Friday, November 30, 2012

The Only Food You'll Ever Need

Just squeeze and slurp.

Thanks Bruce!


The Curious Brain 

How To Kill a Moustache

I have one I want to murder! I am serious!

Via I Have Seen The Whole Of The Internet

You Are What You Eat by Mark Menjivar

If indeed you are what you eat I am a huge carbohydrate! My refrigerator does not resemble the bottom photo because, in my household, leftover wine is as mythical as a unicorn.

You Are What You Eat is a series of photographs by Mark Menjivar which aims to give insight into various people's lives through the contents of their refrigerators. He shot the fridges of people from all walks of life - Republicans, members of the NRA, former POWs, vegetarians, and the extremely poor. In each photo nothing has been added and nothing has been taken away
More at HUH.

Wonderful Watering Holes Around The World

HR Giger Bar Switzerland.

Ice Bar Stockholm

Rock Bar Bali
These are enough to drive a person to drink.

More at Flavorwire
Via Miss C

Thursday, November 29, 2012

How to Drink Scotch Whisky

If I ever see you nosing like this I'll kill you!

Via Kottke

Sean Connery comes 3rd in Mr. Universe 1953


With deepest sympathy, Fido

When U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, passed away Bob Hope wrote this lovely letter addressed to his beloved dog, Fala.
April 21, 1945
Dear Fala,
You probably don't remember me. But I knew you back in our kennel days when we were a couple of young pups—in fact we chewed our first bone together, remember? In writing you this letter, I'm speaking for dogs throughout the world. For we are all deeply grieved to hear of the death of your master. Your personal loss is felt by all of us. You know as well as I do that leading a dog's life is no bed of roses. But a dog's life is for dogs. Human beings shouldn't horn in on our territory. But lately a lot of men and women and kids have been leading a dog's life, and your master was one of the humans who didn't like to see that sort of thing happening. That's why we respected him—he wanted to keep human beings in their right place. And he did something about it. He made plans, and people had confidence in his plans because his integrity and sincerity were felt the world over. In other words, he made a lot of people see the light, or as we'd put it, he put them on the right scent. Let's hope they can keep their noses to the ground and work it out for themselves, even though his personal guidance has been taken away from them.
With deepest sympathy,
Lifted from Letters of Note

A Tribute to Blacklisted Lyricist Yip Harburg

Yip Harburg was the Broadway lyricist who wrote such hits as "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" and  put the music into The Wizard of Oz. Born into poverty on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Harburg always included a strong social and political component to his work, fighting racism and poverty. A lifelong socialist, Harburg was blacklisted and hounded throughout much of his life.

Thank you Bruce. Although I'd heard his music I'd never heard his story.

Bodies on Mount Everest Used as Gruesome Landmarks

Green Boots on Mount Everest. Photo: Dominic Goff
Over two hundred climbers have perished while trying to conquer Mount Everest. Their frozen, preserved bodies lie along Everest’s routes. Many bodies have earned nicknames and serve as trail markers. 
The body of “Green Boots,” an Indian climber who died in 1996 and is believed to be Tsewang Paljor, lies near a cave that all climbers must pass on their way to the peak. Green Boots now serves as a waypoint marker that climbers use to gauge how near they are to the summit. Green Boots met his end after becoming separated from his party. He sought refuge in a mountain overhang, but to no avail. He sat there shivering in the cold until he died.

The message I would take from seeing these remains would be, "Turn back!"
Read more at Smart News
Via Uncertain Times

Agnes's Jacket

Agnes Richter embroidered intricate text on her jacket when she was a patient at a German psychiatric hospital in the 1890s. She was not allowed to use a pen or pencil so she created a needle-and-thread narrative that even experts have been unable to decipher.
 Psychologist Gail Hornstein has written the fascinating story of how this garment came to be saved and  information it may offer on the meaning of madness.
Via Neatorama

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Best use for ex-wife's wedding dress... snow camo!

I thought this was hilarious. But  maybe if I were the type of ex-wife who wore  a white wedding dress I might have a different opinion. Ever practical, I wore wedding outfits that I could wear to work afterwards.


Nowhere to put aging parents?

Put them out back in a 12 by 24 feet pop up 'Granny Pod'.

Read more at  Mail Online

Monday, November 26, 2012

Liz Taylor On What's My Line?

A side of Liz we seldom saw.

Via The Awl

National Portrait Gallery Purchases Amy Winehouse Portrait

Sarah Howgate, Contemporary Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, explains why the gallery bought 'Amy Blue' by Amsterdam-based South African artist, Marlene Dumas.

Source: Londonist

See more of Dumas' work on Artsy

Pin City/Pin World Wall Maps

 Pin City/Pin World are wall maps printed on flexible felt panel. Plot out your next trip to Amsterdam, Berlin, London, New York or Paris or map your memories when you return. I wish they had Rome and Bologna, my next destinations.

€35,00 at palomar
Via Doubletakes

Roasts and Toasts of Christmas Past

American Thanksgiving is over. Let the festooning begin! (I plan to use this verb frequently over the coming weeks to make up for neglecting it the rest of the year.) Here are a few tips for celebrating the season in the spirit of Christmas past:

An authentic medieval Christmas begins with the appointment of a "Lord of Misrule" and a riproaring game of Blind Man's Buff. Would it be inappropriate for me to appoint myself "Lady of Misrule"? I do like the sound of that and might extend my reign well beyond the festive season.

A true Victorian Christmas includes a Christmas tree, perhaps a wild boar's head and more games.
 'Snapdragon' involved making a big pile of dried fruit, covering it in brandy then setting it alight. Then in the dark, the aim was for everyone to pick up a piece of fruit before the fire went out.
This is the perfect game for a household like mine that has a firefighter in residence. If you are not so fortunate avoid wearing flowing garments and dress the little tykes in flame retardant pyjamas when you play this one.

For more retro revelry check out the article at English Heritage .
Via Archaeology News

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Janet Hill's Colourful Art

I'm liking the playful art of Stratford Ontario artist Janet Hill.

Janet Hill on Etsy
Artist's site

First Snowfall of The Season

I'm a Cover Girl

December issue of Ohio Irish American News Out Thursday: 
Stories on Ben Franklin & Ireland, The Kerry Christmas Carol, A Tale for Christmas, Christmas Chutney, Santa's Little Helpers, If We Lose the Irish, Irish Melodies, On This Day in Irish History, Out & About Ohio and more. Pick up your copy at over 240 locations in and around Ohio.

Cover Photo by Marilyn Bellamy (that's me)

Codex Montrealensis

Inspired by ancient codices this work is composed of nineteen plates of Montreal neighbourhoods, drawn and colored ink on paper. There is also a publication with the same drawings in black and white.

Below is the west end borough of Lachine where I spent some of my childhood. It gives a nod to the canal, the rapids, the Lachine Lighthouse and the fur trade (see the little beaver).  Is the large building St. Anne's Academy?

Lachineencre sur papier, 28 x 43 cm.

More neighbourhoods at codex montrealensis

Via Uncertain Times.

Lamponi's Lamps

Italian artist, Maurizio Lamponi creates incredible lamps.

Link to artist's site

David Has A Problem

As Movember draws to a close.

Coudal Partners

David Byrne Goes To The Mall

An excerpt from David Byrne's film, "True Stories," (1986)
Shopping is a feeling. from Adriana Valdez Young on Vimeo.

Via everlasting blort 


 Don't invite a crowd over for popcorn and a movie if you are using this device to pop the kernels.

ECAL Low-Tech Factory/Oncle Sam from ECAL on Vimeo.

Thanks once again to frequent contributor Bruce!

Bear Tagging

The brave and intrepid Rick Mercer tags a mama bear and her cubs in Ontario's Algonquin Park.

Thanks Bruce!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A brief history of the Ford Hotel's fall from grace

In Toronto, the Ford Hotel was finished in 1929, a year before the Royal York, on the northeast corner of Bay and Dundas at a cost of $2 million, including land. Its location on the site of a former church next to the open-air bus terminal made it extremely convenient for inbound visitors to the city. Unfortunately, the owners' dedication to low prices didn't translate into a glamourous reputation. When it was eventually demolished in 1973, The Star rightly crowned it the "Queen of Dumps." Its story might be sleazy and blighted by horrific violence and terrible sadness but the history of the Ford Hotel is anything but boring.

When I first arrived in Toronto as a teenager in the late 60's my aunt recommended the Ford Hotel so I stayed there for a few nights until I found a sleazebag apartment at 18 Elmgrove in Parkdale. The hotel was not infested with cockroaches; the apartment was. Unfortunately I arrived too late to experience the fabulous fingers of Margot Engler. If it was a dive (and I know now it was) I had nothing to compare it to.
Read more here

A Novel Way To Cover A MacBook Pro

I just got a new MacBook Pro and I think I'd like one of these one of a kind leather cases to go with it.

BookBook Case - Twelve South

La Surprise Du Chef!

Découvrez enfin ce qui rend le Slip Français plus fort que tous les autres Slips.

Rare Mummified Dog Remains Found in Mexico

“This finding generates expectations about the potential for new insights into the archaeology of northern Mexico, because it reinforces the idea of placing dogs as companions in the funeral traditions of the nomads of the region. “

Friday, November 23, 2012

Holiday Etiquette

I hope I'm not too late with this. We Canadians get through with Thanksgiving early and quick. Do you guys spread it out?


Rejected Beatles audition tape discovered

The Beatles' audition tape famously rejected by a record executive in 1962 has finally been uncovered after 50 years. A Decca Records executive told the group "they had no future in showbusiness" as guitar groups were "on the way out" following the audition.
The tape will be offered for sale at the Fame Bureau auction in London's Mayfair on November 27.
Read more at the Telegraph 

The Zombies and the Outer Limits

This was the first 45 I bought. I can still see myself dancing to it flinging  my waist length hippy hair around.

 Boing Boing

Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T.

The amazing story of 15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe of Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

Thanks Bruce!

Paris in Colour (1914)

Lovely photos of Paris at the beginning of the last century.

More at  HUH and Retronaut

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Breaking Bad Thanksgiving

It's clean when I say it's clean.

Via Miss Cellania

Swiss Chalet's Festive Special, Redesigned

I am a fan of Swiss Chalet and have had many a festive special in my day. Four Toronto chefs have made it even better.
The Rules:
Make a gourmet meal out of the Festival Special: Quarter roast chicken, stuffing, cranberry sauce, Chalet sauce, side dish (including mashed or baked potatoes, fries, rice, coleslaw, salad, corn, or mixed vegetables), bread roll, and Lindor chocolates.
Okay to use: Condiments or drinks available at Swiss Chalet.
Not okay: Any extra ingredients.

Doug Penfold’s Croquetas de Pollo con Mole Poblano

House of Moments chef Daniel Park created this,
the Hako Swiss Chalet.

More at The Grid TO 

Awkward Dinner Table Poirtraits by Anna Dibble

The Confidence of Sarah by Anna Dibble

Artist link Via Dog Art Today

France's Gourmet School Lunches

This is how you get kids to appreciate food.

CBS News Video

Very Ugly Christmas Sweaters

 Collectors Weekly calls this the ugliest Christmas sweater of 2012 and I may agree. If you want to purchase it (although I don't know why you would) it's available on eBay for $145.00.

See 11 more here

Love Hurts

MuchLoved is a collection of photos of teddy bears by photographer Mark Nixon.  Nixon provides the provenance of each of the little guys. I  also have a bunch of beat up bears that I picked up at garage sales over the years. I love them and so does my cat, Joyce, who likes to cuddle with a bunch of them on a Lloyd Loom chair at the top of the stairs.

Thanks Bruce

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

72 year old man models teen-girl clothes

Liu Xianping, has been posing for his granddaughter's female fashion store on Tmall and has become an Internet sensation. Though most of the clothes Liu has been modeling for are more of the tiny, sweet and cute teen girl style with rosy shades, laces and ribbons, the 72-year-old totally pulled things off. His signature piece so far seems to be color tights and thigh stockings. Liu's confidence in front of the camera and his long pair of skinny legs are the envy of many girls. Netizen Satsuki sighed: "He has such a good figure."
Via Kottke 

She is my best friend

On Friday, in a heartbreaking, handwritten letter addressed to "a few thousand friends I have not met yet," Fiona Apple announced that she is postponing the South American leg of her tour due to the ill-health of her beloved pit bull, Janet—a 13-year-old rescue dog suffering from Addison's disease and, more worryingly, a tumor on her chest
Read her letter at .Letters of Note 

A monocle might also be a nice addition