Friday, August 31, 2012

Pony Porn

I'm almost embarrassed to post this video by PonySutra Productions.

Via Cheezburger

Popeye and Betty Boop

This is for Mr. Nag who loves these old cartoons.

Via everlasting blort 


Finnish graphic designer Vladimir Stankovic has created a beautiful series of illustrated natural history animated GIFs entitled 'cephalopodoptera'.

These fantasy species of insects and mollusks live in the deepest underwater caves of oceans worldwide, waiting to be discovered..

Much more at Designboom

Wallets Made From Baseball Gloves

 In honor of the sport that inspired its line of leather goods in 1941, Coach has released limited-edition wallets from 70-year-old vintage baseball gloves.

Via Recyclart

Olive Oatman

Olive Oatman (1837-1903) was a woman from Illinois who was abducted by a Native American tribe and sold to another tribe (the Mohave people). She regained her freedom five years later. Olive’s face was given prominent blue tattooing by her captors.
Read her fascinating story at Wikipedia.

More photos at Retronaut

Edward Needlearms

No needles required for the craft of arm knitting.

Via Dude Craft

100 Year Old Lightbulb Still Functions

I need a few of these. I have to replace mine all the time.

Created in 1912, this 230-volt 55-watt DC Osram lightbulb illuminates the entrance of a British house in Pakefield.

Via Today I Learned Something New

Cockneys Vs. Zombies

Via I Have Seen The Whole Of The Internet

Ballpark Blueprints

Take me out to the ballgame...

These illustrations lay out the details of some of the game's legendary ball fields. Each drawing is accompanied with that stadium's design specs and highlights game stats of particular interest. The completed print has an aged finish that gives the impression of a vintage document.
$185.00 at UncommonGoods

No Stabby

Going to the Big House? Grab a Stab-Resistant Prison Pen Five Pack before you go. These pens have  bendy bodies making it impossible to stab someone, even if they stole your prison bitch. That's why they're actually used in most US federal prisons!

From ThinkGeek 
Thanks Bruce!

The Chair Wins The Debate With Clint

Thomasina DeMaio, San Francisco artist and friend made this: 

Calling All Niagara-on-the-Lake Artists

A reminder:

Niagara-on-the-Lake seeks original artistic expressions which interpret the significance of what the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration means to them and the Town.
Selected art will be showcased at:

Niagara Nights Of Art
1812 Bicentennial Expressions Community Event
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Navy Hall, Niagara-on-the-Lake 
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

ENTRY DEADLINE: September 19, 2012

ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to artists of all ages living and/or working in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Must be able to present submission on the day of the event, Wednesday, October 3, 2012.

Ph:468-3266 ex 304, Ms Gillian Greenall

Loren Kantor's Woodcuts of Legendary Actors and Film Classics

Hollywood artist and film enthusiast Loren Kantor's  woodcuts and linocuts are inspired by her favorite classic films and actors.



All Woodcut Prints available for sale.
Custom Woodcut Portraits available by request.
lorenwoodcuts (at) gmail dot com for more info.

Via Brainpickings

London Zoo animal audit

The London Zoo is recording the height and weight of their 16,000 animals. The data will be used to compare information on endangered species.

Thanks Bruce!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Heather Benning's Dollhouse

(Photo: Heather Benning)

In 2007 Saskatchewan artist Heather Benning transformed an abandoned farmhouse in a southwestern Manitoba field into a giant dollhouse and I think it's lovely.

"I wanted to show the passage of time … I was able to show what it looked like before it was left, but then what it looks like now, you know, 35 years later," said Benning.
"I chose to leave the porch on there, which is rotted out, and [leave] everything to look quite rustic on the outside."
Benning said she was inspired by abandoned farmhouses close to her childhood home near Humboldt, Sask.

Check out more photos at and read more about the project here.

Dr. Who Toile

Have a Dr. Who themed evening. Whip up a sweet outfit to wear and munch on Dalek cupcakes while watching  the new season of Dr. Who.

Doctor Who toile by Seschenck Fabrics

More fabulous fabrics at Spoonflower. Seen on Michele's FB page.

Stewart Francis, Canada’s King of the One-Liners

Stewart Francis is a Canadian comic renowned in comedy circles as the King of the One-Liners. The King added another jewel to his jester’s cap last week when one of his jokes was voted the funniest at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The winning quip concerned David and Victoria Beckham’s choice of names for their four children — Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper Seven — and it went like this: “You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks.”
 National Post

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Keith Haring Jigsaw Puzzle Has 32,256 Pieces

It's 17 feet long by 6 feet wide, making it the world's largest jigsaw puzzle according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It comes with a convenient hand truck for carting it around.

The legs of the dancers of the Paris Opera, 1864

Image by Disdéri
Getty Museum

Via Retronaut

Cute Little Dalek Cupcakes

These would be perfect to snack on while watching the new season of Dr. Who.

Image: seelenstur's  Flickr Photostream. 
Download the template at DeviantART and make your own.
via Kuriositas

Dennis Severs' House

Dennis Severs' House, 18 Folgate Street is a Grade II listed Georgian terraced house in Spitalfields, London, England. From 1979 to 1999 it was lived in by Dennis Severs, who gradually recreated the rooms as a time capsule in the style of former centuries. It is now open to the public.

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I love visiting restored homes and this one looks like a real gem. I think I'll check it out next time I'm in London. More here.

Rock On

This is so sweet I feel diabetes coming on!

Twin Baby Girls Rocking to Their Dad's Guitar 

Monday, August 27, 2012

PEO Locks Down Your Computer Until You Ride Your Bike

The Personal Energy Orb (PEO), a student project from Janko Hofmann and Fabian Pammer at the University of Munich, is designed to get you off your computer-watching ass.

Link Via Gajits 

A Day In Pompeii

I've been fascinated by the story of Pompeii since I was a kid. I still hope to visit the site someday.

Via The Presurfer

Panhandler ingeniously inspires empathy

22 Words

Frasier's Apartment Houseplan

All that's missing is the tossed salad and scrambled eggs. Oh, and Eddie of course!
by ~nikneuk

This hand drawn plan of Frasier Crane's apartment respects the spaces, proportions, furniture and objects  in the studio set and includes the hidden places too.
Go to deviantART for more info and a larger view.

Thanks Bruce!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Buskerfest Toronto

We dropped my sister off at Union Station in Toronto after a lovely visit. Then some idiot backed into our brand new car and did a bit of damage. We shrugged it off and wandered around BuskerFest and the St. Lawrence Market.

More pics here

Friday, August 24, 2012

Kurt Cobain-Decorated 'Melvan' Back on Auction Block

Back in March of this year, the vehicle (a beat-up 1972 Dodge Sportsman Royal Van, featuring artwork by Kurt Cobain) reached a bid of $99,999.99 on eBay but the reserve bid wasn't met. Now it's back on the auction block and the van's owner says it will go to the highest bidder.
The Melvan currently calls Montesano, Washington, its home; it is available for local pick-up for the winning bidder. Bidding for the Melvan's second listing will end this Sunday, shortly after 3 p.m. PDT.
Read more at Rolling Stone

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Yiddish Curses for Republican Jews

May you sell everything and retire to Florida just as global warming makes it uninhabitable.

Read  more Yiddish Curses 

London (1927)

Although much has changed many of these scenes remain remarkably unchanged.

Via coisas do arco da velha

Remembering Jack

Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto yesterday.
[daily dose of imagery] 

Mexican Wrestler Bottle Openers

I love these Luchador bottle openers by Ariel Rojo and Andres Lhima for the Kikkerland Mexico Design Challenge.


Via Dangerous Minds

The British Monarchy Explained

My personal view is that the monarchy is an outdated, costly and undemocratic extravagance. The pomp and circumstance of William's wedding and the Golden Jubilee may have resulted in increased support for the institution but I still think they are a bunch of freeloading inbred dilettantes and nothing you say will change my mind. This rant was brought to you by the naked drunken party animal who is third in line for the throne. One would think that he could keep his bare ass off the internet in exchange for a life of unbelievable privilege. After all isn't that what he is paid to do?


Via  Kuriositas

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Your pal, Lorne Michaels

In 1976 Lorne Michaels, creator of Saturday Night Live, sent this rejection letter to writers who submitted work to the show.

Via Letters of Note (of course).

Stephen Lewis's Eulogy For Jack Layton

One year ago on this day I woke to the news that Jack had died. Tears ensued. Along with so many other Canadians I felt bereft. I had the honour of working on Jack's team and any time I had personal contact with him I was struck by his friendliness, his optimism and his remarkable energy. The absence of the cynicism one sees so often in politicians who have been around the block a few times set him above and apart from the rest. He inspired deep loyalty and dedication in those he worked with and it breaks my heart that he left us so early. All this has been said before and more eloquently by others and I think this eulogy by another inspiring New Democrat, Stephen Lewis, says it best of all:

Never in our collective lifetime have we seen such an outpouring, so much emotional intensity, from every corner of this country. There have been occasions, historically, when we've seen respect and admiration but never so much love, never such a shocked sense of personal loss.
Read the entire eulogy at

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I am your father

Via The Curious Brain 

Loner by Roger Ballen

Via Dog Art Today

Fallen Angel

I haven't seen this but I plan to watch it tonight because I am a Gram Parsons fangirl.

The film was made on location by director and musician Gandulf Hennig and American music journalist, musician and biographer Sid Griffin. Friends, contemporaries and devotees of Gram Parsons talk about the importance of his work and the bizarre circumstances of his early death.
Via Dangerous Minds 

Happy Birthday Joe

The late great Joe Strummer would have been 60 years old today. It's hard to believe he's been gone 10 years.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Never Encourage A Serial Killer

TIBS from SAM HUNTLEY on Vimeo.

Via Blort

Website gets Rob Ford cycling

Toronto mayor Ford is not known to be cycle friendly nor is he fit but  Duke's Cycle and ad agency DentsuBos want to help.

They have put together a new website called where vistors can "donate" their rides to an animated facsimile of Ford who in turn gets fitter and fitter as the kilometres accrue.
Via BlogTO 

Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster

 Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster by Nostalgia Electrics has a removable hot dog basket and removable drip tray making clean-up easy.

$20 at Fancy 

The Breaking Bad Art Project at Gallery1988

The Breaking Bad Art Project, a Breaking Gifs presented art show featuring a collection of artists and their Breaking Bad television show inspired artwork, opens on Monday August 20, 2012 at Gallery1988 Melrose in Los Angeles.

Beach Plastic

In 1999 Judith and Richard Lang started collecting plastic debris from Kehoe Beach in Northern California: milk jug lids, combs, toy soldiers, disposable lighters, cheese spreaders from lunch snack packs.  Back in the studios they clean, sort and categorize the pieces according to color and kind and use the plastic to make artworks including large sculptures, installations, photo tableaus and jewelry.

"Pacifier" (above) is the title of this necklace in reference to the "jewel" fashioned from the remains of the baby binky and the tiparillo tips strung like pearls to shape the ring of the necklace.
Kid pacifiers. Adult pacifiers

More at Beach Plastic

Let's Go To The Ex

The opening of the Ex marks the official end of summer in Toronto.  What an extravaganza!

Footage of the Canadian National Exhibition in the late 1950's by Everett Barclay, edited by Spencer Barclay.
Via BlogTO

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Will They Survive the 70s?

Some did.

Via  Retronaut

Photography At 1 Trillion Frames Per Second

How does light look in slow motion?
Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion.

Via Kottke

Thanks Bruce!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Rage Against The Machine Guitarist Rages Against Paul Ryan

 Paul Ryan has previously cited Rage Against the Machine as his favorite band, but the group's guitarist isn't returning the niceties. In a blistering op-ed published Thursday night on Rolling Stone's website, Tom Morello blasts Mitt Romney's new VP choice as "the embodiment of the machine our music rages against."
Read more at this link.

World’s Largest Hanging Flower Basket

Hotel Indigo, Paddington, London

Towering 25 ft above the ground, a 20 x 10ft flower basket known as ‘The Hanging Gardens of Paddington’, contains over 100 different varieties of plants and flowers, including orchids, roses, ivy, daisies, gerberas, ferns, conifers and moss.
A spokesperson for Hotel Indigo says the plants will be changed seasonally. I wonder if there will be anything to see in February when I usually visit London.

Urban Gardens

Elvis Oreo

To help commemorate Elvis Week — a celebration of The King of Rock and Roll’s life, and the anniversary of his passing — Oreo made him into a cookie. Elvis Oreo is part of Nabisco’s uber-brilliant Daily Twist campaign.
It looks like some awesome nibbling skills were employed.


Grand Central Terminal circa 1930

I love this wonderful photograph.
Circa 1930, possibly by Hal Morey

Read more at Shrine of Dreams

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Boycott Marineland

If you are visiting Niagara Falls and have considered adding a trip to Marineland please reconsider.
Today's Toronto Star news article about the inhumane living conditions for animals at Marineland in Niagara Falls disturbed me greatly. What is even more disturbing is that I know this is not news to local politicians, to CAZA nor to the local humane society.
Marineland has been widely criticized by international animal protection groups for decades.  Safety and health conditions have been widely criticized and many of the unfortunate animals imprisoned there simply don't survive their captivity. 
Zoocheck Canada reported many problems to relevant authorities as far back as 1998.  Investigations carried out by 13 scientific experts in a variety of disciplines such as aquarium animal husbandry, biology, conservation, ethology, marine mammal science, veterinary science, wildlife rehabilitation and zoology exposed grave concerns about the welfare of animals held at Marineland. Animal welfare groups  have also criticized Marineland's importation of Russian beluga whales and bottlenose dolphins after the Canadian government prohibited them from capturing these animals in Canadian waters. Zoocheck has been lobbying for a provincial zoo licensing act that would include standards of housing and care for animals in such facilities, and for a federal restriction on the importation of marine mammals for public display.Yet nothing has changed.
The horrific treatment of animals at Marineland should be an embarrassment to all of us. 

What Does An Artist Take To War?

The National Post’s Richard Johnson begins his third journey to Afghanistan this week. This is what he is packing.

Click here for larger image.