Tuesday, July 31, 2007

And The Dog Ate His Homework

Just one of Avery's lame excuses for not blogging:
"A raccoon promised it would ghost blog for me if I left it food on the porch. The little bastard lied to me."

Sunday, July 29, 2007



I became interested in this community after reading Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia a number of years ago. Everything I need to know about it is on this website. It tells the story of the Welsh emigrants who settled in Patagonia, South America, during the late 19th century. Their aim was to settle in a place where they would be able to live and worship freely as Welsh people, and preserve their language and traditions.

Thanks Plep

Visit Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Via Neatorama

Want Some Dead Memorabilia?

The man who bought Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia's home (pictured above) 10 years ago is selling everything, including the kitchen sink. All items sold will benefit the Sophia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, that supports children and families in transition after separation or divorce and the family law court system.

Items for sale include:

  • two NHT stereo speakers
  • stereo equipment cabinet
  • CD/DVD cabinet
  • a two person Jacuzzi with Kohler brass/chrome faucets from Jerry's Master Bedroom suite
  • one Kohler bidet from Jerry's Master Bedroom suite
  • two granite counter tops and custom kitchen cabinets
  • three sets of Kohler brass/chrome bathroom faucets
  • large wall mirrors, two round top and two rectangular
  • Elkay-Lustertone double stainless steel kitchen sink
  • one Broan trash compactor
  • six brass carriage lamps
  • and other, smaller curiosities.

  • Check it out on ebay
    Via Information Junk

    World's Most Interesting Bridges

    This article is written by Joshua S. Hill, from My Writing Voice for Dark Roasted Blend. The bridges he chooses may not be the most obvious candidates for the World's Most Amazing Bridges, like San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge, Rialto bridge in Venice, Vancouver's Lion's Gate bridge, or Millau bridge in France.

    I'm partial to the quaint old ones like the Rialto pictured above but there are some amazing modern feats of engineering here as well.

    Flight of the Conchords

    "The musical comedy act comprised of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement who, in their own words used to be 'New Zealand's 4th most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo'. Now they are 'the almost award-winning fourth-most-popular folk duo in New Zealand.'."

    When The Sopranos ended I thought I might never again find something on TV to fill the gaping hole where Tony and Carmela used to dwell. There's always Coronation Street , of course, but it doesn't do the whole trick and I just don't like John From Cincinnati. Then I discovered Flight of the Conchords and life is good once more. I'm sure you're all light years ahead of me and are already regular viewers. If not, get on it pronto. It's hilarious!

    Saturday, July 28, 2007


    Russian Cathedral for All Religions in Tatarstan:
    "It unifies 16 different religions: different branches of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and some more."

    Hello Kitty, You Look Ridiculous

    Japan's Hello Kitty Cat Humiliation System
    "It's basically a hat, bib, collar and carrying bag to turn your cat into the saddest, most ridiculous-looking cat on the block."

    Via B.A.'s Weblog


    Dentist takes insurers to task over tusk prank
    "A dentist who implanted temporary fake boar tusks into an assistant's mouth while she was under anaesthetic then took photographs of her has won his case against an insurance firm which refused to pay out after the assistant sued him for $250,000"

    Friday, July 27, 2007

    Bring me something to drink or I kill the dog!

    French expressions you won't learn at school...
    Via Look At This

    Music That Tastes Good

    Via Cruel.com

    Stirling prize nominees

    The shortlist has been announced for the RIBA's prestigious Stirling prize for architecture. Here are the six nominees for you to make your own mind up.

    Think outside the bottle

    I never pass up an opportunity to rant about the wrongheadedness of drinking bottled water; much of it, like Aquafina and Dasani, is simply bottled tap water. Do I seem a little over the top about it? Perhaps all that tap water I drink has addled my brain.

    Aquafina labels to show tap water use

    San Francisco's mayor banned city employees from using city funds to buy bottled water when tap water is available. Ann Arbor, Michigan passed a resolution banning commercially bottled water at city events and Salt Lake City, Utah asked department heads to eliminate bottled water.

    Critics charge the bottled water industry adds plastic to landfills, uses too much energy by producing and shipping bottles across the world and undermines confidence in the safety and cleanliness of public water supplies, all while much of the world's population is without access to clean water.

    Thursday, July 26, 2007

    Translations of women's writing before 1700

    Other Women's Voices
    The site offers an introduction to over 125 women who wrote a substantial amount before 1700 and whose work (or at least a good part of it) has been translated into modern English. All but three entries are on women who wrote in languages other than English; those three are on women who wrote in the English of the 1300s and 1400s.

    Via Wood's Lot


    I may not know much but I do know my Stevens from my Stephens. Fat lot of good it'll do me!

    Earn Your PhV!

    Score: 90% (9 out of 10)

    Wednesday, July 25, 2007

    Is This Cute Or What?

    Fruit From Washington

    Exaggerated Fruit and Novelty Postcards
    Fruit From Washington has come across some great examples of exaggerated farm products and other humorous old postcards with an agricultural, fruit, vegetable or berry theme, as well as some classic beauties.

    Pretty postcards via Linkfilter

    Tuesday, July 24, 2007

    Good Advice

    Things I wish I’d known when I was younger is a list of useful lessons that may help you avoid making mistakes in life. Unfortunately this comes too late for The Nag.

    I, never a dedicated follower of fashion, like this one:
    Following the latest fashion, in work or in life, is spiritual and intellectual suicide. You can be a cheap imitation of the ideal of the moment; or you can be a unique individual. The choice is yours. Religion isn’t the opiate of the masses, fashion is.

    The Impotence of Proofreading

    Via Aardvark

    So this is why Baby Nag collects Pez dispensers!

    Baby Nag has a great collection of Pez dispensers. I always thought it was such a sweet little hobby but apparently it has a seamy underbelly!

    This is one of three or four known ads from PEZ that featured a nude photograph. It is unknown how many nude ads were created by PEZ. T
    The ad says "You'll enjoy the new play idea of PEZ". This ad was created to call attention to the new dispenser costumes that were being packaged in with the dispensers and candy.o t
    he new dispenser costumetoThe Sexy Side of PEZ! Via Ectoplasmosisu'll s that were being packaged in with the dispenserscandy.

    Monday, July 23, 2007

    Canadian History a la Shatner

    I like The Shatner Show ,a revisionist view of my history.

    The Which Lolcat Are You? Test

    Your Score: Lion Warning Cat

    80% Affectionate, 62% Excitable, 31% Hungry

    You are the good Samaritan of the lolcat world. Protecting

    others from danger by shouting observations and

    guidance in cases of imminent threat, you believe

    in the well-being of everyone.

    Link: The Which Lolcat Are You? Test

    A Two Stooges Moment

    Mr. Nag and I, as if performing some sort of nocturnal ballet, rolled toward the centre of the bed simultaneously and with enough velocity to give each other a skull shattering headbutt. Very stoogelike but instead of going,"Nyuk nyuk, nyuk" we moaned in pain.

    Sunday, July 22, 2007

    Chinese Public Health Posters

    Blort's back with some great links including this collection of Chinese Public Health Posters


    Wish everything you touched would turn into a sugary snack? Be careful what you wish for. A video about Skittles from Creativity Online.

    Via DesignObserver

    The Talking Heads Have Always Ruled

    I fell in love with The Talking Heads the first time I heard them and my love has never wavered for a moment. My friends were puzzled,"You still like those guys?". Here's a great collection of videos via Metafilter.
    Psycho Killer; Stay Hungry; Cities; I Zimbra; Drugs; Take Me to the River; Crosseyed and Painless; Life During Wartime; Houses in Motion; Born under Punches; and The Great Curve.

    Tammy Faye Messner: 1942-2007

    A very long time ago I used to laugh at Tammy Faye Bakker's runny makeup (why didn's she use the waterproof stuff?). I used to jokingly call one of my sisters "Tammy Faye" because she was also heavy handed with the mascara. I admit to taking some satisfaction from the fall from grace of the 700 Club and her sleazy husband, Jim Bakker. Then I forgot about her. Last year Nag Jr., a true junk TV addict, convinced me to watch a Surreal Life marathon with him. Tammy Faye was a ray of sunshine on that show, down to earth, spunky and kind. Much to my surprise I couldn't help but like her.

    Here is an article that is a little different than the obituaries that are all over the web today;
    Tammy Faye Messner: 1942-2007 What Is Beauty?
    Two days ago Tammy Faye weighed 65 pounds. She had cancer that went to her lungs. My reason for bringing her image here is not to discuss her life, but this act, her last public act, that she initiated, calling Larry King and asking to be on his show… to literally give an ‘end time’ public view of what those of us who have worked in hospice long before it was ever called hospice, have seen often… but a view that is often shut away from the public… only those who have loved their loved ones to the end and past the end… see how the body even though diminished, can still carry enormous spirit.

    Saturday, July 21, 2007

    My Garden

    Loads of these incredibly fragrant lilies today.

    Stieglitz Photographs

    This very good Stieglitz Interactive Tour shows us how to look at his photographs in a more informed way.

    Via Rashomon

    Yet Another Reason Not To Shop At Walmart

    Toxic Flip Flops
    Hi all! For those of you who don't know, I used to work at Walmart for a short time, but quit.
    Before I quit though I did buy a pair of cheepie flip flops to wear over a weekend trip to the beach, Long Boat Key April 20th to be exact.

    Boy, was she sorry! . I'm sure there's at least one real wuss out there who'll complain if I post stomach-churning photos so I am showing you an early picture of this woman's chemical burns - it gets much worse. The positive part of ths story is that she paid only $2.44 for the toxic Chinese-manufactured flip flops.
    Via Reddit

    Thursday, July 19, 2007

    Wednesday, July 18, 2007

    Look Good, Do Good

    Recycled Juice Bags are helping impoverished communities, as they are made by a women's cooperative in the Philippines. Working for this award-winning organisation makes a genuine difference because almost all of the women are their family's main breadwinner. So as well as getting a highly original, head-turning bag, you'll be improving lives and helping to elevate people out of poverty.

    Recycled Juice Bags
    Via Spluch

    Satan will rain down your throat with hot acid and dissolve your testicles

    I haven't been out to a movie in quite awhile. I have a huge TV which I like to watch while drinking wine and dressed in a ratty bathrobe. That's my idea of living. Pathetic, or what? I'm old enough to remember those snacks on parade at the movies but I guess the snacks have got to be firmer today to deal with a tougher audience.

    Thanks YesButNoButYes

    Stitch this, muthafucka

    Mitch O'Connell Embroidery Patterns: Sure, these gals look great, but just don't cross 'em!

    (And The Nag thought embroidery was just for the blue-rinse set)

    Via Boing Boing

    Avert Your Eyes If You Don't Like Ugly

    Top dog in my menagerie of pet peeves right now is the drone of a mosquito as soon as I turn out the light and try to sleep. Mr. Nag never gets bitten, perhaps because he's using me as a decoy. Apparently I have a body only a mosquito could love. I took a little walk through my garden just now and got 13!!! bites on my legs - large, ugly misshapen ones (the bites, I mean, although now that I reflect the legs are not as shapely as they once were). I'm not usually paranoid but the words "West Nile Virus" are beginning to take on a new significance.

    Edit: I can't believe I forgot to mention the unbearable itch!

    Piazza Navona

    A collection of photos of one of my favourite squares (actually a rectangle) in Rome, Piazza Navona

    Tuesday, July 17, 2007

    Monday, July 16, 2007

    We're Number 5

    Yo, Jamaica and The Netherlands, eat our dust!

    The true North, stoned and free:
    Percentage of the population aged 15-64 who have used marijuana within the past year:

    Papua New Guinea 29.5

    Micronesia 29.1

    Ghana 21.5

    Zambia 17.7

    Canada 16.8

    United States 12.6

    Jamaica 10.7

    England 8.7

    Netherlands 6.1

    Mexico 3.1

    History of Quebec

    l'Histoire du Qu├ębec n.2

    Via Young Doc Savage

    Sunday, July 15, 2007

    Remy's Kitchen

    Remy's kitchen is just one of the panoramas you can view. And what a kitchen it is! My household vermin are going to start complaining that the kitchen chez Nag is not ritzy enough for them!

    Via A Welsh View

    Vietnam War Era Revolutionary Art

    Vietnam Propaganda Posters from a book by Ron Gluckman
    During the Vietnam War, they painted for political purposes, to raise spirits, and troops for the fronts. Largely forgotten in peace time, the artists who produced Vietnam's vibrant propaganda posters are celebrated in 'Dogma, Morale From the Ministry.

    Via Plep

    Saturday, July 14, 2007

    Really permanent

    Indian advertising at its best

    Via ectoplasmosis

    July 14,1976

    Death penalty abolished in Canada
    Does the government have the right to take the life of one of its citizens? For the first time, the Canadian government says no. After a decade of fierce debate and an impassioned, last-ditch speech by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, the House of Commons narrowly passes Bill C-84, abolishing the death penalty in Canada.

    Roll me up a reefer, Mr. Nag

    Pot laws thrown out...again.
    Prosecutors say they plan to launch a speedy appeal of a Toronto judge's ruling that Canada's marijuana possession laws are unconstitutional.

    Legal. illegal or decriminalized? Your guess is as good as mine. This ruling just adds to my confusion.

    Conrad Black Monopoly

    Poor Conrad, he bought up all the properties and then drew this card:

    He was so sure he'd pick this one:

    Oh well, c'est la vie.
    Wishful Monopoly card via Scribd

    Chantons le jour de bastille

    Bastille Day Cocktail

    FRENCH 75

    Serves 1


    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    1 tablespoon powdered sugar
    2 ounces gin
    3 ounces plus 1 tablespoon chilled Champagne
    lemon peel for garnish


    In cocktail shaker, combine lemon juice, sugar, gin, and ice cubes and shake to c hill . Strain cocktail into Champagne flute and top off with Champagne. (Alternatively, Colin Field suggests serving drink over ice in tumbler.) Garnish with lemon peel and serve.