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Military field rations of the world

As Napoleon once said, an army marches on its stomach. So what do different countries feed their troops? How does the field ration look like? And does it have any effects in warfare? Most armies in the world today now field some form of pre-packaged combat ration, suitably tailored to meet national or ethnic tastes. As you can imagine, it does not guarantee total satisfaction, but it fills up quickly at busy times. (via)

Contents: Liver-sausage spread and rye bread, goulash with potatoes, sour cherry and apricot jams, sachets of grapefruit, exotic juice powder, biscotti.

Germany – Contents: Liver-sausage spread and rye bread, goulash with potatoes, sour cherry and apricot jams, sachets of grapefruit, exotic juice powder, biscotti.

Contents: Chicken tikka masala, vegetarian pasta, pork and beans, trail mix, coffee, tea, a mini bottle of Tabasco, an apple fruit pocket, packets of Polos.

United Kingdom – Contents: Chicken tikka masala, vegetarian pasta, pork and beans, trail mix, coffee, tea, a mini bottle of Tabasco, an apple fruit pocket, packets of Polos.

Contents: Pasta with vegetables in spicy tomato sauce, almond poppy seed pound cake, cranberries, spiced apple cider, peanut butter and crackers.

USA – Contents: Pasta with vegetables in spicy tomato sauce, almond poppy seed pound cake, cranberries, spiced apple cider, peanut butter and crackers.

Contents: Green beans with ham, squid in vegetable oil, pate, powdered vegetable soup, crackers, peaches in syrup.

Spain – Contents: Green beans with ham, squid in vegetable oil, pate, powdered vegetable soup, crackers, peaches in syrup.

Contents: Liver sausage with potatoes, stuffed peppers, chicken-meat pâté, smoked sprats, crispbreads, halva with vanilla, muesli with fruit pocket and honey.

Estonia – Contents: Liver sausage with potatoes, stuffed peppers, chicken-meat pâté, smoked sprats, crispbreads, halva with vanilla, muesli with fruit pocket and honey.

The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall

The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall by Seph Lawless – a haunting documentary photo series about broken store windows, ceiling panels fall out of their frames, dried flower beds and other torn down mall interiors. Shopping malls, the commercial anchors of the U.S. suburbs, are going dark.

The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall

The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall

The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall

The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall

All images © Seph Lawless.

Lawless‘ photos of abandoned shopping malls are collected in a book, Black Friday – The collapse of the American shopping Mall, Artivist Publishing (2014). Check out his work here.

Popcorn Rain Cloud

After a bunch of groundbreaking hits, Minneapolis artist Brock Davis has released some new artwork over the last few months, awesome and as always easy to follow. Created with common household items and products that we encounter on a daily basis. There is a portrait of a bear created from facial hair shavings, a Star Wars »Cereal TIE Fighter« using two Crispix for the hexagonal wings and two Cheerios for the hull and a heart carving in a broccoli stem. Brock Davis made his Instagram page become a gallery. It is worth a visit.

Popcorn Rain Cloud

Popcorn Rain Cloud

Broccoli Carving for my Sweetheart

Broccoli Carving for my Sweetheart

Cereal TIE Fighter

Cereal TIE Fighter

Said Goodbye to the Bear on my Face

Said Goodbye to the Bear on my Face

All images © Brock Davis.

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This footage was recorded at the Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachusetts. This recording plays at real time speed. The clip is processed to extend the moment captured to show trails of where the animal has been / will be. Bird flight patterns visualized in some amazing videos by Dennis Hlynsky.

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Modern Ruin: Black Hole

For at least a year photographer Jeff Frost worked tirelessly to amass a collection of over 150.000 images which he used to create this amazing timelapse that you are about to see. »Modern Ruin: Black Hole« is an intoxicating combination of riots, wildfires, stunning cloud-filled vistas, and optical illusions. He describes his approach to finding the right groove as follows: »I would like to be clear that the riots in this film, which began right outside my front door, were set in motion when the Anaheim police department shot and killed an unarmed man last summer. When the residents of my neighborhood began protesting they showed up and shot into the crowd with rubber bullets, threw tear gas and released a K9 unit, which mauled one man’s arm. They would later say that releasing the dog was accidental. There’s quite a bit more to the story obviously, but I want to make sure that it’s well understood that the footage in this film is not meant to be consumed as a factual news item. It’s definitely taken out of the context of reality and used in another. It’s making art out of news.«

Modern Ruin: Black Hole

Open Eye Signal

What is more boring than a skater video? Maybe funny cat videos? Nevertheless Aoife McArdle succeeded to shoot one of the finest skateboard clips so far. The colors, the light, the depth of field and above all, the setting. Absolut fantastic. And additionally a great track by Jon Hopkins. McArdle comments: »The track is really special. I saw it as a singular, hypnotic journey that’s almost endless. You get lost in it. I liked the idea of a city kid taking us on that journey… just one day suddenly deciding to escape his life and see more of the world in the only way he understands… via skateboard.« Hopkins released »Open Eye Signal« as a digital single on April 30. The white label 12″ follows on May 21.

Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal