Thursday, October 31, 2019


When we throw our clothes away in the West 100,000 tons of them make their way across the ocean to India. UK-based filmmaker Meghna Gupta shows us where our discarded clothes end up and the people who turn our waste back into thread. The thread then ends up as cheap imported clothes. And the cycle begins again.

Unravel from Aeon Video on Vimeo.

Read more: Open Culture

Skeleton bursts through a Mexican street

In celebration of Día de Muertos on November 1, Raymundo Medina built a massive skeleton that appears to be lurching out of the pavement on a street in Santa Cecilia Tláhuac, Mexico.

Medina is part of the Jaén Cartonería collective and works in collaboration with Yaocalli Indians.

Read more: Colossal

The Making Of An Itty Bitty Museum

Mozu Studios produce miniatures, trick art and video works for advertising and promotion. This video shows the creation of a tiny museum with several exhibits.

Via Boing Boing

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Tweet Of The Day

Pop-Up Crosswalk Teaches Drivers To Respect Pedestrians

This zebra crossing in Montreal opens up to make cars stop.


Sometimes, BethAnn, to get a historic home at such a steal, you have to take a few lumps and bumps. Or rashes. Or unexplained bite marks.

The husbands from every haunted house movie ever made think their wives aren't giving the new house a chance:
Sherrilynne, I’m sorry to hear that you feel “on edge.” And “trapped.” And “like the wallpaper of your psyche is peeling back in ribbons.” That’s heavy. It sounds like you could use some more self-care, darling. Like when I go to the basement in the middle of the night and stare at the furnace with no expression. That’s my “me time.”
- - -
Okay, I admit it, Angela: the space gets a little drafty. And the roof leaks into the attic when it rains. And all the water stains look like faces. Buyer beware, I suppose! I’ll go to Home Depot tomorrow. 

More: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Via MeFi

Kids Sing Mr Tambourine Man And It's Wonderful

From Kids Sing Bob Dylan

Buy Your Own Tiny Village For The Price Of A Toronto House

You need this: Own your very own small historic town. It's only an hour north of Toronto and is just $1.6CAD! It's set on 10+ acres with an historic log home, 1890 barn, silo, shop, 1895 church with parish hall and original Town Of Mono town hall which was moved to this location.

See more here


I just watched a 2015 documentary about Sonita Alizadeh, a young Afghan refugee in Iran, who dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she's worth $9,000. Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, an Iranian documentary filmmaker, filmed her remarkable story over three years.
Here's a trailer:

The Legend of Niagara Falls Fear Factory

This is the site of the old Cataract Coffin Factory on Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, Canada. People come here to scare themselves silly.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Monday, October 28, 2019

Tweet Of The Day

Via Hal, NOTL reader and Facebook friend.

Japan’s "Mundane" Halloween Party

For the past five years a Halloween event in Japan has featured people dressed in everyday “mundane” costumes instead of witches or zombies. It's called called "jimi halloween" (地味ハロウィン).

Guy who spotted a cockroach right before going to bed
and grabbed whatever he could find (@allfortomorrow)

Guy who face-swapped with a Starbucks cup (@dailyportalz)

Woman who forgot to take out the trash (@oni_red)

See more 

Bathroom Choreography at ‘Hamilton’

This usher helps 200 women use the bathroom and get back to their seats for the second act of Hamilton every night.
See her in action here


Too Heavy

Via swissmiss 

Future Perfect

A child's drawing of their parents is placed in a time capsule. After the end of the world as we know it the drawing is found by aliens who use it as the blueprint for a new version of humanity.

Future Perfect by Sean McKenna from RANDOM ACTS on Vimeo.



Bolivia's Climbing Cholitas - a group of indigenous women scaling the Andes Mountains, some of the highest peaks in the world.

MONTAÑAS from yumna on Vimeo.


Architectural Miniatures Of a Wartorn Land

Connecticut-based Syrian-born artist/architect Mohamad Hafez uses found objects, paint, and scrap metal to create architectural dioramas that send a powerful message about the atrocities plaguing his  homeland.

More: Colossal


Sunday, October 27, 2019

Music For Sunday Morning

Sunday Links

How to create a tunnel of pears in your garden  I'm tempted to rip everything out and plant one of these.

This lengthy post from The Bohemian Blog takes us on a 45-mile tour of occult London, inspired by From Hell written by Alan Moore. The pentagram-shaped route hits lesser known occult locations spread across the British capital.

Buyer Beware: The Weird World of ‘Haunted’ eBay

Colouring London is a knowledge exchange platform collecting information on every building in London, to help make the city more sustainable.

2019 Photomicrography Competition It's a small world.

What Scottish singles used to do on Halloween:  Kale Divination 

Looks somethin' like a turnip green, and everybody calls it polk salad When life hands you pokeweed, make polk salad? No way! It's growing in a wild corner of my garden but I have murder on my mind, not eating.

The Toronto Circus Riot of 1855: No one seems to agree on exactly how the fight at the brothel got started. Some blame a particularly loudmouthed clown. Thanks Bruce!

West is best, east is a beast: Why does jet lag feel worse travelling from west to east?

 How to unknot a knotted plastic bag (You're welcome.)

The Boulevardier Cocktail, a rich, complicated cocktail that’s easy to make and perfect for fall.

The Blob, a slime mold “capable of advanced decision-making, learning, and long-term memory storage.”

“Warren Zevon’s ‘Werewolves of London’” by James Joyce 

How to be a perfect '50s housewife  Via

12 Halloween Candy Copycat Recipes No tricks here, just treats.

Art Biotop Water Garden by Junya Ishigami  This wonderful garden is intended as a place for meditation and contemplation.

Spoko Meditation Stool

Driving an asylum-seeker to the airport The effects of this White House’s suppression of asylum never felt quite as real as they did hearing the granular horrors of them from someone sitting shotgun in my station wagon.

The dead don't rest in peace at Savannah Airport

Satan's Cinema: Five underappreciated horror movies to thrill and disturb you this Halloween season.

A Greenhouse for Extinct Flora Michael Wang’s installation resembles an assisted living facility for plants.

The Bilbcast - A good boy purring to calm you down. Soothing, as advertised. Via Blort

Where the Sun Rises: The Films of Alanis Obomsawin 

A Vintage-Style Kitchen Remodel  I'm posting this mainly because I'm intrigued by the radiant-heated floor made of slate chalkboards rescued from a derelict school.

Samurai Street Cleaners

Photo: jidaigumi

Isse Ichidai Jidaigumi (“Once in a lifetime, on a big bet”) is a one-of-a-kind club that reimagines traditional samurai sword skills as a theatrical means to pick up trash in Hokkaido and Tokyo.

Via Everlasting Blort

The Ennui Of Halloween

Henri thinks Halloween is a travesty.

Via Miss Cellania

Google Street View Trip Around the World

Maria Constanza Ferreira made this video using screen grabs from Google Street View.

Maria Constanza Ferreira on Vimeo.


Saturday, October 26, 2019

‘Birds of America’ Now Downloadable

 The entire collection of “Birds of America” watercolors by19-century wildlife artist John James Audubon are now available for free, hi-res downloading.


Friday, October 25, 2019

Halloween Mummy Meatloaf

Tweet Of The Day


Watch A Supermassive Black Hole Destroy A Star

On January 29 NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) captured a black hole destroying a star, a phenomenon called a tidal disruption event. The blast, named ASASSN-19bt, was found on Jan. 29 by the All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae (ASAS-SN), a worldwide network of 20 robotic telescopes.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Adds Yayoi Kusama Tentacled Sun

This large-scale floating artwork “Love Flies up to the Sky” measures 30 feet long by 36 feet wide and 34 feet tall and is covered (of course) in more than 300 white polka dots, a Yayoi Kusama signature.



Thursday, October 24, 2019

Cats Vs Plastic Wrap Force Field

These seven kitties aren't going to let an invisible wall get the better of them, or are they?

Via Geekologie

Exclusion Zone

© Robyn Von Swank

Three decades after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster forced the evacuation of 300,000 people, Canadian photographer Robyn Von Swank documents the daily lives of those who remained.

© Robyn Von Swank

More here

Via English Russia

Tweet of the day

Apparently Canada is an expat dystopia. Good thread.

The world's loudest bird

Scientists in the Amazon have recorded the world's loudest bird. The mating song of the white bellbird hits a painful 125 decibels. Ouch!

More here
Via Boing Boing

Deciphering Commodore 64 code planted in 1984 record

In 1984, the Christian rock band Prodigal hid a Commodore 64 program on their album "Electric Eye".

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Tiffany's Advent Calendar

Each of the compartments of the four-foot-tall calendar contains a signature blue box with a bijou. There's a full-size sterling silver "paper" cup, an 18k gold Tiffany T True bracelet, an 18k rose gold Tiffany Smile pendant with diamonds, and 21 other treats.

It's a big calendar with a big price tag (starts at $112,000 US)


Seven friends dress as a different celeb each year.

There's nothing like a good annual tradition. Each Halloween these friends get together dressed as a different celebrity. Over the years they have dressed as Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, Robin Williams, Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey and Johnny Depp. This year they will be inspired by Ben Stiller.

2013 Jim Carreys: Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Dumb & Dumber, The Cable Guy,
The Mask, The Grinch, Ace Ventura, Batman Forever

2014 Will Ferrells: Elf, Blades of Glory, Zoolander, Anchorman,
Night at the Roxbury, Semi-Pro, Talladega Nights

More here

Yellow Pages Dress

I'm posting this Yellow Pages Dress because it reminds me of my own experience as a Yellow Page. After high school I took a job as a Bell Canada directory assistance operator. It was a boring job and I was pleased when I was chosen to be one of a group of young ladies who would represent the company at conventions and trade shows. We wore custom-made yellow A-line dresses made of a stiff uncreasable fabric called crimplene. The outfit was completed by a capelet.  My career as a Yellow Page was cut short when I decided I was not cut out to wear yellow crimplene and returned to school.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Tom Waits Tribute Album

Come On Up To The House: Women Sing Waits is a new project featuring Tom Waits songs interpreted by a group of amazing female artists. Listen to Corinne Bailey Rae singing Jersey Girl:

Aimee Mann, Roseanne Cash and Iris Dement are a few of the other featured artists. (I ordered mine today.)

The Love Car 2018

It all started almost 3 years ago when digital artist  Felix Hernandez was asked to do a project for a magazine...

I found this behind-the-scenes video via Things Magazine 

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash’s Original Demo for ‘Wanted Man’

Bob Dylan’s archivists have released the original demo for “Wanted Man,” a song Dylan wrote for Johnny Cash in 1969.

More: Rolling Stone

Tweet Of The Day

Monday, October 21, 2019

OuijaZilla Unveiled In Salem

 “OuijaZilla,” as it’s affectionately called, weighs 9000 pounds and covers 3168 square feet—as big a footprint as five 18-wheelers. According to Popular Mechanics, the board took 99 pieces of plywood, 20 quarts of black paint, several gallons of deck stain, and one whole year to complete.

More: Mental Floss

Tweet Of The Day

The Ikea Tarot

Discover the key to inner wisdom with this Ikea tarot deck designed by Akiva Leffert. The deck contains the four suits of the minor arcana: sofas, lamps, dowels, and allen keys as well as a full set of major arcana.

Via Boing Boing

Stunning Woodblock Prints

These Japanese illustrations are from the original edition of Bijutsu Sekai (1893–1896), a collection of woodblock prints from Kacho-ga artist, Watanabe Seitei (渡辺 省亭, 1851 in Edo – 1918).

More: Flashbak

Why are these Indian students wearing boxes on their heads?

(Bhagat Pre-University College/CNN)
Persistent cheating problems at schools in India have led to an anti-cheating experiment where students write exams wearing boxes on their heads that limit their view to their own desk. The school has faced widespread criticism on social media with commenters comparing the treatment of the students to that of animals.

More: CTV News

Smells Like Teen Spirit on iPhone


Sunday, October 20, 2019

This man has eaten only mac and cheese for 17 years

Austin Davis suffers from Selective Eating Disorder, a refusal to eat specific foods or refusal to eat any type of food due to a negative response from certain sensory characteristics of that food.


Music For Sunday Morning

Sony will be releasing Leonard Cohen's final album, Thanks For The Dance, on 22 November 2019.

Sunday Links

Halloween Eye Pies Thanks Bruce!

When Christie’s and Sotheby’s Played Rock, Paper, Scissors for a Modern Art Trove True story.

But, I hear you shout, this is all too early: shut up about Christmas, as you thrash about in denial. I’m afraid it is not too early. Some monsters who walk among us are really very organised. More here 

 Can You Draw a Perfect Circle? No I can't.

 Miniature Dive Bars

The FBI Lost Our Son FBI agents came to the Reilly family's door twice. The first time, they enlisted Billy Reilly in helping the agency. The second time, he'd just gone missing.

Our Type documents the disappearing shopfronts, signage and typography of Ireland's towns and villages. All photos by @trevorfinnegan Via

Jim Beam Airbnb rental to cost the price of a bourbon bottle Wow, what a deal!

Every Single Person Who Has Resigned or Been Fired From the Trump Administration

‘Transformer Table’ More than meets the eye.

For those who crave over-the-top opulence: Versailles palace in France is getting a hotel next year 

People Keying Teslas 

A look at an edition of the London Review of Books coming together

I CHUSE NOT TO CHANGE. Inscriptions found in 17th century wedding rings

 The Ford Family Dynasty This dysfunctional bunch is a blight on the province of Ontario.

 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Did millennials kill the dinner party?  If the new dinner party mindset is embracing the messiness of real life and abandoning perfectionism I was way ahead of the curve.

perfect for roquefort cheese explains why the numbers on your cheques look the way they do. (American translation: checks)

How to Make Cocktail Bitters

A Moose’s “Mid-day Swim” Turned Into A Scary Situation 

An interactive way to see what words were first used in print in a particular year

I love these moody paintings by Kim Cogan - Via

Farrah Fawcett Lookalike Contest Winners (1977)

Coming across the first official Burning Man: “There were no designated areas, no fees. You could just camp anywhere.”  Via

1923 Road Trip   Ned and his wife Golda, sister-in-law Josephine "Josie" Landon, and brother-in-law Lloyd Landon set out in Lloyd’s Case Six automobile on a cross-country road trip to Tacoma, Wash. Thanks Bruce!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Space Is Hard

Are you ready to meet the unknown? Artemis will send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024, preparing for missions to Mars and beyond.

Via Miss Cellania

Office in an Elevator



A Trip to the Mariana Trench


An interactive 360° video of a Dalí-inspired dreamscape

Salvador Dalí’s painting Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus is a surreal reimagining of Jean-Francois Millet’s famous artwork. Dreams of Dalí is an interactive video that allows you to click and drag your cursor on the video player to explore the scene.

For the an optimal viewing experience, maximise the YouTube player to full screen, and set on the highest quality setting.

Aeon Videos

Friday, October 18, 2019

Tweet Of The Day

Give The Pelican A Fish, Mate!

So a pelican wandered into a fish and chip shop in Kiama, Australia and waited politely in line but no one gave him a fish.


Cold Season: The Board Game

Cold Season by Grace Farris

Neverland Toile

Spoonflower's Neverland Toile is very cool. Via

A dreamy animated tale of grief, friendship and a road trip to David Hockney’s house

You were too young to lose your mum. And we were too young to be organising a funeral.

Hunting for Hockney from Alice Dunseath on Vimeo.

 Aeon Videos

70 Hours of Oceanscape Nature Videos

These salt-water themed 10-hour playlists from BBC Earth are the ultimate stress reliever. Chill out while watching coral reefs, coastlines, deep ocean, open ocean, frozen seas, ocean surfaces, and sea forests.
Here are some coral reefs to get you started:

Via Open Culture

Make a $13 kitchen knife cut like an expensive one

Learn how to give a cheap knife an edge so fine you can split atoms with it (or at least slice paper).

Boing Boing

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Sanctuaries of Silence

This immersive video by Adam Loften and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee takes you on a virtual journey. Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton explores the mossy, green heart of silence in one of Earth’s last remaining bastions of true quiet — the Hoh Rain Forest, in Washington State.

Via TwistedSifter

Edible Cocktail Dresses

Korean artist Sung Yeonju’s ongoing series, Wearable Foods, combines edible materials with digital editing to form cocktail dresses, shorts, and blazers.

Via Colossal

The Film That Launched Margot Kidder’s Career

Margot Kidder died a little more than a year ago. Many people remember her as Lois Lane in the Superman movies. I remember her from her first film. The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar(1968), an award–winning drama that she made at the NFB. The screenplay was written by Joan Finnigan as a drama,telling a story about poverty in the Ottawa Valley.

Read more about the film: NFB Blog

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A Bluegrass Cover of "Are You Gonna Go My Way?"

Just a Finnish bluegrass band performing a Lenny Kravitz song in a French restaurant.


Gun Shop

This film by animation Director Patrick Smith shows 2,328 firearms, out of the 393 million currently in the US.

Via Pasa Bon!


Starring 26 Scottish Ballet dancers, an abstract dining room is the setting of this ballet.

The Professional 'Pigeon Spookers' Of Chiang Mai

I bet this is a profession you haven't considered: Many tourists who visit the Tha Pae Gate in Northern Thailand want to capture photographs of  themselves in front of the wall with pigeons flying through the frame. That's where the 'pigeon spookers' come in. They charge about 20 Thai Baht (the equivalent of $0.65) to help stage the shot by stamping their feet or waving their arms to scare pigeons into the air.

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Decaying Tokyo Storefronts in Miniature Scale

TokyoBuild is a project by Stockholm-based designer Christopher Robin that recreates Tokyo’s fading storefronts in miniature. He begins each project by going on Google Street View and clicking down the side streets of Tokyo until he finds a storefront that he likes.

More: Spoon and Tamago

The Abandoned Mansions Of Billionaires' Row

The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead, north London has 66 luxury houses, many of which have been left to rot despite being some of the most valuables homes in Britain. Documentary makers Beyond the Point have captured footage of the decaying abandoned properties.

More here

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How To Move a 4000 sq ft Home

Christian Neeley wanted a mansion by the water in Maryland. He finally found the ideal house but it was 50 miles away. He decided to move the home to his property by boat. The whole process took about 19 days from start to finish.


The reflections in your eyes in photos may reveal more than you think.

A man who attacked a pop star in Japan reportedly managed to find out where she lived by studying the reflections in her eyes in photos she posted to social media. The attacker observed a train station reflected in her eyes, found that train station using Google Street View, waited for her at the train station, and followed her home. (The eye above is mine but you won't find a reflection that will let you track my whereabouts)

More here

The Passion of Andalucía

The passion of flamenco echoes through Andalucía in this film by Brandon Li.

The Passion of Andalucía from Brandon Li on Vimeo.

Dusky Parakeet

 Dusky Parakeet is a houseboat with ingenious space-saving features in central London.


Fred Herzog, Vancouver’s Beloved Street Photographer

Fred Herzog, a pioneer of colour photography and chronicler of life in mid-20th century Vancouver, died last month at the age of 88.

Read about him here

The Chinoiserie Pumpkin

These beautiful painted pumpkins by Karolyn Stephenson look just like my good dinner dishes.

More: The Relished Roost

The Art Of Stacking Wood

Cottage Life has posted photos of woodpiles that are also works of art. Gary Tallman of Montana cuts his wood in the spring and separates it by color and size. It took him about twenty hours to build the owl woodpile below.

I like these woodpile cottages:

More here

Monday, October 14, 2019


Cat Shit One is a three volume manga series written and illustrated by Motofumi Kobayashi. Botasky and Packy are bunny rabbits. They are also private contractors, working in the Middle East, with support from a distant helicopter-mobile base.

Via Facebook friend  and Nag follower David.

Can you provide a home for 8,000 country music records?

What began as a Nova Scotia teenager's modest library of 20 or so country music records grew over the next six decades to roughly 8,000.

The family of the late Murray Deal was left with one question: what to do with their dad's impressive collection?

More: CBC News

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Once Upon A Time In Brick Lane

Photographer Paul Trevor captured the east London of the 1970s and 80s, a world cigarette smoking, hardcore perms, laundrettes and mac wearing wheeler-dealers.

Once Upon a Time in Brick Lane by Paul Trevor, published by Hoxton Mini Press, RRP £25

More: Londonist