Saturday, July 31, 2021

Are You Allowed to Criticize Simone Biles?

Conservative pundits have called the gymnast  a ‘quitter’ and ‘selfish sociopath’ who had brought ‘shame on her country.’What right have they got to be doing this?

Iconic Frank Lloyd Wright House For Sale

The Samuel & Harriet Freeman House by Frank Lloyd Wright (1923-25) with additions and furniture by Rudolf Schindler is on the market for $4,250,000. The Los Angeles property is one of just six textile block houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, three of which are in the Hollywood Hills.
This is one of "Wright's twenty most important houses . . .the missing link between two World Heritage sites: Taliesin and Fallingwater. - Architectural historian Kathryn Smith


1980 Lamborghini Concept Car

Image: tom wood © 2011 RM au

In 1980, at the Turin Motor Show, a concept car was introduced. The Lamborghini Athon was designed by Marc Deschamps and was named for an Egyptian sun god. It had futuristic geometric lines, a large windshield and no roof. At the time Lamborghini was suffering a financial crisis and the Athon brought the company some much needed media attention.

Take a closer look here

Villager Takes a Photo of Himself Once a Year For 100 Years

A villager takes a picture of himself every year for a century in this video that YouTuber Among the Hidden created for the game Age of Empires II

Space Is The Place


Via Everlasting Blort 

World War II Lighter Restoration

This lighter from the World War II era was in rough shape when it was found on Utah Beach in Normandy where it may have been lying since D-Day in 1944.

Zooming Out

Via Miss Cellania

Friday, July 30, 2021

Joni Mitchell's "The Dawntreader" recorded by Jimi Hendrix in 1968

Joni was playing at Le Hibou in Ottawa, a venue I went to often during my high school years.  

“They came and told me, ‘Jimi Hendrix is here, and he’s at the front door.’ I went to meet him. He had a large box. He said to me, ‘My name is Jimi Hendrix. I'm on the same label as you. Reprise Records.’ We were both signed about the same time. He said, ‘I'd like to record your show. Do you mind?’ I said, ‘no, not at all.’



Guardians Of Paradise

This is a beautiful video about Myanmar and its people written and directed by Ivan Maria Friedman prior to the recent coup that returned the country to military rule after a brief period of democracy.


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Beach Sand Contains Bits of Coral, Quartz, Shells… and Plastic

A macro image by Cologne-based photographer Ole Bielfeldt (@macrofying) lays out the elements that comprise sand from a Mallorca beach. To the naked eye this looks like clean natural sand but, when placed under a microscope pieces of microplastic can be seen. 

Read more: Colossal

Life In The Treetops

In 2008, a group of activists climbed into the canopy of a Humboldt County redwood forest and didn’t come down for four years.

Via TMN 

From Abandoned Factory to Living Space

 This timelapse condenses a two year renovation into twenty-five minutes.

DIY Lego Guitar

Maker Nick Zammeti creates a guitar using Lego and epoxy resin.

Via my FB friend Edith 

Transformer Cabin

The Anna Stay cabin by Dutch designer Caspar Schols has movable walls that transform it to suit various situations and weather conditions. 

Via Contemporist

A Walk Around Île de la Cité, Paris

One of two remaining natural islands in the Seine, Île de la Cité is at the heart of Paris and road distances in France are calculated from the 0 km point located in the Place du Parvis de Notre-Dame. The island has a long history: 
In 508 Clovis I, the first King of the Franks, established his palace on the island. In the 12th century it became an important religious center, the home of Notre-Dame cathedral, and the royal chapel of Sainte-Chapelle, as well as the city's first hospital, the Hôtel-Dieu. It is the crossing point of the city's oldest existing bridge, the Pont Neuf. - Wikipedia

There was a period of my life when I was besotted with Paris and visited the city twice a year. This video takes me back to those days. If you have not seen them, the windows of Sainte-Chapelle at the 7 minute mark are worth a look. The Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris was badly damaged by fire in April, 2019 and was undergoing restoration when this video was filmed. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

1955 Huffy Radiobike

This vintage bicycle looks like something Pee-wee Herman would drive.

Read more about it at The Online Bicycle Museum

Airstream and Pottery Barn Travel Trailer

Ready to hit the road? Two iconic brands have come up with a luxurious way to do it. The 28-foot, $145,500 Airstream features PB hardware, fixtures, awnings, kitchen accessories, tableware, and accent pieces, and seating inspired by PB’s Big Sur Collection. 

I'm not sure I'd want to be the driver on this trip but I could get very comfortable in that Airstream.

See more

One Family, 30 Years, 30 Photographs

It was a simple idea: one family, photographed at the same time every year. Zed Nelson has traced Sue and Frank’s transition from new parents to grandparents. What’s it like to see your life pass in front of you?

Frank and Sue, 36, with baby Eddie in 1991, left, and this year, now 66, with Eddie, 30, his partner and their baby. Photograph: Zed Nelson

Read more: TheGuardian

Watercolor painting by Hiroki Takeda

Japanese artist Hiroki Takeda creates lovely watercolour paintings of animals embellished with plants and butterflies. The pup below looks a lot like my dog Lizzie.

Interactive Timeline of World History

The goal of this project is to create a library of historical events that contains all of the word's history on a single timeline - all the countries, all wars and battles, biographies of famous historical people, etc. It's mind-boggling. 

David Lynch Cooks Quinoa

I saw this at Memo Of The Air and it looked familiar. I got into my wayback time machine and found that I had posted it in 2014. It's definitely worth a repost.


Monday, July 26, 2021

Everyday Olympics

Tokyo-based illustrator Adrian Hogan's whimsical illustrations show us that the spirit of sporting, competition and the Olympics can be found all around us. 

More:  Spoon & Tamago

Abandoned Storefronts by Thibaut Derien

In his project J'habite une ville fantôme (I Live In A Ghost Town) photographer Thibaut Derien travelled around France taking photographs of abandoned businesses from which he constructed a fictional ghost town. 

A Modern Interpretation of William Blake's London

This film by Alex Robinson was inspired by London, William Blake's 1794 poem.


Via Kuriositas

Talking Dog

An ode to the dogs of Maine by their human companions. We have a 17 year old Hurricane Katrina rescue dog. My heart will be broken when she leaves us.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Theremin Duel

 It's been too long since my last theremin post. This is a good one.

Sunday Links

Would you eat this Sneaker Sandwich? (image above)

You see, my fellow land-owning gentry, it seems that the invention of mechanized industry, the rise of “capitalism,” and the impact of the recent plague have brought upon us a wave of moral degradation and irredeemable sloth — specifically, nobody wants to be a serf anymore

I'll have what Mr. Bond is having: The Vesper 

Don't try this at home: How to Shoot an Apple Off Your Own Head

Don't be an airedale, mind your own beeswax, you're the cat's pajamas and more chorus girl slang 

Witless Bay seniors ready to boogie after making a successful appeal to the provincial government to change the rules on dances in long-term care homes as vaccination rates go up across the province. Sweet.

This week's house envy is a one storey house on 2.2 acres in Water Mill, NY that pays homage to local farming communities. It has clean lines and lots of windows.

The anti-smartphone is a portable wireless electronic digital rotary telephone.

You can buy Elvis Presley's annotated copy of The Prophet (if you have £19,500 to spare)

Solving a Century-old Pigeon Mystery 

Take a peaceful walk around Church Fen, Brundall, Norfolk, UK (via FB pal Hal)

This Toronto house has a secret cottage within its walls

Good story. Now I want shrimp and grits. 

Fueled by an increasing supply of billionaire- (and taxpayer-) funded rockets and a growing demand from the 1 percent, the commercial space industry is eager to launch. But the promise of commercial spaceflight raises questions about how untrained “space tourists” will endure the extreme hostility of space. Space Medicine for the Inexperienced Astronaut

I was Goofy at Walt Disney World for over 20 years! (Thanks Bruce!)

 These photos of train cable sunsets in Japan are prettier than you'd expect.

The world's most rubbish sneakers look pretty good. (Via @KufferPit)

World’s first 3D printed bridge over one of Amsterdam’s oldest canals  (Via Everlasting Blort)

The Tollund Man who lived during the 4th Century BC, was so well preserved on discovery that that he was mistaken for a recent murder victim.

Music For Sunday Morning


Saturday, July 24, 2021

This beach does not exist

These imaginary beaches are AI generated. The video shows the learning process of the network.

Happy Caturday!


It's almost party time again!

We're all a little out of practice so here's a guide that will give you the confidence you need to plan your first post-pandemic party. You're welcome.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Nobody mentions the benefits of being overweight…


St. John’s, The Battery, Newfoundland and Labrador by NL photographer Ray Mackey.


Capybara Onsen Cheesecake

This adorable confection by Japanese baker rinsforest was inspired by the real life capybara hot springs (onsen) in Japan. It's almost too cute to eat.

Via Spoon&Tamago

Here's a video of some oversized rodents kicking back at a Tokyo zoo.

A Living Cake World

Cake is a handcrafted assortment of bite-sized content served up to viewers as a tasty treat for the mind. This selection of some of the In-Show packaging for season 4 looks delicious.

The Sounds Of Space

Space is more than just a feast for the eyes. It’s a feast for the ears.

Making Donkey Kong's Treehouse

How to make Donkey Kong’s treehouse using free crafting stuff such as sticks and dirt.

How to Draw Yourself as a Peanuts Character

The Snoopy Show storyboard artist Krista Porter and Apple’s Anthony Jackson show us how to draw yourself as a Peanuts character.


Via Kottke

Thursday, July 22, 2021

iPP 2021 Award Winners

The iPhone Photography Awards is in its 14th year. The2021 Winners' Gallery reflects a year like no other in its history - one of social distancing and masking but also joy and beauty.

Istvan Kerekes
Grand Prize Winner
Transylvanian Shepherds | Shot on iPhone 7
Targu Mures, Transylvania, Romania

Jeff Rayner
United States
3rd Place
Photographer of the Year
Side-Walking on Air | Shot on iPhone X
Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California

Ann Ghory-Goodman
United States
3rd Place – City Life
PR_CTICE S___AL DI_TANCE | Shot on iPhone 11 Pro
Orleans, Massachusetts, USA

Carmen, The Early Years

Three years ago today I finally managed to lure this 10 week old stray into the sunporch. There were many days I regretted that decision but all is well now.

Opha fish

In a rare occurrence this 100-pound (45 kilogram) opah fish, aka moonfish, was discovered on Sunset Beach in Oregon.

Read more: CNN 

The Grammar of Ornament

The Grammar of Ornament was Owen Jones’ design masterpiece. Published in 1856, it highlighted stunning patterns, motifs and ornaments in 100 illustrated plates.
It is considered to be one of the design masterpieces of the 19th century.

You can purchase a complete and unabridged color edition of The Grammar of Ornament online.

Decorate Your Sidewalk



Saw this in a tiktok months ago & finally decided to try it! I LOVE IT!!!! ❤️ #drivewayart #pressurewashing #soeasy #walkwayproject #easydiy

♬ Nobody - Mitski
Via Rusty's Electric Dreams

Mundane Objects Become Dreamlike Sculptures

Image: Mariko Kusumoto

Using a proprietary heat-setting technique Japanese artist and designer Mariko Kusumoto reorganizes polyester, nylon, and cotton fabrics into ethereal fiber art.

Via Colossal

Underwater Atomic Blast 1958

The Wahoo shot was a scientific program that studied the effects of an underwater nuclear blast on Navy systems. The test conditions were met on May 16, 1958 allowing for the nuclear device to be detonated.


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Via FB pal Hal

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Apologizing Made Easy


Building A Nuclear Powered Gameboy (Lasts 100 Years!)

This device poses no radiation concerns, and no special precautions need to be taken in order to safely use it.


Enter to win it here.

Letter From Fukushima

This hand-painted animated short by director Yiran Wang is KQED Homemade Film Festival’s Grand Prize Winner.


Visual Display Of A Magnetic Field

Via bookofjoe

Joe Krush, An Illustrated Life

 Frequent contributor Bruce sent me a link to this lovely documentary about Joe and his late wife Beth, the legendary illustrators of such classic children’s books as The Borrowers and Gone Away Lake. It's 50 minutes long but is well worth watching.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

No Paparazzi Please!

"The southern ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) is the largest cooperatively breeding bird in the world and is considered as vulnerable throughout its range, and yet endangered within South Africa. Groups of up to 12 birds, consisting of a single adult female, several adult males, and several immatures of both sexes, maintain large territories with an average size of 100km2."

Via Kraftfuttermischwerk

Little Canada

Over the years I've been following the progress of Little Canada, a coming attraction that features accurate miniature renditions of Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara, the Golden Horseshoe and Quebec City (with more destinations to come). It's the brainchild of European-born, Oakville-based businessman Jean-Louis Brenninkmeijer, who was inspired by Europe's popular indoor miniature worlds — like Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg. Here is a behind-the-scenes look:

Opening later this summer in the heart of Toronto across from Yonge-Dundas Square.

History of Soviet Animation

A brief history of animation from the Soviet Union from its inception in 1917 to the fall in 1992.

Three Seconds


Monday, July 19, 2021

Ridin' the Dog

A 1989 Greyhound Buses documentary


Bricksie's Amazing LEGO Collection

Canadian YouTuber Bricksie shows off his massive LEGO collection, which includes a giant city in the center of the room.

Tsunami Height Comparison

Via bookofjoe


Via Everlasting Blort 


The Last of His Kind

Saied Hussain has been hand making tiles out of cement for over 50 years. He says he’s one of the last still doing this work in Egypt.

Via kraftfuttermischwerk

Sunday, July 18, 2021

'I shoot for the common man'

Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan.  Reuters has posted a gallery of his best work.

Rohingya refugee woman touches the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Sunday Links

Standing Dignitary c. A.D.600-1000 (above) via Everlasting Blort

Photographs of the unusually large heron population living in the Dutch capital: Herons of Amsterdam

The Kimono Gallery (Thanks Bruce!)

How to unshrink shrunken clothes.You're welcome.

Take full room by room virtual tour of the Jane Austen House and Museum located in Chawton, Hampshire. (via My Own Private Book Club)

Waste Less Chair When not in use it can be folded up to look like a log.

Light refraction: Photos Of Pets Behind Various Glasses (Thanks Bruce!)

I can't imagine myself in any of these outfits. Fashion Highlights 2021 Cannes Film Festival 

I love the simple one-storey design of Kyneton House in Australia. It has vaulted ceilings and is filled with light. 

 Pretty Boy: A short story by Steve Vermillion.

Here's another short story that I liked. Bruce, a regular contributor to NOTL, sent it to me: The Richest Babysitter in the World 

Tutu workout - like a regular workout only en pointe.

Yacht for Sale When she was built CONQUEST OF 1966 was one of the finest superyachts ever built. (via Things Magazine

Salad days are here again! Try some of these delicious salad recipes

Interior of The Caravan Club (1934) The club was frequented by members of the LGBTQ+ community when homosexuality was still against the law in England.  (via Things Magazine

Department store John Lewis plans to address the national housing shortage by converting its own shop car parks into rental housing across the UK. Read more

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Glamping c.1959

This restored 1959 190SL has every available factory option – and tows its own adorable matching teardrop trailer. 

The trailer was built on special order by MiniTears of Lakeland, California, and modified by Bruce Adams with fenders, taillights, wheels, and bumpers to match the 190SL.

 Read more Just A Car Guy

Happy Caturday


'Black cat and blue morning glory', 2015, by Taguchi Yuka (田口由花), a contemporary Nihonga (Japanese style) painter who was born in Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県) in 1992.

The Desert

After humanity has met its end, what will happen to the machines we leave behind?


Father of the Bride

 Frequent contributor Bruce sent me this. It's a good one.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Audubon Photography Award Winner

This is the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards winner in the Video Category and it shows a Red-tailed Hawk hovering in the sky with unreal head stabilization.

Via Geekologie 

The Green Children of Woolpit

Do aliens exist? Do fairies? What about Australians? What are they all about?

(via FB pal Hal)

Garbage Sweater

What if garbage isn’t garbage?

The latest project from Vollebak is the Garbage Sweater, made from retired firefighter suits and bulletproof vests that were headed for the landfill, and repurposed into a soft but tough piece of clothing.

Giant Head Over Tokyo

Image: Kozo Kaneda

This giant head is a hot air balloon. It was a one-day installation by Japanese art collective Mé and titled “Masayume” which means ‘dream come true.’

More: Spoon & Tamago

Preserving The Nakagin Capsules

Kisho Kurokawa's Nakagin Capsule Tower in 2018. (Photo: Kakidai/Wikimedia Commons)

The iconic Nakagin Capsule Tower, designed by Kisho Kurokawa in 1972, is composed of 140 small metal capsules, each with a round window, and has sometimes been compared to a stack of washing machines. It has been threatened by redevelopment for some time and now its fate has been sealed. 

(Noritaka Minami, from the series “1972 - Nakagin Capsule Tower”)

There is however a glimmer of good news. The Nakagin Capsule Tower Preservation and Restoration Project plans to remove the capsules, refurbish them, and donate them to museums in and beyond Japan.


Via Everlasting Blort 


Trailer for the Julia Child Documentary

Thursday, July 15, 2021

My Prairie Home

Interviews, performances and music sequences reveal Rae Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and as a musician.

Fun House For Sale

The unique Eden Prairie home is housed in two connected geodesic domes and is listed for just under $3 million.
"The property features two slides. One of the slides leads to the outside while the other slide is completely indoors, leading to the amusement room. A hidden door disguised as a book shelf leads to a movie theater room. A hallway has been transformed into an indoor putting green with monkey bars overhead." 

More here

French Dispatch Stars Given Meme Treatment

A new Wes Anderson film is something to be happy about. French Dispatch has been called "a love letter to journalism, literature, and France". Anderson, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Timothée Chalamet all turned up at Cannes but apparently did not receive the memo about what to wear. The meme factories swung into action.

More memes: indy100

Centuries and Still

Centuries and Still is a mixed media illustrated short film telling the history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Joyeux Le Quatorze Juillet!

It's a Nag on the Lake tradition to post this clip from Casablanca on Bastille Day. Vive la France!

Rashford mural tributes: 'Something beautiful out of something negative'

People are continuing to leave messages of support and solidarity at the vandalised mural of Marcus Rashford which was defaced following England's defeat by Italy in
the Euro 2020 final. The street artist Akse, who created the portrait, has now repaired the damage.


Mr. Rafieh's Pencil Shop In Tehran

I'm curious about how he keeps track of his inventory. Via

Tiny Baskets Woven from Weeds

Suzie Grieve creates lovely miniature baskets from bindweed, dandelion and other nuisance plants near her home in the UK.

Magnum’s July Square Print Sale

Magnum Photos Store is having a sale. This curated selection explores the push and pull of breaking free. Each affordable museum-quality print is signed or estate-stamped by the artist.

“Ringo Starr on the train during the filming of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. England, Great Britain” (1964) by David Hurn. “The experience was an eye-opener. I had no idea of the fear within oneself that can be evoked by a swarm of excited followers.”

“Sicily, Italy” (2015) by Peter van Agtmael. “I can escape to the beach, but no matter how hard I try, I have trouble escaping from my camera.”

Oil painting in Italy XVII century: Caravaggio's Technique


Tuesday, July 13, 2021


"Ride" by Paul Bush is an homage to vintage cycle design. This stop motion film was shot over the course of three weeks in Portugal.

Read more about this Vimeo Staff Pick

World's Tallest Sand Sculpture

This sand sculpture under construction in the small seaside town of Blokhus, Denmark is 69 feet tall and was made with nearly 5,000 metric tons of sand.


London Calling

Soon Come by London production company Outright is a love letter to London as restrictions lift.

Billionaires in Space

Wrong Hands

High Diving

I have a lifelong fear of heights. Watching this made me a bit sick.


Rare video of ladybug eggs hatching

Time-lapse footage taken with high magnification macro lens and two cameras for 1 week.

Monday, July 12, 2021

A Little Piece of Earth

As young man Charles Bello worked for the modernist architect Richard Neutra in Los Angeles but felt unfulfilled so he and his wife moved up among the redwoods to live a life off-grid. Ryan Malloy's documentary is about Bello's life at 86 and 10 years widowed.

Via The Morning News

Darlingside - The God Of Loss


Sunday, July 11, 2021

Old School Parkour

This came up in my FB feed as a memory from 6 years ago. I still like it.


Good Morning!


Sunday Links

Tablecloth in the wind, spring, 2020 by Joost Doornik 

I love Joost Doornik's Set tables and interiors  (see one above)

Vintage-y gifs by Cari Vander Yacht (via Everlasting Blort)

Struwwelpeter Syndrome I've added this to my 'You Learn Something New Every Day' file.

Ray Mackey's beautiful photos of Newfoundland have me yearning to be there.

I've come full circle. I liked him, then I didn't, now I do again. Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind Complete film.

It's ice cream month! Make this easy Victorian Marmalade Water Ice 

I don't know how we ended up in Barcelona in summer but somehow we did and  had to cling to the walls like cats seeking shade. We could have used this.

Goodbye Kansas  A scary apocalypse video (via

"Five decades after humans first set foot on the Moon, a new initiative is underway to bring us back—and this time, the aspiration is to settle there on a permanent basis." Plans for a Permanent Moon Colony 

“That intelligent, well-meaning, young people are willing to call white black is a matter of concern.” The Asch Conformity Experiments

Canadian Summer Fashion 1999 "It's as if we're afraid of the bug of year 2000"

When I go on vacation I want to get away from cooking and doing dishes so this one's for you, not me. You're welcome.

Balloon dresses for the lady!

This week's house envy is Casa Volpe, a 14th century country home in central Italy. (via The Spaces)

Model makers Tony Lai and Maggie Chan have been working to preserve the Hong Kong of their childhood by re-creating it in miniature form. Preserving Hong Kong, in Miniature 

Ghost Signs: Photographer Nicholas Brewer documents Britain's faded 'Ghost Signs' before they disappear forever.