Thursday, September 30, 2021


Via everlasting blort

 Zion Clark was born with a severe disability and had a difficult upbringing in the foster care system. He didn't let that stop him and emerged with a positive outlook and incredible athletic ability. To say he is an inspiration is an understatement. 

Thanks Bruce!

How Animals Would Run If They Were Human

Via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk

Paddington Bear Steps Into Iconic Films

Jaythechou photoshops Paddington Bear into classic film scenes and adds a bit of charm to even the most harrowing stills.

See more here

Folding A Knight

A time-lapse of the 41-hour process of folding an origami knight from a single square sheet of paper.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. The day honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Time to reflect on our history.
I pity the country, I pity the state
And the mind of a man who thrives on hate
I pity this country - Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

It's Uncanny

New SNL comic James Austin Johnson is 'Best Trump Impersonator.' See Why. 

The Kádár Cube Comeback

From Hungarian Cubes: Subversive Ornaments in Socialism (2014) by Katharina Roters

Kádár cubes, named after János Kádár, the Communist leader of Hungary between 1956 and 1988, fell out of fashion long ago but are now making a comeback on the internet, on the websites of art magazines, and trendy social media pages. There are approximately 800,000 of these square houses with tent-like roofs spread across the country, usually in small villages and built between 1960 and 1980. Many of these homes are now being renovated.

Images: Hungarian Cubes: Subversive Ornaments in Socialism (2014) by Katharina Roters

Hungarian Cubes: Subversive Ornaments in Socialism, a book by German-Hungarian artist Katharina Roters, has inspired a new generation of Hungarian creatives to embrace the once-maligned abodes. They appear in film, paintings and even fashion design.

Kádár Cube dress from the 2019 collection by Dóra Tomcsányi

Read more: Calvert Journal

'Microfliers' are the smallest man-made flying structure

Inspired by seeds that are scattered by the wind, these 'flying microchips' are shaped like tiny propellers to catch the wind, and may be the smallest flying structures ever made by humans.

The Impossible Map

Experiments with a grapefruit illustrate the difficulty of presenting a true picture of the world on a flat surface.


 Via Aeon

Straight Outta Compton - Oktoberfest Edition

Via FB friend David Soltar

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

These buttons!


Never Too Small?

This architect makes the most of a 344 square foot Paris apartment using ingenious storage solutions. Everything in it is absolutely essential and made with sustainable materials. It's probably not for me but I admire the lack of clutter.


You can live like Disney’s Winnie the Pooh in the original Hundred Acre Wood to celebrate his 95th anniversary.


Take a Hike

The 2000 mile Appalachian Trail in less than 5 minutes. Lovely video with soothing music



Monday, September 27, 2021

Drone photos of abandoned places

Visual artist Brendon Burton takes pictures of vacant and decaying places. 

Via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk


Dystopian photo of starlings in Rome


Baby Burping Robot

When Chemicals Meet

Via Aeon Videos

Do you know where I can get my eyes checked?


Via Memo of the Air 

The History of Pad Thai

It's Thailand’s national dish but its ingredients and origins came from other countries.


Via The Awesomer

Sunday, September 26, 2021

 My seventeen year old dog, Liz, has recently lost her hearing. When it's time to go for a walk I show her the leash. When it's mealtime I show her the dish. But sign language only works if she's looking at me.Yesterday I lost my grip on the leash and she ran off. I chased after her screaming and (of course) got no response. A waiter at the pub on the corner grabbed her before she ran into traffic. 

Via everlasting blort

The Midway

Rendered in pencil and paper, The Midway was produced as part of the 10th edition of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship.

Lost Dog

Via Miss Cellania

Sunday Links

It's Sunday morning here but it's cocktail hour somewhere so here's a wonderful  Compendium of Vintage Cocktail Recipe Books that you can open and browse. Bottoms up! (via Perfect for Roquefort Cheese)

I've been taking a lot of City Walks

As the 20th Anniversary of 9-11 approached NPR set up an old phone booth in Brooklyn Bridge Park and invited people to leave a voicemail for someone they lost that day.  A bit of a tearjerker: The Voicemail  

An Accidental Collection: Haruki Murakami's T-shirts

You play with the Canadian goat you get the horns

Mini James Bond 007 Aston Martin Lovely!

These were real buildings, not sets and the 'Who's Who' of building names used reads like an audit of the most important domestic buildings of the 1920s and 1930s. Homes Used In Poirot Episodes (via FB pal Hal)

There is a Facebook group called The Wide World of Sad Old Songs where you can go to indulge your melancholy side.

 These foods will kill your children 

Visually stunning math concepts which are easy to explain (Thanks Bruce!)

Sally Storch is a storyteller. Her paintings offer a pure vision of ordinary people unsentimentally portrayed. I've just discovered her work and I like it.

COVID-19 is attacking the animal kingdom, and zoos might be the battleground. Read more

 'Cookies of Joy' 

Hey, I could use these! Ralph Woltstem's Breast Supporters

Bruce Springsteen Renaissance Poet "The gentle flow of your attire As you dance stirs my desire. Woooo, baby—I’m on fire!"

An interesting story: Mystery of the Ghost Blimp (via Alan Parker)

What does a bear do in the woods? Hunter Finds Lost GoPro Filled with Footage Shot by a Bear 

Voices from the Inside: Introducing American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020

'Ruin marble' looks like derelict cities 

Hidden Sci-Fi gem of the week: Read an analysis of a 1984 space opera classic. I want to watch it. (via FB pal Hal)

Calling all crafters: Felt A Pizza  Via Rusty's Electric Dreams (an excellent newsletter)

Bruce Springsteen Renaissance Poet: "Abandon, dear, this cursed abode And join me on the Thunder Road"

No matter how long we have them it is never long enough: The Dog Years Project Captures Dogs Throughout Their Lives 

Music For Sunday Morning

If James Brown wrote Creep by Radiohead it might sound like this:

Via  Boing Boing

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Artistic Slime Molds And Spores

Moscow-based artist Dasha Plesen uses living organisms to produce shades and structures that are strangely beautiful. She laces petri dishes with various bacterias and other organisms and the resulting works take between three and four weeks to materialize.

More:  Colossal

The Voices Of Lost Souls

Canadian actor, musician and activist Tom Jackson has released a devastating new song about children lost at residential schools The song and video follow the announcement in May by Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc chief Rosanne Casimir that the remains of 215 children, some believed to be as young as three, were detected on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

Deep Fake David Attenborough


Via FB pal Hal

Friday, September 24, 2021

Animation About the Hunt for Adolf Eichmann

Set in Argentina 1960, The Driver Is Red is an animated documentary that follows the story of secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he hunted down one of the highest ranking Nazi war criminals on the run.


Read more: Open Culture

Andrea Martin - Cooking With Edith Prickley

 An oldie but goodie from SCTV. 

Oldest human footprints in North America found in New Mexico

"Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago."

Image: National Park Service

Read More:  (AP)

Lil Nas X and Elton John trade looks in an ad for Uber Eats


Legendary Jammin' the Blues Restored and Upscaled

Groove into the weekend. Jammin' the Blues was made in 1944, nominated for an Academy Award, and is described by Turner Movie Classics as "one of the greatest of all jazz films".

More information on the project: Swing and Blues Corner


L'il Nas - Jolene


 Via FB friend Thomasina

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Ice Ball

Someone hand me a down jacket. This documentary directed by Nathaniel Schmidt makes me feel cold. Will Steger, the legendary polar explorer, inspires a community by preserving the forgotten craft of ice harvesting.


Via Colossal 

'Aline' from French Dispatch

A new film by Wes Anderson is always special and I can hardly wait to see this one. Here is Christophe’s “Aline” sung by Jarvis Cocker as Tip Top from The French Dispatch:

Happy Birthday Bruce Springsteen

Look at how young he was!


Here's a little something to get your day started


Wednesday, September 22, 2021


Passing - the trailer

Adapted from the 1929 novel by Nella Larsen, PASSING tells the story of two Black women who can “pass” as white but choose to live on opposite sides of the colour line during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in late 1920s New York.



via Rusty's Electric Dreams 

Norm Macdonald's Early Standup

We've been watching Norm MacDonald Has a Show on Netflix but I prefer his early standup. Here he is in 1989 at Yuk Yuks Comedy Club in Toronto:

Take a Trip Down 'Throat Lane'

The Human Voice (1921) was produced six years before the introduction of “talkies”. "There's something pleasingly odd about a film dedicated to the mechanics of the human voice being entirely devoid of its subject matter."

Via The Public Domain Review

Living Every Day Like It's 1958

Laci's car, kitchen appliances, home decor, wardrobe, are all vintage. Even her makeup is from the 50s.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Join the Herd!

Via everlasting blort 

I did not know this

Stephen Wright's House Of Dreams

The House of Dreams is artist Stephen Wright‘s unfinished masterpiece. A dazzling temple to the spirit and freedom of outsider art. For the last 20 years, Wright has been steadily covering his home, both inside and out, with objects he has found and collected.

Patrick Speaks

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Bob Dylan in the Studio

“Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight (Version 2)” is from the latest deep dive into the Bob Dylan archives, the five-CD “Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 1980-1985.”

Read more:  The New York Times 

Sunday Links

Otherworldly images by Ludwig Favre: La Dolce Vita, Amalfi Coast (image above)  (via Things Magazine)

 Do Not Erase: Post-lecture university chalkboards photographed by Jessica Wynne. (via TMN)

Beautiful decay: The most popular listing in Greenwich Village this week is a decrepit one-bedroom apartment on West 11th Street. Described as a 'fixer-upper' it definitely has good bones. (Curbed)

Rolling Stone thinks these are the 500 Best Songs of All Time I have a lot of bones to pick. Do you?

Stepping Out Onto Mt. Rainier If this is what it's like I'd stay inside. (via Memo Of The Air)

This disturbing 1987 video was made by the RSPCA, the UK's largest animal welfare charity,

Built for a skateboarder: This house has a skateboard ramp integrated into the design of the deck.

What It's Like to Actually Fight in Medieval Armor No one dies in the these sword-and-chainmail brawls. The weapons are blunted and contestants fight “not to the death, just until they fall over.”

What is the Most Dangerous Stretch of Water in the World? You might be surprised. (via FB pal Hal)

If I were a better knitter I would buy this Field Bag Kit From Hannah Haworth

Angela Hao draws whimsical digital illustrations of storefronts and their shop cats.

404PageFound Vintage websites that are still online. (via TMN)

Serial Parallels, German artist Max Hattler's whirlwind animation from still photographs of Hong Kong's highrises.

Canning as art? Take a look at these pickles! (via Vintage, Thrift and Simple Living)

Big Hair: Circassian beauties were once sideshow fixtures. Alleged to be from the Caucasus Mountain region, they were famous for both their legendary looks and their large, seemingly Afro-textured hairstyles.

Mr Nag makes me yogurt with fruit and granola every morning - except when we run out of yogurt! Now we can make our own yogurt in a coffee mug. (Thanks for sending me this Paul)

The First Webcam Was Invented to Keep an Eye on a Coffee Pot at Cambridge University

Ghosts in the Mist: An unusual account of multiple people simultaneously seeing the same multiple ghosts.

Monsignor Martinez: He Loves the Lord But He Hates Drugs

Monsignor Martinez is a Spanish Catholic priest (played by actor Eduardo Filipe) who is a mercenary. He loves the Lord but he hates drugs. This is a pilot episode of a live action spin-off series that was made 20 years ago but never aired.

Sunday Morning Groove


Thanks to reader Dan for sending me this bit of mid-century cool.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Brothers In Art

BROTHERS IN ART is an exhibition of the work of East London Group Artists Harold & Walter Steggles (above) at the Beecroft Gallery in Southend, UK until 8th January. I own two prints (below) by Walter Steggles that I treasure and I feel bad that I cannot attend this show.

Red Bridge
Walter Steggles (1908—1997)

Walter Steggles (1908—1997)

If you'd like to learn more about the East London Group, EAST END VERNACULAR, Artists Who Painted London’s East End Streets in 20th Century by The Gentle Author is an excellent source. The ELG Twitter account is also a favourite of mine.

Read More: Spitalfields Life

Guerilla Grazing

Aaron Fletcher is a traveling shepherd who has been “guerrilla grazing” and living off the land for 12 years.

More: Kottke

Firefighters Rush to Wrap Sequoias in Foil as Wildfire Nears

The base of General Sherman, the largest living organism on Earth, wrapped in foil to protect it from the KNP Complex Fire.Photo: Inciweb/NPS

Read More: Gizmodo

These “Icy Fingers Of Death” Instantly Freeze Creatures

A brinicle (brine icicle, also known as ice stalactite) is a downward-growing hollow tube of ice enclosing a plume of descending brine that is formed beneath developing sea ice. It freezes everything in its path.

Tuesday Weld Goes Shopping With Her Dad

In this crazy scene from Lord Love A Duck (1966) Tuesday Weld and Max Showalter really enjoy checking out cashmere sweaters.


(Previously posted here in 2008 but I thought it was weird enough to post again)

Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)

 Via Memo Of The Air

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Kapaemahu: The myth of Hawaii’s third-gender healers

Long ago, four extraordinary beings of dual male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii and imbued their powers in four giant boulders.

Via Aeon

Youtuber explains the "8 Levels of Bach"

Shutian Cheng, a 16-year-old aspiring concert pianist, ranks technical and musical difficulty of various Bach pieces.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Elvis Presley Gets the Polio Vaccine on The Ed Sullivan Show

In 1956, Elvis Presley was vaccinated backstage at The Ed Sullivan Show in order to encourage teenagers to get the polio vaccination. 

Read more: Open Culture

The Many Lives of a New York City Doorman

Yves Deshommes has a very busy life. In addition to being a concierge, art dealer, dad and musician he also helps his home country, Haiti.


Via Kottke