Saturday, August 31, 2019

US Mermaids

Wetlands is a short documentary by Persia Beheshti about a mermaid community in Virginia.

Via Pasa Bon

Colourized Footage of Workers Building New York's Iconic Skyscrapers

In this clip from the Smithsonian Channel we see the perils encountered daily on the building site by “roughnecks” who work without harnesses, safety ropes, or hard hats.

More: Open Culture

Madeline Takes a Train

Her delight is contagious.

Thanks Bruce!

Cannupa Hanska Luger: Every One

New Mexico-based artist Cannupa Hanska Luger’s project, Every One, is a social sculpture commemorating victims of the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, trans, and queer community members in Canada and the U.S. Luger invited communities across the United States and Canada to make 2-inch clay beads, each one representing a unique person who has been lost. The communities held workshops and responded with 4000 Massive clay beads.

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You can see it at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto from Fri Aug 30, 2019 to Jan 12, 2020.

Gimlet-Drinking Weirdos

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Is it just me or do the gimlet-swilling weirdos in this vintage Smirnoff ad bring to mind vultures sitting in a dead tree waiting for the lions to finish their meal so they can swoop down on the carrion?

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This is a dance of Russian dolls, as lively in its way as any performance of the Moiseyev Company.

Via Miss Cellania

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Rice Crispies Bowl You've Always Wanted

The Snap Crack and Pop Amplifier Cereal Bowl created by Dominic Wilcox has an integrated microphone, amplifier and volume control knob so you won't miss a single snap, crackle or pop.

Via BoingBoing

Thursday, August 29, 2019

No Offence

Madilyn Bailey wrote a song only using hate comments from her YouTube channel.

How to Make Sushi

Jonathan Lindgren’s How to Make Sushi follows the life of a lonely sushi chef as he perfects his masterful craft. 

How to Make Sushi from jonathan lindgren on Vimeo.

Via It's Nice That

Tourists Do NOLA Homer Simpson Style

A couple of Swiss girls love the Simpsons so that they recreate the scene where Homer eats himself silly in New Orleans.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

In Stitches

Michelle Hamer's hand-stitched works are based on her own digital photographs of billboards, graffiti and instructional signage. Her tapestries grab fleetingly glimpsed messages from signage that make us take a closer look, ponder and interpret.

Via this isn't happiness™ 

High Desert House

A couple’s handwritten note to renowned architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg resulted in an iconic Leviathan of a home in the Californian desert. The 5,000-square-foot engineering marvel known as High Desert House sits on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park’s alien landscape.

Read More: Dwell

Tweet Of The Day

The Flight Of The Pigeon

Pigeons can accelerate from 0 to 100km in around 2 seconds.

Via Pasa Bon!

Man Paddles From San Francisco to Honolulu

Antonio De La Rosa paddled the "Ocean Defender" for 76 days from San Francisco to Hawaii. That's 2500 miles, alone and unassisted, across the Pacific Ocean.

Via Boing Boing

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Block Tower

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with an overall density of an estimated 6,300 people per square kilometer. This video of public housing towers shows what this level of density looks like.


Sarajevo Roses

@oregonfrost posted a photo on Instagram today and it made me curious.


During the siege of Sarajevo from 1992-95 an average of over 300 shells hit the city every day. On July 22nd, 1993 alone 3,777 shells hit the city. The craters left behind by the shelling were filled with red resin to mark the casualties suffered at the spot. The patterns created are reminiscent of flowers  and they were nicknamed “Sarajevo Roses.”

More here

Tool Analyzes Your Tweets

Analyze Words uses scientific research to perform a personality analysis based on all the words it finds in tweets. I ran my Twitter handle through it. I'm pretty average except for being worried and angry.

Seriously though, who could go on Twitter and not become worried and angry?

Via  Boing Boing

Monday, August 26, 2019

49 Minutes of Chicago Blues

Full Concert: Buddy Guy at the Newport Jazz Festival, 1994

Via everlasting blort

Watch the top videos on YouTube exactly a decade ago

Bennett Feely's YouTube Decade is a website that shows the top videos at YouTube from exactly 10 years ago. Below are the most viewed videos published on August 26, 2009:

Via Boing Boing

Fate Of Tokyo's Famous Capsule Tower Hangs In The Balance

Both retro and futuristic, Tokyo's 13-story Nakagin Capsule Tower was completed in 1972. Designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa, it is composed of 140 small metal capsules, each with a round window, and has sometimes been compared to a stack of washing machines. It is representative of the Japanese Metabolism movement that viewed buildings as structures composed of both permanent and impermanent parts, so they could evolve over time. The capsule was originally intended to be replaced in 20 to 25 years, but 47 years have passed without replacement.

(Noritaka Minami, from the series “1972 - Nakagin Capsule Tower”)

Last year, a limited-liability company bought the land under the tower from the original developer and announced its intention to redevelop it. But Tatsuyuki Maeda, a member of the Nakagin Capsule Tower Building Conservation and Regeneration Project, hopes the building can be restored.

Read more: CityLab

River of Raptors

The largest flyway for birds of prey anywhere in the world is in a narrow stretch of Veracruz State in Chichicaxtle. On any given day half a million raptors might be gliding overhead.

Via MetaFilter

Lazy Susan

Susan wasn't wasting her time after all.

Lazy Susan from Terri Timely on Vimeo.

Back-to-basics home for a young family

This elevated concrete prism  designed by Tilemachos Andrianopoulos houses bedrooms for a family of 4, freeing up the space below for indoor/outdoor living and dining rooms.

Via *faircompanies

Cat on a Pinball Machine

My cat, Carmen, was entranced by this video. Perhaps I should buy her a pinball machine.

Via Miss Cellania

Muffler Men

In the early '60s, giant fiberglass figures stood outside businesses along the roadside, designed to reel in customers. International Fiberglass in California produced about a thousand of these 14-to-25 foot tall statues. They were dubbed “Muffler Men” although they were made to advertise many different products and took many forms. When the company closed in 1976 the original molds were destroyed and many of the figures now belong to private collectors. The Bay Area’s Bell Plastics holds what is perhaps the world’s largest group of original muffler men and they recently held their annual open house, allowing the public to see the advertising giants up close.

Photos:Bell Plastics

Via Neatorama

Sunday, August 25, 2019


For the short duration of this beautiful film, you will be transported to a time and place that could be a million years ago.

Music For Sunday Morning

Sunday Links

Scratch and Sniff Cannabliss Wallpaper (above)

Inside the VHS-only documentary about the most mysterious musical collective ever  A new movie about the Elephant 6 Recording Company, which housed bands like Neutral Milk Hotel, of Montreal, and the Olivia Tremor Control, receives an unconventional release. Anyone got a VHS player I can borrow?

Who wants to go in on this with me? Private island 60 miles from NYC asks $850K Not convinced? Watch this video.

Is it a rabbit or a bird? 

Exploring the Montreal That Leonard Cohen Loved

Way Before Roller Coasters, Russians Zipped Down Enormous Ice Slides 

In Men, It’s Parkinson’s. In Women, It’s Hysteria. An interesting article on gender bias in neurology.

Anthropodermic bibliopegy Yuck!

Average TSA wait times in the 25 busiest U.S. airports in 2018

 A new word for an old practice:  ‘breadcrumbing’

Living #Ferguson These are the voices of people who are directly touched by the systemic inequities exposed after Michael Brown’s death. Via Blort

Another fact I wouldn't know if it weren't for the internet: 7 Up contained lithium from its inception in 1929 until 1948

What Fruits and Veggies Looked Like Before Domestication

Downton Abbey Cast Reverses Their Roles Can't wait to see the movie! (Did you know that Lady Mary is my cousin by marriage?)

The easy way to season cast iron I've been doing it wrong.

Colossal coconut crabs may hold clue to Amelia Earhart fate

170 Cars Perform Simultaneous Burnouts To Set New World Record

Egguins are a real thing.

Why don't we all just move to Paris?  Parisian Dream Pads For Sale

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore shares his favourite songs ever (and there's a playlist) Via TMN

Extreme Ironing: The Insane Sport You Probably Never Knew About

Marilyn Monroe Recounts Her Harrowing Experience in a Psychiatric Ward (1961) 

Alberta, Canada's oil sands the world's most destructive oil operation—and it's growing

One-room hotel Trunk House includes Tokyo's tiniest disco

Who is the best customer ever?  A tale of one-upmanship.

'You're the guy with the ball to the crotch' - The inside story behind the funniest baseball card ever made. Thanks Bruce!

Plastics: What’s Recyclable, What Becomes Trash — And Why

The Angry Raisins? Mistranslated Book Titles Contest

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Happy Caturday!

Carmen sees all from her perch on top of the china cabinet.

What Forks Were Made For

Tweet Of The Day

NYC Storefronts in Miniature

Randy Hage with Pearl Paint 1/12th scale model

Over the past 14 years, artist Randy Hage has photographed over 450 storefronts in the SoHo area of New York, 60% of which have since closed or been torn down. He has created models from these photographs to draw attention to what has been lost as urban renewal and gentrification displace the storeowners and residents of these communities.

1/12th scale model of CBGB, 315 Bowery

1/12th scale model of Lenox Lounge, Harlem

1/12th scale model of McSorley’s Bar, Lower East Side

More here

1945 New Guinea Rescue

The History Guy remembers the 1945 New Guinea Rescue or the Rescue from Shangri-la.

Thanks Bruce!

Sources of Colour In History

Source of a different color.illustration by Marcela Restrepo

"For most of human history, we've derived dyes from nature: People cooked plants and animals until they produced the desired pigment, or mined precious minerals from subterranean seams and ground them into paints."
Mummy Brown was derived from the flesh, bones, and bandages of well-preserved Egyptian corpses. Scheele's green came from a lethal arsenic tincture that actually killed people.

Read more: Popular Science

Friday, August 23, 2019

A 30-Year Time-Lapse of New York City

I've seen time-lapses of the New York City skyline before but I've never seen a 30-year time-lapse. Filmmaker Joseph DiGiovanna is working on a project will hopefully span three decades. The documentary is part of a series by photographer Emeric Le Bars.

More here


When the Richardson Olmsted Campus in Buffalo had an invasive weed problem they hired Let's Goat Buffalo to do some "goatscaping.". The goats are hired to eat all day long and are a natural alternative to using herbicides. Two days. NO chemicals. NO power tools. Just goats. These before and after photos show that green, natural methods are an effective option for weed control.


Ring stuck on your finger? No problem.

Via Blort

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Every body needs milk

Source: Flickr
In 1969 a marketing team for the dairy industry conducted an experiment to find out whether showing more skin on a billboard would attract more attention. To do this they created two versions of an ad with a young woman feeding milk to a kitten. In one version the woman was dressed in slacks and a long-sleeved blouse. In the other, she was wearing a bikini.

Minneapolis Star - Feb 20, 1970

So, did one billboard attract more attention than the other?   Find out here

Inside the quest for social media stardom

Jawline is a documentary by Liza Mandelup that takes a look at social media’s teenage ‘meet and greet’ communities. 16-year-old Austyn Tester attempts to build a social media following that he can use to leverage himself out of his dead end life in rural Tennessee. Here's the trailer:

Jawline premieres on Hulu and in select theaters August 23.

Read more here

Ceaseless Tintinnabulation.

The Oxford Electric Bell has  been ringing almost continuously since 1840. Due to  electrostatic force, the clapper is first attracted to and then repelled by each bell in turn, so it’s been ringing them alternately for 179 years.

The bell has produced about 10 billion rings to date. It holds the Guinness World Record as “the world’s most durable battery [delivering] ceaseless tintinnabulation.”

Dinosaur Mummy Found With Skin And Gut Contents Intact

This dinosaur (named nodosaur) was an enormous four-legged herbivore protected by a spiky, plated armor and weighing in at approximately 3,000 pounds.

110 million years later the mummified nodosaur is so intact that it still weighs 2,500 pounds.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Eyes Of The Tiger

A tiger shows the "eyespots" behind its ears while drinking water.


How Puffins Have Divided This Newfoundland Town

A good friend of mine rescues pufflings in Newfoundland.




In 1968 a Russian team led by Nikolai Nikolaevich Konstantinov created a mathematical model of the motion of a cat.

Via Boing Boing

Star Wars™ x Barbie®! I kid you not.

The Star Wars™ x Barbie® collaboration is an homage to Star Wars: A New Hope. This collection, inspired by the film’s original concept art, re-imagines iconic characters through a distinctive Barbie™ high-fashion filter.

More: if it's hip, it's here

Underground dome house of the family who led geese to fly home

Paula and Bill Lishman spent many winters in a poorly-insulated A frame cabin before realizing they needed to go underground to use the earth’s energy to stay warm, so they knocked the top off a hill, dropped in ferro-cement domes and covered it up again with dirt.

You might remember Bill Lishman from the work he did with Canada Geese in the mid-80s. He trained the birds to follow his ultralight aircraft to teach them migration routes to avoid a threatened extinction. Operation Migration brought him popular recognition with the 1996 movie Fly Away Home starring Jeff Daniels.
Read more: *faircompanies

The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders

This Tokyo restaurant might not serve you what you asked for. "All of our servers are people living with dementia. They may, or may not, get your order right,", says its English introduction page.

Via Open Culture

On This Day in 1969

The  first Gap store was opened by Donald George and Doris Feigenbaum Fisher on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco on this day in 1969 and became one of the largest companies in the world. They sold Levis and records. The company recently announced that it is closing a number of its Canadian stores. I stopped shopping there years ago but still have a few of their items stashed deep in my closet.

Via perfect for roquefort cheese

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Extreme Machinery

Thanks Bruce!

The Great Colorado Mattress Migration

"We were hanging out by the pool and they were setting up for, movie night under the stars' with pillows and mattresses and then a storm rolled in."


Surf Like a Girl

Maricel Parajes © Camille Robiou du Pont

Surf Like a Girl is an empowering photo series brought to you by Carolina Amell, a graphic designer based in Barcelona specialising in contemporary visual culture. Her book is out on 16 September.

Arugam Bay Girls Surf Club © Max Gifted

Anne Taravet © Karo Krassel

Via Creative Boom

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Geisha

Via everlasting blort 


Funniest jokes of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

1. I keep randomly shouting out “Broccoli” and “Cauliflower”. I think I might have Florets. – Olaf Falafel 
2. Someone stole my antidepressants. Whoever they are, I hope they’re happy. – Richard Stott 
3. What’s driving Brexit? From here it looks like it’s probably the Duke of Edinburgh. – Milton Jones 
4. A cowboy asked me if I could help him round up 18 cows. I said, “Yes, of course. That’s 20 cows.” – Jake Lambert 
5. A thesaurus is great. There’s no other word for it. – Ross Smith
More jokes from the fringe: The Guardian

A Lost Album From John Coltrane Is Found, Thanks To A French-Canadian Director

Blue World, a new album by the classic John Coltrane Quartet, with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums, will be released on Impulse!/UMe on Sept. 27. It was recorded at Van Gelder Studios on June 24, 1964 as the soundtrack to a Canadian art film. Because the date had gone unnoted in session recording logs, this music has occupied a blind spot for Trane-ologists, archivists and historians.

Read more: NPR

Sunday, August 18, 2019

3 portraits

Three digitally sculpted portraits.

3 portraits from COLIN on Vimeo.

Tweet Of The Day

La Dans Apache

The Apache dance from Charlie Chan in Paris, 1935.

Via Miss Cellania

Brainwaves Used to Create Art

In this cognitive performance, electrical activity in the musician's brain was used to generate digital art in real time.

Music For Sunday Morning

Sunday Links

Chilling in a Cannabis Garden in Paris, 1910  Via

Where would you eat if you didn't have long to live? Carpe diem and all that. This is a good story.

Laurie Anderson Announces New Album 'Songs From The Bardo'

Name That List

Pumped to announce I’m partnering with the government on an official collab. An absolute dream come true: An Influencer Reports for Jury Duty Hilarious!

It's not nice to make fun of people's homes but these are pretty egregious design failsVia Miss C

Do you like Terrence Malick's movies? I do. Here's the official trailer for his latest work: A Hidden Life

Maine Modern: A Minimalist Shingled House, I love the simple design of this house.

An unexpected task for Conservation
 "We felt it wouldn’t be entirely prudent to place a live match in our priceless print collections, so down to our in-house conservation lab it went."

11 Useful Websites You Might Not Know About

President Obama recommends books for your late summer reading. 

The Framed Sea This series of photographs by Levan Kiknavelidze appeals to me.

Once a first-overall pick of the Detroit Red Wings, Joe Murphy now lives on the streets of Kenora This is a terribly sad story,

20 Essential Pilgrimages to Inspiring Art Destinations I have some catching up to do,  I've seen only two of these (The Venice Biennale and Giverny).

Does anyone really need Croc gloves?

Would You Stay In A Giant Dog?

The 50 Best One-Star Amazon Reviews of Lolita

A Tiny House Makeover (Ok, It's A Dollhouse)  Via Mefi

38 Americanisms the British Can't Bloody Stand Some seem petty but others get on my nerves too.

Drone Etiquette 

The greatest cat photographer of the 20th Century

The Eternal Lie of the Pools That Turn Blue If You Pee in Them I think I always half believed it. Thanks Bruce!

Eat Like Royalty With This Cookbook From the Emperor Who Built the Taj Mahal  Thanks again Bruce!

A Forgotten Kitsch Supper Club is Reborn in New York

Kyoto Tachibana Senior High School Band

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Photographs celebrate the wonders of the scientific world

As part of the Royal Photographic Society’s inaugural Science Photographer of the Year competition, these images will go on display at the Science Museum in London this October.

Tribolium confusum. Confused flour beetle. © David Spears

Safety Corona © Richard Germain

Lovell Telescope Series 1C © Marge Bradshaw

More: Creative Boom

What Do Cheetahs Sound Like?

Cheetahs are fearsome animals but they don't roar. They meow and purr just like their tiny feline relatives.

Find out more here 

Made In America

Self-taught photographer Michael Eastman is most recognized for his explorations of architectural form and the textures of decay, which create mysterious narratives about time and place.

Many years ago my mother married an American and moved to the southern US. Whenever I drove down to visit her I felt like I was in a very foreign land. The accents, the food, the beat up towns seemed almost exotic to me. Eastman's Made In America series captures that feeling.

Via Everlasting Blort

Milky Way Timelapse

This video by Aryeh Nirenberg was recorded using an equatorial tracking mount over a period of 3 hours and shows the rotation of the Earth relative to the Milky Way.

The Bug And The Beetle

In the early 1970s more foreign imports caused the American auto industry to undergo a sea change. This Chevy video, made for employees, blames sloppy workmanship and absenteeism of the blue collar workers and unions for the increase of foreign-made cars on American roadways since the 1950s. This doom and gloom video has a solution: the Vega.

Thanks Bruce!

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Trainee

 Finnish performance artist Pilvi Takala got permission to pose as a trainee for a month at the accounting firm Deloitte. What she wanted to find out was how people at the firm would react if she did absolutely nothing...

Via Weird Universe

1580s Land Survey Inspired Mexican Mapmakers

Mapmakers study a landscape and try to organize it into something that makes sense to them. In the 1600s the Spanish conquered Mexico and administrators distributed surveys and convened groups of residents to provide a lay of the land. The questionnaire asked for the history of the town, when it was founded, who was the conqueror, etc. The paintings below are responses to survey question 10, which asked for a visual representation of the town. They depict tangible structures like churches and waterways, but they also say something about the underlying power structure.

We don't know the name of the artist who made this 1579 map of Quatlatlauca
(or Huatlatlauca), but it was inscribed by Juan Hernández

One traditional way of depicting mountains—as in this 1581 map of Tetliztaca—
was as single, standalone shapes that look a bit like bells.

This 1580 map of Amoltepec (now known as Santiago Amoltepec) in Oaxaca
nods to the way the community changed over long stretches of time.

This map of Iztapalapa (labeled as “Ixtapalapa”) includes landmarks
that would have been frequented by local elites.
The local seal, at the left of this map, is still in use today.


Read more here

Via PfRC

The First And Last Times Mister Rogers Sang 'Won't You Be My Neighbor'

This is a video of both the first (February 19, 1968) and last (August 31, 2001) times Mister Rogers sang 'Won't You Be My Neighbor' on his show, some 33 years apart.

Via Geekologie

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Dogs Attending a Stratford Performance

A photo taken at the Stratford Festival shows pups sitting patiently at a production of Billy Elliot. The dogs are not theatre fans; they are training to be service dogs, and they're practicing what it's like to help their handlers navigate through a theatre.

More: CBC Radio

All The Tree Sizes

This calming video compares tree sizes.

Via Boing Boing

This Book Can Save Your Life

Chris Clarke has created an English version of Francois Caradec's Dictionary of Gesturesan illustrated guide to more than 850 gestures and their meanings around the world, from a nod of the head to a click of the heels.

First published in 2005, it's a compendium of movements involving everything from the lips to the eyelashes to the knees. The book is organized by the part of the body that is used to make the gesture. He starts with the head, the temples, the ear and the forehead, and works his way down to the groin, the genitals, the thighs, the knees, the legs and the feet.'

More: CBC Radio

Tweet Of The Day

They Told Him He Was 'Unteachable'

Meet Norman Gilbert, the 91 year old rebel artist who was told he was 'unteachable' while studying at Glasgow School of Art in the 1940s.

Michaela Tereshkova’s Extremely Obscure Discovery

Astronaut Tereshkova discovers she is not alone.

Michaela Tereshkova's extremely obscure Discovery from YK Animation on Vimeo.

Via everlasting blort

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Dalai Lama’s Land Rover Goes On The Block

Tenzin Gyatso, better known as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, never drove but a 1966 Land Rover Series IIA became His Holiness’s official vehicle. Only a 4x4 could traverse the unpaved roads of the Dharamsala region of India, Nepal, and the Himalayas. The Land Rover served the Dalai Lama for ten years of his exile in Tibet, and was primarily driven by the Lama’s brother, Tenzin Cheogyal. In 1976, His Holiness upgraded to a Range Rover and the Land Rover was retired. It was maintained by Cheogyal until 2005, when it landed at West Coast British, a Land Rover repair shop based in Palo Alto, California, for a well-needed restoration. The car could fetch $100,000 to $150,000 when it comes up for auction at RM Sotheby’s starting August 29..

Read more: Atlas Obscura

Tweet of The Day

The 1619 Project

"The 1619 Project  is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are."

The Early Internet is Disappearing

In the 1990s,the internet was a community inhabited by "netizens" who created websites that look very amateurish to us now. Flash, which made much of the early web run, will be shut down in 2020. Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied are part of a growing group of people who believe the early web is an artifact that should be preserved and archived.



Dorothy's mother thought she was spending too much time on the internet so she confiscated her daughter's phone, then her Nintendo, then her Wii but this didn't deter Dorothy from tweeting. Showing us that "where there's a will there's a way" she managed to tweet from the family smart fridge.

The #FreeDorothy hashtag has gone viral.

Via Boing Boing