Friday, November 30, 2018

Japanese kimonos have a dirty secret

On a small island, off the coast of Okinawa in Japan, the world’s most precious kimonos are crafted using a very unusual element.


The Dogs Of Old London

A lovely post at Spitalfields Life on the dogs of old London - the guard dogs, the lap dogs, the stray dogs, the police dogs, the performing dogs, the dogs of the blind, the dogs of the ratcatchers, the dogs of the watermen, the cadaver dogs, the mutts, the mongrels, the curs, the hounds and the puppies. It draws from Libby Hall's enormous collection of dog photography.

The first dog to be buried here was run over outside the gatekeeper’s lodge,
setting a fashionable precedent, and within twenty-five years
the gatekeeper’s garden was filled with over three hundred upper class pets.

Photographs copyright © The Libby Hall Collection at the Bishopsgate Institute

Pocket Closet

The Ori Pocket Closet is a collapsible walk-in closet that expands on demand to provide more storage in less space. I could use a few of these.

Ori Pocket Closet from Ori on Vimeo.


Your Morning Smile

Via Miss Cellania

Underwater Ecosystems Fashioned From Yarn

Portuguese textile artist Vanessa Barragão uses recycled yarns to create intricate tapestries of ecosystems by hand, depicting the diverse world that exists underwater.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Challenge of True Solitude

Alexandra De Steiguer has spent the past 19 winters tending to the 43-acre grounds of the Oceanic Hotel on Star Island. In the off-season, she is the island’s sole inhabitant.


Christmas Trees For Households With Cats

UK retailer Argos is selling top-half only "parasol trees" to stop cats from ruining Christmas.

My cat would laugh in the face of this feeble attempt to deter her. This morning I heard a sound coming from a pantry cupboard. I thought it was a mouse until Carmen burst out with a stream of liquid in her wake. She'd manoeuvred her way into the cupboard where she chewed through a cardboard crate that held 6 plasticized cartons of chicken broth and managed to tear into 3 of the cartons and drink her fill of broth. How could she smell the broth through a door, a cardboard crate and sealed cartons? All I know is this kitty gets what she wants. Carmen would climb that tree, branches or no branches or she'd sashay along the mantel and hop onto it.


The Dress For Respect

How often are women groped at clubs? A lot. Advertising agency Ogilvy created a touch-sensitive dress for a campaign for Schweppes that tracked how often—and with what degree of intensity—women in Brazil were groped on an average night out.

More: Quartzy

Toronto 2033

Toronto 2033 is a project by Spacing to help celebrate the magazine’s 15th anniversary. Authors were invited to imagine Toronto 15 years from now through short stories, podcasts, and films.

Toronto 2033 from Spacing Magazine on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space Station

Video Credit: ISAA, NASA, Expedition 57 Crew (ISS);
Processing: Riccardo Rossi (ISAA, AstronautiCAST); Music: Inspiring Adventure Cinematic Background by Maryna

More here

Last Night I Saw Elvis At The Waffle House

Did you know that there is a record label built around breakfast? I've never had the pleasure but  apparently you might be treated to a sweet sweet serenade all about waffles, eggs or even raisin toast while chowing down at The Waffle House. (Click No Thanks to see the video).

The Secret Record Label Within Waffle House from Great Big Story on Vimeo.

Intricately-Knotted Cords Tell A Story

Khipu, an abacus-like means of bookkeeping, was the Incan system of record-keeping that used intricately knotted rope.

More: Open Culture

Harry's Last Stand

Social justice activist Harry Leslie Smith died today at the age of 95. Dubbed the world's oldest rebel, he spent the last years of his life visiting refugee camps around the world to find a solution to this crisis. He grew up in abject poverty in a British coal mining town and did not want his past to become our future.  He remembered a time before universal health care in Britain and his eulogy to the declining state of the NHS is one of the most moving pieces of journalism I have read. He acted as a moral compass for many of us and tributes have been pouring in from all over the world as people who had been following his recent health crisis on Twitter woke up to find their hero was gone. Harry's life had true meaning and he will not be forgotten. My condolences go out to his devoted son John and family.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Store Your Liquor In A Mansion

House your liquor in the style it deserves, in this marble cabinet in the form of an American mansion. Brass handles, mahogany interior. America circa 1930.

Link: Obsolete


Want to go hang gliding? Sure, why not?

This guy went hang gliding for the first time but it turned ugly as his safety harness wasn't hooked to the glider. It's horrifying to watch.


Polychrome Woodblocks of Birds

Golden Pheasant in the Snow

These exquisite polychrome woodblock prints are Meiji era copies (ca. 1900) of original designs (ca. 1771) by Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800), a Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period notable for his striking modern aesthetic.

The Paroquet

Swallow and Camellia

More: The Public Domain Review

Monday, November 26, 2018

Wildflowers for Buffalo

Louise Jones’s mural for The Sinclair Building brings a bright splash of color and floral designs to downtown Buffalo. Jones has incorporated aspects of period design, hatpins, and flora native to Western New York into her composition.


First they came for the wait staff, and I did not speak out—because I was not a waiter.Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has opened a chain of futuristic restaurants that uses robots to deliver meals directly to your table.


Tweet of the Day

Nightingale Floors

Some 17th century Japanese castles have extremely creaky wooden floors but it isn't because of sloppy craftsmanship. The sounds weren’t just tolerated, but desired, as the floors functioned as a security system warning of approaching intruders and assassins.

Read More: Open Culture

Sunday, November 25, 2018

3D Picassos

Pakistani artist Omar Aqil takes inspiration from Picasso for his own artworks. He transforms the 2D paintings of this great artist into 3D versions using ordinary home-garden-and-kitchen products.

Via Pasa Bon!

Sunday Links

Image credit: Jacobia Dahm for NPR

A Toy Monkey That Escaped Nazi Germany And Reunited A Family

300-year-old note found inside butt of Jesus statue (No, it did not say "Get me out of here")

The Internet has a Cat! Meet Purrli, the Online Cat Purr Generator.

Photos Of Johnny Cash And June Carter At Folsom Prison 

Super recognisers: the people who never forget a face

3 Days, 150 Paintings: A Whirlwind Tintoretto Tour 

Here It Is! Alice B. Toklas's Recipe for Hash Brownies

 30 Ways to Die of Electrocution 

This made me chuckle: Mother Lish’s Bologna Sandwich, a recipe from Gordon Lish 

The Impossibly Cool Album Covers of Blue Note Records

A Meal of 50 Courses Over 6 Hours. Is This the Future of Dining? 

Cat tongue research could change the way we brush our hair and clean rugs — big news for allergy sufferers.

Art Bra 

For centuries fishermen in Nazaré Portugal taught their children to avoid the huge waves that crashed against the nearby cliffs. Then the extreme surfers showed up

The Story of an Iconic Statue: Behind Degas's Little Dancer 

Creating a Century of Portraits in My Living Room

Grina - a word with two contradictory definitions. Via PfRC

Saving the Abandoned Home of Frederick Law Olmsted, Central Park Designer

Your meals aren't Pinterest perfect? Neither are mine and this is why. How Food Stylists Trick Us Into Thinking Food Looks Better Than It Really Does

His dad found a box at a boot sale. There was some good stuff inside. Via Blort

Shigeru Ban designs pyramidal bourbon distillery for Kentucky Owl Park

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, November 24, 2018

X-Ray of a Spacesuit

X-ray of the suit Alan B. Shepard wore on the Moon during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971.

See a cutaway and more here


Tweet of the Day


Lenny is designed to make telemarketing unprofitable

Lenny is a lonely old man who is up for a chat (in an Australian accent) and is every telemarketer’s worst nightmare. He is a chatbot designed to fight telemarketing spam with automated trolling.

Read more about Lenny here.

Via Boing Boing

Charles Michèle de l'Epée Google Doodle ド・レペ

Today Google honors Charles Michèle de l'Epée on his 306th birthday. The doodle shows “Google” in sign language based on ideas of Abbé de l'Épée. He developed a visual method that became the blueprint for the teaching of the deaf.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Handmade Electric Bicycles

These gorgeous retro e-bikes by Kosynier look just like sport motorcycles did 100 years ago. I would really love to have one.


The Solar System Quilt

In 1876 Sarah Ellen Harding Baker, a teacher and astronomer in Cedar County, Iowa, spent 7 years embroidering an appliqued quilt to use as a visual aid in lectures. The work is now housed at The Smithsonian National Museum of American History,

More: Open Culture

Tweet of the Day

Some of the comments are hilarious.

The Gift of Colour

Jeff Dishmon, a correctional deputy and SWAP farm manager with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, spent his whole life colourblind until he received a pair enchroma glasses.


Star Wars R2-D2 VW bus

mimaki cg60 transformed this 1992 Volkswagen camper bus into the R2-D2 droid from Star Wars. The measurements and computer work took about 50 hours, plus vinyl wrapping.

Here's how it was done

Time-lapse Film of Storms and Clouds

This time lapse video by photographer Ron Risman pays tribute to the beauty above us.

Sky: A Motion Film Celebrating the Awe-Inspiring Beauty of the World Above Us from Ron Risman on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Tweet of the Day

Forklift Driver Accidentally Destroys Warehouse

What a mess!

Thanks Bruce!

A Very Thermite Thanksgiving To All!

This video from 2010 is one of my most popular posts ever. I'm reposting it for those who haven't seen it:
Oh no, the family is arriving in five minutes and I forgot to put the turkey in the oven! Whatever shall I do? Cooking a twenty-five pound turkey in under thirty seconds with ten pounds of thermite. (Best done outdoors). 

A Thanksgiving prayer from William S. Burroughs

Via Boing Boing

The Party Bus

The Party Bus was directed by Show Yanagisawa for Shiseido cosmetics. It's a beautiful film that blends live action and stop motion animation.

See how the film was made

Ikea Dogs

An Ikea store in Catania, Italy is doing its part to help its stray dog population keep warm in the fall and winter months by allowing them to sleep in the store.

The dogs receive daily food and pampering from Ikea’s employees and customers. Some dogs have even found a family, going home with customers.

More: GOOD

Jean-Luc Godard

A repost:
Bande à part (Band of Outsiders) is a 1964 film by Jean-Luc Godard about two grifters with a fondness for Hollywood B movies. This scene is priceless.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Hells Angels - London - 1973

What are you waiting for, Sandra?


How should you feel when you watch Rabbits, a 2002 sitcom by David Lynch? According to clinical psychologists the correct answer is "unpleasantly uncomfortable.” (All Lynch's work makes me feel that way.)


The Psychedelic Animations of Keiichi Tanaami

Japanese creator  Keiichi Tanaami has produced a body of work whose earliest pieces go back to the 1950s. His vision is a mixture of pop culture and and symbolic iconography drawn from America, Japan, and his own psyche. I like this cheerful 1973 animation of John Lennon's "Oh, Yoko!" :

Read more about Tanaami and see more of his work at Open Culture

A pre-Jonestown album by Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple

In November, 1978 charismatic cult leader, Rev. Jim Jones, directed his followers to kill themselves in the jungles of Guyana where he had set up a religious community. In a story that shocked the world more than nine hundred members of the Peoples Temple followed his directive. Five years  earlier Jones and the Peoples Temple released He's Able, a gospel album featuring the congregation's choir and their leader.

Survivors of the Jonestown tragedy talk about the making of the album here

Prince's Tale

After losing his arms in a fire, a determined actor returns to the stage.

The Story Behind That IKEA Photo of Amsterdam

Who made this photo, why was it made, and how did it end up as a best selling photograph at IKEA? Tom Roes decided to find out.

More here 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The breathtaking courage of Harriet Tubman

"Escaping slavery; risking everything to save her family; leading a military raid; championing the cause of women’s suffrage; these are just a handful of the accomplishments of one of America’s most courageous heroes."

How a Michelin-Starred Restaurant Makes an Ice Cream Sundae

You've probably been doing it wrong.

Via  Eater


This hand-painted cel animation by New York-born freelance animator Ingo Raschka plays out the storyline of two characters on a Tinder date.

2012 from Ingo Raschka on Vimeo.

More: It's Nice That 

Want more people to vote? Make it easier for them.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Flowers Blooming

Flowers Blooming 2 is a  time-lapse short film by Slovakian photographer Majo Chudý  that shows 929 hours of flowers blooming. It took nine months to capture a total of more than 40,000 shots.

Flowers blooming 2 from Majo Chudý on Vimeo.

More here

Cup Art

Via Blort 

One Town,Infinite Borders

The town of Baarle straddles an international border, with half of it belonging to the Dutch and the other half to the Belgians. With dozens of border crossings throughout town, many houses, shops and even roads are split in two. And with two countries comes two sets everything—two mayors, two flags, two council and even two sets of laws.

The Town That Straddles Two Countries from Great Big Story on Vimeo.

‘The Perils of Masturbation’—a cautionary tale

Le livre sans titre (“The Book With No Title”) was published in in 1830 as warning to young French men about the consequences of masturbation, a malady which lead to early death. It tells the story of a young man who was his mother's pride and joy until he discovered masturbation. He died bald and covered in pustules at just 17 years of age.

His chest is buckling. He vomits blood.

His entire body is covered in pustules. He is a horrible sight.

At the age of 17 he dies in horrible torments.

More: Dangerous Minds

Sunday, November 18, 2018

100 Years, Age Of Beauty

​Quebec photographer Arianne Clement is interested in the “invisible” people living in her community and now devotes a big part of her art to the elderly. In her series of portraits of 10 centenarians, Arianne questions society’s obsession with youth and beauty standards.


Music For Sunday Morning

Sunday Links

Photo: Londonist

Where To Find a Prickle of Hedgehogs In Central London

A Debaculous Fiasco : The most expensive, bizarre, and obscure work ever created by Dr. Seuss. Thanks Bruce!

A Selection of the 30 Most Disappointing Under 30

Michael Jantzen's Interactive Octagonal Garden Pavilion 

Why Do People Steal Their Co-workers’ Lunch?

A short twitter story about a girl and her demon

Three Feet From God: An Oral History of Nirvana ‘Unplugged’  Via

 Common Sayings Updated for American Culture  Via 

The Epic Rise and Fall Of The  Name Heather 

Canada remapped: In 2013 journalist Patrick Cain remapped Canada creating 14 provinces with equal populations. Thanks Bruce!

Coltrane's Giants Steps solo played by a robot! 

Chop Suey sells For $91.9 Million at Christie’s 

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum : Some Were Neighbors

Nineteenth-Century Textspeak

This Cactus Is So Hot It Destroys Nerve Fibers Could it be an alternative to opioids?

20,000 Dear Abby letters analyzed in study of "American" anxieties

This is Our Lane : An Open Letter to the NRA from American Healthcare Professionals

 Build Your Own Copper Still  Make purified water, essential oils such as rose water and lavender oil, and even ethanol (alcohol)

For Sale: 24 Steps From the Eiffel Tower's Spiral Staircases 

Free Vintage Design Guide to Japanese Waves

Still Bend/Schwartz House is Frank Lloyd Wright's built version of his Life Magazine "Dream House" design from 1938. And you can rent it! Via

What If the International Space Station Were Empty? Thanks Bruce!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Surgeons With Chainsaws

Once every four years, skilled loggers travel to the area around Lake Ägeri in Switzerland to collect mature trees in a sustainable harvesting tradition.

INS HOLZ (IN THE WOODS) from Thomas Horat on Vimeo.


Via Blort

The Ghastlygun Tinies

Some satires speak for themselves. The Ghastlygun Tinies for Mad Magazine by writer Matt Cohen and artist Marc Palm is one of them.

See the whole Album on Imgur. It is truly poignant.

Vintage Coke Pop Can Designs

I don't remember these Coke cans - do you? The retro styling still has a lot of appeal.

More: Inspiredology

Thanks Bruce!

Jolene (New String Version)

This new haunting version of Jolene is from the Dumplin’ soundtrack.

Friday, November 16, 2018

La Truffe

Unearthing stories of mysticism and murder surrounding the world's most sought-after fungus.


A Japanese History of America Shows George Washington Punching Tigers and Other Scenes You Won't See In American History Books

George Washington (with bow and arrow) alongside the Goddess of America

Osanaetoki Bankokubanashi (童絵解万国噺), an 1861 book by writer Kanagaki Robun and artist Utagawa Yoshitora, shows a view of America that is fantastical rather than historically correct.

George Washington punching a tiger

John Adams and an eagle kill the snake that ate his Mom.

More: Open Culture

Forget the ugly sweater! Do you have your 3 Piece Christmas Suit yet?

The Bay, Canada's iconic retailer, is selling godawful Christmas suits that include a jacket, pants and a tie in tons of holiday-inspired patterns for just $129.00. Apparently you can dress the whole family up like gaudily wrapped Christmas gifts.

More: Narcity

Nuns are saving a sacred species from extinction

Conservationists from Chester Zoo have formed a partnership with an order of nuns to save an endangered Mexican salamander from extinction. According to scientists, the nuns hold the key to bringing the axolotl back from the brink.

 BBC News 

New Paintings by Lindsay Chambers

Lindsay Chambers is a contemporary Canadian artist who currently lives and works in Toronto.

See her work on Instagram

Thanks Bruce!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Tea Towels That Do More Than Dry The Dishes

Radical Tea Towel inspires a change in the way we do politics, one tea towel at a time. I enjoy their Tweets.
"No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means"

What Vivian Maier Saw in Colour

Vivian Maier worked as a nanny in Chicago but she also had a secret passion. From the nineteen-fifties until 2009 Maier took at least a hundred and fifty thousand photographs which were discovered by accident after her death. I've seen many of her black and white photographs online but was surprised - and pleased - to come across this article on her colour work in the The New Yorker.

I'm reminded that there is a Vivian Maier exhibition at the AGH that I've been meaning to see.

Previously here and here

New Dumbo Trailer

"From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight."

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Rescued Scottish Wildcat Kittens Among Last of Their Kind

I was unfamiliar with this species until I watched a documentary last night. It is the only wild feline left on the island of Great Britain.

Mind Your Own F**king Business

Actor/puppeteer/comedian Cat O'Dell offers help for those who are having a sad because that family is enjoying a picnic together while being black.

Via Blort

In case you've been wondering, this is how Du Bois is pronounced

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, writer and editor

Paper Cut Artwork of Peter Callesen

Danish artist Peter Callesen transforms single flat sheets of white paper into intricate objects and installations.

More:  Puppies and Flowers 

Thanks Bruce!

A Leaf A Day

A Leaf A Day is a short film by Casey Cavanaugh. Mr. Zhou 's wife is on an international mission to the Gulf of Aden to help fight pirates and he doesn't know when she'll return.  To express his love and longing for her he carves a leaf a day.

A leaf a day 一日一叶 from Xiaoxing Han on Vimeo.

Roddy Doyle's Spider Man Moment

How to Use the World's Largest Polaroid Camera

Thirty years ago Polaroid’s founder Edwin Land made seven 20×24-inch instant cameras, and only six of them are known to exist today. This camera at Supersense in Vienna weighs over 235 pounds (107kg).

Eight Feet of Nachos

Clifford Endo takes on everyone’s favorite bar snack, nachos, and makes them for 100 people.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Man Drove His Truck Into Flames To Aid California Wildfire Victims And There's A Happy Ending!

Allyn Pierce, a nurse at the hospital in Paradise, CA drove his beloved Toyota Tundra into the raging wildfires to help people, severely damaging his truck in the process. Toyota recognized his bravery by giving him a brand new truck.

More here 

Film Shot Through the Viewfinder of a Hasselblad

Peripheral is a short film by cinematographer Casey Cavanaugh that is shot entirely through the ground glass viewfinder of a Hasselblad 500C/M.

More here

Detective Pikachu Trailer

The first official live-action Pokémon movie is coming to theatres in May!

Via Miss Cellania