Inspiration: World’s Biggest Train Set

Tour Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg

By 2020, the exhibit is expected to have reached its final construction phase, including at least a total of ten sections in a model area of over 2,300 m2 (24,757 sq ft). The next section covering an airport opened in May 2011. The exhibit includes 890 trains made up of over 11,000 carriages, 300,000 lights, 215,000 trees, and 200,000 human figurines.

Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight

This song has been used ad nauseam in film, television, advertising and sporting events, yet I really can’t get enough of it. The song’s emptiness, combined with Phil’s haunting vocals and the thunderous drum track (that comes in halfway through) never fails to put me into an altered emotional state. It’s one of the most atmospheric tunes I’ve ever heard.

There are plenty of bad examples of it’s use - the following posts are two of the best examples I know.

From Thom Andersen’s cine-essay LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, a 5 minute video clip on the Bradbury Building 

Watch the whole thing if you can find it, it’s definitely worth it for fans of film/architecture/L.A.

Inspiration: The Bradbury Building

The Bradbury Building Gets Its Close-Up

This classic 1960 picture, which was taken by longtime National Parks Service photographer Jack E. Boucher, depicts the interior of L.A.’s Bradbury Building, one of the most filmed and photographed pieces of architecture in the world.

Inspiration: Giant Lego Man

Giant LEGO Man Appears On Florida Beach

"Apparently a man was out walking on the beach near lovely Siesta Key in Florida, when he came across "something" laying in the surf a ways away. He went to investigate, and what do you know — it was a giant LEGO man. On its torso was a message, reading "No Real Than You Are." Yeah, we don’t get it either."

Pretty compelling mystery I think. When (if) the answer is revealed I’m sure it’ll be somewhat of a letdown, but until then let your imagination run wild.

Inspiration: D.B. Cooper

News about D.B. Cooper, factual and otherwise, pops up every few years. The ongoing legend of the man who essentially invented airplane hijacking has never failed to fascinate me. He’s a criminal for certain, but a damned compelling one at that.

Inspiration: Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael, Film Critic, Contrarian

"…from the time she wrote her first review until the moment she retired, in 1991, her authority as a critic relied solely on her own, occasionally whimsical taste. This was not the norm in the milieu where she started writing. Kael cut her teeth…at a moment when criticism aimed at being systematic, intellectually lucid, and tightly defended. “Intuition” was a gooseflesh-raising word in this context—it still is in many circles—but it was one that Kael flaunted in the face of formalism."


An additional quote that was too good to pass up:

"George Roy Hill…read her [review] and wrote her a letter. “Listen, you miserable bitch,” he began, “you’ve got every right in the world to air your likes and dislikes, but you got no goddam right at all to fake, at my expense, a phony technical knowledge you simply don’t have.” To say that Kael enjoyed the note more than she’d liked the movie conveys the state of her critical armor at that time."

Inspiration: Club Silencio

Inside David Lynch’s Paris Nightclub

"…the place is inspired by the deeply strange Club Silencio in Mulholland Drive. Everything from the toilet bowls – black on black – to the saltiness of the nuts on the bar was decided on by the master himself. He even created the 1950s-inspired furniture, the chairs designed to ‘induce and sustain a specific state of alertness and openness to the unknown.’"


Inspiration: Temple Court - Abandoned Palace In Downtown NY

The Atrium: Abandoned Palace In Downtown NY

The little lift with no windows was slow going. It rumbled to a stop six floors up, and the doors opened to reveal a spectacular sight: Daylight shone down from a roof of glass, lighting floor upon floor of halls stacked around a central atrium.”

Open Court

"The last tenant, an architect, had left almost a decade before, his lease expiring, as had those of others before, without an offer of renewal."

Inspiration: The Long Goodbye Movie Poster

Movie Poster Of The Week: The Long Goodbye

"…United Artists analyzed the reception the film had received and decided that the fault lay with the misleading ad campaign for the film that made it look like a straightforward detective story. So the studio spent $40,000 on a new campaign designed by Mad magazine artist Jack Davis, whose cartoon illustrations had already enlivened It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Woody AllenBananas.”

Inspiration: A Strange Sunrise Over Argentina

A Strange Sunrise Over Argentina

"Why would a rising Sun look so strange? No one is yet sure. What is clear is that the above unusual sunrise was captured last month from Buenos Aires, Argentina"

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