Monday, November 30, 2009

Seventeen Things Worth Knowing About Your Cat

Seventeen Things Worth Knowing About Your Cat
Via The Presurfer

Direct Line

I feel I must have this shirt, pizza and Batman being the only things I crave.

“Direct Line”, a new t-shirt by Glennz Tees. Priority access to either Batman or a pizza, for both kinds of emergencies.
The two priority phone lines were at opposite ends of the building, so it made good sense to have them combined. But user beware – the bat cave does not take kindly to calls for pizza orders.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hang On Sloopy

Seen at John Gushue . . . Dot Dot Dot
The first rock concert I ever went to was in Ottawa and featured the McCoys, ? and the Mysterians (96 Tears), Shadows of Knight (Gloria) and a couple more bands that I can't remember and Google has failed me, perhaps because this search is prehistoric.  The McCoys were the draw for me though - I was smitten. Great concert, I came close to swooning when they sang "Sloopy let your hair down girl, let it hang down on me". Here is a degraded polaroid of me from the time (wanting to let my hair down on Rick Derringer):

Beyond the Absurd

"The playwright, screenwriter, and novelist Ronald Tavel collaborated frequently with Andy Warhol as he was building his body of film work. Several of their collaborations will be shown in a retrospective at Anthology Film Archives called Beyond the Absurd: Ronald Tavel and Andy Warhol."

Artists' Homemade Christmas Cards

A new exhibition of seasonal greetings from artists such as Alexander Calder and Philip Guston celebrates the handmade holiday card. Smithsonian Magazine

Spanimals - The Jimmies

For kids but I like it too.

Seen at swissmiss

Free photos!

Anarchists toss vintage photographs on the floor of Paris Photo 2009 .

It was like a feeding frenzy. And it was quite evident that some people were torn between spending all evening crawling on the floor in search of some personal treasures -- or going inside to sip champagne and look at some of the best work available in today's official international art market.

Seen at lens culture photography weblog

Friday, November 27, 2009

Moscow Cat Theatre

Joyce, the cat I found starving under a bush, would not do tricks. I have trouble getting her out from under the guest room bed.

Moscow Cat Theatre

Where Superheroes Go To Die

Superman leans on a walker, while Catwoman takes her afternoon nap. The Incredible Hulk, flabby and in tatters, vegetates in a wheelchair. Mr. Fantastic dangles his overstretched limbs, while Captain America lies comatose on a gurney, attended by a decrepit Wonder Woman.

See more at My Modern Metropolis

It's like twitter. Except we charge people to use it

Dear Simon,

Disregarding the fact that you have still not paid me for work I completed earlier this year despite several assertions that you would do so, I would be delighted to spend my free time creating logos and pie charts for you based on further vague promises of future possible payment.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Terrorism that's personal

We typically think of terrorism as a political act.

But sometimes it’s very personal. It wasn’t a government or a guerrilla insurgency that threw acid on this woman’s face in Pakistan. It was a young man whom she had rejected for marriage. As the United States ponders what to do in Afghanistan — and for that matter, in Pakistan — it is wise to understand both the political and the personal, that the very ignorance and illiteracy and misogyny that create the climate for these acid attacks can and does bleed over into the political realm. Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times op-ed columnist who traveled to Pakistan last year to write abou t acid attacks, put it this way in an essay at the time: “I’ve been investigating such acid attacks, which are commonly used to terrorize and subjugate women and girls in a swath of Asia from Afghanistan through Cambodia (men are almost never attacked with acid). Because women usually don’t matter in this part of the world, their attackers are rarely prosecuted and acid sales are usually not controlled. It’s a kind of terrorism that becomes accepted as part of the background noise in the region. ...Read More

Tony talks turkey

Jam your butter in there!

Anthony Bourdain is Here to Help You Avoid Completely Ruining Thanksgiving -

Pastries pastries everywhere in Paris

Click here to see Pastry | Paris

The Decline: The Geography of a Recession

This really shows the scope of the recession.

Click here to view


The Rabbits of Porte Maillot: Keep or Kill?

I thought I knew Paris inside out but I had never heard of these lapins. Should they stay of should they go?

At the edge of Paris, there is a miraculous island. The Galapagos of the capital. A roundabout at the Porte Maillot that serves as a Noah's Ark to a colony of rabbits that has transformed the place into a giant hole. Should we protect them or get rid of them? You can vote here.

Seen on Frogsmoke

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Beautiful Time-Lapse Video

Time-Lapse Favs from Chad Richard on Vimeo.


A Poem Comes to Life Through Type - Taylor Mali

Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.

Via My Modern Metropolis

Rules for Time Travelers

"With the new Star Trek out, it’s long past time (as it were) that we laid out the rules for would-be fictional time-travelers. (Spoiler: Spock travels to the past and gets a sex change and becomes Kirk’s grandfather lover.*) Not that we expect these rules to be obeyed; the dramatic demands of a work of fiction will always trump the desire to get things scientifically accurate, and Star Trek all by itself has foisted half a dozen mutually-inconsistent theories of time travel on us. But time travel isn’t magic; it may or may not be allowed by the laws of physics — we don’t know them well enough to be sure — but we do know enough to say that if time travel were possible, certain rules would have to be obeyed." Read all about it here


A Virus Walked Into a Bar

A little science nerd humour.

Via Miss Cellania

Sunday, November 22, 2009

10 Stars of The New Burlesque

Apparently burlesque is making a big comeback - feathers, gargantuan martini glasses, over the top bawdiness and all. I even heard a burlesque piece on CBC Radio the other day.

Michelle L’amour

Lyalya Bezhetskaya

 Wanna look like a fifties stripper? Of course you do! Here's how to get the look:

See more here

Lovin' Machine

Lovin' Machine-- Wynonie Harris 1951 (with dancing clip)
Got this from Canada's most musical Member of Parliament, Charlie Angus.

Film vs. Digital

Film vs. Digital from Lauren Randolph on Vimeo.

Film vs. Digital

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bloody Sunday 1920

Bloody Sunday Nov 21 1920:

At 15:25 on 21st November 1920 British security forces opened fire on the crowd of a GAA match between Dublin and Tipperary at Croke Park. 13 spectators, including boys aged 10 and 11, and Tipperary player Micheál Ó hÓgáin, aged just 24, were murdered in cold blood in retaliation for the IRA's assassination of British Intelligence officers earlier that morning. This was a significant event in the Irish War of Independence and it led to greater support for the IRA and for Irish Independence from British rule by the people of Ireland. One of the stands at Croke Park is named after Ó hÓgáin to this day.

Cruel Nicknames for Overweight Vampires.

Count Chocoholic
Vampire the Buffet Slayer
The Vampurgler
The Vampire Lestop For Some Tacos
Vlad the Inhaler
Child Of Candy Cain
Quiche Lilith
Queen of the Hammed
Taco Bela
Bela Obesi
Transylvania 6-5000 Calories
Dick Cheney
Das Vhoppyr

McSweeney's Internet Tendency

Citadelle 2 - Jean Francois Rauzier (French 1952)

This blew me away. Go to the site and enlarge and zoom into the image.

"In this huge advent calendar a glorious selection of Venetian, Florentine, Neapolitan and Milanese gardens are partially hidden behind the doors, and a myriad of Italian Renaissance paintings can be seen through each window.

Citadelle 2 depicts the first floor of the same ‘Hotel Particulier’ in Rue de l'Universite in Paris as portrayed in Citadelle 1 (and shows to what extent Lagerfeld had painted over the gilt decoration
on the ground floor). In this exceptional work which amalgamates over 1,500 different images, Rauzier intends to portray the essential shallowness of French late 18th century decoration - like
icing on a cake - by juxtaposing it with the significant subject matter and the quality of the Italian 13th and 14th century paintings which he has placed behind the windows and doors. These subjects include the Birth of Venus, mankind being expelled from the Garden of Eden, Jesus being betrayed and crucified, and of course the Day of Judgement.

A key to the Italian artists whose work is represented will be included with this work. The artists include Giotto, Fra Angelico, Masaccio, Botticelli, Filippo Lippi, Uccello and Leonardo da Vinci."

Rauzier’s work is breathtaking. See more of it here.

50 practical tips to save you half a lifetime

I wish I'd read and heeded some of these tips earlier. It may not be too late for you.
I’ve been composing the letter from my 60-year-old self that would have been of some real use at 16: things I wish I’d known earlier. “Dear Me . . .
. . . Socks: buy ten pairs of black cotton socks and ten woollen; and stick to black for the rest of your life, saving hundreds of hours trying to match odd socks.
Port can cause a ghastly hangover. Charged by a bullock, lunge: he’ll back off. But not a bull. Learn to distinguish. Bullocks have no balls.
By acting bravely we become brave; not the other way round. Never melt wax in a saucepan you hope to use again.
Read more tips from Matthew Parris here

Feed on Fonts

Click on fullscreen to navigate the yummy pages.
Sweet Treats - A Typographical Cookbook

Fall Garden

Last year we'd already had several snowstorms by this time. This year we've just picked the last of the roses. We still have mums and ornamental cabbage. I even spotted some pink phlox.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Visualizing Empires' Decline

As an experiment in information art, Pedro M. Cruz has created video representation of the evolution of the top four empires in decline during the 19th and 20th centuries; the British, French, Spanish and Portuguese:

Visualizing empires decline from Pedro M Cruz on Vimeo.

Via beancounters

Pop-up book of phobias

I'm afraid of heights, especially twisty mountain roads. I may also be developing a fear of comment spammers.

The Pop-up Book of Phobias from donvanone on Vimeo.

Via davidthompson

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Christoph Niemann has fun with flora. They are very cute.

Lots more at Abstract City Blog -

Going West

Andersen M Studio did this fabulous animation for the New Zealand Book Council.
I saw it here.

Furry Friends

The Wooster Collective talks to Neozoon about their furry installations, and what they mean for how we view animals.

"Our concern is the animal and its environment. We question the relationship of people and animals in a Western urban surrounding. You could really describe it as schizophrenic. On one hand, tons of meat: thousands of animals slaughtered every hour outside the cities and sold in clean plastic with expiration dates, and preferably not to be recognized as such. And on the other hand pets: insanely bred toys and overloaded with emotions. Its just interesting to see, how we perceive animals and how they seem to differ in value, just depending on what fits us best."
Read more at GOOD

The London of Sherlock Holmes

'Some interesting patterns emerge. Naturally, there's plenty of action around the Baker Street area, but Holmes never once set foot in nearby Soho. Zooming out, there's a surprising cluster of incidents around Crystal Palace. The reason is elementary when you know that Conan-Doyle lived for a time in South Norwood. We haven't plotted the numerous out-of-town locations mentioned in the books, but you can get a sense of Holmes' peregrinations by noting which rail stations he used most. Southern stations Charing Cross and Waterloo are visited a combined total of 16 times, while King's Cross and Euston are only blessed with the detective's patronage on four occasions.'

Via My Own Private Book Club

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Kid's Books from Poland

Kid's Books from Poland, part 2:
J. M. Szancer's Insect Armies 

 A Journey Round My Skull

Autocomplete Me

I'm loving this site.

What’s going on here?
Remember that time you were innocently searching for “how to avoid swine flu” but Google assumed you were searching for “how to avenge your brother’s death”? Yeah, that totally wasn’t what you were searching for, but it ended up being super helpful after your best friend “accidentally” stabbed Michael.

Autocomplete Me

The World In Lego

To rebuild buildings, places and objects in Lego has become so commonplace that it takes a unifying theme to put a method to the brick madness. For us at Environmental Graffiti, what could be better than to highlight the beauty of selected UNESCO World Heritage Sites? We’ve picked ten incredible Lego equivalents.
The World In Lego
Via Intelligent Travel Blog

Words Become Images

Very cool project. Your words. His (or her) images.

See more at Words Become Images

The Corruption Perceptions Index

According to this index New Zealand is the world's least corrupt country. Somalia is most corrupt. Canada sits at number 8.
The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) table shows a country's ranking and score, the number of surveys used to determine the score, and the confidence range of the scoring.
The rank shows how one country compares to others included in the index. The CPI score indicates the perceived level of public-sector corruption in a country/territory.

See the CPI 2009 Table

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Simon's Cat

"Animator Simon Tofield's cat Hugh has become an internet celebrity after a cartoon made by his owner turned into a YouTube hit. The London-based illustrator focused his animations on the antics of his cheeky cat. Over 45 million people are thought to have viewed the videos in a little over a year, with Mr Tofield being offered book deals as a result."

My Modern Metropolis

Kisses from Paris

This is the first year in a very long time that I haven't visited Paris and I'm missing it. I know that no one feels sorry for me.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The A-B-Cs of S-e-x-y

"British photographer Julian Hibbard pairs his signature dark images with the twenty-six letters of the alphabet in his racy new abecedary The Noir A-Z. The collection is a shadowy, voyeuristic look at the noir side of life, tapping into childhood memories, cinematic recollections and strong cultural references like fairytales."


Ten Notable Apocalypses That (Obviously) Didn’t Happen

"Apocalyptic predictions, such as those warning of global destruction in 2012, are nothing new – they have been around for millennia"

See them all at Smithsonian Magazine

The Decade in 7 Minutes

My Modern Metropolis

Speak like a 1950s hipster

I'm too young to talk like this. Honest!
Peel your ears (1) and get this, nickel rats (2). Some nighthawk (3) has been using his noggin (4) so much that rather than hittin' the hop (5) they've compiled a collection of the best US slang from the 1920s to the 1960s. So grab a flop (6), chill your chat (7) and learn how to talk like a real hipster.

More at The Guardian

Charming comics

See more comics at Blue Tea

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Louis Vuitton’s First Aid Kit!

Too rich for my blood.

To celebrate the Red Cross’s 150-year anniversary (that’s a century and a half of global humanitarian aid, people), luxury label Louis Vuitton has crafted a limited-edition Red Cross Kit.

Grazia Fashion

Dawn of the Dead Mall

The landscape is littered with the giant carcasses of failed retail emporia. Ideas for what's next are no less visionary. But are they any more practical?

Peter: Who the hell cares?! Let’s go shopping!
Roger: Watches! Watches!
Peter: Wait a minute man, let’s just get the stuff we need. I'll get a television and a radio.
Roger: And chocolate, chocolate. Hey, how about a mink coat?  - Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Read more at Design Observer

Alles Neu

I have no idea what he's on about but I love his band of monkeys.

Via 3quarksdaily

Just who is this guy?

Via The Daily What


An event has been triggered in the continuum. The Twimline has been compromised. The New Adventures of Stephen Fry

Dr. d billboards - Changing the message

Dr. d. is a street artist from London. He makes changes to existing billboards.

Spotted By Locals

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Spot the Opie

"RCA Secret, the Royal College of Art in London's annual fundraising exhibition, launches this Friday. The premise behind the exhibition is simple: 2,400 postcard-sized artworks are available to buy, all at just £40 each. What makes things interesting is that in amongst works by students at the RCA (who of course may go on to be art superstars in the future) are a number of paintings by famous artists."
More at Creative Review

Friday, November 13, 2009

Guy Fantastico - Nom de Guerre

This is the video for the song 'Nom De Guerre' by Guy Fantastico. It's off his debut album Nesting, which was produced by Bobby Birdman.

The Origins of Friday the 13th

This Friday some people will be so paralyzed with fear they simply won't get out of bed. Others will steadfastly refuse to fly on an airplane, buy a house, or act on a hot stock tip. It's Friday the 13th, and they're freaked out.

More at Intelligent Travel Blog

8 Animals That Ran for Government

Some crackpots think the world is controlled by giant lizards, but what they don’t know is that several animals really have tried to be elected to power. Meet the real-life political ‘party animals’ at Business Pundit

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bundts! Bundts! Bundts! Past Bundt Recap

There are loads of recipes. There's an apple bundt that I'm eager to try.

What happens Sunday, November 15th? It's National Bundt Day!
Do you have your recipe ready to celebrate this awesome day of Bundt cake goodness?!

Check out more Bundty Goodness at The Food Librarian