Sunday Links


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A Eurasian eagle-owl spreads out its body and feathers in a threat display (photo above). From a photographic essay celebrating magnificent owls. See more: The Atlantic

I love Tim Dowling. This made me laugh until tears were running down my cheeks: My hand is hot, I'm hearing things and my wife says I'm going mad.

A shot-for-shot parody of the opening of Patrick McGoohan's 1960s surreal spy-fi TV series, The Prisoner. (via Memo Of The Air)

Could an  infinite number of monkeys typing at an infinite number of typewriters eventually write Shakespeare? Researchers put the theory to the test. (via Miss Cellania)

I'm hoping to be in London this spring and I've been thinking about highlights of previous trips. A visit to the Dennis Severs' House was definitely one of my favourites.

A Smith builds miniatures of Toronto live music venues that are now closed and silent. I spent some happy times in many of these back in the day. I was tickled to see a tiny Rondun, a west end hangout known for its cheap beer and sad afternoon strippers.

Have you ever been rejected? You're in good company. The Paris Rejects Club 

 Flea is the bassist for The Red Hot Chili Peppers and his LA compound is on the market. Is Dr. No looking for a new fortress?

The Scotch Cap Lighthouse Tragedy (via Facebook pal Hal)

If you buy this painting for me I will be forever grateful.

People share the talents they're proud of but can't put on their resumes (Thanks Bruce!)

I found this in my Facebook Memories. I wonder if he ever filled the position. Job Opening for a Villainous Time-Traveling Sidekick

Check out this double optical illusion 

Life-long raver Idris Elba shows us How Clubbing Changed the World  (via MetaFilter)

Disney's Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Preview: Amazing and also amazingly expensive.

Raphael Olivier is a professional photographer based in Warsaw, Poland. His latest series covers the urban jungle that is Chongqing, China, a city of almost 30 million people.

Heritage Auctions' $25.5 Million Sports Event Sets Multiple World Records Highlights include $2.19 million Mickey Mantle jersey; $480,000 Jackie Robinson debut game ticket; Amelia Earhart's 1928 transatlantic flight cap for $825,000.

Olga Tokarczuk Books Calculator Literary Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk's The Books of Jacob is finally out in English. Use this calculator to help you plan your reading.

These 19 recipes will make your life easier. I discovered Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce almost a decade ago and never looked back (New York Times)

Alfred Sohm's Time-Hiding Clock (via Perfect for Roquefort Cheese)

What if you never had to leave Neverland? The Walt Disney Company is making that dream a reality with its ‘Storyliving’ resort. What could possibly go wrong? 

Forestiere Underground Gardens In the early 1900s, Sicilian immigrant, Baldassare Forestiere began turning useless farmland into a subterranean escape from the  summer heat of Fresno, California. He excavated for forty years, growing fruit trees and grapevines underground, going as deep as 25 feet and spanning over 10 acres. 

A new Andy Warhol documentary series will resurrect the pop artist using an AI Andy.

A Paradise for Single Ladies  These adventurous turn-of-the-century women announced their independence by buying their own islands in Ontario’s Georgian Bay.

Want a hell-spawn of your own? How to Summon a Demon (via Memo Of The Air)

After the passing of William James — philosopher, early psychologist, and investigator of psychic phenomena — mediums across the US began receiving messages from the late Harvard professor. Pajamas from Spirit Land

Photos of Saint Pierre and Miquelon in 1963 This is a little piece of France in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean near Newfoundland and Labrador. 


  1. The Forestiere Underground Gardens are not in Arizona but rather outside Fresno, California. I was there in 1968 or '69 when I was 10. The road signs advertised it as the Human Mole Caverns. There was a walking tour given by alternately a young man and a young lady. I recommend you read the wikipedia article for the entire story of Forestiere's life and work and bad time at love. (He spent decades digging, the whole time expecting a girl he'd only had a few words with, and who had stopped writing him back nearly immediately, to travel from back East, appear, and marry him in the underground chapel, which was one of the first rooms he dug out.)

    The parts of the tour that impressed me most: 1. Trees with all different kinds of fruit on them, with branches of as many as a dozen different species all successfully grafted to one trunk and living underground with a glassed-over skylight above them cut out of the desert hardpan. 2. The curving driveway to what would have been the underground parking lot for the underground restaurant he was digging out at the end of his life. There were booths cut into the sides of alcoves in the impending restaurant. 3. Tables of displays of descriptions of his inventions, such as blasting compound made from, among other materials, orange peels. To this day, when I have both and orange and a match, I peel the orange, light the match and pinch a bit of the peel to fold it inward and spray oil from the outside of the peel above the flame to make it /flare/. Try it. Also he was interested in radio. He made his own radio equipment.

    1. Thanks Marco. I read Fresno but my brain said Arizona. Perhaps I was distracted by the situation in Ukraine or the antics of my cat.


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