Sunday, February 28, 2021

Mea Culpa

This morning I realized I hadn't received any comments here for a very long time. I checked on Blogger and found 1100 unmoderated comments dating back to last  March! Somehow my settings no longer enabled comments to be sent to my inbox so I was not seeing them. I fixed the problem and went through all the comments, deleted the spam and abuse and read and posted all the rest. Thanks to all of you who continued to react to my posts even though I appeared to be ignoring you. 

This Gorgeous Floating Research Station Cleans Oceans

8th Continent, Lenka Petráková's design concept for a floating ocean research and remediation station, has won the 2020 Grand Prix Award. The floating center with three glass forms emerging from an elegant spiral base hopes to positively impact the ocean by skimming waste off the surface of the water and recycling plastics all while at sea.

Watch Iris Flowers Go From Bloom to Decay

Neil Bromhall of the Right Plants plant identification database compiled a series of 4K timelapses showing the entire lifecycle of various iris flowers. 


Sunday Links


Mothmeister's disturbing, but somehow lovely, Wounderland. Via Everlasting Blort

Sgt Pepper Photos: A project to locate the source images used on the cover of The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Via Perfect For Roquefort Cheese 

Who wants eggs? Via

For your delectation: Hideous Jello lamps

A trippy visualization of the internet's evolution

Over 250 Pictograms Depicting Japanese Culture Free, the way we like it.

How many of these famous passages in literature can you identify?
Literary Hub has chosen some of the most quoted lines from literature and turned them into a quiz. I didn't do as well as I thought I would.

Children Who Read With Armpits (and ears, hands, or feet)

Now you can smell like a font with Autobahn's Alphabetic Perfume Collection

Welcome to the Woodlands Lodge, a Twin Peaks lodge for squirrels 

 PSA: How to disable a robot dog if it's attacking you. Via Perfect For Roquefort Cheese.

Turning Cacti Into Candy 

Generique, Miles Davis from the film "Ascenceur Pour L'Echafaud" Now I want to watch the film.

Because we all could use some good news: Cheese Isn't Bad For You Thanks Bruce!

The Virtual Fashion Archive Via Things Magazine

From the page to the floor: The art of dancing explained Thanks Bruce!

The complex constructed history of Chandigarh Chairs A group of design historians is creating a more accurate and just narrative of Pierre Jeanneret’s modernist furniture of the 1950s.

Bleeding edge products that don’t bleed. Could This Be the Lab-Made Dinner Party of Our Future? 

Do different ways of using citrus peel to garnish cocktails produce different tastes?

The Stasi Scent Library Sometimes Stasi officials did not bother with being subtle and merely told subjects to put a cloth under their armpits or even under their pants in the groin area. The cloth was carefully handled by tweezers in an effort not to allow contamination by other human scents.

Dark, lovely impressionistic paintings by Reggie Burrows Hodges

People Share The Funniest Contact Names They Have In Their Phones

Can you guess which actor ditched acting to build trailers? Via Things Magazine

Music For Sunday Morning


Saturday, February 27, 2021

Quails In Space

A Century Ago

"A century ago, Russia was enduring a terrible famine, the Irish Free State was created, U.S. President Warren Harding was inaugurated, the Tulsa Race Massacre took place in Oklahoma, a new machine called a “dishwasher” was introduced, New York’s Madison Square Garden was home to “the world’s largest indoor swimming pool,” and much more." 

The original caption reads: "Washington, D.C. - Louise Johnson and Sgt. Stubbie, the famous war dog, made a striking sight in the parade. Stubbie was the most decorated dog in the AEF, wearing wound and service stripes earned in action. Miss Louise Johnson is daughter of Colonel Johnson, of the General Staff, USA." #
Bettmann Archive / Getty

In May 1921, the Irish Republican Army briefly occupied and then burned the Dublin Custom House, which housed a British government agency, during the Irish War of Independence. #
Bettmann / Bettmann Archive

The original caption from April 25, 1921 reads: "All the drudgery of dishwashing—this three-times-a day task which comes to the housewife who does her own housework—has been eliminated by the new dishwasher shown in this photograph. It is the invention of a Cincinnati school teacher, who sought to make things a bit more pleasant for his wife. Incidentally, his idea was worth $12 to him, for a manufacturing concern thought so much of the 'dishwasher,' they purchased the rights and will seek to add a little joy to thousands of other housewives. With the aid of only hot water, dishes placed in a wire rack and set into the drum are made clean and spotless in two minutes." #
Bettmann Archive / Getty

See more at The Atlantic

Thanks Bruce!

The First Complete Photographic Tarot Deck

Photographer Bea Nettles discusses her series Mountain Dream Tarot (1970-72), the first complete photographic tarot deck. She recently released a third edition.

I love her work and was disappointed to miss the first large-scale retrospective of her fifty-year career, Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory, at the Eastman Museum in Rochester last year because the Canada - US border has been closed due to Covid-19.  I did, however, watch the virtual exhibition

Tweet Of The Day


Friday, February 26, 2021

The English Teacher

Some British humour from Fry and Laurie, two of my faves.


Via  Digg

Ancient Hunting Scene Fresco Restored

Pompeii has completed a major restoration on a large fresco in the garden of the House of the Ceii, bringing back to life its intense colours, with the help of laser technology.

Oh Boy Records - 40th Anniversary Documentary (Teaser)

John Prine's Oh Boy Records, the country’s second-oldest artist-owned independent label and the oldest in Nashville, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a new documentary that will air as a mini-series on Oh Boy’s YouTube channel.

Pic Of The Day

Egyptian Cat Ring from the British Museum Collection Via bookofjoe

Lost Languages Revealed in Ancient Library

Saint Catherine’s Monastery, nestled in the shadow of Mount Sinai, is home to one of the world’s oldest continuously used libraries and it holds thousands of ancient manuscripts and books. Older parchments were sometimes erased and reused leaving multiple layers of writing known as palimpsests. Some of these contain lost languages which are being revealed by the Sinai Palimpsests Project using spectral imaging technology.

Image source

Source: Smithsonian Magazine (2017)

Ted Cruz Piñata

A Dallas party store decided to capitalize on public anger at Ted Cruz for fleeing to Mexico during a state of emergency in Texas by creating a piñata of the senator masked up and strolling through the airport, luggage in tow.

Link via FB pal Hal.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Brilliant LEGO Memes

Ochre Jelly recreates internet memes in LEGO. My favourite is 'Woman Yelling At Cat' (above).  The brick version of the  'Distracted Boyfriend' meme (below) is also pretty good.

See more of Ochre Jelly's work here

Washing the windows of the world's tallest building

At an awe-inspiring 828 metres high, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest skyscraper in the world. It stands over half a mile above the desert sand and has over 24,000 windows. Here's the team whose heart-stopping job it is to clean them. 


Via bookofjoe

Stone Sushi

Hama, a Japanese artist, created this series of hand-polished sushi stones. They look good enough to eat but if you look closely you will find body parts interspersed with the fish items. A nose, lips, an ear, a tiny brain - not as appetizing as they first appear!

Good Morning!


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The Town That Derailed a Diesel Train for Emergency Power

Photo: Ryan Remiorza (AP)

In January of 1998 a series of ice storms brought down power lines and the towers supporting them, leaving over 1.5 million people in Quebec without power in the middle of winter. The mayor of Boucherville borrowed a diesel-electric locomotive to use as a super-sized emergency generator. The train was derailed and moved under its own power 400 feet down the middle of a paved street to provide power to the town. This was Canada's worst ice storm ever and I remember it well but I'd never heard this story before. Thanks Bruce!

More: Gizmodo

Swimming Cats in Myanmar

Via Digg

Small Scale LA

Los Angeles-based artist Kieran Wright's project Small Scale LA  is a love letter to the city in 1:24 scale.

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Technicolour Beef Wellingtons by Anthony Rush

Beef Wellington is a dish of British origin that is meant to impress. A beef tenderloin is coated with pâté and a mushroom mixture, wrapped in crepes and puff pastry, then baked. Honolulu chef Anthony Rush makes an even more complicated version by adding colour and texture to the pastry crust. The result is stunning.

Via Neatorama

Typewriter Supercut

Frederic Edwin Church's Iceberg Paintings

In the summer of 1859, American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900) took trip aboard a schooner to Newfoundland and Labrador to observe icebergs.

He used a small rowboat to venture over the deadly waters and closely study the forms and colors of icebergs in the Arctic landscape.

See More:  Flashbak

The Many Lives of a New York City Doorman

Meet Yves Deshommes, a doorman, art dealer, and violinist.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Dafa Metti

The difficult lives of undocumented Senegalese migrants who sell souvenirs under Paris'  Eiffel Tower to support their families back home.

Globe Possibly Engraved on an Ostrich Egg by Leonardo da Vinci (1504)

Image by Davidguam via Wikimedia Commons

This artifact attributed to Leonardo is engraved on two conjoined halves of ostrich eggs. And it features a single sentence, in Latin, above Southeast Asia: Hic Sunt Dracones–“Here be dragons.” It is the first depiction of the “New World” on a globe, indicating that da Vinci knew about Columbus’ voyages when the globe was made in 1504.

Read More: Open Culture

Evidence the moon landing was faked

Wrong Hands

Ochre Sea Star

The ochre sea star's predation of mussels is so extreme, it influences the whole intertidal ecosystem!


Monday, February 22, 2021

POV Ski Ride

Chris Benchetler does a challenging run down California’s Mammoth Mountain.

Via The Awesomer 

Type To Act

The Climate Crisis Font shrinks in response to Arctic sea ice data. The font by Daniel Coull and Eino Korkala is currently being used by the Nordics’ largest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat to visualise the effects of climate change.

Daily Deaths By Cause

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Lucky Knot Bridge

Inspired by both the Möbius strip and the Chinese knotting art, the Lucky Knot Bridge in Changsha, China, combines three bridges in one.

What Gordon Parks Saw

‘I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.’
– Gordon Parks (1912-2006)

Via Aeon

Like Chalk and Cheese

Combinations of things which definitely do not belong together, or are completely different from one another, in idiomatic expressions from across the globe.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

This is not something you see every day.


Tweet Of The Day


London from above

Jason Hawkes is known for his breathtaking birds-eye shots of London. This beautiful aerial footage of London was shot from a helicopter in 5K

Via Londonist

Sunday Links

Usadanu (@usalica)

Beautiful photos of a Japanese shrine in the snow  by Usadanu (@usalica)

This was the funniest thing I saw all week: I was invited for a covid vaccine because the NHS thought I was 6cm tall

Michael Johansson’s monochromatic life-size sculptures look like the  plastic molded parts that come with hobby toys and models. 

Cute: Here Comes The Sun

A game for Sunday morning: Animal Bastards Via MeFi

From World War I to the Rave Scene: Britain's Forgotten Wartime Structures Via Everlasting Blort

This house is so skinny that if you put on 10 pounds you'd have to move.


 The fairy-tale village hidden off a busy Berkeley street: Normandy Village is an anachronistic slice of medieval life.

A nice piece of writing: For the Love of Oranges 

Miss meeting up with friends at a bar for a drink during these socially distanced times? 'I Miss My Bar'  Replicates The Atmosphere Of Your Favourite Watering Hole 

Ken Burns Answers Every Question We Have About His Hair

Instagram Fruit The secret behind Del Monte’s Pink Pineapple. Thanks Bruce!

Paul Simon Tells the Story of How He Wrote "Bridge Over Troubled Water" 

During these  days of unvaried routine I'm looking for new recipes to shake things up a bit. Instagram Picks: home cooks to follow 

Angelic: Cosmic Voices from Bulgaria & Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra 

Pony exhaustion will do it every time! Things Women In Literature Have Died From Via MetaFilter

US Covid-19 deaths, explained in 8 charts and maps: If every American who died has left nine people grieving, as one study suggested, there are now more than 4 million Americans who have lost a loved one to the pandemic.

Islamic 12th-century bathhouse uncovered in Seville tapas bar 

You Are Now Aware of Firematic Racing: A Combination of Drag Racing, the Olympics, and Fire Fighting Thanks Bruce!

10 Scientific Ways to Get a Cat to Like You (I suggest wearing tuna perfume)

Just The Recipe is an app that gives you the ingredients and directions without all the extraneous rambling, popups and email lists. 

The Inglorious History of King's Cross and its Station - a haunt of Thieves and Murderers

How many wives did King Henry VIII have? Where does the word “fuck” come from? Why did people wear bearskin shoes? Wikipedia has all the answers.So on the 20th anniversary, OneZero asked the individuals who made Wikipedia what it is today how it all started. An Oral History of Wikipedia Thanks Bruce!

Music For Sunday Morning


Dua Lipa // We're Good from Gal Muggia on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Beaded Ear Saver For Those Who Wear Masks Often

Photo: Tara Kiwenzie

Tara Kiwenzie, of Wikwemikong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island,  makes beaded barrettes that aren't just beautiful; they're also functional, keeping ears free from the discomfort of wearing a mask.

Photo: Tara Kiwenzie

More  CBC News

Tweet Of The Day


The Elephant's Trunk

Be the first in your gang to get this new look for 2021.

Penguins Toiling In a Cigarette Factory

In 1935 these cartoon penguins were mascots of the Kool Cigarette Company. 

A Day In The Life Of A Sushi Master

Chef Nozomu Abe from Sushi Noz takes us on a journey through his everyday life.

Friday, February 19, 2021

From Snurfing to Snowboarding

The Snurfer popularized by inventor Sherman Poppen in 1965 in Muskegon, Michigan laid the foundation for snowboarding as we know it. 

Via Kottke

Good Morning Little Hedgehog

This video of a hedgehog waking up is the most adorable thing I've seen all week.

Via Digg

72- Hour Beef Wellington

This is a meal that is definitely worth waiting for. The video is very soothing to watch even if you feel you lack the skill or patience to make the dish. I like the way he talks about the beef as if it's his little friend.

1948's "Cars of the Future"

Unfortunately these "streamlined marvels on wheels" never became a reality.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Akari Kokeshi Light the Way in an Earthquake

In 2008 a huge earthquake struck the Tohoku region of Japan. When Shimanuki, a company that sells kokeshi dolls, discovered that the quake had toppled almost all of their craft work they put this information to good use. They embedded the Akari Kokeshi with an LED flashlight that activates only when the doll is toppled over. When the power is knocked out by an earthquake the toppled dolls provide much-needed light.

Read more: Spoon & Tamago

1920s Paris In Colour

AI brings a day in Paris in the 1920s to life.


Via Digg

Japanese Bullet Trains Travelling Through Snow

Via Boing Boing

The Surface of Mars in 4K

High definition footage captured by NASA’s three Mars rovers–Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity has been stitched together by ElderFox Documentaries to create the most lifelike experience of being on Mars.

See more:  Open Culture

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Squirrel at the End of the Bar

Are you just a gal who likes a guy who wears a fur suit well?

Tweet Of The Day


The Wheel

A super creepy film about an antique miniature Ferris wheel.

Via The Awesomer

Monumental Macramé

Jakarta-based fiber artist Agnes Hansella designed three 37 ft wide macramé installations that hang from a ceiling in Bali. They were completed in just 12 days.

Read More Colossal 

Skating On See-Through Ice

Via  Digg

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Tweet Of The Day


How to Transport a Bee Colony

Via Boing Boing

Snow Rolling

Many of us are looking out the window today and looking at a lovely wintery scene but it's loses its charm when we have to clear our driveways and sidewalks. Here's a lifehack that supposedly makes it easier. Has anybody tried it? If it's really so much easier why hasn't everyone been doing it forever?

Via swissmiss 

Flipping Fantastic!

Directing duo Wriggles & Robins celebrates Pancake Day in lockdown in the best possible way.

Read more here

It's Shrove Tuesday

Danish beer pancake

Happy Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Faschingsdienstag, Malasada Day, Sprengidagur, Martes de Carnaval, and Pancake Day!

In the Middle Ages Shrove Tuesday was a day for Christians to confess sins so they enter into the season of Lent and prepare for Easter with a clean spirit. In New Orleans, Venice and Brazil there are elaborate festivities before the austerity of Lent. Today it's also known as Pancake Tuesday. In some parts of the world it's an excuse to eat pancakes. Pancake races are held where participants run down the street, flipping pancakes in a frying pan. Authentic Danish pancakes are made with beer and served with ice cream. Nothing wrong with that! Get the recipe at VisitDenmark

'Self Medicating Media'

Tired of staring at your own four walls? Spend your evening in a jazz bar in Paris (below), immerse yourself in a Harry Potter setting or take a carriage ride through the woods. Ambience videos pair relaxing soundscapes with animated scenery to soothe your soul. There’s a video for every taste and mood.

More suggestions here

World's Longest Hockey Game

(Jason Franson/The Canadian Press )

Forty players took part in the World's Longest Hockey Game near Edmonton on  Feb. 11. They played for 24 hours, seven days a week for cancer research. Temperatures were a bone-chilling  minus 40 and minus 67 Fahrenheit (minus 40, minus 55 Celsius). Pucks were shattered as players passed them along the boards, skate blades broke in half, pieces of masks fell off as glue let go and goalie pads cracked. The game lasted 252 hours. The final score was 2,649 to 2,528.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Manatees Basking With Dolphins

Drone footage captured 170 endangered manatees basking together with a pod of playful dolphins swimming through the group in shallow waters off Florida’s west coast. 

Cake Shield

A year ago who thought we'd ever need this? This transparent Cake Shield protects the spread of germs over birthday cake while blowing out candles. 

What a 16th-century plague survival guide has in common with COVID-19 advice

Ambulance men of Florence, Italy, carrying a patient on a stretcher while wearing masks to ward off the plague.

Stay six feet apart, no shaking hands, only one person allowed out of the house to do the shopping. Does that sound familiar?

Epidemiology or Treatise on Plague, was written by Italian physician Quinto Tiberio Angelerio in 1588. He wrote the manual six years after an outbreak of the bubonic plague in the Italian port town of Alghero, on the island of Sardinia. He drafted 57 rules for staving off the disease. Some of the measures are still in use today.

Listen to the episode at CBC Radio

Envisioned in the1960s: What A Home Would Look Like In 2001

Did your home look like this in 2001? I hope not.

Via Digg

Kitteh vs Godzilla and Kong

Wayne looks like my cat, Carmen.


Moon, Milky Way, Meteors, and Smoke Over Lake Tahoe

This is lovely.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Shaolin Mantis

Shaolin Mantis

Via  Memo Of The Air

The Animations That Changed Cinema

"In just over half an hour, the series’ creators Lewis Bond and Luiza Liz Bond explore animation produced all over the world over nearly the past century in search of the films that have widened the boundaries of the medium."

Sunday Links

Taking babies out for a pram ride at the Essex Babes' Hotel and Nursery Training Centre in 1926. FOX PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES

 Scale Model of Ancient Rome by Italo Gismondi: Known as the Plastico di Roma Imperiale, the plaster model was commissioned by Mussolini in 1933 and depicts Rome in the 4th century AD at the time of Constantine. Via MeFi

A Poet Laureate of New Orleans: Earl King’s lyrical blues and electric stage presence set him apart. But he’s never been properly honored as a Louisiana writer who penned songs for Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix. 

The Invention of the Ski Chairlift Without this historic pre-World War II technology, skiing would likely still be a niche sport pursued primarily by adventurous mountaineers. Via Miss Cellania

It's about time someone did this! France is the first country to require tech companies to give their devices a “repairability score”—a first step against planned obsolescence.

It's crazy how fast some things change Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong in 1964 and 2016 

'Millies' are a tribute to the female mill workers who were the backbone of the linen industry in the early 20th century.

Watch the icebreaking ships of the Baltic working in real-time on this interactive map of icebreaking and traffic.

We have a garage that is filled to the rafters with useless junk (I call it our Little House Of Horrors). This garage renovation would make my life happier.

Earth at a cute angle: Oblique views (also known as off-nadir views) connect our own lifetime of experiences with the unfamiliar view from space. Thanks Bruce!

What do you get when you mix Swedish feminists, English medical students, anti-vivisectionists, a dead terrier, and crowd-funded memorials? The Dead Dog Wars

Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue, an experiment in modern music

That time that Frank Zappa produced a record for Burt Ward (aka Robin, Boy Wonder) (It's as bad as you might expect)

If you like lounging around in camo pants you might also like this table.

An Eggless Egg Made from Mung Beans  Great for vegans or those who think it's gross to eat something that comes out of a chicken's butt.

I Cupid, officially announce my retirement as the mascot of Saint Valentine’s Day because it's weird and creepy. McSweeney's Internet Tendency

Music For Sunday Morning


Saturday, February 13, 2021

Friday, February 12, 2021

Pic Of The Day


William Henry Jackson (American, 1843-1942), Ice Palace, Leadville, Colo. 1880-1890.

Printing Fish

I learned about  Gyotaku today via things magazine. It is a method used over centuries by Japanese fisherman to record their catches. Naoki Hayashi continues the practice in Hawaii, keeping the ancient artform alive.

All Riders | The Fight for Accessibility

The battle for accessibility in the New York City Subway told by those fighting it.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Gingerbread Man in 52 seconds

The Gingerbread Man in 52 seconds from Land of Lore Films on Vimeo.

The Baby Plague Quilt

When New York based artist and writer Sabine Heinlein read that the coronavirus possibly jumped from bats to pangolins and from there onto humans at a "wet market" in Wuhan China the idea for the baby plague quilt was born. This quilt features 20 animals and the different zoonotic diseases they transmit to humans.

Kauaʻi ʻōʻō's Last Song

This is the hauntingly sad song of the last male Kauaʻi ʻōʻō, recorded in the Alaka’i Wilderness Preserve on Kauaʻi in 1987.

A Tour of U.S. Accents

A large and varied continent like North America has given rise to a wide variety of accents in the English language.

Via Open Culture

Baron Munchausen's Dream (1911)

Georges Méliès' ten-minute film, made in 1911, depicts the pleasures and terrors that plague the drunken baron.

Tweet Of The Day


Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Radio Garden

My friend Alan introduced me to this free resource yesterday and I've been having a lot of fun with it. It's an online portal to thousands of radio stations around the world.


Tweet Of The Day


If Alexa Had A Body

Alexa's Body from Lucky Generals on Vimeo.

Christo and Jeanne Claude: A Lifetime of Memories Revealed

"Ahead of Sotheby’s upcoming auction, ‘Unwrapped – the Hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’ (17 February | Paris), discover how the walls of their apartment told a life story of their personal connections through works by Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Marcel Duchamp, and many more."