Sunday, March 31, 2013

Last Suppers

If It's Hip, It's Here has posted variations on Leonardo Da Vinci's iconic Last Supper painting. Here are just a few.

The Last Supper by Giampaolo Ghisetti
The Last Supper, Deconstructed by John O
The Last Supper (Pandas) by Darren Stein

Bunny Fold for Napkins

Martha Stewart  gives instructions on creating sweet Easter-rabbit-shaped napkins with just a few simple folds. You'd better get hopping if you want these on the table today.

Via Unconsumption

The Minuum Keyboard Project

The Minuum Keyboard  is a simplified keyboard that saves you screen space and opens up unlimited new ways to type with wearable devices.

Via Blog TO

Saturday, March 30, 2013

10 of the Oldest Bars in the USA

There are some beautiful watering holes in this post by The Coolist.

Fraunces Tavern NYC – Founded 1762

White Horse Tavern – Rhode Island – Founded 1673
Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop – New Orleans – Founded 1775


Do you remember when we met? You were brilliant, witty, gorgeous to look at...something's changed.
Film by Julia Pott
Via everlasting blort 


Rocky McBride’s, a bar in New York City’s Astoria neighborhood, is offering an Easter-themed ‘Peeptini’ martini all this weekend.
Via Laughing Squid

Where the 1 Percent Lives

According to this report by Zara Matheson of the Martin Prosperity Institute:
New York City is the No. 1 location for the global super-rich, with 7,580 people with $30 million or more in net assets. London is second with 6,015, followed by Tokyo (5,440), San Francisco (4,590), and Los Angeles (4,520). Beijing (2,285), Mumbai (2,105), Hong Kong (3,205), São Paulo (1,880), and Rio de Janeiro (1,740) round out the top ten. Seven U.S. cities number among the top 20 - Chicago 15th (2,615), Houston 17th (2,295), Washington D.C. 18th (2,395) and Dallas 19th (2,020). Toronto is 20th (1,765). Beijing, Mumbai, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Delhi, and Shanghai are expected to at least double their numbers of high-net-worth individuals over the next decade.
Read more at The Atlantic Cities

Friday, March 29, 2013

Alligator named Mr Stubbs gets prosthetic tail after losing his in a fight

 Mr Stubbs could not swim and faced a lifetime being stuck on land after his rear end was bitten off by a bigger reptile. But rescuers forged a tail out of latex and silicon and now he's swimming again.

Mr Stubbs swims off with his new tail attached (Picture: Barcroft)

Read more at Metro News
Thanks Bruce!

Basquiat's Ex Reveals Apartment Covered With His Work

In 1979/1980 artist Jean-Michel Basquiat lived in an East Village apartment with Alexis Adler. Basquiat  had painted the walls the apartment creating a work of art which Adler left intact. He also left his notebooks, postcards, painted clothes, photographs, and drawings on yellow legal paper.  Adler is working on a book about the collection plus an exhibition and a sale.

Read more at ikono

Shakespeare Quotes As Minimalistic Diagrams

I think these are brilliant!

Created by Nicholas Weltyk via The Curious Brain

Jodie Trapani's Flamboyant Easter Bonnets

New York artist, Jodie Trapani, creates amazing millinery confections for the Easter parade where her crew, the City Chicks, hand out peeps to the crowd.

Via The Hairpin

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Ultimate Country Squire

Looking for a vehicle that meets all your needs? Here it is.

Via Dude Craft

Thanks to Bruce for pointing out that it is not a Ranchero but a Country Squire. He's obviously the brains behind this operation.

A Clock In The Sidewalk

The Clock At The Corner Of Broadway And Maiden Lane from HODINKEE on Vimeo.
In lower Manhattan, blocks from where the World Trade Center once stood, embedded deep into the sidewalk, is a clock. It's a simple clock, the hours and minutes are neatly displayed by spade hands, while roman numerals and train track minutes markers circle the dial. All of this is cloudy, but visible under the scratched and stained crystal that occupies a break in the pavement at the intersection of Maiden Lane and Broadway. And it has been ticking away there, under the feet of Manhattan, for over a century.
Read more at this Link

Thanks Bruce!

Photograph of a Street Abacus Seller, Russia, ca. 1860's

This image was made by William Carrick (1827-1878, born in Scotland but who spent his life chiefly in Russia) in the 1860's, and is found at the National Gallery of Scotland, here. Carrick made important contributions to the ethnography and the history of photography, documenting the lifestyle and costume of Russian peasants in the country. 
Read more at Ptak Science Books

The Last Of His Kind

The story of the last glass eye maker in Britain.

The Glass Eye Maker from Tomas Leach on Vimeo.

Directed by Tomas Leach.
Cinematography by Ben Todd.
Via MetaFilter

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

How to Survive a Bear Attack: An Illustrated Guide

Grizzly or black bear? Know which it is before you react.

Via The Art of Manliness

Build Your Own Architectural Models Of London Landmarks

 Another Studio for Design has designed these miniature architectural models of famous London buildings. Each kit comes as a flatpack stainless steel sheet. Pop out the pieces, fold and lock them together to make your own cute London icon like the Battersea Power Station model above.

via Londonist

Astounding Steam-Powered Vehicles in History

The steam engine has a long and illustrious past and vehicles powered by steam were being beta-tested throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Eventually steam power was replaced by the internal-combustion engine as a means of vehicle propulsion but io9 has posted some amazing pictures of contraptions from bygone days.

The Michaux-Perreaux steam velocipede from 1867-1869

See more at this Link

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

2,000 Calories Represented by Various Types of Food

How many pieces of food equal 2000 calories? That depends on what you're eating.

Via Laughing Squid

NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette

NYC resident Nathan W. Pyle has compiled a lot of helpful hints for newcomers to the city.

More tips at nathanwpyle
Via Mefi

Hankie Pocketbook

Like a pocket handkerchief only you can write in it and it never needs ironing.

Available in three colours. You can buy it here.
Via bookofjoe

Map of Doctor Who In London

If you watch Dr. Who you will know that London has been disproportionately targeted for alien invasion, Londonist has mapped the attempts. Below you can see all the bits of London that have been pivotal in half a century of Doctor Who stories.

Click here for larger map

Read more at Londonist

Cardboard Cathedral in New Zealand

When the Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand was destroyed by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in 2011
a Japanese architect came to the rescue shortly after the disaster with plans in the making for a new temporary 'Cardboard Cathedral'.

Thanks Bruce!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Beijing Silvermine

French photography collector and editor Thomas Sauvin digs through illegal silver recycling centers in Beijing looking for millions of discarded film negatives. So far he has salvaged more than half a million negatives.

Read more at Peta Pixel

Vespa Rocking Horse

I would love to have this recycled environmentally friendly Vespa. 

Link Via  Recyclart

Paris 1900-2013

I love then and now posts. A few months ago I posted some old photos of Paris by Albert Kahn. Photographer Audrey Cerdan has taken new photos of the same locations and if you go to the Rue89 Culture site you will be able to move between the old and new photos. 

Via Kottke

Grumpy Cat Stars in Friskies Cat Game Show

Will Kitty Play With It?” is a new cat food commercial starring everyone's favourite finicky feline.

Via Laughing Squid

The Classic Honeybear In Art and Design

If It's Hip, It's Here has posted 40 items inspired by the familiar honeybear dispenser that is a staple in many kitchens, including my own. Here are a few:

See how to make it here

Honeybear Glass Vases By Esque Studio

On The Line by Aaron Lifferth
Go to this link to see many more charming honey bear designs.


For all you baby boomers here are the commercials Oldsmobile ran during the 1957 Academy Awards show.

Thanks Bruce!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Debbie Harry explains ‘How To Pogo’

I hope you're not here to learn how to pogo (because that would be so uncool) but this is cute:

More at Dangerous Minds 

Should You Use The SNOOZE Button?

I have never used an alarm clock, let alone a snooze button. The one superpower I possess is the uncanny ability to wake myself up on time. I wish I could fly but this is the power I was given. I'm posting this for for all you alarm clock dependent sleepyheads.

Thanks Bruce!

Gift of Grandparents

American photojournalist Steve McCurry creates evocative images of people around the world. This collection portrays children with their grandparents.

See more at Steve McCurry's Blog

David's Diary by David Sedaris

I am a long time fan of author David Sedaris. Now his humor is presented in the form of animated mini movies like this one about a frost-bitten toe themed cocktail.

Japanese Man Cares For Abandoned Farm Animals In Radioactive Zone

Whenever I think about the Fukushima nuclear disaster I wonder what has become of the animals who were left behind. Here is the story of the man who has stayed behind to care for them.
Mr. Matsmura now has the highest level of radiation of any person in Japan. He lives without electricity or running water, and pays his expenses through financial donations.

Lots more at Empress of Dirt via Golden Grain Farm.

A Year Through My Window

A Year Through My Window from Boilerhum on Vimeo.

A film about a trip to Australia by Photographer / Filmmaker and Editor My older son lives and works in Australia and I enjoyed seeing what drew him there. I hope to see it for real some day soon.

Thanks Bruce!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Photos Of Rome

More pics from my recent trip to Italy here.

Costumes and Conflict - The Morning News

Herero Women Marching” (2012) © Jim Naughten, Image courtesy of Klompching Gallery, New York City

“Herero Woman in Patchwork Dress” © Jim Naughten, Image courtesy of Klompching Gallery, New York City

The Hereros of Namibia added Victorian fashion to their traditional costume under German influence in the late 19th and early 20th century.
London based photographer Jim Naughten became fascinated with this community. His series “Conflict and Costume” is on view at New York City’s Klompching Gallery through May 4, 2013.
I'd never heard of the Herero people and found their story very interesting.

Read more at The Morning News
Thanks Bruce!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Gillian Hills - Zou bisou bisou (1962)

We saw Megan (Don Draper's second wife) sing this song on Mad Men. Here is the original version.

Via Dorothea's Closet Vintage

Aboriginal Youth On Epic 1,500 Kilometre Walk To Parliament Hill

They are scheduled to arrive on Parliament Hill on March 25. 

On January 16 a group of young Cree people left their community of Whapmagoostui on Hudson Bay in northern Quebec for Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Since then, they've been walking through the cold, snow, and woods  - enduring temperatures of minus 40-50C to support the Idle No More Movement.

Read more here

Would You Eat In A Urinal?

They assure us that they gave it a very thorough cleaning before opening.

After more than fifty years of lying dormant, an abandoned underground Victorian toilet has been transformed into a unique new cafe called The Attendant. The former Victorian Gentleman's convenience is located in the heart of London's Fitzrovia and sees the original porcelain urinals, designed by Doulton & Co in 1890, turned into one long seating table.

And here's a video that asks the question,"What does the loo look like?"

Modern Friendship

Sad but all too true.

Via Questionable Skills

Thanks Bruce!

How to Roast a Pound of Butter

 Futility Closet shares an artery clogging 1748 recipe from the third edition of The Art of Cookery, by a Lady.
Lay it (the butter) in salt and water two or three hours; then spit it, and rub it all over with crumbs of bread, with a little grated nutmeg; lay it to the fire, and as it roasts, baste it with the yolks of two eggs, and then with crumbs of bread, all the time it is roasting.

There's more to this recipe if you can stand reading on without feeling like you're drowning in a fat of hot fat. It's not surprising that this culinary creation is as extinct as the Dodo bird.

Thanks Bruce!

VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii

VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945 from Richard Sullivan on Vimeo.

Thanks Bruce!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Filling the Gaps

Filling The Gaps, starring real-life married couple Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath, takes a close look at marriage. Hilarious.
Via life at golden grain farm

A Musical Ode to Google Reader

I found this on Google Reader and it brought a tear to my eye. A tear of rage because I've grown dependent on GR and am pissed off at Google for taking it away.

Link Via Geeks are Sexy

Discover the Spirit of Japan

This lovely visual journey made on behalf of the Japanese Tourist Agency and was submitted to NOTL by The 7th Chamber agency.

Hairdressing “Meter” Eliminates Guesswork

A device invented in 1939 by a New York City "beauty expert"  allowed hairdressers to eliminate guesswork when designing the most flattering hair style for their customers by using a series of concentric wire circles. I needed a contraption like this when I was in rainy Italy recently to keep my troll hair corralled.

Read more at Modern Mechanix
Thanks Bruce!

Bringing The Passenger Pigeon Back From Extinction

Muséum de Toulouse/Wikimedia Commons

In 1866 one flock of passenger pigeons in southern Ontario was described as being 1 mile wide and 300 miles long, took 14 hours to pass, and held in excess of 3.5 billion birds. By 1914 they were extinct.An organization called Revive and Restore has brought scientists together to investigate putting the passenger pigeon back in the sky.

The Bulleit Woody Tailgate Trailer

Add a little class to your next tailgate party with a Bulleit Woody Tailgate Trailer.
Two of these beauties, designed by Brad Ford with leather touches by Moore & Giles, are available through the 2012 Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts catalogue. The wood finishings are handcrafted from reclaimed Bulleit Bourbon casks. The $150,000 pricetag includes a one-year supply of Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye.

(And 10% percent of the proceeds from the purchase of the Bulleit Woody Party Trailer will benefit amfAR™, The Foundation for AIDS Research. For more information, call 1-877-9NM-GIFT.)

Via Luxehotelier

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Portraits of Kids Around the World Posing with Their Favorite Toys

These photos of kids in Malawi, Italy and Zambia evoke all kinds of feelings in me. They are from photographer Gabrielle Galimberti's "Toy Story" series.

Via Peta Pixel
Link to Gabrielle Galimberti's site.