Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Frog So Transparent You Can See Its Internal Organs

Image: J. M. Guayasamin et al., 2017/ZooKeys

Hyalinobatrachium yaku is a newly-discovered species of glassfrog that lives in the Amazonian lowlands of Ecuador. Like other glassfrogs, it features transparent skin on its belly, but this tiny critter takes things to another level by exposing the entire contents of its underside—heart and head included.

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International Pub Cats

What could be better than a pub with great beer? A pub with great beer and a cat! Pub Cats is a blog dedicated to cats who live in pubs around the world – sleeping on the bar, sleeping by the log fire, sleeping on the cosy chairs you warmed up for them.

Wistful at the Windsor Castle
Essential Ingredients
A truly a great pub must have three things:
Real Ale
Open Fire
The Mitre is full of WIN.

The site even has an interactive map that helps you find your nearest furry drinking buddy.

Click here for interactive map
Know a pub cat? Submit it to the blog.

More Pub Cats Here


Jerry Garcia Prom Photos

A series of eight photos purportedly from 1959 or 1960 show a teenaged Jerry Garcia and include Jerry’s prom photos.

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Will Everything Probably Be Okay?

Some things aren't okay now but they will probably be okay later. Other things (wet socks, hanger, ghosted by wifi, etc.) tend to turn out just fine.

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Buy the poster at Chipper Things


Around the World in 80 Paper Models

Montmartre with Sacre Coeur in the Kemnitzer Paper Model Collection

The Kemnitzer Paper Model Collection is housed at the National Building Museum. The 4,500-piece collection represents all 50 states and multiple countries, as well as many imaginary buildings such as farms, forts, villages, skyscrapers, and castles.

Josephine Baker House in the Kemnitzer Paper Model Collection

David Kemnitzer never assembled the 4,500 pieces he donated to the National Building Museum between 2013 and 2016. So before a display of the miniature architecture could be installed, museum staff, architecture students, and volunteers all pitched in to carefully construct color copies of selected models, with the more elaborate examples taking weeks to erect with scissors, glue, and razor blades.

British Pub in the Kemnitzer Paper Model Collection
Images by National Building Museum staff courtesy of David A. Kemnitzer, architect

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Artisan Brunch

Designer Kyle Bean, photographer Aaron Tilley and food stylist Lucy-ruth Hathaway collaborated on a series of still life images that depict brunch ingredients that suit the tastes of artists like Damien Hirst, Yayoi Kusama and more.

Yayoi Kusama’s famous dots are made with ketchup

Damien Hirst signature formaldehyde box

salvador dali-inspired still life

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LED Light Hidden Inside a Capsule

French design firm DCW Editions has released the ISP Lamp, an LED light mechanism for table or wall contained in a brass capsule inspired by the design of an airplane fuselage.

GIF: Design Milk


Chess Set Made From Car Parts

An anonymous Imgur user who works in an auto shop assembled valves, valve springs, spark plugs, castellated nuts and pipe fittings into a really attractive chess set.


Artist Illustrates The Brutal Reality Of Rape

Shannon Mackenzie's work, “Rotatio”, deals with her own personal history as a rape victim. She painstakingly constructed a six foot circle comprised of sparse sentences among tens of thousands of individual lines.

Mackenzie ended her showing by painting over the entire piece in white paint, blotting out the words forever in a powerful symbolic statement.

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Art of The Black Panthers

Emory Douglas was the Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party. He used his art as a weapon in the Black Panther Party’s struggle for civil rights and today Emory continues to give a voice to the voiceless.

Emory Douglas: The Art of The Black Panthers from Dress Code on Vimeo.

His art and what The Panthers fought for are still as relevant as ever.


1922 Color Film Test by Kodak

These tests, made in 1922 at the Paragon Studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey demonstrate the Two-Color Kodachrome Process. The process, which had been in development for over 8 years, was used to shoot a selection of stage and screen stars.

The models include actress Hope Hampton (appearing in costume from The Light in the Dark, 1922), who was married to Jules Brulatour, her manager and the exclusive distributor for Kodak film; Mary Eaton (famed star of the Ziegfeld Follies) and the inimitable Mae Murray (The Merry Widow, 1925).


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Moncton fourth-grader's Google Doodle Vision Of The Future

The Doodle 4 Google contest is a nationwide competition that saw over 11,000 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 share their vision for a chance to design a new Google logo. New Brunswick fourth- grader Wesley Babin created a metal sculpture for the contest that represents his vision for the country's future. His submission titled "A Mechanical Canada" resembles a robot and symbolizes the technological advances he expects to see in Canada one day. The nine-year-old is now one of 12 finalists from across Canada.

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In The Garden

All the rain we've had this spring has been good for the flowers. Too bad about the leaky roof though.

‘Made in China’ Photo Series

BFA Photography and Video student Rujie Wang's ‘Made in China’ photo series examines western stereotypes of Asians. She places her friends among cheap articles that were made in China and purchased at American dollar stores.


The Socialization Of Dormouse

Dormouse is a recent graduate of Kitten School, and the star of a series on how to tame a scared or feral kitten. He is a 4 month old male feral kitten who needed socialization before he could go to a forever home.


'Sparkling Jewel' Beach Threatened

Image: The Siberian Times

This beach, near the city of Vladivostok on Russia's Pacific coast, looks like it's made of jewels. It is actually created from bottles that were dumped there years ago and smoothed by nature.

A recent warning from the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) says the beach will vanish in about 20 years as the vivid glass remains are reduced to sand by abrasion. There is enough glass remaining for one generation - but later it will turn into a regular sand and pebbles bay.

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Sunday Links

Bamboo Architecture: 14 Sustainable and Spectacular Organic Structures 

How Gregg Allman Kept Allman Brothers Going After Duane's Death

Hear 4 Hours of Jazz Noir: A Soundtrack for Strolling Under Street Lights on Foggy Nights 

A Little Bit of Finland in Paris: The Koti Sleepover Experience

Are you looking for a wax likeness of Jim Carrey? It's creepy as hell but if you want it you can find it (and so much more) at ObnoxiousAntiques 

Tired of feeling like a sardine in a tin when you travel? Me too. This appeals to me: Ferrari Designer Launches World’s Most Luxurious Sleeper Train in Japan

At last: Patagonia Made a Bikini That Won't Ever Fall Off 

For these Philly librarians, drug tourists and overdose drills are part of the job

The last of the tattooed women of the Tharu tribe, documented in stunning photographs

This Catalan Folk Singer Refused to Bow to Oppression The director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage recognizes the lifetime work of the singer activist Raimon.

When Timbits just won't do: How to Make Eggs Benedict When You’re Stuck in the Office

Seeking Refuge in Vinyl Records During China’s Cultural Revolution  Paganini could never have imagined that his music would be the cause of a bloody brawl between some random Chinese boys.

Norah Jones – Black Hole Sun (Detroit Fox Theatre 5.23.17)

The Eclectic Objects that Inspired Matisse’s Art

Outsmarted: Way back in 1924, F. Scott Fitzgerald figured out something very shrewd about right-wingers. He discovered, and described, an emerging social type: the reactionary pedant.

Memoirs of a Playboy Bunny in 1970s New York City

NewSchool of Architecture and Design Auctioned Off Architects' Napkin Sketches for Student Resources

For its 80th birthday, here are 80 photos of the Golden Gate Bridge 

Was Bobby Fischer crazy? Can chess drive you mad?

The Best Places to Retire in Europe? Alicante and Galway may be great places to be a tourist but I wouldn't care to retire to either place.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

New Burn Treatment Looks Fishy

Doctors in Brazil are using the tilapia skin to treat burn patients. The treatment, which is part of a clinical trial, is said to reduce healing time by several days.



Kyoto Ohata often passes through an area in Japan that is filled with pigeons. She was concerned that her human presence was upsetting them so she made a pair of shoes shaped like pigeons.

DIY Instructions For Pigeon Shoes Here

Build Your Own Potato Salad

Wind your way through the chart, picking and choosing ingredients and flavours as you like.


Live From The Larynx

Beatboxer Tom Thum had ENT doctor and laryngeal surgeon Dr Matthew Broadhurst shine an endoscopic camera down his throat while beatboxing.


Ron Swanson's Pyramid of Greatness

Ron Swanson developed the Pyramid of Greatness over the course of many years. It's a perfectly calibrated recipe for maximum personal achievement.

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Thanks Bruce!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man And Benny And The Jets Finally Get Official Videos

Nearly half a century after its release filmmaker Max Weiland of Somesuch has created an official video of the 1971 ballad Tiny Dancer by Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The video reflects on life in Los Angeles from a dozen different people, all unfolding behind the wheel of their cars.

The video is part of a collaborative project by The Cut and YouTube, which enlisted filmmakers to create official videos for three of John and Taupin's  iconic songs – “Tiny Dancer”, “Benny and the Jets”  and “Rocket Man

See the others here 


Would You Like To Be A Professional Cat Cuddler?


Are you an amateur cat cuddler looking to turn pro? This might be the job for you. Just Cats Veterinary Clinic in Dublin is seeking a full time cat cuddler to pet and soothe any feline patients who are nervous. But the job requires more than simply being on the feline wavelength. The ideal candidate will likely be a veterinary intern, a nurse or a nurse’s assistant.



If 100 people lived on EARTH

More than 7 billion people live on our planet - a pretty overwhelming number. This video scales it down to make it more manageable.


I don't know why you'd want to do this but all you need to gigantify your head is a box big enough to fit over your head, a plastic Fresnel lens, a tape of SMD warm-white LED lights, and a battery pack.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Inside one of the last handmade scissor workshops

Though most pairs today are made in a factory, at Ernest Wright & Son Limited in Sheffield, England, they still take pride in producing this essential tool by hand.


Have We Really Killed the Great Barrier Reef?

Rising ocean temperatures have caused mass coral bleaching in coral reefs around the world, in every tropical ocean from the Caribbean to the South Pacific. This is now considered to be the biggest threat that coral reefs face. But its obituary may have been premature.

Maps Show Terrorist Attacks Worldwide For Last 20 years

Carnegie Mellon researchers teamed up with Robert Muggah, a global security expert and director of Igarape Institute to create Earth TimeLapse, an interactive platform that relies on data from the Global Terrorism Database to create maps of how many terrorism-related deaths occur annually worldwide. The larger the red circle, the more deaths in a given attack.

Below is a non-interative time-lapse of global terror attacks from 1994-2014, also based on data from the Global Terrorism Database:

The Biodiversity Heritage Library

The Biodiversity Heritage Library maintains a huge collection of plant and animal drawings with over 110,000 images, organized into hundreds of albums that they've made available on Flickr.


Wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan

I had a beautiful wisteria that I grew from a small cutting and its bloom was the highlight of my garden each June until it was felled by a bug infestation two years ago. Until a cutting I took from that plant takes off I console myself with photos and videos of this magnificent 100 year old Japanese wisteria.

Jean-Baptiste Courtier's Vintage Images

The work of French photographer Jean-Baptiste Courtier is influenced by classic film and music. He brings cinematic elements into his latest shoot Cine-Reve, created for Madame Figaro's Mode magazine.

Courtney Barnett “How to Boil an Egg”

Australian singer Courtney Barnett sings a lot of songs with food in their titles: “Three Packs a Day” (about ramen), “Pickles from the Jar,” “Canned Tomatoes (Whole)" and a double EP titled “A Sea of Split Peas.”  Here's another:


Cat Leads Lost Alpine HikerTo Safety

Hungarian hiker, Redditor sc4s2cg, sprained his ankle and couldn't find his way back to the village of Gimmelwald, Switzerland.  He posted this photo of a hero cat who allegedly showed up and led him home.
(Mr. Nag wondered if it had a tiny keg of brandy around its neck)


Gatineau Man Spent 5 Years Sculpting Model of Parliament

Photograph by Jake Wright
Grégoire Lefrançois, 75, took measurements by hand of the outside of Centre Block and used Google Earth to plan out his wooden model, complete with lights and a fan to ensure a waving flag atop the Peace Tower.
It will be ready just in time for the 150th anniversary of Confederation on July 1.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ancient mummy had 1,100 year old Adidas boots

A Mongolian 'seamstress' died after a blow to the head and went to the afterlife with four changes of clothes, her sewing kit, a horse and a ram's head. But it's the boots that really stand out:

And the embroidered bag is cute too:

The woman is believed to be of Turkik origin, and the burial is one of the most complete ever found.
Based on samples experts believe that the mummy dates back to the 10th century, but DNA and radiocarbon testing is still awaited.

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Mealtime Swim

A "good things come to those who wait" story. 

It took four years for French photographer Louis-Marie Preau to capture this image of a Eurasian beaver. Each evening, wearing snorkeling gear and weights, he would lie motionless on the riverbed for two to three hours. Finally, one evening, his patience paid off.

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Conserving Dürer's Triumphal Arch

Albrecht Dürer’s 1515-17 “Triumphal Arch” was made with 195 woodblocks on 36 sheets of paper and is one of the largest prints ever produced. The process of cleaning, mending, and assessing the condition of the paper was a colossal task.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ink In Motion

Macro Room is creating breathtaking macro videos.


What happens to people who are struck by lightning?

Clothing worn by Jaime Santana the day he was struck by lightning.
(© William LeGoullon)

"Jaime Santana’s family have stitched together some of what happened that Saturday afternoon in April 2016, through his injuries, burnt clothing and, most of all, his shredded broad-brimmed straw hat. “It looks like somebody threw a cannonball through it,” says Sydney Vail, a trauma surgeon in Phoenix, Arizona, who helped care for Jaime after he arrived by ambulance, his heart having been shocked several times along the way as paramedics struggled to stabilise its rhythm."

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