Thursday, March 31, 2022


Twitter is immensely improved by the addition of baklava!

via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk

This Film Was Made Using Pinscreen Animation

Alexander Alexeieff and Claire Parker made Le Nez in 1963 using the pinboard animation technique.

See how Le Nez was made in this 1973 NFB film that demonstrates how pinboard animation has been used to create animated films with effects difficult to achieve with any other animation technique, including traditional cel animation.

The Iconic Japanese Sword

A 1969 documentary goes inside a samurai sword workshop to explore the craft and history behind the iconic Japanese weapon.

Read more: Aeon

Easy Lemonade Scones

92-year-old Muriel Halsted demonstrates how to make perfect scones with just three ingredients.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Hippo Does A Back Flip

Opening Scenes

All The Right Movies has compiled a list of the top ten opening scenes of all time.


Named after the mythical vessel that protected Jason and the Argonauts, Argo is a crib designed to protect an infant from damaging electromagnetic waves. It's made of walnut and copper, a metal used for electromagnetic shielding. I can't vouch for its effectiveness but it is a beautifully crafted piece of furniture.

Writing Like A Typewriter

Here's a skill I'd like to have.

via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk

Why Do We Have Accents:


Timelapse Montages of Echinopsis Cacti Blooming

Echinopsis cactus flowers bloom overnight and the flowers last for only a day.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Conspiracy Theorists Anonymous

Even conspiracy theorists reject the myth of trickle-down economics.

via Kottke

Does anyone remember when Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes?

Not saying it's right but Chris Rock wasn't the first awards host to cross the line. If I were a nominee I'd be afraid to attend the ceremony. Now I'd also be afraid to be a host.

Building a Minecraft Ocean Temple Diorama

Check out more from video creator WUZU clay

Via Neatorama

Unprecedented: Collages by Carolyn Beehler

This new series by Carolyn Beehler is a tribute to her hometown, Franklin, Tennessee during the pandemic. She collects and cuts hundreds of pieces from magazines and newspapers and the end products resemble paintings. 

Great Grey Owl Lands On Photographer's Lens

Image: Thomas Pham-Van

Anaïs Trépanier was supposed to be the photographer, not the subject. But during a photo expedition in the Côte-de-Beaupré area north of Quebec City a great grey owl  landed on her lens. This is the magnificent photo she captured as it swooped in:
Image: Anaïs Trépanier

Read more:  CBC News 

The Fish That Look Like Raviolis

Adorable baby manta rays grow up to be 3 to 9 meters wide and have the largest brain of all marine animals. The video below shows baby rays at Macduff marine aquarium near Aberdeen, Scotland.

More: Cultura Inquieta

Turtle Shell Patterns


via Memo Of The Air

The Storm: On Bearing Witness

It was March 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic had just been declared: all anybody could do was worry about the outside world.


Read more NFB Blog

Monday, March 28, 2022

The True History of The Traveling Wilburys

“The thing about the Wilburys for me is—if we’d tried to plan it, or if anybody had said, let’s form this band and get these people in it—it would never happen, it’s impossible. It happened completely, just by magic, just by circumstance. Maybe there was a full moon that night or something like that. It was quite a magical little thing really.” - George Harrison

Corner Symmetry

Architecture photographer Zsolt Hlinka records the symmetry that lives in the corners of the palaces of Budapest. 

via  Cultura Inquieta


When a young boy’s father takes away his violin his love of music finds an ingenious outlet.

Vasilisa & The Hungry Doll

A video based on the Russian folktale of Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Fair.

Tam Gan, 1914

Tam Gan,1914
Robert Henri, American (1865 -1929)


Claude Monet's Most Radical Works

James Payne explains Claude Monet's water lily canvases which he created as “a war memorial to the millions of lives tragically lost in the First World War”. I saw them at The Orangerie many years ago and was overwhelmed.

via Kottke

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Magnolia Blossoms


Magnolia blossoms outside traditional London townhouses. 
via A Beautiful Culture

Sunday Links

Travel photographer Vincent Croce captures beautiful images of churches and chapels. (Via  Design You Trust)

Tardigrade Night Light I want one! No I don't - I want a whole herd of them.

Conceived by a Danish homeware brand, Vipp Pencil Case is a one-room hotel inside an ex-pencil factory in Copenhagen. (via Dezeen)

Grandma was just making a sweater. Or was she? When  Knitting Was an Espionage Tool

Europe's fiercely vegan, fairy-tale city It's also innovative, green and allows the existence of alternative lifestyles.

I know that there is no known scientific basis for astrology but this is kind of fun: Wines For Your Zodiac Sign  (Thanks Lori)

Nuclear war shouldn't stop a "fallout shelter housewife" from providing her family with tasty meals and appetizing snacks. Recipes for the fallout shelter housewife

WYLABOCTGWTR - would you like a bowl of cream to go with that remark?  Back in the day the FBI published an internal guide to internet slang.

The most common dream in every country In Canada we apparently dream about losing our teeth. I know I have.

Do you hear the sound of love? This site is perfect for those times you want to wallow in sorrow. It plays musical tracks alongside a person’s love-related YouTube comment. I know it sounds silly but I became teary-eyed when I listened to a Death Cab For Cutie song. via Web Curios

The stone carvers of Escolásticas - Walter Hodges shares a collection of images from the Central Mexican state of Querétaro.  The New York Times

In The Mark E. Smith Guide To Writing, The Fall’s lyricist takes us through his writing process.

These cute temporary tattoos by Applied Illustrations! Can't choose just one? Buy a bunch. (via everlasting blort)

‘It is not unusual for passers-by to attack a scarecrow – stabbings and mutilations being the most common. Dead bodies have been hidden inside scarecrows, and stolen loot stashed in the pockets of their greatcoats’ Britain's terrifying army of scarecrows (via FB pal Hal)

To My Lost Trishaw Driver: Pico Iyer on decades of letters to a man he met, once, in Myanmar.

Eat your fruits and veggies or you could create beautiful sculptures with them. Your choice.

Books to revive your reading life offers something for everyone, from movie star romance to a critique of technology. The new Anne Tyler novel was already on my list and I can hardly wait to read it.

Vanishing Sydney A micro-blog about "the new shit replacing the old shit" via Web Curios

Defying the odds The largest all-male American family.

The cheesy art of mike geno

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, March 26, 2022

The Panola Project

Dorothy, a convenience-store owner, goes door to door to convince her neighbors in a rural Alabama town to get their COVID-19 vaccines.

This Is Not America

The United States is not the only country on the American continent. Puerto Rican rapper Residente’s new music video “This is Not America” challenges Childish Gambino's powerful 2018 music video “This is America
"America is not only the USA, dude
It goes from Tierra del Fuego up to Canada
You must be really ignorant, a complete deadhead
It's like saying that Africa is only about Morocco"

The Fleur

The Fleur is an art collection of 21 unique surreal flower specimen created by Ondrej Zunka that live on the Ethereum blockchain. (They're NFTs)

The Weird World of Medieval Zoology

Medieval zoology is bizarre because many of the animals never existed and illustrations of the ones that did were wildly inaccurate.

via TwistedSifter

Good Morning!

Friday, March 25, 2022

These Machines!

Via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk

Vertical Parking (1932)

This automatic car parking machine takes up the same amount of space on the ground as six cars but can hold  48 cars.

via  Futility Closet

Fox in the reeds by Ohara Koson


Masterpieces of Japan (@JapanTraCul) March 25, 2022

Goings On Below Stairs

Taken from actual memoirs and diaries, this video takes a look at the real lives of domestic servants. 

via  MetaFilter

Sheldon Tapestry Maps

These silk and wool maps showing the central counties of England date from the time of Queen Elizabeth I. Three are in the map collection at the Bodleian Libraries.

via The Map Room

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Chopsticks, The Talking Piano

(Thanks Bruce!)

Inuit Artist Meelia Kelly

Arctic Foxes - drawing Meelia Kelly

Meelia Kelly (1940-2006) was a Kinngait-based graphic artist best known for her use of colour and exaggerated shapes. 

Pursued - Meelia Kelly

Most populous cities in the world (1500 to 2018)

via bookofjoe

Evan's Drum

The sound of Inuit drum dancing fell silent for generations in Labrador. In the early 21st century the drum returned. Evan is part of a new generation of Labrador Inuit who are among the first in living memory to grow up with the sounds of drum dancing since birth.

Read more: NFB Blog

Bin Laden's Hard Drive: A data lifecycle.

During the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan in 2011 data were recovered from his personal computers and in 2020 a documentary was made using the declassified files. In this installation British artist Kurt Champion does something different. He prints 2% of the images, revealing something that was found and recovered and allowing us to draw our own conclusions.
"Audiences watch while a small thermal printer sitting on a plinth releases a seemingly never-ending line of images that once belonged to Bin Laden during the final 5 years of his life. The paper twists, bends and ribbons as it finds its own path into the clear perspex box which sits on the floor below. " 

How To Pick Up A Duck

Via DasKraftfuttermischwerk

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Tuesday, March 22, 2022



How to fold a plastic shopping bag

via Boing Boing

Survey Drawings of Japanese Hotel Rooms

Architect and draughtswoman Kei Endo reports on the hotels she stays in through detailed, accurate and colorful survey drawings that capture everything from room measurements and layouts to color palettes and amenities.

Read more: Spoon & Tamago 

A LEGO Car That Climbs a Vertical Wall

Brick Technology created a motorized LEGO vehicle that could drive over a wall. It's harder than you might think.

Make music while you write

Typatone is a website that turns text into music.
Here's one I composed:

Cooking With Ina

It took six years for Trent from Storebought Is Fine to cook his way through all 1,200+ of the Barefoot Contessa’s recipes. To his delight Ina Garten herself joined him via Zoom to assemble the final recipe (Boston Cream Pie) 

Monday, March 21, 2022

Going in Style

In Ghana, Anang Kwei and his children help the families of the deceased celebrate the lives of their loved ones with custom-made, handcrafted coffins. 

via  Futility Closet

A Is for Autism (1992)

Director Tim Webb’s award-winning short A Is for Autism (1992) offers a glimpse into the very private and personal worlds of autistic children and adults.


Migrant Child With A Kitty

Hung Liu. Migrant Child Kitty. 2017.

Hung Liu was a Chinese-born American contemporary artist whose work was often inspired by anonymous Chinese historical photographs, particularly those of women, children, refugees, and soldiers. She died in 2021.

via 3 Quarks Daily

Economy Candy

Lower East Side family run Economy Candy is one of NYC's oldest candy stores.  

Claude Monet's War Paintings

James Payne explains Claude Monet's water lily canvases which he created as “a war memorial to the millions of lives tragically lost in the First World War”.

Via Kottke

Mia's Bayeux Tapestry Colouring Book

Via MeFi

Drinks - Talita Hoffmann

Drinks, 2021. Tinta acrilica sobre papel.

More here

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Sunday Links

 Saltine cracker art via TYWKIWDBI 

I first posted this 10 years ago: the amazing Annabel Carberry, Queen Of The Hula Hoop performing A Glass Of Red. I understand she is still going strong.

This pair of neoclassical villas in the forests of Piedmont look like they belong in a fairytale. 

Production designer Grant Major has been nominated for an Oscar for his work on The Power of the Dog ranch. Created specifically for the film it is a "hyper-masculine alpha male environment"

This spaghetti dinner made me queasy and I didn't even have a bite! (via Memo Of The Air)

This adorable toddler is one of only 100 people in the world known to have Uncombable Hair Syndrome.  (Mr. Nag fakes having it)

Martha Naranjo Sandoval reanimates stereoscopic photos to create miniature worlds (via perfect for roquefort cheese)

Putin Looking At Things (via FB pal Hal)

“Ernest’s lion was a young male in his prime, with immense fore- and hind-leg muscles and thick bones and muscles in his paws. Watching the skinning, Ernest bent down and with his pocketknife cut out a bit of the tenderloin beside the spine, chewed some and offered me a tidbit." Eat Like Ernest Hemingway 

Freedom House  rates people’s access to political rights and civil liberties in 210 countries and territories. My country (Canada) has a very high score - only New Zealand, Finland, Norway and Sweden have higher scores.

Slideshow: The Art Of The Batman So noir!

This embroidery subreddit tempts me to search out the needles, thread and embroidery hoops I put away years ago and put them to use again (probably won't though). Thanks Bruce!

Happy National Macaron Day to all those who celebrate!

“In 1988 these ex-shops didn’t have long left. Long after the interiors had turned to dust, what you see are pretty much their last appearances on earth." - Vintage Everyday

Toby and Noelle were joined in "Holy Catrimony" but unfortunately Noelle died just 6 months later. Despite efforts to find another companion for Toby he will probably not remarry. “Toby is Noelle’s husband ’til the day he passes.” The New York Times 

Miss Beatnik of 1959 - No, it wasn't me!

Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Documentary 2011

American singer and guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe was born on this day in 1915 in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, United States.

Music For Sunday Morning


Saturday, March 19, 2022

Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine

Artists have come together for Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine,  a fundraising auction to benefit Doctors Without Borders.

Mini cheetah robot teaches itself how to run

MIT has released a video showing its mini cheetah robot running faster than ever before. It learns to run in a simulator, using a simple neural network as the controller.

More here

Typing Musical Notes In The 1950s

via bookofjoe


The East London Group posts Interior by artist Brynhild Parker (1930) on Twitter every Saturday morning. It's always a delight to see it.

Empty Strollers In Lviv

(Photo/Twitter-Euromaidan Press)

109 empty strollers in Lviv’s central square represent the children killed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Birds With Arms

Via everlasting blort 

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Leipzig At Night

A walk through Leipzig at night set to a house mix by Nøvae .

Surrealist Makeup

Pandemic restrictions have been lifted and some of us may be going out sans masks for the first time in a couple of years. You'll want to make sure you get your makeup right. Luckily makeup artist Mimi Choi is here to help.

via Kottke

An Army Officer Went To India In 1835 And Fell In Love With A Fish Sauce.

Saharan Dust Turned European Skies Orange


Whistling Swan

Whistling Swan, Lake Erie
Robert Bateman 1976

via Junk Boat Travels

Posing Women For Portraits

Photographer Jessica Whitaker shares her best tips on how to capture seated women looking their best.

Pop Up Castles

Each of Uli Kirchler's wood sculptures holds a secret that is only revealed when it is shaken.

Via  The Kid Should See This

How to Tie a Celtic Heart Knot


Irish Dating Show


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Is Pup Ballet A Thing?

I found myself oddly transfixed by this video of Joya, a tiny chihuahua, performing the Swan Lake ballet with handler Karin Baumann at the Crufts Dog Show.

Today's Happy Tweet


Winged Backpack

via Toxel

Stone House Reno

George Dunnett saw the potential in a tiny abandoned stone house in his Welsh village and turned it into a lovely home.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Tokyo to Izumo City In The Cheapest Sleeper Car

This looks quite comfortable. Pajamas and slippers are provided and you can take a shower.

Via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk

Hair Power

Ivorian artist and designer Laetitia Ky creates intricate hair sculptures constructed using her own hair, extensions, wool, wire, and thread. 

She uses her work to create conversations around sex-based and racial oppression of African women, harmful beauty standards, mental health stigmas.

Jam or cream first? Whipped or clotted cream?

Do you want to make the perfect cream tea? There's a math formula for that.

via The Kid Should See This

Flamboyant Cuttlefish

They're beautiful but toxic. Do not eat them!

Via Miss Cellania

Albrecht Durer's Pillow Studies

"These pillows, then, might be viewed as a kind of memory foam, which not only preserves the partial imprints of a sleeper’s face, but also the fantastic, hybrid creatures that populate her dreamscapes."

What Happens When You Underestimate Ukraine?

 Kramer learns the mistake of underestimating Ukraine 

Monday, March 14, 2022

Brindha Kumar's Illustrations for Porsche

More: It's Nice That

Happy Pi Day!


Cat Pencil Sharpener

What twisted mind came up with this one? This poor kitty meows pitifully when you stick a pencil up its butt and comes with a litter tray to catch the shavings.


 Available for purchase here  (if you buy it I probably don't want to know you)

via FB pal Hal.

Buster Keaton - The Art of the Gag

Dig A Hole In The Ground (1983)

'Dig A Hole In The Ground' (or, 'How To Prosper During The Coming Nuclear War') by Fred Small. Grab a shovel.

What Is This A List Of?

  • the formula for the making of Wrigley's chewing gum
  • the recipe for Purina Dog Chow
  • the city records of Chicago and Los Angeles
  • most of the Walt Disney films, including all of the original prints from the Mickey Mouse Club
  • 109,000 old MGM movies
  • the wedding dress of a lady from Wichita
  • fur pelts
  • a collection of antique newspapers dating back to 1659
  • copies of Bibles in 1700 languages and dialects
  • a couple of jars of pickled frogs

Every Picture Tells A Story

Grzegorz Kurzejamski‘s character-driven photographs invite the viewer to speculate on the hidden storylines they portray.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Virtual Ancient Rome in 3D

Via Sacra: Walking From Colosseum to the Forum

Sunday Links

Vincent Leroy converts abandoned windmills into artful wind turbines (via everlasting blort)

Which London tube station has a monkey on the platform? Or a snake? Something To Spot At Every Central Underground Station

Marta Kulesza's Instagram account features stunning photographs of New Zealand, the Canadian Rockies and the Italian Dolomites.

The Marufukuro Hotel in Kyoto, Japan is built inside the former Nintendo headquarters.  The building retains historic elements like the old Yamauchi Nintendo entrance plaques and window grilles patterned with details from the old playing cards. It opens in April.

Yo-Yo Ma begins his performance at Washington’s Kennedy Center with a performance of Ukraine’s national anthem. A full, standing house.

This actually happened during my lifetime. I wonder if Irving took the judge's advice and clamped down before it was too late.

The first drum machine you could buy: 1959 Wurlitzer Sideman (Thanks Bruce!)

Love and Longing in the Seaweed Album The eros contained in the pressed and illustrated pages of notable algologists.

Have you ever been in the middle of cooking dinner when you suddenly realize that you don't actually have all the ingredients the recipe calls for? A guide to cooking substitutions when you're missing an ingredient 

Before Polaroids and Kodak colour, before we could snap a selfie and pass it through a colour filter with a click of a button, there was Vivex.

 This Japanese researcher wondered how sleep patterns would be affected if humans replicated the sleep habits of cats. She slept under beds and on stairs for 24 nights to find out. 

Before I visit London I always check Lady In London's  Self-Guided London Walking Tours (a great free resource!) I already have a couple earmarked for my next trip. 

Graphic designer Todd Alcott creates clever cultural mashups. You can purchase prints at his Etsy shop

During the Great Depression people learned the importance of being resourceful. This depression-era cake had an unexpected  ingredient.

Who's a bad boy? Naughty Pets looking guilty.

Dreams do come true - a kitchen transformation.