Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Lost Beatles Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964-1966

A rare and revealing look at the iconic band through a series of intimate, never-before-seen photographs taken during The Beatles’ three U.S. tours.
The photos were taken by The Fab Four’s tour manager, Bob Bonis, who carried his Leica M3 camera everywhere, capturing pockets of wonderfully candid private moments tucked beneath the band’s overscheduled, overexposed public selves.

Noma Bar's Negative Space Illustrations

Noma Bar classic: Negative Space — an anthology of Bar’s most compelling work from various high-profile magazines, commenting on some of today’s most pressing sociopolitical issues with the artist’s signature provocative subtlety.
Thanks Bruce!

50 Easy April Fool's Day Pranks

4. Put food coloring in the hand soap dispenser.

3. Put an ad in the paper for a garage sale at someone’s house beginning at 6 a.m.

2. Buy some underwear, write a co-worker’s name in them, then leave them on the floor of the office bathroom.

1. Install the Blue Screen of Death screen-saver on someone’s computer.

More pranks at Now That's Nifty

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mad Mr. Men

Long ago I loved Mr. Men. Now I love Mad Men.

Popped Culture

Cocktail Chemistry: Parsing The Bloody Mary

A visualization of the flavors in a typical bloody mary
Chemist NeilDa Costa has analyzed each ingredient of the Bloody Mary, and the cocktail as whole and presented his findings at a meeting of the American Chemical Society. 
With gas and liquid chromatography, Da Costa isolated the wide variety of compounds that give the bloody mary its unique flavor. The drink covers much of the taste spectrum: sweet, salty, sour and umami — the savory taste of glutamic acid.
What's worth taking away from this? Good tomato juice is a must but cheap vodka is okay and a Bloody Mary must always be served very cold.

Bloody Mary aficionado, Ernest Hemingway, agreed, "He jotted down at the bottom of his recipe, "Whole trick is to keep it very cold."

Shots - Health Blog : NPR - Via

Fallen Angels

My friend Prodigal has posted some of his lovely photos on his blog. This one was taken at a tiny temple between Tanjore Trichy in India. The figures are offerings to the deities.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Is the glass half-full or half-empty: College Major Edition


Ducked and Covered

This early 1980s film by the Australian Board of Civil Defence tells how to live through a nuclear holocaust. 

Ducked and Covered: A Survival Guide to the Post Apocalypse from Nathaniel Lindsay 
Broken into four chapters, the film guides wary survivors through the trials that will await them in the post apocalypse. From post-apocalyptic fashion and unique uses for surplus human skulls, to becoming a local warlord and avoiding radioactive mutants, there is something for all dwellers of the wastelands. 
Via Kuriositas

The reason T-Rex is so angry.

Sober in a Nightclub

The Pathology of Inactive Life

Interesting use of the famous historical illustrations of Andreas Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica at Street Anatomy. I fear I have Chronic Computerosis and  Deskorheea as well.

Wheels of Change: How The Bicycle Empowered Women

National Geographic‘s Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) tells the riveting story of how the two-wheel wonder pedaled forward the emancipation of women in late-nineteenth-century America and radically redefined the normative conventions of femininity.

Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel.” ~ Susan B. Anthony, 1896

Via Brain Pickings
Thanks Bruce!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Prince Harry, George Clooney and More Famous Best Men in Weddings

Prince Harry threw his brother William a stag night, George Clooney stood up next to Richard Kind, and Sinatra supported Sammy Davis Jr. View photos of  stars in the wedding party at The Daily Beast

Howard Hughes and Cary Grant

William Holden and Ronald Reagan
George Clooney and Richard Kind

Luke Haynes' Manly Quilts

Manly, yes, but I like them too.

Link - Via If It's Hip It's Here

100 Worlds Project | Sculptures by Ron Miriello

100 Worlds Project is an exhibition of globe-inspired sculptures made by Ron Miriello, in collaboration with a community of craftsmen, makers, photographers and amici.
A 1950s aerospace caliper transformed into a globe armature in the hands of a talented metalsmith. 
When welder Seth Collins offered me his worn saw blade he said, “ I think there’s one of your worlds wound up tight in here.”
Why had I been keeping a Canadian 5-pin bowling ball, a plumb bob and a gear chase I found at the Black Hole in New Mexico? 

Link - Via Fubiz

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Regrets, I’ve had a few (but not too few to mention)

The research has just been published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science and was carried out by psychologists Mike Morrison and Neal Roese who used random dialling to call people and survey them about a troubling regret.

Darkness and Cherry Pie

That duplicitous terrain was captured in a map drawn by David Lynch himself, meant to set the scene for ABC executives about to see the series’ pilot episode. As a type, this map is indebted to the adventure book endpaper map (4) and, more generally, to any hand-drawn itinerary: it sacrifices accuracy for detail, enhancing the elements of the landscape that are relevant to the story.

‘Monterey Pop’ film maker Richard Leacock R.I.P.

Leacock also filmed this interview with film icon Louise Brooks.
Dangerous Minds

I'm rooting for the kitty

Link - Via Uncertain Times

Zoomorphic Collection - Taxidermic Antiquities

Animal objects that were made for human use.

Lifted from Cool Hunting

Matthew Cusick's Map Collages

My Modern Metropolis has posted some more of Matthew Cusick's meticulously detailed map art as well as an interview with the artist.

Link to the artist's page.

Mumbai Skateboards

Tobias Megerle came up with the idea to let a dozen Mahim woodcarvers from Mumbai to produce their own traditional skateboards. The results are beautiful.

Link- Via Blort

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I'm terribly busy

I work for a Member of Parliament and we are now in the midst of a federal election campaign. I will be working dreadfully long hours and will try my level best to provide you with the service to which you've become accustomed :-).  Be patient my friends - it's just a few weeks.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Grieving For My Dog

Lee was everyone’s favorite dog in part because she didn’t make it easy for you to like her. She was stubborn and needy and scared of almost everything: kids, loud noises, basketballs and footballs, dancing — any sudden movement, really — and cats. She wouldn’t fetch. She barked, loudly, when people were having sex. When friends came over she would insist on being petted and if they stopped she would nudge them with her head, sometimes so hard that people who were holding glasses of wine spilled it on themselves.
Stories like this one make me sad. Why is it that I so love reading them? Am I mad?
More at

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Last Expo

Poor little paintings! An artist spent time creating them; perhaps they hung in someone's living room and were gazed on with affection. Now they're trash.

Plastic Toys with Funny Captions

Link to Aled Lewis Via My Modern Metropolis

Taxi Driver/ the Godfather

DeNiro Taxi Driver Contact Sheet (1975) Steve Schapiro
In 1971, Francis Ford Coppola started work on The Godfather, one of the most acclaimed films ever made. Steve Schapiro, then a 37 year old established photojournalist whose clients included Life, Look, Time, Newsweek and film studios, was hired by Paramount as the special photographer for the film. This title gave Schapiro unprecedented access to one of the most stellar casts ever assembled, photographing whichever film scenes he chose, capturing the memorable moments often cited when referencing this film, including the whisper and Marlon Brando with the cat.
More at Steve Schapiro - Via gmtPlus 9 (-15)

Happy National Puppy Day!

We had multi generations of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and loved them dearly. The two below look like Violet and her son Dash, the love of my life.
Via The Hairpin

Don't get pompous with me

Having recently been interviewed for Rolling Stone in 1996, an angryHunter S. Thompson writes a heated letter to his good friend and long-time collaborator, illustrator Ralph Steadman, and threatens to sever their relationship. Steadman's sturdy response is golden.
Owl Farm

Dear Ralph,

It never occurred to me that Jann was going to publish those ugly, denigrating cartoons you spit out a few months ago about my internal organs. I thought you had sent them to me as just another one of our shared hideous jokes. How the fuck did Jann get his hands on them?

In any case, I'm about to sever all relationship(s) with him -- and with You, if necessary -- if he prints that pasty bag of insults in RS. You might enjoy that Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas "celebration" in New York next month, but you'll enjoy it without me. Maybe you can do a cute cartoon about vultures feeding on my (absent) carcass.

Well.... your FAX isn't working tonight, so I can't send this stuff thru to you. Very clever, Ralph. But if yr. (admittedly) artistic cartoons of me appear in RS this week, you and I have had our last Scotch together.

Thanx for the laughs. Yrs,

Read Ralph's response and see the offending illustration at Letters of Note

Skeleton Espresso Cup Stack

Coming soon to Luna & Curious - Via Who Killed Bambi

Joan Crawford,Pepsi Mogul

Better late than never: Joan Crawford, Academy Award winning actress, was born March 23, 1905. Before her death in 1977 she had time to serve on the Board of Pepsi Cola, as documented by formidable photographer, Eve Arnold…

Get the goods at Ordinary finds

Pure Water Vision


EcoArt uses art as a platform for drawing attention to the environment and surrounding issues. Their altruistic endeavor aims to inspire creativity that will raise awareness through various events and exhibitions, such as their current show Pure Water Vision. Featuring a collection of works from the ten finalists of the Acea EcoArt 2010 Pure Water Vision competition, artists explore the relationship between man, water and the environment through photography, video, painting, sculpture or performance.

Japan’s Child Friendly Nuclear Cartoon

I'm not sure what to think about this.
Via Cakehead Loves Evil

From now on I'll call it fuel.

I wonder how much wine I'd need to get me through a couple of hours of blogging - I'd better have an extra glass to make sure I don't run out of energy.
Link - Thanks Bruce (not that I need encouragement)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Isabelle Boinot Broderies

Link - Via Blort

Spoilers from 71 films

You've been warned.
Via Kottke

Spin Without Sin

"A new exercise class, Pole Fitness for Jesus, is inviting Christian women in a small Texas town to spin without sin for the Lord.
'God gives us these bodies, and they are supposed to be our temples and we are supposed to take care of them,' instructor Crystal Dean told ABC affiliate KTRK-TV. 'And that's what we are doing.'"

The Manifesto Manifesto

Via swissmiss

A Marine map and Description of the Northern Lands and of their Marvels

From Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus - the earliest comprehensive history of Scandinavia, written and illustrated byOlaus Magnus, published in 1555.

Via Uncertain Times