Travel Times To Cities Around The World

From Britain to China to Mali, new maps showing travel times to the nearest urban centre reveal huge differences between countries. Using Open Street Map and Google, a University of Oxford team have created a visual breakdown that suggests major inequalities when it comes to commuting.


China. The dataset used for China was unique as it relied solely on Open Street Map, due to restrictions on accessing Google data. The population is densely concentrated in the east and accessibility is increased, whereas rural provinces in the west remain remote. (Photo by Daniel Weiss/Jennifer Rozier/Malaria Atlas Project/University of Oxford) Continue reading »

Tatted Up In Victorian Times: Fascinating Photos Show The Work Of One Of Britian’s First Tattoo Artists Sutherland Macdonald

Victorian pictures always show stern-looking faces with people covering their bodies from head to toe in long clothes. But vintage images have revealed how some people living in 19th century Britain had a love of huge tattoos covering their entire chests and arms. And all of the pictures from the Victorian era show the inkings carried out by one of the first ever tattoo artists – Sutherland Macdonald. Continue reading »

Victorian Christmas Cards That Are As Creepy As Those Times Themselves

If you think holidays are weird these days, then you clearly haven’t seen these 19th-century Victorian era Christmas cards that were just as creepy as those times themselves. From frogs stabbing each other to Krampus (a half-goat, half-daemon) entertaining the ladies… Yeah, these seem random as hell these days, but when you think of it, they actually work as a time machine and reveal the relevant topics of those days. Here: Greetings From Krampus Continue reading »

The Obama Wedding Photos Will Remind You Of Better Times

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Though their 24th wedding anniversary was a month ago, we defy anyone to look at these wedding photos of the Obamas and not feel a little twinge. Barack and Michelle married at Trinity United Church in Chicago on October 3, 1992. Continue reading »

Sign Of The Times: Protest Signs That Sum Up The Sixties

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The Sixties were a time of social upheaval and calls for change in the US and much of the Western world.

To celebrate the grassroots countercultural movements of the 1960s, we’ve hand picked some of our favorite protest signs from this decade. To mix things up, we felt we had to throw throw in a couple of very reactionary signs as well. We think these conservative views illustrate some of the mainstream thinking a lot of progressive people felt so fed up about, to the point where drugs and loud music became a perfectly reasonable responses. Continue reading »

A Wax Figure Of Scarlett Johansson Stands On Times Square In New York

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A wax figure of U.S. actress Scarlett Johansson stands outside Madame Tussauds New York attraction shortly after the figure was unveiled in Times Square in New York, July 30, 2015. (Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters)
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Great Masters Having Great Times

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“I am a Brazilian artist who lives in one of the craziest cities in the world! Living in Sao Paulo is like being trapped in one of Hieronymus Bosch’s paintings !First I got a book on him and cut out characters and images from his paintings, then I decided ”to take bosch for a walk” around town and place those characters in surreal scenes…which is quite easy to find around Sao Paulo. While doing that many more masters came to my mind… Van Gogh, Matisse, Basquiat and so on!
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Being Elmo on Times Square

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Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, carries the head of the Sesame Street character Elmo while he walks through Times Square, New York July 30, 2014. Elmo and Cookie Monster have long delighted young viewers on TV’s “Sesame Street”, but the recent antics of New York street performers dressed as the beloved characters have drawn the ire of city officials and now the show’s producers. Sesame Workshop, which owns the rights to Big Bird, Ernie and the assorted puppet monsters on the 45-year-old program, said on July 29, 2014 it was drafting plans to stop performers who dress up as the characters from appearing in Times Square, where they pose for photos with tourists and then demand tips. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
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Matt Rainwaters Captures Okie Noodling Fisherman for New York Times Magazine

Austin, Texas-based Matt Rainwaters takes fascinating pictures of people, places and things. Recently he photographed the Okie Noodling Tournament, Festival and Fish Fry, held in Pauls Valley, OK each year. Rainwaters had his series of marvelous characters from the tournament published in The New York Time Magazine. This event is steeped in backwoods tradition and attracts media from all over the world. Continue reading »

Packswell: Simple Bags for Complicated Times. Made in USA.

Life is complicated. Your bag shouldn’t be. Packswell bags are designed to be simple and timeless, to be functional and stylish. They’re built to last. They’re made from durable materials that look better with time. They’re manufactured in the USA to the highest standards. Continue reading »

The New York Times Magazine’s Logo Reimagined

As part of a special innovations issue, The New York Times Magazine invited eight designers to reimagine its age-old logo to fit the current times.

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This idea developed from our basic belief that innovation never stands still. After experimenting with ways of applying movement to type, we hit on the concept of revolution and took it quite literally — rotating the letterforms to create beautiful, yet seemingly random, shifting shapes. Continue reading »

Most Beautiful and Stunning Louis Vuitton Bags of All Times

If it is a bag, it has to be Louis Vuitton. Continue reading »

In Tough Times, Finding a Way to Help Others in Need

Hunter Halder rides through the streets of Lisbon, Portugal, on Oct. 21, 2001, on a bicycle loaded with food collected from restaurants. Every night, Halder, a 60-year-old American living in Portugal, mounts his bike and picks up food he then distributes to the poor of Lisbon, hit hard by the severe economic crisis in Portugal. (Patricia De Melo Moreira / AFP – Getty Images) Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: Moving with the Times. Soviet Monument gets a Facelift in Bulgaria.

A combination picture shows (top) the figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of the Soviet Army monument, painted by an unknown artist, in Sofia on June 17 and a member of the Bulgarian Socialist Party’s youth organisation cleaning the same figures of the monument February 18, 2010. The figures have been painted to resemble U.S. comic book heroes and characters from popular culture like Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald, the mascot of fast-food chain giant McDonald’s. The inscription below them reads: “Moving with the times”. Stoyan Nenov / Reuters. Click to zoom.

Parts of Times Square Closed to Automobiles



New Yorkers can now walk thru the very heart of Times Square. New York City is banning cars from stretches of Broadway at Times Square and Herald Square. The goal is to reduce pollution and pedestrian accidents and to help traffic flow more smoothly. Officials say the plan will help make the city more livable. Continue reading »