Friday, June 30, 2017

Papercraft Commercial

Idemitsu, one of Japan’s largest oil refiners and owner of over 5,000 petrol stations across Japan, has decided to celebrate their 106-year anniversary with a series of TV commercials documenting their history through the use of traditional papercraft and shadow theatre.

More here 

Cooling Off at a Soda Fountain from 1920

A catalogue titled Soda Fountains by Fountain Specialty Co. contains illustrations of old fashioned soda fountain counters and backbars.

More here

If old timey hangouts interest you here is a story from my neck of the woods about a Diana Sweets Diner that ended up in the back of a Harley Davidson shop in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

11-year-old boy invents device to stop babies dying in hot cars

An average of 37 children per year die in hot cars in the US. 11-year -old Texas boy, Bishop Curry, was upset when a baby in his neighbourhood died this way so he created a prototype that could save a child's life. The device consists of a fan that can detect heat and turns on when the inside of a car hits a particular temperature. Once the fan is activated, the child's parents will get alerted through the Wi-Fi, if they're unable to respond the local authorities are contacted.

More here

Thursday, June 29, 2017

David Attenborough Narrates A Typical British Night Out

The males are starting to compete for the favours of the female booby birds.


Supercut Of 70 NYC Movies

Film editor Sergio Rojo has compiled clips from over 70 films set in New York City. 

New York in Cinema - Supercut from Sergio Rojo on Vimeo.

Via Gothamist

The Hawaiian Quintette (1913)

Listen to tracks recorded by The Hawaiian Quintette for Victor in 1913. These recordings helped popularize Hawaiian music as a significant genre on mainland US.

More here

Make a Junk Drawer Music Box

A music box produces sound via a rotating cylinder studded with tiny pins. As the cylinder spins, the pins pluck the teeth of a metal comb. The teeth on each comb are different lengths and thicknesses, depending on the notes needed for the melody each box plays.
Make shows how a low-tech music box can be cobbled together from objects that one might find around the house.

Wonder Woman's Giant Painting

At the start of the Wonder Woman movie, young Diana has her history explained to her via an enormous oil painting. The painting was created by different artists who worked on each section of it independently, then the whole thing was stitched together at the end to create a single giant image. This post shows detailed shots of each individual section, including some images that did not appear in the final film.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Houses In Kabul Are Being Painted In Rainbow Colours To Improve Residents' Mental Health

Ruchi Kumar

Thousands of mud-brown houses blanketed the mountains surrounding Kabul but they are now being painted in rainbow colours as part of a new initiative to brighten Afghanistan’s capital. The Afghan affinity for colour has always been visible in the form of small decorations, colourful doors and hand-painted flower pots outside nearly every mud house. This project aims to paint the exteriors of nearly 2,000 houses on the hills of Kabul.

Similar projects in depressed areas of Brazil, Haiti and Indonesia have improved the mental health of residents and it is hoped that colour will have the same effect here.

Read more here
Related posts: Rio and Indonesia

Embroidered Cat Patches

When Becky Stern's cat, Beatrice, passed away earlier this month, she stitched up embroidered cat patches as a memorial and made a tutorial so you can do the same (you don't have to wait until your cat dies).


The Poetic Harmony of Andrei Tarkovsky's Filmmaking

"What words would best describe a Tarkovsky film?" asks Lewis Bond, creator of the cinephile video-essay Youtube channel Channel Criswell. He offers a few right away: "Haunting, ethereal, hypnotic, serene."

Kirigami and Karakuri Puppets That Will Surprise You

Japanese designer Haruki Nakamura creates entertaining paper objects from puzzles to kirigami toys.

Sheep in wolf's clothing

Adelie penguin bomb


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Grenfell Tower: June 2017

'Grenfell Tower, June, 2017' is a poem written by Nigerian writer Ben Okri. To raise funds for relatives of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, and for survivors.

A Mini Fireworks Stand With Functional Fireworks

3D artist Mav Vasquez (a.k.a. “POPT ART“) built a sweet little fireworks stand complete with miniature working fireworks.


Sleeping Sperm Whales

Sperm whales sleep together in a pod facing up in the water.

Photo by Franco Banfi, a finalist in the 2017 Big Picture Competition.


Paintings Explore The Global Migrant Crisis

Kevin Chin’s Refuge exhibition in Melbourne is inspired by the global migrant crisis, the resurgence of political parties like One Nation and Reclaim Australia, the US election of Trump, and the continuing debate around nationalism, belonging and alienation.


Japan's Yakuza: Inside the syndicate

In 2011 a Belgian photographer was allowed entry into one of Japan’s Yakuza families. Over two years, he captured the lives of those living in the underworld.


Building in China Has a Road on Its Roof

This five-storey building in Chongqing, China has a terraced roof that doubles as a single-lane public road. Chongqing's terrain is made up of hill slopes, and the lack of flat building space has forced architects and urban planners to think outside the box in order to come up with feasible solutions.

This building is actually the indoor parking of an apartment complex higher up the side of the hill. Without the road, residents would have to take an elevator or walk up from street level, at the base of the hill all the way up to the apartment building.


Oscar Mayer Wienerfleet Going Where Other Hotdogs Can't!

To promote their new preservative-free hotdog Oscar Mayer is expanding their fleet from the original wiener on wheels, the Wienermobile, to include the Wienermini, Wiener Rover, Wienercycle and Wienerdrone.


Watch An Octopus Escape From A Sealed Jar

Via Holy Kaw!

This Typewriter Types Colours Not Words

Washington-based painter Tyree Callahan modified a 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter, replacing the letters and keys with colour pads and hued labels to create a functional “painting” device called the Chromatic Typewriter.

More here 

The Infinite Now

Australian coal miner-turned-photographer Ray Collins' ocean imagery is mesmerizing. He’s worked with artist Armand Dijcks to re-imagine some of his best-known stills as cinemagraphs, a blend between photography and video.
These cinemagraphs inspired André Heuvelman from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra to collaborate with pianist Jeroen van Vliet on a custom soundtrack.

The Infinite Now - The Cinemagraphs of Ray Collins from Ray Collins on Vimeo.


Timgad, the African Pompeii

The city of Timgad, in today’s Algeria, was founded as a military settlement by Emperor Trajan around AD 100. The ruins of the city were well preserved under the sands of the Sahara and were excavated for the first time in 1881. The city is noteworthy for representing one of the best extant examples of the grid plan as used in Roman city planning. Timgad was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

Image by Frederik Pöll

Photo by Habib Kaki

Read more here

Monday, June 26, 2017

World's Most Elaborate Paper Plane

Luca Iaconi-Stewart, a young designer from San Francisco, is an airplane afficionado. He appreciated the proportions of an Air India Boeing 777 he saw on the internet and decided to recreate it out of cut-up paper folders. He used a manual and pictures he found online to guide him. After spending more than 10,000 hours over a period of nine years he is not yet finished but its complexity is a wonder to behold.

Read more here 

She Travels Around The World Without Leaving Home

Agoraphobia and anxiety limit her ability to travel, so Agoraphobic Traveller  found another way to see the world: she circumnavigates the globe via Google Street View.

St. Louis, Senegal

Arequipa, Peru

Texas, United States

Check out her fabulous Instagram account.

Say NO to catnip!


A Glass of Prague

Raise a glass to Prague, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre and one of the world's most beautiful cities. This timelapse video by Kirill Neiezhmakov shows it off to full advantage.

A Glass of Prague. Timelapse & Hyperlapse. Czech Republic from Kirill Neiezhmakov on Vimeo.


Russian Town Tints Its White Winter World

The tiny Siberian village of Ust-Yansk is located 486 kilometres from the nearest town. Once as drab and dreary as the weather the town has painted its buildings in rainbow colours to counteract the effects of the long white winters.

More here

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Apprehension Engine

Movie composer Mark Korven wanted to create creepy scores for horror films. He asked his friend, guitar maker Tony Duggan-Smith, to assemble what might be the most disturbing instrument on Earth.

Articles of War

A World War II pilot makes a surprising confession during his final flight above the deadly heart of Fortress Europe.

Sunday Links

Alexander Graham Bell’s Tetrahedral Kites (1903–9) (above)

Meet the 15 Kens in Mattel's New Doll Line: In the future, we will no longer have names or races. We will all be Ken. Take a look at the line up and determine which Ken you'll be.

Thousand Islands is so much more than a Salad Dressing Gorgeous photos of the archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddle the Canadian and US border. Via

The 36 Questions That Lead to Love

Baby Name Guide: Updated for 2017 Made me laugh.

The American Dental Refugees of Mexico’s “Molar City”: A mouth full of healthy teeth has become a luxury in America, and the divide between rich teeth and poor teeth has become a stark symbol of inequality.

The Hidden Treasures in Italian Libraries 

There's An Entire Scottish Village For Sale 

Cyanotypes of British Algae by Anna Atkins (1843) 

On a Wonderful, Beautiful, Almost Failed Sentence By Virginia Woolf  Brian Dillon writes about the 181-word  first sentence of Woolf’s 1926 essay “On Being Ill.”

Inside the Notorious Camp Where Refugees Sewed Their Lips Shut

The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. In the waterlogged Netherlands, climate change is considered neither a hypothetical nor a drag on the economy. Instead, it’s an opportunity.

The Ultimate Upper Peninsula (Michigan) Road Trip Guide 

Writers Looking for Forever Homes: Adoption Listings

I Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Workout. It Nearly Broke Me.  - Via

France’s Green Venice. Marais Poitevin in south west France covers a huge area – over 370 square miles. The French know it as la Venise Verte. Lovely photographs.

Wine connoisseurs or charlatans? "It smells like sweaty cheese in here,” thunders Domen Presern, a chemistry PhD student, announcing his presence at a second-floor Thai restaurant in Oxford. “Something with lactate crystals. Manchego?”

You can walk around Machu Picchu using Google Streetview

It's been way too long since my last Simon's Cat post so here you go: A Compilation of Simon's Cat Chaos That Reminds Simon He Really Needs a Vacation

Art Nouveau at its finest: The city of Nancy was the center of an architectural movement

Saturday, June 24, 2017

American Flag Pie

For my friends to the south of here:

An American Flag Pie Recipe with a homemade crust and a blueberry and strawberry filling, topped with stars and stripes.

Spray Painting Multiple Layers of Acrylic Glass

Street artist Sofles spray paints multiple layers of acrylic glass. When viewed straight on it looks like a single canvas but a few steps in any direction and you get a sense for the multiple layers involved in each piece.

More here

Thanks Bruce!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Boomer the Skateboarding Cat

Boomer the Bengal cat free skates down a closed street during a classic car event. I wonder if his big brother Didga gave him some pointers.


A 'Roomba' for weeds

I need one of these! The inventor of the Roomba robot vacuum, Joe Jones, has come up with a solar-powered weeding robot called the Tertill. It will patrol your home garden daily looking for weeds to cut down.

$249 here.


Roof of New Apple Store Looks Like a Giant MacBook

The new flagship Apple Store under construction in downtown Chicago has a giant Apple logo on the roof, making the building look like a MacBook.

Foster Partners, the London design studio working on the project says the Store will eventually have an outdoor plaza, a gathering place centered around a video wall Apple calls 'The Forum'.


Third Man Records Detroit

I was in Detroit last weekend to see the mindblowing Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Art. I wandered over to the Cass Corridor area to check out local boy Jack White's Third Man Records. The shop is a“celebration of vinyl culture and American craftsmanship.” It's shiny and stylish and I was mighty impressed.

If you'd like to read more, Popular Mechanics has done a nice piece on the plant.
Do visit. And while you're there check out Shinola - it's right next door. If you're feeling a bit peckish head on over to Seva for a delicious vegetarian meal.

The Costumes of Anne With An E

The recent CBC adaptation of the iconic Anne of Green Gables series is more visceral than other versions we have seen. It tackles themes like bullying and being an outsider which a child like Anne, having grown up in orphanages and foster homes, would surely have experienced. The realistic interpretation extends to the costumes. The video below shows the care taken by costume designer Anne Dixon with every stitch, hem, and pleat to recreate the world of Anne.

The series, now streaming on Netflix in the US, stars Amybeth McNulty and a more authentic Anne you will never see. The scenery will make you want to move to PEI. Check out the trailer:

Don't confuse it with the recently released version starring Martin Sheen. This one is so much better.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Light Dance

A group of dancers from Ukraine earn a  Golden Buzzer from the judges for their incredible performance.

Creative Reuse Of Wine Box Packaging

Designer Rita Rivotti has created fun packaging for  Tyto Alba a wine made by Companhia das Lezírias vineyards in Portugal.The winery has made it their mission to protect and preserve Tyto Alba, also known as the barn owl.

The owl appears on the Tyto Alba bottle and, after the wine has been enjoyed, the box with an attached twig can be used as a bird house.

More here 

The 'Dog Photographer Of The Year' Awards

The "Dog Photographer Of The Year" competition, an annual contest organized by the UK-based animal welfare organization the Kennel Club, has announced its winners, and unsurprisingly the cute factor is off the charts.

Maria Davison Ramos won the Man's Best Friend category
— and took first prize overall — with this photo of Yzma the rescue.

Lucy Charman's photo of a bunch of wet and tired English Springer Spaniels

Kaylee Greer's photo of Joshua the pitbull Terrier

8 ‘Til Late At Your Convenience

British artist Lucy Sparrow's 8 ‘Til Late installation is a bodega filled with thousands of objects you might find at a typical corner store from breakfast cereals, a deli counter brimming with meats, frozen foods, and spirits—all made from felt and a bit of paint.


More here 

Thanks Bruce!

Poorly Translated Foreign Menus

BAFTA Award-winning comedian Graham Norton is hilarious. In this video he talks about eating abroad and shows us some photos of poorly translated foreign menus.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bicycle Wall of Death For Sale

Is your backyard big enough to accommodate this Bicycle Wall of Death ? If your answer is yes head on over to eBay pronto and make a bid. The hitch? The buyer would need to collect it from Northampton, UK.

Here's a video to raise your enthusiasm:


The Beauty Of Stairs

"Staircases can trigger conversations, provide a sense of arrival and dazzle with ingenuity, so why are they often overlooked?"
 Monocle explores the often overlooked staircase in a gorgeous short film.

The beauty of stairs from Monocle Films on Vimeo.


How Hot Is It In Arizona?

It's hotter than hell! It's so hot planes are grounded. It's so hot inmates in Maricopa County’s Tent City get unlimited ice water (although they are left to fry in tents). It's so damn hot meteorologists need new colors to make weather maps.
As if all that weren't bad enough it's so hot in Arizona that puppy feet are frying! For real! Air temperatures over 100-degrees mean that an asphalt surface could be as hot as 167-degrees so please don't take your four legged friend for a walk on pavement.

More here 

A World Without Shadows

This 1976 documentary is a portrait of the life and work of one of Canada's foremost primitive painters, Maud Lewis.

Maudie, the recent biopic of her life, is a charming movie. See it if you get the chance.

More here

Auto Nom

This upbeat video by Berlin-based foam Studio follows the adventures of 'Autonomous Rolf', a cheerful self-driving classic German car that gets under your hood with its freedom-loving behaviour.

AUTO NOM from f°am Studio on Vimeo.


First Cat Video?

This performance was filmed in Thomas Edison’s Black Maria Studio in New Jersey in 1894. The boxing cats were part of Professor Henry Welton’s “cat circus”. The film was made to promote Edison's moving picture device and is thought to be the first ever cat video.


The Forgotten Trains of India

Ritayan Mukherjee is a widely-published photographer who is based in India. In this photo essay for Roads and Kingdoms he documents his experience on the Gwalior Sheopur Kalan Passenger train, which runs on the longest remaining narrow gauge route in the world. The train takes more than 10 hours to cover 198km (123 miles). It is so behind its time that the Indian government tried to get it on the UNESCO World Heritage List. (Sadly, it didn’t make the cut.)

Happy Summer Solstice!

Solstice comes from the Latin sol (the sun) and sistere (to stand still). The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and marks the first day of summer. On June 21 there are 24 hours of sun North of the Arctic Circle and  24 hours of darkness in Antarctica. At Stonehenge on the Summer Solstice, you can watch the sun rise over the stones; it is set almost perfectly for this occasion.

On this day every year we celebrate the solstice with friends by watching the sun go down over Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Niagara River. Not quite as dramatic as the Stonehenge sunset but we always have a good time.

Thanks for the map Bruce!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Balloony Brilliance Of Phileas Flash.

Classic comic book covers recreated with balloons by Phileas Flash.

Via SylK's Playground

Fantasy Coffins Of Ghana

These fantasy coffins are made by specialized carpenters in the Greater Accra Region in Ghana and are fully functional.



“Solar Paint” Pulls Hydrogen From The Atmosphere Like A Photosynthesising Plant

Scientists have created a paint-like substance which can pull hydrogen out of the air, giving us an unlimited and cheap source of clean energy.
The “solar paint” is made from a new synthetic called molybdenum-sulphide, a chemical used to absorb moisture. It helps us to store food, and preserve and protect clothing and electronics.
More here