Tuesday, April 28, 2009

In The Barrel of a Gun

Via Human Under Construction

There's a party in Sweden's pants and you're invited!

Check out Life in Sweden. (Video).
From one of my favourite Swedes.

Larry Gottheim's Photo Auction

Larry Gottheim's Be-Hold AUCTION 53 was held today. accidental mysteries posted some of the photos and I've selected a couple of them to tantalize you.

(Above) Robert Doisneau: Cafe Noir Et Blanc, 7” x 9 ¼” gelatin silver print, 1948, printed later.

(Above) A. Aubrey Bodine: Five Fireman, 12 ¼” x 16 ¼” vintage chloride print, 1936

Endangered Places

Among them is The Enola Gay hangar in Utah (below).

São Paulo's Grafica Fidalga Letterpress

These guys do it old school on a 1929 German letterpress. Although it's entirely incidental I like the black and white barking dog. Read more about Grafica Fidalga at Intelligent Travel Blog.

Day of Mourning, April 28

Today is the Day of Mourning for workers who were killed or injured in workplace accidents. I said a few words at a couple of events butI would be very happy if I never had to attend another because workplace accidents had become obsolete.
"When a worker dies or is injured on the job there is more than just one heartbeat that stops, skips a beat or pounds. One worker down also means a motherless family, a generation growing up fatherless, a community that has lost a voice and volunteer. Friends lose half of the past they shared with the person lost,' says Ontario Federation of Labour president Wayne Samuelson."- more

The sky over Niagara was beautiful last night

Vintage Swine Flu Viddy

1976 Swine Flu Propaganda

Monday, April 27, 2009

New York Street Advertising Takeover

New York Street Advertising Takeover" Brings Art to Over 120 Illegal Billboards in NYC:
NYSAT was organized as a reaction to the hundreds of billboards that are not registered with the city, and therefore are illegal. While illegal, these violations are not being prosecuted by the City of New York, allowing the billboard companies to garner huge profits by cluttering our outdoor space with intrusive and ugly ads.

Twilight… With Cheeseburgers


Sunday, April 26, 2009

How to Make A Baby

So that's how it's done. Silly me, I did it the hard way.

Design MomHow to Make A Baby

On This Day - April 26, 1959

Recently, as a representative of the local MP, I attended the annual Top Hat Ceremony in Thorold to celebrate the annual re- opening of the Welland Canal. The 50th Anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway was also being celebrated. That's a significant milestone, I thought to myself, the Seaway is pretty old. Then, as if hit by a lightning bolt, a repressed memory reared it's ugly head. I remembered attending the opening ceremony of the opening of the Seaway in Caughnawaga, Quebec. I was in my father's arms and my parents encouraged me to wave to Queen Elizabeth II as she sailed by on the Royal Yacht Britannia. I'm older than the frickin' Seaway. Waah! Anyhow, if you're interested in ships and locks and engineering marvels and whatnot check out the video at the CBC Archives.

Pinhole Photography Day

Anyone, anywhere in the world, who makes a pinhole photograph on the last Sunday in April, can scan it and upload it to this website where it will become part of the annual Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day celebration's online gallery.
Below are some of last year's photos:

"Hours 01.30 of 4.29.07 at home,I try to write in the air with the light a message.... Develop the photo... has remained impressed in the film .... I hope can also happen so in the world. Polacolor Polaroid"

Copyright 2007 claudio bocchini All rights reserved.

"Collaboration between Major Black and Sue Denholm. Photospace gallery workshop, Wellington, New Zealand. 5 minute exposure on 8"x10" paper neg, f.360"

Copyright 2007 Sue Denholm & Major Black All rights reserved.

"5 min exposure, with a coffee box on expired b/w paper"

Copyright 2007 Ramona Gliga All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Monty Python Killer Rabbit With Pointy Teeth Slippers

Beware, The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog 'has a vicious streak a mile wide!' Be sure to keep a Holy Hand Grenade on hand in case these slippers ever turn on you. Comfortable, yet deadly, the killer rabbit's sharp-toothed mouth bounces up and down as you walk.


So long Bea.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beatrice Arthur, the tall, deep-voiced actress whose razor-sharp delivery of comedy lines made her a TV star in the hit shows "Maude" and "The Golden Girls" and who won a Tony Award for the musical "Mame," died Saturday. She was 86.

Here she is playing Cher to Estelle Getty's Sonny. She was one funny broad.

Searching For Superpowers In All The Wrong Places

Official selection of the Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad, 2009.

This is the story of Arne (Trond Gil), who is convinced he has superpowers. He just hasn't found them yet. So he decides to put up a wanted note for an archenemy, hoping that it will help him discover his true powers.

Lilly the Cat Notecards

GenObata on Etsy has the perfect notecards for feline fanciers - Lilly the Cat in various American locales. I'd like to see a Lilly in Europe series. (The lame captions are mine).

Meet me in St. Louis, Lilly

I noe tharz mouse down thar somewherz

What do you mean this isn't a doubledecker?

Carousel, directed by Adam Berg

Tribal DDB, Amsterdam commissioned us to create a piece of filmed content that could hold its own with Hollywoods best. Director Adam Berg responded with an idea for an epic frozen moment cops and robbers shootout sequence that included clowns, explosions, a decimated hospital, and plenty of broken glass and bullet casings.


Friday, April 24, 2009

All the Twittered Shakespeare Synopses

CofE: It takes a surprisingly long time for two sets of twins to figure out they are being mistaken for each other. One family is reunited.

TotS: There is no clear winner in this battle between the sexes, but at least one couple probably ends up having good sex.

TGoV: Two guys overcome both temporary exile from somewhere and their impulse-control issues and marry their long-suffering sweethearts.

LLL: Men make a big deal out of the life of the mind & living rough, but court pretty women anyway. The women say “Maybe” and leave. Read more

The Simpsons: Interactive Map of Springfield

Click on the image below to visit all your favourite Simpsons haunts. Great site for all you Simpsons fans.

Discover Springfield, where live the Simpsons family; Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa and Maggie. Roll over the places to discover a picture of it. The map of Springfield is based on the Guide to Springfield USA The Simpsons.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tilt-Shift Mardi Gras

Keith Loutit Makes A Beautiful Tilt-Shift Film of Mardi Gras

As a dog returns to its vomit...

I just hoovered up another piece of the chocolate pecan pie a friend gave us yesterday. It was sweet and decadent as only Willow can make it. Ordinarily I'd suck it up without guilt but yesterday I attended a work related 5 course Italian lunch followed by a substantial barbecued chicken dinner made by a well intentioned Mr. Nag (who had not had a gut stretching lunch) followed by the aforementioned pie. Today I had a banana for lunch in an attempt to ameliorate yesterday's pig out but once I got home I heard the siren song of the pie and that was that. I'm thinking screw the diet and buy Spanx. Yeah, that's the ticket.

la jetee

The survivors of Paris after WWIII live underground in the Palais de Chaillot galleries. They look to time travel as a solution to their predicament. Chilling.

The classic short that inspired Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys".

Lovely photographs by Estelle Lagarde

I love Estelle Lagarde's ghostly images.

Click on the image below to see a film about the shooting of her Contes Sauvages series. Ethereal.

Estelle Lagarde - Photographie / Paris

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tales From The Vault

The War Exchange Conservation Act was designed to preserve Canada's balance of trade with the United States and banned the import of a broad range of nonessential items from the U.S., including such luxury items and diversions as cocoa paste, champagne and pictoral postcards. It also targeted what had become for many people not a luxury, but an essential distraction from the harsh realities of everyday life: the pulps.

Detectives. Sex. Westerns. Confession stories. These were topics that sold magazines, and Canadian publishers knew it. People would still want their weekly fix of grisly murder, winking pin-up girls, thundering hooves and vicarious heartbreak; if the Americans could no longer supply it, someone else would have to.

Canadian Pulp Fiction, 1940-1952 is a great site, full of information and nice design too.

My First Dictionary

My First Dictionary is a very clever blog.

Guinea Pig Games

One has to admire the pluck of these tiny rodents. (They are actually computer generated photos by photographer Jack Huster).

Grueling Guinea Pig Games of the 2009 Olympics have started with an amazing opening as rascally rodents display their dedication to their chosen sports. In the struggle for survival, only the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals with their stamina, prowess, and incredible feats to win gold, silver, and bronze medals.


Monday, April 20, 2009

Smells Like Sloop John B

I love this. The Beach Boys and Nirvana are two of my faves and to see them together like this is like Nirvana. It's not the worst trip I've ever been on.

Nirvana Vs The Beach Boys

Beware of Chance Acquaintances

Disease or childbirth may follow. I can vouch for that!

Via clusterflock

Sleepwalk with Me

Sleepwalk with Me is a one-man show featuring standup comedian Mike Birbiglia, now playing in Greenwich Village in New York. It will still be on when I visit NYC - I think I'll look into getting tickets. Via John Gushue

Love will tear us apart

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Nothing says spring like forsythia

and Mr. Nag has placed bunches of them all over the house. I guess spring has officially sprung chez Nag.

DYI Pinhole Cameras

Take a break from your computer! Download, print and build your own pinhole camera. Follow the instructions and enjoy!


Official Comics Archetype Times Table

Click on image to biggify

Creebobby dot com - Jacob Borshard's music and art.

The Bird Whisperer

My friend Terry sent me this.

Hey you, your feathers and your beak are awesome. Everything about you is cool. Shall I tell you what I had for breakfast?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Lounge Bar

Dir. Harry Sinclair & Don McGlashan / New Zealand / 1989
In a seedy waterfront bar, a singer begins his song. Sheltering from the rainy night, a man and a woman meet for the first time- or is it...


Look at this fucking hipster

“Actually, I’ve legally changed my name to: Sling Blade Poppins.”

Look at this fucking hipster is a very funny blog.

World Builder

A strange man uses holographic tools to build a world for the woman he loves. This is a short by filmmaker Bruce Branit known also as the co-creator of 405.

Via 3quarksdaily

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Bet

Now for a bit of nepotism. The dude in the wheelchair is my cousin's son, Tommy.

Divorce Cakes

I'm not thinking seriously about divorce (at this exact moment) but, if I were, I'd buy a cake from Elite Cake Creations

Peter Funch photographs of New York

Danish photographer, Peter Funch's Babel Tales. Strange images of New York.

Honey West

This was a mid-sixties detective show. After the death of her father, sexy Honey West took over his high-tech private detective firm, assisted by rugged Sam Bolt and her pet ocelot Bruce.

Via RaShOmoN

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Lovely Travel Photo Collection

Photochrom Travel Views
"A love of travel inspires so many photos on Flickr that we hope you'll enjoy taking a century-old 'grand tour.' Our Photochrom Print Collection shows Europe and the Middle East as they appeared around 1890-1900. We're starting at the top of the world with Norway, Sweden, and Denmark and will add more countries gradually."


Living In a Van Down By the River

San Francisco Studio Apartment Gets 15 Miles Per Gallon
There's no denying it: Crockett Bodelson and Sandra Wang's studio apartment is as cute as a bug's ear -- albeit not much larger than one. It's well-lit, was almost entirely stocked via freebies on Craigslist (including an upright piano), and is decorated with the couple's own artwork. Just make sure not to park it in a red zone and you're golden.


The 16-Year-Old Gloria Vanderbilt Invites You Up to Her Room

Ms. Vanderbilt was asked why, given carte blanche with the décor of her room, she had chosen to recreate the bedroom of her adolescence. She made a face that conveyed, as politely as possible, the words: “Well, duh.”

“There was never any question for me,” she said. “Because how could you ever find another room like this?” Read more at NYTimes.com

Chino Otsuka

In her "Imagine finding me" series, photographer Chino Otsuka creates double self-portraits by placing her present-day self into photographs from her past.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009


See more wicked illustrations at BibliOdyssey

Storm - A Beat Poem

Via bright stupid confetti

White Zombie 1972 Electric Datsun

Courtesy of The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys

Child Labour in Bangladesh

G.M.B. Akash takes photos of children who live and work in abysmal conditions in Bangladesh:
Child labor has been forbidden in Bangladesh since 1992. In December 2005 I visited a garment factory in Narayanganj, which is the center of the garment industry in Bangladesh. I took a picture of the owner beating a 12-year-old boy because he had been too slow sewing t-shirts.

According to the U.N. Children’s Fund report, more than 6.3 million children under 14 are working in Bangladesh. Many of them work under very poor conditions; some of them even risk their life. Factory owners pay them about 400 to 700 taka (10 USD) a month, while an adult worker earns up to 5,000 taka per month.


Every Dog's Guide to Complete Home Safety

A cute little NFB cartoon circa 1986.

Unique Dog Houses

A collection of over-the-top Dog Houses for some very pampered pets. My dogs were never much for ostentation and most of them thought the best place to rest their weary bones was in my bed.
"From the über-chic French Chateau dog house to Rachel Hunter’s Mexican Hacienda dog house, this type of pampering may be outside our price range, but it’s still fun to dream."


Monday, April 13, 2009

This Bird Has Flown

telegram.com News: "Mark S. Fidrych, the 1976 American League Rookie of the Year, was found dead on his farm this afternoon, the victim of an apparent accident, according to Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr."

Azahar Natural clothing

I didn't know fellow blogger, casa az, had a line of linen clothing. Now I do. Check it out.

This is fun

Mr. Nag and I funkified

BeFunky.com - Photo effects with one click