Mona Lisa: One Of The Ugliest Women In The World

Mona LisaSmile, please:

It’s the most famous painting in the world and a must-see for anyone visiting Paris. But most people fight through the crowds to spend a mere 15 seconds in front of it – just long enough to grab a snapshot. So why do they bother? To find out, Amelia Gentleman spent a day with the Mona Lisa.

I have no desire to see it (if I ever had any) after reading that article.

(via J-Walk Blog)

Balancing Rocks

Balancing rocksRock On, Rock ON! The Balanced Rock Art of Bill Dan:

I know there are rational explanations for this, know that an engineer with a computer and a couple of calibrators could calculate the exact angle and intersection of repose. But that’s beside the point.

This looks cool, but must require a lot of patience.

Update: They have a page about my name, Cairns:

The simplest cairns are often a single stack of rocks intended to mark a path, a territory, or a specific site. The intent is utility and meaning, rather than art. Those who place them are thinking of those who will come after. Those who find and follow them are trusting travelers who went before.

(Thanks, Pender)

Creating Photo Mosaics

Mosaic of caitlyn photosCaitlyn and Jody moasicHow-To: Make your own photo mosaics:

A photo mosaic is one large image made out of hundreds and thousands of tiny images from your personal stash, from google images or even frames from a movie. There are a few applications that do this for free, on Macs / PCs, and we’ll show you where to get them and how to use them.

The first image above (click to enlarge – it’s 10 MB) is a mosaic I did of my daughter from a photo taken when she was almost one year old, composed of all the photos I made public of her. The second image is taken from an original on my About page.

The first mosaic took about 10 minutes to be created (processing 227 files) on my antique PC.

(via Darren Barefoot)

Photos From A Different Angle

Sleepy or playing chessfile magazine : a collection of unexpected photography:

The purpose of FILE is to collect and display photographs that treat subjects in unexpected ways. Alternate takes, odd angles, unconventional observations – these are some of the ways photographs collected in FILE reinterpret traditional genres. We leave the Kodak Moments to the family album, the glossy fashion spreads to Vogue, and the photo finishes to ESPN. Rather than taking the well-trod paths, we veer to left and get a different perspective.

A great collection of photos.

The guy in this image is sleeping or playing chess.