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symical: Mercury, Venus, and Saturn align with the Pyramids of…

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

symical: Mercury, Venus, and Saturn align with the Pyramids of Giza for the first time in 2,737 years on December 3, 2012 i’ve never reblogged anything so fast Of _course_ you reblogged it fast. It seemed meaningful and compelling, and you’ve evolved a brain that rewards you for the propagation of things that seem meaningful […]

dduane: lumos5000: fimblesarebest: theguff: wickedlovelyperfe…

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

dduane: lumos5000: fimblesarebest: theguff: wickedlovelyperfectlyimperfect: This is a picture from the Curiosity Rover on Mars showing Earth from the Perspective of Mars. You are literally looking at your home from the Perspective of another planet. Epic times indeed I hate how I look in this picture. but you and your favorite celebrity are in the […]

danceabletragedy: Van Gogh’s Paintings Get Tilt-Shifted by…

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The Starry Night, 1889 Starry Night Over the Rhone, 1888 The Red Vineyard, 1888 View of Saintes-Maries, 1888 Prisoners Exercising, 1890 Sunset: Wheat Fields Near Arles, 1888 Snow-Covered Field with a Harrow, 1890 The Painter on His Way to Work, 1888 Red Chestnuts in the Public Park at Arles, 1889 danceabletragedy: Van Gogh’s Paintings Get […]

Etsy accused me of not assembling my synths by hand, demanded photos, and shutdown my shop (2/2)

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

wilwheaton: wtfbyrne: Link to part one – —— ——- ——- ——- ——-May 12, 2012From: Etsy Marketplace IntegrityTo: me Hello, This is (representative’s name) from Etsy’s Marketplace Integrity Team. Thank you for your interest in selling on Etsy. Unfortunately, some of the items listed in your shop do not appear to qualify for the Etsy marketplace. […]

thegetty: Beware the Ides, kitty. Julius Caesar, 1619, Peter…

Friday, March 15th, 2013

thegetty: Beware the Ides, kitty. Julius Caesar, 1619, Peter Paul Rubens. Jagdschloss Grunewald, Berlin, Germany Cat Head, 2013, Adobe Photoshop Reblogging from the Getty’s official Tumblr. Just sayin’. Reposted from

opheliawithashotgun: ‘A Walk at Dusk’ by Caspar David…

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

opheliawithashotgun: ‘A Walk at Dusk’ by Caspar David Friedrich Wow. Had to reblog this after checking out the tags for other posts about this painting. Someone lightened this a lot in Photoshop (or the equivalent). It really changes the mood. Compare this unaltered shot of the original at the Getty: Reposted from

NYT on the Other Neda

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

This story in today’s New York Times caught my attention: Mistaken as an Iranian Martyr, Then Hounded. Iranian intelligence officials, Ms. Soltani said, pressured her to come forward publicly to show that she was alive and denounce the shooting as faked, and threatened her when she did not comply. The Iranian secret police seem oddly […]

BrodyQat’s Desaturated Santa

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

From San Francisco’s SantaCon the other day. Not Photoshopped: More details at BrodyQat’s photostream. She even wore gray contacts. That’s dedication.

Pictures Lie, and Potter Fans Take it Seriously

Friday, May 11th, 2007

I’m a sucker for stories about doctored photos, but this one actually has a happy ending. The folks over at “The Leaky Cauldron” (AHPNATT … All Harry Potter News, All The Time) posted an irate (but very well done) editorial recently on an Ad the IMAX website had been running for Harry potter that was […]

A Tenth Anniversary Reader

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

I’ve been so busy that I didn’t even notice at the time, but back in February had its tenth anniversary. In honor of that, I did a quick skim through the site’s entire history and jotted down comments about a few of my favorite items. Think of it as something like an audio-commentary track […]

Bouncy Balls Redux

Friday, October 28th, 2005

You may recall ymatt and my disagreement about whether the story of someone dumping a few hundred thousand superballs off a San Francisco rooftop to film a commercial was real, or a clever Photoshop hoax (see Pictures don’t lie. Except when they do.) Well, I think the evidence at this point strongly supports “real.” The […]

Pictures Don’t Lie. Except When They Do.

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

No time to obsess properly over this, so just a quick one to mention some noteworthy photography-themed links I’ve been staring at lately: * I am very much in love with BAGnewsNotes. * ymatt took one look at more bouncy balls and declared it an obvious piece of Photoshop fakery. At first I agreed. Then […]

Angels with Attitude — And Scarybig Eyeballs

Monday, July 11th, 2005

Via Boing Boing, check out the winners of this little-kid photographic beauty contest: Photo Contest Winners. Per the contest rules, “These should be professional pictures, but should not be extremely or overly retouched.” Uh huh. I’ve got news for the people running this contest: either your contestants are ignoring the no-excessive-retouching rule, or we are […] Coverage of Somethingawful

Friday, June 24th, 2005

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Putting Half-Life Characters in Real-World Photos

Monday, May 30th, 2005

From E46Fanatics: Coolest thing ever, Half-life in real life. I’d call what they’re doing “Photoshopping,” except it appears no Photoshop was involved. Anyway, it’s impressive. Users’ Bestiary

Sunday, November 21st, 2004

In the tradition of that Human Descent site I’ve linked to previously, here’s a three-beasts-in-one photoshop contest from the users of Chimaera 6. Thanks to Onan for the link.

A Jab at

Wednesday, January 21st, 2004

So I was listening to an NPR interview with the founder of on the way home, hoping to hear a thoughtful counterpoint to’s stance and getting a little annoyed at Terry Gross’ bad interview style. I was pretty severely let down by the guest though and decided to take a look at RightMarch […]

Saddam Captured; Iraq War Still Stupid

Sunday, December 14th, 2003

Saddam has been captured, huzzah! Meanwhile, the war was still a profoundly stupid idea, sold to the public via a systematic campaign of lies. Winston Smith at Philosoraptor sums up my feelings exactly with this item: A humble prediction. The right acts as if it has accepted the following inference: Saddam is terrifically evil; Bush […]

Mission Not Quite Accomplished

Monday, November 3rd, 2003

I keep thinking about that silly “Mission Accomplished” banner. Judith Bushmiller, the New York Times reporter who asked the question in last week’s press conference that led to Bush asserting that it was the sailors’ idea to fly the banner, has an interesting followup story: Two words on a banner that no author wants to […]

Bikini Model Airbrushing

Saturday, August 9th, 2003

Digital artist Greg Apodaca gives a dramatic example of the little Photoshop manipulations that go into creating high-quality cheesecake: Greg’s digital archive. Thanks to for the link.