Rooting around the veritable garden of earthly delights and bad metaphors that is the infinite spider web of the modern internet, there are as ever a choice selection of things, which are the very least rather nice to stare at….granted there is enough pornography waffling around so I fear that the following is designed as little more than a handful of sites and videos destined to either entertain and delight or disappoint and depress.
The eponymous location is home to the world’s largest naval graveyard, and is situated on the coast of Mauritania, yet its humble location is also among one of the hardest to reach in the world, and photographer Jan Smith spent a considerable amount of 2008 trying to do just that. His efforts were constantly hindered by the Mauritanian army, and in his quest to reach Nouadhibou (which translates as ‘where the jackals get fat’), he suffered the following: a night’s stay in a mine field, being ejected at the border, and being restrained and accused of espionage. Yet the pictures he returned with are fantastic, and more can be found here.
2. Dean Potter and his ’strolls’
Dean Potter has been one of the stalwarts of the climbing world for well over a decade, and has always decided to do things on his own terms. When the sport of slacklining was beginning to emerge he was one of the first to jump on the bandwagon. Slacklining is the practice of slinging a dynamic line between two fixed points and then attempting to cross the gap. For the most part slacklining is conducted at low levels, yet a select few climbers choose to move the location of the line to say….3000ft above the ground. At that height the complexity of the line grows: the lines are threaded, the webbing and rigging must be perfectly balanced, and those daring enough to walk in tend to step out with a safety leash to catch them if all should go wrong. Dean Potter has apparently grown bored of these luxuries and prefers for the most part to step out with little more than a pair of trousers:
She grew up in Brooklyn, studied art at Pratt and then got involved with street art in 1999. She prefers creating lifesize wheatpastes, which she cuts the stencils for, and then rolls out and inks them on the floor of her apartment before strolling around in the dead of night and pasting them up all over the place. The work speaks for itself:
4. The Buick Streamliner
It just….looks nice.
5. BMW S1000 vs. Dinnertable