Monday, April 27, 2015

Early Photos Of Paris

Here are the earliest photographs of Pont Neuf, Montmartre and Notre Dame.

Le Pont Neuf prise par Daguerre en 1839 – Musée des Arts et Métiers

Montmartre en 1845 (la plus ancienne photo de Montmartre)

Notre Dame en 1842 (la plus ancienne photo de la cathédrale)

More: Paris ZigZag

The High Price of Cheap Fashion

Americans now purchase an average 64 new items of clothing every year. John Oliver reminds us that all of the cheap fashion we're scoring comes at an incredibly high moral price.

More: Mother Jones

The Happy Alien Plant

Originally from the mountains of Tierra del Fuego in the southern part of South America near Antarctica, Calceolaria uniflora is a perennial belonging to the slipperwort genus. It was first discovered by Charles Darwin during his expedition around South America - the Voyage of the Beagle, 1831–1836. It grows to 10 cm tall.



1913 Autochrome Photos

Amateur photographer Mervyn O'Gorman took these beautiful pictures of his daughter Christina on the beach at Dorset, England in 1913. Christina's red swimming costume and red cloak were particularly suited to the early color Autochrome process.




Sunday, April 26, 2015

These Kids Rock "Crazy Train"

The Louisville Leopard Percussionists is a non-profit organization offering extracurricular music opportunities to local children at little or no cost. Listen to these kids rock Led Zep's Crazy Train on xylophones.

You can help them keep this awesome program going by donating at

Via:  Holy Kaw! 

Garden Inspired By Art

Columbus artist James T. Mason produced the visionary concept that would eventually become a topiary park in Columbus, Ohio. In 1988 Mason created the frames that coax the yew trees into their current shapes and in 1992 his vision was fully realized. There are fifty-four figures, eight boats, three dogs, and a monkey. The topiary above was inspired by the pointillist painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by French artist Georges Seurat.

Source: Futility Closet

Thanks Bruce!


The origin of baklava is hotly contested but Imam Çağdaş restaurant in Gaziantep, Turkey has been making it since 1887. Their baklava is highly regarded and orders have regularly been received from Turkish presidents and from as far afield as Fidel Castro.

Baklava from Mode Stories on Vimeo.


Executed Today Playing Cards

"Take 13 of the most (in)famous executions in English history, 13 more from the French, another 13 from the Germany, and 13 from Russia and what have you got?                Executed Today‘s one-of-a-kind Execution Playing Cards."

Buy them here

Via Blort

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Red Wine Flow Chart

Dry, sweet, with food or not?

Cupcakes & Cashmere

Aurora Borealis Cocktail

Who needs the northern lights when you've got one of these babies in your hand? Originally conceived in 2006, it is a drink that is pink in natural light, but glows aqua-marine in black-light due to the quinine in the tonic water. You have kept that black light from your university days, haven't you?

  • 2 liters Gin or Vodka
  • 9 Liters Tonic Water
  • 3-4 Bottles Roses Mojito Passion, OR 3-4 Canisters of Pink-Lemonade Concentrate
  • Ice
  • Mix all ingredients together shortly before the party begins.
  • Add ice as late as possible before drinking.

Via Boing Boing