Now, I am sure we are familiar with Haynes, the publishing firm known for manuals that guide to maintaining and repairing automobiles and motorcycles, and in recent times, even teaches you how to survive a zombie apocalypse (very aptly filed under “Practical Lifestyle Manual” and yes, it is 100% real!). It seems like whatever ride you have, Haynes Manuals will have you covered, but what if your ride happen to be the once icon of U.S. air superiority, the aircraft that synonymous with the movie Top Gun (Paramount Pictures, 1986), the Grumman F-14 Tomcat? Continue reading Oh, Look. There Is A Owner’s Workshop Manual For F-14 Tomcat!
Books on camera/photography are a dime a dozen, but nothing teaches you the basic principles of photography better than a book that’s literally a camera. This Book Is A Camera, published by Museum of Modern Art, is exactly that. It is a book on camera and it is also a camera. In other words, this is a working camera that resides in a pop-up book. Novel! In addition to providing the hardware, AKA a pinhole camera, this book also explains how photographs are made possible through the intrinsic properties of light. Now, we all know the theory, but there isn’t a better way to demonstrate that well-known theory through practical demonstration. Continue reading What Can Teach You The Basics Of Camera Better Than A Book That’s Literally A Camera?
Looking to pick up some traditional sexual positions but too shy to be seen reading the ancient Indian Hindu guide to love and sex, Kama Sutra? Well, here’s the solution: The Archisutra by Miguel Bolivar (CreateSpace Independent, ISBN-13: 978-1530172450). This tongue-in-cheek to sexual positions is one that befits an architect or engineer because it is a “design manual” that offers you the necessary data for a section of sex positions, each thoughtfully illustrated with annotations, along with informative descriptions – just like a real architect/engineer manual. Continue reading Archisutra Is Kama Sutra Disguised As An Architecture Design Manual
It is a well known fact that if you have the talent for musical instrument, particularly piano, you’d be able to impress girls. Or at least, that’s what I believe to be so. I insist piano is the key to “seducing women,” or just about any human being and I may be right about this – thanks to the countless viral YouTube videos pertaining to piano playing person. While having this notion ingrained in me, I never knew, nor believe a man could “seduce women,” let alone impress any with his skills in hitting the shutter. But that never stop one person by the name of Goldmund from writing a book relating to this topic which he (or was it a she?) inappropriately titled An Introduction to Camera Game: How to Seduce Women Through Photography (Robert Brown, ASIN B00WLA6VD2). Continue reading Someone Has Written A Book On “How To Seduce Women Through Photography” And We Are Not Amused
Japan is well known for, among the many things, vending machines. It is the country is practically littered with vending machines that peddles everything from drinks to snacks to disposal underwear. The last we checked, it is estimated that the country have as many vending machines as the population in Singapore. That’s like over five and a half million of them. Holy shit. That’s shit load of them! With this many vending machines, no one who have money to spend will be left stranded without shops. Seriously, what shops? Where you are going needs no shops! Continue reading Photographer Captures Lit Vending Machines Like You Never Seen Before
As it turns out, mad garage inventor and famed YouTuber, Brit Colin Furze is equally at home with wrenches and blow torch as with writing a book. Wait, what?! Book? Yes. You heard that right. The man who pretty much owns the garage has written a book and as one may have guessed, it is all about making stuff at your own backyard. But you won’t be doing extreme builds like he did; instead this 192-page hardcover book, aptly entitled Colin Fuze: This Book Isn’t Safe! (Puffin, ISBN-13 978-0141386959), aims to inspire young folks to be creative and make things. Continue reading Mad Inventor Colin Furze Has A Book That Teaches Kids To Make Things
Yeah. We heard and read about the fiasco regarding the live action movie adaption of one of Japan’s most iconic sci-fi anime, Ghost in the Shell. I am a sci-fi nut (short of being a futurist) and so I am not going to be bothered by the so-called ‘white-washing’ or whatever it is that people are debating. But the name change there is kind of weird though (seriously? Major Mira?). Anywho, if you are all pumped up about Ghost in the Shell, well, then Insight Editions may have just the right stuff for you: The Art of Ghost in the Shell (ISBN-13 978-1683830009) by David S. Cohen. Continue reading The Art of Ghost In The Shell: The Visuals That Made The Movie Possible
There are a lot to look forward about the future, but on a grander scheme of things, there are also a lot to be afraid of about the future. Some of us maybe too naive about the threats we are getting ourselves into, you know, like the prospect of robots taking over our jobs. The movie, Alex Proyas’ I, Robot was a good hypothetical insight into the future where robots replaced humans in many jobs. In fact, we should have known better. It is no different than immigrants coming into a country and assuming a job you use to do, but at a significantly lower monetary return. I think you get the jive. This is exactly what the book, Jobs for Robots: Between Robocalypse and Robotopia (Prestige Professional Publishing, ISBN-13 978-0984972845), is about. Continue reading Jobs for Robots: Between Robocalypse and Robotopia: The Future A Threat Or?
What you see here is a photo book of epic proportion, called Equation of Time, containing masterpieces of Australian landscape photographer Peter Lik. So, just how big is this photo book? Well, it measures an unprecedented 30.25 x 22.25 x 6.25 inches (roughly 76.8 x 56.5 x 15.9 centimeters) and weighs a very hefty 106 pounds (48 kilograms). Man, that’s like as heavy as a small frame person. I used to have this lady ex-colleague (a grown adult, of course) who weighed a mere 88 pounds (40 kilograms only! I kid you not. I Swear). So, I guess you could say this photo book is heavy than a person? Seriously, I simply can’t get over how enormous this book is. Really. Continue reading Veteran Photographer’s Photo Book Weighs As Much As A Small Person!
Surprise. Surprise. Arguably one of the world’s most iconic brand name, Apple, has released a book. Yes. A book. If you think this book will be filled with texts aimed at selling the brand name further, then you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, it has none, save for the introduction by Jony Ive and a couple of text that denotes the book’s title and also a statement, dedicating this book to the late Steve Jobs. Apple wants the pictures to do the talking and it has all 450 of them, shot by photographer Andrew Zuckerman in the most minimalistic way possible. Continue reading Surprise! Apple Now Has An Apple “History Book” In Memory Of Steve Jobs