Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Chips make it fun for teenagers!

Let's make a sandwich! This looks like something we used to make in Home Ec class. 

How Fiesta Tableware is made

I like this cheery iconic tableware and have a few pieces. I wish I had more.


Do You Love Me?

The Boston Dynamics robots shake a leg.


New Year's Eve Fun And Games

What are you doing New Year's Eve? Thanks to Covid we won't be doing any of these fun activities this year. Did we ever? It's all a blur to me now. 

More: Flashbak

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Another Tweet Of The Day


Pic Of The Day


Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
A view of the full moon behind The Edge skydeck.

Rose Petal Cigarettes (1959)

"So soft to the lips, you'd never know you're smoking."

Via Kraftfuttermischwerk

Tweet Of The Day


Music From The Ether (1934)

Allow me to present Professor Maurice Martenot and his remarkable new electrical creation.

Via Memo Of The Air

Monday, December 28, 2020

Octopus Walking

This is the first time I have seen an octopus walk. How about you?

Via bookofjoe

Pic Of The Day

Photo of the Peruvian grasshopper Lophacris cristata by S. Abbas Raza
3 Quarks Daily

Short Film About Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club bassist, Tina Weymouth

When thinking about the Talking Heads, lead singer David Byrne is the band member who usually comes to mind. It's good to see Tina Weymouth getting a shoutout from the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.

Labourers in Victorian England, 1901 Colourized

Historians frown on these videos but I like them, although the computer generated speech at the beginning of this one is a bit off putting, Upscaled by Denis Shiryaev with neural networks using footage from the dawn of film taken by Mitchell and Kenyon in North England, 1901. Ambient sound was added by sound engineer Guy Jones.

Tesla Car Horns Can Now Emit Sounds Like Fart or Goat

The “Boombox” mode changes the sound of their horns to sounds like fart, posh, applause, tada, goat, or “La Cucaracha,” among others.  

Stolen Bike

Hedvig - Stolen Bike from Matias & Mathias on Vimeo.

Bicycles On A Ski Slope

This is the reason they are called "ski slopes" not "bike slopes"

Via Bits and Pieces

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Athens 2,500 years ago

Whiskytree has mapped out 5th century BC Athens in stunning detail.

More:  GHD

Ice Huts

I am captivated by Toronto artist Richard Johnson's large format digital photographs of Canadian ice huts. In precolonial times, ice fishing was practiced for survival over the harsh winter months. Today, people enjoy a bit of camaraderie while hooking a few trout, yellow perch, or walleye. Some huts are pretty basic while others are brightly decorated. When I was a child they dotted the winter landscape in Quebec. They likely still do.

You can purchase his work here.

Make Your Own Plasma

All you need is a microwave and a couple of grapes.

Sunday Links

Elinor Carucci for TIME

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Favourite Collars And The Stories Behind Them (above)

Temple Bar, Dublin, Live Cam 

The King William’s College quiz 2020 - I don't know why I even attempt this year after year.

Known as "the place where San Francisco begins" the iconic Cliff House is closing December 31. Read about its history.

Bruce, a frequent contributor to this blog, sent me this article about a Cutlass for life.

Sometimes only an interrobang will do. Thanks Bruce!

An Ode to the Before Times Or are we losing our minds?

Strange Company's annual look at the worst and weirdest vintage Christmas newspaper clippings.

The 28 Cultural Objects That Helped Us Survive 2020 This GQ list has a couple of items that interested me. I've ordered a copy of Twenty Days With Julian & Little Bunny by Papa, by Nathaniel Hawthorne for Harold and am looking forward to watching Toast of London because I am a sucker for British sitcoms about repulsive characters.

'Humans need the ritual of saying goodbye': the Covid life of a small-town funeral director. 

Make your meetings zoom-worthy with these Ikea catalogue video backgrounds 

When a shopping mall closes, where does its stuff go?

Wright Virtual Visits are a way for everyone, everywhere to safely explore and learn about the remarkable architectural legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright. Via Things Magazine

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Animals on Planes

My pets get squirrely enough when I take them on the 20 minute car ride to the vet so I would never take them on a plane. However when I see pets in crates at  airports I'm curious about how they travel. Now I know (and so do you).


Deepfake Queen

Queen Elizabeth's alternative Christmas message 2020.


How to Taste Whisky


Thanks Bruce!

It's St. Stephen's Day.

The Feast of Saint Stephen is a Christian saint's day to commemorate Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr. This song,written by Elvis Costello and recorded with the Chieftains, is a favourite of mine.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The Lotus Effect

 The Lotus Effect is a “participatory installation for times of transformation” by the Rubin Museum that invites audiences to fold their own origami lotuses at home by following the helpful prompting of Brooklyn-based origami artist Uttam Grandhi

Participants are encouraged to share their responses on social media by using the #TheLotusEffect and tagging @RubinMuseum. Paper blooms may also be mailed to the museum to be included in the lobby installation.

Tweet Of The Day


Seeing Triple?

The Del Rubio Triplets (1956)


Pic Of The Day

Two Widowed Fairy Penguins Hugging Each Other by Tobias Baumgaertner

Il viaggio di Babbo Natale (Santa's trip)

A sweet video made in 2006 by Italian animator Raffaella Traniello and 7 year old students.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

2020 Movie Trailer Mashup

Do you miss going to the movies? I do.

Christmas Decorating Made Easy

Via perfect for roquefort cheese


This one-minute preview of Cai Guo-Qiang’s first virtual reality artwork was published exclusively on wallpaper.comSleepwalking in the Forbidden City debuted last week at the Palace Museum in Beijing to coincide with the 600th anniversary of the palace complex. Courtesy Cai Studio 

Christmas Pudding Hedge

Roger and Valerie Holley have an annual holiday tradition that delights the locals in Yeovil, Somerset.

Anarchy In The UK With A Festive Twist

Some Tuesday morning Sex Pistols with Robert Fripp and Toyah Wilcox. 

Soviet Soldiers Dancing to Womanizer

Via Digg 

Racing Extinction


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Sunday, December 20, 2020


Today's Google Doodle remembers Sudan, the last male northern white rhino.

Tweet Of The Day



Sunday Links

Photographs Showcase 19th Century China This archive from the 1860s and 1870s gives us a rare glimpse of Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Beijing in the early days of photography.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Radio drama starring Ralph Richardson (1965)

This week's house envy is the Taproom, a large apartment in the former Woodhams Brewery, Rochester, Kent.

Sweet! Oklahoma City Zoo Red Panda Cam Best viewed between 10am-2pm

“Doomscrolling,” “unprecedented,” “pod”: Here are 20 phrases that defined 2020.

Clothes for Snowmen: Madame de la Bresse left her fortune to provide clothing for the snowmen of Paris.

The easiest  Gingerbread House recipe ever!

17 things you've already forgotten happened in 2020 This year wasn't entirely about the pandemic, although it did take up a lot of space.

Explore the art at Sweden's Icehotel including photos and audioguide. 

Notable Literary Deaths in 2020 An incomplete list of the great literary minds we lost this year.

How do you make Chartreuse? Only two people know the full recipe for the French liquor — and they’re not talking.

The ugliest orchid in the world 

It's not easy to get to but the Siwa Oasis of Egypt  has an otherworldly beauty.

Life In a Trombone Case : Motor City velour. Thanks Bruce!

The Cassini Globe Ornament is a blending of NASA Visible Earth imagery and Esri/USGS Ecological Land Units. Here are instructions  for printing and assembling one for your tree.

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Tweet Of The Day


A mind-boggling optical illusion


Cool Visual Effects Compilation


 Thanks, Bruce!

Coloured Pencil Vase

This video is amazing.

Ice Skating

Skating with Bror Myer (1921)

Winter Wonderland - Janet Brooke

British printmaker,Janet Brooke, is having a sale of her work with 10% of sales going to Crisis.  Check out her lovely Instagram account.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Pee-wee's Playhouse Nativity Scene!

A fan-made nativity by Phillip Feemster. How many characters can you name?

Time-Lapse of Pine Cone Opening

Via bookofjoe

Uncle Thomas: Accounting for The Days

 A moving tribute to a poet of the everyday.

Tweet Of The Day


Huge Headless Buddha Statue Discovered

A 9-meter-high Buddha statue without a head was recently discovered in a residential complex in Chongqing of southwest China. An entire residential apartment block had been built on top of it. The statue was revealed when the trees surrounding it were removed during a reconstruction of the building’s external wall. There are still some people in the neighbourhood who remember the statue when it still had its head

The local authority of cultural relics has launched an investigation.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Martha Stewart's Festive Marijuana Leaves

"It looks like Santa's little elves have been everywhere in my kitchen"  

In 2020 the world searched “why” more than ever

This film features the questions we asked this year, with words and narration by Kofi Lost.


Salvador DalĂ­'s Christmas Cards

For Christmas 1960, surrealist artist Salvador DalĂ­ designed greeting cards for Hallmark. The company had been reproducing the paintings and designs of contemporary artists on its Christmas cards in the late 1940s. But DalĂ­'s designs proved to be too avant-garde for the company. A headless angel playing a lute and the three wise men atop some insane-looking camels were rejected. 

Hallmark ended up producing only two of the DalĂ­ Christmas cards, a depiction of the Madonna and Child and a nativity scene. Even these were considered too radical by Hallmark's traditional clientele. 


Director  Kevin McMahon travels deep into the heart of the boreal forest to explore the chorus of life in Canada’s iconic wilderness. 

Mid-Century Modern Gingerbread House Pandemic Christmas Project

Photo by Joseph De Leo, Food Styling by Judy Kim

"The front of the house gets your attention, but the back view (shown here) is meant to evoke the feeling of a true home. Pavers weave through the yard toward a stack of firewood, convenient for keeping a fire going in the stone fireplace. Every room has enormous windows—especially the vaulted great room—showing off a Christmas tree and other details inside."
Be sure to print the PDF guide before you start!

A Mad Men-inspired drinks bar in Guangzhou

I recently watched all 92 episodes of Mad Men for the third time (!) so you know that Out Of Office is right up my mid-century alley. I can picture Don Draper knocking back an Old Fashioned or two in this place.

More:  Dezeen

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Better Days

Joaquin Baldwin shot a timelapse animation music video that shows his beard growing through Covid lockdown.

Here is a video that shows how he did it.

PIC Of The Day

When Sun Ra Went to Egypt in 1971

Sun Ra was an American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, and poet known for his experimental music. Here he is with his Arkestra filmed by Thomas Hunter at the Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, 12th December, 1971:


Via: Open Culture

The Great Conjunction

Illustration Credit & Copyright: Sebastian Voltmer

On the night of the December solstice the Great Conjunction will occur. Saturn and Jupiter will be right next to each other - as they are every 20 years. This year it will be the closest since 1623. The illustration above shows the approach of Saturn and Jupiter during November and December over the French Alps.

IKEA Gingerbread Höme furniture kit

The Gingerbread Höme kit allows users to create miniature gingerbread versions of iconic IKEA furniture. Kits, which look just like the company's traditional instruction manuals, can be downloaded, printed out and assembled at home.

More: Dezeen

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

I Lived Like A 1950's HOUSEWIFE For 1 WEEK!

Via Everlasting Blort

How would you pronounce Frome? You'd probably be wrong.

Travelling in Britain? Beware of pronunciation traps.

Via Digg

What Not To Name Your Dog

This TikToker thinks dog owners who give their dogs unimaginative names should just stay home. Guess which name she chose for her own dog (it's a goodie)


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♬ Elevator Music - Bohoman


Zoox, backed by Amazon, is a 12-foot-long robotaxi that one day might be hailed with an app. It seats up to four and can drive in multiple directions - it won't have to reverse, since it can simply change its direction without going backwards. Its 133 kilowatt-hour battery pack is good for 16 hours of driving.

Santa Is a Psychedelic Mushroom

It’s time to embrace the shamanistic side of Christmas. 

Monday, December 14, 2020

Barn-Find Car Collection Fetches $2.5 million

Bob Regehr collection. VanDerBrink Auctions

A huge collection of barn-find cars in Kansas just sold for roughly $2.5 million. The cars belonged to businessman and inventor Bob Regehr, who kept the collection hidden away for close to three decades. Some of the most expensive cars from the collection include a 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS, a 1969 Chevy Camaro, and a 1953 Buick Skylark.
Read more: Business Insider

Japanese Synchronized Walking Competition

Via Digg

Grow Your Own Opals

You can grow opals? Really? Apparently if you can find some tetraethyl orthosilicate you can make your own opals. But don't set up an Etsy shop yet; it's not all that easy to do.  

The Cat Flat

This is Design Milk's number one home furnishing post of 2020.  The Cat Flat would likely be very costly but it is in the concept stages so there is no price provided. It is a beautiful piece and I love it but I can guarantee that my cats would circle it like the apes discovering the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Then they would avoid it like the plague. Because they're jerks that way.

Gun Killers (2019, Jason Young)

This little gem shows ordinary Canadians doing their part to curb gun violence in the country.

See more hidden gems at NFB Blog

It's Wrapping Season!

Make your own bags, boxes and envelopes in a large variety of shapes.

More: Templatemaker

The Dundee Sisters


Macaws in flight in Costa Rica

Via bookofjoe

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Dr. Wise on Influenza

As Britain fell under the grip of the Great Influenza of 1918-19, the Local Government Board commissioned this public information film to convince people to take preventative measures. 

Tweet Of The Day


Sunday Links

Chalets  A photographic discovery of forgotten Swiss architecture by Patrick Lambertz (image above) Via

DIY Die Hard tree ornament "If this is their idea of Christmas, I gotta be here for New Year's." Put John McClane on your Christmas tree. Via

Haagen Dazs designer Christmas cakes over the years. Impressive.

 Embroidered Wrestlers of the North: David Ellison’s photographic series features portraits of the Cumberland and Westmorland wrestlers and their delicate yet flamboyant hand-stitched costumes.

I think this 18th century Spanish Castle would be an ideal place to hide out until the world regains its equilibrium. Via Things Magazine

Nice car 1961 VW Beetle Deluxe Transformed Into A Black Matte Roadster Via Memo of the Air

From my "Activities for the Pandemic" file: Teach your dog to talk 

How the FBI Destroyed the Careers of 41 Women in TV and Radio At the dawn of the Cold War era, dozens of progressive women working in radio and television were placed on a media blacklist and forced from their industry.

Curious back doors 

 Ex-soldier climbs 14 highest mountains in six months - beating an earlier record of almost eight years! Thanks Bruce!

Film Crew in Quarantine Via Memo of the Air

The deadly truth behind Pieter Bruegel the Elder's Idyllic Winter Landscapes

I love these Woodnest treehouse rentals in Norway. They are shaped like pinecones and have spectacular views. 

Dezeen's top 10 museums and galleries of 2020

Canada's little-known Emerald Isle I love Newfoundland and Fogo Island is a destination goal. 

The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis Thanks Bruce! 

I'd like this personal concrete fireplace for summer evenings in the garden.

From Closets to Subway Tile: How previous epidemics shaped design.

Down in the dumps? This YouTube channel will make you feel better.

I love a club sandwich and I adore these slippers. Someone please buy them for me. (size 6.5) 


This collaboration between electronic musician Max Cooper and visual artist Kevin McGloughlin is totally entrancing.

Music For Sunday Morning

A blast from the past.