Saturday, May 30, 2009

One family's global surfing odyssey

Fifty years ago, Dr Dorian Paskowitz dropped out of society and embarked on a 14-year global surfing safari, raising nine children in a 24ft camper van, and catching every wave he could. He dreamt that they could all live untainted by money, school and fatty foods, and never imagined the wipeout that followed.More

What I Do At Work When I'm Supposed To Be Working

Sisyphus Office is an exhibition organized by San Francisco based artist, curator, and co-founder of The Thing Quarterly, Jonn Herschend and based out of Skydive, a Houston, Texas gallery.
The artists involved in the project are collaborating with businesses and offices in and around Houston in order to highlight art as an integral and necessary distraction in our day to day life.


Stars Still Pretty

I have to admit I didn't pay much attention to the music because I was distracted by the subtitles and the pigheaded people.

Aeroplane Pageant - 'Stars Still Pretty'


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Guy and Madonna on the block

Scary or what? Don't hang it in your bedroom.

Town Hall meeting calls for EI extension

I represented my MP at a town hall forum on Employment Insurance last night. I thought I was going to be introduced from the audience but, when I arrived, I found I was on the panel. Yikes! Here is a quote from the local press (I'm lucky it wasn't "duhhh"):
Desperate people who have lost their jobs and are quickly running out of money phone Welland MP Malcolm Allen's office looking for help.

They call the New Democrat as a last resort after exhausting their patience trying to figure out how to tap into the Employment Insurance benefits they thought they were entitled to receive.

Allen's constituency assistant, Marilyn Bellamy, estimated EI problems are the root of about two thirds of all calls the office fields.

'These stories are just awful,' she told a town hall meeting at the CAW Hall in St. Catharines Wednesday night. 'We hear them every day about people falling through the cracks. Well, there shouldn't be any cracks. We need to fill them up."

As Your Flame Fades

See more of Ric Stultz's work. Clever.

The Freshman

Lisa Jack's collection of photos of Barack Obama as a freshman at Occidental College in 1980. Sweet.

Building a Chrysler Car, 1939

Continuing the vintage car theme:

A great little film made for the 1939 New York World's Fair.
Via Dark Roasted Blend

Collectif des déboulonneurs

I received an update from this group today. See photos of some of their activities.

Soutien aux déboulonneurs:
Advertising Invasion : Let’s disobey ! Through non-violent protest with the Collectif des déboulonneurs.

Objective : 50x70cm

To implement a new law limiting the size of advertising posters to the size applicable to clubs and societies in Paris : 50x70 cm (around 20 x 27 inches) ; to limit the total billboard size to 2m2 with a reasonable degree of urban density depending on a town’s population size. Achieving this objective will constitute a first inroad into the advertising system.

50 years of the Mini

The Mini is 50 years old this year. Don't you love this camper? It looks like it would be perfect for me (I'm also a mini).

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Governor General Michaelle Jean cuts out heart of seal and eats it

I'm not sure what to think of this. One part of me abhors clubbing mammals to death and says, "Yuck!" but another part says , "You go, heart eating girl".

Governor General Michaelle Jean cuts out heart of seal and eats it
It may have meant to be a sign of solidarity with Canada's Inuit people or possibly a slap in the face of the European Union after it recently voted to ban seal products.

Whatever her motivation, Governor General Michaelle Jean is certainly being talked about this morning after she gutted a freshly slaughtered seal, cut out the heart, took off a slice and ate it raw.

Hologram? Claymation?

Thanks for this, Rachael.



George Lucas in Love

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away this is how it all began.

Via John Gushue . . . Dot Dot Dot

On This Day - May 26, 1969

Montreal wasn't their first choice.
In fact it wasn't even their second.
When John Lennon and Yoko Ono checked in to Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel at midnight on May 26, 1969, it was, in part, due to heat and marijuana.

See a clip of John and Yoko's bed-in here.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Visions Of The Clothing Of The Year 2000

I don't have any of these outfits in my overflowing closet but Mr. Nag dresses just like the dude at the end of the clip.

Visions Of The Clothing Of The Year 2000, From The 1930's - Paleofuturism

Sad Panda: The Story of an Obsession

New York Magazine's story about a sad panda is kind of touching.
He was committed, at all times, to being the saddest panda there was. Briefly, we wondered whether he was affiliated with Falun Gong, which seem to us to be the most depressive protesters in New York.

Show Me How!

Not every picture needs to say 1,000 words. In Show Me How, Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith teach the absurd (breathe fire), the hip (mix a classic martini), and the useful (fix a running toilet), with clear, often cheeky illustrations that don't waste a syllable.

Skin and Bones

Cain was branded on his forehead. The town of Bethlehem was once renowned for its tattoos, applied by pilgrims as if to commemorate Jesus’ stigmata. During the Renaissance, tattoos of astrological signs were thought to confer cosmological powers. More

This Is Swansea

Feel the ennui!

Batteries Feel Included

I hate to say this, but this place is getting to me. I think I'm getting the Fear.

The ether was wearing off. The acid was long gone. But the mescaline was running strong. Good mescaline comes on slow. The first hour is all waiting. Then about halfway through the second hour, you start cursing the creep who burned you because nothing's happening. And then - ZANG!

Fear and Loathing: The Board Game, a nifty project by JR Baldwin.

The Problem with Young People Today Is…

The Problem with Young People Today Is that they slouch.

When I was a boy, kids were expected to stand up straight. Only old people slouched and that was because they had earned the right to do so. Old folks had “the stoop” – a slouch of honor that you were awarded after a life time of hard work mining coal, forging steel or raising a dozen children in a dirt floor shack.

If I had ever slouched around my house, my old mom would have beaten me senselessness with a lemon reamer and then locked me the root cellar to think about the error of my ways.

Old posts from an old man about god damned young people. Hilarious.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The High Cost of Poverty

It's been too long since I posted an article like this. Is it because I spend so much of my working life focused on these issues? I hope not.
You have to be rich to be poor.
That's what some people who have never lived below the poverty line don't understand. Read more


Shopdropping Montreal

Shopdropping Montreal is a Montreal based collective made up of artists and designers who take part in the act of shopdropping.

SHOPDROP: to covertly place merchandise on display in a store. A form of 'culture jamming'.


While I was entering this world who was departing?

It's my birthday - time for a little morbidity.

115,509 People

People who died on May 22 (in other years)

  • 2006 - Heather Crowe, Canadian activist
  • 2006 - Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organisation
  • 2005 - Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and singer
  • 2005 - Julia Randall, American poet
  • 2005 - Charilaos Florakis, Greek politician, long-time General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece
  • 2004 - Mikhail Voronin, Russian gymnast
  • 2004 - Richard Biggs, American actor
  • 2003 - Ousmane Zongo, Burkinabé shooting victim
  • 1998 - José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist
  • 1997 - Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1992 - Zellig Harris, American linguist
  • 1990 - Rocky Graziano, American boxer
  • 1988 - Giorgio Almirante, Italian politician
  • 1983 - Albert Claude, Belgian biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1972 - Margaret Rutherford, English actress
  • 1972 - Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet and writer
  • 1967 - Langston Hughes, American writer
  • 1966 - Tom Goddard, English cricketer
  • 1965 - Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom
  • 1939 - Jiri Mahen, Czech author
  • 1939 - Ernst Toller, German author
  • 1932 - Lady Gregory, Irish playwright
  • 1910 - Jules Renard, French author
  • 1885 - Victor Hugo, French author
  • 1868 - Julius Plücker, German mathematician and physicist
  • 1859 - King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies
  • 1795 - Ewald Friedrich, Count von Hertzberg, Prussian statesman
  • 1772 - Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian
  • 1760 - Israel ben Eliezer, Polish-born mystical rabbi
  • 1746 - Thomas Southerne, Irish dramatist
  • 1745 - François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader
  • 1667 - Pope Alexander VII
  • 1666 - Gaspar Schott, German scientist
  • 1540 - Francesco Guicciardini, Italian historian
  • 1538 - John Forrest, English Franciscan friar (martyred)
  • 1457 - Saint Rita of Cascia, Italian saint
  • 1455 - Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, English commander (killed in battle)
  • 1455 - Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, English politician (killed in battle)
  • 1068 - Emperor Go-Reizei of Japan
  • 337 - Constantine the Great, Roman Emperor (b. 272)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Two of my favourite things

The LEGO Group and Brickstructures, Inc. to produce and distribute Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® LEGO® Architecture Building Sets

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced today that The LEGO Group is now the exclusive licensed manufacturer of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® LEGO Architecture sets.
Read more at PrairieMod

Balayeurs du Desert

Royal de Luxe is a French mechanical marionette street theatre company. They were founded in 1979 by Jean Luc Courcoult. Read more.

Royal de Luxe Flickr Pool
Thanks Dawn.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Colour-In Dress

The Colour-In Dress by Berber Soepboer & Michiel Schuurman 2008

This collection is created especially for an exhibition about 'de Ploeg', a famous Dutch textile factory. ‘De Ploeg’ was a great inspiration with their amazing textile prints, fashion designs and their admirable ideology. It resulted in 4 dresses created around 2 concepts, ‘The Colour-In Dress’ and ‘The Replacement Dresses’. In both concepts textile patterns were the essence of the design, these patterns originated in collaborating with graphic designer Michiel Schuurman. He designed some beautiful textile patterns to fit in the concepts and with a touch of ‘de Ploeg’. The concept of the dresses make it possible that the cloth is partly designed by the person who wears it, which hopefully makes them more valuable to the wearer.

Believe it or not I had a similar dress way back at the beginning of time. It was white with a pattern of multiple strings of beads printed on the front and came with a set of markers. I haven't thought of that dress since I coloured outside the lines and had to trash it.
Via accidental mysteries

The Cats of Parliament Hill

I lived in Ottawa during my teen years and walked miles to pet the cows at the Experimental Farm . I would have visited these cats had I known about them. Here is a bit of history:
There is a story that Colonel By brought hundreds of cats with him when he built the Rideau Canal in 1826, to take care of the rodent population, but unfortunately that cannot be confirmed. What can be confirmed is that cats were employed in the Parliament Building (as in many other building) as pest control until 1955 when they were replaced by chemicals. Until 1970 ground keepers fed the cats in various locations, when Irene Desormeaux began feeding the cats where the existing colony now resides. Rene Chartrand began helping her in the mid-nineteen eighties and began building some wooden structures (some of which can still be seen) for the cats to keep warm in. In 1987 when Irene passed on to take care of stray cats in a greater colony beyond this world, Rene took over and loyally fed the cats to this day. In 1997 Rene and a friend built the existing structures.
Read more and see loads of pictures at The Cats of Parliament Hill Blog.

Space Hippies

A very funny viddy from Smashing Telly. Mr. Nag pointed out that, apart from the his hairstyle, the head hippy bears a striking resemblance to my ex- husband.

Aerial Tour Of New York

I love this Virtual Aerial Tour Of New York.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The cathedral that Justo built

In a flat, dusty town east of Madrid, a solitary eccentric has turned a heap of tin cans, broken bricks and old tractor tyres into a cathedral to rival St Peter's.


Monday, May 11, 2009


Che Guevara is sent through the pop culture blender in Cli-Ché by Victor Ortiz.

Jeeves And Wooster Lamps

I want these even though they'd clash with my "decor".

After first creating an installation for Kris van Assche’s runway show, designer Jake Phipps will be launching the “Jeeves And Wooster” lamp collection. For the start there will be two lamp styles, based on two very classic hats.


SETH: The sweet vanished past

His stories dwell on things vaguely remembered. His new graphic novel is about a has-been fifties TV star. Is it any surprise that Gregory Gallant, a.k.a. Seth, wears a fedora, collects Ookpik dolls and uses a rotary phone?
I missed this great mini flick about Canadian cartoonist Seth in the Globe and Mail. Luckily I caught it at Waxy.

Fads of the Fifties

I had a slinky, a hula hoop and an ant farm, I've eaten TV dinners, worn a beanie and done the bunny hop but I've never heard of hunkering, have you?

See more Fads