Thursday, June 30, 2011

Custom 1956 Bentley S1 Ute At Auction In Australia

This classic started life in 1956 as a Bentley S1, purchased by the owner of a large retail chain before changing hands to the Earl of Stradbroke who had it converted to a pickup. The work was carried out in New South Wales, Australia, where they've always been bonkers for utes. They painted it yellow and gave it a woody-style pickup bed.
TheTrinity Grammar School is auctioning this custom vehicle at the Australian Auto Show on June 10 to raise funds to build a new library and are hoping it will fetch $23,600-$34,400US.

Link - via Clusterflock

Souviens toi que tu vas mourir, chair

Fiberglass skull chair by Pool. (translated :"Remember that you will die")
Via If It's Hip, It's Here

Free Nails!

Thanks Bruce!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tiny Royal Antelope

 I want one of these. Who wouldn't?

This tiny Royal Antelope calf was born at the San Diego Zoo on February 8th, weighing just 17 ounces. The smallest of the antelopes, these creatures only measure 10–12 inches high and 9–10 pounds when fully grown.
Link - Via I Have Seen The Whole Of The Internet

Vegan Black Metal Chef

Via Kottke

Judith G. Klausner Plays With Her Food

Embroidered toast

Cereal sampler

Oreo Cameo
Judith G. Klausner’s “From Scratch” project is delicious.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Shocking True Tale Of The Mad Genius Who Invented Sea-Monkeys

In a 2002 interview with Erik Lobo of Planet X magazine, Harold von Braunhut comes across as the kind of charming old guy who might detain you in conversation a bit too long if you were volunteering at a home for the aged. An inventor and entrepreneur who brought us legions of wonderfully gimmicky toys before he died, at 77, in 2003, von Braunhut holds forth about times gone by, interrupted only when his cockatoo chews at the wire connecting his hearing aid to the telephone.
Were you ever tempted to own these magnificent creatures. I was. They died of some sort of fungus. So long my bowlfull of happiness!
Read the story at The Awl

How Left and Right see the world

Today I Learned Something New

Monday, June 27, 2011

Drawing Beats

Via The Curious Brain

Mapping The Dead – Mexico’s Drug War

More than 40,000 dead in just over a year! Through the work I do I have heard horrendous stories from Mexicans seeking refugee status in Canada. This map illustrates the awful reality for those just trying to live a normal life there.

  • The RED balloons are civilians.
  • The RED balloons with a dot are politicians, and other high profile killings.
  • The BLUE balloons are police officers and soldiers (and other law enforcement).
  • The BLUE balloons with a dot are high ranking officers.
  • The YELLOW suns represent car bombs while the 2 GREEN people represent mass graves.

Link -- Via Everyday No Days Off

An Indelible Cold War Symbol

“My best salesmen are named Kennedy and Khrushchev”

--Home Fallout Shelter Salesman, 1961

In this well-researched piece CONELRAD Adjacent tracks the history of the fallout shelter sign.
Just as it would be difficult to imagine the Cold War without the Berlin Wall or the American-Soviet 'hotline,' it would be equally hard to consider this tumultuous era without the instantly recognizable National Fallout Shelter Sign. Beginning in 1961, this ubiquitous yellow and black sign with inverted triangular shapes began showing up on and in structures across the United States. The purpose of the sign was to alert the citizenry that space had been identified by the government for public shelter in the event of a nuclear attack.[ii]

Walk around any major American city today and you will still be able to see at least a few rusty Fallout Shelter Signs attached to buildings of a certain vintage.[iii] These distinctive metallic, reflective signs remain the most durable—literally and figuratively—symbol of the Cold War. But how did the sign come to be and who exactly was responsible for its creation?

Thanks for the interesting read Bruce!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Reykjavik Center Map

Welcome to Reykjavik! This interactive map has been created to let you explore Reykjavik's city centre like never before.
Via Notcot

Very Pretty Ascomycetes

various isolates of ascomycete fungi grown on agar nutrient plates

Link - Via A London Salmagundi

Michelle de la Vega's Garage Transformation

Transformation of an old garage into a 250 sq. ft. fully functioning living space with a sleeping loft. The majority of the fixtures and furnishing are custom built or salvaged, refurbished and repurposed by the designer/owner. 

 More pics at Michelle de la Vega's site - Via
Thanks Bruce!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Nancy LeVine's Portraits of Senior Dogs

I'm one of those who think old dogs are the best dogs. I love this collection of senior dogs across America.

Nancy LeVine - Via Metafilter

Mini kitchen

This miniscule kitchen designed by Adriano Conti, Corrado Galzio and Alex Innamorati might not appeal to the North American amateur chef but it's a design marvel.

See more pics at the Link - Via Notcot

Oldest Motor Plant In The World

Footage from the from the oldest motor plant in the world, founded in 1864 by Eugen Langen and August Otto. Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach also worked here from 1876. Now the building will be demolished to create space for a new cable factory...

Le Voyage Dans La Lune

A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune) is a 1902 French black-and-white silent science fiction film. I first saw it a number of years ago at an excellent exhibition at The Museum of Civilization in Quebec City that drew parallels between Moscow and Quebec City at the turn of the last century. I can't remember in what context this film was shown but it was weird enough to capture my attention.

It is based loosely on two popular novels of the time: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells.

The film was written and directed by Georges Méliès.  It was extremely popular at the time of its release and is the best-known of the hundreds of fantasy films made by Méliès. A Trip to the Moon is the first science fiction film, and uses innovative animation and special effects, including the well-known image of the spaceship landing in the moon’s eye.”


A map of the open country of woman's heart

Via coisas do arco da velha

Classic Campervans

If you've ever dreamt of owning a stylish retro van, the sexy beasts in My Cool Campervan, a new book by Jane Field-Lewis and Chris Haddon, might inspire you to take the plunge. Photographs by Tina Hillier
Ginetta car-camper

VW Westfalia Campmobile

BMC Princess

Citroën Nomad
See more very cool campers at - Via Frogsmoke

Nick Cave and Neko Case cover The Zombies’ ‘She’s Not There’

The original Zombies version of this song was the second 45 I bought when I was a kid in Lachine, Quebec (the first was the Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man). I still love both songs.

Dangerous Minds

Friday, June 24, 2011

RIP Peter Falk

Here Comes Madness

Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk “A Woman Under the Influence”

I saw this film when I was too young to understand it (although I thought I did). I think I'll watch it again.


Food Tribes

Throwing a dinner party has become too complicated.

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Who is Bernard Herrmann?

Who is Bernard Herrmann? You may not recognize his name but you probably know his music.
Herrmann wrote film scores—most notably, nine for Alfred Hitchcock, including Vertigo, North by Northwest, and The Man Who Knew Too Much. But despite his music’s indirect fame, Herrmann (whose centenary is June 29) has yet to get his due as a serious composer. And he was one.
Here's the Psycho anthem:

And the theme from Vertigo:

Read more at Paris Review

A Riot in a Jam Jar

British Artist James Cauty's small world re-enactments of riots in a jam jar are manageable civil disturbances. The piece below is titled Greenpeace Armageddon Factoid Riot.

More at this LINK - Via Superpunch

Thursday, June 23, 2011

How Feather Extensions Are Changing the Way Chickens Live (and Die)

Would people wear these feathers in their hair if they knew the birds were euthanized in order to harvest them and that the meat was fed to hogs or thrown away? Probably.

"Almost 30 years ago, Tom Whiting got some eggs from Henry Hoffman, a chicken farmer and breeder in Oregon, who had been raising 2,500 chickens in his backyard. Hoffman was a fly fisherman who was breeding the birds for their feathers—the long, skinny, variegated feathers that fishermen use for tying into flies.
Now, Whiting has apparently become something of an unwitting feather king. Steven Tyler and Miley Cyrus have snatched up his feathers, which are now retailing for hundreds of dollars more than their suggested price, mostly because of growing demand from hair salons and pet groomers."
More at GOOD

Skittles Brand Book

Hmm, strange.

More Skittles weirdness here

Bloggers Beware

What's eaten in Taiwan stays in Taiwan - unless you want to go to jail. Whatever you do don't mention the sodium content!

A court in Taiwan this week ruled against a female food-blogger who said a local restaurant's beef noodles 'were too salty,' and that she'd seen cockroaches scurrying around in the restaurant. She gets 30 days in detention, two years of probation, and must pay 200,000 Taiwanese dollars (about $7K US dollars) in compensation to the restaurant. The court didn't argue she was lying about the bugs, but ruled that 'Ms. Liu should not have criticized all the restaurant's food as too salty because she only had one dish on her single visit.'

I must be really cute...

Now That's Nifty

iBamboo Speaker

It's not available yet but it appeals to me.

iBamboo is a 100% eco-friendly speaker made from a whole length of bamboo. The natural resonance of the bamboo amplifies the sound produced by the iPhone’s built-in speaker. The sound waves move in two directions at once, intensifying the stereo effect created by the iPhone.

Link - Via A London Salmagundi

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Johnnie Walker Blue... Willow?

"As part of their design of a new 'experience space' in Shanghai for whisky brand Johnnie Walker, creative agency LOVE created a series of commemorative edition bottles, referencing the Chinese decorative style of blue and white porcelain..."

Link - Via Notcot

The Flip Flask

This wouldn't appeal to me unless I were really desperate for a drink and I had to be surreptitious - like if I were in detox.


Calling All Zombie Fans

Neatorama's zombie products: a set of refrigerator magnets shaped like a mix 'n match zombie, and two doorstops that look like squished zombies. Aren't they lovely?
Buy them at the NeatoShop

Child’s skull with adult teeth preparing to replace the baby ones

I thought this photo was creepy but on reflection it struck me that this was a little kid who died too young. Then it just seemed sad.


Dogs Win Push Car Race Against Humans

Go dogs!
Via Geekosystem

Emergency Underpants Dispenser

These could come in handy - just grab and go! They're sanitary too!
Link - Via Blort

Is Apple Ethically Challenged?

I have many Apple products and I love them but I have a bone to pick with the company. When I purchased my iPad I had to upgrade my MacBook to a new operating system while PC users were not required to upgrade. Doesn't it seem wrong to gouge loyal customers?
‘Hungry Beast’ TV Series investigated the work ethics of the world’s biggest tech company and found them lacking. The ethical questions raised in this video are far more serious than my mini beef.

Apple - Beast File from Duncan Elms on Vimeo.

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