Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pigeon Post.

It's not exactly like the days of the now extinct passenger pigeon but it's sort of cool for a message that doesn't have to be delivered ASAP.

Send your message in a plastic pigeon envelope, put the stamps on it, and pop it in the mail box.
Via [BB-Blog]

Downton Arby s

Well If Neil Says It's Okay...

“After years together, he handed her a book. It was her favorite book, “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman. She opened to the first page to find a note.“Hello Ashley… Out of interest, what would you say to marrying Brad? – Neil Gaiman” And just like that, they were engaged.”
Via Tay Mueller's Facebook Page 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wanda Jackson - Hard Headed Woman

I was certain I'd posted Wanda Jackson here before but can't find any evidence so here she is:

Via Blort

Extreme Shepherding

I'm probably the last person in the world to have seen this viral video. It's a commercial produced by Samsung to advertise LED TVs. The sheep are fitted with LED lights and herded to create a fireworks display, a version of the Mona Lisa and a game of pong. Great choreography!

Thanks Donald!

The Drunken Poets Project

This is a street art project by American poet / mixed-media artist Andy Knowlton. He makes  dolls out of found materials and places them around the Itaewon neighborhood of Seoul where he lives. Each doll holds a bottle containing a poem by Knowlton.

Communication 101

Want to get in touch with a friend? Phone? Text? IM? Email? Today the options are endless.

Find the right communication medium at Tech Page One

Thanks Bruce!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Spencer Watson Flies a Kite Without Wind

The 12th Annual Windless Kite Festival, January 18, 19, and 20 2013 in Long Beach, WA.

Thanks Bruce!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Clyde Butcher's Black and White Photography

Florida photographer Clyde Butcher creates massive prints in the old fashioned way. In the video below he explains how and why he does it.

Photographer's site
Via PetaPixel

I Wonder Why These Never Caught On...

Plastic face protection kept your makeup fresh during snowstorms. Unfortunately they also made one look like a doofus.
Canada, Montreal, 1939

Nationaal Archief's photostreamVia Clusterflock

Barbie without make-up

I knew she looked too good to be true and I also suspected that she was not a natural blonde. Just look at those dark roots!

 LOL Wall, by Magda Lena

The Choctaws Sent Famine Aid To The Irish in 1847

This is a story I'd never heard before. In 1847 a group of Choctaw Indians collected $170 and forwarded it to a U.S. organization that was collecting funds for Irish potato famine relief.

Only 16 years before, President Andrew Jackson, the son of Irish immigrants, seized the lands of the Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, and Choctaw and forced them on a 500-mile trek to Oklahoma known as the Trail of Tears. Of the 21,000 Choctaws who started the journey, more than half perished from exposure, malnutrition, and disease.

Both the Choctaw and the Irish were victims of conquest that led to loss of property, forced migration and exile, mass starvation, and cultural suppression (most notably language).

A plaque on Dublin’s Mansion House which honors the Choctaw contribution reads:
 “Their humanity calls us to remember the millions of human beings throughout our world today who die of hunger and hunger-related illness in a world of plenty.

More at this Link

Study for 4 Women #1 -Ruud Van Empel

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Man- by Steve Cutts

Well, this certainly scares the living daylights out of me.

Lifted from my friend Mike's Facebook page.

Early Colour Photos of Paris

A beautiful collection of autochrome photos of my favourite city. Some locations have not changed much; others are clearly from a long lost era.

Place de la Madeleine - Leon Gimpel Mars 1914 ©Musée Albert Kahn

Pont de la Concorde
Carreau des Halles 1913

Bruce sent me this great link;  I also saw it at Kottke

Find additional information on the Albert Kahn Museum website.

Which Came First: The Chicken Or The Egg?

Be perplexed no more. You're welcome.

Written and created by Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown


I vaguely remember attending one of these as a child. Perhaps my aunt hosted one? I do recall that letting the last bit of air out was referred to as "burping" the Tupperware.

Via The Hairpin

Cat Tree and Bookcase All In One

You can buy the CatCase for € 1 249,00 at UrbanCatDesign . Yes, that does seem pricey.
Via Blog On A Toothpick

Tommy Douglas Reads Robert Burns

Happy Robbie Burns Day all! Canada's hero reads a poem by Scotland's hero.

"A Man's A Man For A' That"


Make every morning a sunny one with this egg shaper.

$11.99 at Animi Causa Boutique
Via Notcot

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Cartography of Kitchenware

This chart by Pop Chart Lab introduces the kitchen neophyte to kitchen equipment. You can zoom in on it here. Hope it helps.


Brooklyn Toile wallpaper.

This Brooklyn inspired toile wallpaper was designed by Vincent J. Ficarra and Adela Qersaqi of Revolver New York for Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys.  Flavor Paper produced the design as wallpaper (trip around their site for awhile). I love it!

Via [BB-Blog]

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Floating Car Photography by Renaud Marion

French photographer Renaud Marion's photographs of floating old-school cadillac and mercedes-benz portray a Jetsons-type future.

More at  designboom

Last Photographs of Famous People

Fascinating photographs that perhaps offer some insight into the final days of famous people.

Jesse Frohmantook this photo of Kurt Cobain close
to his 1994 suicide

The above image of Marilyn Monroe was shot during a visit with
Frank Sinatra and jazz pianist Buddy Greco the weekend
before her death on August 5, 1962.

Monika Dannemann, Jimi Hendrix’s girlfriend, snapped the last
photographs of the legendary electric guitarist with his favorite
instrument, nicknamed “Black Betty.”
 More at Flavorwire

The Greatest Diners in Television History and Their Yelp Reviews brings us some imaginary Yelp reviews of imaginary sitcom diners. Here is what a Yelp review of  Mel's Diner from Seinfeld  (my favorite) might look like:

How Keys Work

To be honest I have never spent much time worrying about how keys work but I'm impressed by this animated GIF that explains it so clearly.

Via Neatorama

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Groucho Marx roasts Johnny Carson: ‘He’s a complete stranger and not even a close one at that’

This is for Mr. Nag who is a big Groucho fan:

More at Dangerous Minds 

Reflected Glory

The town of Viganella in the Italian Alps receives no direct sun for 83 days each year. So in 2006 mayor Pierfranco Midali commissioned a 26-by-16-foot mirror to be placed on a nearby mountainside at 3,600 feet. Tracking the sun with computer-controlled motors, the mirror throws light into the town square for six hours each day.
Read more at  Futility Closet

Lost Luggage? Suitcase Tracker Lets You Find Them Anywhere

An estimated 26 million bags are lost by the airlines every year. A device called Trackdot (available in April 2013) can help find them. I travel a lot but have never lost luggage. If I had I'd certainly be interested in getting one of these.

Via Gajitz

Eiffel Tower Lamp and Taj Mahal Table

I love these historical monument themed pieces designed by Studio Job

Via Double Takes

Monday, January 21, 2013

Living Inside Your Computer

Insides of an old PC converted into a tiny living room by user ‘Newsmaker’ on Russian PC case mod forum 

Via TwistedSifter

The Supremes at Martin Luther King Jr's Funeral

Via Maria Salavessa Hormigo Guimil

What Make Hulk Angry?

HulkOutList: Every reason that Dr. David Banner was driven to Hulk out. Here are just a few of the 131 things that drove him over the edge:
19. Being pushed down a mountainside by a bigfoot impersonator
20. Dealing with a pesky operator in a phone booth ("I DON'T HAVE TWENTY-FIVE
31. Being caught taking photos of toughs committing monkey business in the
restaurant, and then being beaten up and thrown under a table
32. Getting his jacket caught in the printwheels at the newspaper printing room,
and then inexplicably sticking his hand into the rollers
60. Being stuck in the police department's voice mail system when he knows his
friend is about to be the next lobotomy subject, only to have the police finally
pick up the phone after he's turning into the Hulk
128. Trying to help the sweet old lady with her robbery, only to have one of her
mean friends chain him up and throw him into the bay. (Leads to an underwater

Octopus Watch

At $9,860 the KudOktopus watch from designer Stefan Kudoke will have to remain on my wish list until I win the lottery. Cute though.
Via Geekologie

Design for Dreaming (1956)

Trippy “Populuxe” advertisement for General Motors, set at their 1956 Motors Motorama.

Via The Public Domain Review

Wu Healing - A Tea Ceremony

My son bought me an exquisite Chinese tea set with Silver Needle white tea for Christmas. Now I know how to drink it.

Via The Presurfer

The True Story Of “Mary Greyeyes”

This photo is in the Library and Archives of Canada with the following untrue caption: “Mary Greyeyes being blessed by her native Chief prior to leaving for service in the CWAC ”.
Her daughter-in-law, Melanie Fahlman Reid, tells a different story about the photograph.
Via  Shrine of Dreams

"Le Tripot Clandestin"

In this 1905 film by Georges Méliès a gambling den is set up so that it can be quickly transformed into a mercantile establishment, covering all the evidence when the cops stage a raid. Very clever.

Via bookofjoe

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Evgenia Arbugaeva - Tiksi

Young Russian photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva grew up in Tiksi, a port town on Siberia’s Arctic coast. She left there when she was just 8 years old. She returned to see if she could recapture the scenes that lingered in her imagination. I think she has captured the magic.

All photos by Evgenia Arbugaeva

Her Following the Reindeer project is also worth a look.

Via art carousel

Sunday In Paris

photo by Eric Tenin
See more lovely photos of Pais at Eric Tenin's blog ParisDailyPhoto

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Wicker-Covered Car by Ojo Obaniyi

Nigerian artisan Ojo Obaniyi from Ibadan has applied his skill in weaving in an unusually creative way to advertise his business.
Obaniyi, who has practiced the craft for 20 years, has covered the interior and exterior of his volkswagen pickup with raffia palm cane, including the entire car body, the wheel caps, chairs, steering wheel and dashboard in an effort to attract attention from passersby.
Via DesignBoom

David Roentgen's Automaton of Queen Marie Antoinette

Via everlasting blort

Catnip: Threat or Menace?

Just Another Job

Hockey's back and here's a hock doc from another era to get you in the mood.  Coached by hockey god Maurice Richard, the Quebec Nordiques team is playing its opening World Hockey Association game at the Quebec Coliseum.

Vodka is the tonic

 Cleo, a ten week old American staffordshire pup,  licked radiator fluid off spare car parts in a garage last week and was poisoned by it. Her owner rushed her to the vet who hooked her up to one of his Christmas gifts, a bottle of vodka.

Animal Accident and Emergency Point Cook vet Dr Yenny Indrawirawan said the "hair of the dog" treatment, which cost more than $2100, was rare but effective.
"The alcohol stops a chemical reaction in the body," Dr Indrawirawan said. "Without the vodka, Cleo was likely to develop renal failure."
Ms Zammit said the pup had recovered and beaten her hangover the same way we do.
"She slept a lot and she was eating a lot, but she seems really happy now."


Thanks again Bruce!

For all you peeping Toms

Take aerial photos of your "naturist" neighbours. The eBee is lightweight enough to be launched by hand. It is fully autonomous during its entire flight.

Read more about it here.

Thanks Bruce!

Cap Zappa

This baby shoots over 5 metres! Buy one for £6.99 but remember that it's all good fun until someone puts an eye out.

Via bookofjoe

Miniature Burning Man

Some Saturday eye candy.

 "A Burning Man for Ants" Tilt-Shift Time-lapse by James Cole, Byron Mason & Jason Phipps

Via The Curious Brain

Vogue's Hurricane Sandy photo shoot

I was left shaking my head when I saw Vogue's Hurricane Sandy photo shoot.


In October 2009, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attended a local Democratic Party fundraiser at the invitation of former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown. His speech was heckled by San Francisco assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who took the stage afterward to criticize the governor.

Three weeks later, Schwarzenegger vetoed a measure sponsored by Ammiano. He attached this message:

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1176 without my signature.

For some time now I have lamented the fact that major issues are overlooked while many
unnecessary bills come to me for consideration. Water reform, prison reform, and health
care are major issues my Administration has brought to the table, but the Legislature just
kicks the can down the alley.
Yet another legislative year has come and gone without the major reforms Californians
overwhelmingly deserve. In light of this, and after careful consideration, I believe it is
unnecessary to sign this measure at this time.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

There is a message hidden in this letter. Go to Futility Closet to see what it is.

Parcel Camera Captures Photos of Julian Assange's Life in Hiding

Art collective !Mediengruppe Bitnik recently came up with a clever way of photographing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. where he sought asylum: they sent him an Internet-connected camera that’s baked into a cardboard parcel.

Read more about the project at Peta Pixel

Inside Niemeyer’s Siege du Parti Communiste in Paris

The celebrated Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, died recently at the grand old age of 104. Although I am familiar with a lot of his work I've never seen the Communist Party headquarters building in Paris. I'll have to take a stroll by it next time I'm in the City Of Light.

See more at Invisible Paris

Friday, January 18, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Plaza Joe Strummer

He is an unlikely local hero, but the British punk legend Joe Strummer, lead singer with the Clash, is set to have a square named after him in one of Spain's most beautiful cities, Granada where he lived in 1984.

Via The Guardian

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's Apartment Floor Plan

Some time ago I posted Neuk Neuk's drawing of Frasier's apartment. This floor plan of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's apartment from the classic sitcom "I LOVE LUCY" was based on the first season of the show.

 Buy it at Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde's Etsy shop 

Jodie Foster, Jeune Chanteuse Francaise

I didn't know she was fluent in French or that she could sing. Like most French pop of the era this video reeks of fromage.

Via Frogsmoke

Tina on Twitter


Via The Queen is not Amused...but I am.

Male-to-female transition time lapse video

This is a video using about one thousand pictures of a 20-21 year old man going through a 3 year transition.

Via Kottke

MTV, you spineless twerps

Does anyone remember Neil Young's 1988 "This Note's for You" video in which various high profile musicians are mocked for endorsing brands such as Pepsi and Michelob. MTV banned the video due to "problems with trademark infringement."? Here's Neil's response to that ban:
6th July, 1988
MTV, you spineless twerps. You refuse to play "This Note's For You" because you're afraid to offend your sponsors. What does the "M" in MTV stand for: music or money? Long live rock and roll.
Neil Young
Via Letters of Note

The ABC Of Architects

This work is an alphabetical list of the most important architects with their best known building.
If you love architecture see more at

Tuesday, January 15, 2013