Monday, 20 October 2014

This week on the internet

I've been really busy this week balancing end-of-semester assignments, town meetings and Facebook admin duties, so accept my apologies for the radio silence. Anyway, it's been a few weeks since my last internet round-up, so here are a few neat developments I've come across recently:

I'm a big fan of Dear Photograph-style then-and-now photos, particularly for picturing historically significant events. Consequently I was blown away by these mash-ups of World War I photos with modern Google Street Views. They're one of several brilliant artistic things I've seen for the WWI centenary. My other favourites include the ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, the soldier's portraits appearing in parts of Wellington significant to that soldier, and the grass-roots poppy-knitting craft projects springing up all around New Zealand. What fantastic, personal and visually-arresting ways to commemorate something so massive and horrific.

In other news, I'm glad someone other than me appreciates the genius of the Museum of Bad Art. Here's a list of strange museums all around the world, covering everything from the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices to the Museum of Burnt Food. Personally I would mind checking out the Museum of Broken Relationships. Some for the OE, perhaps?

Finally this week, since I have a habit of leaving the L out of GLAM in these posts, here are some literary suggestions for Halloween costumes, and some musings on people's least favourite children's books.

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