Tuesday, March 31, 2009


The secrets of ageing can be found here. I like this one:
Being thin is what ages us most, according to by Dr Bahaman Guyuron, one of the world's leading experts on the subject.

I'm battling the ageing effects of thinness one helping of french fries at a time.

Rare Marlon Brando screentest



This blog shows photos of Japan between the 1860s and 1930s. In 1854, Japan opened its doors to the outside world for the first time in more than 200 years. It set in motion a truly astounding transformation. As fate would have it, photography had just been invented. As the old country vanished and a new one was born, daring photographers took photos.

Mother Goose Slideshow

Via RaShOmoN

Monday, March 30, 2009

Prison playing cards

A selection of handmade and delicately stencil-printed playing cards, made by inmates of Russian prisons, ca. 1980s - 1990s.

Via Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Sunday, March 29, 2009


You want action? You'll find it here. Breathtaking performances, magnificent costumes and a plot that keeps you guessing. Watch all the episodes!

What Work Is

What Work Is
Philip Levine

We stand in the rain in a long line
waiting at Ford Highland Park. For work.
You know what work is--if you're
old enough to read this you know what
work is, although you may not do it.
Forget you. This is about waiting,
shifting from one foot to another.
Feeling the light rain falling like mist
into your hair, blurring your vision
until you think you see your own brother
ahead of you, maybe ten places.
You rub your glasses with your fingers,
and of course it's someone else's brother,
narrower across the shoulders than
yours but with the same sad slouch, the grin
that does not hide the stubbornness,
the sad refusal to give in to
rain, to the hours wasted waiting,
to the knowledge that somewhere ahead
a man is waiting who will say, "No,
we're not hiring today," for any
reason he wants. You love your brother,
now suddenly you can hardly stand
the love flooding you for your brother,
who's not beside you or behind or
ahead because he's home trying to
sleep off a miserable night shift
at Cadillac so he can get up
before noon to study his German.
Works eight hours a night so he can sing
Wagner, the opera you hate most,
the worst music ever invented.
How long has it been since you told him
you loved him, held his wide shoulders,
opened your eyes wide and said those words,
and maybe kissed his cheek? You've never
done something so simple, so obvious,
not because you're too young or too dumb,
not because you're jealous or even mean
or incapable of crying in
the presence of another man, no,
just because you don't know what work is.

Via 3quarksdaily

Listen to him read it here.

I was sure Armageddon came during Earth Hour

I checked my stat counter this morning. Fewer than 200 hits yesterday and none today! Where had everyone gone? Had my reader(s) wised up en masse and moved on? Perhaps the world had come to an end. Turns out I accidentally deleted my statcounter code from my blog layout and lost about 20 hours of stats.

On This Day

Saigon, South Vietnam, March 29 -- The last American troops left South Vietnam today, leaving behind an unfinished war that has deeply scarred this country and the United States.
There was little emotion or joy as they brought to a close almost a decade of American military intervention. More

Are you still using plastic bags? Shame on you.

Via haha.nu

Paris avant et après Haussmann

Le Figaro has some great photos of Paris before and after Haussmann, the uber city planner, rebuilt the city. Napoleon III wanted parks and boulevards that were wide enough to prevent them from being barricaded by rebels during periods of unrest. Haussmann designed the Paris we know today. In the process many of the poor were moved from the newly gentrified city centre to the periphery of Paris.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Spring, I guess

Five great films where nothing much happens

I love all of these films:
  • Aguirre: The Wrath Of God
    Dir. Werner Herzog, 1972.
  • Lost In Translation
    Dir. Sofia Coppola, 2003.
  • The Station Agent
    Dir. Thomas McCarthy, 2003.
  • Badlands
    Dir. Terrence Malick, 1973.
  • The Straight Story
    Dir. David Lynch, 1999.
Stuff happens in most of these but they certainly aren't action flicks.

A Damned Fine Lampshade

"The Fall of the Damned” lampshade - limited edition of 40 pieces, by Luc Merx.
Via accidental mysteries

Stella Artois - Smooth Originals

This is a pretty incredible new viral campaign from Stella Artois, they've recreated Die Hard, 8 Mile and 24 in the style of classic french cinema, and the results are amazing.


Friday, March 27, 2009

Wild thing, I think you move me

The trailer for Where the Wild Things Are is all over the interwebs. Here's another of my favourite Wild Things:

The Troggs - Wild Thing

1964 Ford Van Commercial

Via RaShOmoN

Mechanical Icon

Though photographs have a symbolic aspect, they don't rest easily in the category of “symbols.” This is primarily because they are not really arbitrary. We couldn’t substitute, say, the letter “b” for any element of the photograph above and expect for it to “mean” the same thing. If we replaced each figure with “b” the photograph wouldn’t mean anything at all, other than “I’m abstract art; try to understand me.”

Mechanical Icon: "A 'Book' of Video Essays on Historic Photographs"

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


"Sleepyhead" by Passion Pit from Barker Gerard on Vimeo.

Via bright stupid confetti

I am either attracted or repelled - can't decide.

I suspect Mr. Nag would be less conflicted.

I put the bears/worms/fish into the glass dishes. Then I poured in vodka until it reached the top of the candy. Using that much vodka makes the candy swell and take on a noticeable but not unpleasant “burning” alcohol sensation. If you don’t want the alcohol that strong, use less vodka. (The amount of time you let the bears soak has no impact on how alcoholic they are. They will suck up nearly every drop of vodka you put in, so the trick is to use the right amount for your taste. You can always add more if you taste them after a day or so and think they’re not alcoholic enough.)

Vodka Gummi Bears

The CEO’s Guide to Jetting

This is hilarious and you can see a couple more at Laughing Squid

Where the Wild Things Are

The trailer for the Spike Jonze film,Where the Wild Things Are.
This is one of my favourite books for little people. Let the wild rumpus begin!

Welcome to the Web!

The world is your oyster. Only you're inside it and it's dark and scary and there is definitely no pearl.

Via raincoaster

Don't summon the fail whale: The twouble with Twitters

Now I'm relieved that I haven't succumbed to the lure of Twitter.
From John Gushue . . . Dot Dot Dot

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Vues de Montréal (1863-1925)

Beautiful slideshow of my hometown

A Hypertextual & Illustrated Companion to Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano.

A Hypertextual & Illustrated Companion to Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano.
I love this. Explore away.

Barcelona 1908


Intermission: Spike Jonze Unkle Music Video»

Love these skater/ballet vids
Seen at GOOD

Gamey indeed

Two more obnoxious characters than Conrad Black and Ann Coulter I cannot imagine. Wait a minute - Barbara Amiel is right up there on the obnoxiousness scale - perhaps a threesome is in order. This is Connie's unique take on Ann:
With her long blonde hair, micro-dresses that may incite the prurient to hope for an occasional fleeting glimpse of her underwear and photographs on her book jackets of her in leather dresses, arms akimbo, like a stern but voluptuous school mistress, she is not, as Mr. Moore wrote, “faux glam.” She is eccentric, alluring and slightly outrageous, with a hint of being a bit gamey.

Conrad Black: Ann Coulter

TATA Nano vs. The Turtles

Gahirmathas seas are one of the worlds largest breeding areas for the Olive Ridley Turtle. The Dhamra port could signal the end of this habitat forever.
Tata can save the turtles

Monday, March 23, 2009

Father Guido Sarducci on art school

Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) explains the advantages of being an artist. Produced by George Manupelli and William Farley in 1982 at San Francisco Art Institute.

Save The Words

A whole lot of very insistent Words.
Each time you use an abandoned word you'll increase its chances of survival.

Felix in Exile

Work by South African artist William Kentridge from 1994. Kentridge uses charcoal and pastels for his drawings in which he erases and redraws parts to create stop motion style animations.


How to lose friends and alienate countries

After 116 Canadian military personnel have given their lives in Afghanistan Fox news belittles and mocks the Canadian military. Claim they did not even know they were there. These are the people who keep Americans up to date and misinformed.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Alice et Moi

Take the time to watch this. You'll like it.

Alice et Moi

Octopi In Love

A touching tale of multi-limbed love.

Via Blort.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Asahina Saburô Yoshihide wrestles with two crocodiles at Kotsubo Beach, Kamakura, 1849 Colour woodblock, oban triptych (left sheet) 35.7 x 25.2 cm

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, The Chinese warrior Zhang Heng

View images from the Royal Academy's amazing exhibtion

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Lauren Luke

Even if you're not into face painting you might like Lauren Luke, Youtube makeup artist. She's so darn cute.

YouTube - panacea81's Channel

Mrs. FDR Tells One

Can you imagine a First Lady telling a joke like this today?

From the Universal Newsreel Archive.
I can actually remember watching newsreels before a film - not this one though. I thought they were boring.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Plastic Surgery Confidential

This is what I call scary!

Cosmetic surgery is now so popular that even young, healthy, attractive women are choosing to be “enhanced.” In a quest for insight into this $13 billion industry, the author—a five-foot-nine, 120-pound 27-year-old—went undercover, asking three plastic surgeons what they’d do to her nose, her breasts, and her, uh, “banana rolls.” The answers were as different as the doctors themselves.

vanityfair article Via

notte sento

notte sento | cut A short film made with 4500+ still photographs. Shot with a Canon EOS 30D camera. 

Chosen as one of the top 5 projects of the Seagate Creative Fund. Rome is absolutely fabulous! Via


An excerpt from Nine Lives artist Charlie White’s cartoon OMG BFF LOL from his project “Girl Studies”

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Talita Hoffmann

I don't see the world this way but I'm glad Talita Hoffmann does.


Bras For a Cause

Much too pretty to wear underneath your clothes!

Members of Quilters of South Carolina have created one-of-a-kind bras for Breast Cancer Awareness. The exhibit consists of fifty original works of art which are unique, entertaining, humorous, and beautiful to make the public aware of breast cancer, to memorialize those lost to the disease, and to honor survivors.

I'm usually pretty good at attributing links but I lost track of where this one came from. If I stole it from you let me know and I'll rectify it.

The evolution of a bat icon

via Transbuddha

Dynamite, Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite/James Bond Mashup Trailer
The audio from the Quantum of Solace trailer mixed with the video from Napoleon Dynamite.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Catch a Leprechaun in Your Garden!

There is no mention to be found of female leprechauns in traditional Irish legend, so as to how they came to be .. your guess is as good as mine.

These apparently aged, diminutive men are hard-working cobblers, turning out exquisite shoes for other sprites. If you happen across an industrious little fellow hammering out a shoe, look closely - for he may be a leprechaun. Step quietly, for leprechauns will avoid humans, knowing us to be foolish and greedy. Read on to find out how to make Leprechaun Traps

World's largest sand carpet

In December twenty-five Iranian artists created the world's largest sand carpet from the colorful sand found on the country's southern island of Hormuz.

How Irish are you?

Your result for The Ultimate TRUE IRISH Test...

Finn MacCool

I am honored to be in your presence. You know your stuff. You are Irish in your heart. You probably talk like an Irish person after a few pints. You sing the rebel songs. You drink, and probably bleed Guinness. You may have even been interned in British Prisions. You impress (or annoy) all your friends with your vast Irish knowledge. If you are a female, I am in love. If you are a male, we are brothers. We should have a pint.

Please don't forget to rate my test...

Take The Ultimate TRUE IRISH Test at HelloQuizzy

On This Day - March 17, 1968

On This Day Sammy Davis Jr., in Toronto for two weeks of performances, is a guest on CBC's The Way It Is because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. After asking him about his stance on playing for the troops, interviewer Barbara Frum tells Davis: 'When you came to Toronto you expressed a desire to, in fact, meet some draft dodgers and they've brought some draft dodgers to the studio to talk to you.' Davis greets the two men with enthusiasm.

An aside: I cannot believe how young and pretty Barbara Frum was.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

All the Presidents' Girls

British painter Annie Kevan's solo show features every presidential girlfriend on record. I don't know where they found the time.


Beatles and Rolling Stones photographs

New shots of Beatles and Rolling Stones Found

Great photos. They all look so young!

Caravaggio may have been the first master of photographic technique

Revered as the baroque master of lifelike portraits and light and shadow, the 16th-century painter Caravaggio is now being touted as the first master of photographic technique, two centuries before the formal invention of the camera.

The Italian artist has long been suspected of turning his studio into a giant camera obscura, punching a hole in the ceiling to help project images on to his canvas. But new research claims that Caravaggio also used chemicals to turn his canvases into primitive photographic film, 'burning' images he then sketched on to for works such as St Matthew and the Angel. Read more at The Guardian

The Easter Bunny Came Early!

Guess who was in my back yard this morning? The Easter bunny of course. It disappeared under the deck where a skunk still lives, despite our efforts to evict him. We had a lot of rabbits last year. Sadly Max is no longer around to terrorize them so we may have even more.

Happy Ides of March

Rinse the Blood Off My Toga

Old time Canadian cornball comedians Wayne and Schuster featured on Eternally Cool ? Whodathunkit?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Fata Morgana

"Fairy Ring"
collage on paper

"Be Careful What You Wish For"
mixed media and encaustic painting
Dabora Gallery and Phantasmaphile's Pam Grossman are presenting the group show 'Fata Morgana: The New Female Fantasists,' on view from March 14th through April 12th, 2009.

I think the art is great but the ablutions also appeal (although I suspect I enjoy the idea of absinthe more than the drink itself).


See me somewhere else

Style Substance Soul, a well put together website for women asked me to add my blog to their Showcase. After checking it out I was thrilled to do so. Loads of good stuff for sisters here.

Photo weaving

A time-lapse of Todd M. Duym weaving together two identical photos of a rose. The whole process took 20 hours.
href="http://vimeo.com/3533846">(Rose) Weave - Time Lapse from Todd M Duym.
Seen here

The well travelled sketchbook

For 36 weeks, this sketchbook traveled more than 60000 miles. Each week one of 4 artists (2 in Brooklyn, 2 in Belfast) completed a spread in response to the one that preceded it.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Paris Dog Cemetery

Just when I thought I'd seen it all I've discovered something I haven't seen on my many visits to the City of Light. A reason (as if I needed one) to visit Paris again.

Paris Dog Cemetery, Le Cimetière des chiens d'Asnières-sur-Seine, is thought to be the world's oldest public pet cemetery.

Kurt Vonnegut Motivational Posters

Sloshspot Blog gives us some of Vonnegut's clever one-liners in the form of motivational posters.
Via Beancounters.

Did y'all miss me?

I've been in Ottawa all week learning how to do my job better and meeting people who do the same work across the country. Not a lot of time to blog but will try to make up for lost time now that I'm back.

A contest for lovers of dogs and/or fashion

Happy birthday dear Moira, happy birthday to you!

Moira at Dog Art Today is celebrating the second anniversary of her terrific blog by giving away a rare collector's poster of Valentino and his pugs, Maude, Milton, Molly, Margot, and Monty. Mosey on over to her blog before March 19 to enter. Unfortunately the contest is only open to U.S. residents :-(

Three of me

Put yourself in the picture. Everyone's doing it.