Friday, September 30, 2016

The Men Who Steal Meat From Lions

In Southern Kenya, Dorobo hunters use brains and teamwork to secure a meal. They wait for a pride of lions to kill a wildebeest, then steal their dinner from right under the predators' noses.

Via Holy Kaw!

Horn Please

Horn Please is a documentary by Shantanu Suman that documents the colorful art adorning many trucks in India. The title derives from a message seen behind each and every truck in India. It is a signal for the vehicles behind the trucks to blow the horn before overtaking. The sheer exposure of the signage has led it to become a popular phrase among Indians.

HORN PLEASE from Shantanu Suman on Vimeo.


Colors of Coral Seen Through a Macro Lens

“Coral Colors" is a short film from myLapse that captures the colors and movement of coral using amazing macro footage. The project was created to call attention to the harmful effects of global warming on the Great Barrier Reef. Make sure you watch it in full screen mode.

coral colors from myLapse on Vimeo.

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"Artichokes With Legs" Finally Get Protection

The pangolin is the only known mammal with scales. It are also one of the world’s most trafficked mammals as its scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) has now officially banned commercial trading of pangolins. That's good news for the "artichokes with legs."


Library Cake

Kathy Knaus hand-designed this amazingly detailed interior section of a public library in cake form.


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Wrong Hands

None: Animation by Ash Thorp

 NONE is a short animation film that explores the balance of light and darkness by multidisciplinary designer Ash Thorp.

NONE from Ash Thorp on Vimeo.


The Colour Of Films

Alexandre Tourney, the author of La Couleur des Films, uses a unique system of film analysis using thousands of images that make up 1000 films to form circles. These discs represent the colours of all the frames that make up a film (usually about 150,000 for a 100-minute movie).

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 by Quentin Tarantino, 2003

Le fabuleux déstin d'Amélie Poulain by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001

Frozen by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee, 2013

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

French Artist Restores Flea Market Paintings And Gives Them A New Look

French artist Blase (short for Blasepheme) finds paintings in flea markets and uses traditional restoration techniques to give the original painting a fresh boost and a second life.

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Sad Chairs of Academia

Sad Chairs of Academia is a Tumblog about chairs because someone had to stand up for them. You think you're having a hard time in academia, but have you ever thought of the chairs? Will no-one think of the chairs?

A rally of sad chairs. Solidarity FTW!

Stacked. Incomplete. Forgotten. Not even considered retro.

Firefighters attempt to save the Casa Loma fire station in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California


Hypnotic breast enlargement

In the 1990s Michael Stivers specialized in the esoteric area of "breast enlargement hypnotism" claiming:  "The larger-breast style of self-hypnosis relaxes the subject, then allows her to will an increased blood flow into the fatty tissues of the breast, much like that during menstruation or pregnancy. Daily conditioning through self-hypnosis allows what amounts to a permanent enhancement." Apparently his credentials as a former pro wrestler and police officer were impeccable.

And if you believe this I have a bridge I'd like to sell you.

Via Boing Boing

Off-Season Santas

Miami-based photographer Mary Beth Koeth's Off-Season Santas series tracks down and photographs Santa doppelgängers in their down time.


How To Build A Human Heart

"How to Build a Human Heart" is a scientifically accurate steampunk poster designed by Eleanor Lutz. 


Would You Have Been "Literate" Enough to Vote in 1964?

The website of the Civil Rights Movement Veterans shows literacy tests that African-Americans had to pass in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s before the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pothole Protest Produces Results

Bangkok-based model, Palm, was fed up with the deplorable condition of the roads in Thailand's Tak province. So she took a 'protest bath' in one of the holes that are causing ongoing problems and accidents. Others have been inspired to copy her actions to draw attention to the pothole problem.

The protest has been heard by the governor of Tak Province who has ordered the relevant agencies to repair the road without delay.

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Puppy Gives Rescuers a Surprise

When workers at a construction site in London found this dirty little pup they took it to the South Essex Wildlife Hospital for a cleanup.

His rescuers found a surprise underneath the mud -  a baby fox!

Via Neatorama

Daily Overview

Daily Overview was inspired from an idea known as the Overview Effect. This term refers to the sensation astronauts have when they look down and view the Earth as a whole. They have the chance to appreciate our home in its entirety, to reflect on its beauty and its fragility all at once.

Below are photos of Black Rock Desert of Nevada, USA during and after Burning Man, an event that draws more than 65,000 participants each year. One of Burning Man's key principles is "Leave No Trace" - meaning significant efforts are taken to make sure the desert returns to its original state in the days following the festival.

These Are The Beatniks

The pulsating story of today's youth, apart and alone, living by their code of rebellion and mutiny.
 It answers the beatnik questions all America is asking.

You can see the full movie here.

Donald Trump Travels Back in Time to Participate in the Historic 1960 Kennedy-Nixon Debates

In a politically themed video by the Gregory Brothers, the historic Nixon-Kennedy debates of 1960 were reimagined to include a time traveling Donald Trump as one of the candidates.

Coloring Book for Goths

The Coloring Book For Goths requires only one color: black. Once you color it in, the page turns completely black. It features crows, black widow spiders, pentagrams, coffins, and crypts, and makes references to Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Smith, and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Cute idea but it would get stale very quickly.

Via Boing Boing

Harvard’s Glass Flowers Bloom Again

Harvard’s Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants debuted in own its gallery back in 1893. At the time, botanical models were made of papier-mâché or wax and lacked the translucent qualities of living plants. George Lincoln Goodale, a Harvard professor and the first director of the school’s Botanical Museum, commissioned the Dresden, Germany–based father-and-son team of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka to make the glass models in 1886. The flowers are nicknamed the “Sistine Chapel of Glass” for their excellence.

The historic collection recently reopened after its first comprehensive renovation.

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Hip Hop Performers Becoming Role Models For New Generation Of Afghan Women

The Taliban may no longer control the airwaves, but young women in Afghanistan still face torture and death for performing music. Some brave women are pushing back—by rapping, singing, even playing the cello.

A young rapper named Sonita Alizadeh says her family considered selling her as a bride when she was 10 and again at 16. She left them and launched a career, recording a rap video (below) called “Daughters for Sale” in which she wears a wedding dress and, on her forehead, a barcode.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Be A Bat-Person This Halloween

Do you have a hoodie and an old black umbrella? Good news, you can be the Prince or Princess of Darkness.

Instructions here 

Via Boing Boing

Twinkling Stars Skirt

This adorable Twinkling Stars Skirt by ThinkGeek is based on an actual constellation. The triple-layer blue skirt is equipped with 45 feet of LED wire and a battery pack that is hidden inside the waistband. Here's how it's assembled:


Live Jelly Cam

Monterey Bay Aquarium's video of sea nettles is very calming. I could watch it all day.

Their long tentacles and lacey mouth-arms move gracefully through the water. But their lovely trailing parts are covered in stinging cells used to paralyze prey which is then moved to the mouth-arms and then to the mouth, where it's digested.

Ryan Heffron's Sunflowers

Photographer Ryan Heffron explains how he captured his magnificent photographs of sunflowers blooming under the Milky Way.

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A Nice Orwellian Cuppa

George Orwell tells us how to make a nice cup of tea.

A Nice Cup of Tea from Kyle Predki on Vimeo.

One of my little pleasures is a cup of very strong Barry's tea accompanied by a Hobnob. I think I'm turning into my nana.


Double-Six Octopus Domino Set

This Double-Six Octopus Domino Set  consists of 28 duo-tone dominoes with brass spinners. They come in a box featuring a laser engraved octopus which wraps 3 sides.


The Post Apocalyptic World of NIX + GERBER

NIX GERBER make large things small. Their project titled The City is a collection of tiny dioramas   picturing a bleak post-apocalyptic future.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

High Hitler!

What effect, if any, did drugs have on the events of the Second World War or its outcome? German writer Norman Ohler's new book Blitzed reveals that Hitler and his Third Reich compatriots were on very familiar terms with cocaine, heroin, morphine and, above all, methamphetamines (aka crystal meth).

At a company called Temmler in Berlin, Dr Fritz Hauschild, its head chemist, inspired by the successful use of the American amphetamine Benzedrine at the 1936 Olympic Games, began trying to develop his own wonder drug – and a year later, he patented the first German methyl-amphetamine. Pervitin, as it was known, quickly became a sensation, used as a confidence booster and performance enhancer by everyone from secretaries to actors to train drivers (initially, it could be bought without prescription). It even made its way into confectionery. “Hildebrand chocolates are always a delight,” went the slogan.

More: The Guardian

French Road Is Only Drivable Twice a Day, Then It Disappears Under 13 Feet of Water

I recently watched an excellent Chef's Table episode about Alexandre Couillon's restaurant La Marine in Noirmoutier, France. When looking for more information on this 3 star restaurant I came across this post at My Modern Met.

Photo credit: Greg_Miko

The Passage du Gois connects the Gulf Burnёf with Noirmoutier but it is only driveable twice a day for a few hours before it’s flooded by the rising tide. In 1701, this 2.58-mile passage was first mentioned on a map and, in around 1840, regular service began via horseback and later cars. It is generally unsafe for travel and special panels are in place to tell people if the road is drivable. Those who disregard these warnings get trapped and have to stand on elevated rescue towers until the water subsides or someone comes to get them. Unfortunately they must say au devoir to their cars.

I'd like to visit Noirmoutier and eat at La Marine but I think I will take the bridge which was built in 1971.

Lives Of The Rich and Famous

American photographer Slim Aarons was the preeminent chronicler of American and European society in the postwar period. He photographed "attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places."

Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger at Leixlip Castle, County Kildare, Ireland, 1968.
Faithfull and Jagger had attended an open-air performance by the Chieftains before a banquet at the
castle, the Georgian estate of the Honourable Desmond Guinness, conservationist and author.
Photograph: Slim Aarons

The actress Mara Lane at the Sands hotel, Las Vegas, 1954. Lane appeared in more than 30 films
from 1951 to 1965. Slim took these photographs from the top of a Las Vegas ladder truck.
He was forever asking hotel managers and homeowners if he could see the view from a building’s
highest floor. If he had to arrange more than a few people from on high, he favoured using a bullhorn,
if available, and could never resist jovially booming to all down below, ‘This is the voice of God!’
Photograph: Slim Aarons.

Laure de La Haye‐Jousselin at the gates to her château in Normandy, 1957. Slim waited four days
in the village of Saint‐Aubind’Écrosville to get this shot. Once the scene was set, he not only
managed to get the subject to engage with the camera, but got her horse and two dogs
to cooperate as well. As Slim’s longtime friend and editor Frank Zachary observed,
‘Slim managed to get the horse to raise his hoof. A real, honest‐to‐God 17th‐century portrait.’
Photograph: Slim Aarons.
Slim Aarons: Women, introduced by Laura Hawk is published next month by AbramsMore here

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The IRS Pulls a Gun—Al Capone’s

Mug shot of Al Capone taken by the Miami Police Department.
The reputation of the Internal Revenue Service has been taking a beating lately as its director tries to fend off an impeachment attempt.
On Tuesday the IRS will participate in an unveiling ceremony of a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson “Hand Ejector Military& Police Model” revolver with a pearl handle that gangster Al Capone once carried. The agency hopes that reminding people of the glory days of the IRS will distract attention from their current internal problems. Capone was, after all, undone not by the FBI or Elliot Ness but by an undercover operation of the “T-men,” members of the Treasury Department’s IRS investigative division who got him for cheating on his taxes.

Read the story here

Horseback Dinner

To celebrate the completion of his $200,000 stable, C.K.G. Billings held a "horseback dinner" on March 28, 1903 for 33 of his pals from the Equestrian club. It took 24 workers three days to convert the second-floor banquet hall at Sherry's restaurant in New York into a faux rural barnyard and stable.

More here

Thanks Bruce!

Death Valley's Ghost Town Ballerina

Under a blistering Death Valley sun, Marta Becket resurrected the Amargosa Opera House with nothing but a paint brush and fierce devotion to her art.


Spike Jonze Presents Mourir Auprès de Toi

Filmmaker Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are) commissioned handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan to create a Catcher in the Rye embroidery for him. She asked him to collaborate on a film in return. They collaborated with French director Simon Cahn and spent six months writing a script, then animating 3,000 pieces of felt. Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side), set inside the famous Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, is the result. It features a skeleton, his lover, and some famous book covers that spring to life.

Via Open Culture

Could You Live Without Plastic For A Month?

Cesar tries to live a plastic-free life and finds it's not so easy.


Sunday Links 22

The BBC surveyed 62 film critics from around the world  to determine the 21st Century’s 100 greatest films. I've seen 38 of them. How many have you seen?

The Month That Killed the Sixties : An oral history of how everything went to hell in December 1969. Fred Hampton was killed by the police, the hippie spirit died at Altamont, and the Weathermen went underground.

This looks cute: London Town Official Trailer 

Big Lonely Doug How a single tree, and the logger who saved it, have changed the way we see British Columbia’s old-growth forests.

‘My God, that’s Kimberly!’: Online sleuth solves perplexing mystery of identity thief Lori Ruff. Good story.

The Rogue Doctors Spreading Right-Wing Rumors About Hillary’s Health  The AAPS has emerged as conservative conspiracy theorists’ favorite signal booster.

Tracking the Beat Generation Across Three Continents a retrospective of the Beat Generation at the Centre Pompidou.

An Abridged History of London’s Tower Menagerie

From a hair-raising rooftop walk of Stockholm to a drag queen-led stroll through Hamburg and sniffing your way around Vienna. Five European city tours with a difference 

Jeanette Winterson on Paris’s Great Bookstore, Shakespeare And Company

The cats of war Syria's Cat Calamity

I love Vermont. My kids learned to ski just up the road from Kirby where this adorable tiny house on 10 acres is for sale.

 Our Tiny Home is Revolutionizing How My Wife and I Fight

The Cat: An Ancient Folk Tale  by Tom Cox that proves some things never change.

Cartoonist Harry Bliss and the Center for Cartoon Studies announced an artist’s residency at the former home of J. D. Salinger in Cornish, New Hampshire.

The Forgotten Memory Palaces: How did people in ancient times remember things when they had no computers, books, or even paper?

I am partial to quirky little museums. The restored London townhouse of legendary British architect Sir John Soane overflows with treasures. It is so crowded that only a few people are allowed to visit at any time and there are always lineups to get in.

What’s Wrong with Me? I had an autoimmune disease. Then the disease had me.

Walking Paris from the notebooks of Camus.

Teddy Bears Are For Lovers

Almog Avidan Antonir directed this horror comedy short about Collin, a 20-something Casanova, who becomes haunted by the teddy bears he gave to his ex-girlfriends. Warning: Mature Content.

TEDDY BEARS ARE FOR LOVERS from Short of the Week on Vimeo.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Ice Cream In Fish-Shaped Cones

Taiyaki NYC ice cream shop opened in New York City’s Chinatown last week and its ice cream served in  novel fish-shaped cones has made it an Instagram sensation.

TAIYAKI NYC’s fishcone. Image by TAIYAKI NYC on Facebook
In Japan and other parts of Asia teriyaki has been around for over 100 years and is served plain or filled with hard ice cream to form a sandwich. The Taiyaki NYC cones are filled with soft serve ice cream in flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, green tea and black sesame and various toppings like mochi pieces, fresh strawberries and sprinkles.

The Facebook Sad Story Guy

We all know someone like this.


16 Years Of Presurfer and Blort

Happy blogiversary to The Presurfer and Everlasting Blort who are both celebrating 16 wonderfully productive years of blogging today! If you're a regular here you'll know that I steal their content on a daily basis.

Royal Mail Releases Stamps With Hidden Clues To Honour Agatha Christie

To celebrate the centenary of Agatha Christie's first detective novel the U.K.’s Royal Mail has released a set of stamps dedicated to six key scenes and principal characters from Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Body in the Library, And Then There Were None, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and A Murder Is Announced. Each stamp sums up one of Christie’s plots in a single frame illustrated by Neil Webb, with clues that point to the murderer hidden in the artwork. These ‘hidden clues’ are revealed with exposure to UV light or heat, and of course, the use of a magnifying glass.

And Then There Were None: A poem, key to the plot, is the moon’s reflection,
and the mysterious U.N.Owen appears at the lit window.

Murder on The Orient Express: Don’t be distracted by the red kimono character,
she distracts the viewer from the killer hidden behind a heat sensitive
ink curtain. The curtain disappears when the stamp is touched,
and names of suspects are written along the train track in micro text.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles: Poirot and Hastings investigate the crime scene
 – forming the skull, as the murderer used poison.
The whole stamp is then reproduced in miniature on the poison bottle.

The stamps were designed by London-based Studio Sutherland in collaboration with British illustrator Neil Webb.

More here 


Rocket Rider

An RAF Test Pilot is trapped in a stricken jet descending rapidly to Earth. Will he be able to eject in time? And what was the experiment for?

Rocket Rider: A short film by Ross Bradley from Ross Bradley on Vimeo.

The F-35 cockpit set for this short film was built in numerous barns, village halls and garages in Worcestershire & Warwickshire out of plywood, the panels created with a laser printer, electric switches and bottle tops.

Via Kuriositas

The time it takes to be a woman

Joe Sabia created this video for Glamour, that calculates the total time that men and women spend, on average, on a variety of everyday activities.

Via Boing Boing

Gemini Espresso Maker

The Gemini stovetop coffee maker delivers two perfect cups simultaneously. I have a coffee maker that makes perfectly good espresso but I find myself wanting this one.

Buy it here 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Operation Babylift

(Photo: Jean-Claude Francolon/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images)
At the end of the Vietnam War in April 1975 the U.S. undertook an operation to evacuate thousands of orphaned children from Vietnam before the fall of Saigon. Planes were turned into makeshift nurseries for over 2,500 children who were slated to be adopted out to waiting U.S. families. Three processing centers were formed at military outposts on the West Coast where children were received before being placed.

San Francisco's Presidio was an army base at the time and a cavernous football field-sized building called Harmon Hall was transformed into a massive care facility. An April 6, 1975 San Francisco Chronicle article reported that there were “7,886 bottles of formula, at least 10,000 disposable diapers, 2,400 cotton tipped swabs and 750 cotton balls, 1,440 aspirin tablets, gallons of baby powder, ointment by the bushel, toothpaste and towels” on hand at the Presidio. The same article described a plane bound for Seattle “crammed with bassinets, diapers, bottles, and food including hot dogs.”

(Photo: Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives and Records Center)

Gradually information emerged that some of the children were not orphans. Lawsuits were filed on behalf of the children including one that sought to reunite adoptees with living relatives. Some have successfully formed relationships with biological family as adults while others are still searching.

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