rethink some basic principles with this scene:

You can be my wing-man any time, Tony.

Photo from link via @scottEweinberg