May 31, 2013

Aaron Sims - Archetype (2012)

"RL7 is an eight-foot tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past."

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

Beauty in the expired

"Using expired film, L.A.-based photographer Vicky Moon shoots the run-down motels, laundromats, and liquor stores of the city, capturing the battered fluorescent façades as they look not basking in the California sun."

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Spice or poison

How does sulphur get into whisky?

Many sherry and wine producers burn a sulphur candle in the cask for sterilization to prevent the growth of bacteria. There can be an awful lot of sulphur in the smoke that settles down on the inner surface of the cask. Whisky filled into such a cask will pick up the sulphur immediately, so that even a short finishing period may result in strong sulphur notes.
Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

AFX - XMD 5a

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May 30, 2013

MoutonCollet - Papier d'Arménie

Aussi: Le papier d'Arménie, un papier typiquement parisien.

Et en anglais: "Papier d'Arménie, or Armenian Paper, is a room deodorizing product sold as booklets of twelve sheets of paper each cut into three pieces, which are coated with benzoin resin, the dried sap of styrax trees."

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

The cronut movement

"The Cronut, an iced doughnut made from deep-fried croissant pastry, rolled in sugar and filled with cream, has become the subject of New York's latest frenzied food fad."

"I came all the way from Maine to have one", another disappointed customer who arrived too late reported on Cronut.org, a swiftly established fan website. "And to visit my daughter," she added.
Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

#CandidlyNicole: Tramp Stamp

Nicole Richie explores tattoo removal.

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Venetian Snares - Szamár Madár

Posted by the Flea at 08:42 AM

May 29, 2013



MEANING: A personal values system (what you believe is important and unimportant).

Once you know what Kachikan means, you’ll start hearing it a lot. For example, if Sarah thinks that 100,00 yen is a decent amount to spend on dinner and drinks in a single night, and Geoff considers that a wasteful spending of a week’s worth of dinner money, those two people do not have good Kachikan. Their values are incompatible.

Chitose Abe of Sacai: “Obviously, I have so much respect for that company. But more than learning my trade as a designer or how to marry creativity with business, do you know the most important thing I learned from Comme des Garçons? How to catch when a new kachikan (personal value system) is born and how to express it through fashion.”

Posted by the Flea at 07:48 AM

The conquest of Everest

"George Lowe was something of the forgotten man from the 1953 experdition to Everest."

While Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing rightly got the plaudits for making the summit 60 years ago to this day, Lowe, a fellow New Zealander and old climbing partner of Hillary, was a key part of their success, carving a route for the group up the Lhotse Face and playing a pivotal role in setting up the final camp from which the summit was finally reached.

Posted by the Flea at 07:47 AM

Shovels & Rope - Lay Low

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May 28, 2013

Not since Adam has any human known such solitude

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"Michael Collins is the only human, living or dead, not contained in the frame of this picture."

Posted by the Flea at 07:59 AM

Ralf Holleis' Carbon Fiber VRZ 2 Track

3D printed bike porn.

Related thought: Could 3D printing disrupt the designer eyewear market?

Posted by the Flea at 07:57 AM

Who invented clothes?

"Caveman stereotypes aside, stone age clothes weren't just animal skins."

Posted by the Flea at 07:54 AM

Grimes - Crystal Ball (Live from a Mexico City's rooftop)

Posted by the Flea at 07:52 AM

May 27, 2013

Heiko van der Scherm - Descendents (2011)

Related: The making of Descendents.

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

Fish and chips

Eight of the best traditional chippies in Britain. Sadly, too far from me to be of immediate utility.

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Willow Beats - Alchemy

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May 26, 2013

Leiji Matsumoto - Galaxy Express 999 (1978)

"Galaxy Express 999 (銀河鉄道999 Ginga Tetsudō Surī Nain?) is a manga written and drawn by Leiji Matsumoto, as well as various anime films and TV series based on it. It is set in a space-faring, high-tech future in which humans have learned how to transfer their minds (but not their emotions) into mechanical bodies, thus achieving practical immortality."

Posted by the Flea at 10:18 AM

Milky Way over a Florida Hammock

"Well, the milky way does look like a huge, sprawling light cloud under a clear dark sky, the stars blend together. You just can't see the purple--and it's the same with almost every deep sky object. With a few notable exceptions, everything looks black and white in the eyepiece of a telescope.

"The two kinds of photoreceptors in the eye are rods and cones. Cones are "color" vision, triggering on red, green, and blue wavelengths, and we have about 6 million. Rods are nightvision, and we have 120 million...so our nightvision is far more sensitive, but it lacks all color perception, triggering as luminosity only between the blue and green wavelengths. When you see color at night, you are actually seeing your color vision and nightvision at the same time. (They operate independently and combine in your brain.)
"nterestingly, this is why astronomers use red light. Bright light causes your rods to "turn off", but your rods can't see red, so using red light doesn't switch off your nightvision."

Posted by the Flea at 10:17 AM

United States Patent Application 20120278904

"If you enjoy streaming movies at home through Netflix or Amazon Prime (or whatever other service you use), get ready to start paying more, because there’s a new technology just dropped off at the patent office that promises to keep you from enjoying movies with a few friends."

Posted by the Flea at 10:16 AM

Phèdre - Aphrodite

Posted by the Flea at 10:12 AM

May 25, 2013

John Searle on Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Bryan Magee talks to John Searle about the legacy of Ludwig Wittgenstein; ranging from his early work, the Tractatus, to his posthumously published, Philosophical Investigations

Section 2, Section 3, Section 4, Section 5.

Posted by the Flea at 06:28 AM

Insert Ark joke here

"For its 'Amazon Unpacked' series, UK's The Financial Times Weekend Magazine got photographer Ben Roberts a pass into the hyper-systematized environs of one of Amazon.com's ginormous - roughly the length of nine football fields - fulfillment warehouses."

Posted by the Flea at 06:27 AM

Bury me beneath the Black Square

“The Funeral of Suprematism,” by Mieczysław Szczuka (1927) and Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist funeral.

Posted by the Flea at 06:24 AM

Hack like me

“We’re still poor, you’re still rich, give us back our paycheck, bitch”

Posted by the Flea at 06:23 AM

Ólafur Arnalds - Fyrsta

Posted by the Flea at 06:22 AM

May 24, 2013


“The newest contribution to the wave of nostalgia is the French comedy Populaire the story of a young secretary with a perky ponytail and the talent of typing 491 keys per minute.”

Posted by the Flea at 07:28 AM

The S was for "shoe"

Gentleman's Gazetter presents the eclectic shoe collection of Harry S Truman.

Related thought: 150 years of sneakers at the Bata Shoe Museum.

Posted by the Flea at 07:27 AM

Grand Extrait

Chanel has announced Grands Extraits collectors editions of Gardenia, Coco Mademoiselle and Chanel No. 5 with the latter priced at $3800.00 per bottle.

Posted by the Flea at 07:24 AM

Martha and the Muffins - Cooling the Medium

Posted by the Flea at 07:22 AM

May 23, 2013

Ruari Robinson - The Silent City (2006)

Posted by the Flea at 08:19 AM

Profit margin

20 May update from Iain Banks.

I wish I did have the time to reply to everybody individually but I don’t. I think I’ll only comment on any of the posts if there’s something factually wrong mentioned in them, and so far the only point I can remember is one where an ex-neighbour of ours recalled (in an otherwise entirely kind and welcome comment) me telling him, years ago, that my SF novels effectively subsidised the mainstream works. I think he’s just misremembered, as this has never been the case. Until the last few years or so, when the SF novels started to achieve something approaching parity in sales, the mainstream always out-sold the SF – on average, if my memory isn’t letting me down, by a ratio of about three or four to one. I think a lot of people have assumed that the SF was the trashy but high-selling stuff I had to churn out in order to keep a roof over my head while I wrote the important, serious, non-genre literary novels. Never been the case, and I can’t imagine that I’d have lied about this sort of thing, least of all as some sort of joke. The SF novels have always mattered deeply to me – the Culture series in particular – and while it might not be what people want to hear (academics especially), the mainstream subsidised the SF, not the other way round.
Posted by the Flea at 08:17 AM

Laurie Anderson - Transitory Life

Posted by the Flea at 08:12 AM

May 22, 2013

Dead man walking

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How did pre-colonization, Midwest, Native Americans deal with tornados?

I watched a documentary on tornadoes that mentioned that one of the plains tribes had an oral tradition of referring to one particular type of tornado as a "dead man walking." They had footage of a May 27, 1997 tornado that went through the small Central Texas town of Jerrell, that was described by storm-chasers as beginning with a medium dual-rope tornado or multi-vortex pencil tornado. (as it went through town it became lethal) For the first and only time in my life, I saw the dead-man-walking. It looked like the hips, legs, and feet of a huge giant. The two tornadoes were connected at the top, which looked like hips/lower torso. The clouds obscured the imagined upper body, the bend in the "rope" made knees, and the point of contact with the ground made a dusty swelling that could be thought of as feet. As each of the twin tornadoes rotated around each other they created a haunting optical illusion of legs walking. It was a real heart-stopper. Edit: Still image found here.

After seeing that footage, I have no problem understanding how an oral tradition of an angry spirit scuffing his way across the landscape could occur.
Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

It's pronounced "jif", apparently

Steve Wilhite, "then working at CompuServe (the nation’s first major online service) knew the company wanted to display things like color weather maps. Because he had an interest in compression technologies, Mr. Wilhite thought he could help."

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Xbox One Reveal 2013 Highlights

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Tangerine Dream - Hyperborea

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May 21, 2013

The Mystery of the Rosetta Stone (2005)

Posted by the Flea at 08:58 AM

The Legend of Conan

Paul Verhoeven wants to direct Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Legend of Conan.

Related: Marvel Movies vs. DC Movies.

Posted by the Flea at 08:57 AM

Autechre - known(1)

Posted by the Flea at 08:52 AM

May 20, 2013

Petals falling from the sky

A report from the Cot d'Azur's Bataille de Fleurs.

There's a dragon charging down the street. Smoke pours out of his mouth and nose. Large, red eyes blink with malicious intent. The brown ridges along his back stand out against the blue sky. As he approaches, the crowd oohs and aahs with approval. Dramatic, orchestral music builds to a climax. Children yell with excitement. And then the dragon gets stuck. Clearly someone has miscalculated.

Carnival meets Cirque de Soleil. Montreal could juice up Carifiesta and put on something along the same lines.

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

Tesla was robbed

Edison Electric Co. photographers documented the electrification of Los Angeles in the 1940s.

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Giorgio Armani Frames of Life - Lucille & Adrian

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Biosphere - People Are Friends

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May 19, 2013

Karl Lagerfeld - Once Upon A Time... (2013)

Behind the scenes.

The film.

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

Ballet at speed

“It must be so hard, being Prince Harry all the time,” said the Canadian model Jessica Stam, who despite the suburban setting and soggy weather, was dressed in a severe structured black dress by Thom Browne and a pair of that designer’s stiletto wing tips. “Everything is Prince Harry, Prince Harry, Prince Harry,” she added. Wouldn’t it be nice, she said, to be just plain Harry every once in a while?"

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

"Emancipation of women has made them lose their mystery"

"Grace Kelly's favorite fine jewellery house, Cartier, has opened its archives ahead of Olivier Dahan's film Princess Grace, creating five exact replicas of vintage pieces worn on-screen by Nicole Kidman."

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

Xu Xu Fang - Fascination Street

Posted by the Flea at 08:22 AM

May 18, 2013

The Animation Workshop - The Backwater Gospel (2011)

Posted by the Flea at 08:49 AM

Moon impact

"The blast lasted only about a single second and shone like a 4th magnitude star—making it bright enough to see with just the unaided eye."

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Blue Heaven

The world's largest blue whale colony has been discovered in Sri Lanka.

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Gescom - Key Nell 1

Posted by the Flea at 08:42 AM

May 17, 2013

Wait for me, Daddy (1940)

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Wait for me, Daddy is one of the most famous Canadian pictures of the Second World War. It was taken October 1st, 1940, in New Westminster, British Columbia by Claude Dettloff.

Posted by the Flea at 06:29 AM

Bluetooth hoard

"Danish museum officials say that an archaeological dig last year has revealed 365 items from the Viking era, including 60 rare coins."

Posted by the Flea at 06:27 AM

Not your father's Liverpool Central Library

"After three years and £55million the Liverpool Central Library is finally due to be re-opened this week - and is already drawing gasps at the stunning result."

Posted by the Flea at 06:24 AM

Michael Andrews - The Artifact And Living

Posted by the Flea at 06:22 AM

May 16, 2013

Battle of the Nations 2013 Aigues Mortes, France

"The Battle of the Nations is an international historical medieval battles world championship, first held in 2009,[1] and held in Europe in April every year since. It is a full contact competition, using metal weapons, and a standardized list of rules.[2] National teams in HMB compete at the championship in several standard nominations, including 'Triathlon Duel', 'Professional fights', '5 vs 5', '21 vs 21' and 'all vs all'. All battles are full contact, no stage reenactment battles are organized at the championship."

Ost du Quebec representing for "Canada".

Team Quebec (also known at Ost du Quebec) was the first non European team to enter the tournament in Ukraine in 2011. Their captain put a team together of 9 fighters and 3 support staff who traveled from Montreal Quebec to take part in the tournament. They also held the first friendly tournament under the HMB rules in St-Eustache in February 2012 where participants from Ontario and USA took part. Together with Scallagrims group from Toronto they founded the National Medieval Martial Arts League in Canada, a league that is recognized in both Quebec and Canada.

Battle of the Nations - Cannabis Dei vs von Massow - Final Eliminations 2013 Poland.

Oldenways: "Battle of the Nations", Episode 1.

Posted by the Flea at 07:16 AM

Benjamin Franklin - Fart Proudly (1781)

"Fart Proudly" (also called "A Letter To A Royal Academy", and "To the Royal Academy of Farting") is the popular name of a "notorious essay" about flatulence written by Benjamin Franklin circa 1781 while he was living abroad as United States Ambassador to France.

Posted by the Flea at 07:15 AM

View from the top of the Washington Monument

"The National Park Service released video taken from the top of the Washington Monument as workers completed the scaffolding around the 555-foot obelisk. The monument is covered in scaffolding to prepare for work repairing damage it suffered in the August 2011 earthquake."

Posted by the Flea at 07:14 AM

Emeli Sandé & The Bryan Ferry Orchestra - Crazy In Love

Posted by the Flea at 07:03 AM

May 15, 2013

Grimes - Genesis (Live on KEXP)

Posted by the Flea at 08:18 AM

Madam, of what use is a baby?

"There may not have been practical uses for Michael Faraday trying to figure out electricity, magnetism, and the way the two are connected back then, but it would be just mere decades before his research began to pay off when electric generators, motors and radio came on the scene. The reason Semley can quickly assemble smug, pointless treatises into Microsoft Word and fail to fact-check by hitting Google via wifi is because of 'boondoggles' like Faraday’s research."

Posted by the Flea at 08:15 AM

Rock the casbah

Riads, villas and flats for sale in Tangier.

Posted by the Flea at 08:14 AM

Deadmau5 feat. Kaskade - I Remember

Posted by the Flea at 08:12 AM

May 14, 2013

Ready to Share: The Ecology of Creativity in Fashion

"Designer Tom Ford and cultural commentator Guy Trebay engage in a conversation about the distinctive role of homage, open appropriation and creative transformation in fashion. The Norman Lear Center's landmark conference on creativity and ownership in the fashion industry asks whether the fashion industry offers a compelling model for other creative industries to explore and emulate."

Posted by the Flea at 07:48 AM

I, Pencil

"When I am speaking to students, I like to show them a still from the Oliver Stone movie Wall Street in which the masterful financier Gordon Gekko is talking on his cell phone, a Motorola DynaTac 8000X. The students always — always — laugh: The ridiculous thing is more than a foot long and weighs a couple of pounds. But the revelatory fact that takes a while to sink in is this: You had to be a millionaire to have one. The phone cost the equivalent of nearly $10,000, it cost about $1,000 a month to operate, and you couldn’t text or play Angry Birds on it. When the first DynaTac showed up in a movie — it was Sixteen Candles, a few years before Wall Street — it was located in the front seat of a Rolls-Royce, which is where such things were found 25 or 30 years ago. By comparison, an iPhone 5 is a wonder, a commonplace miracle. My question for the students is: How is it that the cell phones in your pockets get better and cheaper every year, but your schools get more expensive and less effective? (Or, if you live in one of the better school districts, get much more expensive and stagnate?) How is it that Gordon Gekko’s ultimate status symbol looks to our eyes as ridiculous as Molly Ringwald’s Reagan-era wardrobe and asymmetrical hairdos? That didn’t just happen."

Radical: "I, Pencil is an essay by Leonard Read. The full title is I, Pencil: My Family Tree as Told to Leonard E. Read and it was first published in the December 1958 issue of The Freeman."

(via AoSHQ)

Posted by the Flea at 07:47 AM

If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others

"Dick's political awareness was not so much undeveloped as developed to a point where he fully recognized the futility of politics."

Instead he focused on human decency, as expressed through empathy and sacrifice. In his work, characters often come through by doing the hard thing at the right moment. The secret police chief who refuses to execute the man indirectly responsible for his insane sister's death, simply because the man is not guilty. The odd little guy who builds carts for rejected AI missile guidance systems and sends them off into the world "to give them a chance." The young woman, drugged and hallucinating, who thwarts an SS assassin out of something like pure instinct. And that doctor, who with his political connections can have just anything he wishes done for him, but who decides to return to his crazed and deteriorating wife because he couldn't live with himself otherwise. (After -- and here's the Phil Dick mystique -- an intense and emotional discussion with an automated flying cab.)

(via Ed Driscoll)

Superposition: “There will come a time when it isn't 'They're spying on me through my phone' anymore. Eventually, it will be 'My phone is spying on me'.” - Philip K. Dick

Posted by the Flea at 07:44 AM

Chris Hadfield - Space Oddity

A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.

Posted by the Flea at 07:42 AM

May 13, 2013

Craig Ferguson - Craig visits Glasgow & Edinburgh

Featuring Mila Kunis.

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

Brandon Plantation

"Offered for just the third time since 1607, the 4,487-acre Brandon Plantation will go to auction on June 23rd."

The massive Virginia estate is centered around a brick manor house designed, at least "substantially," by none other than President Thomas Jefferson. Located just 120 miles from Jefferson's masterpiece, Monticello, the mansion boasts seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, while the listing has all sorts of superlatives to support the sale. "The oldest continuous agricultural operation in the U.S.," the auctioneers declare. "Shakespeare's daughter and a survivor of the Titanic each had a part of this breathtaking plantation's history."
Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Sport coat shopping

"As much as I encourage you to grow up your wardrobe and steer you towards the world of suits and sport coats, I feel like I’ve done you a disservice by not fully diving into the subject about proper fit."

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Wojciech Kilar - 2. Koncert fortepianowy

Sinfonietta Cracovia, Roberta Kabary conducting. Beata Bilińska, piano.

Posted by the Flea at 08:42 AM

May 12, 2013

Vangelis - Blade Runner (Esper Edition 2002)

"[T]he 'Esper Edition' has surprisingly become 'stuff of legend' in many Blade Runner circles‚ mentioned on many webpages all over the internet. While secretly very flattered- we’d also like to take this moment to 'de-mystify' the release.

"Why did we make it? Basically‚ we were sick of so many BR bootlegs floating around that never "got it right" in terms of chronology‚ or thoroughness. They all had something unique to them‚ but there were always oversights. So‚ like taking pieces from a puzzle‚ we decided to simply 'cut and paste' from all the exiting releases (official‚ bootlegs‚ private releases‚ etc)‚ 1982 video‚ 1992 directors cut and construct something fresh. We paid close attention to chronologically follow the sequences from the film. Although not agreeing at first‚ we finally decided it would be best to have the tracks flow into one another‚ as a sort of BR suite."

Posted by the Flea at 08:05 AM

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Sky Tree, the world’s tallest tower at 634 meters, was completed Wednesday afternoon.

Pravduh: Skytree in Tokyo attracts thousands (images at the link).

Posted by the Flea at 08:03 AM

How to Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) おにぎりの作り方

Posted by the Flea at 08:02 AM

May 11, 2013

A for Andromeda - Ep. 6, Face of the Tiger (1961)

"A for Andromeda is a British television science fiction drama serial first made and broadcast by the BBC in seven parts in 1961. Written by the noted cosmologist Fred Hoyle, in conjunction with author and television producer John Elliot, it concerns a group of scientists who detect a radio signal from a distant galaxy that contains instructions for the design of an advanced computer. When the computer is built it gives the scientists instructions for the creation of a living organism named Andromeda, but one of the scientists, John Fleming, fears that Andromeda's purpose is to subjugate humanity.

"The serial is notable for being the first major role for the actress Julie Christie. Only one episode of the original production survives, along with a few short extracts from other episodes."

Posted by the Flea at 08:18 AM

Change my view

"I remain unconvinced that my death has a fixed 100% probability."

First of all, whether or not this is true depends on how stringently you mean "100%". If we get right down to it we can't know that we're not, say, living in some sort of computer simulation; if that's the case the "real" world could be anything you could imagine with any sort of arbitrary physics and rules. Nothing (with perhaps the exception of math and logic) can be known for sure. But, that makes for a boring argument. So let's start with the premise that reality exists and is pretty much how we observe it. Not too much to ask, right?

The first thing you'll realize when you start thinking about this is that to have a non-zero chance of dying you have to live forever. We're not talking about just living indefinitely long, replacing organs as you go and whatnot, but instead I should be able to name any time in the future and you'll still be around. Let's take a look at what that will take.
Posted by the Flea at 08:17 AM

Miyoko Shida - The Incredible Power Of Concentration

Posted by the Flea at 08:13 AM

Vangelis - Beautiful Planet Earth

Posted by the Flea at 08:11 AM

May 10, 2013

Ottavio Missoni, RIP

"Ottavio Missoni, the patriarch of an esteemed Italian fashion house whose outré, multicolored knits and zigzag stitches became an insider status symbol for the ultra-wealthy, died Thursday at the family’s home in Sumirago, Italy. He was 92."

Legacy: "Ottavio Missoni, an Italian track star, and his young bride, Rosita, created the Missoni label in the 1950s, and for many decades it was considered the height of Italian sophistication, known for its rather jarring striated patterns" (images at the link).

Posted by the Flea at 08:58 AM

Famous paintings

Improved by cats.

Posted by the Flea at 08:57 AM

Dior - Eau Sauvage Parfum

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Findlay - Off & On

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May 09, 2013

Whistling Smith (1975)

Whistling Smith is a 1975 Canadian short documentary film about Vancouver policeman Sergeant Bernie "Whistling" Smith, directed by Marrin Canell. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short at the 48th Academy Awards (via Blazing Cat Fur).

Policemen are street people too: "For Bernie 'Whistling' Smith, Hastings Street in the 1970s was a hard place. But he had easy answers. His methods were unconventional, abrasive and a little controversial. But they worked."

Posted by the Flea at 07:28 AM

Plant Reproductive Material Law

"A new law proposed by the European Commission would make it illegal to 'grow, reproduce or trade' any vegetable seeds that have not been 'tested, approved and accepted' by a new EU bureaucracy named the 'EU Plant Variety Agency.'

"This law will immediately stop the professional development of vegetable varieties for home gardeners, organic growers, and small-scale market farmers," said Ben Gabel, vegetable breeder and director of The Real Seed Catalogue. "Home gardeners have really different needs - for example they grow by hand, not machine, and can't or don't want to use such powerful chemical sprays. There's no way to register the varieties suitable for home use as they don't meet the strict criteria of the Plant Variety Agency, which is only concerned about approving the sort of seed used by industrial farmers."

Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.

Posted by the Flea at 07:27 AM

Raping People Daily (日人民报)

"The People's Daily is the main state-owned newspaper of China's communist party, and everyone was pretty psyched about the paper's new Beijing headquarters. The building is massive, imposing, and, uh, currently shaped like a colossal penis."

Posted by the Flea at 07:24 AM

The Young and the Restless: Jeanne Cooper's Final Scene

"Jeanne Cooper, the enduring actress on “The Young and the Restless” who had much in common with her character, the forthright Katherine Chancellor — apart from everyday occurrences in the soap opera universe like being stranded on a desert island with nothing but her jewelry, having a shopping center fall on her and inadvertently giving one of her grandchildren away — died on Wednesday in Los Angeles."

Posted by the Flea at 07:23 AM

Ott - Cley Hill

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May 08, 2013

Ray Harryhausen - The Story Of Rapunzel (1951)

Ray Harryhausen, RIP: "The word 'iconic' is tossed about far too carelessly. In the case of Harryhausen’s patiently handcrafted effects, it fits perfectly."

Posted by the Flea at 07:48 AM

Recursion, n. See recursion.

"Two brothers, Patrick and Daniel Klug, recently released their first game called 'Game Dev Tycoon'. In it, players start a small game development company in the 1980's and attempt to build it up to a development powerhouse over the next 30 years.

"In a bit of an experiment, the Klugs released a cracked version of their game and uploaded it themselves to a torrent site."

Posted by the Flea at 07:47 AM

IllumiRoom: Peripheral Projected Illusions for Interactive Experiences

Posted by the Flea at 07:44 AM

The Books - Smells Like Content

Posted by the Flea at 07:42 AM

May 07, 2013

The Jupiter Menace (1983)

"Yes, friends, the world will come to an end in the year 2000. This time, folks, we're not relying on mere Biblical prophecy, but on The Jupiter Menace. Gather closely, friends, as we tell you how, thanks to the gravitational pull of the largest planet in the Solar System, the earth will be thrown off its Axis."

But I digress: The documentary has kitsch value, obviously, but I am actually linking it for the Larry Fast, aka Synergy, Jupiter Menace soundtrack. Nothing else sounds like the Yamaha CS-80.

The music itself is pure Berlin school space music. The producers and directors of the film wanted to use Gustav Holst's The Planets, but could not get permission. Fast borrowed some from Tomita's version of that opus and built a triumphant and dynamic spacescape from the opening chords. He also used some compositions from his own releases to top the set. The atmospheres are scary and ominous. The pace is quick and the stage is large. Fast's huge walls of sound are heavily sequenced and full of experimental sounds. This disc will appeal to fans of Jean Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze, Ron Boots, Ian Boddy and Tangerine Dream.
Posted by the Flea at 07:28 AM

Seven eccentric geniuses

Who were clearly just insane.

Posted by the Flea at 07:27 AM

Historical figures

And how they would have looked today.

Posted by the Flea at 07:24 AM

Ratmir Aleksandrov - Your Call

Ratmir Aleksandrov, serving in Chechnya, covers Sektor Gaza.

Posted by the Flea at 07:22 AM

May 06, 2013

BBC - Hells Angels and Skinheads (1969)

Posted by the Flea at 08:04 AM


"In the semiotic theories of Jakob von Uexküll and Thomas A. Sebeok, umwelt (plural: umwelten; from the German Umwelt meaning 'environment' or 'surroundings') is the 'biological foundations that lie at the very epicenter of the study of both communication and signification in the human [and non-human] animal.'"

Posted by the Flea at 08:03 AM

Air France Sud SE-210 Caravelle lll (1964)

Air France promotes the Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle with the dulcet tones of French girl group, "Les Parisiennes".

Posted by the Flea at 08:02 AM

Mammút - Salt

Posted by the Flea at 08:01 AM

May 05, 2013

Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother (2011)

Sergeant Slaughter - My Big Brother from Douglas Ray on Vimeo.

(NSFW, language, naked Tom Hardy)

Posted by the Flea at 06:02 AM

Koven - More Than You (Unplugged)

Posted by the Flea at 06:01 AM

May 04, 2013

A Boy And His Atom: The World's Smallest Movie

"You're about to see the movie that holds the Guinness World Records™ record for the World's Smallest Stop-Motion Film (see how it was made). The ability to move single atoms — the smallest particles of any element in the universe — is crucial to IBM's research in the field of atomic memory. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on top of each other), all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can be seen only when you magnify it 100 million times. A movie made with atoms."

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

Books returned to Toronto library

Two-hundred years overdue.

Three books, symbolizing the stash looted from the city’s only library during the Battle of York on April 27, 1813, were returned Sunday to the Toronto Reference Library.
Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

For the English, wit is the way that we communicate fury, intelligence and love

"There's something funny, and thus irresistible, about Farage with a cigarette in hand, hat on head, charming the voters with his market banter. Yesterday, people voted Ukip partly out of anger and partly for a laugh. It’s a very British revolution."

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Elektrik People - Make Me A Bird

Posted by the Flea at 08:42 AM

May 03, 2013

Tom Hardy - I know you all (rap style)


I know you all, and will awhile uphold
The unyok'd humour of your idleness.
Yet herein will I imitate the Sun,
Who doth permit the base contagious clouds
To smother up his beauty from the world,
That, when he please again to be himself,
Being wanted, he may be more wonder'd at,
By breaking through the foul and ugly mists
Of vapours that did seem to strangle him.
If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work;
But, when they seldom come, they wish'd-for come,
And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.
So when this loose behaviour I throw off,
And pay the debt I never promised,
By how much better than my word I am,
By so much shall I falsify men's hopes;
And, like bright metal on a sullen ground,
My reformation, glitt'ring o'er my fault,
Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes
Than that which hath no foil to set it off.
I'll so offend to make offense a skill,
Redeeming time when men think least I will.

- Prince's soliloquy, Henry IV, Part One, Act 1, Scene 2

Posted by the Flea at 07:28 AM

In Germany

An American beer invasion.

In the last year in Berlin, high-end U.S. beer — including one from California that is flown over in coolers — has become available in some grocery stores, and several U.S.-style craft breweries have opened. The efforts are aimed at challenging the dominance of plain-old pilsner, the mild lager that dominates more than half of beer sales in Germany. Beer consumption is slipping in Germany, and some brewers say their only salvation lies in fostering a drinking culture less constrained by a 1516 purity law that they say crimps innovation.
Posted by the Flea at 07:27 AM

The Golden Filter - Favourite Things

Posted by the Flea at 07:22 AM

May 01, 2013

Mendelssohn - Die erste Walpurgisnacht op.60

Antoni Ros-Marbà conducting the RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Madrid.

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM


“What it essentially means is that someone is obsessed with eating only healthy food that they consider to be pure.”

“Fat helps us absorb fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E, and K, and it also helps us absorb phydo chemicals in fruits and vegetables,” said Culbert. “Whole grains have been shown to be heart healthy. . . Dairy is a great source of protein and a great source of calcium and Vitamin D.”

Orthorexics start with the best motives, really wanting to be in great shape and good health. The problem is their actions have the exact opposite effect.
Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

The place where men become gods

Hundreds of orbs covered in jarosite - oxidized pyrite - have been unearthed in the rubble of a temple in what was once Teotichuacan. And, pace the archaeological hand waving about high-ranking people, priests and rulers, the experts have no idea what they were for.

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

Burial - Ashtray Wasp

Posted by the Flea at 08:22 AM