March 2017 Archives

"This playful series by Ji Lee called Word as Image is one that's nearly 20 years in the making. It began as an assignment for his typography class while in art school, which encouraged students to see beyond the practicality of letterforms and instead play with their shapes to discover their creative potential. "The challenge was hard, so the reward of 'cracking' a word felt great," Lee recalls. "This became a lifelong project for me."..."


Personally I'm not sure if Id want to survive the blast - dying slowly of starvation and/or thirst isn't that attractive a situation for me, BUT, if you don't think like me then read this article!


oh how romantic :(              

Pets At The Vets


So just like humans and hospitals, they don't wanna go either lol
Also is that a real giraffe in there? I'm sure it must be like a giraffe lookalike coatstand or something but I've lost my glasses again so no not 100% sure..



Roomba - Is It Worth the Money?


Well according to this article the Roomba is a kind of totally automatic vacuum cleaner, navigates its own way round your house looking for dirt and dust and then takes itself back top its charging station when it's about to run out of juice..

Also according to this article if you have never heard of this thing you must have been living under a rock for the past 10 years which is when the first version came onto the market - well I'd never seen anything like this until today myself - I must try and get out more! :p

"A new perceived threat followed World War II and the Cold War. A fear of getting hit by the nuclear "big one" became a way of life for Americans and other countries all over the world. School drills telling kids to hide under desks didn't quell the nerves of some families. With paranoia lurking everywhere, underground shelters began to pop up across the globe.

Author and photographer Richard Ross sought these shelters out during his travels and documented them for his project, "Waiting for the End of the World." These impressive structures transformed over the years into tourist attractions, comfortable living spaces, and even a night club. They look a lot better than you'd expect from places where people would wait out the end of the world.."


Kelvedon Hatch in Essex, England

lol - a photoshop job surely?

"The trend is typically that no billionaire seems to be fulfilled until they've purchased their own superyacht. Actually, it has been discovered that the everyday billionaire invests roughly $22 million on their yachts, according to Wealth-X and UBS Global Billionaire Census from a November report.
Wealth-X's newest study rates the priciest deluxe asset purchases of all time, and it's likely not surprising that 8 of the top 10 investments are put into yachts."

Why is it nearly all of these are owned by Russians? I thought all the big yachts were in Southampton :p

Serene, $330 million - This 440-foot Italian-designed yacht belongs to the Russian vodka distributor (Yuri Scheffler, and it comes with turquoise neon lights which present it with a nighttime glow. Altogether is has 48,000 square feet - 7 decks - of covered space, which incorporates outdoor and indoor pools, 12 staterooms as well as a screening room outdoors. It was purchased by Scheffler in 2011.

Some Amazingly Coloured Animals


"All the makeup in all the Sephoras in all the world still couldn't hold a candle to the natural beauty these stunning animals were born with. I'd be jealous, but I doubt I could pull off these shades anyway.Some of them use their vibrant colors to ward off predators while others are just plain pretty for no reason at all. One thing is for certain, though. Nature can be a bright and beautiful place"


There are more than 100 different poison dart frog species all with bright colors to warn predators of their toxicity.

"When this homeless man in Spain was graciously given a makeover by a local salon, he also got a new lease on life. With the help of some scissors, hair dye, and a spiffy new outfit, Jose Antonio went from scruffy street dweller to classy hipster, and could hardly recognise himself afterwards.

Jose, known affectionately as Josete by locals in his native Palma, spent 25 years living on the street. Salva Garcia, owner of La Salvajeria hair salon, invited Jose to come and get cleaned up. When they uncovered the mirror to show him his freshly trimmed beard and lush brown hair, he began to sob. "My God... Is this me?" He exclaims in a video of the transformation produced by the salon.

Brimming with joy, Jose hit the town. Locals who were used to his former appearance gasped in shock, shouting compliments from afar. La Salvajeria has since revealed to Spanish TV stations that Jose is now receiving financial assistance from an unnamed company and is off the streets. "It wasn't just a change of look. It changed my life," he told reporters."


from this... this..


"On August 31, 2004 at 5:00 am a beaten naked  man was found unconscious behind the dumpster of a Burger King. The man had no driver's license, wallet or any other identification.After waking up at the hospital from being unconscious, the hospital staff asked for his name. All he could remember was his first name "Benjaman" with two a's. He could not remember his last name or social security number. The last name Kyle was his placeholder name provided at the hospital. Benjaman suffered from cataracts on both eyes which he was able to operate 9 months after a charity raised the money. Upon seeing himself in the mirror, he was surprised to see he was 20 years older he thought he was..."

Click link above or picture to read the full story..


Funny Marriage Proposals



she'll see it after the ride has finished..

"While Ray Villafane is best known for his expertise in the art of food carving, he is also recognized for his magnificent, remarkably realistic sand sculptures. Using just sand and water, the artist sculpts incredibly detailed figures that tower above him as he works. Funny-faced people, nativity scenes, and hellish creatures from Dante'sInferno appear so lifelike that it's hard to believe they were formed from humble grains of sand.

Villafane only began sand sculpting in 2008 after accepting a challenge in Jesolo, Italy. Despite not having any experience working with the medium, he wowed viewers with his exceptional craft, and since then has received invitations from all over the world to take on new sand sculpting projects."


Today's Post


I wasn't sure how to title this - "trippy images" they are not, more like more of the "Pictures Taken From Exactly the Right Angle" that I posted up back in 2008 (and 2009) by the looks..

The one of the 3-legged girl is good with the vase there - is it a leg?  No, it's a vase!


hungry cat?

I take back what I said the other day cos here is some actual news from Austria..


I've got big-sized fingers and only a little screen phone myself so I have to have the predictive text feature on all the time, but it doesn't always get it right as we all know. Here's some examples of the confusion it can / could possibly or has already caused..


Beautiful Photos of Austria


We hardly ever hear of any news coming out of Austria - maybe because there is no news cos everybody is too busy admiring the scenery..


Schlegeispeicher, Austria

Some Weird Pets & Their Humans


"Humans and pets... it is a long love story. Even the strangest and wildest animals manage to catch the attention and the kindness of some (maybe even stranger) people. In these photos, you will find friendly situations between some really weird animals and the humans who made them an integral part of their lives"


This event happened back in 1962, the man has been dead since 1998, Russia has had the Freedom of Information Act since 2010, but only now this story goes viral - in 2017? Come on all you professional journalists! You've got to react to news faster than this lol :-p

Seriously though, a (very belated) R.I.P. to this true hero and TRUE COMRADE! :) from us at BaanLiam and I'm sure the rest of the world as well - at least the ones who have heard about Vasili anyway..


Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov

Some Dogs With Silly Haircuts


"We all do what we can to stay cool and comfortable in the summer, and it's no different for our four legged friends. They have it worse than we do with their constant fur coat, so kind owners will often give them a refreshing trim. And unkind owners will use it as an opportunity to give their doggies the worst 'do of their lives."


Fairytale Places That Are Really Real


I'm spending far too much time on the TripAdvisor site these days :p


Little Venice - Colmar, France

Picdump For a Boring Day


Not only joke pics but this is a collection of pictures some of which might make you laugh, sad & reminisce a bit...


the food supplies are in - now it's off into battle..

From the TripAdvisor website - now with some actually interesting content :)


Grand Prismatic Spring - Wyoming, USA

NOT with Photoshop, but rather by doodling onto transparency sheets..

"Storyboard artist and self-described "scribbler" Marty Cooper has come up with a fun and clever way to augment and play with his surroundings. By drawing cartoon characters on transparent sheets of plastic paper, he can place them into real-life situations around him and make his characters come to life.Dogs, birds, monsters, eggs and vampiric oranges are all brought through life using plain old sharpies and white-out."


"It's sad, but every year we seem to lose our faith in humanity a little bit more. Especially 2016 was one of the worst years for many of us, if we think of life in all its aspects; politics, economics, society, art etc. However, photography is here to remind us that there are still good times and, most importantly, times that humans still care about the world they live in. Times that restore our faith in humanity, like the following 40 pictures will do:"

abamdoned cats.jpg

"#1 People Are Fleeing War-Torn Aleppo But This Man Is Staying To Care For Abandoned Cats"

Some Uncanny Celebrity Resemblances


"It's a little known fact, but a fact nonetheless, that celebrities can travel through time. Don't believe us? then check out this amazing photographic evidence compiled by Bored Panda to see for yourself."


"My Parents Wedding Day, February 1961. I Think Dad Looks Like Matt Damon"

"Amsterdam-based sculptor Harriet Damave is responsible for these wearable porcelain art pieces which already gave pleasure to hundreds of satisfied customers and also served the artist as a way out of her boring job.

"My ceramic work was born because I had gotten completely stuck -- like I think everybody has at one stage in their creative career. I was illustrating for a living, mostly school books, and living in Spain; at one point I couldn't seem to draw anymore, and I thought, maybe with a trick I can get myself painting and drawing again," she explains.

"I decided to try to take away the ambition of making something purely artistic and instead focus on making something useful, like a cup or a plate. That lowered the pressure for me, and it's kept me going and painting -- and playing, also. Then I found the joy again, the joy of the craft."

Now she has a whole collection of these cute porcelain animals and a total creative freedom on what she wants to do next."



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