one of my favorite buildings


Voynich Manuscript

Weird plants that never existed; nude women frolicking through intestinal shapes; mandala-ish diagrams of spirals and stars; words in an indecipherable code: nobody knows what the deal is with this thing. Maybe made in Italy in the 15th Century. Maybe it’s a real language that nobody has ever spoken. Maybe not.

Currently stored in one of my favorite buildings: Beinecke Library


The Fortress – nightclub, 20x20 lot, no cc

There are already many amazing clubs in the Gallery, but 1. I needed something smaller and more casual. 2. I wanted to have a garage/band’s rehearsal place on one of the lots. Maybe it doesn’t fit perfectly in Windenburg, but it’s European and kinda old :D. I based it on one of my favorite clubs that operated in the 19th-century fortification buildings (part of Warsaw Fortress) – I think they were old barracks.

The Fortress Club (xD), a small nightclub with a rehearsal room in a garage, available in the Gallery, tagged with #simmingstuff

painterofhorizons  asked:

Oh god, please tell more about the old grist mill that got converted into a used bookstore/art space and add some pictures if you feel like? I need to know! That sounds INCREDIBLE!!!! (I am already jealous.) (And glad for you that such a place exists!)

I would be happy to! The Book Mill is one of my favorite places in the world. :D 

The mill buildings have mainly been taken over by the bookstore, which is huge and rambling, with windows in strange places and tiny staircases, but there are a couple restaurants and shops tucked away in there as well. 

It reminds me a little of Edgewood, from Little, Big, as weird as that may sound. 

Western Massachusetts has all of these little gems hidden away up in the hill towns (MASS MoCA, the Cummington Sheep and Wool Fair, tons of artist spaces and old clapboard churches and snack bars that serve lobster rolls, aka the Most New England Food Ever), but the Book Mill is probably my favorite. Its slogan is “books you don’t need in a place you can’t find” (which is half false; books are always needed), but it’s worth the drive just to stand on the bridge or at one of the windows to watch the river, or to curl up in one of the big squashy armchairs to read and write for hours. 

If you ever end up in MA, I will most definitely take you! <3<3

Comic 14: The Closet Story (Part 2)

- “We have your back, man. Always.” Yes yup if you want to see me get sentimental and weepy allow me to talk to you about the stupid adamantium-strength friendships slowly building between these five dumb college hockey players.
- Back when I was starting CP! and thought it was going to be like, four comics long, I wasn’t thinking about how annoying it would be to have two characters whose names rhyme. *sighs* Shitty and Bitty??? Really??? What are you guys, dwarves??? (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻.
- Speaking of things I didn’t think through when I was starting the comic: remember the first posts I ever made about CP? Waaay back when? (Don’t loiter.) I described Shitty as “best friend of bitty, loves romcoms, smokes so much fucking pot”. Yikes, was kinda groping for characterization there. At the beginning of this school year Shitty is definitely Jack’s best friend, and probably becomes Bitty’s closest friend after this comic. (Shitty is definitely a confidant for both Jack and Bitty.)
- Also, Holster’s obviously the one who likes romcoms. What was I even thinking???

- Comic 14 takes place right on the river (map) which is–OKAY more like a glorified stream at most places–but is the other cool geographical feature on Samwell’s campus. Other than being a lovely scenic route to class, it’s a great place for, say, a lovely morning run! Or maybe a romantic, lamp-lit evening walk? Or perhaps you and your best friend have a death wish and like waking up the geese under one of the bridges when you’re drunk on Saturday nights? Perhaps.
- That giant church-like building in the background is Founder’s, the main library (there are quite a few libraries) on Samwell’s campus. It is super-blatant ripoff of one of my favorite buildings in the world, Sterling Memorial Library. Founder’s is one of the places where the Boys meet up to study (or rather, disrupt the studying of other Wellies #Why-Everyone-At-Samwell-Hates-The-Hockey-Team) and it actually first made an appearance in Comic #6 - The Tale of the Hockey Prince where you can see The Pond, Lake Quad and Faber too. YOOOO certified crazy person running this webcomic.

“Bro. Like. You just made room in your brain about a fictional place and the fictional bros inhabiting it. Isn’t it weird how your brain indiscriminately wires those synaptic connections? Real or not? Bro!! Freaky, right? Truth is biological programming!…Hey, I’d really wish they’d bring the puck down the ice, I haven’t gotten to make a save in ages.”

Comics is hard work! If you’re not a broke college student like me and like CP! I’d really appreciate it! (It usually results in a little gift doodle? ~non-merchandise incentives.~)

And speaking of merchandise…I’m thinking pucks? Shirts? Stickers? Samwell penants?? Would people buy things? Life-sized Shitty body pillows with real ‘stache action?

LAST THING: In addition to Tumblr, I’ll be posting Check, Please! to Tapastic!

CinemaVariety's Top Favorite Films of 2014

Well my fellow friends and film lovers - another year has passed. And that means it was another year filled with cinematic possibilities. Foreign films seemed to dominate the market this year (Goodbye to Language, Norte, Force Majeure, Mommy, Winter Sleep). It was refreshing to see so many films from other countries gaining widespread appeal in the U.S. I feel as if last year was a much stronger year for films, but after taking a poll it seems as if most of you disagree and found 2014 to be the better year. Either way, it was a great year. The following list is comprised of the my favorite 17 films that were released this year. I understand that a few titles on this list are classified as 2013 releases according to IMDb. However, they only went through some festivals last year. They didn’t get wide distribution until 2014.

Honorable Mentions:
Guardians of the Galaxy
The One I Love
Maps to the Stars
Force Majeure
The Sacrament
The Immigrant

** This list is in order. **

#17 - X-Men: Days of Future Past
Directed by Bryan Singer

Action is probably one of my least favorite genres. I don’t find entertainment in exploding buildings or all the other cliches that are found in most action films. However, Days of Future Past is an exception. I really enjoyed First Class and found it to be the best X-Men movie made (at that time). I was disappointed when I found out that Matthew Vaughn wouldn’t be directing this one. The man obviously knows how to direct a good action film (Kick-Ass). However Bryan Singer improved on the last film, making Days of Future Past the best X-Men movie ever made.

#16 - The Two Faces of January
Directed by Hossein Amini

I went into this one knowing that it was based on a book by author Patricia Highsmith, who also wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley which was a great film. This film was pretty divisive among viewers and critics but I found it to be a rewarding experience. Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac are two of my favorite actors and their performances in this film brought it to life. Tensions rise as Dunst and Isaac’s characters grow close in the midst of tragedy while Mortensen’s character attemps to fix the mess they all have gotten themselves into. Filmed on location in Greece, the landscapes are beautiful and you cannot help but lose hope for these characters as their circumstances become more dire.

#15 - Whiplash
Directed by Damien Chazelle

Wow, was this film an electrifying experience! Who knew that a movie about jazz drumming could be so intense? Miles Teller kills it in his role that literally brings about blood, sweat, and tears. But the real talent here is J.K. Simmons as the conductor. I began to fear his character more than some of the most evil villains in film. His bursts of rage caused me to wince - however, he also has a real humanity to him that shines throughout. The last ten minutes of the film is the real reason why Whiplash made its way onto this list. I literally wanted to just get up and start dancing as the credits rolled.

#14 - A Most Violent Year
Directed by J.C. Chandor

This was the very last addition to this list. All I can say is is that I’m glad that I watched it before posting my final decisions. I had read many things about A Most Violent Year, ranging from countless praise to disappointed viewers who found the story to be a bore. The heart of this film is simply about people searching for the American dream. This is an essential theme explored in countless films. The setting is New York in 1981 - the year with the highest recorded amount of murders and rapes. The city is living in a paranoid fear and Oscar Isaac’s character must navigate through this panic in order to help his business flourish. Jessica Chastain, who is probably my favorite actress at the moment, brings a heated ferociousness to the screen like I’ve never seen in her before. She literally steals every scene, it’s just too bad she was underutilized. 

#13 - It Felt Like Love
Directed by Eliza Hittman

Eliza Hittman has made one of the most powerful coming-of-age stories of the year. I have a soft-spot for films about troubled/destructive youth and It Felt Like Love was all that and more. It was like watching a much more quiet and introspective Larry Clark film. The film focuses on the awkward stage of adolescence and the pains of puberty. What I loved most about it is how quiet it was. Not much dialogue is used. In place of talking we hear the crashing of waves, the rustling of foliage, and the whispers of breeze. This is some real poetic cinema. The director was able to make an important statement without endless dialogue. When the last shot appears on screen and the credits began, I felt like I just got punched in the gut - but it felt so good.

#12 - Starry Eyes
Directed by Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer

I’ve written about this film before, it earned the number one spot on my top horror films of the year list. It is so much more than a horror film. To be truthful, it probably wouldn’t even be classified under the horror genre if it wasn’t for the brutal last 25 minutes. I greatly enjoy films about the nightmares of Hollywood (Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire). There are some obvious style similarities to David Lynch, but it didn’t bother me a bit! Lynch doesn’t direct anymore so it was nice to see a film that resembled his work in some way. The score was brooding and the cinematography was impressive as well. Alex Essoe brought it all to the table as the main character. I even read that she actually put real bugs in her mouth for one of the stomach-churning sequences. That’s commitment right there.

- Birdman
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance was one of my top awaited films of 2014. I mean, the fact alone that Iñárritu was stepping away from making devastating films to tackle a comedy was enough to get my excited. With Lubezki on board to shoot it, and knowing that it was going to simulate one long take, I was brewing with excitement. I ended up loving it, maybe not quite as much as I anticipated, but all in all it was quite an experience. The camerawork alone caused me to actually see it twice in theatres. The constant tracking shots and not cutting away from the characters gave the audience the mad panic that was constantly running through Michael Keaton’s character. The incessant drumming gave the project this manic energy that shone through the entire film. One of my favorite parts was this surreal sequence near the end, we see: an empty theatre set with dust particles floating through the air and a neon glow coming in through the window, a lone lamp glowing bright in the dark room, and a beach at sunset with tons of dead jellyfish lying about. This is evoking a feeling, this is cinematic poetry at its finest.

#10 - Under the Skin
Directed by Jonathan Glazer

The trailer for Under the Skin is what really peaked my interest. I love psychedelic cinema (Beyond the Black Rainbow, Enter the Void, The Holy Mountain), so I knew that this was going to be a real treat. After seeing it my first time, I left the theatre puzzled and disappointed. Yet, I couldn’t stop thinking about it for months afterward and that’s when I realized the effect that the film had on me. I was under its spell and it required a rewatch - and I must say I fell in love with it after a second viewing. It’s a totally meditative and aesthetic film all about the human experience - viewed through an extraterrestrial’s eyes. I really appreciate Glazer for making this because you just don’t find films like this anymore. The fact that it even was made and got a widespread distribution is surprising enough. Glazer tells the story through striking images: waves crashing down on a family, a cyclone of mist rising from the ocean, motorcyles weaving their way through the fog, and human flesh gently undulating in a black abyss.

#9 - Beneath The Harvest Sky
Directed by Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly

I can say with certainty that Beneath The Harvest Sky was one of the most underrated films of this year. How is no one talking about this? The movie was made by two documentarians and this is apparent by the realism in the film. It touches on deep and personal subject matter such as broken homes, drug addictions, insecure youth, and friendships that hold strong even when tested. Emory Cohen (who I recognize from Place Beyond The Pines) plays a character who can easily be detestable - but his earnest loyalty to his best friend makes him come across as just another human being suffering from an array of emotional trauma. The film really did warm my heart, even through all the darkness that is displayed. Check this movie out, it’s not one to be missed.

- Enemy
Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve put out two great films in the course of a year - Prisoners and Enemy. I enjoyed them both, but my love lies with the latter. To tell you the truth, I would never guess that the same director made those two films. They are on opposite sides of the film spectrum but that goes to prove Villeneuve’s originality and diversity as a director. Don’t ask me what this movie was about, it cannot be explained. I love films that raise more questions then they answer. Artistic interpretation is needed for Enemy, and I have read various different explanations by viewers and they all are interesting. I can say that this is the far superior doppelganger story compared to The Double, which I found to be slightly mediocre. Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance, the eerie washed-out yellow look, and the spider symbolism made Enemy one of the best films released this year.

#7 - Kill Your Darlings
Directed by John Krokidas

I added Kill Your Darlings to my watch list after discovering that one of my favorite actors, Dane Dehaan, was cast in it. After watching it, not only was I impressed with his performance but I was almost equally impressed with Radcliffe’s. He proved that he has range as an actor in this project. I have a huge interest 1960s counter-culture such as the beat generation. Kill Your Darlings documents the rise of the beat poets. We have portrayals of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Carr, and Burroughs all on board here. The relentless drug use and loud jazz music brings the time period to life.

#6 - A Field in England
Directed by Ben Wheatley

I’ve already mentioned my love for psychedelic cinema - and A Field in England meets all the requirements. Nonsensical storyline? Check. Characters coming back from the dead? Check. Flashing mirrored images resulting in an epileptics worst nightmare? Check. Ultimately, insanity ensues throughout the run time of A Field in England. This marks British director Ben Wheatley’s most experimental and unconventional film yet. I absolutely adored his spine-tingling sophomore effort, Kill List, which struck a nerve in me. I consider it to be one of the scariest films ever made - what can I say, cults freak me out. A Field in England is shot gorgeously in black and white and the beautiful landscape offers some sinister surprises for the characters. This film is the epitome of psychedelic - let’s just hope you don’t have a bad trip.

#5 - The Signal
Directed by William Eubank

William Eubank released his second film this year, The Signal, and I found it to be the best science fiction film of 2014. The first time I laid eyes on the trailer I just knew that I needed to see this film. I read reviews comparing it to District 9 - all the more reason I needed to see it. I drove an hour away to watch the film and it was sure worth the gas money. I even ended up seeing it again a second time on the big screen when it eventually screened in my home town. The Signal is a complex and head-scratching journey. Every time you think you know what is happening - something disproves that and you are left stumbling to find other answers. The film doesn’t heavily rely on action - and most of the action sequences are shot using incredible slow motion FX. Some people said that this style was overused in the film. But after reading how little the budget was, it made sense that Eubank utilized slow motion to achieve these special effects. In fact - the visuals in this film are spectacular - and the ending left my jaw hanging open.

#4 - Noah
Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Let me start by stating that Darren Aronofsky is one of my favorite directors of all time. In fact, Requiem for a Dream is one of my top 5 favorite films. I was a little discouraged when I discovered that Aronofsky was going to cover a biblical epic. After reading that the budget with this film was more than all of his previous works combined - I questioned whether Darren would fall victim to the Hollywood system. Thankfully he didn’t, and his hypnotic style and vision carried through in Noah. The film was panned by both critics and audiences alike. It found more support by non-religious fans compared to the Christian community. The second half of the film is where all the power lies. The characters find themselves in ethical and moral dilemmas resulting in a much more dark and depressing environment than I ever imagined. Noahis depicted as a pretty miserable human being and by the time the flood arrives - all hell breaks loose. No pun intended.

#3 - I Origins
Directed by Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill took my breath away in his feature debut, Another Earth. The work was so profound and raised all these existential ponderings about humanity and identity. So I obviously had high hopes for his second film - I Origins. This time, Cahill focuses his efforts on bringing about ideas such as past lives, reincarnation, and the human eye. I find it fascinating that his films blend science with religious thought and spirituality. Why can’t the two co-exist? Cahill managed to touch my soul and bring tears to my eyes (just like Another Earth). The ending for this film is abrupt, and leaves viewers with so many questions that aren’t clearly explained. But hey, that’s life right? We don’t have all the answers. Instead, we only have parts of the puzzle and all we can do is try to piece them together to see the bigger picture. Let me just say, Brit Marling knows how to pick great roles!

#2 - Frank
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

Frank was everything I love about a movie. This marks my second Michael Fassbender film on this list. The man can do no wrong in my eyes. Fassbender is like some kind of shapeshifter. He has played a supervillain, an intelligent robot, a sex-addicted New Yorker, a slave owner, and now he graces us with his character Frank - a socially awkward and mentally ill musician who wears a giant plastic head. Frank is everything I love about a movie: eccentricity, madness, mentally disturbed characters, and avant-garde musicianship. I have a strange sense of humor, and this film made me laugh a lot. This is mostly due to Maggie Gyllenhaal’s absolutely bat-shit crazy performance. But above all, Frank is much more than just a comedy, it is just as dramatic as it is comical. Many people were letdown with the tonal shift that occurs halfway in the film. But I loved it. It’s not presenting mental illness as some sort of thing to laugh at. It shows the devastation that it causes these characters, while they also get to confront their inner demons. 

#1 - Interstellar
Directed by Christopher Nolan

I feel as if Interstellar was the film I have been waiting for my whole life. I am a big sucker for space dramas (Gravity made the number one spot on my top films of 2013 list). My anticipation grew after finally discovering the plot - mankind using a wormhole to access different galaxies to find a planet habitable for human life. Nolan is an ambition filmmaker, but even this seemed too good to be true! I have a fascination with the cosmos and I’m always looking up and questioning our place in the universe, what our significance is, and whether or not some entity is out there looking up and asking the same questions. I saw this film in an IMAX dome theatre, and the experience was a physical one. The seats were literally shaking when the rocket takes off. This was the perfect film to see in this setting because the curvature of the screen made it look like I was actually staring into space. The screen was so large that I had to move my head when objects traveled across screen. Nolan mounted IMAX cameras to the end of military fighter jets in order to capture some of these visuals - another awesome technique from a master who tries to use as little CGI as possible. The visual grandeur of Interstellar caused my jaw to drop and the hairs on my arms to rise. This is an intelligently made science fiction film which is always changing direction - never becoming predictable in any sense. The idea of relativity, and space-time being much different, definitely messed with my head. Above all, Interstellar touched me on a deeper level. Tears rolled down my face both times I saw this, and it proved to be a spiritual experience as well. After exiting the theatre, I was left with a renewed appreciation for my life and the Earth I inhabit.


This is my new Blog, a tribute to my favorite architectonic and pictorial style, The art Deco, also named Style 25. Since Collage I started to feel very attracted to this visual art and design style in my Art History classes. 

Now I pay a tribute to Art Deco in this tumblog, I will be posting all the greatness and majesty of this art style. I hope you enjoy it as I will.

And let’s get started…

So, here we have, one of my personal favorite buildings, the “American Radiator Buiding”, since renamed to “American Standard Building” . It’s a landmark skyscraper located in New York, designed by  John Howells and Raymond Hood in 1924 and built for the American Radiator Company.

Black brick was used on the frontage of the building, symbolizing coal, was selected to give an idea of solidity and to give the building a solid mass. Other parts of the facade were covered in gold bricks, symbolizing fire, and the entry was decorated with marble and black mirrors.  Rene Paul Chambellan were employed by Howells and Hood for the ornamentation and sculptures.


I set about the path, stopped in my tracks, and without withdrawing my fixed gaze, said to my dog, “I’m about to lose my shit.”

Following up to my birthday(today) with a weekend climbing in Arkansas, choosing to take the long way back by visiting one of my favorite buildings in America, Thorncrown Chapel near Eureka Springs. On the path to the chapel is this, their small and spectacular administrative building. Though I visited the chapel in my youth, I had no recollection of this small office and had never seen pictures of it. None the less, it is no less spectacular than the world-standard chapel and worship hall it shares the property with, with a breathlessly outstretched cantilevered frame roof, echoing the jutting slate & sandstone rocks it shares the hillsides with. Thorncrown’s architecture is the epitome of architecture’s ideal relationship with its environment, existing to live in accord with its specific place, while refracting and informing of natural beauty without decorating or distracting from it- but any pictorial exploration of Thorncrown, however inherently dazzling, would be incomplete without inclusion of this tiny, exquisite office buried in the hill.

Secluded yet inviting, organically humble yet astonishingly unique, there is so much to be learned from it. If, as Goethe said, architecture is frozen music, what have we to listen? Drop the needle and let spin the world around Thorncrown office.

Inktober Day 1 (a day late) : Swift and Clandestine

Quick sketch of one of my favorite buildings in Barrio Duranguito, my city’s oldest neighborhood. 

 On 12 Sept., this building (along with many others in Duranguito) was illegally damaged by a hit-and-run demolition crew in an attempt to structurally destroy the building. Forcing the buildings to be condemned due to structural instability would trample the resistance to the sports arena that city officials want to build on this land.


anonymous asked:

I love Raptures Art Deco architecture, but I find in the first two games the windows don’t offer a particularly clear view out to the city like you would expect. I would love it if you could screencap some of your favorite building exteriors for Bio. 1 and 2, and Burial at Sea? I find the skyscrapers to be brilliant, I just wish we would’ve seen more of them :/ Just a side note: is there a tallest building in general? Or are they mostly just sky boxes of the city?

-I totally know what you mean, the outside of rapture is what got me into screenshots to begin with. I think they were limited by the consoles at the time, so they couldnt show as much as they probably wanted to. And because of the low quality of certain skyboxes/assets, it helped that you couldnt see them very clearly/easily. Right now i cant take any new screenshots, but i have a few older  shots (one dating back to 2007-08 even), so id love to make a post about my favorite buildings!

The two tallest ones in Rapture are: the super tall one which has a ton of windows on it that you see in the descent to the city, but not the one that youd normally think (the one on the right side of the first pic), but instead, the one on the very left. And the second tallest building is the one that says eternal flame on it, that you see on the elevator ride to fight fontaine (second to last pic). A runner up is the building that you see out of the top glass dome in proving grounds, which is the one that leads to fontaine (last pic).

As for my other favorites, a lot of bioshock uses the same models/textures so its more about what caught my eye design/placement wise, instead of a particular building. I have a big thing for looking back into rapture from the outside so those screenshots always appeal to me (my all time favorite outside area is actually a small spot in fort frolic which you can see in pic 3). While Hephaestus isnt the level i get most excited about, i think the buildings look pretty neat. And finally, i really love the curvy tunnels between the buildings in olympus heights/apollo square.


Kizhi Pogost is one of my favorite buildings in the world. It is like a wooden folklore castle.

The Church of the Transfiguration (Russian: Церковь Преображения Господня) is the most remarkable part of the pogost. Its altar was laid June 6, 1714, as inscribed on the cross located inside the church. This church was built on the site of the old one which was burnt by lightning. The builders names are unknown. A legend tells that the main builder used one axe for the whole construction, which he threw into the lake upon completion with the words “there was not and will be not another one to match it”.

The church has 22 domes and with a height of 37 meters is one of the tallest wooden buildings of the Russian North.


Rawson House by Dan Stiver
Via Flickr:
This eclectic mansion in Clifton is primarily in the Second Empire and Italianate styles. It is one of my favorite buildings in the whole city. In my opinion, the Rawson House is the Crown Jewel of the Queen City’s Italianate architecture, and Cincinnati has one of the largest number of preserved Italianate buildings in the world.


Anonymous said: What are your favorite screenshots of 2015?

-Here’s the second part of the answer to that question. These are all the 3:4 ratio shots that i really liked.

Number one is from Bioshock Infinite. I’m very fond of this screenshot. In fact, if i was making a coffee table book full of pictures about Columbia (I’m ready 2k. Let’s make it happen!), I’d probably put this as the front cover (if you’re curious, I’d use something like this as the back cover). I think this shot represents a few of the most important things about the city. The grand neoclassical architecture, the overwhelming and always vigilant statues, and of course, being high up in the sky. The way Comstock house is obscured by the clouds adds mystery to the picture and you cant help but feeling a bit of wonder and awe at the imposing building shooting up towards the heavens. You wouldn’t normally see this exact scene during gameplay though. This area is actually a few buildings and things put together in the distance, made to look like Emporia. If you look very carefully when Songbird flips your airship over, you can see some of this stuff right before it crashes. To get this, I just exited the airship the moment before he attacks it, paused time, and flew in much closer than you’re normally allowed.

Second up is from Batman Arkham Knight. It almost always evokes strong feelings (for the player and the person they’re playing as) when a main characters’ decisions negatively affects another character they care for, so i wanted to try and capture that in a screenshot. The overturned wheelchair is a strong image by itself, but by placing Batman in the center of the picture and more importantly, the clock, it visually represents that everything revolves around him and his choices. I used the in-game color filter to make the image red, to add more tension and dread.

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