Smiley Face Screws – Who would have thought a simple screw could be adorable?
Cinta Vidal Paintings – I love these!
Space Glass – Beautiful!
…I will confess it irks me that an “old lady craft” becomes interesting to people when a man does it. — here
It is sort of remarkable to me how much grief can well up when a pet dies, until one remembers that they are in fact people, who just happen not to be human. — there
So if the Devil is handing out tasks willy-nilly, I’d bet my immortal soul he’s giving them to impatient hands instead. — here
I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among six-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a six-year-old. — there
The Ladybird Book of the Hipster – a fun kids’ book for grown-ups.
Autochrome – early 20th century color photographs
The Still Room – a great history and culture blog
Map Portraits – I love these.
Paranormical – Looks like something I might want but I haven’t watched the video yet.
More early color photographs – These are from England.
Misunderstandings – People admit facts they learned embarrassingly late.
English Names for Fungi – Interesting and sometimes funny names: pink disco, earpick fungus, flea’s ear, chicken run funnel…
The Year 2000 – as seen from the year 1900. Charming illustrations. Interesting that they didn’t foresee fashion changing. That is rather hard to predict.
Edelweiss Pirates – Anti-Nazi youth gangs. Interesting history.
Float Paintings – Beautiful!
Be a Doll – Get an action figure that looks like you. Or anyone else. Fun idea but too way too spendy for me.
Textless Movie Posters – Just the art, no words.
Rhads – A beautiful collection of paintings on Deviant Art. I love these.
Insect Eyes – Amazing close-ups.
Fundamentally, conspiracy theories haven’t actually changed much over the course of hundreds of years. — here
For years I dwelled inside the walls of my inadequacies, attempting to dismantle them brick by brick. — there (Lots of annoying ads but worth it)
How is it possible, with so many able-bodied people not working, to feel “embarrassed” by choosing to learn a skill that’s actually in demand? We simply MUST eliminate the stigma currently attached to a host of worthwhile careers. If we don’t, we’ll get exactly what we deserve – a workforce with no balance, a crumbling infrastructure, a widening skills gap, and a country that can’t make or fix anything. — here
I am troubled by the increasing levels of hostility toward science in America today, and part of this is the general dearth of real science coverage in our major news media. — there
Fashion Controversy – A 1959 “propaganda goof” that now seems bizarre and hilarious. Be sure to click the link to the old Life magazine article.
Masks – a collection of Halloween masks
Teepee House – Interesting architecture. I don’t think I would want to live in it myself; I’m more traditional when it comes to housing, but it is nice.
Vintage Travel Posters – Very nice. I think my favorite is the German one with the train, because of the train, of course, but there are a lot of nice ones. For some reason the Cheverny one is appealing and another French one – the one with the boats.
It’s all in your pocket now. – If you think smartphones are expensive…
Alien Structures – Haven’t read the whole article yet. Looks interesting.
Storybook Buildings – Wonderful folk-art collection. (article and slideshow)
Glass Creatures – Beautiful. Call me weird but I like the spiders. And all the others too.
Knitted Food – Impressive.
Kinetic Steampunk Cafe – Awesome! Someone pleeeeease build one of these in the U.S. Somewhere near me.
“People say that I am old, but I think of the trees and how they are hundred of years old. They recycle themselves each winter. I recycle myself like the trees every winter to get ready for the spring so that I can dance my way through life.” — here
One autumn years ago I saw the first snow at Algoma. — there
Did you know that there’s a native elephant in Iceland? — here
I read them so I have someone to argue with. — there
Bookplates – Some rather interesting little works of art
Surreal Collages – Interesting. My favorites: the first one and the one with the boats.
13 Things – A great collection of links and images. Favorites: the Poison Garden, the cabin, the very cool but horrifically expensive watch, and the castle.
Full Service Tailor – a rather disturbing business sign
John Murray Spear’s New Motor (1854) – Fascinating history and some great (not really related) images
Caffeinated what?! – Oh come on! Not everything needs to be caffeinated.
Comic Book “Treasures” – a collection of junk sold in the back pages of 70’s comic books
Leonard Nimoy reading War of the Worlds – Haven’t listened yet; putting this here to remind myself
Seahorse – a fascinating and beautiful work of art
Antique Watch Animals – Want!
Busted! – “37% of vegetarians admitted to eating meat when drunk.” So I wonder how many have and didn’t admit it and how many have and just don’t remember.
And a minute of cute:
I can now expect to hear about some type of conspiracy, cover-up, or otherwise nefarious activity at least several times a week, ranging from the ridiculous (The Reptilians, a race of humanoid reptiles who are the secret rulers of the Earth, spring immediately to mind) to the extremely unlikely (The “Government” is secretly watching you…an idea most often expressed to me by meth addicts) to the outright racist (The Islamic Center is actually a training camp for ISIS run by the Zionist Occupational Government who control the media to keep people stupid. Yes, I really had that conversation.) — there
I feel obliged to tell you that few things are less persuasive than these virtual spasms of self-righteous indignation brought about by a flurry of facts not in evidence. — here
Sad Topographies – Real places with depressing names. There really is a Lonely Street. It’s just off Lonesome Road. Seriously.
Miniature Film Sets – Wow. I’d love to actually see these in person.
Alien Civilization – I will remain skeptical until we are able to get a close-up, which doesn’t seem likely in my lifetime.
Origins of Black Rice – Black rice is very tasty. I’m not sure whether it or red is my favorite.
The True Meaning of Chivalry – Warning: Extremely NSFW language.
A Soft Murmur – Ambient noise website. I haven’t tried it yet – still waiting for it to load – but it seems like a nice idea. Sounds include, rain, waves, wind, birds, and several others.
Dinosaur Earrings – Interesting. I can’t decide if I want a pair of those or not. If I do want them I want the ones with the bright blue eyes.
Dogs and Cats – Just some cute pics
Steve McCurry – a photographers blog
Peeling Paint – more proof that everything is interesting if you stop and really look at it
Miss Meadow’s Pearls – vintage fashion, lingerie and jewelry; some images NSFW
Brooklyn Bridge 1915 – large vintage photo
Caveman (and cavewoman) Movie Posters – Possibly NSFW? Scroll all the way down and you’ll find links to several other categories of movie posters, in case dinosaurs and women in fur bikinis are not your cup o’ tea.
Brain Decoder – fascinating articles about the human brain
Purple’s Garden – a beautiful and sad story
Cobwebs of Light – Beautiful
Butterflies – Ever wonder why they are called butterflies?
Van Gogh Garden – Wonderful
Any child anywhere knows that Lego’s little plastic bricks are an integral part of life, and any parent anywhere knows that stepping on Lego’s little plastic bricks are an integral part of vicariously teaching your kids to swear. — here
Vegetarianism is obviously not in the stars for me because I would die before giving up sausage, bacon, and carnitas. — there
How much do you think it would cost to send a paperclip to the surface of the Moon? — here
Dressed for War – a book I might want
Alba amicorum – Facebook, 16th century style; much more artistic than our Facebook.
Fantasy Architecture – Wish these were real.
Lightbox Dioramas – Another one from the same site but I couldn’t resist either one.
Subterranean Music – interesting venue
Different Nutcracker – Looks like fun but I wouldn’t pay that much for it.
“Today’s battle has been cancelled” – Awwwww
7 Reasons Not to Climb Mt. Everest – They don’t have to tell me twice. Actually, they don’t even have to tell me once.
Some are born bored, some achieve boredom, and some have boredom thrust upon them. — here
So, among my many tools at work, I have one that we lovingly call the Staff of Ra. — there
And then suddenly the picture and text make a mad dash for the left edge of your screen. Before you can catch them, they are gone, and you had not even finished the first paragraph. In their place appears something else—something about new fashions in organic fertilizer or six International Style gas stations to see before you die. What happened to the okapi? — here
The phrase “I am not programmed to respond in this area” comes immediately to mind. — there
Mr. Rogers Saved the VCR – I didn’t know that!
Paper Folding Art – Wow! This is amazing. It’s not origami. You’ve gotta go look.
Who Wrote the Pledge of Allegiance? – Interesting history of the Pledge, how it started and how it has changed since the original.
Vintage Pen, Pencil, and Stationery Ads – Lovely.
Flu Shots – Inappropriate (or perhaps appropriate?) sign placement
Miss Moss – A beautiful artsy blog
Burning Man 2015 – 29 large photos
I have nothing to say today… Well, actually, I do have a lot to say but I’m not in the mood to organize my thoughts and type them out in a reasonably coherent manner so… here are a few more links.
Just some blogs I found recently:
The Dashing Eccentric – a sewing blog
Biblioblog – and another sewing blog
Billet and Board – food and travel
Women Against Feminism – a controversial Tumblr
2 Kinds of People – another Tumblr, less controversial, perhaps
Lempo Bee – a nice family blog
Back Then – vintage photos Tumblr
Jim Benton Cartoons – These are great.
Tom Brady court sketch skirt – OMG! I really just don’t know what to say about this.
Dennis Fast Photography – Beautiful wildlife photography
L’Europe aux anciens parapets – Some interesting old photos
The Indian Liberace – Fascinating.
Colorful Landscapes – Paintings. Simple but I like them.
Starling Pocket Watches – Beautiful!
“Most Beautiful Bookstore on the Planet” – I don’t know about “most beautiful” but I’d like to spend a week there. (and to be able to read Italian, of course)
Movie Inspired Cakes – Too awesome to eat. But I think I’d manage.
Just like there is no more fervent believer than the recent convert, there is no more willing spender than the recently poor. — here
People are people, man. Some are famous, some are not. There are many Wondrous People worthy of a brief interlude, or a photo, in every walk of life. — there
And I get that I’ll eventually not be able to outrun the Grim Reaper, it’s not that…..it’s the whole fact that medicine in some sectors seems to be coming back to an idea not unlike the “you sinned, so you got sick” idea of the medieval era — here
Millions of people tune in to watch TV series and docu-dramas with a questionable grip on facts about the past. — there
Little Book of Nature – Lovely antique illustrations
End of the Time Cube – Darn. It’s gone. The Web is becoming too sane.
Embroidered Notebooks – Vintage science illustrations decorated with hand embroidery
Antique Machines – a wonderful collection
Siberian Bus Stops – colorful and artistic
Tasseomancy – the history of reading tea leaves
The Evolution of Magazine Covers – Is it bad that I like the vintage covers better?
It doesn’t matter how well he played. If Thelonius Monk himself decided to set up a solo show in the middle of Chestnut Ridge on a Sunday morning, it would have been every bit as annoying and inappropriate. — here
This has the awesome implication that someone could actually plant this: a typographic forestry of Borges translations. — there
At this stage in my life I’m having a lot more conversations with vegetables, particularly eggplant and cabbage. — here