Tuesday, April 30, 2024

The 9 Most Painful Things You Can Ever Experience

I have just found a new batch of things to scare the living daylights out of me. 

via Miss Cellania

"Harlem to Havana" Afro-Cuban Modernism Vol.1

This my new favourite thing.

Image of the day

You’ll be relieved to know that the Ferris Wheel Goat ride has been improved. To address numerous complaints about groin bruising a new goat hair cover on the seat guarantees a much smoother ride.

via everlasting blort

Vintage Spy Cameras

This photo collection showcases a remarkable range of vintage cameras, including some ingeniously disguised as everyday items.

The Lucky Strike Spy camera was developed in the late 1940s by the US Military.

This gun camera was developed in 1954 and shot on a 16mm film and is one of two gun cameras that were used by Japanese police.

The bizarre French-made Le Photo Revolver.

Via  Design You Trust

I Was on the News

Guaranteed to wake you up.

Monday, April 29, 2024

Lace art creation

Hungarian embroiderist Ágnes Herczeg has devoted most of her time to studying needle lace and pillow lace.


Thai Cats

The breeding of Siamese cats was originally reserved for the royal family. Certain cats also were believed to be the “keepers” of Buddhist temples, which resulted in these cats being closely guarded and highly revered.

Several breeds of cats from Siam are also described and illustrated in manuscripts called “Tamra Maew” (Cat Poems), estimated to have been written from the 14th to the 18th century. These images are from a 19th century manuscript by an unknown artist that contains 12 paintings of different types of cats. It is in the format of a samut khoi, a Thai folding book that opens from top to bottom.

More: Flashbak

Postapocalyptic Artwork Of The Day

*Warning: reading this might make you nauseous. 

War rat mask: This is a cannibal rat, trained specifically to hunt other rats. A dozen rats were locked in a box and not fed. After some time, there was only one, the strongest and most vicious rat left.

Read more: Design You Trust

How To Slice An Avocado

 It’s easier if you don’t use a Dollar Store knife.

Via The Awesomer 

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Sunday Links

Buon Ricordo Plates (above) were introduced 60 years ago as a marketing tool for an association of regional Italian restaurants. They featured designs inspired by restaurants’ signature dishes. (Image: Luciano Paselli)

This might be the most horrifying video I have ever seen.

Batman and Batgirl off duty, 1968  (Vintage Everyday)

The driver made all the passengers comfortable before starting the trip. He has everything under control. via everlasting blort 

A Martini Tour of New York City Gary Shteyngart’s month of vermouth-rinsing and fat-washing.

Joe is his own grandfather (Futility Closet)

Charlotte Braun, a very noisy little girl who annoyed Charlie Brown, made just 10 appearances in Peanuts before vanishing entirely, never to be mentioned again. via perfect for roquefort cheese

Auto Brewery Syndrome, when your body brews its own alcohol.

The Rise and Impending Fall of the Dental Cavity

Dublin Airport blessing of the planes to go ahead for 77th time as Father Des Doyle gets security clearance.

Keith Haring painted a mural for an Iowa elementary school in 1989. It is going on public display for the first time.

Best pet ever? The Thermonator

The Oldest Trees in the World: From Methuselah the bristlecone pine to a descendant of Japan's first tea tree.

Coming soon to a neighbourhood near you: Americans opposed to policies like abortion access, support for transgender rights and vaccine mandates during the pandemic are starting to move to other states based on their political opinions. (TYWKIWDBI)

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Pompeii's Museum Reopens

Image: Archaeological Park of Pompeii

The Antiquarium museum in Pompeii fully reopened this week for the first time in more than 40 years.

The goddess Venus stands on a quadriga drawn by elephants in this first-century A.D. fresco

Cast of Vesuvius victim with baby

(Smithsonian Magazine)

Photograph Of The Day

The blades atop the iconic Moulin Rouge windmill in Paris fell to the ground in the early hours Thursday.


November Ultra - come into my arms

I love the dreamy video directed by Tamerlan Bekmurzayev

Botticelli's Primavera

Looking at Sandro Botticelli’s iconic Renaissance masterpiece (late 1470s or early 1480s).

Yo-Yo Ma performing in Alaska on earth day

Yo-Yo Ma performed Bach's Prélude from Suite No. 2, amidst the birch trees on Lower Tanana Dene lands in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Friday, April 26, 2024

Simulation of a Nuclear Blast in a Major City

This collaboration between documentary filmmaker Neil Halloran and Nobel Peace Prize - Research and Information simulates a nuclear blast in a major city in order to demonstrate the estimated deaths that would result. 

Read more: Open Culture

Knitting Coraline by Hand

Althea Crome hand-knitted Coraline’s sweaters with tiny needles the size of a human hair. 

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Technical Difficulties

When I opened my blog yesterday the formatting was wonky. I managed to fix it but decided that I didn’t really like the layout anymore and switched back to the previous template which has a less cluttered look. I originally changed it a few years ago so that the blog would work better with mobile devices. Let me know if you are having difficulty viewing the new/old format.

Cosmati pavement

The seven century old tiled floor at the crossing of the shrine of Edward the Confessor and the main altar of the Royal Peculiar, Westminster Abbey, is composed of nearly ninety thousand individual pieces of coloured glass and stones. Ever since the pavement was laid, every coronation has taken place upon it.

PHOTO: Westminster Abbey

Cat illustration of the day

Cat and Pong, Illustration by Enikő Katalin Eged


The drama of home buying - Let The Journey Begin

An ad campaign for StreetEasy depicts each stage of the process of buying a home in the style of epic Renaissance paintings.

See more: Creative Boom

A Day in TOKYO in 1968

This film by Japan’s National Tourism Organization was produced to introduce Tokyo to foreign tourists.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

"There's always jobs in Toronto!"

Some SCTV Canadian humour with the late great John Candy and Joe Flaherty playing a couple of down and out Maritimers looking for a pot of gold in Toronto who pick up exotic Québécoise hitchhiker, Andrea Martin. It’s a parody of Don Shebib’s classic “Goin’ Down The Road” and Jayne Eastwood recreates her role as Betty, the girlfriend from the original film.

Cavalry horses run loose through London

Noise from builders near Buckingham Palace caused five horses from the Household Cavalry to bolt during a rehearsal. A number of personnel and horses were injured as the animals, one covered in blood, galloped through rush hour crowds, smashing into vehicles.

Cracking Chirality

The building blocks of life possess a mysterious symmetry. In a mirror, our bodies appear symmetrical from the right to the left. But hold one hand on top of the other, rather than palm-to-palm, and you’ll notice that they are not in fact the same; they have a defined right- or left-handedness, or chirality.

via Aeon

Things I have drawn

Things I Have Drawn imagines a world in which the things kids draw are real. It started as a silly little project between dad, Tom, and his 6-year-old son, Dom. They get a little help from AI.

Via Tacky Raccoons

If HAL9000 was Alexa

Annoying robots, can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

Discover the Largest Handmade Model of Imperial Rome

The archaeologist and architect Italo Gismondi created Il Plastico. an amazing model of Rome-in-miniature. Working at a 1:250 scale, Gismondi built most of Il Plastico between 1933 and 1937, with later expansions after its installation in the Museo della Civiltà Romana.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Cursed Celebrity Portraits

Norwegian artist Bård Edlund makes "digital porcelain sculptures" of celebrities kissing themselves:  Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Timothée Chalamet, Margot Robbie, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and more…

Hyperrealistic Paintings by Marco Grassi

Italian painter Marco Grassi creates masterful hyperrealistic paintings that capture every minute detail of his subjects. 

See more: Moss and Fog

Monet's Water Lily Garden

In 1890, French impressionist artist Claude Monet started renovating his garden in Giverny, inspired by tranquil scenes from the Japanese prints he collected. I spent a delightful day there many years ago, surrounded by beauty.

Artist Of The Everyday

Artist Kath Holden makes miniatures of the everyday objects around us, from condoms to wheelchairs to blow-dryers.


Toaster Typewriter

Ritika Kedia’s Toaster Typewriter creates custom breakfasts with this typewriter that burns letters onto a piece of bread using heat-resistant wires formed as alphabets.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Good Dad

 This little girl is already a better driver than many I see on the QEW

Group Action

This is a video of a Nippon Sport Science University group activity held on December 13, 2019 at the Ishikawa Sports Center in Kanazawa, Japan.

via Blort

Wyatt’s bedroom is nicer than mine

When remodeling his house, Bryan Davies found an unused space along the wall and decided to turn it into a tiny bedroom for his cat, Wyatt.

The Pyramids "Penetration"

An oldie but goodie from Memo Of The Air.


A parody of Harry Chapin’s ”Cats in the Cradle" by Don Caron.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Sunday Links

Bleached coral off the Keppel Islands, Australia, at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, last month.Credit...Renata Ferrari/AIMS, via Reuters

Rising temperatures are causing an extreme coral reef bleaching event that is expected to be the most extensive ever. 

You cannot walk on water or raise the dead. But you can do something that Jesus never did: eat a banana. A study pinpoints the origin of 151 food crops.

Longread: What it’s like to survive a near death experience. via Duck Soup

Like art? Like geography? Backdrop is a game which tests your visual knowledge of both. Via 

One Nation Underground: The Story Of The Paisley Underground The Dream Syndicate, Bangles, Rain Parade and Three O’Clock formed a neo-psychedelic Los Angeles scene in the ‘80s.

Do you have to use the toilet as soon as you enter a coffee shop? There’s a name for that.

Lawmakers on a Louisiana House committee voted Thursday to repeal a law requiring employers to give child workers lunch breaks. Link

Next Stop Paris, a production using AI animation technology, looks ghastly. (via)

Which one is his date? A young man with Oedipus issues

The Poor Clares of Arundel, the singing nuns who have turned medieval Latin hymns into modern hits. 

Anne Boleyn's 14th Century French home, just 40km from Paris, is on the market for 950 000€ and it’s a beauty.

City residents around the world rate their downtowns. The appeal of cities varies by region.

All the fire gods Thanks Bruce!

A map of the unique dialect  of the Shetland Isles which retains a high degree of autonomy due to geography and isolation from southern dialects.

Mini rope bridges have been built in a British forest to enable dormice to feel safer as they cross from one part of the wood to another.

What Happens After a Highway Dies? Rochester is serving as a national model for how to actually get it done.

If you’re travelling to London here are 13 charming neighbourhoods you'll want to take a stroll through.

Three dismal years in psychoanalysis with Melanie Klein’s disciple “Going to a child psychoanalyst four times a week for three years was bad enough. Reading what she wrote about me was worse.”

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, April 20, 2024

SIDEWALK (an instructional film)

The SIDEWALK is a tricky invention - but with a little practice, you can master it.

Quilt for Gaza

photo Maya Pontone/Hyperallergic)

On March 24 hundreds of pro-Palestine activists unfurled a massive quilt on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, calling for an end to Israel’s hostilities in Gaza. Prints of the quilt are available for purchase online. All proceeds will go to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the humanitarian relief organization that aids Palestinian refugees in Gaza and elsewhere. 

Astronaut Space Suit

Genuine official US government astronaut space suit

Spacemen - July 1961

Friday, April 19, 2024


Watching this has made my day a little bit better. 

(Tacky Raccoons)

Drawing a phénakistiscope

YouTuber LimbaTrip draws a phénakistiscope and brings the animation to life.

(The Kid Should See This)

I Go Meow

A new one from The Kiffness and Cala. I just can’t get enough of these two.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Placid Plastic Duck Simulator

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Teaser


Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. 
I first read One Hundred Years of Solitude the summer I was at home with my newborn son and that opening sentence is burned into my memory. I read the book during the brief periods when the baby slept and I associate it with the feel of the hot sun beating down on me while I worked on my tan in our pocket-sized back yard.  
It is a very complex novel and I’m interested in seeing how it translates to a mini-series. 

All New Atlas

It's out with the old ATLAS and in with the new. Boston Dynamics engineering and robotics design company has introduced a fully electric humanoid ATLAS robot designed for “real-world applications”.

Sons of Beatles have released a new song

When two musicians with famous fathers co-create a song, it's bound to attract attention - especially when the names attached to the song are Lennon and McCartney. "Primrose Hill" is a song by James McCartney, with cowriting credit to Sean Ono Lennon. 


Not Your Grandmother’s Cross-Stitch

Francine LeClercq creates cross-stitch embroideries of CCTV camera images. 


via Kottke

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Jetson dream world of my childhood is getting closer

Rats Driving Tiny Cars

Apparently learning and acquiring mastery over a new skill decreases stress hormones in rats. Kuzko and Kronk are two little rescue rats who put that finding to the test as they master the skill of driving a car. When the cars come out the rats are quick to jump in on their own and hit the gas!

via Kottke

Roland Icking/FACadE

100 photos of people and animals on farms whose cowshed facades look like abstract faces. Buildings in which you think you can see faces can be found all over the world. This type of farmhouse is particularly common in the German-Dutch border region.

Animal Behaviour

Five animals meet regularly to share their problems in group therapy sessions led by Dr Clement, a canine psychotherapist. 

Thanks Hanan


An art curator believes he’s been involved in a rail crash even though there’s no physical evidence of the disaster. Crack-Up is a film noir from the noir-heavy year of 1946. Here’s the trailer:

Read more about the film: feuilleton

Tuesday, April 16, 2024


When her mom and brother leave her home alone a little girl decides to create a delicious meal… starting with the boy’s baseball.

Somebody’s Future Wife

The most 80s photo ever.

Emperor penguin chicks jump off a 50-foot cliff in Antarctica

A penguin chick’s first jump into the water is typically only a foot or two, but in this  case, the group ended up alongside a cliff's edge. This video was filmed for National Geographic’s  SECRETS OF THE PENGUINS, premiering Earth Day 2025 on Nat Geo. 

Talking stamps (1972)

These tiny vinyl postage stamps from Bhutan were totally playable and when the needle was put on the record stamp you heard Bhutan’s national anthem and a capsule history of the nation. 

The Ultimate Nagmobile

Giovanni Michelotti designed the production version of this snappy wee vehicle  in 1957 and  his elegant design set the tone for future Frisky models. I love these photos of the 1959  Frisky Convertible Special.

Approximately 1,500 of these vehicles were produced but only 75  remain today.