Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wild Baby Kangaroo Still Comes Home to Hug His Teddy Bear After Release

Doodlebug, the kangaroo, is  making a “soft return” to the wild. He comes and goes as he pleases now, and every time the eastern gray kangaroo returns to his homestead, he empties the food bowl and hugs his teddy– just like old times.


Sheet Pan Grilled Cheese For A Crowd

Epicurious shows an easy way to make a bunch of grilled cheese sandwiches at once.


How Not To Make An Old Fashioned

Things go horribly wrong for a person trying to follow a recipe in a cocktail tutorial video by The Layoff Kids.


Gorgeous 3D Jelly Cake!

This video for BeFun Gelatin Art Tools shows how to make an exquisite 3D jelly cake. Someone please make one for me!


Map of Manhattan At Night Shimmers Like Gold

Rafael Esquer, creator of Alfalfa Studio, is inspired by the nightlife of the New York City and also by the art of Gustav Klimt. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated shows the influence of both.


19th century Waverley Type-Writer

Typewriter historian Martin Howard picked up a rare and exquisite Waverley typewriter (1896) in Scotland.

The Waverley Typewriter Ltd., London, England
1896 - serial no. 3H

"The distinguishing aspect of its design is the position of the type bars, which stand vertically behind the platen and swing down towards the typist to strike the top of the platen when typing. This was all about giving visible tying, where one could see what one had just typed. However, with the escape for the paper blocked by the type bars, the carriage design became quite complicated. To get a sheet of paper ready for typing, the bottom edge is pushed back a few inches on the three prongs that are seen under the three hoops of the paper bail in front of the carriage. As one types the paper goes up and around the platen and curls up into a cylinder in the paper bail. The paper is then pulled out sideways."
Boing Boing

Human Cyborg Hears Colours

Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia (a rare condition that allows him to see only black or white). He describes what it is like: "For me the sky is always grey, flowers are always grey and television is black and white." Neil is the world's first government-recognized human cyborg. An antenna implanted into his head allows him to "hear" colours

Unravelling the Chimney Map

A huge 17th century map found stuffed up a chimney is painstakingly restored at the National Library of Scotland.

More here

Hunter S. Thompson's Gonzo Weed To Be Resurrected

Anita Thompson, widow of writer Hunter S. Thompson, has announced that she is partnering with a cannabis company to clone her deceased husband’s favourite strains and sell them to the public.
She plans to use the revenue to keep Hunter’s literary legacy alive.

More here

Chocolate Nikon

UK chocolate shop The Amazing Chocolate Workshop is selling a vintage Nikon SLR camera created entirely of luxury Italian chocolate.

They create everything from chocolate tools to chocolate cheese. Perfect for Christmas gift giving.


How To Make A Gargantuan Chicken McNugget

The lunatics at Hellthy Junk Food  make their own giant versions of the bite-sized fried chicken snack.


Photographer Spends Hours on Bridges to Capture Colorful Overhead Portraits

Photographer Loes Heerink lived in Vietnam for many years and became fascinated with the street vendors of Hanoi. Heerink patiently waited on various bridges for the vendors to pass, capturing colorfully symmetrical photographs as they moved below.

Through Kickstarter, Heerink hopes to raise funds for a return trip to Vietnam so she can expand the project to 100 images and publish a book.


Christmas Convoy Of Brightly Lit Trucks

The IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive will roll through Victoria, British Columbiai on Saturday, December 3.

For the 17th year about 80 lit up trucks will travel throughout the region to support the Mustard Seed Food Bank, Westshore Christmas Hamper Fund Society, and the Sidney Lions Food Bank.

The event is organized by the Island Equipment Owners Association and features decorated gravel trucks, cement trucks, fire trucks, dump trucks flatbed trucks and more.

More here
Thanks Bruce!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Brilliant Irish Words

The Irish language is difficult for English speakers to master. The grammar is complex and it places the verb, rather than the subject, at the head of the clause. The Irish alphabet consists of just 18 letters, so words are often pronounced completely differently from what an English speaker might expect. But the vocabulary is colourful and contains some real gems:

A bogán is an egg without a shell, although the word can also be used of soft, unsteady ground, as well as mushy, overcooked food—and, by extension, a spineless person.

When you fill something up to the brim but then keep on adding more, the part that lies heaped above the top of the container is the maológ. The same word is also used for someone who sticks out from a crowd, or for a small knoll or hill in an otherwise flat expanse of land.

Pocléimnigh is closest in meaning to English words like “frolicking” or “gambolling.” It literally means “buck-jumping,” and is a one-word name for an energetic, excitable leap into the air, or a jump for joy.

Someone who works outside no matter how bad the weather is a sabhsaí.

Stríocálaí literally means “scratcher” or “scraper” in Irish, but can be used figuratively to describe someone who works hard but is not particularly well-skilled.

More: Mental Floss 

Edible Dress Made of Vegetable Slices

This Japanese actor's dress is made of slices of carrot and daikon radish to endorse the Nonoji Root Vegetable Frill Salad Kezurina hand peeler.

More here

The Stout Scarab: The World's First Minivan?

William Stout was an American inventor known for his aviation and automotive designs. Roy Schneider, of Milwaukee, shows off his 1936 Stout Scarab, a model often called the first minivan. It was manufactured by Stout Engineering Laboratories and later by Stout Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan. A 1946 experimental prototype of the Scarab became the world's first car with a fiberglass bodyshell and air suspension.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Bohemian Rhapsody On a Fairground Organ

This 1905 81 key organ was built in Paris by Charles Marenghi in 1910 and remained in a Belgian restaurant for many years until 1967 when it was moved to a Texas fairground.

Original Arrangement written by Alexey Rom.

Who Killed Alberta Williams?

 In 1989, 24-year-old Alberta Williams was found dead along the Highway of Tears near Prince Rupert, B.C. Police never caught her killer.
Twenty-seven years later, her unsolved murder continues to haunt her family — and the retired cop who says he knows who did it
CBC News has produced an eight-part podcast

Moral Machine

MIT's Moral Machine is a platform for public participation in and discussion of the human perspective on machine-made moral decisions. It presents a variety of moral dilemmas and the observer must choose between the lesser of two evils.

Play here

Molasses Tsunami

In January 1919, a holding tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses ruptured, sending a wave of syrup rolling through the streets of Boston that killed 21 people and left another 150 injured.

"For nearly 100 years, no one really knew why the spill was so deadly.
But at a meeting of the American Physical Society this month, a team of scientists and students presented what may be an important piece of the century-old puzzle. They concluded that when a shipment of molasses newly arrived from the Caribbean met the cold winter air of Massachusetts, the conditions were ripe for a calamity to descend upon the city."

Read the full explanation about why the incident proved to be so deadly.


Evocative Black & White Watercolour Illustrations

Indonesian artist Elicia Elidanto's black and white watercolours pay tribute to nature and the relationship that humans can have with her.

Via Fubiz Media

Plant Your Mac!

French artist Christophe Guinet's compositions show us the beauty of nature through everyday and cult objects. In his latest series, entitled Plant Your Mac!, he turns old Apple products into  beautiful terrariums.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Untangling the History of Christmas Lights

(Getty Images)

Today an estimated 150 million light sets are sold in America each year, adding to the tangled millions stuffed into boxes each January. They light 80 million homes and consume 6 percent of the nation’s electrical load each December. And though the contagious joy of these lights has been co-opted orange at Halloween and red at Valentine’s Day, it all started with Johnson’s miracle on 36th Street in 1882.

Read more: Smithsonian

638 Ways To Kill Castro

The CIA and US-based Cuban exiles spent many decades trying to assassinate Fidel Castro but none of their attempts succeeded. The outlandish projects resembled cartoon plots and included exploding seashells, a poisoned diving suit and poison pills hidden in face cream. Some of the plots were depicted in a documentary film entitled 638 Ways to Kill Castro (2006) aired on British public-service television.

The City of New York 1879

Rogers Peet was a men's clothing company founded on November 6, 1874. They put out this map in 1879 with their location prominently displayed.

Click here for zoomable image 

The city of New York. J. W. Williams, del. Copyright ... by Root & Tinker. Compliments of Rogers, Peet & Co.

Tower Vacuums Up Smog

The Smog Free Project is an air-vacuuming tower that stands 23 feet (7 meters) tall and is capable of capturing and collecting more than 75% of the pm2.5 and pm10 airborne smog particles and emitting a circular zone of clean air. There are towers in Rotterdam and in Beijing.

Meet the World's First Smog Filtering Tower from Futurism on Vimeo.

Dutch social design lab Studio Roosegaarde, creator of the project, plans to compress collected smog particles into ‘smog free’ jewelry as a tangible souvenir of the project.

More here 

Thanks Bruce!

Sunday Links 31

50 Years Ago, Truman Capote Hosted the Best Party Ever The evening survives on film and in the recollections of the guests who are still alive 50 years later.

Looking forward to my stay at Leman Locke in March.

Architectural photographer Rod Edwards specializes in 360º virtual reality imagery and interactive virtual tours of iconic buildings that allow you to explore built landmarks without leaving your couch.

100 Years of Artists' Maps of New York City

Truth, Lies, and Videotape Jailed in Japan for a crime she didn’t commit, a young American teacher learns the meaning of the phrase sho ga nai — “It can’t be helped.”

On The Internment of My Grandfather Could it happen again? My grandfather has an answer. “Yeah, you know why? Because at the time we went to camp, we had the same Constitution.”

The Silent-Film Career of Tony the Wonder Horse

I didn’t speak for 17 years  I liked not speaking. It gave me peace. People ask if I spoke to myself, but why would I? I’d just have complained when I had no one to blame but myself.

WE ARE WORDS from the always entertaining Paul Bassett Davies. Thank you, and have a bodacious Heffalump.

Official trailer for Martin Scorsese’s new movie Silence. I rewatched Mean Streets just last night and wondered if he had something new coming up. The trailer looks gorgeous.

Nobody Cooks, and Maybe That's OK The move away from making food from scratch has been accompanied by a big increase in obesity that is probably not coincidental.

Wonderful tales lurk behind the name of the streets of S.F. 

I Was a Teenage Nazi Wannabe The alt-right is a loser's poor fantasy of what a radical revolution looks like. I should know.

My year of no spending is over – here's how I got through it

The Belvedere Hotel in Corleone, Sicily shut its doors to tourists in late 2013 and reopened in 2014 under new management – a co-operative that also runs care homes in Sicily – the hotel became an ‘extraordinary reception centre’ for migrants, one of about 3000 in Italy.

All That's Left When You Die Last month my dad turned seventy-eight years old. A few days before his birthday, I drove down to San Diego to see him.

Alicia Keys Live In Paris

The real endangered species on the coast of the US isn’t the piping plover or the loggerhead sea turtle. It’s an unengineered beach. Via

How the Photography of Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams Told the Story of Japanese American Internment

Prominent, prolific and often acerbic restaurant critic AA Gill announces cancer diagnosis in latest review.

The Underappreciated Art of the Hollywood Backdrop

Watch Free Online Documentary Films and Free Documentaries Thanks Bruce!

Westway Architects, in collaboration with Stefano Pavia, turned a railway workers housing building in Milan into a large vertical loft with an M.C. Escher-like staircase

Building Dreams and Nightmares  One of the surest reflections of a society’s values can be found in what it builds. Despite uncertainties about exactly what travails the Trump presidency will bring us, I am convinced that the architectural imprint he has already imposed—extrapolated to a national scale—tells us all we need to know.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

LEGO Thanksgiving

This video by Michael Hickox tells the story of a Thanksgiving dinner that was ruined when someone burned the turkey.

Via Miss Cellania

Sweet Potato Or Yam?

Which did you have with your Thanksgiving dinner?


An Obsessive Collection of Film Facts

Comedian Bob Monkhouse had a vast private archive of films, TV shows, letters and memorabilia that he left behind. It’s part of an exhibition about the handmade archives, indexes and scrapbooks painstakingly recorded by filmgoers and cinema obsessives, from World War Two to the present.

The exhibition, Cinephilia and Collecting, is open Mon-Sat until 27th January at the Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

More: IanVisits

DIY Wine Gift

Clois Du Bois, the elegant French inspired, California made wine, collaborates with creative collective Zion & Sons to share this inexpensive and simple DIY gift.

Via Honest Cooking

8 Ukiyo-e Show Snow in Edo Period Japan

Court ladies showing a giant snow cat to a young prince Genji
 after the first snow (print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi)
November snowfalls in Tokyo, a city with typically dry winters, are rare. The last was in November 1962.  Spoon & Tamago took a look at some ukiyo-e that illustrate what snowfall was like in Edo-period Japan (1603-1868).

Building snow sculptures seems like a popular activity anywhere, but in Edo period Japan
the “snow daruma” was more appropriate (print by Hiroshige Utagawa)

Two girls make a a snow dog (Print by Harunobu Suzuki)

This is one of the more iconic views of snowy Edo and part of the series
 “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” (print by Utagawa Hiroshige)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Four Horses

Canadian Member of Parliament Charlie Angus was so "blown away" by the bestselling book, "Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginals Life", he was inspired to write a song. A long-time champion for aboriginal peoples Charlie is now contemplating running for the leadership of Canada's New Democratic Party.

Matchmaking Mamma

Poor ‘Sally McNitt’ is caught with her hands full and showing too much leg in “Matchmaking Mamma”, 1929.

Watch the film: Part1, Part 2, Part 3

Art Deco

Thanks NewDealProgressives

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Comme des Garçons Emoji Pack

Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons has released a pack of holiday emoji making use of its famous Play heart with eyes logo, which was originally designed by the New York-based graphic designer Filip Pagowski.

Buy them here


Feed Me a Story

Artists Theresa Loong and Laura Nova’s "Feed Me a Story"  gathers family recipes and immigrant food experiences in New York through a roving social engagement project. Their current installation in a vendor stall of the Essex Street Market includes over 20 video stories recorded last year during the week of Thanksgiving.

Brenda's Shabbas With a Little Dash from Feed Me A Story on Vimeo.

OK Go, The One Moment

Shot in just over 4 seconds!

Barry Cant Arf Weld

A strangely hypnotic short film about large scale forging of special steels at Firth Rixson in Sheffield. Part of the Steel Stories project in collaboration with Arts and Humanities, The University of Sheffield. Music and sound design by The Black Dog.

Barry Cant Arf Weld from shaun bloodworth on Vimeo.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Robin Williams Talks About How He Created Mrs. Doubtfire’s Loving Scottish Voice


PETA Tricked People Into Drinking Dog's Milk

Would you drink dog's milk? Probably not. So then why drink cow's milk? That's the thinking behind PETA's new campaign, which encourages Britons to stop drinking cow's milk at such as astronomical rate.

Via HUH.

Most Googled Thanksgiving Recipe In Every State

The researchers didn't look at the most popular dish for every state (which would have been pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple pie in all 50). Instead, they focused on the most distinct.

More: Business Insider

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Spread For Cheese and Crackers

An easy Thanksgiving appy.

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Spread - Presented by Castello Cheese from Honest Cooking on Vimeo.

Via Honest Cooking

Teeny Weeny Luxuries

These miniature Hermes Birkin Bags come in tiny Hermes shopping bags.

Phillip Nuveen builds little townhouses and penthouse apartments complete with high-end home furnishings like Eames chairs, Philippe Starck lamps, etc. and small-scale iconic brands like Hermes, Gucci, and Jimmy Choo.

More here 

Monsters of the Internet - by Gemma Correll

If you spend any time online you've probably run into these guys.

More monsters here 

Flower Ladies

Paris based digital artist Jean-Michel Bihorel takes one photograph of dried hydrangea and uses his imagination, along with some handy 3D modelling software, to create elegant sculptures of women.

Via Creative Boom

US Government Lists Countries It Thinks Are Safe To Travel

The State Department has issued a warning to Americans travelling to Europe of an increased risk of incidents of terrorism, particularly over Christmas.

Interactive map here 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fungi Timelapse

This timelapse footage from the Planet Earth II series on BBC One captures unusual fungi blooming at night. It includes a few specimens that were shot for the very first time by Steve Axford.

Via Colossal

Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner With A Drone

The folks from Autel Robotics use an X-Star Premium Drone to cook Thanksgiving dinner. It peels potatoes and carrots, deep fries a piece of turkey, dices carrots and parsley, mixes gravy, cream, potatoes and pumpkin pie mix, and butters rolls.



A short about absurdity

Preposterous - A short about absurdity from Florent Porta on Vimeo.

Pop-Up Lamps Show Feathers and Antlers When Illuminated

Tel Aviv-based designer Chen Bikovski's Popup Lighting is a whimsical series of folded aluminum lamps that turn into magical creatures like deer and peacocks when illuminated.

Via Colossal

Bianca Del Rio Makes a Dress In 3 Minutes Flat

American actor, insult comedian, costume designer, and drag queen, Bianca Del Rio, makes a dress on stage at the RPDR 6 Premiere Party and it looks pretty good.


Hipster Nativity Scene

Because it's 2016! This nativity scene includes Joseph taking a selfie with a duck-faced Mary holding a cup of Starbucks and wise men on Segways bearing gifts from Amazon.

Available here for $129.99.


Interior Design Cheat Sheets

So you've won a lottery and will finally be able to get rid of the brick and board bookcases and decorate your home the way you've always wanted to. This post gives you all the information you'll need. From hardwood floor colours to pillow placement, you'll find it here.

You're welcome.

Thanks Bruce!

Word's Most Perilous School Run Now Slightly Less Scary

Children in the hamlet of Atuler in the Chinese province of Sichuan have to climb an 800m cliff to get to and from school each day. When their plight became public authorities installed a steel ladder. While the climb remains difficult, locals said the ladder has made a significant difference, and the climb now takes an hour less than it used to.

Image: imaginechina
If I were those kids I'd still be tempted to play hooky.

More: The Guardian

Monday, November 21, 2016

Skin-Tight, Full-Body Wolf Onesie

This full-print wolf bodysuit accentuates and subtly emphasizes the snoutal region. Mr. Nag will not be wearing one of these no matter how much he begs.

Via Boing Boing

Some Things Will Not Change

Some Things Will Not Change

Rhett & Link: Tough Decisions

Paper or plastic? A whale is going to die no matter what you do.


Suitcase Of Wonders

Peter Ross's Suitcase of Wonders is a miniature magic theatre with wooden dollhouse flooring, hand-sewn curtains, side drawers with brass knobs, speakers with vintage radio grille cloth, working footlights, and other little secret details. The theatre’s components can also be stored within the suitcase for travelling.

See an interview with Ross at Maker Spotlight

Jeep Hood Desk

Danish furniture brand, Canett Furniture took an old Jeep hood and turned it into a mighty awesome desk.

Via:  UltraLinx