Friday, July 31, 2009

A London Day

London Day from urbanTick on Vimeo.

Digital Urban: A London Day: Timelapse

The Book of (Hipster) Job


Linda's Film About Menstruation: An Intentionally Funny '70s Filmstrip

Via Jezebel

Paper City: Urban Utopias

The new exhibition opening at the Royal Academy of Arts architecture space is Paper City: Urban Utopias. The exhibition showcases a selection of extraordinary drawings, collages and photomontages that have been produced for Blueprint magazine as part of their ‘Paper City’ commissions over the past three years.

The final pad of the exhibition will be blank. This is for the visitors to create their own Paper City, which they can then submit into a competition.
Seen at Dezeen

Phlox and coneflowers

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Building Rome in a Day

This is truly amazing.
The data set consists of 150,000 images from associated with the tags 'Rome' or 'Roma'. Matching and reconstruction took a total of 21 hours on a cluster with 496 compute cores. Upon matching, the images organized themselves into a number of groups corresponding to the major landmarks in the city of Rome. Amongst these clusters can be found the Colosseum, St. Peter's Cathedral, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. One of the advantages of using community photo collections is the rich variety of view points that these photographs are taken from. A striking example of this is the reconstruction of the interior of St. Peter's Cathedral shown below.

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World's Fastest Everything

Via 3quarksdaily

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Faking the Rorschach

Has Wikipedia Created a Rorschach Cheat Sheet?
Wikipedia has been engulfed in a furious debate involving psychologists who are angry that the 10 original Rorschach plates are reproduced online, along with common responses for each. For them, the Wikipedia page is the equivalent of posting an answer sheet to next year’s SAT.


Killers Kill, Dead Men Die

A Star Studded Film Noir Masterpiece Photoshoot by Annie Leibovitz and Michael Roberts:

Legendary photographers Annie Leibovitz and Michael Roberts created an exquisite star-studded 33 page portfolio film noir masterpiece for the March 2007 Vanity Fair Hollywood issue. Killers Kill, Dead Men Die is a mysterious film noir classic that probably was. Or could have been. Or never was. Or still is and but never will be...Thing is that nobody seems to know anything concrete about this film.

See lots more at Lunatica Desnuda

Thank You For Smoking

Creative typography

Via Popped Culture

Lives of Emoticons

It's a love story.


Animal Collective

Collective nouns are words used to define a group of objects, where 'objects' can be people, animals, emotions, inanimate things, concepts or other things.
The images are screenprinted and hand-bound into a book which also contains an A-Z list of collective nouns, sorted by subject.

Sroop Sunar / Illustration

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Photograph of Jesus

Short and Sweet teamed up with Getty Images to launch a film challenge which would make use of images in Getty's Hulton Archive. The challenge's aim was to highlight the breadth and depth of content available at the Hulton Archive, which offers a unique resource to filmmakers and creatives alike.

Photograph of Jesus by Laurie Hill in association with the Getty Images Short & Sweet Film Challenge from Hulton Archive on Vimeo.

Via davidthompson

Ghost of Stephen Foster.

via Blue Tea


I wish I'd known about this place when I was in NYC last month! Check out their menu! And they deliver!

Short for Sarita's Mac & Cheese, the restaurant in New York City's East Village specializes in just one thing--but this is not your mother's macaroni. From the Cheeseburger (ground beef and macaroni smothered in cheddar and American cheese) to the Parisienne Mac (brie, figs, mushrooms, and a certain je ne sais quoi), Sarita and her husband, Caesar , take this favorite to new heights.
Sarita's Macaroni & Cheese

I wish you could smell these

My garden is full of them.


New York City, November 2007
Website :
Photoblog: Light Under a Bushel


Monday, July 27, 2009

The Sparky Book by Mary Lewis

In this live action/animated short, a talking goldfish recounts the story of Sparky the dog and his owner, a young girl named Brigitte who suffers from a serious illness. This moving film explores the bond between human and animal, and more importantly, the bond between friends.

Girls are not chicks. Girls are thinkers, creators, fighters, healers and superheroes.

We have had enough of books that make girls think that they are not any good.
We have had enough of books that make girls think that they are too young,too old, too fat, too ugly, too bold, too loud, too independent.
We like books that ask girls to take pride in ourselves.

girls are not chicks-coloring book

Invading The Vintage


Eric by Shaun Tan

Award-winning Australian illustrator Shaun Tan reflects on the quiet mysteries of everyday life in his collection of stories with pictures, Tales From Outer Suburbia. It is charming.

Some years ago we had a foreign exchange student come to live with us. We found it very difficult to pronounce his name correctly, but he didn’t mind. He told us just to call him 'Eric'.

Fifty Years of the Hovercraft

The vision of a British engineer in the 1950s, a friction-free means of transport on a cushion of air, gives birth to a revolutionary invention still in use around the globe.


Fruit By The Foot Ad

My Modern Metropolis


My hair is growing a white streak up the front a la Arlene Dickinson of CBC's Dragons' Den. Now if only my character would develop a ruthless streak like hers to help boost my retirement fund.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Alnwick Poison Gardens

Inspired by the legendary botanical gardens in Padua, Italy where the Medicis plotted the untimely, frothing ends of their enemies, an English duchess has created a garden dedicated entirely to flora deadly and/or narcotic.

Atlas Obscura

Little people for Coolidge

The first organized touring Coolidge Marching Club to work for the nomination of the president comes to Washington Sunday morning. It is composed of 25 European midgets, headed by I.S. Rose, New Englander and impresario. The midgets wear buttons and ribbons on which is inscribed 'Coolidge 1925'.

Shorpy Photo Archive

The Avenging Unicorn Playset

I'd always imagined unicorns to be gentle creatures frolicking about under rainbows. I never thought about why they had a horn.

Why is he impailing a mime? What does he have against the business man or the hippy woman?
The Avenging Unicorn Playset

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Man Not Superman

Every Sunday Mr. Nag and I sit down with a cup of tea after lunch and listen to Jonathan Goldstein's Wiretap on CBC Radio 1. Man and Superman is one of my favourite bits. Here it is in hilarious post it note form:

I first met Lois at a charity penny arcade event. At one point in the evening, as I stood hunched over a pinball machine

See the entire Post-it Note Story here

Diane Arbus

This is a short film made about Diane Arbus and features her daughter Doon, teacher Lisette Model, colleague Marvin Israel, and John Szarkowski, at that time the director of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art.
Via accidental mysteries

Monday, July 20, 2009

The words of God do not justify cruelty to women

I have never doubted that Jimmy Carter was a good man. This confirms my opinion:
My decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when th e convention's leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be 'subservient' to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service. This was in conflict with my belief - confirmed in the holy scriptures - that we are all equal in the eyes of God.

The moon landing story they don't want you to know!

Le voyage dans la lune | Georges Méliès | 1902 : clusterflock

I got 100% and finished with time to spare

Ultimate test:
In honor of the end of the semester, I present the following in-class exam:

Describe the history of the papacy from its origin to the present day, concentrating especially, but not exclusively, on it social, political, economic, religious, and philosophical impact on Europe, Asia, America and Africa.
Be brief, concise and specific.

You have been provided with a razor blade, a piece of gauze, and a bottle of Scotch. Remove your appendix.
Do not suture until your work has been inspected. You have 15 minutes.

2500 riot-crazed aborigines are storming the classroom. Calm them. You may use any ancient language except Latin or Greek.

Create life. Estimate the differences in subsequent human culture if this form of life had developed 50 million years earlier, with special attention to its probable effect on the English parliamentary system. Prove your thesis.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Today's garden

The Collected Wisdom of Angela Chase

She's like way too introspective.

Via Jezebel

Tantalus Dinner by Ioli Sifakaki

Designer Ioli Kalliopi Sifakaki invited a dozen of her male friends to feast from tableware cast from her own body parts.

In the beginning of the dinner the vessels were full and placed in random order on the table. Guests had to eat everything on the plates in order to turn them upside down and place each one in the right place to compete/reconstruct the body.(more images)