I’ve written of my love for space and science-themed travel posters before: now Elon Musk’s SpaceX has commissioned three posters in just that theme.
Even better, all of SpaceX’s visual work on Flickr (including the ultra-high resolution posters and mission photos) is licensed under the new Creative Commons Zero license, completely free and open for use.
I’ve always loved retro travel posters, like the classic “flat” WPA travel posters of the 1930’s. I particularly adore when the style is applied to space and science fiction themes.
Recently artists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab came up with an “Exoplanet Travel Series”, highlighting worlds recently discovered by Kepler and other extraterrestrial probe programs. As a government-funded body, NASA has made the posters publically available and free to download at high resolution print sizes.
Astronomer and artist Tyler Nordgren has drawn several travel posters in a “Planetary Parks” series, including Europa and Mars:
Steve Thomas also has some excellent travel posters:
You can buy prints of Steve’s work from the Intergalactic Travel Bureau.
Finally, Justin Van Genderen has created a series of excellent travel posters from science fiction films, including Star Trek and Star Wars:
You can buy some of Justin’s work at his online store.
Thanks to Bob Dow for the inspiration behind this post.
Inspired by this thread on Metafilter. Also good advice for anyone who saw last night’s episode who may not have previously read the books…
The iconic “Keep Calm” font is from K-Type, used with permission.
I seem to be on a bender for motivational posters of late. These simple, powerful graphic posters by Ben Barry, a designer at Facebook, really work for me.
I follow no fixed philosophy: for me, life is far too complex, fine-grained and relativistic to be governed by any creed. Mottos are too simplistic (with the possible exception of Christopher Marlowe’s “The only sin is ignorance”). But if I had to have a statement of life, the Holstee Manifesto would be a good start.
It makes the perfect TV series tie-in: both series are set in Miami; both lead characters live either side of the law. Showtime, USA, get your people together and make this happen.
In my case, they look something like this. (You can see a zoomed section of the poster below).
Yesterday I re-installed Plex after a year away from the software, and have been quite impressed: there are no options that require fiddling with, and fewer keyboard commands to remember. The installation process for the Mac media server is also a great deal smoother, as the software picks up movies, television shows and music the first time it runs.
It took a few hours for the software to completely scan my droboPro for all its media, but once the process was finished I once again had a single central library from which to peruse my collection.
Plex has changed its database format, so I could not employ the technique I used previously to pull out the movie covers; instead, I used the rather excellent Plex Export to do so. I fed the resulting movie covers to another piece of great free open source software (MacOSaix) together with a target image of Ms Jolie, and tweaked the result to create the poster you see above.
Yes, my geek is reflected sartorially. I now have quite the collection of T-shirts with a geek theme, but they are rarely seen in public, as they’re worn as a layer under long sleeves for work.
Want to measure your greek cred? You get a point for each correctly identified reference on each shirt. (I’ll give you two, and clues for two more: the University of Mars shirt is from Lowell Observatory. The geek rationale of the plain green T-shirt may be difficult to place at first: it is from scottevest, and filled with hidden, Batman-like pockets. As for the clues: two of the shirts are from the wonderful Last Exit To Nowhere.)
I’ve felt like a cast member in Mad Men (recently returned for a fourth television season): over the last two days I have both organized my liquor collection and photographed it using a small commercial studio setup. The photography serves several purposes: records for insurance purposes; a means of avoiding duplicate purchases, and a cellaring list for pairings with food.
Alcohol and I have a rather odd and distant relationship: after 32, I decided to curtail drinking, or at least to do so very rarely: once a year is an event. I have no objection in principle to a glass of wine over dinner, but as I entertain with even greater scarcity, and follow H L Mencken’s rule of never drinking alone, the opportunity to do so rarely arises.
However, the idea of having a well-stocked bar and cellar collection remained very appealing. So, two years ago, I began to buy a few bottles every month. What you see to the left is a poster of the liquor side of my collection thus far; the wine cellar is slightly smaller, as I am no oenophile, and am still making my way through wines.
The bar is strong on single-malt scotches, as, from memory, those are what I enjoyed most; bourbons, rums and whiskeys are also well-represented. As to the purpose of all this, I’m not precisely sure. It would make for one hell of a party, or an excellent resource come the zombie invasion.
This is the current reading stack on my nightstand. I’m meant to be on vacation, and this should be getting smaller.