Portraits Inspired by Spam

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.

Best Regards,
Barrister Fagbemi Lateef

Photography inspired by Spam, 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.

Paper Plants

Paper Plants

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!

What are you looking at?


31011_1Observation Notebook

This is the most charming notebook I have ever seen. It’s based based on the one Jason Polan uses while moving around and sketching the world. He holds his notebook close to his face when he draws, so he thought it would be appropriate to put eyes on the notebook’s back side. LOVE!

Portraits in Creativity: Maira Kalman

Portraits in Creativity

The talented and delightful Gael Towey recently started a short film series called Portraits in Creativity in which she documents artists and their inspirations, revealing the courage and curiosity that propel the creative act.

Last night she launched her latest short film on illustrator Maira Kalman. It’s a deep yet humorous glimpse into Maira’s world, a woman I hugely admire. Watch it.

(In 2012 Maira gave a beautiful Maira’s CreativeMornings talk)

Magical Pool

Next time you jump into a pool, watch out, you might come out like this lady… Did you know Tattlys are waterproof? (They just really don’t like moisturizer, that will take them off!)

(Thanks to Nic and Ace for putting this video together. And a big giant thank you to my friends Kim & Jiro for letting us use their beautiful pool!)

Monument Valley

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.

The Making Of OK Go’s ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’ Video

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.

(via keef)

More Rainbows

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The world needs more rainbows. Right?

Call Someone You Love

Matt Adams and Katie Sokoler covered a Brooklyn pay phone with quarters and placed a sign above it that read, “Call Someone You Love” to see what would happen. So good!

How to Survive in NYC

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These animated gifs explaining how to survive in NYC made me laugh out loud. Hat tip off to Nathan W.Pyle!

(via Eric)

Side-Project Man

side-project man

Given that I believe in the importance of side-projects and in recognizing your own superpower, this illustration of Side-Project Man by Andy J. Miller made me chuckle.

Roll Your T-Shirts for Efficient Packing

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.

Sugru versus Noise

Sugru wins at product videos. They really do. This one from a while back is priceless as well.

How?

lost disco ball

I was stuck on the highway yesterday and noticed a disco ball (!) on the side of the road.

A DISCO BALL!

How does one loose a disco ball on the highway? I can’t stop thinking about possible scenarios. Life is so wonderfully absurd at times, isn’t it?

Dinner Conversation With My 8 year Old

Me: “What do you think I do at work all day?”

Ella (8): “Sit at your computer and laugh!”

Dead on. The fact, that Ella knows my job makes me happy, is the *best thing ever*. Now I just have to help her find her path…

Relics of Technology

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Relics of Technology by Jim Golden

Look Birdy

Look Birdy is a simple photo app that makes kids look! Made me smile.

Traffic at the world’s craziest intersection 

Watching traffic moving trough this intersection in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia makes my heart race a bit faster.

I Will Survive!

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This plant pot made me laugh. (such a great idea, but sad choice of typeface)

Noisli

Noisli

Noisli is a background noise generator ideal for working and relaxing. (Plus Text Editor for distraction-free writing with plain text and Markdown support.)

So simple. So neat.

A Permanent Tweet

Permanent Tweet

Now your favorite Tweets can become a lasting work of art: Permanent140 immortalizes great Tweets by laser etching them onto wood or metal.

What a fun gift. Two swissmiss thumbs up.

Amish Made Scooter

Amish SCooter

Another few days, and I’ll be scooting through Brooklyn with my very own Amish Made Scooter. Can’t wait.

Sushi Slippers

Sushi Slippers

These Sushi Slippers made me laugh.

Efficient Cherry Tomato Slicing

Efficient.