Friday, September 30, 2022

What it’s like to work in the world’s greatest office

The SC Johnson administrative building was Frank Lloyd Wright’s corporate masterpiece. The building’s construction finished in 1939 and offered the world a glimpse of the future of work.
What does it feel like?


Via Open Culture

Installation of The Day

Nick Cave: Forothermore at the MCA Chicago.
(Image: Soundsuits - photo Nathan Keay, MCA Chicago)

An Experiment in Fox Domestication

These foxes are the result of a 60-year-long experiment begun by Soviet zoologist Dmitry Belyayev who began selectively breeding wild foxes for their dog-like friendliness toward humans.

(repost from 2018)

Whistler's Peacock Room Open After Restoration

Image: Freer Gallery of Art

The Peacock Room was painted for the dining room of British shipping magnate and patron of the arts Frederick Richards Leyland.
The original designer of the room, Thomas Jeckyll, took ill and, in 1877, handed the project over to James McNeill Whistler. When Jeckyll returned he had a severely adverse reaction upon seeing the room, reportedly collapsing and dying in an asylum three years later. Leyland was also displeased with Whistler's work and the two had a falling out.

“This room is one of the masterworks of late 19th-century art and design, says the museum’s curator of American Art Diana Greenwold. Freer Gallery of Art

Read more

“The Peacock Room Comes to America” is open at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Coal Mining Looks Like A Glamorous Career - Until You Get Black Lung Disease.


The True Size Of The Universe

Take a minute to contemplate the enormity of the universe and how small we are in comparison.


The Medieval Wound Man

The Wound Man diagram appeared in medical manuscripts for medieval surgeons to illustrate injuries, diseases and also potential cures for all of the depicted maladies. Surgical knowledge eventually outpaced the Wound Man’s usefulness.

Hans von Gersdorff 1517 Fieldbook of Surgery


This video captures the usually hidden world of decay through time lapse photography.

Wrought was produced by Anna Sigrithur and Joel Penner (2015-2022)

Painting Of The Day


Family and Rainstorm (1955) - Alex Colville
Glazed tempera on hardboard
National Gallery Of Canada

Ten Hours of Walking In NYC As a Woman

It's not pleasant

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Bowie's Starman Lyrics Bought by Tasmanian Museum

David Bowie’s handwritten lyrics to his 1972 song Starman have sold for more than £200,000 (A$334,958) at auction, five times their estimated sale price.

Photograph: Omega Auctions

Black Rock City

Waking Dreams by James Percy is a mind blowing aerial stitch of over 700 images taken at Burning Man 2022.

Click here to zoom in

Every Autumn These Trees Smile For The Camera

In 2011, Hampton Lumber planted a mix of Douglas fir and larch. Each fall the larch trees form a face when they turn yellow and drop their needles. The fir trees form the eyes and mouth. 

Via Boing Boing

The Haunting of American Airlines

Just when you thought flights were as nasty as they could get: American Airlines' in-flight announcements are now haunted by a mysterious voice.

More: Waxy 

Pencil Shaving Lampshades

Nanako Kume uses a giant pencil sharpener to make these whimsical shades.

Via DasKraftfuttermischwerk

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Rat Race - a short film by Steve Cutts


Ballet A To Z

Australian Ballet dancers demonstrate a pointe shoe-related point for every letter of the alphabet. 


Bottle Walking

Circus artist LadyBEAST tiptoes across thin necked champagne bottles in high heels.


Dholida (Drummer) from the film Gangubai is based on the life of prostitute and social activist Gaungubai Kothewali who lobbied for the rights of sex workers in India in the 1960s.

Via The Chawed Rosin

Artwork Of The Day


Sunning - Ken Danby (1974)

Monday, September 26, 2022

Nubia Way (2022)

This documentary from the Architecture Foundation tells the story of a
London community that was built by residents to defy housing discrimination.

via Aeon Videos

Six Action-Packed Seconds In Amsterdam

A lot happens in the blink of an eye.

via DasKraftfuttermischwerk

A Day In The Life Of An Underwater Welder

 This profession is one of the most dangerous on Earth.

via Boing Boing

Photo of the Day


The Genius of John Hinde: Butlin's Minehead, The Exmoor Bar

Brilliant Mr. Sandman Parody

Mr. Sandman, man me a sand
Make him the cutest man car door hook hand 

Sounds Of Silence

I always thought the original was kind of creepy. But this...


Sunday, September 25, 2022

Hurricane Fiona

It was so windy in the Magdalen Island that this happened.


Sunday Links

Technicolour postcards featuring images of Weeki Wachee Springs performing mermaids (image above) via Memo Of The Air 

“If you see me, then weep.” Hunger stones are making an unwelcome return in drought-ravaged Europe.

Scream Into The Void [Type Your Feelings Here] (via)

How Renew A Cast Iron Skillet Using Easy-Off Oven Cleaner It might be necessary to strip down and take a shower at some point during the process to prevent the lye from dissolving your skin but at the end you'll have a clean pan. (via FB pal Hal)

The Dreadnought Hoax was an elaborate 1910 prank involving the battleship HMS Dreadnought and a fake delegation of Abyssinian royals that included members of the Bloomsbury Group. (courtesy of FB pal Hal)

A Trip to Infinity is a film that explores the nature of boundlessness (via Memo Of The Air

A high resolution photo of Buffalo NY Public Library, Lafayette Square circa 1908. Link

 Hot Road was a perfume by Harley-Davidson. It was not a big seller. Could be that it was not on brand or perhaps it smelled like hot tar and biker sweat.

The Post Building on New Oxford Street is a free roof garden in central London  with stunning city views.

Good luck getting anything built in Sim Nimby, a game that supports new development, affordable housing, more equitable living, etc. (via perfect for roquefort cheese)

I found this uber creepy cooking video tweet at everlasting blort

Can I Tell You a Secret  In this new podcast Guardian journalist Sirin Kale takes us to a small town in the north of England to uncover how one man began a decade of cyberstalking.

Activist-themed concept products by MOTHER GOODS  (bullet-proof lounge wear, a luxury handcuff phone case, a tool manicure for the do-shit bitch, a gay blood collection and more) via Web Curios

A tour of all the pizza styles in the United States 

43 Literary Movies and TV Shows to Watch This Fall (I've been looking forward to the documentary about the life of Patricia Highsmith)

From full-on feasts in “Foundation” to intricate meaty platters in “Hannibal,” food stylist Janice Poon on how she creates otherworldly dishes for sci-fi shows.

Schedule 1 is a series by Chad Unger that documents his side-gig working on a marijuana farm in Northern California.

Marcella Hazan's exquisitely simple tomato sauce recipe is a much used favourite of mine. The thirtieth anniversary edition of her classic cookbook Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking has just been released.

All About Tritium Exit Signs The good news is they are zero power. The bad news is they're radioactive.

A Little Bit Of Soul For Sunday Morning


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Lots of Hair Here

Dolly Parton, Stella Parton and Cassie Parton singing “Break My Mind” - 1970

Photo Of TheDay

Mount Fuji seen from Fujiyoshida.

Iranian Women Are Defying the Morality Police

Women in Iran are protesting after the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who had been detained by morality police for allegedly wearing a hijab headscarf in an “improper” way.

Via  The Chawed Rosin

Happy Caturday!

Where are we going? 
Damned if I know.

Two Victorian Teenagers

In this excerpt from the BBC documentary Yesterday’s Witness: Two Victorian Girls (1970), two nonagenarians recount coming of age in London in the late-Victorian era. It's a nice piece of oral history.

Inside a Kingfisher Nest

Kingfishers, an up close and personal video by British wildlife artist Robert E. Fuller. Here the male is looking after the little ones. When the female returns home with the groceries you get a sense that their relationship is a bit testy.

via The Kid Should See This

Friday, September 23, 2022

Octopus Ballet

The Grimpoteuthis bathynectes, aka the Dumbo octopus, uses its ears, which are actually fins, to propel itself through the water. Only thirteen specimens have been recorded.

via Miss Cellania

Quote Of The Day

“You're on Earth.

There's no cure for that.”

- Samuel Beckett

How to Shoot a Miniature Car Action Photo

via The Awesomer

1956 Frigidaire Refrigerator

 In those days appliances were built to last and I love that produce compartment. 

via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk

The Endless Ocean

A Mandelbrot fractal zoom. Hypnotic.


 Thanks Bruce!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Rotary "Un-Smartphone"

Justine Haupt made this wonderful piece of telephone nostalgia.




The true story of a glove that’s been floating in space since 1965.


Palestinian Farmer Discovers Byzantine Mosaic

Image: Ahmed Zakot

Salman al-Nabahin, a farmer from Gaza’s Bureij refugee camp, was planting  new olive trees in his orchard when his shovel hit something underground. For three months he dug out the soil and eventually unearthed a stunningly well-preserved Byzantine floor mosaic.


Building an 18 Kilometer Immersed Tunnel

The Fehmarnbelt tunnel between Rødbyhavn on Lolland and Puttgarden in Germany will be the longest immersed tunnel in the world after its completion in 2024.

The Origin Of Domestic Cats

Apparently all of our pet cats are descended from a Near Eastern wildcat.


Images of Portugal fly past, creating a dizzying effect, as if shot from the window of a train.

Gondoliers in Venice for Obama

A cute one from the NOTL archives 2008.


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

60 Cycles (1965)

This 1965 short documentary directed by Jean-Claude Labrecque covers the Tour du St-Laurent. At 2,400 km (1,500 miles) along the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City to Montreal and back, the race was once the longest amateur bike race in the world. The soundtrack is cool too.

Via Aeon Videos

Painting of the Day

New Haven, Cape Breton Island
Isabel McLaughlin 1941

via Junk Boat Travels

First videos of the Studio Ghibli theme park

Studio Ghibli's theme park in Aichi Prefecture, Japan is finally opening to the public this November, but many of the details have been kept under wraps.

Custom Cat Masks

image: shindo rinka

If you send a photo of your kitty to Shindo Rinka, a creative planning office in Japan, they will create a mask for you. Perfect for the “crazy cat lady” in your life. 
(300,000 yen + postage)

The Horseman of Corvo, the Statue Nobody Can Explain.

Corvo is the smallest of the Azorean Islands, a volcanic archipelago in the Macaronesia region of the North Atlantic Ocean. 

via Miss Cellania

(Aside: The Azores are fabulous and I have a second trip planned there this winter) 


Photo: Ken Hermann

Wrestling is the cornerstone of Mongolian culture dating back centuries to Genghis Khan’s reign when he used it to keep his soldiers battle-ready.

Via everlasting blort

A 1995 Pizza Hut Commercial Starring The Trumps

From the era when Trump was merely repulsive and not a total lunatic. I can't believe I'd never seen this before.

via Vintage Everyday

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, 'Kaffeekantate'

If Bach had written an opera, it might have looked like this. This 'coffee cantata' tells of an independent-minded girl who is addicted to coffee, with a bit of sexual innuendo thrown in.

 I seldom post opera here but I liked this one and hope you do too.

Lumberjack Cake

Via Messy Nessy Chic

Moonage Daydream (Trailer)

A film about the life and genius of David Bowie.

Deathly Dioramas

(First posted here in 2011)

At a time when women didn’t have any place among the police or law enforcement, and forensic science barely existed a elderly Chicago socialite named Mrs. Frances Glessner Lee became famous for her crime solving analytical skills, and taught an entire generation of cops how to search for clues…. using doll houses.The creator of 18 perfectly proportioned dioramas based on real-life crime scenes, these painstakingly crafted dioramas include functioning locks and lights and details such as overturned cups, bullet-holes, and boxes of chocolates as well as miniature corpses in a variety of macabre positions.

More pics: The Queen is not Amused...but I am.

Triangle Swimming Pool House

Do you have a micro lot but would love to have a pool? This concept home by antireality might be exactly what you're looking for.

via Toxel

Knife Forging in Tottori Prefecture

Japanese metalsmithing artisans continue to use traditional traditions to forge knives.

Via The Kid Should See This

Monday, September 19, 2022


 Gracie Dahl went to see the queue for the Queen.


The window is closed so it must have come up through the drain…

Via Miss Cellania

Roman Doll Hospital


Admiral TV Ads From the 1950s

Admiral began making TVs in 1948. In just a year and a half the company was producing 15,000 sets a day at multiple factories across the country and claimed a quarter share of the entire industry's production. This roundup of their ads is pretty cool. (I don't remember my mother wearing an evening gown to watch tv although I can't say that she didn't as I was tucked into bed at 7pm most nights)

See more: Vintage Everyday

Whales Hunting, Shot from a Drone

This episode of BBC's Frozen Planet II features spectacular drone footage of orcas hunting a seal.

Painting Of The Day

The Vision and Inspiration of Joan of Arc c. 1909- 1913 - Louis Maurice Boutet de Monvel (1850-1913)

They Won't Call It Murder

For more than 20 years, no police officers were charged with murder for killing residents in Columbus, Ohio. They Won't Call It Murder is a 20 minute video by Ingrid Raphaël and Melissa Gira Grant.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Sunday Links

Photo: Wikipedia Commons
Marilyn Monroe’s hand and foot prints (above) at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Certain famous figures are magnets for misattributions; savvy readers have learned to be wary of pearls of wisdom credited to Albert Einstein, The Dalai Lama or Abraham Lincoln. Among the wrongly-credited great minds of our time, though, one figure stands tall (and round) among them: Winnie the Pooh. Link

We are loud. We are disabled. We are squeaky. The Squeaky Wheel is the first-ever satire publication that focuses on the experience of having a disability. 

Black Rock Station: A mysterious rural train station appearing in the Black Rock Desert has become unstuck in time, haunted by ghost trains heard but not seen. Via Rusty’s Electric Dreams

The Queen’s English: How accents change as we age and how Elizabeth II’s manner of talking reflected broader changes in society (via Perfect for Roquefort Cheese)

The Country Music Cookbook

Feeling crafty? Make a dragon scale scarf.

This beautiful house in Holland Park, London conceals a remarkable interior and is now, very occasionally open to the public. (Link)

Rescued Fox Sounds Like an Old School Fax Machine

A compilation of Rare Raid Commercials

Hate pineapple on pizza? Can’t stand the word ‘moist’? You might be beige.

For Sale: An American House Owned by the Same Family for 300 Years. (Via Miss Cellania)

Families Far Worse Than Yours: A reading list

Filmmaker omozoc created a calming ASMR stop motion video that shows the construction of a coffee tray forged out of a wooden log.

The Earliest Color Photos of Ireland Taken by Two Frenchwomen

Try explaining a video cassette rewinder to a child. Obsolete sounds.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Coat hanger/musical instrument



Louis Jacobs thought he was going to strike it rich in 1918 when he came up with his idea for a "combined hanger and musical instrument." Read more

Photograph of the Day

 I haven’t posted much the past week because I’ve been in beautiful Newfoundland.

Village of Quidi Vidi, Newfoundland - Marilyn Bellamy

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

RIP Jean - Luc Godard

A repost:
Bande à part (Band of Outsiders) is a 1964 film by Jean-Luc Godard about two grifters with a fondness for Hollywood B movies. This scene is priceless.

Photo of the Day

 It’s a little dreary in St. John’s, NL today but this door is very cheery.

Image: Marilyn Bellamy

How much do animals sleep?

This infographic by Giulia De Amicis breaks down the sleep patterns and lifespan of various animals from around the world.

Mine With Giant Spider Diorama



A Portable Tea Room Atop Mount Fuji

Image credit: Mori Soyu and Kazumasa Murayama

The tea house was designed by architect Shinichiro Hashiguchi, who is known for incorporating weaving twisted yarn into his work. 

Monday, September 12, 2022

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Sunday Links

Image credit:  PIERO CAVALLINA

SALT is a fully AI-generated filmverse, where community choices drive a multi-plot story (via webcurios)

Sacre Blur This stained glass greenhouse project by Tony Heywood and Alison Condie is pretty darn fabulous. (via Memo Of The Air)

Bibliomysteries: Crime novels featuring libraries, bookshops, the publishing industry, and the world of collecting.

Maison Owl A restaurant that feels like a hideout.

The Rutan Voyager was the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling. Very weird-looking.

Eater has posted a roundup of TV shows about food  that are coming this fall. I'll be watching some of them.

Do you want to know how to fake a British accent, talk to your dog or have sex in a canoe? How to do everything (via)

US life expectancy got worse during Covid-19, and then kept getting worse.Why?

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Summer Island

I really like Summer Island, a 40 page comic book horror story by Steve Coulson, with illustrations generated by Midjourney AI.

(via Webcurios)

Big Bangs!

This video compares several types of man-made explosions relative to their size.

19-year-old Barbra Streisand's first appearance on TV (1961)

via bookofjoe


GeoGuessr is a geography game where you are shown a Google street view shot and you try to guess where it was taken. I enjoy playing it but it's tough I'm not nearly as good at it as Trevor Rainbolt who can identify a location in less than a second. Here he explains how he became so skilled at the game.

via Miss Cellania

Happy Caturday!

 Carmen is helping me pack.