America freaked out yesterday when a new terrorist meme surfaced, a mock movie poster promising "Al Qaeda: Coming Soon Again in New York." Much of the concern over this Photoshop of Doom was sparked over its strangely slick 3D appearance. But it turns out 3D graphic design is super trendy in the world of Islamic militant message boards.
In the four years since its unveiling, the graffiti-inspired logo for the 2012 London Olympics has been accused of looking like many thing: The Waffen SS insignia, for instance, or Lisa Simpson giving head. And now, because why not, the Iranian Olympic committee has gotten into the game and accused the logo of spelling out "Zion." The organizers must be huge Bob Marley fans! Or, if you listen to the Iranians, it's a secret pro-Israel message. How surprising, that the Iranian government is making noise about something bizarre and tenuously related to Jews! We still think it looks more like the Lisa Simpson blowjob thing. [NYDN]
Every time I get down about skyrocketing rent and service changes to the F train, I turn to New York magazine. It just reminds me that I live in the greatest city of all time, ever, and if I ever moved to a place with fresh air, I would die from lack of exposure to fusion cuisine. This week, it's The Best of The Greatest City of All Time, Ever, Issue. To ensure that New York magazine could fully illustrate just how great New York City is, the magazine commissioned designs for 25 covers. And then, because the spirit of New York and New York lies in wasteful, reckless spending, they only used two. I got the one on the right, but I'm thinking about going out to newsstands to buy the other one for commemorative purposes. That's just how awesome New York is. [Folio]