Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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The Gardner Museum Heist

In the early morning of March 18, 1990, two thieves walked into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and walked out with 13 pieces of art. Last Seen is a podcast about the heist.


Blind Houses

I've recently noticed hotel rooms without windows offered at a discount on a couple of booking sites. I scroll right by these listings because I think windowless rooms are claustrophobia-inducing. This exhibit sees them as an architectural solution to the full on campaign against personal privacy.
Blind House: Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Radical Transparency by collaborative artists Paloma Muñoz and Walter Martin brings into question our ideals of house and home, privacy, and safety.


Via PfRC

Ass, Gas and Fire: Chicago’s Best Worst Liquor

Sweaty socks, metallic pine needles, sour and regret. Why would anyone drink this stuff?

Chicago’s Best Worst Liquor from Great Big Story on Vimeo.

Stop-Motion Alien Flipbook

20th Century Fox commissioned this stop-motion flipbook by artist Serene Teh to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Alien franchise.

Via Geekologie

This is my idea of hell

Neural network generates technical death metal, via livestream 24/7 to infinity. Yes, infinity. 

Adidas Closes the Circle of Plastic Waste

Adidas plans to produce 11 million pairs of shoes using upcycled plastic waste gathered from beaches, remote islands and coastal communities. Consumers will be able to return their FUTURECRAFT.LOOP shoes to Adidas when they are no longer usable and the company will wash them and grind the discarded components into pellets to be melted into material that will be used to make more footwear.

More: Design Milk

Monday, April 29, 2019

A Gardener's Friends and Foes

Which insect will follow you home? Which one looks like Satan's nightmare? And that yellow jacket? It's a total jerk.

Image credit

Art inspired by upholstery on London buses

Photographer Emilia Cocking has taken countless bus trips across London and has put these journeys to good use. The objects in her project On Diversion represent the textile patterns of the city's bus service.

More: Creative Boom

A Blast From The Past

PHOTO: City of Toronto Archives

Decades before they were allowed in the military, when tending wounded soldiers was as close as they got to the front lines, hundreds of Canadian women picked up arms hoping to defend their country and free up men to fight in the First World War.

 More here

Thanks Bruce!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Tweet Of The Day

Donut Prune Salad???

You don't have to worry about your family eating fresh fruit when you serve this delight from yesteryear:


Home Grown Honkers

How did Canada geese become such a problem?

Via Doobybrain

Sunday Links

Jake, the Puppy Saved From a Fire Who Went On To Become a Firefighter

The Stonehenge Landscape - Interactive Map

Stonehenge Secrets? MIT’s 25-Ton Boulders Can Be Moved By Hand

Reimagining iconic album designs as the objects they reference

The Ten Greatest Films of All Time According to 358 Filmmakers 

Pop Sonnets: A Tumblr that puts old twists on new tunes.

The Hotshots Of Helltown: How Four Friends Fought the Deadliest Wildfire in a Century

The Airbnb Invasion of Barcelona  Some twenty million tourists descend annually on Barcelona, which has a population of just 1.6 million people. (New York City receives three times as many visitors but has more than five times as many residents absorbing the influx.)

Bob Dylan Photographs: The 5 Best Stories  Via 

11 Frank Lloyd Wright homes you can rent 

Life in Pripyat Before, and the Morning After, the Chernobyl Disaster 

Play Mountain: Isamu Noguchi was a sculptor, but he was so much more than that.

Cheers! How the physics of fizz contributes to human happiness via PfRC

How to make stovetop americanos (I always tend to burn mine)

The Legend of Keanu Reeves  Thanks Bruce!

Living with perfect pitch and Synaesthesia – what it’s really like 

Fancy having your name inscribed on the walls of a restored art-deco cinema in London? 

This Was Supposed to Be a Story About a Bizarre Anti-Vaccine Rally and a Sedated Bear. Then It Got Weird.

Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again There is no longer such a thing as individually “opting out” of our privacy-compromised world.

Revealing Rare Rivera The Library of Congress is using high-tech techniques to analyze three Diego Rivera watercolors.

The Fishy Mystery of Lake Malawi: In the second-largest lake in Africa, fish evolution is taking place at an explosive rate. Why? Thanks Bruce!

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Winged Bookmobile!

China's surplus bicycles usually end up in the scrap yard but LUO studio has come up with a better use for them. Behold the winged bookmobile:

Via Pasa Bon!

Is London Extinction Rebellion mural a Banksy?

Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty Images

A Banksy collector and expert believes a mural that appeared at Extinction Rebellion’s Marble Arch base overnight is an authentic piece by the Bristolian street artist. However there was no mention of the work on Banksy's website or Instagram account, where he typically confirms authorship.

More: The Guardian

400 students give a heartwarming goodbye to their neighbour.

Every morning for the past 12 years Tinney Davidson sat in a chair by her front window and waved to teenagers on their way to school. At 88, Tinney is moving to an assisted living home.

Image: CHEK News

More than 400 students walked to Davidson's house together to give one more wave goodbye.

More: CBC News

Ice Cube Tray Hacks

Hang in for the food hacks. They're ingenious!

Spider-Man Man

Liam covered his entire body with temporary Spider-Man tattoos.

My advice to Liam: don't make them permanent.


Applied Architecture

These gorgeous geometric-style fabrics were originally designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright for Schumacher in 1955.

See more

Heat Generating Plants

The heat of a skunk cabbage melts snow around it. Photo credit
Eastern skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) blooms in woodlands from late February to May throughout eastern Canada and the northeast United States. It is a foul smelling plant that generates heat via mitochondrial respiration. Thermogenesis is rare in plants, but it does occur in some species of angiosperm. Skunk cabbages raise their temperature above that of the surrounding air, melting snow around them.

Skunk cabbage breaking through the ice. Photo credit

Examples from this family include the eastern skunk cabbage, the dead-horse arum, the elephant yam and Philodendron selloum, also known as elephant ear.

Read more: Amusing Planet

Thanks Bruce!

Tweet Of The Day

Friday, April 26, 2019

Hello Sunshine

“This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements,” Springsteen said in a statement. “It’s a jewel box of a record.”
Hello Sunshine is a single from Springsteen's new album Western Stars:

Mappa Mundi

The Hereford World Map, made in around 1300, is recognised by UNESCO as an exceptionally important cultural artefact: the medieval world in one iconic object.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

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Stuntman John Dean on a seat of nails he installed in his car to help him train for a record attempt for lying on a bed of nails, February 26, 1981.

Via Historical Times

Spring is finally springing!

Welcome hellebores!

U.S. Network Needs a Geography Lesson

When reporting on a recent deadly avalanche, KTVU, a Fox-owned station servicing California's Bay Area showed Banff National Park placed near Ottawa, more than 3,000 kilometres away from its actual southern Alberta location.

Why do so many Americans know so little about the world outside their borders? I live in a border town and one of my pet peeves is US shoppers at our local businesses who expect to receive their change in American currency. When I shop in the US I don't expect to get Canadian change.


Angel Of Nanjing Trailer

The story of a man who patrols the Yangtze River Bridge saving people who have tried to commit suicide.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Science Cakes


Timelapse Video of the Enlarging of MS Braemar

MS Braemar is a cruise ship, currently operating with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Cutting it in two and adding an extender section was less expensive that building a larger ship from scratch.


A Year Long Journey

A delightful collection of landscapes by Japanese illustrator Ryo Takemasa 

More here

Who exactly has your face on record?

 (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

"Suddenly you’re moving from this world in which you’re just verifying identity to another world where the act of flying is cause for a law enforcement search.”
MacKenzie Fegan had questions when she did not have to present her boarding pass when taking a JetBlue flight and instead was simply asked to look at a camera. What she discovered concerned her. The government collects and shares detailed data with many agencies and private partners. The Department of Homeland Security has said that it wants to roll out facial recognition technology to be used on 97 percent of departing airport passengers by 2023 but a lot of passengers have privacy concerns.

Read more:  IFLScience

Thanks Bruce!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

First Video Uploaded to YouTube

Fourteen years ago today Me at the Zoo was the first video uploaded to YouTube by the site’s co-founder Jawed Karim.

It's not the best video you've ever seen but it has received over 66 million views, 2.1 million comments and 1.8 million likes.

Via TwistedSifter

17-Year-Old Student Pilot Lands Plane Without A Wheel!

Via Hal Prentice

Finger Stocks

In the 17th century a rather ingenious punishment for a minor offense such as not attending to a sermon might have been the confinement of the offender's finger in an L-shaped space over which a block was fastened to keep the knuckle bent. After a time this would have been painful.

More: Futility Closet

Kaki King: A Girl With A Guitar Who Doesn't Sing

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” Kaki King is a true iconoclast, a visionary musician/artist whose singular work rightly stands out amongst the easily formatted.

Via Swiss Miss

The Fish

Marine plastic pollution harms over 800 animal species. Help protect our wildlife by avoiding single-use plastics.

Via Miss Cellania

The Hummingbird Whisperer

Melanie Barboni, an assistant researcher in the UCLA Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences program, has created a remarkable community of over 200 hummingbirds who mostly live outside her office and come in to complain if dinner is late or if they want attention.

More here

Monday, April 22, 2019



Resurrecting the Sublime

Could we ever again smell flowers driven to extinction by humans? A scientist, a designer, and an olfactory artist have teamed up to resurrect the smell of extinct flowers. Using specimens supplied by the Harvard Herbarium, the interdisciplinary team was able to code the fragrance genes of the extinct flowers, fill in genome gaps with surviving plant DNA, and inject the code into yeast to fabricate scent microbes.

Read more here and here

Skateboarding While Blind

Dan Mancina was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa when he was 13. By his late twenties, he couldn’t drive anymore and started to consider himself a blind person. That’s when he resumed skateboarding.

Read his story here

Tweet Of The Day

(If you're interested you can read more about these rare colour photographs at InsideHook)

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Three Chocolate Bunnies Died In the Making Of This Video

Chocolate Bunny from Hornet on Vimeo.

Via Pasa Bon!

Little Scooter’s Spruce Museum - A Bedtime Story For Grownups

Via The Chawed Rosin

Music For Sunday Morning

Sunday Links

Wooden Airports of Russia That Still Operate

Read this when booking/staying at an Airbnb (or similar): How to increase your chances of finding a hidden camera 

30 Times Kids Realized Their Parents Were Cooler Than Them Excellent! Via

Found: Britain's First Pet Bunny

A Photo Appreciation of Libraries Gorgeous!

"It was Thatcher’s Britain, a period of celebration for those that had money" The 'Last Hurrah of the Upper Classes' - Photographs by Dafydd Jones 

The Barefoot caravan is coming to the U.S. I love it's cute retro design.

Because I know you love quizzes: Can you guess the city from the vintage travel poster? 

Why your brain hates slowpokes: The Cure for Sidewalk Rage Is Gratitude

The perfection of this loop  Thanks Bruce!

Anxious-but-not-actually ready orderers, line hoppers, PDA couples, networkers, picky eaters, and groups that always want just one more chair The Worst Things New York Diners Do in Restaurants 

20 Childhood Homes of the World's Most Fascinating People

Why nightingales are snubbing Berkeley Square for the Tiergarten

Baked MacBook Air: A cautionary recipe  Via

Andy Warhol Cats Now Available As Plush Toys

Wobbly Sounds From the 1950s to the 1980s, flexi discs were used to promote everything from pop to porn.

Holy Sheet The ongoing debate between the scientific and the miraculous, as seen through a very thin piece of fabric: the Shroud of Turin.

Instruments sail to Cuba to aid musicians in defiance of the US blockade

Aquarium Toilet With real fish!

Old World Language Families

Bette Davis Sings (not very well though)

Holiday Review This is a heartbreaking story. Via Coudal

The most beautiful construction set in the world  - Via

Quebecois Noir: Montreal crime fiction isn't what you expect...except for the snow.

The Jealous Curator
: New Hampshire based artist Cindy Rizza examines familiar domestic comforts and the objects that we use to feel secure. Thanks Bruce!

Augmented Reality Videos by Vernon James Manlapaz Combine Everyday Scenery with Fantastical Interlopers

Saturday, April 20, 2019

$18m Underground House In Vegas could be yours!

If you own this piece of vintage kitsch you won't have to worry about pesky things like Armageddon.
It's not just a house, it's a subterranean 15,000 sq ft concrete and steel rectangular shaped doomsday bunker. The 5000 sq ft house is built inside this huge bunker and is finished with pool, spa, waterfall, trees, guest house, BBQ, fountain and 500 linear feet of floor to ceiling illuminated murals of landscapes of wide open spaces simulating day,dusk,dawn and night modes. All Furnishings and 1 year of caretaker and upkeep are included.

The guest house puzzles me. When the apocalypse comes will friends still drop by for the weekend, or what?

More:  Old House Dreams

Harold's not about to refocus

This post by Miss Cellania made me laugh:

The Plight of the Orangutan in Indonesia

Heartbreaking 2013 footage from International Animal Rescue, showing an orangutan in Borneo trying to fight off a bulldozer destroying its habitat.


CGI Renderings of Children's Drawings Of Their Ideal Bedrooms

Angie's List asked seven children from around the world to draw their dream bedroom and brought their ideas to life. The project was executed by NeoMam Studios.

PAKISTAN: Inaya (Age 5)

GREECE: Elias (Age 7)

UKRAINE: Viola (Age 9)

More here 

Via Geekologie

Blind Mice

A con within a con.

Blind Mice from Pox Films Inc. on Vimeo.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Stitched Obstetric Models for Midwives

Angelique-Marguerite du Coudray (1712-1789) completed her medical training and exams just before the French authorities banned instruction of female midwives.  In 1759 she was commissioned by the king to instruct midwifery to peasant women in an attempt to reduce infant mortality. To aid in the instruction Angelique-Marguerite created stitched models including a full-size obstetric model made of fabric, leather and stuffing which she called "the machine".

Link: Thread, Fashion and Costume

How Human Consciousness Can Exist While a Body Is Unconscious

Animator Diana Gradinaru of the Royal Institution illustrated a lecture on consciousness by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy.


Lightly Redacted

Mueller Report t-shirt 

Buy it here

Via Coudal 

Monopoly: The Knitcoin Edition

The Knitcoin Edition (2018), Ebru Kurbak
(Photograph by Elodie Grethen ©Stitching Worlds)

Stitching Worlds is an intervention in the well-known board game Monopoly. The proposal is to replace the game’s paper play money with “knitcoin” without changing the rest of the rules. When players need play money, they must knit it.
The project was carried out between May 2014 and June 2018 at the Department of Industrial Design 2, University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Warner's Rust-Proof Corsets

The good old days when kids could have hours of fun playing with their mother's underwear!

Men of Maize

The legend of Popol Vuh tells how the first humans were made of corn and the story survives, to this day, as a reminder of the unbreakable bond that connects descendants of the Maya with the ancient rituals performed by their forefathers.

Men Of Maize - NOWNESS from NOWNESS on Vimeo.

Read more: It's Nice That

Cut Feather Shadowboxes

Artist Chris Maynard is fascinated with birds and flight. His delicately constructed shadowboxes examine their plumage and aspects of light and negative space.

Artist's website

Via Colossal

Thanks Bruce!