I don’t know why I would want to wear drab colors when I can already see them all around me on the bare trees and in the grey clouds. — here
I remain persuaded that this is a plot by the Death Panels™ to make us all wish we were dead and thereby save them some work. — there
He ends his rant by suggesting government should not meddle in our private lives. How odd given his stances on many issues deemed private. — here
There’s a saying that goes “No one can be a genius 24 hours a day “. — there
“There are moments when there is nothing more urgent than the defense of what has already been accomplished” — here
I’ve even decided I like this little piece enough to make it the cover of our Christmas cards this year so if you’re on our list, beware! — there
Cicero’s Twitter – Nothing is ever completely new. At least the motivations behind new stuff is not new. People have always had a desire to communicate.
Gedeon the Duck – Early 20th century children’s book illustrations
Stuffing Flavored Potato Chips – Looks good. Maybe.
How to recognize artists – Funny, but also somewhat useful (takes for-freaking-ever for all the images to load)
50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time – Uh… NO! Fewer than 10 actually belong on this list and many much better shows are missing from it.
Cats in Space – Very strange.
Non-digital Dreamscapes – Fascinating. The one with the rats is really creepy.
The Meaning of Meals – Looks like a very interesting book.
Dr. Who Party Food – Looks like fun.
Beautiful Books – A short list. Not at all interested in the tattoo book but the others all look very interesting. (hint, hint)
Cats in the Snow – I love these!
7 Abandoned Wonders of New Zealand
I have four recipes that I want to share and I decided to do them one at a time instead of all in one post. I’ll start with the one that is already online: No-bake Snickers Caramel Apple Pie, from this list of no-bake desserts. I might try a few more of those.
This was a big hit. Everyone who had a piece liked it. Whoever wrote the recipe apparently hasn’t had much practice at writing recipes because there are some details missing. It simply says “pie crust”. It doesn’t specify graham cracker crust but that’s what I used because it seemed obvious since it’s a “no bake” pie. Also, it does not say to peel the apples but I did. Perhaps I wasn’t supposed to but it seemed like I should. I didn’t put any on top like it shows in the picture.
Next time I make this I think I will cut the apples into smaller pieces – minced, not cubed – and, since it’s so good I think I will double the recipe and make it in a 9 x 13 pan.
“Under the amended ordinance, it is now illegal to feed all wild mammals, including pigeons and Canada Geese.” — here
But I do think it’s strange that there’s this long list of men who do lots of things well, and the main woman they come up with is a synonym for unrealistic, wish-fullfillment, self-insertion fantasy. — there
Listen sweetie, in the real world, there’s math. — here
It’s somewhat preordained that Ursula would find herself drawn to bears. — there
Is this the geekiest list you’ve ever seen, or what?! — here
Now pause a moment and consider the tens of millions of Tejanos, Mexican-Americans and Mexican nationals who grew up playing this game and have a deep-seated affection for it? And how would they respond to something many consider kitschy folk art being elevated, if not venerated, as high art? — there
Do elves exist? – I remain skeptical but what did happen to this scientist?
City of Anarchy – Interesting. By the way, “razed” not “raised”.
25 Things You Might Not Know About Thanksgiving – I knew a few of these.
Spiders vs. Insects – 15 great photos
It’s like being around an OCD Martha Stewart tranny on meth. — here (What a mental image!)
This morning is chilly, and the Queens of May like it not. — there
The sullen machine started a fire in their apartment and after burning for nearly an hour, the robot’s charred remains were left smoldering on the stove. We should’ve seen it coming. — here
I don’t actively look for these things. No, sometimes I just happen to be visiting family in New Jersey when I pull off the highway to skirt some traffic, drive through an unfamiliar downtown, and HOLY CROW — there (WOW!)
Impressionist Zombies – Impressionist paintings of scenes from zombie movies. They’re actually rather nice paintings and if you didn’t know it would be hard to tell.
Room for Sewing – a nice sewing blog
The Overflowing Stash – and another. This one has tutorials.
A universal word – Interesting. I haven’t watched the video yet.
If cats could text
31 Things You Will Never Be Able to Look At the Same Way Ever Again
Link Dump – a few interesting links
The Shrine of St. George – colorful
A New Kind of School in Mexico – I haven’t read the whole article yet. Looks interesting.
Peugeot Coffee Grinders – I especially like the ones in the second picture but they’re all really neat.
Star Wars Furniture
Three Reasons to be a grammar snob – I must admit that I do have trouble with commas and some other grammar and word usage issues but I try. I believe.
“Don’t wear beige— it might kill you.” — here
If I could have one research wish, it would be to have all the Sears catalogs available in a searchable data base on line. — there
The best infographics are those infographics that make fun of infographics. — here
… if I limited my reading and other entertainment to the product of only those I agreed with I’d have missed out on some wonderful stuff — there
…anyone who takes really seriously the inextricable tangle of human thought can only respond with “ironic tenderness and silence.” — here
There have been women composers from the very beginning of what we call western classical music , centuries ago . And far more than most people realize. — there
Hopper updated – sad
The Impossible Railroad – great photos of an abandoned railway
8 Scenic Railroads – More railroad pictures from the same site as the last link.
The Missing Book – Ha! I can see that really happening.
Dan Cretu – An artist’s Tumblr. Interesting stuff.
Cut paper art – I like the hand and the one immediately above it and the one with the rabbit.
Painted Village – Lovely and charming
Arthur C. Clarke’s Home
Paper Chase – Neat!
Collectors Weekly – Oooo! Must explore!
It seems to me that there needs to be a name for this mini-genre of writing, in which writers make you miss places you’ve never been. — here
Life is about living and there are special people who show us the way. — there
I had no inkling, when I blindly began, that blogging would be so liberating. Not only was I freed from begging letters to editors (if I wanted to review a book, I could review it without anyone’s permission). But also I no longer had to worry about what the chairman of the English department referred to as “career logic,” wherein every printed word must contribute to the building of a limited but national reputation. — here
In brighter news, saying that a fellow member “scuttles for his political funk hole” was deemed allowable in 1974. — there
Even in a neighborhood where few others hear them, the echoes of the Middle Ages never end. — here
…I just learned, or relearned because I have known this for quite a while and use it daily, if you are the Captain Crazypants in your sea, most people will not rock the boat. — there
Hunterseeker – a Tumblr devoted Dune inspired art
Scott Burdick art – Wonderful paintings of Native Americans and others
World’s scariest runway?
Subterranean mansion and garden
20 Literary Tumblrs – Oooo! I’ve gotta look at these later.
Afterlife – A new book about research into the possibility that there is an afterlife. Apparently this is not limited to any single belief system.
11 Doctors Halloween Costumes – Cuteness!
National Geographic Found – Tumblr devoted to National Geographic photos. Wonderful!
Steampunk Frankenstein – Awesome costume
Battling church signs – Hilarious!
Coffee ads – A couple of these are quite clever.
Reflection – art from Tumble Dryer
And a Halloween pic from LOLCats
“You must dress for the theater of your life everyday.” — here
One of the tragedies of our modern society is, the people with thin skins get to tell the people with thick skins how they’re supposed to live, work, learn and recreate. — there (via)
For one of them in particular – 14-year-old Yamamoto Otokichi – this would prove to be only the beginning of a decades-long accidental circumnavigation of the globe. — here
…INNER CALM and WORLD PEACE may be achieved by a faithful observance of the Two Fundamental Principles of Tranquility… — there
Ruth Benerito – The inventor of wrinkle resistant cotton
Ettore Guatelli Museum – Wow!
The Big Book of… – Ha!
Pranks – Animated gifs. 14 of them. I like the door knocker.
Underneath New York – Ceremony inside a huge valve chamber
Invisible Cities – renegade opera
The New Post-Literate – art blog devoted asemic writing
The ride of his life – OMG! Always check your vehicle for cats.
Kid philosophy – Surprising things kids say
Sweet potato burritos – I might try these sometime.
Turner’s Manual – 18th century ornamental wood and metal working. I love these!
The Lost Art of the Cutaway and, on the same site, vintage produce crate labels
Zoom.it – Nifty! Be sure to read the about.
Neat Stuff Blog – Lots of vintage images: photos, advertising, etc. A few of the older posts are NSFW.
Now What? – Ha! And, for those of you who are not old enough to get the joke…
Confession: I used to think it was “put the lion in the coconut”.
Planets in our sky – What if we could replace our moon with a planet? Interesting.
IKEA or Black Metal? – Hilarious. I don’t know anything about either one so I wild guessed my way through the quiz and got 11 out of 20 correct.
Candy Corn-ucopia – 9 candy corn spinoffs. Is it bad that most of these look good to me? (Yes, that’s definitely bad.)
Autumn in Kazakhstan – Beautiful photos
Megan Lara Art – Interesting. There’s Firefly art.
Dragon Mitts – Nice
Czech Matchbox Labels
“If someone calls you a ‘Super-Star’ what they’re really saying is you’re an immense ball of gas and it hurts to look at you.” — here
I give myself nice things to look forward to, throughout the day. The moment you give in and let yourself get dragged down by misery you are closer to death. — there
I’m interested in pushing for the role of culture to have an equal place at the table of politics and economics. — here
And what has replaced this lovely palace? Weep, world, weep. — there
Aliens Guide to the Ruins of Washington – Not political
Murals – I love the overpass.
Printable Vintage Posters – Awesome! Odd.
Future Building Materials – Some of these are really icky; some are really nifty. I have heard of a few of them before.
Snickers Slice and Share – I have never seen one of these.
A Life in Post-It Notes – I love this one. This totally is a thing.
Ink Dot Portraits – Wow
Cats (and other animals) in Costumes
Rare Cloud Formations – Beautiful
I scored a 32 on this Can You Read People’s Emotions? test. For whatever it’s worth, the ones I got wrong were the ones on which I took longer to decide. Those I got right I knew immediately, which makes sense I guess.
There are too many cars in the parking lot with “Coexist!” bumper stickers on fancy cars that I could never afford. — here
“Description, not prescription,” is their battle cry; yet they will not and cannot describe one of the fundamental phenomena of a literary language like English, which is the fact that everyone except lexicographers believes that there is a correct standard that can be prescribed. — there
He’s got his thing dialed and it’s ringing my number. — here (Mind out of the gutter!)
I am pretty sure tacking thread is called basting thread in North America. Here, basting means anointing your turkey with juices during roasting… — there (We use “basting” both ways over here but I like “tacking” better.)
Botanical art – I love this sort of thing. In this group the plum and the peach are my favorites.
Newspaper lace – Interesting creation. A lot of tedious work.
Amusing Planet – Amazing, cool and sometimes strange stuff
Band Name or Romance Novel Title? – I have no idea.
Gray Flannel Suit – Vintage ephemera
Advertising for a Time Traveller – Ha!
Books – It’s a list of books, which I haven’t looked at yet, but I love the old photo at the top.
Americana by Moonlight – Abandoned places at night
Recreating Paintings With Stuff – Nifty.
Interesthingz – All sort of interesting things, lists, etc.
Messages From Another World – The Voices told him to paint. If only all Voices were that civilized.
Abandoned Wizard of Oz Theme Park
Natalia Rak – Mural artist. Amazing.
A Horse With No Name – A bit of rock and roll history
Evil Lairs – When I first saw that I thought it said “evil liars”.
World’s Most Expensive Pool Cue – Well, it looks cool but… really?
25 cooking and household tips
Vintage Probes – Some interesting facts about Voyager
Many Years Before Instagram – Ha!
Hello Star Wars – Cute, but do they have good arch support?
Swear to gawd. There needs to be a Robin Hood of Ass Kicking. — here
… if you look for them coincidences are all around. — there
…calling them tin-foilers is a bit insulting to the tin-foil. — here
“The only memory of the bee is a painting by a dying flower.” — there
Irregular Choice – These are almost enough to make me wear high heels. These, in particular, caught my eye. If I could find the exact polka dot fabric to match. I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite though. I want almost all of them. There are few really ugly ones in the bunch.
Locomotive Lithographs – Oooo! Oooo! Oooo! Steam engines! I think the last one is my favorite.
Colorized Iconic Photos – I’m of two minds about this sort of thing. My inner curmudgeon insists that black and white images should be left alone. On the other hand, I like some of these.
Amusing Planet – another website full of fascinating stuff
Wah La – A face palm for this one.
John Tottenham – Drawings and thoughts
Spreadable Beer – Beer has been called “liquid bread” so I guess this would be one of those “coming full circle” things.
Church in Antarctica -a charming little structure
Ancient Maps – fascinating
Popularity Math – hmmmm… I was never very good at math. Not sure this matters anyway.
Transparent – Neat photo trick.
The Northampton Clown – This is a little creepy and I’m not even especially creeped out by clowns.
The Tricky Science of Color Perception
A Field Guide to Procrastinators – I’m not sure what kind I am. A combination of several of them, I think.
If Mozart had only written one twentieth of the music he wrote, and this symphony was one of them, he would still be considered one of the greats. — here
She came over as a babe in arms, in the late 1800s — her exact birthday remains a mystery. “The cherry blossoms were in bloom” is the response she got when she asked her mother when she’d been born. — there
Perfect people aren’t sympathetic. They’re kind of annoying. And anyway, they’re not really perfect either. They’re simply afraid to be real. — here
Every now and then I surreptitiously gawk and take a picture, like a tourist. — there
As we all know, prediction is a tough business. But it’s a business made easier by the fact that no one is likely to call you incorrect for decades, if ever. — here
Dad, as I recall, had a grudging admiration for the Yokyoks, and loved chasing them about the house, rooting them out wherever he found them. — there
Yesterday I went searching for retro future images and here’s some of what I found.
Posts tagged “retro future” on Tumblr – Nice. I need to have a look at the Tumblrs these came from. I like the train; more steampunk than retro future but I like it. It’s from Steampunk Tendencies, which has a lot of even more awesome images.
To the Stars – a great collection of images in a 2007 blog post.
Retro Sci-Fi art – This is part 6. Links to 1 thru 4 at the bottom. Great images. The Western Electric ad is hilarious.
Retro future ads for social media
Retropolis – Ooooo! Stuff to buy! Really cool stuff. A bit on the spendy side though. I thought about getting one of the calendars but they cost twice as much as I usually spend for a calendar. One (or two) of the t-shirts though… that’s temptation I might not be able to resist. They’re a little more expensive than most but not totally out of line.