Thursday, August 31, 2023

The Japanese Aesthetics of Recycling

I would love to see this exhibition at the Brunei Gallery in Bloomsbury that showcases fabrics and objects created by recycling unexpected materials such as old clothes, paper and bamboo to create entirely new clothing.

1,500 Drones Create Flying Dragon

Chinese light show company Damoda used 1,500 lighted drones to light up the sky with an incredible flying dragon for the Shenzhen Dragon Boat Festival 2023.


Pat Crawley was the sole survivor a small plane crash. He describes his view of the world now, after being on the edge of death.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Il Capo

This short film by Italian artist and filmmaker Yuri Ancarani’s looks at the hand gestures used by a quarry boss harvesting marble. Il Capo (The Chief) guides massive excavators through the extraction process at Carrara's marble quarries.

Kitty Chaos

A few kitties get together and pandemonium ensues in the blink of an eye.

Miss Cellania

Refurbished Midcentury Avion Trailer

This c1960 Holiday caravan  has been remodelled by vintage specialists Andy’s Trailers. Inside the 24-ft-long aircraft-grade aluminium shell the original midcentury layout has been honoured with custom birch ply built-ins. ($85K)

Photography: Andy Schnack

When the Wind Blows (1986)

This dark collaboration by Roger Waters and David Bowie focuses on an elderly couple in Britain who survive a nuclear missile strike launched from Russia.

(Open Culture)

From Retirement to Battle Rap

After 66 years of living life quietly, retired school teacher Joy France is on a mission to be heard.


The Town Without Cars

Zermatt, in Switzerland, bans all private cars and all gasoline cars, except tiny electric ones. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Best Client Brief Ever

Link via everlasting blort

The Most Densely populated place that ever existed

The Kowloon Walled City was a densely populated and largely ungoverned enclave of China within the boundaries of Kowloon City, British Hong Kong.

Mon subconscient est baisé

Artist and curator Eric Drass (Shardcore) created a manufactured historical framing for the film – lo-fi French language titles, the addition of film noise and an avant-garde soundtrack – to take the work away from it’s 2023 origins and (re)place it into the past. 

Where is My Mind?

This Roy Orbison-esque remake of the Pixies’ “Where is My Mind” is performed by Allison Young for Postmodern Jukebox. It’s pretty good.


I would love to have one of these!
Magical Wardrobe
by u/VooDoo_Mafia24 in interestingasfuck


Monday, August 28, 2023

The Ballerina Project

Over many years, NYC-based photographer Dane Shitagi has built a collection of photos and videos that capture the ballerina’s heart and emotions. Below Basia Rhoden dances in the city of Chicago.

More here: My OBT

Octopus's Garden

I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus's garden in the shade

Female pearl octopuses nesting at the “Octopus Garden,” located near the Davidson Seamount off the coast of central California at a depth of approximately 3,200 meters. (Credit...MBARI)

The world’s largest known aggregation of these eight-legged creatures dwell in a nursery atop a hydrothermal spring. (NYT LINK)

Four Fantastic Minutes Straight from 1979

Originating from a Philips VCR recording which was later copied on to a Betamax tape, these four minutes of footage followed on from a recording of Danger UXB.

(Curious British Telly)

The Girl in a Kimono

This series by Dutch painter George Hendrik Breitner is a beautiful example of the portrayal of kimono in the nineteenth century western art. The main model for all these paintings was a working class sixteen year old girl called Geesje Kwak who was transformed into a beauty from the far east, dressed in fine soft silks and holding a Japanese doll in her hands. 

Sadly, Kwak did not pose for Breitner for very long. In 1895 she emigrated to South Africa with her younger sister Niesje. There she died of tuberculosis in 1899 aged 22.

Read More: Vintage Everyday

Boat Vs Blender

In this new project the dudes from How Ridiculous destroy large things in their giant blender.

(The Awesomer)

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Sunday Links

Tomato Bus Stop - EMEASLEY

Konagai, Japan’s fruit shaped bus stops (image above) are adorable bits of whimsy.

New Word Order : Arrange three articles taken from Wikipedia's Neologisms By Decade in chronological order. It’s fun. (via Webcurios)

Stephen Fry is a British national treasure. Here are some of his best moments on the Graham Norton Show 

Turn On, ”the first computerized TV show” was canceled  in the middle of its first episode (1969) 

Clone-a-Lisa: Can you reproduce da Vinci’s masterpiece in under 60 seconds?

Access a bubble level, do a breathing exercise, find fun facts and more…11tricks you can do with Google Search

We have brothers, sons, lovers but they can’t live here! This purpose-built co-housing development is entirely managed by the women who set it up as an alternative to living alone.

The Early History of Counting “The notched tally stick itself testifies to the intelligence of our ancestors. No invention is simpler and yet more significant than this.” (via TMN)

In 2021 a portal was installed in Lithuania next to Vilnius Train Station, allowing anyone who uses it to make contact in real time with inhabitants of the Polish city of Lublin.

Does anyone out there still wear ties? This might make your life easier. (via TYWKIWDBI)

Skye’s the limit This home at the north tip of the Isle of Skye, Scotland, looks heavenly.

Speaking of mug shots, here’s one of Janis Joplin from the Tampa, Florida Police Department, 1969. She was charged with using vulgar and indecent language at a concert.

#Gravetok influencers post videos of themselves visiting burial sites, cleaning headstones and following recipes inscribed on them.

A Google Map of the Brain: This new 3D map allows you to take a look inside a human skull and explore atlases of the brain's regions and neural connections.

A NYC apartment built in 1909 that has been preserved in time. (via everlasting blort)

Memory Hacks: How to remember names, dreams, and the elusive word that’s just on the tip of your tongue.

Butters (this reminds me of the time our dog, Liz, showed up with an unopened plastic-wrapped package of chicken thighs)

Specially impregnated atomic mask and mittens

We are currently mid-move and living between two houses. The new place is much smaller than the one we have lived in for the past 36 years so my days are spent passing Solomon-like judgments on which of our weird and wonderful possessions will come with us, which will be sold and which will be tossed. I pack, transport and unpack ridiculous numbers of large Tupperware containers. My knees and elbows ache and so does my head. My buddy Marco sent me this article to cheer me up: How I Imagine My Moving Day Will Go

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Lahaina Miracle House

Image: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

The fire that devastated historic Lahaina in Maui left a red-roofed house relatively unscathed. Its owner says he wants to open the house to the neighbourhood to help the rebuilding process.

Moving a floating bog

This bog keeps blocking the bridge and has to be moved once a year.


Hanging On

As housing stock continues to shift into private hands residents in social housing are losing their homes. This video is set in Leeds, England where 60 houses built as temporary social housing in an old coal-mining community were sold to private investors who plan to demolish the buildings, displacing residents who have lived there for all of their lives.

'Hanging On' (Short) - Directed by Alfie Barker 

Talking Cats

 Happy Caturday!

Mid-Century Modern Wood Clocks

Artist Eric Blackwell upcycles scraps from a guitar factory to make unique home decorations. These mid-century modern style clocks would be a perfect fit at my new home.

Friday, August 25, 2023


In this PBS video evolutionary biologist Shane Campbell-Staton discusses the impact of hunting on elephant genetics.

(Laughing Squid)

Wanted: The Escape of Carlos Ghosn — Official Trailer

I'll watch this once our tv room furniture arrives. Right now we have just one comfortable chair in that room and I'd have to sit either on the hard floor or on Mr. Nag's lap.


Serval and pinscher sort things out


Via FB pal Hal

Sushi Trucks

Japanese artists Yasuhiko Hayashi and Yusuke Nakano designed these adorable transport devices for sushi. 

(Thanks Bruce!)

Boombox print celebrates 50 years of hip-hop

Dorothy celebrates 50 years of hip hop with this Illustration by Malik Thomas featuring the classic JVC RC-M90 boombox along with 350 female hip-hop artists.

Click here for more detailed image.

Why You Have an Accent When You Speak a Foreign Language

An interesting video.

Via Open Culture

Thursday, August 24, 2023

From Brooklyn to the Bronx in 36 Paintings

Stipan Tadić, “Smoker – 20th Ave” (2022), oil on canvas, 18 x 14 inches (image: James Fuentes Gallery)

Stipan Tadić rode the D train back and forth for a year, retracing the route countless times in search of scenes for his series of New York cityscapes.

See More: Hyperallergic

Giant Fake Town Is Actually A Film Set

Image credits: WFW Studios.

There is a 23-acre town in Pickering, Ontario which is the biggest backlot in Canada. The outdoor film studio was built specifically for making movies and TV shows and has a fake gas station, a fake bar and grill, a fake dry cleaners, a fake variety store and every small detail like the bricks and ATMS are fake.The town as “easily expandable and can be converted to suit productions of all types, from rustic western settings to bustling New York City streets.”

Emerald and Stone

We are in the midst of moving from the house where we have lived for 36 years and it is daunting. This short video set to the music of Brian Eno soothed my frazzled soul. The visual compositions were created using paint, oil and soap liquid.

via Aeon 

Men and Potholes

Just weird or strangely compelling? Some look concerned, others look proud and the guy at the end is simply confused.


via everlasting blort

Making Silk

(everlasting blort)

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

The Man Who Can Talk Backwards

This video shows Kurt Quinn’s skill at talking backwards and also demonstrates some phonetic science to explain how it works.

Forging a Fire Basket

I would love to have one of these for my new back yard which is, at the moment, just a large expanse of grass.

via The Awesomer

The Insane Biology of: Ant Colonies

Ants have a very complex pheromonal communication system. The study of these creatures reveals answers about our own evolution.

via 3 Quarks Daily

Colapso - A Perfect Sphere of Smoke

 SpY created this art installation in Bilbao, Spain. A 10-meter balloon was gradually inflated over four days. The balloon burst revealing a perfect sphere of coloured smoke for only a fleeting moment. This work represents a hypothetical point of no return in the relation between humanity and the Earth.

(Link )

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

F**k Me, Ray Bradbury

Here's a video to celebrate the 103rd anniversary of the birth of American author and screenwriter, Ray Bradbury. As you can guess by the title, it is NSFW.

(Via FB pal Hal who usually posts classical music videos)

Update: Hal just sent me this photo of Ray Bradbury viewing the video:

The process of making Japanese handmade bicycles

Populomobile is a company that makes high-end bicycles designed by Japanese car designer Yamada Atsuhiko.

 via Kraftfuttermischwerk

The Chongqing Novel House

An entire novel written by an anonymous author covers every wall of an  abandoned house in China with writing and illustrations. The photos date from about 2009, and it is believed that the novelist may have been a vagrant taking shelter in the crumbling building. Apparently it is a kung fu super-hero adventure.


How sweet is this?


Mr. Bone Makes Pizza

Watch a skeleton named Mr. Bone make tiny pizzas for delivery.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Hold Onto My Fur

The Kiffness and an orange kitty sing a catchy duet.

Singapore in Colour

The creators of Singapore in Colour extracted the most prominent colours from 2000 photographs of the city and put them together to form a mosaic of neighbourhoods.

Here is a the downtown core visualized as pixels of colour:

Shakespeare’s Editor

 (A repost from 2008)

Liftware counteracts tremors

This cutlery supports people with hand tremors that make eating difficult.

(The Kid Should See This)

House Cat

Sir David Attenborough narrated this documentary about Felis catus in its natural habitat. 

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Music For Sunday Morning

Via Tacky Raccoons

Sunday Links

The Armour-Stiner House in Irvington, N.Y.Credit...Tony Cenicola/The New York. Times.

In “The Octagon House,” published in 1848, Orson Squire Fowler wondered why anyone would build a four-sided home when they could have an eight-sided one. (The New York Times)

This “Seagull Cinderella” was too sexy for New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Are we literally "Brain Washed” while we sleep?

I have a rice cooker but I never thought of doing this. Make Dinner in Your Rice Cooker.

The Annual Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Race is the world's longest certified road race. Participants run 3100 miles around Queen’s, New York from 6 am to midnight for 52 days. (Kottke)

The Iceman has given scientists a unique window into Copper Age Europe.

She hired him as a caregiver for her family. Romance was the furthest thing from either of their minds but…

How juvenile lifers made their case for release The United States is still the only country in the world that gives courts the discretion to send children to prison without the chance of proving themselves later in life at a parole hearing. (NYT link)

It’s not centrally located but, if it were, I’d be tempted to buy it: Toronto' tiny home' houseboat asks only $149,000 

On the eclectic side of unique: Christian Louboutin's opens his first hotel in a small Portuguese village and it is as luxe as you would expect.

I’m sorry to hear that it is gone but back issues of The Nib are free to download through August. (via things magazine)

Watcha doin’? Just sittin’ around watching the laundry dry.

As lounge chairs that rent for up to $130 pop up across the Greek islands, residents have decided to reclaim their beaches. I side with the residents. (New York Times

Now that I reflect upon it, I have never seen a rabbit wearing glasses: A WWII Propaganda Campaign Popularized the Myth That Carrots Help You See in the Dark (via)

10 outrageous conceptual architecture proposals unlikely to see the light of day.

Harrison Ford inspires name for new snake (he also inspired the name of an ant (Pheidole harrisonfordi) and a spider (Calponia harrisonfordi). He assures us that he is a supersweet guy and can’t understand why only terrifying creatures are named after him.

Using readily available instruction videos on the internet this 'switch' turns semiautomatic guns fully automatic. They sell from $20 to $200 and are increasingly popular among teenagers.

In 2007 I watched Anthony Bourdain extolling the virtues of Sicily and was so impressed I impetuously booked plane tickets to Palermo. To this day exploring Sicily’s fabulous historic sites and wonderful food remains my favourite travel experience. 36 Hours in Palermo, Italy - The New York Times

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Today’s Earworm

This second album by Brian Eno and David Byrne was released in August, 2008. If you're a fan enjoy the full album. You're welcome!

Happy Caturday

Exeter Cathedral has the world’s oldest known ‘cat door’, which has been serving the cats since the 14th century.

(Vintage Everyday)

Friday, August 18, 2023


What happens to a cigarette when it is left underground for a year?


 (Thanks Bruce!)

Talking Heads Movie Trailer

Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads doc Stop Making Sense has been newly restored in 4K and will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Here's the trailer: 


Can you still buy a home for $71k? Yes, but it might need a little work.

Sheila Consaul, 65, paid $71,000 to the US General Services Administration for an abandoned 1925 lighthouse on Lake Erie in Ohio. She then spent another $300,000 turning it into a summer home.

(Boing Boing)

Harmonic Singing

Anna-Maria Hefele demonstrates polyphonic overtone singing, creating more than one pitch at the same time.


A short animation about a dog being a dog.


Hot Air Balloon Festival photos captured on vintage camera

Simon Williams used a handheld Kodak Panoram 4D panoramic film camera to create a huge 12×4-inch negative. The 4D model was built circa 1920 and taken out of production shortly after.

He talks to PetaPixel about his process.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Leopard vs Baboons

A leopard thought he would make a quick meal of a baboon but the male baboons weren’t having any of it.

Kodachrome Slides From the 60s Found In Abandoned Cabinet

Section of the BART Tube segment being constructed.

A mystery unfolded when a cabinet full of Kodachrome slides was discovered lying on the sidewalk in a San Francisco neighbourhood. The slides show San Francisco in the 1960s undergoing changes as the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system was built and the subway beneath Market Street was constructed.

Market Street under construction for the new BART and Metro subways, circa 1966.

More: PetaPixel

Illustrations of Infrastructure

himHallows art practice is focused on recreating patterns of infrastructure and scenes from the world around us.

via TMN

Chicken Stories

In Jonathan Pickett’s short documentary, a group of friends rely on Google and GoPro as they attempt to wrangle their flock.

Animated Watercolours

Gaku is a visual artist and art director whose Instagram account features