Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Maria Sibylla Merian, the first ecologist

Maria Sibylla Merian, botanical and natural history illustrator, was the first to record metamorphosis

Via Aeon Videos

Inceptus: The Big Picture

This project by David Popa, located in the Bergsøyan Islands in Norway, is the continuation of a body of work using all natural, washable, biodegradable pigments with only the source water at the location.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Tilt-Shift

The disaster in 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power station remains the worst in the history of nuclear power generation.

Monet In His Garden

Claude Monet // "What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence."


Off Grid Micro Hydro System

It literally produces too much power. Made in Canada.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Robbie Robertson's Tribute To His Mentor, Ronnie Hawkins


Making A Greenscreen Dress

In the film and TV industry, backdrops of brightly colored fabric or paint, and a process called “chroma key,” are used to fake fantastical scenarios. Crescent Shay recently created a greenscreen dress and cloak, allowing her to digitally wear the dress in countless hues using special effects.

Via bookofjoe

Rotterdam Rooftop Walk

Dutch architecture studio MVRDV created this 600-metre-long orange walkway for Rotterdam Rooftop Days, a festival that creates new spaces to give visitors the chance to meander across the city's roofs and discover several rooftop exhibitions.
From 26 May to 24 June 2022.

(Image: MVRDV)

It's Manhattanhenge!

Every year, around the summer solstice, the setting sun gives New York City an incredible, natural show: it aligns perfectly with the Manhattan street grid, suffusing everything with beautiful light.

Ghost Dogs

A rescue dog discovers its new home is haunted by the family’s deceased pets.

Infrared District

Financial districts are best known for concrete, steel, and glass but urban planners are beginning to introduce nature into their designs. An infrared walk in the La Defense financial district in Paris shows how this is beginning to change. Pierre-Louis Ferrer's infrared photography gives vegetal subjects a bright white aspect creating interesting images of nature encroaching on urbanism.

Read more:  PetaPixel

France Parkinson

A short video from organisation France Parkinson explores moments with the condition through the powerful medium of modern dance.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Nice To Meet You

Max the Moluccan and Q, a younger female Moluccan, meet in a pet store. The two Cockatoos sing, dance and throw an impromptu party to the delight of onlookers.

Sunday Links

My Garden With Evening Rolling In (image: Marilyn Bellamy)

Stray In Kars is a short documentary that takes viewers to the ancient city of Kars where stray dogs roam, fight and and are occasionally interrupted by their human neighbours. It was shot in coordination with Stray, a critically acclaimed feature-length documentary by Elizabeth Lo.

Cathy Brenner: Can I bring the lovebirds, Mitch? They haven't harmed anyone.
Mitch Brenner: Oh, alright; bring them. House from Hitchcock's The Birds is for sale

Historic House Cats  (via Everlasting Blort)

When I visit London I always prepare myself for sunny days by downloading some of Lady In London's free self-guided London walking tours with maps. Recently I chose Holland Park and a Thames Trail walk from Hammersmith Bridge to Chiswick. It is a great resource for exploring some of London's prettiest streets.

Aerial Photos of the Largest Aircraft Boneyard in the World 

In 1924 a bankrupt businessman in Portugal launched an audacious international scheme to become one of the wealthiest men in the world. Devouring the Heart of Portugal 

Books by women that every man should read: chosen by Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Richard Curtis and more 

imagen: Turn any text into an image with Google's new AI tool (via Perfect For Roquefort Cheese)

The rise and fall of Toronto's classiest con man (via Strange Company)

 This Human Skull Lamp should come with a nightmare warning.

Photos from the lawsuit over misleading fast food lawsuit Using undercooked meat in ads is one of the tricks stylists employ to make food look better.

 "Love" Songs That Aren't About Love  (Thanks Bruce!)

Fit for a troll?  An unusual little riverside house in Bath.  It's lovely and you could eat any billy goats that tried to cross the bridge.

Charles Wong - Photographs of San Francisco Chinatown 1946-1954 (video)

I want this. Who wouldn't?  Dog Bed For Humans

When I was a young girl I read the Vicki Barr books about a glamourous sleuth/ flight attendant and I wanted to be her.  On the Early Days of Life in the Sky as a Stewardess 

20x200 sells Art For Everyone at prices for every budget.

Who's that behind those Foster Grants? Doggles in goggles

Wirecutter shares 52 of their product recommendations that have stood the test of time. 

Artists 4 Long-Term Care is an art and storytelling initiative to advocate for residents and workers in long-term care facilities during the pandemic and beyond.

Death masks are a testament to the time post mortem of many of the world’s famous people.

The Bones in the Wall: An Edinburgh Castle Mystery

Cute as a button! Reebok's new Eames Classic Leather Shoes feature the famous Eames Elephant, which was originally a children's toy and stool.

OutHorse Your Email to Horses In Iceland, horses answer your emails when you're on vacation.

Wallace’s giant bee is the largest bee in the world, four times larger than a honeybee and measuring about the length of a human thumb and it is endangered. (Thanks Bruce!)

Paul Spooner- Automata Artist

Paul Spooner's whimsical machines are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms. 

(Thanks Bruce!)

Music For Sunday Morning


Saturday, May 28, 2022

Oscar Ukonu's Hyperrealistic Portraits

Self-taught Nigerian artist creates his pieces with ballpoint pens.

A Building-Size Cat Photo

Happy Caturday! Samsung has printed a  616 square meter (2,021 square feet) photo taken with its new 200-megapixel smartphone sensor.

Man Wears His Trash

Environmentalist Rob Greenfield's video project Trash Me  illustrates how much waste people produce in one month.

via Moss and Fog

A sleeping elephant family

A year ago nine drones tracking a herd of elephants crossing through China’s south-western Yunnan province filmed them taking a rest.

This herd of 14 wild Asian elephants left their habitat in Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve in March 2020, crossed the Babian River and entered Ning'er county in Pu'er city, one of the three major habitats of Asian elephants in Yunnan. The 1300 km northbound trip lasted about 18 months.

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The Beauty of Bali

Travel photographer Martien Janssen captured a series of Bali time-lapses from sunrise to sunset.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Stop Motion Animation Demo Reel

 Laura Venditti is a stop-motion animator from Montréal. Check out this demo reel.

Ted Cruz Makes Machine Gun Bacon

For those who enjoy the taste of gun cleaner in the morning. Is this crazy? Yes it is.

Modified VW Bus

Viennese mechanic Kurt Kretzner modified this classic Volkswagen Type 2 T1 bus into a one-off all-terrain monster. It looks like it could handle anything Mother Nature pitched at it.

Musical Temple

The pillars of the 5oo-year-old Vijaya Vittala Temple in Hampi, India are meant to be played as percussion or wind instruments, transforming the sacred site into a musical instrument.

Read more:  Boing Boing

The Many Colors of the Full Moon

In a lunar composite that took ten years to complete, Italian teacher and astrophotographer Marcella Giulia Pace captured all the different colors she observed of a full Moon.

Read more: PetaPixel

Thursday, May 26, 2022

There's No Place Like Court!

An iconic piece of film history is now contested property in a legal struggle. (image courtesy Bonhams)

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Sky Bridge 721

Sky Bridge 721 is the longest suspension walkway in the world. Strung between two mountain peaks in the Czech Republic, the pedestrian path stretches 721 meters and reaches 95 meters above ground at its highest point.

Via Colossal

Luis Buñuel's recipe for a dry martini

This clip from "Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie" illustrates director Luis Buñuel's own recipe for a dry martini. It should be savoured,not gulped like a beer.

She Did What Her Conscience Told Her To Do

While working as a sign language interpreter at the Ukrainian state-run channel UT1, Nataliya Dmytruk became known for a live news broadcast on November 24, 2004, when she refused to translate the official script that announced Viktor Yanukovych as the winner of the presidential election. Deviating from the official script followed by the voice announcer, Dmytruk instead signed to viewers, "I am addressing everybody who is deaf in Ukraine. Our president is Viktor Yushchenko. Do not trust the results of the central election committee. They are all lies.... And I am very ashamed to translate such lies to you. Maybe you will see me again." - Wikipedia

The courts ordered a new election, and this time Yushchenko emerged as the undisputed winner. Her bravery inspired Ukrainian journalists to issue public apologies and promise to tell the truth and Dmytruk received several awards for her act of courage. 

How Imaginary Numbers Were Invented

Via 3 Quarks Daily

Paris 1920s

I probably post too many of these videos but I really like the feeling of travelling back in time that they evoke.

A Visit From A Maned Wolf

For decades, maned wolves have visited the Sanctuary do Caraca in Brazil.


Wednesday, May 25, 2022


In this 2021 animation by CalArts student Charmaine Ang an anxious wee pup is dropped off at doggy day care for the first time. (cool music by Kanoa Ichiyanagi)

Persian Demons

The Public DomainReview brings us watercolours from a manuscript written by an Iranian soothsayer which  depicts demonic beings, archangels and animals associated with the zodiac. The pictures are accompanied with ritual prescriptions for dealing with the different creatures. 

Gone But Not Forgotten

This short video shows the Nakagin Capsule Tower being assembled as a series of tiles and blocks. By the end, the white tower stands tall and in stark contrast to a sea of dark, grey buildings at night. 


How This Dog Saved His Family

Via Miss Cellania

One of NYC's last remaining public payphones removed

When was the last time you used a payphone?

Anniversary Of The Very First Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever is an event where participants recreate the music video for musician Kate Bush's 1978 song Wuthering Heights. The first such event was organized by performance collective Shambush on May 25, 2013 in Brighton, England as part of Brighton Fringe arts event. The group put out an invitation to the Ultimate Kate Bush Event.  About 300 people came dressed as Kate Bush and reenacted her performance (video below) with proceeds going to Sussex MS Treatment Centre.

Since 2016 the event has been held in cities around the world. The date of the event changes every year, but it is usually held in mid-July.

Here is the instructional video so that you can participate in a Kate Bush Event near you:

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

’Cómo Te Quiero’ - Khruangbin



Stop Motion



Pellicci's In Lockdown

British painter Doreen Fletcher is interested in pockets of life that we ignore every day; places that are still or have been inhabited.

Pellicci’s in lockdown 2021

I have fond memories of the madness that is Pellicci's but I think I'd love this painting even without the memories.

When NASA gave spiders drugs, 1995

In April 1995 a NASA tech briefing “Using Spider-Web Patterns To Determine Toxicity” was published. It examined the effect of various substances on spider web patterns.

The article noted: “It appears that one of the most telling measures of toxicity is a decrease, in comparison with a normal web, of the numbers of completed sides in the cells: the greater the toxicity, the more sides the spider fails to complete.”

Read more: Rare Historical Photos 

Succulents That Look Like Real Stone

Lithops is a genus of succulent native to southern Africa. Nicknamed living stones, they bear a resemblance to smooth pebbles. 

See more: My Modern Met

What Is The Opposite Of A Gun?

The Opposites Game from Lisa LaBracio 

Via Memo Of The Air

This Week's Cover - New York Magazine


New York Magazine has published a dynamic online directory guiding readers in need to abortion services and expert-vetted information. It will be updated as new laws further restrict abortion access. They have removed their paywall from this and other stories about finding abortion care. 

Monday, May 23, 2022

A Lovely Day In London

A sunny day with a gentle breeze stirring the light fixtures at the Commercial Tavern in Shoreditch. It's a favourite of mine.

Japanese Retro-Futurism

Moss and Fog has posted a collection of vintage futuristic images from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. This was the future I envisioned as a child and I'm kind of disappointed things didn't turn out that way.

The Magical Ames Window

The Ames Window is a classic optical illusion.

More Than 100 Young Crocodiles Hop On Pop

Photographer and conservationist Dhritiman Mukherjee  captured these striking images of a father swimming through the murky river in New Delhi with more than 100 young clinging to his back. Measuring 16 to 17 feet long, the male likely was carrying the offspring from 7 to 8 female gharials, which lay anywhere from 20 to 95 eggs each year.

Read more:  this is colossal

Procession - Hew Locke

A few days ago I saw this installation by British sculptor and contemporary artist Hew Locke at Tate Britain. It is spread out over three galleries. It is massive, overwhelming and very affecting.

Images: Marilyn Bellamy

How to play "Happy Birthday" Like Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Bach and Mozart

Nicole Pesce was inspired by Victor Borge.


Happy Victoria Day!


Sunday, May 22, 2022

Sunday Links

For the first time in many years, there will be no Sunday Links today. I am in London but, as usual, have been gathering links all week. My glasses were crushed in the reclining seat mechanism on the plane on the way over and I have been using my prescription sunglasses and a pair of my husband’s readers to see. I have been blogging on my phone which is an ordeal. Today I was testing the hyperlinks to the twenty draft items. One was not working. When I removed it I accidentally removed every hyperlink. Yikes! But I laboured on and managed to retrieve all the links. I was elated! Unfortunately there was on internet disruption before I saved the latest draft and my post was once again linkless. I give up. So sorry. 

(If you like you can check out a few of my photos of London on Instagram)

Music For Sunday Morning


Saturday, May 21, 2022

The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (whole film)

This 1987 documentary by director Kazuo Hara centers on Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old veteran of Japan's campaign in New Guinea in the Second World War, and follows him around as he searches out those responsible for the unexplained deaths of two soldiers in his old unit. (I know most of you won't have two hours to spend watching this but it's a good film.)

via 3 Quarks Daily

Friday, May 20, 2022

A Baby Chimney Sweeper (1933)

This three year old probably thought it was a lark to accompany his daddy to work  but traditionally chimney sweeps were purchased from their poverty-stricken parents by a master sweep and lived a life that was brutal and short. A bill was passed in September 1875 which put an end to the practice of using children as human chimney sweeps in England. Read more here


Flight (1986) D.P. Brown

Well Of Hell

Folklore says the giant hole in the Al-Mahra desert in Yemen is a place where demons live.  On September 15, 2021, a group of cavers became the first to reach the bottom of the hole.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Malcolm Mclaren Presents Double Dutch

From Malcolm Mclaren's groundbreaking album Duck Rock. Dredged from the NOTL vaults. 

Cat Boxing

Rare footage of two boxing cats filmed in July, 1894 by Thomas Edison.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

An Election Entertainment

I accidentally visited Hogarth’s grave today and, because Ontario is in the midst of an election, I thought I’d post one of his series of four oil paintings that illustrate the election of a member of parliament in Oxfordshire in 1754. His opinion was not positive.
‘An Election Entertainment’ by William Hogarth, the first of the four paintings that make up ‘The Humours of an Election’ (1755), held by the Soane Museum:

Catwoman vs. the White House

In this documentary director Scott Calonico brings to life a time when the actress Eartha Kitt was retaliated against by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Nevertheless she persisted.

Mary in The Void

I have had a longtime interest in Marian apparitions, probably stemming from my early Catholic School education. I really like this collection of Italian ex-votos from the late 19th to early 20th century that depicts the Virgin Mary appearing at scenes of people falling from buildings, scaffoldings or trees. 

The Cursing Mommy Makes A Gimlet (A repost from 2010)

It's almost warm enough for sun porch cocktails so I thought I'd repost this. She's making a gimlet. This is hilarious:
"I use Rose’s Lime Juice. It’s perfect for gimlets, so I always keep a few extra bottles in reserve in case I run out, as in fact I did just a few minutes ago when I mixed the drink I’m finishing now. The backup bottles, which are down here on the bottom shelf of the liquor cabinet—don’t tell me they’re not here. Please don’t fucking tell me the Rose’s Lime Juice is not fucking here. If Larry took my last spare bottle to use in his fucking Sno-Kone machine, by Christ, I swear I’ll—oh, thank God. Here it is, back behind the Kahlúa and the walnut liqueur."
Read more here  

P.S. Noir writer, Raymond Chandler, no stranger to the world of alcoholic beverages, agreed that only Rose's lime juice will do: "a real gimlet is half gin and half Rose's lime juice and nothing else" (Terry Lennox in Chandler's The Long Goodbye). 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Union Station 6:58pm

Union Station 6:58 pm
Brian Kipping 2005


Billions of Synchronous Fireflies

Photographer Sriram Murali, is an expert in light pollution and fireflies. In April he visited the Anamalai Tiger Reserve in India to observe the synchronized flashing of fireflies.

 from Sriram Murali on Vimeo.

Read more:  PetaPixel 

The Interlace

The Interlace residential development in Singapore is composed of thirty-one apartment blocks, each six stories tall, stacked in a hexagonal pattern to form eight large courtyards. Designed by The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), it was awarded the World Building of the Year title at the 2015 World Architecture Festival. It provides affordable accomodation for a wide range of people.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Sunday Links

To see what’s really going on, it helps to get close: A Messy Table, a Map of the World (NYT interactive)

What if D-Day Failed? In Undelivered President Biden's speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum builds an alternate history through the speeches leaders never had to make. 

“Alexander, now you must give up attempting the impossible, or you may lose your life in attempting to explore the deep.”Alexander in the Bathysphere

Layers of London is a map-based history website developed by the Institute of Historical Research. (via Perfect for Roquefort Cheese)

Good advice: Andrew Carnegie famously suggested his epitaph should read: "Here lies a man who knew how to enlist in his service better men than himself."

"Computers in the future will weigh no more than 1.5 tons." Popular Mechanics, 1949 7 tech predictions that were way off the mark (via Things Magazine)

One million deaths A timeline of the lives lost to Covid-19 in America.

The Coolest Doorway in Paris (It's fabulous. I've seen it)

“If someone could figure out how to make hot dogs taste like crawfish dogs, he could bring back baseball” Eating Crawfish in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Train Set - some of the most ambitious, fascinating, and downright crazy trains that the world has ever seen. (via Perfect for Roquefort Cheese)

Music For Sunday Morning


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Matcha Morning

Matcha Morning by Jonkoko

My Magnolia


Image: M. Bellamy

The Gardener

The Gardener is a 2017 documentary about Frank Cabot's quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his twenty-acre English style garden and summer estate in the Charlevoix Region in Quebec. I haven't seen the film but the trailer is stunning.

The Gardener is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video


Friday, May 13, 2022

Would A Woman Make a Good President?

A clipping from a November 1963 issue of the Minneapolis Tribune asked people, “Would a woman be a good president?”


Trinity, Nfld is one of my favourite spots. I have fond memories of sitting on the deck of that red building with a glass of wine.

Tessa May 2004

Paul McCartney recording Blackbird in 1968

via Boing Boing

Bitcoin City

Bitcoin City, in El Salvador, was designed by Mexican architect Fernando Romero. The cryptocurrency-funded project is made to look like a Bitcoin. The model below shows a golden city radiating out from a central plaza with the bitcoin logo.

Photo: @nayibbukele/Twitter

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CG Train Station

This photorealistic CG train station, created by artist Lorenzo Drago, is based on a real-life train station in Toyama, Japan.

Time is Nothing

Ten years ago photographer Kien Lam quit his job. Over the next 343 days he visited 17 countries and took 6237 photographs from which he created this lovely timelapse.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Lace -Wing Bug

The wings of the Stephanitis Typicus look like stained glass. During another season I might marvel at its beauty but at this time of year I am grateful that this destroyer of plants is limited to Asia and the Pacific region and will not be munching on my flowers.


How To Pick Up A Duck

I'm sharing because one never knows when this information might come in handy.

Via DasKraftfuttermischwerk

We Call Him Super

Roughly 50 million Americans are thought to believe in ideas associated with  QAnon, a conspiracy theory centered on false claims made by an anonymous individual or individuals known as "Q". 

It is a movement built on anger and resentment and I cannot understand how any reasonable person can believe this collage of conspiracy.

Read The story behind the film

(via MetaFilter)

1909 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost

Vintage Everyday has posted a set of beautiful photos of the 1909 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost. It was built before the brand's famous Flying Lady hood ornament was created (as you can see in 3rd image).