Erik Johansson – Surreal photography. Wonderful.
Kesh Angels – Moroccan girl bikers. Interesting.
Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake – must try
Dumb Science Jokes – a fun blog. I like this one.
Cloud Shadows – photos from the International Space Station
Michal Karcz – digital art. I love these.
Panorama Fail – Smartphone photo fails. Or maybe some of them were done on purpose?
White Temple – Amazing. Also amazing: that there are places this amazing that I have not yet seen pictures of.
Internet Archive Book Images – Over 2 and a half million images
As an aside, it’s interesting to note how nationalism could be such a potent force in driving the creation of some of the most wonderful music ever written, and yet, in politics, the nationalism of the late 1800s eventually led straight to the staggering catastrophe that was World War I. — here
…blessed are the easily amused for they shall have no shortage of things to laugh at. — there
My point is not that everyone must accept the legitimacy of abortion and same-sex intimacy. Reasonable people can disagree on these issues. My point is only that those who oppose abortion and same-sex intimacy should not look to the Bible to support their positions. That support is simply not there. — here
The word alone evokes a “get off my lawn, you damn kids” reaction in so many people, and some cultural commentators even insist it’s a sign of our increasingly narcissistic times. — there
The 1 Weirdest Thing You Never Knew About Your Home State – Fascinating stuff
Twist My Armoire – A lovely blog about home furnishing and decor
Lorem China – Fun with Google Translate
Funny “Facts” About Daily Life – Some of these are great.
Norman Rockwell’s Reference Photos – I had seen the last one before.
Hero – A wonderful story
Well, I’m not sure anything can follow that, except maybe this:
These are not people you are bound to respect; the fact that they have been installed in the seats of power means nothing more than that the contemporary power structure, with its emphasis on collective “responsibility” at individual expense, needs to be burned to the ground and the ground subsequently covered with sodium chloride. — here
I sure hope orbicular is a word. — there
… it seems that while we as a country don’t want government doing anything because it somehow infringes on our “freedom”, we are entirely willing to let our corporate bosses encroach on our “freedom” in ways that are more real and more limiting than anything government is trying to do. — here
When I set out, there was no rain but I watched the clouds gather over Sri Chiangmai on the Thai side. It seems to be good weather for the fishermen. — there
Sketching on Porcelain
Searching for the Perfect Product Page – Mostly what I want to see on a product page is a good description, reviews, and, most of all, excellent photos – several high resolution photos from every possible angle. Depending on the product of course. Amazon generally does pretty good.
Interesting Doors Around the World
Alone in the Forest
From Old Books – pictures from old books
Dataisnature – Very interesting site. Art, design, nature.
Hooting Yard – A blog, just discovered, not yet explored. Looks fascinating.
Artisan Crafted LED’s – See, they don’t have to be ugly!
Population 1 – America’s smallest town! I sort of want to go visit it.
13 Things – Edible Legos, talking postage stamps and more.
3000 Square Foot Closet – That might be a little bigger than I need.
Hemp Batteries – They keep finding more uses for that stuff.
The Extraordinary Evolution of Scissors – Wow! Lots of photos of of antique scissors.
And finally… Have you ever noticed that some people seem to be completely lacking in spatial awareness?
Who Is That Hot Ad Girl? – a Tumblr dedicated to identifying actresses in commercials.
No Pie For You, Kid. – Awesome!
The Handwriting of Type Designers
Poker Players – Neat photo. Not sure why I like this because I really hate the famous painting of the poker playing dogs but this is cool. Must be the chicken.
Cultivating the Map – Something for map geeks
Cup and Penny – a sewing and craft blog
Hint of Vanilla – a wonderful cooking blog
Mighty Mega – sci-fi, comics, and assorted weirdness
Cardboard Tube Faces – Origami masks made from the cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls
Color Changing Ice Cream
Endangered Sounds – Honestly, most of these I won’t miss at all.
Secret Treasure Room – Oooo! I wish I would have had one of these when I was a kid. Heck, I’d like one now, especially if I can be the only one who knows about it.
Scrap Metal Turtle – Wow. Cool and hideous at the same time.
7 Great Movies You’ll Probably Never See – Darn.
For some of us, this is a definition of “affordable” with which we are not familiar. — here
Where do they think all the crap in the world comes from, the sky? — there
Hazelnut, sugar maple, Nutella, kale and bacon, obviously: so many typical hipster flavors, except, of course, donut flavor. — here
(Seriously? I’d queue for bacon donuts and I’m definitely not a hipster. Unless it’s actually “kale and bacon” then, no.)
And the way I like to learn about new stuff is by reading arguments about it, starting with the argument that says I am right about it. — there
50 Most Hilarious Signs – Most hilarious? I’m not sure about that but some of them are pretty funny.
Animal Print Bedding – These are gorgeous! But, the thread count is quite low for the prices and no fitted sheets. They’re not even complete sets. That’s a good thing I guess. I’m no longer tempted.
Maple Glazed Salmon – a recipe
Turning Pages – Ha! Just like mom does it. Almost.
Strange History Blog – I’m sure I’ve come across this before and forgot about it. It’s worth keeping track of so hopefully this time I will.
Mars Greenhouse – Maybe.
Ocean in an Opal – Beautiful and amazing!
Fat and Furious Burger – Strange photos of hamburgers. And photos of strange hamburgers. A couple of them might be NSFW.
The Double Tree of Casorzo – Interesting.
Butterfly Tongues – I didn’t know that but it makes sense.
YouTube and Netflix Shaming ISPs – It’s a start. I’d really like to shame someone for the lack of unlimited Internet service in my area.
The Case For Crappy Passwords – Uh, no. I like this idea better:
Certain words do not sound right together. — here
I suddenly realized there was only one thing that could have happened, and sure enough, when I looked in the drier, there it was. — there
“It’s perfect clear
That I’m not really here,
For I haven’t a thought in my head.” — here
There was some anaesthesia too, so the needle sliding into the shoulder joint capsule was not too bad, but it’s wearing off now and I’d like to bite somebody. — there
At any rate, preserve me from the collective unconscious. I’d prefer to be a lonely brain, rolling off-course and lost in the rough like a shanked golf ball. — here
These same divas also suggest making a muslin at the very least for the bodice. Being a hard-headed sewist I did not. — there
(That sounds exactly like me.)
African Art Village – Beautiful
42 Custom Kitchens – These are gorgeous. I couldn’t begin to pick a favorite. One thing I will say about all of them though is that they need more color. I will be SO glad when everyone gets over the “earth tones” thing. I mean, I know neutrals have always been popular but I can remember when you had a choice. Now you go into any home improvement store and all you see is 50 different earth tone tiles and 50 different earth tone countertops and so on.
46 Best Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes – I need to get back on Twitter and start following this guy. Love the one about the chicken and egg. Also the one about Terminator.
Classified Oops – a few unintentionally amusing ads
Roman Limestone Quarry – the interesting history of an ancient hole in the ground
The History of Autocorrect – I disagree with the statement that, “Without it, we wouldn’t be able to compose windy love letters from stadium bleachers, write novels on subway commutes, or dash off breakup texts while in line at the post office. [...] Because we know autocorrect is there as brace and cushion, we’re free to write with increased abandon, at times and in places where writing would otherwise be impossible.” Not true! Not true! Not true! The first thing I did when I got my smartphone was to turn off autocorrect.
Neuroprosthetics – Science fiction keeps on becoming fact.
Animals in the News – long list of links
Elephant Octopus – a fantastic mural
Madewell Musings – a blog I want to take a longer look at later
Martin Bailey Photography – Wonderful.
Darth Stove – Awesome!
Just Add Monsters
20 Bizarre Flavors of Food – These weird food lists are always fun. I would try some of these. Ginger ale Kit Kat. I never eat Kit Kats but that doesn’t sound so bad. (and the cheese flavored Kit Kat) Bacon flavored soda? Oh I’d have to try that just once. And jalapeño flavored ice cream? You can get that at Sonic. (chocolate jalapeno shake. No, I haven’t tried it yet)
Weird is a wayward word — here
No one goes to see movies about nonviolent conflict resolution. They see movies about robot dinosaurs destroying tall buildings. — there
I am 100% certain that the hacking of entertainment industry’s security features provides better entertainment for these kids than the entertainment we’re trying to prevent them from stealing. Let that sink in for a second, then try not to bust up laughing. — here
I’ve gotta get this book. Maybe. I need to somehow get other people to read it. Or is that the wrong attitude?
Interesting article about guiding the output of bees and silkworms to make art and materials. The “bee plastic”, produced by a specific species of bee found in New England, has a lot of potential. And of course we’ve all heard of spider silk from genetically engineered goats.
The idea behind I Know Where Your Cat Lives is a little bit creepy but it’s actually a fun site and I don’t see any way to search for a particular cat or even a particular country. I could get hooked on this site. This morning it keeps getting stuck on one picture from Japan that’s not even a picture of a cat. Thanks, Fillyjonk (via email) (UPDATE: By zooming and dragging the satellite view I managed to get to my local area and even find my house. (!) My cat isn’t on it.)
You’ve heard of “mommy blogs”. Well, No Idea What I’m Doing bills itself “a daddy blog.” There’s a lot of talk about poop, just like on mommy blogs, but mostly a really fun, interesting, and well-written family blog.
“Average” Women Around the World – Oh, I am so below average.
Peachridge Glass – antique glass bottles
The Mystery of Blood Types – Longish article. Interesting.
CIA Style Manual – Writing tips from the CIA
Consume Consume – great photos
Bunny Food – a Tumblr devoted to silly animal pics
Cat Amusement – another clever way to entertain your cat
Fairy Sculptures – Lovely
Think about it—in science fiction and fantasy, isn’t invisibility a super power? — here
I feel like people don’t tend to see the eighteen balls I’m successfully juggling, they only see – and point out – the one I happened to drop. — there
“But nobody said we were not allowed to have points of view. The exercise of personal taste is not the same thing as imposing personal opinion.” — here
I know it’s just a movie and just entertainment, but the bad things were just sooo bad I couldn’t get to my “fictional characters” place and enjoy it at all. — there
(Unfortunately, (or perhaps fortunately?) usually when I am told a movie is “really bad” my curiosity demands that I see it, even if I had no intentions before reading the bad review. Besides, sometimes I like bad movies.)
Spiritual Meanings of Gemstones in Native American culture
Butterflies and caterpillars – 17th century illustrations
Mysterious Marble Tower
Jasper De Beijer – interesting art
Mail Order Apocrypha – a weird and interesting Tumblr
Lighthouse for Sale – Wow. If I lived in Maine (or wanted to) I would buy this.
Blackest black – Oooo. I want a piece of it to play with.
Owl Door – Awesome!
And, in terms of even broader perspectives, the study brings to mind a quote from Blaise Pascal: “All human evil comes from a single cause, man’s inability to sit still in a room.” — here
Existence itself is not a hack. — there
I hope that it’s not just me who thinks that having speed bumps in front of a JoAnns is funny! — here
Unlikely poster child – Wow. Just… wow.
Spectators – Don’t you wonder what they’re looking at? It’s a kitchen window so I’m thinking it must be dinner time.
Forbidden Histories blog – Must remember to explore sometime.
Cat Bug – Great picture
HalfPics on Twitter – Photos of things cut in half. Fascinating.
There’s just something so creepily medieval about the way World War I started. — here
I am quite certain that dress is not microwavable. — there
How come every time something simple gets popular, people want to make it more complicated? And less fun? And then eventually less popular?” — here (via)
“That’s MY number.” (and how dare you speak the sacred numerals aloud, heathen scum!) — there
I had a post about the Hobby Lobby thing just about completely written in my head but when I sat down here to actually write it I thought, “Nope. It’s politics. Don’t go there.” (No guarantee I won’t change my mind later.) So what am I going to write about today? I decided to just start a “This ‘n’ That” and hope I think of more than one thing to say in the next few minutes.
This is cute. British parents, American kids. I can picture it. Kids are so funny. Kids, who just a few short years earlier could barely babble “Mama” and “Dada”, are always so confident that they know more about the language than their parents and this is true even when both kids and parents grew up in the same country.
I’ve been following Grammarly on Facebook for a while but just last night I discovered the Grammarly blog. It’s not the same stuff that’s on their Facebook page, which is really fun, by the way – lots of grammar related comics. The blog has articles.
Here’s a nice little discussion about “fear of color”. You know, I don’t get that. Never have. It’s not just that I’m getting older and don’t care anymore. If you like orange, wear orange. If you like hot pink, wear hot pink. Why does it take “nerve” to wear these colors or any colors you like? I’m crazy for colors but I also like brown and even gray. (Hey, those are colors too.) There is one particular shade of pale lavender that I think looks awful on me and I consider appropriate colors to wear for certain occasions but mostly I never think in terms of “my colors” or “not my colors”. All colors are my colors and they’re all your colors too.
The First First Lady With Short Hair
WWI in Photos
Cities at Night Scarves – I’m not really a scarf person but I like this. Fortunately, it costs $295 so I won’t be tempted to buy it and then stuff it in a drawer and not wear it for years.
Flying Formation – Digital photo collages
Stair Art – Wonderful!
Three Odd GIFs
Native American Bread Recipes
The Fiercest Lilliputian – a vintage fashion blog
Space Cat – Great painting!
So the real question is not “Why is glass transparent?,” but “Why aren’t all materials transparent?” — here
If I had a dollar for every time a middle class, white, lesbian with a Women’s Studies degree tried to tell ME how to appropriately respect MY OWN CULTURE AND HERITAGE, I could probably buy a goddamn reservation and turn it into a theme park. — there (via)
Whoo- you know you can’t spell ‘flattering’ without ‘F, A and T! — here
And I sort of feel that’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being — to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking. — there
Eleventy-billion Tons – You can get anything at Amazon.com, apparently.
Brain Static – hmmmm…
Living Goddess of Nepal – Weird custom
Enigma Man – Interesting.
Iceland – Beautiful photographs. (Site is Russian. Found here)
Spoon & Tamago – Japanese art and design. Very nice.
Shop of a Million Lost Photos – Wow.
Horrific Finds – I “Liked” the Horrific Finds page on Facebook some time ago. Now they have a website. Many of the things on it are not what I would call “horrific” at all, just very cool and unusual – like this dragon staircase or this melting table or the natural history leggings. (Okay, those might be a little bit horrific.)
35 Clearest Waters – #’s 3, 12 and 15 are very cool photos.
Banana Biology – Why bananas don’t have seeds. Also, inside a wild banana.
Where Children Sleep – Photos of kids from around the world and the places they sleep.
Sharing – Attempts to come up with a universal “Share” icon. I like the open share icon even though it might not be immediately obvious what it is supposed to represent.
Signs From the Near Future – A clever and interesting Tumblr
The 23 Worst Things About Being Good at Grammar – You see how we suffer?
A Letter From HG Wells – a rather strong opinion on Forteans
World Cup Facepalm Design – Ha!
Math and Romance – clever
But I have to wonder: what color is the sky in a world where size 6 — size six, fercrissake — is deemed “plus”? — here
Why do we want to celebrate our main events with foot sprains and blisters? — there
Honestly, it’s still hard to believe that we even got one new season of Cosmos in our current society, where science is all too often given false equivalency with misinformation, urban legends, and outright superstition. — here
…and Trek isn’t about defeating the villain-of-the-week. Sometimes it can be about that, but not always, and ever since Wrath of Khan, Trek seems to be fixated on this idea of “who will the villain be”… — there
I thought I wanted a pair of trousers with a fly front, but turns out I don’t have man parts that necessitate a zipper in the front… — here
…in the twenty-first century’s speeded-up time and vast platter of choices, the past seems to have become shorter. What might we do to prevent ourselves from completely becoming the prisoners of our own categories of time and place? — there
When I was young and foolish, I thought I could learn all of history and have it all available in my head, or at least a lot of European history, or at least a lot of English history. Now I know that almost all this stuff will fall right back out of my head again. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not worth doing. — here
I got to rescue a shark – a beached nursehound – and found a set of jaws of a quite different kind. — there