Saturday, September 30, 2023

The Willy Wonka of Weird Synthesizers

What do you do when, for unknown reasons, you stock up on cheap chatter teeth? If you are Love Hultén you probably make a synthesizer.

Read more:Pitchfork

The Day the Dinosaurs Died

What went down 66 million years ago?

via The Awesomer

Shrek's Swamp

Are you a solitude-seeking ogre? This might be the perfect vacation home for you. Shrek's Swamp is an Airbnb rental in the Scottish Highlands which is being hosted by Donkey while Shrek is away for Halloween.

Smart cat

 Happy Caturday!

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Stickwork - Timelapse

Sculptor and environmental artist Patrick Dougherty transforms the Kapnick Caribbean Garden lawn at Naples Botanical Garden using 30,000 pounds of willow saplings and nearly 100 volunteers.

Worth a second look

Armenian painter Artush Voskanyan creates optical illusion paintings of  human faces combined with shapes of animals, birds, trees, and landscapes. 

Odd And Unforgettable Medical Images

Strange images from the US National Library of Medicine's collection of more than 17 million items.

Image of a cat with female torso and bat-like wings nailed to wall above three feeding mice from Athanasius Kircher’s La Chine

The widely reported 1547 “Monster of Crackow,” a child apparently born with a devilish face and tail, claws instead of hands, eyes on his stomach, and animals heads growing from his elbows, knees, and chest.

Don’t be a butthead Contributor(s)- Centers for Disease Control (U.S.) 1994

Text from the book Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine, edited by Michael Sappol.

More: Flashbak 


When Nikita Diakur tried backflipping he ended up with a broken toe and was afraid to try it again. Instead he made an avatar that he trained to do backflips using machine learning, mimicking human moves, and learning from mistakes without  risking injury.

backflip from nikita diakur on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Very Cool Watch

Via Rusty’s Electric Dreams 

Art Makes A House A Home

Today we hung our first picture in the new house- a Japanese drawing from the 1700s. It is a treasured gift from a dear friend. It was impossible to get the light right but it is our favourite. #artmakesitbetter

The Art Of Leaf Raking

Land artist Nikola Faller creates entrancing patterns with a rake and fallen leaves.

via kottke

The Spirits of Yakushima

Yakushima is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its ancient forests. This  film by UK filmmaker Steve Atkins was inspired by Japanese Hayao Miyazaki’s animated classic Princess Mononoke (1997)

Animals Like Us : The Animal Language

This one-hour documentary takes viewers into the wild to listen to nature's noisemakers and meet some of the scientists who spend their days trying to have conversations with animals.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

A Futuristic Home with Removable Rooms

Built by architect Ed Niles, the design of this 1992 futuristic home allows the modular rooms to be unhooked and rearranged along the house's spine. 


This short film tells the story of nature’s resilience and regeneration.

Flora from Ian Frederick on Vimeo.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Blort is 23! Cheers m’dear!

Happy blogoversary to my blog sister, the one and only everlasting blort, who has been toiling in the salt mines of Blogistan for 23 long years. She is bright, caring and just the right amount of quirky and she is my friend. I encourage all of my readers to trot on over to her site right now, where she has compiled some of her classic posts, and congratulate her. What are you waiting for? Go on.

Making a Guitar from Fallen Leaves

Gitara Maker created this autumnal  guitar after seeing fallen leaves on a camping trip.

'Dream Scenario' Trailer

Nicolas Cage plays a man who appears in everyone's dreams and goes viral in Dream Scenario, a surreal comedy written and directed by Kristoffer Borgli.

Toyota Cat Bus

A real version of the Cat Bus from My Neighbor Totoro animated film by Studio Ghibli is coming to the Aichi Expo Memorial Park in Japan to take passengers around the park’s attractions. 

Museum Of Lost Memories

Decades ago I met a young lady on a train from Paris to Chartres and we had a fancy lunch together and have kept in touch over the years since. I’m glad we did because she just sent me a link to this cool Insta post.

(Thanks Lori) 

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Sunday Links

Image Dina Litovsky

“Women unwittingly continue the centuries-old tradition that "beauty is pain" when we buy expensive shoes only to classify them according to the number of blocks they can be worn without causing blisters.” When a Fashion Week Image Of A Model’s Feet Goes Viral (image above) Via TMN

River: click on an image and you will see more like it. I clicked on a photo that vaguely resembled Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and was led down a mid-century modern rabbit hole. Kind of like Pinterest without commentary or links. Just pictures based on what you like. via Webcurios 

A bathtub in the kitchen? Not a problem for New Yorkers. - NYT link

Overcrowded scenic sites can raise blood pressure, as proven this last weekend when two men came to blows after bickering over taking a photo at a tourist spot .

Fellow Worker worked on the Nunavut Land Claim, sometimes called the Nunavut Settlement Area for four years. Their YouTube channel explores Iqaluit, Nunavut, the Inuit homeland in Canada, an area of my own country I know little about.

 Clone-a Lisa I hope you do better at this game than I did. Art forgery is definitely not in the cards for me.

In 1967 eighty freshmen at Harvey Mudd College proposed that, as their engineering project, they undertake the design of a better brassiere. They named their proposal Project Uplift

This Task Chair was developed with input from the most complex “sitters” on the planet.

The Kinora: How people watched moving images at home in the early 20th century.

Duff Beer, Dunder Mifflin Paper, Wonka Candies : The secrets behind designing a great fictional brand for TV and film. Link via Webcurios

500-year-old board game found in ruins of Polish castle Archaeologists excavating the ruins of an early 16th-century Polish castle discovered a carved strategy board game called Mill. via Perfect For Roquefort Cheese

In the 1970s, Lego included this letter to parents in its sets.

What’s inside Big Ben? (Thanks Bruce)

In Glasgow, Scotland, children ride to school together in a bike bus or bike train, a group of young commuters guided by cycling parents and teachers.

A lovely collection of antique book patterns from front or end papers, spanning from 1890-1930. (Flickr via TMN)

Soup season is almost upon us and I can hardly wait to make this one.

Architect TanYamanouchi’s home prioritizes the needs of his two cats. 

Kerimov Architects crafted a 280 sq. meter (3014 sq. ft) one storey residence with two terraces, one sheltered and one open, that offer  views of the Finnish forest landscape. The interior has a spacious living room, a generous dining area, a kitchen, a master bedroom, a home office, multiple bathrooms, and a guest bedroom. It is gorgeous! PLAIN Magazine 

The Journey That Matters: what it was like Ursula K. Le Guin on Her Illegal Abortion in 1950

Music For Sunday Morning

Miniature Classic NYC Street Objects

Danny Cortes started making patinated miniatures of familiar NYC objects during the pandemic and it turned into a full-time vocation for him.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Dacha, The Russian Cottages of Another Era

In his book Dacha, photographer Fyodor Savintsev captures the beauty of dachas, the country homes in Russian with deep cultural and historic legacies.

More: PetaPixel

Happy Caturday!

Cats Tattooing Other Cats by Kazuaki Horitomo  

An Entire Day and Night In One Image

Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, Day to Night™, 2014 (Stephen Wilkes )

Using hundreds of carefully stitched-together still images, photographer Stephen Wilkes uses one vantage point to cover the light, scenery, and subject matter of an entire day’s time. 

Bob Ross' First On-Air Painting Is for Sale

In just over 400 episodes of “The Joy of Painting,” the artist Bob Ross immortalized himself in American cultural memory. Ross painted A Walk in the Woods live on television in January 1983. Now a Minnesota gallery is selling this first on-air work for $9,850,000.00 USD. No, this is not a typo.

Read More: Smithsonian Magazine

Berry Pickers

Berry Pickers is a film by Agnes Skonare Karlsson about two brothers who have traveled from Thailand to Sweden to work picking berries during a terrible heatwave and how the climate crisis exacerbates an already exploitative labour crisis.

Read an interview with the director about balancing beauty and global politics in her film.

Friday, September 22, 2023

Frank Lloyd Wright Designed a Gas Station in Minnesota

In 1958 Frank Lloyd Wright conceived this gas station as an element of Broadacre City, a mechanized rural settlement intended as a  rebuke against what the architect saw as the evils of the overgrown twentieth century city.

“Speak directly into the mouthpiece keeping mustache out of the opening.”

A  guide for telephone users, 1896:

To Listen: Place the telephone fairly against the ear, with an upward motion, so that the lower extremity or lobe of the ear is gathered in, into the cavity of the telephone; in this position it will be found to fit snugly and comfortably — the lobe of the ear acting as a cushion and at the same time closing out all ulterior sounds, thus enabling the voice to be heard with clearness and precision.

Read More:  Futility Closet

Photograph Of The Day

Goli Dance” Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast - Winning Photographer Stefano Lotumolo

Goli is a traditional African dance and masquerade of the Baoulé people of the Ivory Coast. Over 24 hours all Baoulé villages play music and the dancers wear four different types of masks, all of which refer to the social and generational structure of the society.

See more winning photos of The Independent Photographer’s Travel Photography Contest 2023 via  Design You Trust

The Works of Mars (1671)

The Appeal Of Military Culture: It is often our mightiest projects that most obviously betray the degree of our insecurity. The construction of fortifications, for instance . . .—W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz (2001)

Seventeenth-century French military engineer Allain Manesson Mallet recorded his military ideas in a highly successful manual, The Works of Mars (i.e. “the art of war”) in 1671.

(Thanks Bruce!)

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Has Had Other Brouhahas

Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone Magazine, was ousted as chair of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for making misogynist and racist comments. His control over the Hall of Fame has cast the institution in a bad light for some time. Good riddance and time for a total makeover. I thought this repost from 2010 was apropos:

What did the Hall Of Fame expect? The Sex Pistols were pitbulls, not toy poodles.

Finding Vivian Maier - Official Trailer


I first learned about the work of Vivian Maier in 2010 and have blogged about it several times since, She was a nanny whose passion was street photography. Taking snapshots into the late 1990′s, Maier left behind a body of work comprising over 100,000 negatives. John Maloof stumbled upon a cache of photographs and undeveloped film and was driven to find out more about the photographer. A few years ago he made a documentary about her life and work which we watched last night. It was fascinating. Here’s the trailer:

Kaleidoscope Dance


via everlasting blort


In the 18th century, Western style of architecture and design represented fanciful European interpretations of Chinese styles. Chinese houses, pavilions and palaces were erected across Europe to reflect Chinese qualities or motifs.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Georgia O'Keeffe: By Myself

In 1929, modernist painter Georgia O’Keeffe headed west to the New Mexico desert where found the solitude she needed to create her truly original art. (full film)

via 3 Quarks Daily

Hitler's Bathtub

Lee Miller with David E. Scherman, Lee Miller in Hitler’s bathtub, Hitler’s apartment, 1945, 16 Prinzregenttenplatz, Munich, Germany

War photographer, fashion model, and artist, Lee Miller, was one of the first photographers to enter the camps at Buchenwald and Dachau. On the day of the liberation of the camps on April 30, 1945, and the same day Hitler commited suicide in his Berlin bunker she and fellow photographer, David E. Scherman snuck into Hitler’s abandoned Munich home where Scherman took this photograph of Miller in Hitler’s bathtub.

Read more: Art & Object 

Via FB pal Florie Gray

VW T1 with VW T1 camping trailer

This totally bespoke (and very cool) 1963 VW T1 Bulli with a matching camping trailer is on the block at the Car and Classic auction house in the UK. This classic camper has a powerful five-cylinder Audi S3 motor connected to an Audi automatic gearbox. 

Henry Sugar - trailer

See thetrailer for  Wes Anderson’s long-awaited Roald Dahl adaptation of The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch in his first-ever Wes Anderson role.

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Trolley Problem Solved By Little Child

Via Miss Cellania

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Killers of the Flower Moon -Trailer

Killers of the Flower Moon is directed by Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese, based on David Grann’s best-selling book.

Hedgehog in the Fog

The world can be pretty scary when you can't see what's around you. This award-winning 1975 animation from the Soviet Union was directed by Yuri Norstein.

This Scrap Wood Tool Rack

Jason from Epic Upcycling built a custom rack for all of his woodworking tools. It is a thing of beauty.

Lord Love A Duck - trailer (1966)

File this in ‘One Of These Films Is Not Like The Others'. This satirical comedy was directed by George Axelrod whose other films included The Manchurian Candidate,The Seven Year Itch and Breakfast at Tiffany's. It starred Tuesday Weld who I thought was all that back in the day. 

The Cowichan Sweater: Our Knitted Legacy - Trailer

This film by Mary Galloway tells the story that weaves together the rich history of the authentic Cowichan Sweater, who knits them, and how and why they became the beautiful, strong, icon of the Coast Salish Peoples.


Monday, September 18, 2023

Furnishing a 17th-century dolls' house

Handmade in Germany in 1643, the Nuremberg Dolls’ House is a well-preserved time capsule of 17th century life in miniature. In this video, curator Will Newton and conservators Robert Mitchell and Dana Melchar carefully dress the delicate V&A artifact with its accessories. I am currently arranging full sized furniture in my new house. My limbs are aching. I wish my own accessories were miniature.

Flashlight Eyeball

Engineer Brian Stanley lost an eye to cancer as a child and wears prosthetic eyeballs. He has made a series of light-up cyborg eyeballs, including one that’s bright enough to be used as a handy flashlight.