Photographer Christina De Middel turns spam (scam) emails into fictitious portraits:
Dear Sir / Madam
My name is Barrister Fagbemi Lateef i am a solicitor at law.I am the personal attorney to the Late Mr.Matthew,(Chief Executive Officer)of BIOOIL OIL SERVICING LTD,who till his untimely death was a contractor with Texaco Nigeria in port Harcourt,Nigeria.Whom here in after shall bereferred to as my client. On the 21st of April 2005, my client, his wife and their two children were involved in a car accident along sagbama express road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful.
I decided to track his last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and properties left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposit were lodged. Particularly, The African Development Bank Group Plc, where the deceased had a deposit valued at about US$3.5 Million has issued me a notice to provide the next-of-kin or have the account confiscated within the 6 weeks.Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now,I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased to have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$3.5 Million can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money. 50% to me and 45% to you then 5% for expenses. I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to backup any claim we may make.
All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the lawThank you in advance for your anticipated co-operation.
Barrister Fagbemi Lateef
, however, it gets turned into a photograph. For her project Poly-Spam, De Middel took her spam, carefully noted the details within, and created fictitious portraits of the imaginary senders.
Finally my not-so-green thumb can thrive: Paper Plants! Art We Heart comes out with the best stuff. You’ve seen the wall gardens, right?
Made me smile!
Will Lisak of Etwas believes in old school craftsmanship. I am completely in love with his Standard No. 3 Bag.
Here’s how you make perfect, crispy bacon:
1. Line a pan with the bacon. You can use a glass baking pan, a steel or aluminum baking sheet, or even a cast iron pan.
2. Put the pan into a cold, unheated oven. Use the middle rack.
3. Set the oven to bake at 400°F (204°C).
4. Set the timer for 20 minutes. It may take a bit more or less time, depending on your oven.
5. Remove the pan from the oven. Place the bacon on a plate (or a plate lined with a paper towel if you’re grease averse).
6. Enjoy the best, crispiest, most delicious bacon you’ve ever had.
Thanks Bacon Method for teaching me to put the bacon in a COLD oven. Ah!
Bas van de Poel is the force behind Computer Virus Catalog, an “illustrated guide to to the worst viruses in computer history.”
Thanks College Humor for breaking down NetNeutrality. Also, go to dearfcc.org to make your voice heard!
My studiomate Carly put together this Pinterest board titled “This Makes Me Uncomfortable“. It’s so bad it’s good. Just what I needed after a day of looking at Excel spreadsheets.
I am currently on vacation in Switzerland with my family and my sister got us hooked on Monument Valley. Ella (8) and I just figured out the last level. What a beauty of a game. Absolutely stunning. My respect to the makers, USTWO.
This image of the USA at night, printed on a silk scarf, is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. A brand new creation by Brooklyn based Slowfactory. Also available are New York, London and Paris by night. Lovely!
oon by OKUM is a stunningly beautiful multi-outlet power cord. Totally wish listed.
Hopefully you’ve seen the OK Go video I posted a few days ago. Here’s glimpse behind the scenes of the actual shoot. Fascinating.
My love for sugru is so big.
Have you watched the sugru founders wonderful 99u talk?
Thrilled to see that Paper Jam Press started offering some of their designs as T-Shirts.
A short film about the typeface Times New Roman.
How incredibly wonderful are these blue bird woodcut sculpture prints? They are the brainchild of Nic Annette Miller. They are woodcuts printed onto mulberry paper and individually hand-colored, then glued onto 3/4″ thick plywood, sawed out and sanded. Totally hand-made in Brooklyn.
Here’s a beautiful and very private glimpse into the life of Brooklyn based designer and educator James Victore.
Want to see more of James? Watch this 99u talk or check out his work or his Burning Questions YouTube Channel full of advice.
The fine folks of Like Knows Like really know what they’re doing: Check out their other mini documentaries. (They’ve done one on me as well!)
I wouldn’t say no to this Gold Passport Wallet. #wishlisted
Lauren Manning collects Earth Patterns, spectacular satellite images of the planet found on Google Maps. Love this so much.
Fascinating tutorial on how to ‘roll’ your t-shirts in a way that they won’t crease and save space in your suitcase! Taken from this Lifehacker post on The Best Military Tricks to Make Your Daily Life Easier.
These limited edition playing cards designed by Debbie Millman made me look. Taking on every card as an empty canvas, Debbie Millman created 54 intimate works of art. Totally backing this. You?
The refresh cap, by Vittel, pops up a tiny red flag every hour to prompt you to hydrate. When you put the bottle cap back on the bottle the timer automatically begins. So fun!
How beautiful are these Shine Craft Vessels? The 64oz growlers are obviously designed and finished with the craft beer drinker in mind, but I totally want to use these as giant water bottles! They come in so many pretty colors!