Monday, November 30, 2020

Animation + Music

AnimusicLLC  is a computer animation company with the singular focus of animating music. This piece is called Resonant Chamber:

Via Everlasting Blort

Social Harmony

Social Distancing Meets Erik Satie in this mural created by social design activist Eisuke Tachikawa. Installed at the entrance to the DESIGNART TOKYO 2020 event, it is part social distancing sticker and part interactive musical art. When the notes are stepped on, a sensor is activated and the actual sound of the note is emitted. Together, the notes play French composer and pianist Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie.

Tweet Of The Day

Click the image to see the thread. It's a good one: 

Pic Of The Day

Giovanni Strazza's Veiled Virgin Presentation Convent, Cathedral Square, St. John's, NL. Photo by J.E. FitzGerald

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Tweet Of The Day


Buster Keaton Rides Again

The Railrodder was Buster Keaton's last silent film. Buster Keaton Rides Again, documents the making of The Railrodder, containing the only known behind-the-scenes footage of Keaton working on a movie.

Patty Are You Bringing Weed In From Jamaica?

In 1968, a flight attendant bought 900 lbs of marijuana in Jamaica and tried to smuggle it out. This leads to unexpected consequences.

Sunday Links

image: © Wayne Thiebaud

American artist Wayne Thiebaud recently celebrated his 100th birthday. He is best known for his colourful works depicting everyday objects like the tasty arrangement of confections above. (I was familiar with his work but always thought it was more recent)

Watch this video: Hans Zimmer performs Time Soundtrack from Inception live mixed with a film by Bashir Abu Shakra shot in the Dolomite mountains of Italy. It took him 2 years to make the film and it is absolutely stunning. Thanks Bruce!

This X Does Not Exist Is it real or is it a GAN image?

Architecture For The Apocalypse In her 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged, right-libertarian philosopher Ayn Rand introduced "Galt's Gulch", a utopian society which has striking echoes in the despicable actions of today's billionaire doomsday preppers.

Crazy Optical Illusion (Honestly, the circles don't move)

The amazing adventures of Bridget The Cat.

The futuristic cargo ship made of wood It will have one of the largest marine electric engines of her kind in the world and will be shipping cargo between Costa Rica and Canada.

The Marion Stokes Project: The woman who taped 33 years of TV news.

From the "nice place but I wouldn't want to live there" files: This Vancouver home is shaped like the pancake of the sea.

Impress your colleagues by taking your Zoom meeting from Vita Sackville-West's reading room.

Five hearty cocktails that evoke the holiday spirit.

A Woman Called Hey: Thirty-five years ago, a Bouyei ethnic minority member was trafficked across China to a faraway village where nobody spoke her language. This year, she miraculously found her way home.

Goats In Trees calendar. You know you want it.

Have a very merry Mandalorian Christmas! And here's some music to fit the mood.

50 times people took a photograph and realized it’s “Accidental Renaissance”

Gallery of 43 Illustrated Homes Celebrate the Work of Paul R. Williams in California Thanks Bruce!

You saw it on "The Crown," now here's the real story of Princess Diana's visit to a Lower East Side homeless shelter during her 1989 visit to NYC.

This 2021 Social Justice Kittens Calendar is the perfect gift for your cat loving socialist friend.

The secret space where your 787 pilots and attendants sleep In most cases, they’re on a second level above the passenger seats — even on planes that don’t feature two floors.

The Chilling, Little Known History of Nuclear Experiments in the US Southwest Cara Despain’s From Dust addresses the nuclear testing program which rained down on the American West for four decades.

They had one job…Architecture of Doom 

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Street Piano : Instrument of Change

Street pianos change cities and street pianos change lives, bringing life to dull urban spaces.


 Frequent contributor Bruce sent me this great clip which led me to the entire documentary.

Tweet Of The Day

Packaging Guru

Have you ever wondered who comes up with these? It's this guy.

Via perfect for roquefort cheese

Pic Of the Day



Damn! I missed Thorgellen. I'll put it on my calendar for next year. 

Thanks to Marco from Memo Of The Air for sending me the link.

Spikken Scots

Spikkin Scots is an interactive map that lets you listen to  different dialects of Scotland.

Cick here to see interactive map

Find The Traps in The 'Home Alone' House

Can you believe that Home Alone turns 30 this year? As a tribute to the film, Groundworks Home Services put together this 3D model of the McCallister family home and challenge you to find all the traps Kevin used to foil the Wet Bandits. 

I hope you do better at this than I did. I haven't seen the movie in three decades so I failed miserably.

The Real-Life Queen's Gambit

Before Queen's Gambit there was Nona Gaprindashvili, a chess player from Georgia who won the Women’s Georgian Chess Championship title in 1956, (followed by three more victories in 1959, 1960, and 1961). She went on to become the Women’s World Chess Champion five times. There were four women who made up Georgia’s legendary female chess druzhina. Gaprindashvili is the only one who is still participating in tournaments. The story of Georgia’s renowned female players is now the subject of the film, Glory to the Queen. Here is the trailer:

Read more: The Calvert Journal 

Via MeFi

Friday, November 27, 2020

Schitt's Creek Motel For Sale

Want to live in Schitt's Creek? Now you can. The real-life motel from the cult Emmy-winning CBC show is now for sale in a small town just north of Toronto  for CAD 2m.

My Unlicensed Hovercraft Pub

It's technically legal!


This is how a geologist collects lava samples from a volcano

In this video researchers with the United States Geological Survey collect samples to monitor volcanoes in Hawaii.


Shamisen Girls Ki&Ki

Hikari Shirafuji and Kanami Takeda playing the three-stringed traditional Japanese instrument the shamisen. 

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Mikhail Gorbachev's Pizza Hut Thanksgiving Miracle

In 1997, the former Soviet leader needed money and Pizza Hut needed a spokesman. Then they found each other.

Tweet Of The Day


Pic Of The Day


Hawa Mahal, Jaipur,İndia
Built in 1799

South of the Circle's vintage screenprint world

South Of The Circle is a game set between Cambridge (UK) and Antarctica during the 1960's Cold War. The vintage screenprint images are gorgeous. Here is the trailer:

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Raising Baby Grey

Can parents protect their children from the potentially detrimental influence of the gender binary? These parents are raising their child in a gender-neutral way until they make a decision for themselves. No single gender wardrobes or toy collections and they/them pronouns.

Via Kottke

Miniature Art Nouveau Palace for Sale

This kit from True2Scale Miniatures might seem pricey at $545 but it's a lot less expensive than a real Art Nouveau mansion.

"This item is a bundle of 44 kits which includes all of the furniture and accessories used in the Joie de Vivre Bookshop. It includes the furniture and accessories for all 3 floors, as well as the items used on the exterior of the structure."


Pic Of The Day

The river Eisack flowing fast through Franzensfeste, South Tyrol, in October of 2020 - 3 Quarks Daily

Turn Of Mind

"Going up on a splitboard, slow by nature, you start to gaze around. With not much to do, your mind wanders freely.” In Patagonia's new ski movie Nicholas Wolken, a psychologist and Patagonia ambassador, shares his story.


Raising Cane

What would the South be without a little sugar in everything? Not nearly as sweet. In her 6th Southern crop story for The Bitter Southerner, Shane Mitchell travels to sugar cane harvests in Louisiana and Georgia to peel back the layers of sugar farming in the South. It's a longish story but well worth the read. Rinne Allen's photographs are gorgeous.

And there's even a sweet playlist:

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

This Is Competitive Double Dutch

These kids can jump!

Marilyn Monroe's White Dress Moment (1901)

Here's the 1901 film inspiration for Marilyn Monroe's white dress moment in the 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch. Enhanced using AI neural networks.


Sick Kids - Unseen

This fundraising campaign video by Mark Zibert for Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto is a real tearjerker.

SickKids - Unseen from Mark Zibert on Vimeo.

Visit to learn more about the campaign.

Very Early Bjork (1976)

Bjork at 10 years old, singing her little heart out.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Time For A Haircut?

 I haven't had a haircut since January and I'm sick of my ponytail. Maybe I should take matters in hand.

Lotus Silk

It's a vegan alternative to silkworm silk, but it requires skill and a lot of time to create.

Tweet Of The Day


Via Everlasting Blort

The Office Christmas Party

American artist Alex Prager pays tribute to  the office Christmas party with15 hyperreal human sculptures.

Playing Piano for Macaques

I love this so much! Emilie is 5 years old. As part of her homeschool activities she has made a video of her dad playing piano for wild macaques that live in an abandoned cinema in Lopburi, Thailand.

Thursday Appointment

This short film, made by 20-year-old Iranian filmmaker Syed Mohammad Reza Kheradmand, won an award at the Luxor African Film Festival, a non-profit organization that celebrates film-making from Africa.


Sunday, November 22, 2020

Cat Landscapes

These illustrations by Lim Heng Swee, a self-taught artist from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, blend cats into landscapes.

Four Beatles In One


Via kraftfuttermischwerk 

Sunday Links

Carl Holsøe (Danish, 1863-1935), The Sunlit Room, 1922.

The beautiful interiors of Danish painter Carl Holsøe

 I Guess I Just Expected A Little More From This Country by Andrew Singleton

141 Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena h/t Memo of The Air

Breaking the boundaries of human flight: World's first electrified wingsuit reaches 186 mph on first manned flight

 How Much Do Our Houseplants Move in a Day? 

The images in Crystal McBrayer's Where Mountains Once Were come from endless hours of watching nature documentaries.

Car park fail

What's Wrong With Jeb's Brain? BASE-jumping pioneer Jeb Corliss  has  survived multiple crash landings in a sport that rarely allows second chances. Now, at 44, with a self-diagnosed psychological disorder, he's embarking on his most fraught journey yet: into the depths of his own mind. Thanks Bruce!

Celtic Knots Via Memo Of The Air

It's like deep fried grilled cheese! I put on a pound or two just reading this but it looks delish.

A dated and credited photographic record of Vintage Las Vegas Via Everlasting Blort

Meet Olivia The COVID-19-Era American Girl Doll

Who's in the Crossword? Do the people in crossword clues and answers represent the people who could be solving them? (with some playable puzzles)

I'm bookmarking this: Footways is a network of quiet and interesting streets for walking in central London.

Chuck Ramirez, Heartfelt Trash Photographer Via Perfect For Roquefort Cheese

Watch an AI-recolorized version of the 50s sci-fi classic "Teenagers From Outer Space"

This week's house envy is Woolland House. It is a magnificent property set on 17 idyllic acres in Dorset.

Learn to cook from Jacques Pépin's videos on Facebook

Welcome to the Cloud Zoo!

Robbie Fulks Dives Headfirst into the Strangely Messy World of Gordon Lightfoot And 236 songs later, our writer nearly drowns. An interesting read via Metafilter

How Japanese People Stay Fit for Life, Without Ever Visiting a Gym 

BBC Motion Graphics Archive  is a showcase of the history and development of motion graphics across the BBC and includes examples of opening titles, promotion trailers, stings, idents and programme content sequences.

The pizza rat is out and about again in NYC.

Harmony Square is a "game about fake news." You are the town's Chief Disinformation Officer, and it's your job to sow dissent and stoke the tensions in town through the use of social media, troll bot farms, and deceptive news sources. Read more at BoingBoing

100-year-old carrier pigeon message found in France 

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor. Aphorisms and witticisms collected by TYWKIWDBI

Why the Most Promising Covid-19 Vaccines Require Super-Cold Storage 

Alfred Wertheimer's Photos of Elvis On The Cusp Of Greatness  “He permitted closeness. Without that I wouldn’t have gotten my intimate photographs."

Music For Sunday Morning

Friday, November 20, 2020

Tweet Of The Day


Driverless KFC Food Trucks

Kentucky Fried Chicken is using driverless food trucks in Shanghai that allow people to social distance when buying food. You can place an order on the screen and it accepts payment via QR-code. After payment is made, the door will open for you to collect your order (although the photo shows the customer touching the door, so I don't know). 

Where You Find Me

Via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk

The Table of Physiological Colours (1686)

English naturalist and illustrator Richard Waller's colour chart, presented at the Royal Society in 1686, divided colour discretely, named and categorized it, and mapped the natural world by means of colour theory. His“‘Table of Physiological Colors Both Mixt and Simple’ would permit unambiguous descriptions of the colors of natural bodies. 

Read More: Open Culture 

I'm Sure They Have A Good Excuse.

Have you ever driven with an expired license plate sticker? I bet it didn't expire 31 years ago. A person just got busted driving in Toronto with a license plate sticker from August of 1989 displayed on their vehicle. The cost of updating the sticker  is $240 every two years,which is a little steep, so people sometimes drive around with expired plates longer than they should. Usually not this long though. I wonder why he/she wasn't pulled over sooner.

The Parading Shrimp of Northeastern Thailand

During the rainy season, between late August and early October, tourists crowd the riverbanks with flashlights to watch the shrimp walk in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province. Members of the Macrobrachium species parade from sundown to sunup, travelling up to 65 feet upstream. Some individual shrimp stay out of the water for 10 minutes or more.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Gianni Berengo Gardin's Tale of Two Cities

Italian photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin's powerful photographs highlighted  threats to the integrity of the Venetian lagoon. The mayor of Venice cancelled an exhibition of the photographs.This stimulated debate, incited protests and triggered an international outcry over the giant cruise ships in the iconic city.
The film, Gianni Berengo Gardin's Tale of Two Citieswill be streaming from 18.30 to 24.00 on Thursday 19 November (tonight) on the platform. Here is a trailer:

Canadian Car Wash?

Chair Girl, IKEA Monkey and Chainsaw Bros Trading Cards

As part of a "renegade marketing campaign" trading cards featuring iconic Toronto characters are being distributed on the subway, as well as around the Annex, Parkdale, Roncesvalles, Queen West, and Kensington Market. So far I've seen Chair Girl, IKEA Monkey and Chainsaw Bros but Infamous 6ix is selling packs of 6 so it looks like there are more to come.

Via Narcity


Mystical is a project by Neil Burnell that captures the thick fog, gnarled trees, and moss-covered stones of Wistman's Wood in Dartmoor, Devon, England. It's breathtakingly beautiful.


Prints available for purchase here

No Ball Games

Shot before Covid-19, London-based filmmaker Charlotte Regan’s documentary No Ball Games celebrates the imagination and resourcefulness of young children across the UK by understanding the outdoor games they invent, inherit and play.

Via Aeon Videos

Pic Of The Day


The Library of the National Palace of Mafra, Portugal

Prince's Purple Rain Tour Bus Goes On The Block

In 1984 Prince and the Revolution hopped onto this Eagle Model 10 Motorcoach and set out on their Purple Rain tour. 

You don't have to have a top selling album to recreate the tour. The custom-made 1983 tour bus has mostly been in storage since the '80s but will be available for auction December 3rd – 5th. 

Skydiver Almost Hits a Mountain At Terminal Velocity

A group of skydivers lost altitude awareness and narrowly avoided hitting the side of a mountain. Their safety gear (AADs, audible altimeters, etc.) was set for ground level. 

More: Geekologie

Early Camera Made of Mahogany, Brass, and Bone Up For Sale

This early experimental “mousetrap” camera  may be the oldest ever to be sold. Made around 1840, it is expected to sell for between $65,000 and $91,000.

More: Petapixel

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Tweet Of The Day


The Manhoff Archives

Major Martin Manhoff spent more than two years in Moscow in the early 1950s as a US army attaché. His post off Red Square gave him an excellent vantage point to capture hundreds of images of everyday life in the U.S.S.R., as well as the only known independent footage of Stalin's funeral procession.

Food Blogger Turns Tables On Trolls

Food blogger Amanda Rettke received lots of mean comments on her posts over the years so she decided to use the trolling as inspiration for her video series, "Your Content Is Terrible Hotline." As Shirley, a customer service rep, she efficiently handles complaints about food blogs.

Found Object Animals

London-based artist Barbara Franc creates adorable animal figures from papier-mâché, wire, fabric, and other found items.

Read more:  Moss and Fog

What Happens When You Spend Weeks, Months, or Years in Solitary Confinement

Former inmate Five Mualimm-Ak describes the five years he spent in solitary during a 12-year prison sentence. 

Read more: Open Culture

Growing Sunflower Time Lapse - Seed To Flower In 83 Days

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

How to Make the World's Best Paper Airplane

Marzhan Kapsamat On Dombra


Via Everlasting Blort

Pucker Up!

Via Miss Cellania

Tasty Looking Christmas Decorations

British felt artist Lucy Sparrow's cute and colourful christmas decorations resemble items you might find at your local grocery store. They can be purchased individually or as a set.

I also liked an earlier installation of hers that was a full-size Convenience Store  stocked with felt food items.

Missed Calls

This video pays homage to the  Movie Phone Booth

A day in the Anne Frank House

This 2019 video from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam chronicles a day in the lives of the Frank family, the Van Pels family, and Fritz Pfeffer as they hid from the Nazis during World War II.

Via The Kid Should See This