Tuesday, August 31, 2010

We Want It!

Toronto ad for waste electronics collection

Comedy Central

Get that damn song out of your head!

We created this site for those of you that have a song stuck in your head and you can't get it out no matter what you do. Using the latest techniques in reverse-auditory-melodic-unstickification technology, we've been able to allow our users to 'unhear' songs by hearing equally catchy songs.

Unhear it

Duty Calls


Monday, August 30, 2010

Hipster Dinosaurs

Musician Molly Lewis has gone through a bunch of old coloring books and exposed dinosaurs for the tweed-wearing, PBR-sipping hipsters that we always knew they were.


I was not an actress but rather a victim of degradation

October, 1986: In response to an autograph request from a fan, actress Linda Boreman (aka Linda Lovelace) writes the following angry note.

More at Letters of Note

Kate Cusack's Saran Wrap Marie Antoinette Wigs

Crafted entirely from the common household film—we’re pretending she gleaned her supplies from the aftermath of a block-party potluck—the wigs are a testament to the power of imagination. “There is an exciting ‘a-ha’ moment when someone realizes that there is more to my design then they initially expected,” Cusack says. “I create polished, elegant work that the viewer can appreciate in a serious way, but then when the viewer notices whatever the object is made out of, it surprises them and brings a smile to their face.”


Sunday, August 29, 2010

1:18 Scale Emerson House

I would have killed for one of these when I was a kid. Still might.
This isn't your traditional run of the mill dollhouse. Newly listed, the Emerson House is the perfect home for the modern family. The home has six rooms including a living room, kitchen, library/office, master bedroom, bathroom and child's bedroom. With its large, open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Emerson House enjoys year-round sunlight. The modern house features many extras including mitered-glass corners, two fireplaces, sliding glass doors, working solar panels on the roof, and recessed LED lights.

Things Organized Neatly

You probably don't know that I am a bit of a neat freak. In fact I am Felix to Mr. Nag's Oscar. I'm far from obsessive compulsive but I cannot turn out the light at night if anything is out of place in the bedroom. This blog appeals to that side of me.

Things Organized Neatly

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Torture Classics

TC Infomercial TV Spot from TORTURECLASSICS
The United States Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency has made extensive use of sonic interrogation techniques, ie. torture by music, in facilities like Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, Kandahar, Bagram Detention Center and numerous “black sites” scattered around the globe. Such Interrogation techniques, combined with sleep deprivation, hard treatment, water-boarding, air deprivation and other notorious forms of torture, has been legalized under special provision of the United States Department of Justice and the White House under both the Bush and Obama administrations and continues to be used today.

The actual music used in TORTURE CLASSICS has been reported by both prison guards and released inmates (Binyam Mohamed and Donald Vance, tortured with music for 76 days) and includes Top 40 hits, Metal, Hard Rock, Country and Western, TV theme-songs and commercial jingles, as well as original “mash-ups” created by CIA agents, prison administrators, guards and interrogators.

More here

Building by the Block

Patrick Chirico’s “Build Your Block” pillow set is based on Brooklyn brownstones but you can also order custom ones of your hood.

Building by the Block

How Wings Are Attached To The Backs Of Angels

Craig Welch takes viewers inside a surreal, meticulously crafted world to meet a mysterious protagonist and his otherworldly visitor.

In this surreal exposition, we meet a man, obsessed with control. His intricate gadgets manipulate yet insulate, as his science dissects and reduces. How exactly are wings attached to the back of angels? In this invented world drained of emotion, where everything goes through the motions, he is brushed by indefinite longings. Whether he can transcend his obsessions and fears is the heart of the matter. A film without words.

Thanks Bruce!

Giant Game of Operation Made of Dominos


Friday, August 27, 2010

Betty Boop for President

The Chawed Rosin

Marianne Faithfull: Girl on a Motorcycle

When I was young one of my hopeless dreams was to look like Marianne Faithful. Wasn't she beautiful? Weird flick though.

Dangerous Minds

Accompanist Needed.

Some of my singing engagements take place late at night, in the homes of strangers, without audiences or music, and may appear to be elaborate art or jewel heists. For engagements like this, the accompanist may be called on to pick locks, crack safes, break windows silently and jump over large, sometimes barb-wire topped fences with me riding piggy-back at all times.

Accompanist must possess a thorough knowledge of the canine psyche in order to tame six to eight guard dogs simultaneously and then retrain them to attack their masters in under two minutes. Ideally, to keep everything music-themed, the taming/re-training would be done with a flute.

More hilarity at McSweeney's Internet Tendency


Embroidery, the manly art!
Men who embroider or knit unite! Men can sew, too. Don't forget it!
MANBROIDERY a set on Flickr
Via Blort

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Let's Do The Bunny Hop!

 Who knew there was competitive bunny jumping? Those wacky Danes!

Canada, eh?

Maxence Cyrin

The focus of Maxence Cyrin’s work is twofold. First he creates piano equivalents of (semi) contemporary pop songs before setting the arrangements to scenes taken from classic/cult films. The results are wonderful re-interpretations, not only of the music, but also of its original visual accompaniment. Featured is Cyrin’s cover of The Pixies’ Where Is My Mind, set to various scenes taken from The Mysterious Lady, a silent film starring Greta Garbo, first released in 1928.

It’s Nice That

Muppet Name Etymology

Laughing Squid

The Beatles ‘A Day In The Life’ (2009 Stereo Remaster)

Rolling Stone magazine has rated the greatest 100 Beatles' songs. The 1967 track "A Day in the Life" written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney topped the list that was released on Wednesday.

Dangerous Minds

Niemeyer Chocolate

A chocolate bar designed by 103 year old Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. I want to lie on it.
Cool Hunting

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Incredibly Beautiful Japanese Manhole Covers

Leave it to the Japanese to turn something we usually consider an eyesore, into an incredibly beautiful work of art. Painted with tree resin, these awesome manhole covers are part of a 20-year beautification program commissioned by local cities, and depict everything from fairy tales, local fauna, to Japanese manga characters.
My Modern Metropolis

Animals In War Memorial London

This monument is a powerful and moving tribute to all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century.

Movie In Haiku

A Clockwork Orange Haiku
Violent, troubled.
Goes too far one night. Caught, changed?
I was cured all right.

More movies in haiku at Popped Culture


Make a Dalek from an egg. First you need an egg and a lathe. It's already too complicated for me...

"Welcome to my new empire Doctor. It is only fitting that you should bear witness to the resurrection and triumph of Davros. Lord and creator of the Dalek race." 

Via Mark's Scrapbook of Oddities & Treasures

Vintage Polaroids come to life

This video is very eerie.

it's a small world from axel roessler on Vimeo.
I post so many links from Dangerous Minds you probably think they're paying me. They're not. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Police try to identify 20 railway bodies

Police are hoping to use artist's impressions to identify some of the unclaimed bodies found on Britain's rail network in the last 35 years.
Artist Sharon McDonagh has drawn pictures of 20 of the deceased.
None of them is believed to have been the victim of foul play and most were hit by trains.
More at BBC News

Bull Charges Crowd at Bullfight

This is what happens when you torment and torture a very large animal. Go bull!

Swinging London

Dangerous Minds

Awesome old school NYC subway photos

Photos of old school New York before they switched over to the subway trains that couldn’t be graffitied on.
More at Dangerous Minds

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Protect Yourself with the James Brown Car Alarm


The History Of The Internet

MBA Online
Via: MBA Online

Kodak Color

I knew that this little piece of footage was in good hands. I learned that the flicker that you will see is a result of two different things. First, early cameras were hand cranked, or hand wound, to feed the film through. This could result in slight variations in speed. Second, there could be uneven densities in the film itself because of its age. These two physical characteristics combine to produce the "flicker" that you see. There are digital enhancements that can be made to address this but we thought it better to keep this in its original form.

I wonder, who were the ladies in this test? Were they Kodak employees? What kind of lives did they lead? Those questions are lost to the ages.

The world's best countries

This study ranks nations by health, education, economy, and politics across the globe. Canada ranks 7th.
Link - Via Holy Kaw!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I'm Voting Tea Party

I'm Voting Tea Party brand t-shirts by Jeremy Kalgreen

3-Year-Old Recites the poem “Litany” by Billy Collins

This is amazing!

Here is the text:

“You are the bread and the knife,
the crystal goblet and the wine.
You are the dew on the morning grass
and the burning wheel of the sun.
You are the white apron of the baker,
and the marsh birds suddenly in flight.

However, you are not the wind in the orchard,
the plums on the counter,
or the house of cards.
And you are certainly not the pine-scented air.
There is just no way that you are the pine-scented air.

It is possible that you are the fish under the bridge,
maybe even the pigeon on the general’s head,
but you are not even close
to being the field of cornflowers at dusk.

And a quick look in the mirror will show
that you are neither the boots in the corner
nor the boat asleep in its boathouse.

It might interest you to know,
speaking of the plentiful imagery of the world,
that I am the sound of rain on the roof.

I also happen to be the shooting star,
the evening paper blowing down an alley
and the basket of chestnuts on the kitchen table.

I am also the moon in the trees
and the blind woman’s tea cup.
But don’t worry, I’m not the bread and the knife.
You are still the bread and the knife.
You will always be the bread and the knife,
not to mention the crystal goblet and—somehow—the wine.”

Via Libraryland

1946 Spacelander Bicycle

This is bloody awesome! Only 522 were produced. Pity.
British born Benjamin Bowden originally designed the futurist Spacelander bicycle for the “Britain Can Make It” exhibition in 1946. Conceived in aluminum, the dynamic form featured a direct drive hub dynamo that stored the downhill energy and released it on uphill runs. The originally prototype for the exhibit was hand-made by the MG Auto Company. Due to the expense of manufacture, the bike did not go into production until 1960, when Bomard Industries of Grand Haven, Michigan contracted with Bowden to create the finished product. The final design was produced in fiberglass and built-in headlight and taillights were added.
Via The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys

Monday, August 16, 2010

Penguins Chasing a Butterfly



"Go late!": A Night-Club Map of Harlem

It’s the 1930s, and while elsewhere in the world evil people are poring over maps with plans for plunder and dreams of conquest, cartography is serving a more benign purpose in Harlem, New York City. This Night-Club Map of Harlem is a chart of the fun to be had in the cultural capital of black America, circa 1932.
Strange Maps

Know Your Ages of Consent


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Cats Posing With Outdated Office Equipment

 The photo above reminds me of one I took of my cat, Joyce (below)

Uncertain Times

Cat Fashion Show at The Algonquin Hotel

 This Cat Fashion Show was part of the 15th birthday celebration for Matilda, the resident cat at the Algonquin Hotel

Laughing Squid

Alcohol Infused Whipped Cream

Desserts just got a whole lot more grown-up with the introduction of Cream, the alcohol-infused whipped cream created by Kingfish Spirits of Cleveland, OH. With Cherry, Vanilla, Caramel, Raspberry, and Chocolate flavors, you can mix and match flavors to create the perfect recipe.

Cool Hunting

Thursday, August 12, 2010

John Lennon reads about Brian Jones death, 1969

Dangerous Minds

Résurrection des Mannequins

In 1938, the writer André Breton (1896-1966) and poet Paul Éluard (1895-1952) organized the Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme at the Galerie Beaux-Arts in Paris. Each of fifteen artists were given a dressmaker's mannequin as their canvas and encouraged to transform the figure in any way they desired. The artists included (in order of appearance in this video) Salvador Dalí, Óscar Dominguez, Marcel Duchamp, Léo Malet, André Masson, Joan Miró, Wolfgang Paalen, Kurt Seligmann, Yves Tanguy, Marcel Jean, Max Ernst, Espinoza, Maurice Henry, Sonia Mossé, and Man Ray.

Dalek Birthday Cake

I know a Dr. Who fan who has a birthday coming up....

Geeks Are Sexy

Bustier Chairs

A collaborative project between La Perla and the De Ponte Studio (an architectural and lighting design studio) resulted in an unusual environment in which a collection of furniture designs incorporating La Perla's sexy lingerie were displayed. The following pieces were designed to be showcased as part of a this special sensorial environment, Sensoreal, designed for Salone del Mobile 2010.

If It's Hip, It's Here

Mom & Dad


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Famous Faces Stationery

A kitschy new line of stationary, Takkoda's Famous Faces series features freakishly adorable pets dressed up as popular celebrities. The collection includes journals, bookmarks and greeting cards, each with stoic faces ironically mocking their silly appearance.

Via Cool Hunting

Coordinate your colours

No doubt there are others like this out there but I just discovered this neat colour-chooser tool at Elegance code

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Color Photos of The Great Depression

The Denver Post’s “Captured” Plog has an amazing gallery of color photos from The Great Depression shot by photographers from the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information between 1936 and 1943.

Cat Power

Cat Power - Cross Bones Style Music Video from Brett Vapnek


Small Town Noir

The mug shots on this site were all taken in New Castle, Pennsylvania, between 1930 and 1959, and were rescued from the trash when the town's police department threw them out. The information that has been used to reconstruct the stories behind the pictures comes mostly from old copies of the local paper, the New Castle News.

Ratpack Pics

Forget the movie, let’s pull the job!” Frank Sinatra joked upon hearing the plot for Ocean’s 11, the Vegas heist flick that opened 50 years ago today (Aug. 10, 1960) and went on to become the Rat Pack’s signature big-screen adventure. It’s no wonder Sinatra and his kindred crew of high-living, hard-drinking, skirt-chasing buddies — Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop — were gassed to make such a movie: Just like their characters, they loved a good caper.
 Link - Via Nerdcore

Russian Dolls Ad

BC Dairy Foundation "Russian Dolls" from Bent Image Lab on Vimeo.
Design: Tribal DDB and Bent Image Lab
Directors: Rob Shaw and Chel White
Client: BC Dairy Foundation
Date: 2009

Monday, August 09, 2010

The flowchart of Should You Make a Flowchart

Mind's Mural

Wright's touch brought Fox Point home to life

It was a sub-zero day in February 1946, and Albert 'Ollie' Adelman stood at the door of the most famous architect in America.

Adelman had left his Plymouth running to keep the car warm. Equipped with a list of what he needed in a new house, he asked the housekeeper who answered the door for just 15 minutes of Frank Lloyd Wright's time.

'I introduced myself and said I would like to see Mr. Wright for 15 minutes - that's all I need him for,' Adelman recalls.

Adelman, who retired as chairman of the Adelman Travel Group last year, and his wife, Edie, then had three sons, Lynn, Gary and Craig, all under age 5. They'd met as college students at Northwestern, on a blind date.

'The second date we went on, I said, 'You know, I'm going to marry you when I get out of school. I'm just telling ya,' ' Adelman says. 'She said she'd have to think that over.'

They lived in a Shorewood duplex with one bathroom. His wife had begun to ask her husband just when they were going to get a bigger house. Ollie Adelman would later write in an aptly titled autobiography, 'All Things Are Possible,' that he and his wife wanted 'something different from the usual colonial home. . . . I didn't want to live in a cracker box.

More at

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Happy 73rd birthday Dustin Hoffman

Canada, eh?

Cemetery Prank


Which Illegal Activities Get A Pass From You?

There are all sorts of illegal activities that we consider benign:

What about people who pay for admission to one movie at the multiplex and then hop to another screen to make it a double feature for the price of one.

Does stealing toilet paper or office supplies from the workplace really count as stealing?

Also, that office pool for March Madness might not be legal; same with that $50 buy-in poker game you and your pals have every Tuesday night.

And what about those bastards who jaywalk?
What sorts of illegal activities do you ignore?
Read more at The Consumerist