Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Links

Round Paris with Rodin  As Paris marks 100 years since the death of Auguste Rodin, ‘the Michelangelo of France’, we visit the city’s back streets where he started out, and grand the belle epoque palaces where he ended up

The morning I spent in a broom cupboard with Mick Jagger

Put on your travelling shoes: The Complete Europe Road Trip Map: 49 Places To Visit And Things To Do Across Europe

Racist border policies mean Toronto school board will no longer allow trips to Trump's USA  Toronto high-school trips have become a relic of the past, because the Toronto District School Board will not risk harassment and worse of its students at the US border, where people born to Arab or Muslim families, or in majority-Muslim families, report widespread discrimination. Via PfRC

John Hinckley Is Out of the Mental Hospital: Can a man who tried to murder a president be rehabilitated?

Who has the world's coolest passports?

Great Migrations Following human genes around the world.

Bloggers Share Their Favourite Budget-Friendly Recipes

Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

Grand jury decides that seizure-inducing GIF counts as a deadly weapon

Catnip Ain’t the Only Plant That’ll Send Your Kitty to Blissville

Elsie de Wolfe, The Colony Club, and the birthplace of American design

24 Before-And-After Photos From The Early Days of Plastic Surgery

Fran Lebowitz: By the Book The humorist and social commentator says her ideal literary dinner party is one that nobody is invited to: “My idea of a great literary dinner party is Fran, eating alone, reading a book.”

Pussy Riot Offers Advice On How To Defy ‘Stupid Ape’ Donald Trump Via Blort

A Sign Thanking People For Not Feeding Ducks Bread Has Gone Viral  I've just seen these signs in London parks and I feel so guilty.

The Internet Is Mad as Hell at Cracker Barrel Right Now -  I like their meatloaf.

Sir Patrick Stewart is Fostering a Rescued Pit and the Two of Them are Adorable 

Why Cystic Fibrosis Patients in Canada Outlive Those in the U.S. Between 2009 and 2013, the median life span was 40.6 years in the United States versus 50.9 in Canada. Canada's public health care system is cited as the reason.

Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Mr. Nag at the Bell Factory yesterday

Whitechapel Bell Foundry is a business in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and is the oldest manufacturing company in Great Britain. The bell foundry primarily makes church bells and their fittings and accessories, although it also provides single tolling bells, carillon bells and handbells. The foundry is notable for being the original manufacturer of the Liberty Bell, a famous non-religious symbol of United States independence, and Big Ben which rings from the north clock tower at the Houses of Parliament in London.

The Whitechapel premises are a Grade II* listed building. The foundry will close in May 2017, after nearly 450 years of bell making and 250 years at its present site. Pity.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes Will Kill Your Children

Mid-century modern architecture is designed to KILL YOUR CHILDREN. (Also, moderately clumsy or drunk adults).

Red arrows show the direction of travel of children’s bodies

More here


Tentacled Device Detects Flirting

Ripple, a device designed by students at the Royal College of Arts in London, uses two built-in cameras to monitor the environment around you, sending you a signal when someone’s gaze lingers on you. It's a little obvious and looks uncomfortable but you'll know if someone's interested (so will everyone else).

Ripple video from Huishan Ma on Vimeo.


Phonetically Defined

Wrong Hands