Sunday, February 28, 2010

Olympic Pictograms Through The Ages

Designer Steven Heller traces the evolution of the tiny symbols for each Olympic sport since their appearance in 1936.

Via The Presurfer

70 Million by Hold Your Horses !

Pop tune meets art history. Looks better than it sounds.

70 Million by Hold Your Horses ! from L'Ogre on Vimeo.

An entertaining and cheeky music video for “70 Million”, hit song by Franco-American band, Hold Your Horses!, offers a wink at art history as band members playfully reconstruct famous paintings in an off the wall lyrical interpretation all their own.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Joyce update

Not James - I mean Joyce the half starved stray cat I found a few months ago. A couple of people have sent emails asking how she's coming along (although my Facebook friends have been getting updates). She's turned into a loving and, in my view at least, a very pretty pet. I enjoy having a little mammal to talk to and fuss over and I think she's enjoying it too.

Alice in Wonderland (1903)

The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll's tale has recently been restored by the BFI National Archive from severely damaged materials. Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations.

I think the damage gives it a very avant-garde feel.

Amazing coloured pencil creations

My friend, Niagara on the Lake artist Campbell Scott, sent me these (and more) amazing coloured pencil creations. If you know who created them tell me and I'll give appropriate credit.

Edit: Jennifer Maestre is the creator and I thank soubriquet for clearing that up for me.

Women, hockey, booze, hypocrisy

John Gushue . . . Dot Dot Dot who found it here

Circa 1935 Folk Art Painting of the Dionne Quintuplets

Measuring 19 ½” x 24', this circa 1935, hand carved and painted wood painting depicts the famous Dionne Quintuplets, their Mother and Father, a carving of their home and the hospital where they were born, and at the middle top is a small vignette of Dr. Defoe, who delivered the quintuplets.

Anonymous Works

How to make an Origami Yoda

Tom Angelberger shows us how to make our very own Origami Yoda

Mishaps and Adventures

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pothole Gardens

Pete Dungey: "'If we planted one of those in every hole, it would be like a forest in the road'

An ongoing series of public installations highlighting the problem of surface imperfections on Britain's roads.

I'll bake a saw inside a cake

Via MetaFilter

How genetics works

Now you know...


Marxist-Socialists Jokes.

Knock knock.
Who's there?
A Marxist-Socialist.
A Marxist-Socialist who?
A Marxist-Socialist who wants to give you a pamphlet about class struggle.


How do you get a one-armed Marxist-Socialist out of a tree?

Ask two teamsters to drive three AFL-CIO riggers each carrying an IAFF approved ladder to the tree and help the one-armed Marxist-Socialist down.


A Priest, a Rabbi and a Marxist-Socialist are in an airplane that is going to crash and there are only two parachutes. The Priest says, "I have always followed the word of Jesus, so I should have one of the parachutes." The Rabbi says, "I paid for the plane rental, so I should also have one of the parachutes." The Marxist-Socialist says, "I would normally advocate allocating these out according to one's means, but I'm afraid of dying and would like one of the chutes, please."

Lots more at McSweeney's Internet Tendency

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

People in Canada Choose Bacon Over Sex 

Take this with a grain of salty bacon. What else would you expect Maple Leaf foods to come up with?

"The people of Canada sure love their bacon. In a recent survey conducted by Maple Leaf Foods, 43% of the respondents said they would rather have bacon than sex." Bacon Today

Let's get our chat on!

chat roulette from Casey Neistat on Vimeo.

Breakfast Cupcakes

This site is a new favourite.

The Breakfast Cupcakes. Each cupcake is based off of a different common breakfast item. The top one is A cup of English Tea with Cream and Lemon, the middle one is Scrambled Egg and Bacon, the last one is A Yogurt Parfait... Your Best Friends

Design An Alternative London Skyline

Not enough towers in the City for you? Get to play God Mayor with this neat London skyline designer.

Via Londonist

How To Make Cookies Using Photoshop Cook

Adobe Photoshop Cook from Lait Noir on Vimeo.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Covered In Folk

Covered In Folk: Talking Heads
Anyone who knows The Nag knows that she loves folk music and the Talking Heads. Her shower repertoire segues from Man of Constant Sorrow to Psycho Killer and back again. This blog entry makes her absolutely giddy with pleasure.


Hunter S. Thompson Motivational Posters

HST provided us with nuggets of wisdom and encouragement all along the way. So instead of merely sharing a list of my favorite quotes from the author, I have placed them in their proper environment, the pervasive motivational poster.
More at Sloshspot Blog


Monday, February 22, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Life Before Google

The Daily What


The Kray twins were the foremost perpetrators of organised crime in London's East End during the 1950s and 1960s. Their lives produced fodder for films, literature and even video games.

The meaning of movie ratings

G: Nobody gets the girl.

PG: The good guy gets the girl.

PG-13: The bad guy gets the girl.

R: The bad guy and the good guy get the girl.

X: Everybody gets the girl.

XXX: Everybody gets the girl, her mother and their cocker spaniel.

Via Sober in a Nightclub

Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche ,” a short film directed by Spy Films‘ Arev Manoukian. Set in a film noir Paris, the film captures a surprisingly violent moment of connection between two strangers attracted to each other with such magnetism that neither panes of glass nor speeding vehicles can keep them apart.


End of the week silly pet links

The 30 Most Important Cats of 2009

pups & order


Downhome Shakedown

via everlasting blort

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

HappyShrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Faschingsdienstag, Malasada Day, Sprengidagur, Martes de Carnaval, and Pancake Day!

We're celebrating Shrove Tuesday with pancakes and icewine at a friend's house. Yummy!

Miss C has posted a load of excellent pancake links here .

Canadian Living offers 21 pancake recipes , sweet and savoury,for those of you who haven't been invited out for pancakes and wine .

Theodore Gericault's "Raft of the Medusa" in photography

Ages ago I posted a Seurat painting recreated as a photograph (can't find it now though). Here is another recreation for your delictation:


Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Victorian Version of Craigslist

Americans have been writing and reading personals — anonymous love notes, laments of missed connections, offers of marriage — for generations.
If the young lady wearing the pink dress, spotted fur cape and muff, had light hair, light complexion and blue eyes, who was in company with a lady dressed in black, that I passed about 5 o’clock on Friday evening in South Seventh Street, between First and Second, Williamsburg, L.I., will address a line to Waldo, Williamsburg Post Office, she will make the acquaintance of a fine young man.

Jan. 19, 1862


Vintage Valentine Cookies

Who knew you could buy frosting sheets and edible ink cartridges for home printers? Bakerella, that's who.
It's too late for Valentine's Day but I can think of a multitude of uses for this type of edible artwork.


St Pancras...The LEGO Version


Wang Fine Art

Wang Fine Art is a painting-a-day site. The paintings are for sale on ebay.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

HAIKEA = Haiku + Ikea


Pam unfriending me
Gives new meaning to my Lack.
Less is more. Or less?


We Are More

We Are More by Shane Koyczan

Science Valentine


Tiny origami models

I love Mui-Ling Teh's teeny creations.

Ten Out-of-the-Ordinary Valentine’s Day Customs

From the festivals of ancient Rome to modern public awareness campaigns, the holiday hasn’t always been about roses and candy. Here's an example:

Eat Your Heart Out: French women traditionally have relied on subtle culinary cues to signal their amorous intentions. The July 1956 issue of the journal Western Folklore reported: “a young maid lets her swain know whether the answer is ‘yes’ or ‘no’ by what she feeds him on St. Valentine’s Day. It's a custom that goes back for centuries. Any egg dish, for example, definitely means No! On the other hand, an apple or pear means Yes!

What does it mean if she offers you a brie omelette and pears poached in wine for dessert? Would No still mean No?

Friday, February 12, 2010

We think they must have souls

This is heartbreaking.
Mark's Scrapbook of Oddities & Treasures.

I'm Going To Disneyland!

Popped Culture

Obsessive-Compulsive Valentines.

Sweetheart, I've got you under my skin. I'll wash and wash, but you'll never come out.

- - - -

Roses are red, violets are blue. Sugar is sweet, and I think I left the iron on.

- - - -

I love you. Wait. That didn't feel right. Let me try it again. I love you. Don't think about disease. Don't think about disease. Don't think about disease. I love you. There.

See more at McSweeney's Internet Tendency

Porn Star or My Little Pony?

"Are we discussing here a star of one of the approximately four hundred thousand single-, double-, and triple-X-rated films out there, or one of the approximately four hundred thousand different 'My Little Ponies' they flooded toy stores with in the Eighties?" Take the quiz


Olympic Torch Relay nearly complete

See more Olympic Torch Relay pics

Stephen Colbert Olympic Poster

Via MetaFilter

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

BigAss Pocket for your iPad

ibap : OhNo!Doom Collective


What, no M. Chat? He's my favourite French feline.

ParisiAnimals - a set on Flickr

Heroin Stamps As Art

Those right there are Heroin Stamps —showing the fascinating ways in which illegal drugs are branded, marketed, and sold just like anything else under the sun. The collection of images are photos of stamps collected from the New York City drug trade, which are then blown up really big, and then—in theory, at least—mounted in a compelling exhibition.

Read more at GOOD

Frequency of Strip Versions of Various Games

Frequency of Strip Versions of Various Games (xkcd)