Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Garden Today

You Deserve a Trophy

Trophy Buffet makes trophies for every occasion. I think Mr. Nag should present me with this one:

At 34.99 it's a real bargain but unfortunately it's sold out.

Meg Cowell's Ghostly Dresses

Australian photographer MEG COWELL collects discarded items of clothing and takes them home for photography sessions. She suspends the garments in a pool of water and captures images that appear to be floating in space.

Via Flavorwire

The World's First Tweeting Honey Badger

The Johannesburg Zoo's official Social Media spokesanimal is a honey badger. BG lives in a hight tech enclosure and tweets about what he is doing and thinking throughout the day via specially designed sensors. Apparently BG has become a bit of an over-sharer.

Follow the BG the Tweeting Badger on Twitter @zootweetslive or #tweetingbadger.

You can open a beer with a fork? That's nice...

How much fossil fuel does it take to open a bottle of beer?

Via Reddit 

A Clean House Is A Safe House.

A house that's neglected is a home that might be doomed in the atomic age.

Atomic tests at the Nevada Proving Grounds show that cleanliness is an essential part of civil defense preparedness and that it increased survivability. Just cover your house with white reflective paint to avoid the repercussions of the nuclear apocalypse.
Via  MetaFilter

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Anatomy Lesson

The bunnies are being taught that, despite what they have been told, this amputated limb will not bring good luck if they rub it. That's just an old wives' tale.

Lección de anatomía del doctor sabañón  José Luis López Galván
Via everlasting blort

150 Year Old Victorian Prosthetic Hand

This resembles jewelry more than a prosthetic limb.

Paper City

This delicate animation follows the charming rise and fold of a fragile metropolis.

Paper City from Maciek Janicki on Vimeo.

Direction, Animation, Scultping, Camera, Architecture:
Maciek Janicki ( / )
Via The Presurfer

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Porsche-BMW: 1955

The Max Hoffman car showroom, New York at 430 Park Avenue and 56th Street, had a motorized turntable. Designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright it was recently demolished. Photo by Ezra Stoller. 
Via  Historical Photo Archive

Growler City Bike

This bike designed by Joey Ruiter has a holder specially built for carrying a 1/2 gallon growler of beer instead of the ubiquitous water bottle.

Via The Awesomer

Dos and Don'ts Of Dancing circa 1950

Everything you need to know right down to the proper temperature of the pre-dance bath (96 degrees, any hotter and you'll be too revitalized). And start preparing at least a week in advance!

Via everlasting blort

Monday, June 24, 2013

Remembering the UpStairs Lounge

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the USA's largest LGBT massacre.Thirty-two people lost their lives in the arson at the UpStairs Lounge that Sunday 4 decades ago.
Watch the trailer for Royd Anderson’s new documentary about the UpStairs Lounge:

 Link Via MeFi

Birds of a Feather

Putting similar objects side-by-side allows one to see the beautiful and often subtle differences.Design Observer has posted photographs of collections of like objects that individually might not warrant a second glance but when placed together are visually striking:

Collection of old workman's vintage shovel handles in cast iron, steel and wood

A collection of 10 custom mounted antique and vintage car and truck metal reflectors measuring
6 1/2" to 11 1/2" on their stands.

A collection of 9 antique metal catchers masks.

Being a collector myself I really enjoyed this article.

Walking with Our Sisters

The Walking with Our Sisters Exhibition  honours the lives of missing and murdered indigenous women of Canada where over 600 First Nations women have gone missing and nobody paid any attention. This project is dedicated to their memory.

Completed vamps by Kim, Robin, Yvonne and Terry

The art installation features deliberately unfinished moccasins - just the beautiful vamps to signify precious lives cut short. Visitors will be encouraged to walk alongside the vamps to remember each and every one of these women who will never walk again.
Check here for dates and locations.

In Bloom

I fell in love with this photo by south London-based photographer Hollie Fernando. It's from a series titled In Bloom.
Via  HUH

Tom Waits: Earth Died Screaming

Well hell doesn't want you
And heaven is full
Bring me some water
Put it in this skull
I walk between the raindrops
Wait in Bug House Square
And the army ants
They leave nothin' but the bones
And the earth died screaming
While I lay dreaming of you

Via 3quarksdaily

The Decaying Still-Lifes Of A Forgotten London

Marc Gooderham is a cityscape painter, specialising in the decaying architecture of London. His paintings show the shop fronts, shutters, street-art-plastered walls and cultural treasures of the area.
Wilton's Music Hall.

Warm Glow, Little Russell Street
These Walls
If you can't make it to his show in London you might want to buy a print.
More at Londonist

1959 Chevrolet Bel Air vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu crash test

The crash test was conducted at an IIHC event to celebrate the contributions of auto insurers to highway safety progress over 50 years.

Traveler Photo Contest 2013 - National Geographic

The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is still accepting submissions. Take a look at some they have received so far. They are all stunning!

Swim with Jelly Fish
Photo and caption by CheanChong Lim

A morning in Bosque
Photo and caption by Gaurav Mittal
Photo and caption by Marcio Pimenta

See more photos at  National Geographic

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Vintage Female Anatomy Pop Up Book, 1929

Curious History

VW Bus iPhone Case

I want one of these very much.


Shut Up And Take My Money

Mickey Goes To War

"Mickey Mouse In Vietnam" is an anti-war short by Lee Savage and Milton Glaser, produced for The Angry Arts Festival in 1968.

Via Boing Boing

Suki goes through agility training

I was not aware of cat agility competitions but apparently they are now a fixture of the cat show scene. I think Joyce would be a natural; her love of Temptations more than compensates for her lousy work ethic.

Via Wimp

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Pickpocket Proof Pants

Clothing Arts makes clothing with side and rear pockets with internal pockets secured by zippers, which are secured by buttons. Take that pickpockets!

Via The Awesomer

Made in Tuscany

Invention and landscape, craftsmanship and materiality, from the Impruneta terracotta to the white marble from the Apuan Alps; from landscape to landscape…

Breathtaking Vistas in Venezuela with Philip Lee Harvey

On November 18, 1933, aviator Jimmie Angel became the first American to catch a glimpse of the tallest waterfall in the world — a natural wonder that would eventually be named for him.
Photographer Philip Lee Harvey  followed in Angel’s footsteps, photographing the breathtaking sights along the way.

Philip Lee Harvey - Venezuela Behind the Scenes from Philip Lee Harvey on Vimeo.

Via Petapixel

Perigee's Full Moon

Full moon alert!

2013 June 22

My Little Pony meets ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug”

Pony/Hobbit mashup by YouTube user ActionMovieBuff.

Via Holy Kaw!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Animal Corn Cob Holders

DIY corn cob holders that revert to animals when they're not being used to hold delicious summer corn.

Artisinal Tinfoil Haberdashery

Do recent revelations about the American Government's wholesale data mining of internet and phone providers have you feeling like a lot more eyes are on you than usual - and that you have to look your best for them?
The Artisanal Tinfoil Haberdashery's line of handcrafted headgear might be the solution to your paranoia problem. Check out their Kickstarter project.
Via [BB-Blog]

Food Art About the News

The Hairpin  asked readers to create and send in photos of food art about the news for a gallery presented by the Samsung Galaxy S® 4. The submissions they received are very cute.

"The Lonely Broccoli Mammoth"
By: Monica McLaughlin

"This particular piece of food art is of a cat sneaking into a prison with a cell phone,
which is based on this story in the Moscow Times. The body is made from an italian
eggplant, the head is red potato, the ears are rhubarb, and its eyes were made from
the stem of the eggplant. Its legs are made from baby carrots. The cellphone and its
whiskers are made from snap peas.Its tail is made from a jalapeño. My dish rack is
 slotted so I thought it worked the best as a prison."
By: Mike Dang

Ormond Gigli - Girls in the Windows

 "In 1960, while a construction crew dismantled a row of brownstones right across from my own brownstone studio on East 58th Street, I was inspired to, somehow immortalize those buildings. I had the vision of 43 women in formal dress adorning the windows of the skeletal facade." Ormond Gigli


A Table for Tony

Holsten's, the Bloomfield, N.J. diner that served as the backdrop for the final scene of The Sopranos, paid tribute to James Gandolfini last night. The actor died yesterday at the age of 51. 
More at The Hairpin

Better Names for Groups of Animals

Jeff Wysaski of Pleated-Jeans has created a clever video were he provides “Better Names for Groups of Animals.
Via Laughing Squid

A Video Tour of London's National Gallery

Channel 4′s series of short documentaries looking at some of the more interesting paintings on display at the National Gallery in London. 

More at ikono

The Artist Inside Me

We all have artists inside of us but when did they stop inspiring us?
This animation is my journey of my artist coming and going.
Animated By: Angel Yau
Via The Presurfer

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Rat Pack

They were the coolest cats ever.

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

Mr Rogers Breakdancing

When my sons were little I encouraged them to watch Mr.Rogers because I thought he epitomized good values but he appears very creepy in this video. I don't love him any less though.

Inside Japan's Most Insanely Expensive Fruit Parlor

After reading this I feel even more fortunate to live in Ontario's fruit belt. Our cantaloups may not wear hats but at least we can afford to eat them.

$69 for a twelve-pack of Queen Strawberries

Cherries for $159.50 per box ($4 per cherry)

Yubari cantaloups ($160 for one, or $265 for two)

Apparently there are fruit museums under every department store in Tokyo, where perfect melons probably sit behind velvet ropes and bulletproof glass. To protect the fruits from crazed gunmen?

More at Buzzfeed 

The Corset X-Rays of Dr Ludovic O’Followell

In 1908 French doctor Ludovic O’Followell set out to prove that tightly laced corsets were bad for women's health by taking x-rays of women in corsets.  Curiously he also wrote a regular column for the deluxe corsetier’s magazine Les Dessous Elegance.

Diagram showing the corset’s ill-effects upon the ribcage.The bold lines
(B and D) show the position of ribs and corset’s line before tightening;
the dotted line (A and C) shows the new path of the corset
and subsequent new position of the ribs after tightening.
Ouch! I'd rather have my tummy and love handles on display than wear one of these contraptions.

Via The Public Domain Review

The History of Typography

A paper-letter animation about the history of fonts and typography.
291 Paper Letters.
2,454 Photographs.
140 hours of work.
Created by Ben Barrett-Forrest
Via 3quarksdaily

Martin Usborne's Portraits Of Abandoned Dogs

London-based artist Martin Usborne's photographic collection Nice To Meet You, captures images of dogs photographed through different mediums: a wet pane of glass, faint smoke, dense material, bleeding light. Almost all of the dogs had been abandoned and their expressions reflect a deep sadness.

Via DesignBoom 

Related post: Usborne's Dogs In Cars

Monday, June 17, 2013

Mary Margaret O’Hara

Dangerous Minds posted a great piece on Mary Margaret O'Hara. I remember going to see her at the El Mocambo in Toronto when she sang with Songship and the Go Deo Chorus.
The video below is from her quirkily wonderful album Miss America.

Reusable Cling-like Wrap

Abeego is a hemp and cotton fabric infused with beeswax and jojoba oil. Simply fold it over leftovers as you would cling wrap or foil. It’s pliable at room temperature, then becomes rigid and holds its shape when cooled down. Hand wash in cold water after using and it's ready to go again. And it's made in Canada!

I just ordered some. I'll let you know how they work out.

Via Gajitz

The Giant Black Catfish that Shook Japan

After the catastrophic Ansei Earthquake struck the city of Edo, Japan in 1855 a new type of color woodblock print known as namazu-e  became popular among the residents of the shaken city. These prints featured giant catfish (namazu) who, in Japanese mythology, caused earthquakes by thrashing about in their underground lairs.
The origin of the story may derive from the notion that catfish can sense the small tremors that happen before many earthquakes and are more active at such times. This sudden pre- earthquake activity may have led to the belief that the catfish were causing the quakes.

Namazu and the kaname-ishi rock

The 1855 earthquake acted as a catalyst for growing dissent about Japan's government. The namazu-e were a cheap, disposable tool through which common people could express their displeasure subversively. 
The government responded with intimidation, including briefly jailing nine guild officials. All namazu-e printing blocks were destroyed on the fourteenth day after the earthquake. The namazu-e had been in production for just two months and only a handful of these prints remain.

More prints here
via  Curious History

This related article on the catfish prints is interesting reading.

The Evolution Of The Vespa

A retrospective of the iconic Italian scooter from 1943 to 2013.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Adieu Allard

Restaurant Allard is an 80 year old Parisian legend in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés. I like the traditional decor and the old fashioned cuisine, especially the Bresse Chicken with roasted potatoes. The entrance is through the kitchen. When I posted the photo above some years ago a reader asked if he could use it when he proposed to his girlfriend. Clearly it's not only I who have fond memories of this venerable institution.
Today I learned that Allard has been taken over by the Alain Ducasse group. I'm hoping that they will maintain its sentimental heritage. It's a safe bet that next time I go there I won't be entering through the kitchen.

The Garden Today

Happy Bloomsday!

A Stroll Through Ulysses is a 23 minute documentary filmed by Dublin film maker Noel Duffy in 2004 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the day on which the novel Ulysses by James Joyce was set. The content was written, presented and narrated by Roger Cummiskey, Dublin Artist.

The video follows the path Leopold Bloom took around Dublin on June 16, 1904.
Via Dangerous Minds 

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Popeye Is Looking For His Pappy

Via Miss Cellania