Friday, October 24, 2014

What Is Evolution?

Evolution is often considered a complex and controversial topic (though I can't understand why) but it's actually a very simple concept to understand.

Extracting Marble From a Quarry

This excerpt from filmmaker Yuri Ancarani's documentary Il Capo shows a boss at the quarry in Carrara, Italy  guiding his marble extraction crew with simple hand movements.

More: Gizmodo

Thanks Bruce!


This is why they call it fall

Dachshunds In Costumes

Canadians Ryan Beauchesne and his girlfriend Laurence Dionne create handmade costumes for Crusoe and Oakley, two dachshunds. The costumes include a ship captain, vampire, pirate and two monkeys with a box of bananas.

Photographs: RexMore pics: The Guardian

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Natalie Luder’s Fou Lard is 100% silk “Crepe de Chine”, digitally printed to masquerade as thinly sliced meat: ‘The French word for a silk scarf is foulard. The word is composed by fou (insane) and lard (bacon).’

Via: things magazine

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The Phone Call

This short film by Mat Kirkby won the Best Narrative Short prize at the Tribeca Film Festival. A young woman (Sally Hawkins) who works in crisis helpline office takes a call from a distraught man (Jim Broadbent). It's a very touching piece of work.

THE PHONE CALL - Starring Sally Hawkins & Jim Broadbent from mat kirkby on Vimeo.

Via Kottke

RBMA 'Terri Hooley'

"During the 1970's, Northern Ireland was seen as a musical wasteland. Bands struggled to get recognition and found it difficult to be heard because of geography and politics. There were few outlets for people to go to hear new music and socialise in a worry free environment. Terri Hooley changed all that. He sparked a punk revolution that put Belfast back on the musical map."

RBMA 'Terri Hooley' from Motherland on Vimeo.


The Diatomist

Klaus Kemp is inspired by the Victorian fascination with newly accessible microscopes, which showed previously invisible specimens such as the single cell algae diatoms, of which there are hundreds of different types in the world.

The Diatomist from Matthew Killip on Vimeo.

Says Kemp: "“I was immediately struck by the beauty and symmetry of diatoms. The symmetry and sculpturing on an organism that one cannot see with the naked eye astonished me, and after 60 years of following this passion I can still get excited from the next sample I receive or collect.”

More: The Dish


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Neil Young's Watercolors of Classic Cars

In cars and in music, Neil Young has never been afraid to try something new. He learned to paint watercolors to go along with his new memoir, Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars and didn't let his colourblindness get in his way.

1930 Rolls-Royce Shooting Brake ‘Wembley’
After finishing a tour with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Young bought himself to a
1930 Rolls-Royce Shooting Brake. It soon after broke down in Belgium.
At the same time, Young writes, his relationship with actress Carrie Snodgrass was
 breaking down as well.

1959 Lincoln Continental Mark V
Young’s love for classic cars and the environment came together with his 1959 Lincoln
Continental Mark V Convertible. In 2008, Young assembled a team to convert the 6,200-pound
car to run on electricity and biofuels. ​

1951 Willys Jeepster
Young would drive through the Santa Cruz redwood forests in his 1951 Willys Jeepster.
He bought it in Santa Ana in 1968 for $750. Despite the “raggedy” convertible top and
 “funky” gear-shift linkage, Young immediately knew he wanted it.


Via Blort

The Evolution of the Desk

A team at the Harvard Innovation Lab has illustrated the evolution of the office desk circa 1981with cork boards, rolodexes, dictionaries and fax machines cluttering its surface to today's uncluttered desk with a laptop and smart phone.

Engineering: Anton Georgiev

Actual vintage items were sourced by the team of photographers and entrepreneurs:the macintosh classic, corded phone, fax machine, globe, corkboard, polaroid camera, and rolodex were all purchased through individual sellers on ebay, while the rest of the items were found unused in basements and at garage sales.

Via: WebUrbanist