Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Slow Fast Placemats

Don't know a soupspoon from a salad fork? Fear not, now you can set your table like a pro!

Design Blog :: SPGRA

Cocktail Recipe

You can keep your Singapore Slings, Sidecars, Harvey Wallbangers and sissy-tinis. I like my liquor straight up. Apparently Warren Ellis does too.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Edwardian England's drunkards 1904

Are you related to any of these people? Or do you know anyone who is? If so, then tell us your story by contacting news@dailymail.co.uk
Personally I'd be ashamed if any of these were an ancestor of mine but, then again, it would explain a lot.


Alma from Rodrigo Blaas on Vimeo.

"A little girl stumbles across a doll shop that has, in its window, a doll that looks incredibly like herself. What happens next? You have to watch it to find out!"Webphemera

Disney’s Copy Paste

I never noticed that Disney recycled so many scenes.

Twenty Sided

London Shop Fronts

Lots more at London Shop Fronts

Things are afoot in the garden

A few brave flowers are poking their heads out.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Alice in Tattland



Viva claymation!

Shot in 1964 in his 1,100 square foot basement in Topanga, CA, Mandala was Gumby creator, Art Clokey’s most ambitious stop motion film. It’s Nice That

The Best Baguette in Paris 2010

1) Djibril Bodian (Le Grenier à Pain Abbesses), 38 rue des Abbesses, 75018

2) Daniel Pouphary, (La Parisienne) 28 rue Monge, 75005

3) Dominique Saibron, 77 Avenue du Général Leclerc, 75014

4) Yves Desgranges, 6 Rue de Passy, 75016,

5) Philippe Gosselin, 258 Boulevard Saint-Germain,75007

6) Xavier Doué, 163 avenue de versaillais, 75016

7) Boulangerie Lohézic (Sébastien and Sylvie Lohézic) 31, rue Guersant, 75017
8) Boulangerie d’Isa (Michel Chorin, Retrodore) 127 Rue de Charenton 75012

9) Mohamed Zerzour, 50 rue de l’Amiral Roussin 75015

10) SARL Zerzour II, 324, rue Lecourbe, 75014 (SARL can be roughly translated as incorporated)

Read about the competition at Paris Notebook

Thanking my lucky stars for public health care

I consider myself to be healthy - some minor wear and tear but still pretty spry if I do say so myself. However I do have cataracts. (Judging from my fellow patients at the eye surgeon's office I may be the youngest person ever to have developed this condition.) The road from diagnosis to surgery has involved a great deal of time, both mine and that of health care professionals. I went to the optometrist who referred me to the surgeon who referred me to my GP to assess whether I'm fit for surgery, then a presurgical assessment. Next week I have the surgery and the day after that a post-op assessment. That amounts to a grand total of six visits to physicians - for the first eye alone! If I had to pay the full cost I would think twice about having the surgery done despite my night vision problems. As it is my biggest worry is the time off work to get to all these appointments.

As a public sector worker I would likely have health care benefits even if Canada did not have universal medicare but this experience has made me realize how lucky we are in this country to have equal access to health care for everyone. And that's more than enough preachiness for now!

What Activities Can I Do When I Turn Off the Lights for Earth Hour?

"Question: Earth Hour is coming up on March 27 and I, for one, am excited to get in on the action and turn off my lights. One question though—what the heck am I supposed to do in the dark for a whole hour?" Get ideas here

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Road to Intoxication

See more scans from this Popular Science, 1961 article.

A to Z of Awesomeness

"Neill Cameron put together these drawings based on suggestions from fans over a 26 day period. The results are indeed full of awesome."


Taxi signs get the finger on South African stamps

"From solid fists to raised victory signs, South Africa's unique finger-twisting hand signals used to hail the country's notorious minibus taxis have been inked into national postal stamps."More here


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Peep Show

A few years ago I was hooked on peeps posting. I swore I wouldn't do it again but it appears I've fallen off the wagon.

Count Peepula

PeepsPlaying Poker

Apeepo Ono

Via The Chawed Rosin


A climate change awareness project.

"Dutch artist Ap Verheggen, in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, recently launched a unique art, installation, and environmental awareness project. Verheggen created a massive steel sculpture depicting an Inuit driving his dogsled team with a traditional whip and set it out on one of the icebergs off the coast of Western Greenland's Uummannaq Island. As the iceberg's melt, the sculpture will drift out to sea and sink."

Via Dog Art Today

Laurel and Hardy Dance To The Gap Band

"Laurel and Hardy from the movie Way Out West. Dancing to the 80's song Party Train from The Gap Band."
Via Facebook friend John Connors

Author Portraits

Swedish artist Carl Kohler's wonderful literature inspired "author portraits" are currently on tour across North America. His son, Henry Kohler, sent me some images from the Beyond The Words exhibition.
Below are portraits of Anna Akhmatova and Apollinaire and one of the artist (circa 1946) which is not included in the exhibition.

Read here and here to learn more.

You can see the portraits at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from April 1 - May 28.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Life in Iran

The Daily What

Virtual choir

Almost 200 people singing while sitting at home in front of their own computers are stitched together into one big virtual chorus:


The Story of Bottled Water

Yeah, I'm still riding this hobbyhorse.

Mondrian Cake


Cat Chatterings With Translations

Chattering cats:

Here's the translation:

I have seen the whole of the internet

The College Theme Paper

"'Today we will experiment with a new form of composition called the tandem story. The process is simple. Each person will pair off with the person sitting to his or her immediate right. One of you will then write the first paragraph of a short story. The partner will read the first paragraph and then add another paragraph to the story. The first person will then add a third paragraph, and so on back and forth."

Read more at Miss Cellania to see this project go from bad to worse

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Some Easter traditions are weird, dontcha think?


The Classic American Cars of Havana March 2009


Jour du Macaron

It's March 20, shouldn't you be celebrating le jour du macaron?

"Dans les boutiques Pierre Hermé Paris et chez de nombreux pâtissiers Relais Desserts, c'est l'occasion de déguster ces délicieuses pâtisseries rondes, moelleuses et croquantes, tout à la fois !

En France, mais aussi en Belgique, en Suisse, au Luxembourg et aux Pays-Bas, mais aussi aux Etats-unis et Japon, découvrez une palette infinie de saveurs sucrées et salées (retrouvez toutes nos adresses ici)."

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The fabulous 50s… as seen by Ken Russell

"Before he became Britain's most controversial film director, Ken Russell forged a career as a photographer, capturing the great eccentrics of his youth for posterity. His work features in two forthcoming exhibitions" The Observer

1950s: In Your Dreams
From the The Last of the Teddy Girls. This image shows 14-year-old Jean Rayner in the exploratory stage of Teddyism.

Autumn 1954: Rent Day
This photo was taken six years after the arrival of the Empire Windrush and the first Jamaican emigrants to the UK.

Autumn 1957: Feeding time
From the original caption: ‘Scenes inside Hill Hall, a women's open prison. Girls are given work to do in the gardens and the chicken runs and left to do it unsupervised, providing a moral challenge. Women with babies feed, bathe and settle them down while one acts as babysitter for the day. Some work in the shop or the laundry. Lunch is at 12 and at one, prisoners, staff and babies in prams walk in a crocodile through the surrounding lanes. There are periods of relaxation in the Great Hall or Library.’