Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve Then and Now

Via Neatorama

Try my special Champagne Cocktail


Monkey In A Ski Suit Wins Prestigious Prize For Magazine

Joshua Paul, a photographer for SKI Magazine was facing big challenges on an assignment to photograph a potential site for the 2014 Olympic Games at Krasnaya Polyana in the Caucasus Mountains. The location was a total dud and Paul was not capturing the shots he'd hoped for until a guy with a monkey in a ski suit showed up.

The shot above won SKI Magazine, Time Inc.’s Magazine of the year. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

How to Throw a Party Like a Famous Artist

Salvador Dalí threw this Night in a Surrealist Forest party at the Bali Room of the Hotel Del Monte in Monterey, California as a fundraiser for European artists displaced by the war. There he is, flanked by giant “flaps” in the image of his face, serving Mrs. Dalí who is wearing a unicorn’s head and feeding a baby lion with a bottle, while Bob Hope is perplexed because something odd is happening with a woman’s shoe.

Al Capone's Prison Cell

one big photo Via Fancy

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Junk Drawer Art Project

Do you have a junk drawer that looks like this?

Well I don't! This is only because I made cleaning out my numerous junk drawers a priority once I left work and had more time on my hands. I actually had to search Google images to find a messy junk drawer. That felt good!

If you have a disgusting junk drawer in your home you could clean it out like I did or, if that sounds like too much effort, you could donate it to art!

Pennies, Band Aids & Safety Pins wants your junk drawers to add to their installation examining the personal objects people keep hidden there. The installation will consist of dressers presented like historical artifacts or museum displays.

Via Good

3 years ago I gave my tech unsavvy mom a budget camera....

This guy bought his mum a cheap camera, all that he could afford at the time. He was blown away by the images she's captured and wants to buy her a DSLR. What do you think?

I think he should buy her the camera.

More at Imgur Via Bruce

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Helen Frankenthaler, Abstract Painter, Dies at 83

Helen Frankenthaler, the lyrically abstract painter whose technique of staining pigment into raw canvas helped shape an influential art movement in the mid-20th century, and who became one of the most admired artists of her generation, died on Tuesday at her home in Darien, Conn. She was 83.

More at and Artnet

Vietnam War POW blinks “Torture” in Morse code during an interview

Jeremiah Denton who in a 1966 interview, while captive, was compelled to say that conditions for American soldiers were good.

But while saying audibly that everything was fine, he blinked a message in Morse code: “T-O-R-T-U-R-E.”

NOTL's Queen Street leads in national online competition

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE — Queen St. in Niagara-on-the-Lake is leading the competition for Canada's best street.

The Great Places in Canada contest, hosted by the Canadian Institute of Planners, allows Canadians to vote for their favourite locations across the country.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

XMas Zoo Toronto

This time-lapse video by Ben Lean captures the last minute Christmas shopping frenzy in Toronto's Eaton Centre and the Distillery District.
Via Blog TO

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Twelve Shoppers of Christmas

Which shopper are you? I admit that this year I'm the Cash-ier.

Holiday Card by Malcolm Sutherland - NFB

Lovely animated card.

Animated Holiday Card 2011 by Malcolm Sutherland - NFB

DIY Snow Machine

I'm thrilled that we haven't seen snow yet in my neck of the woods but I was nonetheless impressed with this contraption. It would be fun to surprise little children with a white Christmas.

There are a whole lot of how to make it instructions here - Via Dude Craft

The saddest thing I've ever heard on an airplane

I've never heard anyone talk like this on a flight I've taken but I'd think it was sad if they did.

More about airplane travel at The Oatmeal

Binary marble adding machine

The core of the invention is a modification of the divide by two flipflop to retain the marble that falls off the right side, and keep it until the flipflop is flipped to the left by the next marble.

Read more about how the binary marble adding machine works.
Thanks Bruce!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mike The Writer Guy

1001 Nights created by my friend Mike Erskine-Kellie aka insect heartthrob, Avery Ant, is airing soon on Teletoon.


Cat Soothes Crying Baby

So sweet. Stewie the feline babysitter comforts a little baby. That will cost the parents extra when they come home from their night of wild partying.


How to Spot a Communist

Some are easy to spot but beware of those communists who don't show their real faces!
Via Miss C Recommends

Writers and Artists Design Money Fit For Modern Times

Global economic meltdown, the euro crisis and Occupy protests – this year has been dominated by financial issues. But what is money anyway? We invited writers and artists including Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood and Naomi Klein to invent new currencies and banknotes for a changed world.
Jonathan Franzen ‘Adorned with edangered or extinct species in denominations such as $6.66, the real value of $10 with environmental costs factored in.’

Alasdair Gray Banknote Design for Sat Review

OWS This ‘No Dollars’ note designed by Stephen Barnwell won the Occupy Movement’s protest currency competition

Margaret Atwood. Banknote Design for Sat Review

See more at - Via Notcot

Kim Jong Il Tattoo

Want one? Me neither.

Via Cakehead Loves Evil

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Bacon and Eggnog Cookies

What’s Christmas-y? Fruit cake…mint…eggnog…eggnog! Alright, booze in a cookie is a good start, but what goes with eggnog besides nothing? Hmmm, eggnog. What is nog anyway? Wait…nog…egg. What goes with eggs? Bacon!!! So Bacon and Eggnog Cookies were born.
These sound interesting.

Read the recipe at Foodbeast
Thanks Bruce!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Moscow Protest From Above

Click here for larger image

Approximately 50 thousand people gathered at Bolotnaya Square, Moscow, to protest against alleged electoral fraud and the ruling party.

Microscopic Images of Alcoholic Drinks

All of these impressive photos of alcoholic beverages under a microscope uncover the elements that make up some of our preferred tipples. Similar to photos of snowflakes, each and every beverage is unique, while observed below when zoomed about 1, 000 times under a high tech lab microscope. Created by United States company Bevshots, these are available as artworks for potential buyers which recognize the concealed beauty of alcoholic beverages.
Vodka and Tonic



See more at Via Lori

RIP Cesaria Evora

Cesaria Evora, who started singing as a teenager in the bayside bars of Cape Verde in the 1950s and won a Grammy in 2003 after she took her African islands music to stages across the world, died today at 70.

The Cat Who Climbed the Matterhorn

On Sept. 7, 1950, the London Times reported that a 10-month-old kitten had climbed the Matterhorn.
The black-and-white kitten lived in the Hotel Belvedere at 10,820 feet, where he would watch departing alpinists as they left for the summit. One morning, apparently, he decided to follow them...
Read more at Futility Closet.

(The photo above is my kitty, Joyce, who has not to the best of my knowledge climbed the Matterhorn.)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Manly Rules for Naming Man’s Best Friend

The Art of Manliness gives advice to all you dudes out there who can't figure out what name to give your puppy. Fido, Spot, Toto, Lassie, Snoopy, Buddy, etc. are all unacceptable.  Likewise Bieber. 
Read the post to see which canine names get a thumbs up.


Part dog, part gun, all cop!

39 Degrees North Presents: GUNDOG

Via The Awesomer

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The T-shirt Already Knows

I received this link in my inbox today. WTF?

Like your destiny, Mother's Psychic T-shirts are one of a kind. Each one has been individually predicted by Lucinda Clare and printed with a personal prophecy, which will only be revealed when the T-shirt is in your hands.
Apparently all will be revealed after you forward £100. 

Color by Tom Sachs

A comprehensive manual for color use but it may lose viewers who don't have 26+ minutes to spend watching the video.

Tom Sachs: Working to Code Via Book of Joe

Judgmental Bookseller Ostrich Meme

More here

The Elizabeth Taylor Collection

Elizabeth Taylor's legendary jewelry collection went on the auction block at Christie's on December 13 and fetched 21,303,575 U.S. 
BVLGARI emerald and diamond necklace fetched $6,130,500US

Night of the Iguana brooch by Tiffany went for $1,202,5000

    I wonder which of these will appear under the Christmas tree chez Nag.
    Thanks Bruce!

    Wednesday, December 14, 2011

    Extreme Buy Local Projects

    BrightFarms builds and operates greenhouses on the rooftops of chain supermarkets. eliminating time, distance and cost from the food supply chain.

     Paul Lightfoot  from BrightFarms on Vimeo.

    Take A Photo

    The concept of this social experiment was simple. Leave a disposable camera in public and see how people reacted and/or used it. These are our results. Everyone has a different perspective.
    Seen here

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

    The General Electric Partio

    I'm a fan of oversized vintage appliances and the Partio is a humdinger with a portable stove, oven, rotisserie, and charcoal BBQ grill, all in one and it also belonged to former US President Eisenhower! How's that for appliance provenance?

    Fukushima "No Go" Zone

    On March 11 of this year a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. Since that time the plight of the victims has often been in my thoughts - the heroic nuclear power workers who stayed on to try to contain the damage, the elderly who refused to leave and accepted their fate, the animals who were left behind. A series of documentary photos of the no-go zone by Pierpaolo Mittica shows us what remains in the wake of this disaster.

    Animal activist in search of abandoned animals in Odaka city, from the series Fukushima
     "No Go" Zone.

    Mister Matsumoto, Yakuza member and TEPCO contractor is praying on his family grave,
     from the series Fukushima "No Go" Zone.

    Despite the massive contamination, life still goes on inside the “No-Go Zone” and many stories between life and death are still inside. The story is still ongoing…

    Monday, December 12, 2011

    Chauvet Cave Art

    Pictures of animals drawn some 35,000 years ago in the Ardeche region of France help us understand the origins of art. Painted during the Ice Age they are thought to be almost twice as old as the more famous drawings in Lascaux.

    Via Coolio's

    PB&J Candy Bar

    A 3 oz chocolate dipped PB&J for those that like such things. $7.00 at Liddabit Sweets.

    Via bookofjoe

    If I Only Had A Brain

    Oh well, I'll settle for a brain hat.

    A London Salmadundi

    Sunday, December 11, 2011


    Frequent contributor Bruce sent me this post from Futility Closet. Posture earrings "nag" the wearer to hold their head erect. Alternatively they could hire this nag to do the job.

    “Much simpler and easier to use for maintaining and attaining good posture than the old bothersome method of carrying a heavy book upon the person’s head.”

    Junkmail Snowflakes

    michele made me illustrates how to cut unwanted junk mail into these beautiful snowflakes. Creative recycling!
    Via Quiddity