I love great photography tips, like the one I read randomly somewhere on finding a path or trail that leads away from the camera to create an interesting picture from an otherwise boring subject. How much better could four old tires look?
This week I'm also loving...
This pretty funny way to check out library books in Polk county.
Amalie's random photos from Hong Kong. Looks like a pretty cool trip if you ask me.
Gala's ultimate guide to making your period suck less. For the ladies.
These killer ads for audiobooks, featuring famous classic characters marching into peoples' ears, from Penguin Books.
Ever wonder why songs get stuck in your head? Click here.
Dimitri Drjuchin's paintings.
When Parents Text.
Damn You Autocorrect is still one of my favorite websites. It's just so funny.
Wordnik: All the words. Don't you just love words? haha
Requisite post for shark week: the 20 greatest sharks in pop culture history.
The poster for The Walking Dead, season 2.
The rad old-school special effects in 70s horror movies.
I mean...the giant spider at 2:38? They had to build that! It existed! I hate CGI.
John Kratz's amazing camera collection. One day I hope mine looks like this.
Jenni's conversations with her Polish boyfriend. They're too funny.
Caitlin's picture of her husband's expired army contract burning! Congratulations!
Poetry that (probably) won't make you roll your eyes. And trust me, I'm an eye roller.
Sam's almost here!!!
His maps and glasses arrived last week. Now for the rest of him!
I'm trying to convince him to get a tattoo while he's here, haha.
And last but not least...
Because of all the amazing posters, and the stories that come with them. Here are a couple examples, but go to the store and check it out yourself!
(click to see it, all her rights are reserved)
"In the old, old days, medicines were referred to as nostrum remedium which is Latin for "our remedy." During the Victorian era, there were quite a few medical compounds of questionable effectiveness that were made available to the unsuspecting public either through a doctor's prescription, over-the-counter, or the ever-popular snake-oil salesman.
Many folks also believed (and probably still do), that "the more bitter the medicine, the better the cure," which was why so many medicines tasted quite foul.
Many of the patent medicines were never patented, mostly so the purveyors could avoid having to reveal what was really in those medicines, the contents being either hazardous, addictive or simply nothing more than colored water."
"During the period of the Black Death and the Great Plague of London, plague doctors visited victims of the plague.
A plague doctor's duties were often limited to visiting victims to verify whether they had been afflicted or not. Most urban plague doctors were essentially volunteers, since the real doctors would have fled to the countryside, knowing they could do nothing for those affected.
The good Doktor Schnabel von Rom's clothing consisted of what would be considered primitive hazardous materials suit which consisted of:
* A black wide-brimmed hat, which not only identified that person as a doctor, but also would have been used as shielding from infectious fluids and other miasma.
* A face mask that was in the shape of a bird's beak. The beak was often filled with aromatic herbs and spices to cover up the smells of putrefying flesh, sputum, and ruptured bouboules that wafted off dying plague victims.
* The mask also included glass eyepieces that not only protected the eyes, but also made looking through the mask easier.
* A long, black overcoat that was tucked behind the beak and extended clear down to the feet in order to minimize skin exposure. This garment was often coated head to toe in wax in order to repel toxic fluids such as sputum or other bodily fluids, fleas and possible contamination from coughing plague victims.
* A wooden cane, which was used to push away infected patients and keep them at a safe distance.
Part of the appearance of the plague doctor's clothing was meant to frighten onlookers, and I am certain the plague doctor most likely frightened the very patients he was trying to save."
Click here to go to the store and check it out for yourself. There are tons of REALLY cool posters and creepy stuff.
What do you love this week? Link me somethin' real good like.