"Why sunglasses are expensive. Luxottica, the world's largest eyeware manufacturer, revolutionized the industry and essentially created a vertically integrated monopoly."
"The history of Iso E Super began in the 1960s. Many scientists around the world studied aroma chemistry and explored compounds with an ionone-like structure – the substances determining the scent of violets. In 1973, John B. Hall and James M. Sanders from the American corporation International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), discovered a new chemical compound. They patented it and called it “Isocyclemone E”. A little bit later, they improved the synthesis method and came up with a “refined” version – Iso E Super."
"A short film by Witness Relocation based on an article in Harper's Bazaar by award winning fashion designer / filmmaker Tom Ford about a typical 24 hours in his life."
First 30 seconds or so are NSFW.
With Peter Gzowski on 90 Minutes Live, 1976.
"See the Emporio Armani Spring Summer 2016 collection as interpreted by Rankin in a fashion film starring Immy Waterhouse and inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood. A colorful time-lapse epic, from dawn till dusk, influenced by the layered pinks and corals of the collection."
"Pier Paolo Pasolini (March 5, 1922 -- November 2, 1975) was an Italian poet, intellectual, film director, and writer. Pasolini distinguished himself as a poet, journalist, philosopher, linguist, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, newspaper and magazine columnist, actor, painter and political figure. He demonstrated a unique and extraordinary cultural versatility, becoming a highly controversial figure in the process."
"Coil has always been an iconoclastic force within culture, standing well outside the circles of mainstream acceptance. One of the most confrontational aspects of their early work is a defiant expression of their homosexuality. The importance of this is so easily lost to the modern viewer, now thirty years removed from the political and social climate of 1980s England and the intensely conservative air of the Thatcher years. It is also easy to misjudge the virulent homophobia and utter inaction that was the international response to the AIDS epidemic. For perspective, 1986—the year Horse Rotorvator was released—was also the first year AIDS was defined by the World Health Organization. In the midst of such an inferno of sexualized death, it must have been easy to see the world churning with the jawbones of the apocalypse."
Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.
"This feature documentary studies one of the city’s most visible yet most anonymous character: the taxi driver. Filmed by day and night, the film offers an entertaining and sometimes comical look at the drivers, fleet operators and dispatchers who are expected to deliver passengers, parcels… and even babies."
СНЕГУРОЧКА "Snow Maiden" - Soviet-length animated film in 1952 based on the eponymous play by Alexander Ostrovsky music by Rimsky-Korsakov in the treatment of L. Schwartz.
"Winter ends and Santa Claus is going to the north. What to do with my daughter granddaughter? Her icy heart never knew any simple human joys, no love, but once she heard the song Lola and wanted to stay in Berendeevo kingdom. And ask your mother - Spring beauty - melt her heart ..."
"For over a hundred years now, scientists have been discussing what plant was used to prepare Soma (Haoma), a sacred drink of the ancient Indians and Iranians, which 'inspired poets and seers, made warriors fearless.' The hypotheses were plenty: from eph edra, can nabis, and op ium poppy to blue water lily (Nymphaea caerulea) and fly agaric (Amanita muscaria). The answer was found in a grave of a noble woman buried in an elite burial ground of the Xiongnu, the famous nomads of Central Asia."
(Various elisions to circumvent 403 errors at my server. - Ed.)
"In this film created by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, potter Michelle Erickson recreates an 18th century agate teapot using 18th century techniques."
"The best fashion show is on the street. Always has been; always will be."
NSFW (occasional language/hilarity)
Which is a bigger waste of taxpayer money?
"When the owners of Brodgar Farm ploughed up a large notched stone in their field in 2003, they knew it was no normal rock. Someone had altered it. And given the farm’s location, it wouldn’t have been surprising if that someone had lived a very, very long time ago."
Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.
Jim Goldstein bought the house in 1972, for a mere $185,000. “There just wasn’t the distance at that period to see the value of the architecture,” says Govan, though it’s hard to imagine now how anyone could undervalue its incredible spatial moves. The house is entered from the land side into a fairly compressed space that gives way to a living area with a soaring ceiling in coffered concrete. “It opens up like a piano lid,” says Govan, “and you’re looking at the most spectacular view. It’s incredibly powerful.”
"Cantilevered out from a 30-storey skyscraper, suspended 300m above a ravine, or stuck on the side of a cliff, these designs take architecture to new heights. Here are eight of the most dizzying projects in the world."
"State-of-the-art Maple Leaf Cinema at the CN Tower features the Canadian Premiere of The Red Rocket, a film that propels audiences on an eye-popping 14-minute electric trolley journey through the vibrant heart of Metropolitan Toronto. The Red Rocket celebrates five generations of iconic Toronto streetcars that have served citizens and shaped the city since the 1890s. The film presents Toronto's storied transit history: from the first electric streetcars of the early 1890s, to the Peter Whitt trolley introduced in 1922, to the PCC cars of the 40s, 50s and 60s, and ultimately the state-of-the-art Flexity tram now merging onto the city's thoroughfares. Viewers explore Toronto from many angles: dancing with trolley wheels at street-level to soaring over the city in bird's-eye aerials. Filmed in 2013-2014, The Red Rocket premieres and will be shown exclusively at the CN Tower's Maple Leaf Cinema."
"Patagonian penguin alters migration each year to visit the man who saved his life."
Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.
"A complete Bronze Age wheel believed to be the largest and earliest of its kind found in the UK has been unearthed.
The 3,000-year-old artefact was found at a site dubbed 'Britain's Pompeii', at Must Farm in Cambridgeshire."
"On a Scottish hillside, a former mining site has been transformed into a landscape of the multiverse – exploring both its galaxies and mysteries about how it all began."