One of the ways you can date the satellite imagery in any digital map is to look at the buildings on Sunset Boulevard, which always have giant movie posters advertising whatever well be released in the next couple months.
But look at that weird little glitch. However these maps are made, they caught two different posters on the same building: Brave and The Avengers, superimposed on each other —a map caught between two moments in time.
I worked at a commercial talent agency in the last building, 9000 Sunset, shown here with The Newsroom. A couple times I could see them put it up.
Those banners tend to be made out of scrim, to help cut down on wind resistance (lest they rip away from the building at the slightest breeze). So we’re probably looking at a Brave ad laid over one for The Avengers. It just happens that the high angle allows us to see right through.
Now the question is why they wouldn’t have taken down the Avengers ad before putting the other one up.
Some are scrim, but I believe that one is painted. I’ve seen it in between finished billboard, and when they power-wash off the image from the last movie you can see a layer of ghost ads piled up behind it. It’s a haunting and rather beautiful thing to see, but you have to drive by at just that lucky time to see it.
But in regards to this particular image, it could be a composite, yes, or the angle and light could contribute to the Brave image being slightly transparent, allowing us to see through to the power-wash faded The Avengers ad hiding behind it.
10:10 pm • 20 September 2012 • 1,577 notes
I follow too many political journalists on Twitter? I follow too many political journalists on Twitter.
4:26 pm • 20 September 2012 • 1 note
Trending on Alta Vista is the new being big in Japan.
10:32 am • 18 September 2012 • 1 note
A Gem from Conservapedia
This list of the “Greatest Conservative Movies” is amazing and terrifying and hilarious. In addition to referring to 1984 as a film adaptation of “of the iconic conservative text from George Orwell,” there are revisionist descriptions of pop blockbusters like Spider Man:
Praises moral virtue (hard-working teenager, devout aunt and well-meaning uncle) and pokes fun at liberals (entertainers and journalist). Hero chooses abstinence. This was one of the most profitable films ever made.
Hilary: The Movie, which is a feature-length campaign ad, is included, which speaks volumes about the way conservatives view art.
9:46 am • 17 September 2012 • 1 note
“But what about the food? There are actual recipes in the book, buried in the final pages under the title ‘Futurist Formulas for Restaurants and Quisibeve.’ You can learn to cook Futurist Risotto with Cape Gooseberries or The Soil of Pozzuoli and the Greenery of Verona, which involves chewing candied citrons stuffed with fried cuttlefish “as if they were anti-Futurist critics.” But Marinetti devotes far more of his writing to recounting Futurist banquets and dinners at The Holy Palate Restaurant in Turin, where his culinary ideology was put into practice. The centerpiece of most of these meals was Sculpted Meat, a tower of veal stuffed with vegetables, honey dripping Karen Finley-like down its side, toward the base of sausages and “three golden spheres of chicken meat.” Envisioned by the painter Fillìa as a “symbolic representation of all the varied landscapes of Italy,” this veal tower is repeatedly referred to by Marinetti as the cornerstone of Futurist cooking.”
2:05 pm • 14 September 2012 • 1 note
Gonna go ahead and image these guys are all wearing masks of former presidents.
2:17 pm • 12 September 2012 • 2 notes
DID YOU KNOW there’s an airport in West Hollywood?
(There is not an airport in West Hollywood.)
I read that Alexis Madrigal article over the weekend, on how Google employs an army of people whose sole job is to tweak Google Maps so that it becomes more and more accurate each day, but there was no explanation why so many of these tweaks are, you know, wrong.
I’ve always assumed these airport icons on public buildings are helipads - a lot of hospitals have them too.
Can’t they just use a damn helicopter logo? Although I do like the idea of catching a flight at St. Vincent Medical Center.
9:48 am • 11 September 2012 • 6 notes