Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sunday Links

I just want to be Canadian

The Man Who Cleans Up After Plane Crashes 

Thorne Miniature Rooms: Each of these gorgeous, intricately decorated rooms is painstakingly crafted to the scale of 1 inch: 1 foot. I saw them when I was in Chicago and they were my favourite thing at the Art Institute.

The movie that doesn’t exist and the Redditors who think it does: Over the years, hundreds of people online have shared memories of a cheesy Nineties movie called “Shazaam”. There is no evidence that such a film was ever made. What does this tell us about the quirks of collective memory?

'My best travel discovery of 2016' Writers and adventurers to share their best discovery of the year. My bucket list has just gotten longer.

The secret lives of Toronto’s Chinese bottle ladies Whether it is to make some pocket change, or just to stay active, older Chinese women have been scouring the city’s streets for years in search of recyclables.

The Dog Father - Indian Man Takes Care of 735 Dogs That Nobody Else Wants

How to bump Holocaust deniers off Google’s top spot? Pay Google Google ‘is unhappy’ with Holocaust denial beating the truth in its search results – but it probably makes more money that way.

The Last Bookbinder on the Lower East Side

Next-Level Mirror Mosaics: Long before the first disco ball glittered on the dance floor, Persian artisans were masterfully piecing together complex geometries in mirror, called aineh-kari.

Finding North America’s lost medieval city Cahokia was bigger than Paris—then it was completely abandoned.

This is a very disturbing story Drug firms poured 780M painkillers into WV amid rise of overdoses The unfettered shipments amount to 433 pain pills for every man, woman and child in West Virginia. Tell me there isn't something very wrong with that.

A tour of the Staten Island railway, the forgotten step-child of the MTA Subway system.

The Rooms They Left Behind: After the deaths of these 10 notable people, The New York Times photographed their private spaces — as they left them.

Angling for Warmth in Winter: 21 Ice Fishing Hut Designs

Florencio Sanchidrián is regarded as the world’s best ham slicer. He charges $4,000 for Slicing a Leg of Spanish Cured Ham

The first female doctor in Britain spent 56 years disguised as a man. James Barry's true identity  was a military secret for nearly a century.

Polar Bears’ Path to Decline Runs Through Alaskan Village : The bears that come here are climate refugees, on land because the sea ice they rely on for hunting seals is receding. Thanks Bruce!

The Unsettling Work of a Female Cuban Printmaker: UCLA’s Fowler Museum has organized the first solo museum show in the US for Belkis Ayón, a black Cuban artist who was a master of collography. Worth a look.

​The Little-Known History of How the Canadian Government Made Inuit Wear ‘Eskimo Tags’ 

Caetano Veloso’s ‘Tropical Truth’: Caetano Veloso is an aesthete, not a man of politics, but the times and his conscience lent a political valence to his aesthetic choices.

Cuba, in Clothes From the country’s secret black market stores to the emerging designers staking their economic claim, a look at how Cubans buy, sell, and make what they wear. Thanks Bruce!

Guilty Memories from an Anglo Montreal Childhood  Like many English speakers growing up in Quebec, I saw myself as a victim. But within our own enclaves, we often acted like bigots.

The New Criticism: 10 Favorite Video Essays of 2016

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