Sunday, August 31, 2008

Colin Farrell saved my life

A good news story:
Remember during last year's TIFF, when Colin Farrell took a homeless man known as 'Stress' on a $2,100 shopping spree and gave him $830 in cash to find a place to stay? The Sun reports today that Stress is now 'clean and sober, has a comfy bachelor pad, goes to church and the Y and darts around town on a mountain bike,' has 'taken up yoga,' and credits Farrell for giving him the help he needed to turn his life around.

Seen at Torontoist


Here is the most extensive collection of images and information on Victorian-era robots to be found in the whole World Wide Web.


Topiary Dog

Puppy, the dog flower sculpture by Jeff Koonz, is able to show its personality even placed beside the Guggenheim monstre museum by Frank Gehry.

Puppy - Topiary Dog

See more at house42[friends]

Gorgeous Guitar Art

A photo collection of guitars that are works of art.
Found at Designflavr

Samuel Beckett's Endgame, Lego Version

Via 3quarksdaily

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Governor Palin's Experience

Another funny from HolyJuan

There's an Obama button for everyone

No matter who you are you'll find an appropriate Barack Obama Supporter Button here

Before and After

A photo collection from Worth 1000 showing the ravages of time.

Maaaaah-tini Time

Dear hearts, what is that sound? The tinkle of ice? As the end of day approaches, now is the time for the Beautiful Drink. Is there a greater joy? Those who don’t drink martinis are wondering what’s so special about cold gin in a glass, right? In this case you may prefer to get on with that macramé unikini you’ve been promising yourself. But for those in the club, read on …"

Pre-Web Version of YouTube in 1985

Via Laughing Squid

On This Day

Aug. 30, 1957
She was so old and he was so young! Paul Anka, an unassuming 16 year old singer from Ottawa, reaches the top of the UK charts with his hit single Diana. CBC interviewed Anka's inspiration, at the time an old hag of 18!

Friday, August 29, 2008

He's anonymous, so Banksy's gift is impermissible

When Banksy offered one of his highly sought-after canvases to Labour to auction for Ken Livingstone's ill-fated re-election campaign, the party's high command was jubilant.

They were left with a conundrum, however, when they realised that the secret identity of the famously elusive graffiti artist would cost their hard-pressed coffers tens of thousands of pounds. Read more

Bluebell's Book of Grudges

"Nymphs drink too much. I'm never going out with them again." Brilliant. Episode 9

Portraits of Women Reading

Fabulous. Lots more pics and links at Lezende vrouwen

Hope this helps

What to say/what not to say during sex
Via g-a-b

Bonnie Marin

The mixed media collage above is called Cat Treat.
See more of Bonnie Marin's work here

Spielberg confirmed Tintin director

Belgian artist Hergé, the pen name of Georges Remi, has sold more than 200 million copies of his 24 books, with translations published in more than 50 languages. He died in 1983, but would have been pleased at today's news. Spielberg reportedly tried to buy the rights to the Tintin stories shortly before the artist's death. But the film-maker would not confirm his participation as director, and Hergé promptly refused to sign the contract. Read more

Groove Is In The Heart

Very retro, very groovy.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Looks like I was lucky!

Zoom airline grounded over non-payment of fees leaving hundreds of passengers stranded. In a post the other day I told you that Zoom had changed the flight dates for my Paris trip. It was not convenient for me to travel 2 days later so I booked a flight with another airline ( for an additional $400.00 for two of us) and asked for a refund which I have since received.
There are things that I don't like about Zoom: the planes are old, movies are awful and there is a surcharge to watch them and arrivals in Paris were usually inconveniently early for hotel check-ins. However their prices are incredibly low and they land and take off from the small, uncrowded Terminal 3 at CDG so it balanced out. It will be interesting to see whether they will survive this setback. Meanwhile I'm glad that I opted for a refund and that I'm not stuck at an airport with ruined holiday plans.



New Buddha

A new addition to the backyard Buddha posse.

Everything you need to know about the Eiffel Tower

It's been a long time since the Eiffel Tower was on my to do list when I visit Paris but I still love the way views of it pop up unexpectedly around every corner, as in my photo above.
Here's an FAQ for those of you who are less familiar with Paris.


This has been the happy hour tune of choice on the Nag patio for many years. I never tire of it.

Taxidermy Text

Artist Iris Shieferstein's series "Life Can Be So Nice" seen at Double Takes.
Is it cool or creepy or creepycool?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Faster Than a Speeding Taco

PETCO is searching for the fasted chihuahua in America.


American Astronaut

Sue, one of my readers commented that I might like the film American Astronaut. I just watched the trailer and she's right. If you're interested there are loads of clips from the movie on YouTube. I liked this bathroom scene.

N is for Nag

I adore these alphabet_drawings by Scott Teplin. Each letter is a floorplan.
Found at Violins and Starships.

It's out of this world

Like space, robots, cowboys, opera? You can have it all wrapped up in one little package in this scene from the 1960 film La Nave de los Monstruos:


kelly mccallum

Kelly Mccallum's art is about the interplay between preservation and disintegration. It interests me but if looking at dead things makes you squeamish you might not care for it.


I must have this

Motivational Nag Sticker

Happy Birthday Mr. Nag!

Landscape self portraits

Levi van Veluw is a young Dutch artists who does miniature landscapes/self portraits on his face and head complete with trees, lawn, lamp lights, sheeps, snow and other stuff. See more at Lunatica Desnuda or at the artist's site.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Cheering Myself Up

I woke up this morning feeling a little subdued, not at all like my usual raging, manic, dizzy euphoric self. Perhaps I'm still feeling sorry for all the Olympians who lost their events - really, this sort of thing wrenches my heart. I needed something to perk myself up and it was way too early to hit the liquor cabinet (even for me) so I raided the stash of beauty supplies that I hoard specifically for occasions like this. I went about exfoliating the skin from my face and the hair from my legs; I put stuff on my eyelids to take away puffiness and other stuff on my lips to add puffiness, spackled my wrinkles and looked in the mirror. Oscar Wilde once said, " Those whom the gods love grow young." I was thinking that the gods are severely pissed off at me today.
I decided a trip to the cemetery was what was needed to lift my sagging spirits. No kidding, the St. Mark's cemetery is a beautiful and peaceful spot and I've been meaning to take some photos there. This was an inspired idea on such a perfect day and I came home feeling decidedly more uptempo. Here are a couple of pics:

more photos here

If CBC sees fit to return Coronation Street to the airwaves tonight my day will be perfect.

The Nag loves deviant ponies

My Little Mutant Pony

Seven Blind Filmmakers

Shirvani’s daring and unconventional approach to filmmaking is, perhaps, most apparent with his latest project. After experiencing a dream in which he turned blind he began thinking about how the blind related to his medium. Spurred on by these thoughts he began running workshops for blind women, introducing them to the film making process.

The Cabin Project

Canadian designers re-imagine the myth of the Cabin
Good stuff here, check it out. Here are a few works from the collection:

The Cancon Chair by Terence Cooke

Memory Wallpaper by Cynthia Hathaway

Stump Mat by Kirsten White

Fighting the insurance wars

I had to laugh at this. Baby Nag is paying huge insurance rates on his little truck and shares this guy's pain.

Via Nunc Scio

Sunday, August 24, 2008

David O'Doherty

David O'Doherty wins if.comedy prize – formerly known as the Perriers – in Edinburgh, the most prestigious accolade of its kind.

Guardian Angels

Tattooed Bikers, a Dog’s Best Friends is a heartwarming story.

Sister Italia

Priest Antonio Rungi wants beauty contest - for nuns

An Italian Catholic priest is launching a beauty contest with a difference - it will open only to nuns.
Father Antonio Rungi, from Mondragone in the province of Caserta, near Naples, said he expected at least a thousand nuns to enter the "Sister Italia" contest. It would at first run online, but he hoped it would then become a "real pageant" on the lines of the annual Miss Italy contest, complete with a parade and interviews.Father Rungi, a moral theologian who has his own blog

Eastman Images

Michael Eastman's fine art photography. Beautiful.

Last Wishes

This is a list of 10 Unusual Last Wills And Testaments of people famous and not so famous. Here's one I haven't heard before:

Last Wish: That a womanless library be created.

T.M. Zink left some $50,000 in trust for 75 yeas, at the end of which time he hoped the fund would have swelled to $3 million, enough to found the Zink Womanless Library. The words No Women Admitted were to mark each entrance. No books, works of art, or decorations by women were to be permitted in or about the premises. “My intense hatred of women,” he explained in the will, “is not of recent origin or development nor based upon any personal differences I ever had with them but is the result of my experiences with women, observations of them, and study of all literatures and philosophical works.” His family successfully challenged the will. Zink was a lawyer from Iowa.

New Packing System

A cute video from your monkey called

This Is Truly Awful

Via This Recording

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sour Grapes

The news that Wine Spectator magazine was scammed into giving an Award of Excellence to a non-existent restaurant has been greeted with guffaws by schadenfreude fans and with fury by the magazine’s editor. read more

I'm going to die on Monday at 6.15pm

When Marc Weide's mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she chose euthanasia. Here is his shockingly frank diary of her final days. Reading it left me with a strange feeling.


One of a stunning collection of SALT PRINTS of OLD JAPAN
Via and Via

Village of Cards

World Record cardstacker Bryan Berg has recreated the Bejing Olympic Village using 140,000 playing cards.

Via 3quarksdaily

From the spam files

I was just checking out my spam box and I can't help but feel sorry for celebrities who seem to have such complicated problems compared to mine:

Lindsay Lohan Addicted to Sex & Beverly Hillbilly Heroin (otherwise known as Granny Clampett's possum juice. I understand Lindsay and Ellie Mae are now an item and wear matching cutoffs, pigtails and teeny gingham tops)

Britney sues vagina for divorce (I'm surprised her vagina didn't beat her to the punch)

Paris Hilton Loses Vagina - Blames Dr Phil (Yo Paris, maybe you can have Britney's. She doesn't need it any more)

Deviant Ponies

A couple of beauties from Spippo.

Joker Pony

Edward Scissorhands Pony
When my younger son was a preschooler he used to look at the ponies but knew they were "girl toys" and that he shouldn't want one. A girl bought him the one "boy pony" for his birthday but it was baby blue and girly looking so it only made it out of the toy box to be a victim of He Man or someone of that ilk. I suspect these would have held great appeal. Alas too late for Baby Nag who plays with big boy toys now.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Dogs In Vogue

The lovely Moira at Dog Art Today has posted photos of pooches in the September 2008 issue of Vogue. The addition of dogs makes every photo better.

Fashion with 2 pianos

Ronnie Rocket Blog: Ylang Ylang fashion show in Tokyo

Joplin and Jones

Never liked him much. Loved her. This works though.

When I was a very young teenager my friend, Sandy McNutt, and I hung around outside the Festival Express extravaganza in Toronto listening to the music and boppin' around. We couldn't afford tickets or maybe they were sold out, I can't remember. Eventually a cop felt sorry for us and let us in through the stage entrance for free just in time for the Janis Joplin set. We got to watch it right up close and to this day it is one of my greatest musical experiences.


Music Is Math

Lovely animation.

Music Is Math - Fubiz™

Vanity Fair Portraits

Vanity Fair Portraits: photographs 1913-2008, Scottish National Portrait Gallery
This exhibition almost becomes a homage to Annie Leibovitz. This is no bad thing, but it shows how the Vanity Fair photographers – including Cecil Beaton, Edward Steichen, Man Ray and Mario Testino – have played such an integral part in the magazine's history.

There are some good photographs here.

Fun Plate Collection

This collection of plates designed by Ibride is painted in the great tradition of the XVIII° and XIX° centuries. Plateau cadre Ambroise

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Barcoding People

It instantly made me think of what could be an interesting design challenge, something I am calling 'Barcoding people'. Simply put, if you have to create a barcode to represent a friend, how would that barcode be?

An interesting idea. Read more at Creativity Bites Back

Fanta! Sweetie Flavour!

I'd almost forgotten what school was like.

Via I Let My Fists Do The Talkin’

Would you like a gallery of Fanta caps to go along with that? Fanta-stic!

Thinking of flying Zoom? Think again.

I received a call from Zoom airlines today bumping our trip to Paris ahead two full days. We'd set our dates based on the availability of the apartment we stay at near The Madeleine and other reasons so the date change was entirely unacceptable. Luckily we were able to book with another airline but will end up paying more. Zoom is happy because when they consolidate flights they count on a certain number of cancellations. I'm sure that, like us, most people have set itineraries based on their jobs, events they plan to attend, etc. and have schedules that are less than flexible. We were regular Zoom customers, having flown with them 3 times in the past. Now that they fly to Rome we were going to book a flight with them next April. Not now.

(It's my blog and I can rant if I want to.)

Wine ruff

This honeycomb paper structure: easily soaks up drips from bottles after pouring. It's a creative concept but me, I use my tongue to lick up that extra drop of wine-y goodness. And then I lick the counter just in case I let one get away :-)