27 December 2013

2013 in images -- a (mostly) lighthearted look back

[The Obama-as-evil-wizard picture at the end is an actual donation button from this fund-raising page for John Cornyn.  The 2nd and 3rd images are by Mario Piperni]


Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

They're all great. But the Dr. Who maze is awesome!

I'm sorta, kinda doing the same over at P.E. this week.

27 December, 2013 05:19  
Blogger Ahab said...

Fantastic images!

27 December, 2013 09:21  
Anonymous Zosimus the Heathen said...

As sinister as it no doubt looks to us now, that scene of Berlin in 1936 is really quite beautiful. That's probably one of the reasons totalitarian movements often succeed, though: because the people behind them are masters at capturing hearts and minds through the use of impressive spectacles and propaganda.

As one who doesn't follow US politics as much as a citizen of your country would, what's the significance of the image of that guy making balloon animals while Obama is giving a speech?

28 December, 2013 05:02  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Shaw: The owner must be quite a fan.

Ahab: Thanks!

Zosimus: That clip is from Obama's speech at the funeral of Nelson Mandela. The man next to him was supposedly a sign-language interpreter, but it turned out he was a faker who was just making gestures that superficially looked like sign language. Someone made this gif and added the balloon animal as a joke since it fits the gestures rather well. I just thought it was funny.

28 December, 2013 05:30  
Anonymous emily said...

I cannot stop watching the balloon animal gif! Outstanding!

28 December, 2013 08:38  
Anonymous Zosimus the Heathen said...

Thanks for clarifying. Yes, that gif is quite funny. Very clever too, given how the creators have made it look as if the guy really is making a balloon animal in it.

On the topic of 2013 deaths, I heard that Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47, passed away a few days ago. Like that of Mandela, his death wasn't a complete surprise to me (he was nearly as old as Mandela), but still a bit sad nonetheless. I'd read a bit about him; his life sounded quite interesting.

28 December, 2013 17:43  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Emily: I love how some people can find humor in such situations.

Zosimus: I heard about Kalashnikov's death. I didn't blog about it, though, since I don't know enough about him to assess his impact on the world.

29 December, 2013 02:43  

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