Born Of An Atom Bomb

Image and thought dump for the various projects of Jared Axelrod

Author of The Battle of Blood & Ink and The Cockroach Strikes

Battle of Blood and Ink


This London “Parkour Park” looks so much like a city that it makes you wonder what a city would look like if a city was deliberately built for parkour.  Lots of steel pipes so you can shimmy straight up walls, convenient grabs and handholds on second-story ledges, rubberized landing spots, that sort of thing.

With his project “100 Years Later“, the Japanese artist Maico Akiba transforms everyday objects into relics of the past… With meticulous aging process, Maico Akiba adds rust, moss, mold and traces of time  to our gadgets, transforming our iPhones, keyboard and mouse, iPod, calculators, shoes, watches, mobile phones, Polaroid cameras and so on, in objects from another time…

“On this, the 100th anniversary of the day the first world war began, it is sobering to look back at the way that conflict was so badly reported. The catalogue of journalistic misdeeds is a matter of record: the willingness to publish propaganda as fact, the apparently tame acceptance of censorship and the failure to hold power to account.”

– Roy Greenslade, The Guardian. First world war: how state and press kept truth off the front page.


 Tokyo Fashion Week Spring 2014 Collections of Japanese   Alice Auaa, design, yasutaka funakoshi

alice auaa designs do not merely categorize duality, such as beauty and ugliness, and light and shadow, through a decadent and surreal filter based on the color black, but rather convey a mode of avant-garde and romanticism based on the endless motif of the time of life in everything (creation from destruction), and the elegance and eroticism that dwells in incommodiousness. 

“In 1979, when the minimum wage was $2.90, a hard-working student with a minimum-wage job could earn enough in one day (8.44 hours) to pay for one academic credit hour. If a standard course load for one semester consisted of maybe 12 credit hours, the semester’s tuition could be covered by just over two weeks of full-time minimum wage work—or a month of part-time work. A summer spent scooping ice cream or flipping burgers could pay for an MSU education. The cost of an MSU credit hour has multiplied since 1979. So has the federal minimum wage. But today, it takes 60 hours of minimum-wage work to pay off a single credit hour, which was priced at $428.75 for the fall semester.”

The Myth of Working Your Way Through College - Svati Kirsten Narula - The Atlantic (via infoneer-pulse)