Friday, January 31, 2020

Tweet Of The Day


Leonard Cohen reads "The Only Tourist in Havana Turns His Thoughts Homeward" (1965)

“I was in Havana in 1961 during the Bay of Pigs invasion fighting on both sides,” said the great Leonard Cohen in 1965 before reading this satirical poem he wrote while in Cuba.

Via Boing Boing

What is this a list of?

  • Beittaga
  • Gutagieg
  • Guttieig
  • Budaj Age
  • Vutte Geig
  • Bertigge
  • Buttsbeg
  • Guettiburg
  • Gooligeg
  • Buttig
  • Buttage
  • Butingear
  • Buti
  • Bugewues
  • Bettirogh

Near the Egress

Antonio Martinez used more than 800 modern dryplate tintypes made from b&w film to produce this weirdly lovely experimental stop-motion video of a circus.

Via Miss Cellania

Wine Vs. Negative Space

VFX artist Kevin Lustgarten creates optical illusions. Can you figure out how this one is done?

Via Boing Boing

Highest Resolution Images Taken of the Sun’s Surface

The National Solar Observatory has just released the highest resolution images and video ever taken of the sun’s surface. The images, captured with the National Science Foundation’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, capture the sun in unprecedented detail, revealing features as small as 18 miles (30km) in size for the first time ever.

More here

Thursday, January 30, 2020

New Clue To Decades Old C.I.A. Mystery

Image: Drew Angerer/The New York Times
Kryptos, a sculpture outside C.I.A. headquarters, contains an encrypted message that hasn’t been fully decoded for almost 30 years. One brief passage remains uncracked. Its creator has offered a new clue.  It is a word: “NORTHEAST.”

Radiohead's "Creep" with lyrics auto-completed by Google

“I want a perfect credit score. I want a divorce.”

New Unicode Emoji 13.0 for 2020

The Emoji 13.0 are now final, with 117 new emoji. At last there is a black cat emoji (Carmen's lobbying must have paid off) and I can't believe there wasn't already a teapot. Thank you Emojipedia!

Ravenmaster is raising first-ever 'tame' ravens for the Tower of London

Ravens are the traditional guardians of the Tower of London. No-one knows how long there have been ravens at the Tower but King Charles II is believed to have said in the 1600s that if there were ever less than six the future of both the country and the kingdom would be in jeopardy. Pub landlord and Ravenmaster, Mike Keen, is not about to let that happen. He hopes that a breeding programme will ensure the future of the birds and allow further generations to trace their bloodline.

Image:James Linsell-Clark/SWNS

There are currently seven ravens living at the Tower of London; if any of these were to die or be retired the birds that Mike is caring for will replace them.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Swinging Pendulums

I guarantee this set of brightly-illuminated pendulums swinging back and forth against a dark background will soothe your soul.


American Totem

Want to see something beautiful? Watch this.

American Totem from mustardcuffins on Vimeo.

Today You, Tomorrow Me

This is a heartwarming video.

Via Miss Cellania

The Maeklong Railway Market from above

Drone footage of Bangkok's famous Maeklong Railway Market.


Bad Day on the Subway

Donna O'Regan, who moved to Toronto from Ireland in 2016, wrote a cute song about what it's like riding the subway in her adopted city.

More Here

The Women Fighting To Be Vikings

Annually, since 1876, the Scottish isle of Shetland has been home to Up Helly Aa, a Viking festival with all the expected revelry culminating in a large replica longship being set on fire. Traditionally women and girls have never been allowed to be involved in the squads. Two young activists, Lindsey Manson and Izzy Gibson are trying to change that. Fire Starters, a Huck documentary, tells their story.

100-Year-Old Shipwreck Reclaimed By Nature

Photo: Stock Photos from Road Warrior Photography/Shutterstock

The SS City of Adelaide sailed the seas for over 50 years before running aground off the coast of Australia in 1915 where it was left to disintegrate. Over time a forest of mangroves took root in the remains of the vessel. Since it is located in a protected area at an Australian Marine Park, the mangroves were allowed to grow in peace and slowly overtook the wreckage.

Here's a video by Dronehack Productions:

Read more 

A Date with Destino

In the 1940s Salvador Dali and Walt Disney collaborated on an animated short which ended up on the shelf. In 1999, long after both men had died, Disney's son found it. This is the story of Destino.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Monday, January 27, 2020

The Driver Is Red.

"We are living in a dangerous time, but it is not too late.  America is still great.  It is great because it is full of good people who believe in doing good.  And we are all immigrants.  We must remember the lessons of history.  And we must make sure that all those brave Americans who fought in World War II did not fight in vain."
-Randall Christopher, 2017

The Driver Is Red from Randall Christopher on Vimeo.

Artist Statement


Paintings Of Women Deep In Thought

Prudence Flint- Large Tartan Blanket

Melbourne artist Prudence Flint paints interesting women in what she describes as "psychologically charged environments", wrapped up in flat pastel hues and soft light.

Prudence Flint - Bedsit

More: Creative Boom

Eat Like a 1970s Radical

The 1976 People’s Philadelphia Cookbook by The People's Fund (known today as the Bread and Roses Community Fund) included contributions from the Black Power and Gay Liberation movements. “The recipes were the least important part of the book. It was more about the people.” says historian Stephanie McKellop who came upon the cookbook at a Philadelphia flea market.
“A VERY GAY MEAT LOAF” requires several key ingredients. First, wrote Michael Goldberger, a gay activist and neuroscience researcher, combine ground beef, pork, and veal with spices. Then, add partially-cooked spinach and—if you have the money—mushrooms, taking care not to overmix. Hard-boiled eggs and sour cream top it off.
Goldberger adapted the recipe from gay New York Times food editor Craig Claiborne and lesbian icon Alice B. Toklas, and included it in the 1976 People’s Philadelphia Cookbook.

Via  Gastro Obscura

Read the cookbook here

Thanks Bruce!

Playing an Electric Fan as a Musical Instrument

Electronicos Fantasticos! is a project where retired consumer electronics are resuscitated as instruments and musicians are invited to play with the artist and musician Ei Wadaan. In this video the sounds are generated by a light behind the fan blades that influences a photosensor circuit held by the musician.


Tweet Of The Day

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Anyone want to adopt this jerk?

She dislikes "the color pink, kittens (yuk they are so chipper), dogs, children, the Dixie Chicks, Disney movies, Christmas and last but NOT least... HUGS."

You can fill out an application here.

The Language of Stamps

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century England developed a ‘language of stamps,’ which soon spread around the world. The position of the stamp on the envelope was supposed to relay a message to the receiver. People began affixing stamps to envelopes in so many different positions that it became difficult to postmark them and rules were introduced requiring the sender of mail to affix stamps in the upright corner of the envelope, although there are still rebels like my FB friend Simon who apparently puts them wherever he damn well wants.

More here

Tweet Of The Day

Music For Sunday Morning

Sunday Links

Image credit
Snopes investigates an  Explosion' of Buttons In an Abandoned Button Factory Via MeFi

Here wander the otherwise virtuous souls who were forced into grievous errors by autocorrect programs. They sit in silent masturbation, only rising once every hour to chant eerie koans such as “ducking auto cat rectal.” Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell, Reimagined for Linguistic Transgressions  Via PfRC

You stay away from the village fete, do you understand? Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village

Cross-Dressing Soldiers Man Anti-Aircraft Guns During World War II: “Still wearing their dresses the dancers rushed to their action stations—wolves in sheep’s clothing, so to speak.” *Oops it looks like Flashbak has removed this post. Thanks for letting me know, Bruce.

"Sandwiches are beautiful, sandwiches are fine -
I like sandwiches, I eat them all the time.
I eat them for my supper and I eat them for my lunch;
If I had a hundred sandwiches, I'd eat them all at once! - Fred Penner" My friend Trish Hennessy agrees and her blog is about 52 of her favourites. Yum!

18 Intriguing Comics With Unexpected Endings Via Memo Of The Air

Blogger: Nag on the Lake - Edit post

Inmates of high-security prison №44 in Russia have made a Snow Church with the help of a priest.

How to make redneck soda cheesecake You're welcome!

Because you like quizzes: What bird are you most like? (I'm a Northern Mockingbird) Via

“The Incredible Adventures Of Man Spider”  The story of a spider bitten by a radioactive man and imbued with the powers of being human. Via

Everything you want to know about the Canals of Amsterdam Via Blort

Why the mantis shrimp is my new favorite animal Thanks Bruce!

Are you looking for a home renovation show that's in very poor taste? This one is right up your alley: Murder House Flip Show  

Newspaper Clipping of the Day: "We don’t have any pants or evidence of pants. We have a male's bones and a dress."

Good Morning, Vietnam: How A War-Torn Country Became the Second Largest Producer of Coffee in the World Good story. Thanks Bruce!

An apartment in Le Corbusier’s iconic Villa Stein is for sale 

A combination of a 300-pound-plus man walking over the entire length of your body striking at various muscle bundles with a meat cleaver. You Haven't Lived Until You've Lived Through a Meat Cleaver Massage 

A puzzle: We want to line up our six children for a photograph, but we can’t put Sally and John next to one another because they fight. In how many ways can we arrange the photo with this constraint?  Answer at Futility Closet

How to Draw Like an Architect

10 Books Banned from US Prisons  Black authors and books about social justice are high on the list of literature banned in US prisons today, with many prisons withholding their reasons for the restrictions.

The Secret Society of Marmalade Makers  A Scottish friend of mine used to make Seville orange marmalade every year and he would share a jar with me now and again. He passed away a few years ago and I miss him and his marmalade.

Vivarium Official Trailer (2020) This looks good.

53 Super Bowl rings, 53 stories Thanks Bruce!

City Of ... These European cities are keeping old legacies alive and bring their traditions to the world.

 It is the centenary of the birth of Federico Fellini Watch a few of his films.

And lastly, I'll share something personal about myself: Blind date is my secret vice.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

School of juvenile striped eel catfish working in unison

I wish governments could work this well together.

Via Miss Cellania

Where's The Fire?

A Montreal fire truck pushed police cars out of the way and sideswiped a BMW to get to a raging roof fire in 2014.

Thanks Bruce!

Tweet Of The Day

Potter Sheltered In His Kiln To Survive the Australian Wildfires

Image: Steve Harrison.
As wildfires approached ceramic artist Steve Harrison’s home in rural Australia last month, he powered up pumps and sprinklers but soon realized he would have to evacuate. It was too late as the road had caught fire. His only option was to climb inside his kiln and hope for the best. Miraculously, he survived.

Read more:  artnet News

Duke Street, Glasgow

Duke Street is Britain's longest street lined with elegant Victorian tenement blocks. Forty years ago they were under threat but residents took on the Glasgow Corporation in a battle to save their homes. The Corporation was no match for Glaswegian determination, passion and perseverance.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Tweet Of The Day

Via Everlasting Blort 

Le Silence de la rue

Le Silence de la rue”, a short monochromatic film produced by Miyu Productions, shows that breaking free of urban life is no easy feat.

Le Silence de la rue from Miyu Productions on Vimeo.

Via Colossal

Life Through the Eyes of a Sea Turtle

In 2015 marine biologist Nathan Robinson's video of a plastic straw being pulled from a sea turtle’s nose raised awareness of plastic pollution. Today, Robinson is studying green sea turtles off the coast of the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, relying on TurtleCams.

Life Through the Eyes of a Sea Turtle from Great Big Story on Vimeo.

Spectacular Drone Footage of Oahu

FPV drone pilot Nicolas Gaillard has captured aerial footage of some of Hawaii’s most spectacular sights.


Say It Out Loud

Via: Miss Cellania

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Sound Of Berlin

Shot over 6 days this video captures more than 850 original sounds of the city of Berlin.

Kรณrsafn, music that changes with the weather

Bjรถrk has collaborated with Microsoft to create AI-generated music based on on the changing weather patterns and position of the sun.  The composition is called ‘Kรณrsafn’ which means ‘choir archive’ in Icelandic. It will be played continuously in the lobby of NYC hotel Sister City.

More here


Negative Harmony Covers Of Classic Rock Songs

Musician Steve Cruickshank replaces the original harmonies on classic rock songs with their mirror image. The result is totally weird and I couldn't stop listening. Here are a couple:

More covers: Geekologie

Emma Willard's Maps of Time

"The Temple of Time" (1846) by Emma Willard 
Source (Cartography Associates: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

Emma Willard (1787–1870) was a leading feminist educator whose maps of time laid the groundwork for the charts and infographics of today.

"Picture of Nations; or Perspective Sketch of the Course of Empire"
(1836) by Emma Willard
Source (Cartography Associates: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).

Her history and geography textbooks exposed a generation of students to innovative and creative pictures of information that sought to translate big data into manageable visual forms.

More: The Public Domain Review

Gone Curling: A Winter Tale

In 1960 screenwriter Charles Cohen went to Saskatchewan to familiarize himself with the game of curling. He wrote a preliminary script, focusing on a small community preparing for and participating in a bonspiel. After several drafts, it was felt that it would be better to see the game from the perspective of an outsider. The travelling salesman was then introduced into the story.

NFB Blog

Happy National Pie Day!

Feast your eyes on these beautiful creations by pastry designer Karin Pfeiff Boschek (@karinpfeiffboschek) 


Behind the Soundtrack Of Uncut Gems

Composer Daniel Lopatin details the creative process behind the score for the film Uncut Gems.

Here's a trailer for the film:

Via Biblioklept

How To Please Elise

This limited edition letterpress print by illustrator and artist Christoph Niemann will teach you how to play Beethoven's Fรผr Elise, the theme from Jaws and Yankee Doodle. Niemann ran the chart past fact checkers to make sure that it was accurate so you should be able to play the tunes by following the instructions on the numbered diagrams


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Derelict English Village With One Lone Resident (1960)

A bank of protective shingle was removed from the shore of Hallsands in Devon in the 1890s to make concrete for the extension of Plymouth dockyard causing conditions in the village to deteriorate until 1917 when a four day gale washed away 37 homes leaving only the home of Elizabeth Prettejohn standing. She remained in the ruined village for 47 years, until her death in 1964 at age 80.

Via  Futility Closet

Ad For Volkswagen "Snow Plow"

Via Miss Cellania

Ghosts from the Shells

Abandoned Japanese chemical weapons have poisoned thousands since the end of WWII. For those that survive, the battle is far from over.

J.S. Bach - Crab Canon on a Mobius Strip

The manuscript depicts a single musical sequence that is to be played front to back and back to front.

Via Hal, my FB pal.

Bake A Cake That Looks Like A Taco

Texas-based Sideserf Cake Studio demonstrates how to create a cake that looks exactly like a Taco Bell taco.

Via Geekologie

More of their creations here and here

Amazing Coin Stacking Sculptures

Japanese Twitter user @thumb_tani (aka Tanu) uses coins of various denominations to create structures that defy gravity.

 More: My Modern Met

Via Rusty's Electric Dreams

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Honky Tonk Women Hungarian Style

Via Dial-A-Nihilist

Sounds Of The Solar Wind

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Huge dust storms hit central New South Wales

More: The Guardian

Tweet Of The Day

Brought to you by Everlasting Blort. 

The Community That Was Destroyed To Make Way For Central Park

Before Central Park was built Seneca Village, an historically black community, sat on the site.

Abandoned Baltimore townhouse contains a weird swimming pool

Inner Harbor Homes highlights a foreclosed small home in Baltimore that is dominated by a very large (and deep) indoor swimming pool.

More: Boing Boing

Aerial Views Of London

German photographer Bernhard Lang has captured amazing shots of London from above.

The crossing at Oxford Circus and Regent Street. © Bernhard Lang
Paternoster Square, next to St Paul's Cathedral. © Bernhard Lang
St Paul's still stands out in the crowd. © Bernhard Lang

More: Londonist

Over the years I've posted a lot of Lang's aerial photography: here, here and here

Monday, January 20, 2020

‘By the Time I Get to Arizona’ 30 Years On

On November 6, 1990, the people of Arizona voted down a proposal to create a state holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by a margin of 17,000 votes. “By the Time I Get to Arizona” was
Public Enemy’s response.

Read more: SPIN

Village Of Upside Down Boat Houses

       Photo by Denis Caron/Flickr
In the early 1900s Equihen Plage was a fishing village. When boats were unrepairable local fishermen used them as roofs for their handmade shelters. At the time, the area was called Quartier des Quilles en l’Air: the neighborhood of keels in the air. Many of the dwellings were destroyed in WW2 but  local families restored some of the old boathouses and built many new ones, some of which are tourist rentals.

More: Unusual Places

RIP Liang Jun

Image: Taobao
The tractor driving figure featured on China's one yuan bill has passed away, aged ninety. Liang Jun was the country’s first female tractor driver. She was widely viewed as a symbol of Mao Zedong’s popular proclamation, “Women hold up half the sky,” often invoked to urge women to work outside the domestic sphere.

More here

Via perfect for roquefort cheese

Zoomorphic Furniture

Do you like animals? This line of furniture by French design firm iBride might appeal to you.

More: if it's hip, it's here

Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dogs


Ad by coffee brand Douwe Egberts

Via Boing Boing

Precursor of the modern computer: a mechanical boy.

This automaton was designed in 1770 by Swiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz.


Sunday, January 19, 2020


How an American country music pioneer entered African mythology

Drawn & Recorded: Chemirocha from Drew Christie on Vimeo.

Via Everlasting Blort

Sunday Links

The Best Photos Of The Spectacular One-Off 1965 Dodge Deora Pickup Truck (It became the prototype for a Hot Wheels car, and plastic model kit.)

“Take two pigeons with white feathers and feed them on pinenuts for eight, or rather fifteen, days; then butcher them and throw away the head, feet, and guts; put [the rest] in an alembic and distill with half a loaf of sweetened bread and four ounces of true silver, three gold ducats, four heels of white bread that has been left to soften in goat’s milk for six days . . . distill all of this over low heat, and it will produce a most perfect water to give color to a pale complexion.” Before Beauty Vlogging, There Were Renaissance 'Books of Secrets' 

The largest insect that ever lived: It had a wingspan of some 28" with a body length of around 17."

Achtweet! Useful German words for these difficult modern times

The Ladybugs Singing In The Bathroom  Via

Imagine an old leather-bound book just pulled out from a wooden shelf. Its yellowed pages release dust as they open. Even before you begin to read the book, the unique smell of it fills your nose. The people trying to save scents from extinction 

Maybe Trump would stop complaining about his toilet if he had one of these.

Hiking to Scotland’s most remote pub In the beginning, there was the pub. And the people saw that the pub was good. Thanks Bruce!

The Golden Chapel Hidden Away In Fitzrovia I've roamed this area plenty of times but have never seen this chapel. It looks like a lovely spot to take a break from walking.

The Schienenzeppelin in Berlin, 1931 

In-Flight Surgery using fork, knife, coat hanger, and cognac. Via Miss C

Hand-Painted Movie Posters from Ghana In the 80s and 90s Ghanaian theater owners commissioned local artists to paint promotional movie posters, giving them complete creative freedom to paint whatever would sell tickets to their audiences.

What the #@*% is a grawlix?

Things You Might Not Know About Wolves

The Chicago Political Quote Hall of Fame

40 years of Fresh Air Via PfRC

This story. Wow!  Lauren Groff: Birdie

 Misused Quotation Marks Make Things Weird

Why Do So Many Medieval Manuscripts Depict Violent Rabbits? Via Hal, myFB pal

7 July: Sam Barnett has been on the Pride march. ‘Four and a half hours! I wouldn’t have agreed to be homosexual if I’d known it was going to take that long.’ Playwright Alan Bennett's 2019 Diary 

An extensive list of fictional institutions Via 

List of triple tautonyms Via Things

‘Please Try to Help Us’: Conversing With Mississippi Inmates on a Contraband Phone 

14th-Century Illustration of Venice Is the Oldest Found Yet  The drawing accompanied one friar’s first-person account of a trip from Venice to Jerusalem and Egypt.

The idea was simple: Break the speed record for “fastest to ever visit all 50 states” but also run a 5k while in each state. I could not do this. I run 3.2 km 2 or 3 times a week and I hate it. Via

Company sells square tip knives to help reduce knife violence 

Deaths of Despair: Who Killed the Knapp Family?

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Tweet Of The Day

It's snowing in Newfoundland.

Wolf Pack

Canadian author, artist and naturalist Bill Mason aimed at educating the public and dispelling negative myths about twolves. Wolf Pack chronicles the lives of wolves facing the dramatic changes of the seasons over the course of a year, elucidating the central role of social hierarchies and cycles in their lives.

Via Aeon Videos

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Cat Man of Aleppo Needs Help

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EMERGENCY: The Cat Man of Aleppo, Alaa Aljaleel and his sanctuary + orphanage is in danger! According to the Twitter post from earlier today, bombing in his area got so severe, they had to abandon the current sanctuary and flee. They are currently scrambling to transfer some 120 cats to a safe location in near by city of Idlib. Also trying to move the monkeys across the border to safety. If anyone is willing to help out, even a small amount, your kind donations are accepted and appreciated at: I will also post swipe up links on IG story. If you can’t financially help, which is OK, please spread the words, repost, so someone you know may be able to pitch in. I have finished illustrating Alaa’s story in the upcoming picture book The Cat Man of Aleppo. I have never met or directly spoken to Alaa (author Karim has been in contact, as recently as a couple of hours ago), but he, his team and all the animals are a part of ‘family’ now. News media don’t talk about war in Syria anymore, because they have moved onto the next big flashy news. But, friends, it is still happening. And just to be aware of it, that you have that knowledge is very important. Thank you.
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Crash Testing Race Cars

Safety testing center IMMI shows off their Center for Advanced Product Evaluation with the tubular chassis of a sprint car.


Hey Mr. Tangerine Man

Musicians across multiple genres are once again responding to the political climate in the era of Trump.

Via everlasting blort 

Making peace with having alopecia

Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley shares her very personal black hair journey in this video.


Via Miss C

Cooking With Paris

"It's either a brilliant piece of performance art, or a cautionary tale about what can go wrong when you believe in yourself." Is this for real? She has the fingerless gloves, the sunglasses, the brutal spoons, a gigantic spatula and a truckload of ricotta cheese. Has she ever been in a kitchen before?

More: VICE

Patti Smith Covers Neil Young's 'After the Gold Rush'

Patti Smith performed a spare and tender cover of Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush” on The Tonight Show Thursday.

More: Rolling Stone
Via: Everlasting Blort

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Saving Australia's Dinosaur Trees

Australia's Wollemi pines outlived the dinosaurs and a mission by botanists, park rangers, conservators and Australian firefighters has ensured that they survived the deadly bushfire season to live another day. The only known wild population of Wollemi pines is found in Wollemi National Park and there are fewer than 200 left.

Via perfect for roquefort cheese