Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Gluten Free Museum

The GLUTEN FREE MUSEUM tumblog shows famous art works with the gluten removed.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Jeff Koons

Johannes Vermeer

Anna Ancher

The Extreme Sport Of Teapot Racing

Wellington, New Zealand’s Steampunk enthusiasts hosted their first ever teapot racing event at CubaDupa, the city’s vibrant new street festival. The sport involves navigating radio-controlled teapots through an obstacle course with tunnels, ramps and jumps.

Teapot racing was dreamed up by steampunk enthusiast Simone Montgomerie, and the first ever event was held last year, during the Oamaru Steampunk Festival.

This video from the Oamaru Steampunk festival on May 31, 2014 showcases the thrill-a-minute action:

More: Collecting Oddities

R2-D2 Falls In Love

Artoo In Love by Evan Atherton, is the adorable love story of R2-D2 and a blue mailbox.


Cooking with Peeps

2 billion Peeps are produced each year by Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based company Just Born - that's an awful lot of tough and tasteless Easter snacks. What on earth do people do with them all? Smithsonian suggests five ways to cook with these sugar-laden holiday staples. Go ahead, get your Peep culinary skills on with Peep stuffed brownies,  Peep candied yam souffle or even Peepsickles. Just don't invite me for dinner.

Paths To Graceland

Image:Paul Simon’s Twitter feed.

The Gumboots album has been awarded its place in history due to a cassette copy which found its way into Paul Simon’s car stereo sometime in 1984-85 and is credited with inspiring Simon to seek out (and eventually travel to South Africa to record with) the musicians on his iconic Graceland album.

Considering the legacy of Gumboots: Accordion Jive Hits, Volume 2 you might assume that the album was huge, and that it would have been re-issued to capitalize on the multi-million selling Graceland. But if you google Gumboots: Accordion Jive Hits, Volume 2 you'll come up empty and the elusive Gumboots  instrumental has proved impossible to locate.

More about the search for the roots of GracelandHectic City

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Suntory Whisky 3-D Printed Ice Cubes

Japanese ad agency TBWA\Hakuhodo used  a CNC router chilled at -7 degrees Celsius to carve the designs on these intricate 3-D printed ice cubes, created for Japan's Suntory Whisky. The agency used an app called Autodesk 123D to capture the 3-D images and prep them for printing.

The campaign was launched in 2014 and just won a Branded Content & Entertainment Lotus trophy at the Asia Pacific Advertising Festival in Thailand.

See more images and credits at Adweek

This Chart From 1790 Lays Out the Many Dangers of Alcoholism

Click here to see the interactive document detailing the effects of drinking particular alcoholic beverages.

In the 18th century alcohol was thought to stave off fevers and ease digestion so people drank a lot, starting with an eyeopener with breakfast and ending with a nightcap. People believed that this was a healthy practice and at one point you could not buy life insurance if you did not drink. In 1785 Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and physician, published an essay, “An Inquiry Into the Effects of Ardent Spirits Upon the Human Body and Mind”.  He also drafted a dramatic illustration titled “A Moral and Physical Thermometer" that charted the medical conditions, criminal activities and punishments that could come from the frequent drinking of particular cocktails and liquors. People were shocked by his ideas and thought he was crazy.

“Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History” is on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives through January 10, 2016.
More: Smithsonian

Tracey Emin's Messy Bed at Tate Britain

My Bed, by British artist Tracey Emin, has gone on display at Tate Britain for the first time in 15 years. She had a breakdown in 1998 and stayed in bed for 4 days. She got up to have a glass of water and when she returned she was struck by the bed as a symbol of the decay of her life.

Emin would have liked the work to have a permanent home at Tate Britain but the gallery was outbid at the auction where it sold for £2.54m. The work was bought by the German businessman and collector Count Christian Duerckheim, who has loaned the artwork to the Tate for at least the next 10 years.
More: The Guardian

The Building of pont Raymond Barre sur le Rhône in 8-1/2 Minutes

When Bruce sent me this link I thought an 8-1/2 min video of a bridge being built might be a bit of a snore. But this one is actually pretty good, especially if watched in full screen mode. It's the Raymond Barre bridge over the Rhône.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Kirill Kovalenko's Crimean Beach Photos

Kirill Kovalenko's Crimean beach series was shot in an area of great political upheaval since its political annexation by Russia a year ago. Kovalenko chose the beaches because "they are considered to be an indicator of the intensity of the rhythm of life in this place".