November 30, 2013

Merv Griffin Show - Salvador Dali (1965)

Posted by the Flea at 11:28 AM

Unconvincing Trotskyite views

As Faber & Faber Editor, T.S. Eliot rejected George Orwell's Animal Farm.

Eliot, that Tory of Tories, did not want to upset the Soviets in those fraught years of World War II. Besides, he opined, the pigs, being the smartest of the critters on the farm in question, were best qualified to run the place.
Posted by the Flea at 11:27 AM

7 Real (And Totally Insane) Medical Practices from History

"Take medicine, for example: Yes, people once believed diseases were caused by demons and/or witches, but remember that it all made perfect sense to them based on the available information at the time.

"That said, we find it a bit hard to believe that no one found it strange that: #7. Blowing Tobacco Smoke into People's Assholes Was a Popular Cure."

Posted by the Flea at 11:24 AM

Lincoln Jesser - Something Right

Posted by the Flea at 11:22 AM

November 29, 2013

YouTube Comment Reconstruction #1 - 'One Direction: What Makes You Beautiful'

And: YouTube Comment Reconstruction #2 - 'GoPro: Fireman Saves Kitten'

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

William Gibson, The Art of Fiction No. 211

"E. M. Forster’s idea has always stuck with me—that a writer who’s fully in control of the characters hasn’t even started to do the work. I’ve never had any direct fictional input, that I know of, from dreams, but when I’m working optimally I’m in the equivalent of an ongoing lucid dream. That gives me my story, but it also leaves me devoid of much theoretical or philosophical rationale for why the story winds up as it does on the page. The sort of narratives I don’t trust, as a reader, smell of homework."

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Iggy Azalea - The Last Song

NSFW language/rhymes.

Posted by the Flea at 08:22 AM

November 28, 2013

Tom Holland - Islam: The Untold Story (2012)

Channel 4 - Islam: The Untold Story (banned in the U.K.!) from Sassan Irandoost on Vimeo.

"Islam: The Untold Story is a documentary film written and presented by the English novelist and popular historian Tom Holland. The documentary explores the origins of Islam, an Abrahamic religion that developed in Arabia in the 7th century; it criticizes the orthodox Islamic account of this history, claiming that this traditional story lacks sufficient supporting evidence."

Posted by the Flea at 11:58 AM

President Rouhani feat. various artists - New Voyager

"Inspired by the 'Yes We Can' video, this piece was produced by Hossein Dehbashi for the 100th day of the Government of Prudence and Hope, featuring Hassan Rouhani's first speech as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This video was an initiative taken by the artists (without the President's knowledge) to immortalize President Rouhani's emotional speech, where he expresses hope for peace, friendship and progress. Only at the later stages was the video shown to President Rouhani."

Posted by the Flea at 11:54 AM

Mashrou' Leila - Habibi

Posted by the Flea at 11:52 AM

November 27, 2013

Caravaggio (1986)

"Caravaggio (1986) is a British film directed by Derek Jarman. The film is a fictionalised re-telling of the life of Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio."

Posted by the Flea at 10:28 AM

GQ Upgrade

Tom Ford upgrades an art director's black tie game.

Posted by the Flea at 10:27 AM

Will.I.Am feat. Miley Cyrus - Feelin' Myself

Posted by the Flea at 10:22 AM

November 26, 2013

Leonardo da Vinci's Viola Organista

"The instrument’s exterior is painted in a rich midnight blue, adorned with golden swirls painted on the side. The inside of its lid is a deep raspberry inscribed with a Latin quote in gold leaf by 12th-century German nun, mystic and philosopher, Saint Hildegard.

"‘Holy prophets and scholars immersed in the sea of arts both human and divine, dreamt up a multitude of instruments to delight the soul,’ it says."

Posted by the Flea at 09:28 AM

The planets

If they were as far from us as the Moon.

Posted by the Flea at 09:24 AM

Amelia Curran - Scattered and Small

Posted by the Flea at 09:22 AM

November 25, 2013

Comic Book Girl 19 Goes to Dragon-Con - Cosplay Music Montage

Posted by the Flea at 06:28 AM

Le pull de Sarah Lund

Le Monde considers a jumper made famous by Forbrydelsen's Sarah Lund.

Depuis 2007, la maison féroïenne Gudrun & Gudrun, qui se spécialise dans des produits en laine organique à maille épaisse et réalisés à la main, enregistre un succès inédit : les commandes affluent d’Angleterre, des Etats-Unis et du Japon. L’engouement vise plus particulièrement un pull-over « traditionnel » blanc à flocons noirs, qui se vend à plusieurs milliers d’exemplaires chaque année.
Posted by the Flea at 06:27 AM

Time Spent that Might Otherwise Be Forgotten

Pixelated embroidery by Diane Meyer.

Posted by the Flea at 06:24 AM

Robbie Williams - Go Gentle

Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.

Posted by the Flea at 06:22 AM

November 23, 2013

The Modern Motorcycle Diaries

Igorne the sophomoric, content-free Che Guevara reference; this is gorgeous.

Posted by the Flea at 09:48 AM

Cuvée Tel Kabri

"Would you drink wine flavored with mint, honey and a dash of psychotropic resins? "

Archaeologists have unearthed what may be the oldest -- and largest -- ancient wine cellar in the Near East, containing forty jars, each of which would have held fifty liters of strong, sweet wine. The cellar was discovered in the ruined palace of a sprawling Canaanite city in northern Israel, called Tel Kabri. The site dates to about 1,700 B.C. and isn't far from many of Israel's modern-day wineries.
Posted by the Flea at 09:47 AM

Lost Who, found

"The Mirror reports that all seven missing episodes from a classic William Hartnell (the First Doctor) story from 1964, 'Marco Polo,' have been found and that it’ll be officially unveiled next month."

Pertinent to my interests: Ontario's public broadcaster helped turn a generation of Canadians into fans of everyone's favourite Time Lord.

Posted by the Flea at 09:44 AM

David Bowie - Sorrow

Posted by the Flea at 09:42 AM

November 22, 2013

BBC - In Their Own Words: British Novelists, J.R.R. Tolkien (1968)

High fantasy for young adults: "At Oxford in the nineteen-forties, Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was generally considered the most boring lecturer around, teaching the most boring subject known to man, Anglo-Saxon philology and literature, in the most boring way imaginable."

It’s true that his fantasies are uniquely “thought through”: every creature has its own origin story, script, or grammar; nothing is gratuitous. But even more compelling was his arranged marriage between the Elder Edda and “The Wind in the Willows”—big Icelandic romance and small-scale, cozy English children’s book. The story told by “The Lord of the Rings” is essentially what would happen if Mole and Ratty got drafted into the Nibelungenlied. (J. K. Rowling intuitively followed this part of the formula by mixing a very old-fashioned kind of English public-school story in with Tolkien’s sword-and-sorcery realm.)
Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

A web experience built for Chrome.

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

May well prove a classic

C.S. Lewis reviews The Hobbit.

Posted by the Flea at 08:43 AM

The Lord of the Rings (London) - The Cat and the Moon

Posted by the Flea at 08:42 AM

November 20, 2013

Iggy Azalea - Stylized

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

À Londres

Une exposition dédiée à Isabella Blow.

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Because grammar

English has a new proposition.

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Saâda Bonaire - You could be more as you are

Saada Bonaire.jpg

"In the early 1980s, long-forgotten German band Saâda Bonaire recorded a set of tracks that somehow succeeded at amalgamating the slick, polished sounds of electro and disco with Middle Eastern instrumentation and harmonic structures. Tragically, the project was scrapped at the last minute by its label, but Captured Tracks has recently unearthed and remastered all 13 tracks and plans to finally give them a proper release next month."

Posted by the Flea at 08:42 AM

November 19, 2013

BBC Face to Face - Evelyn Waugh (1960)

Else Waugh: "He was a novelist known for his quick and cruel wit, his wide-eyed opinions and his indifference about saying the shocking. So a BBC Home Service programme called Frankly Speaking in which Evelyn Waugh is quizzed by three abrasive questioners was never going to be a walk in the country. Today what was later described as the most ill-natured interview ever broadcast can be heard for the first time since 1953.

"Waugh was being questioned by Charles Wilmot, Jack Davies and Stephen Black and the exchanges are, to say the least, 'sparky', according to British Library sound archive curator Stephen Cleary. 'It's three interviewers pitched against one subject and they don't get on terribly well.'"

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

Syd Field, RIP

"Acclaimed by CNN as the 'guru of all screenwriters,' Field is celebrated as the first writer to outline the paradigm that most screenplays follow, which is the classic three-act structure."

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Camille Paglia on women & magic in Hitchcock

"Feminism has to start listening to Frank Sinatra and stop listening to Lacan, Derrida and Foucault."

I had to write to my site host and ask them to unblock the word "lesbian" before I could publish this post:

"Q: Have you seen that new lesbian movie, Blue is the Warmest Color?

"A: No I haven’t. But I adored Desert Hearts—starring one of your fine Canadian actresses. I think that all movies made by lesbians for lesbians have been really dreary with no sense of style. Lesbians are boring. It was a lot more interesting when lesbianism was evil and perverse. Now everything is so accepting and all the heat has gone out. It’s all about Ellen Degeneres and Portia De Rossi. It's banal."

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

San Fermin - Oh, Darling

Posted by the Flea at 08:22 AM

November 18, 2013

The Last Trapper / Le Dernier Trappeur (2004)

"For over 20 years, Nicolas Vanier, an untiring voyager in the coldest of climes, a veritable Jack London of modern times, has criss-crossed the wildest regions of the far northern lands. His travels include major expeditions in Siberia, Lapland, Alaska and of course Canada, where he recently undertook an incredible White Odyssey: 8600 kilometres covered with a team of sledge dogs, from Alaska all the way to Quebec. It was during that crossing, on the floor of a sumptuous and inaccessible valley in the Rocky Mountains, that Nicolas met the man who inspired him to make this film, a film that has lived within the man...

"He's a 50-year-old trapper named Norman Winter, and he lives with a Nahanni woman, Nebaska. Norman has always been a trapper, with no need of the things that civilisation has to offer. He and his dogs live simply on what they produce from hunting and fishing. Norman made his sledge, snowshoes, cabin and canoe with wood and leather that he took from the forest and that Nebaska tanned, in the traditional style, just like the Sekani did in early times, using the tannin in animal brains, then by smoking the skin. To move around, Norman uses his dogs. They're quiet, and with them he's ready for action at the slightest sign of life, but all the while attentive to the majestic grandeur of the territories he passes through. That's why Norman Winter is a trapper. The Great North is inside him and Nebaska carries it within her, in her blood, for the taiga is the mother of its people..."

Posted by the Flea at 06:48 AM

Victoria Regina

Fluent in Urdu and Hindi.

Posted by the Flea at 06:47 AM

Cigar.com Take Over! - Modern Male Barbershop

Hat tip to Alexei.

Posted by the Flea at 06:44 AM

Lilimarche - Aime Moi Bien

Posted by the Flea at 06:42 AM

November 17, 2013

Wes Anderson for Prada - Castello Cavalcanti

"Castello Cavalcanti is a short film written and directed by Wes Anderson and released in 2013. Starring Jason Schwartzman as an unsuccessful race car driver who crashes his car in an Italian village, the 8-minute film was filmed at Cinecittà in Rome, Italy and financed by Prada. It first debuted at the Rome Film Festival and was released online on November 13, 2013."

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

Paris Hilton: The brand

"As I waited, the housekeeper tended to me in Paris’s dining room. I sat at a long table across from from a model of the castle at Disneyland and in front of a huge painting that depicted Paris, Darth Vader, Andy Warhol, Lady Gaga, and other American icons covered in blood at a last supper. The housekeeper returned and asked me if I’d like anything to drink. Like a queen visiting an heiress in a Henry James novel, I asked for hot tea. She asked me if a certain kind of tea would be okay; I didn’t hear what she said but didn’t want to be rude, so I said, 'That’d be great.' She returned with a mug of tea on a black plate. The tea’s tag said 'Dream.' Does Paris Hilton drink dream flavored tea? I wondered. I sipped the tea. Apparently, dreams taste like chamomile."

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Esprit Dior, Miss Dior

"How do you illustrate a scent? Dior asked 15 female artists in celebration of Miss Dior. The results—which range from Karen Kilimnik’s dioramas of Monsieur Dior’s favorite Versailles spot, the Temple of Love, to the Chinese painter Liang Yuanwei’s lovely interpretation of a 1949 Miss Dior gown—will be on display in 'Esprit Dior, Miss Dior,' at the Grand Palais in Paris from November 13 through 25."

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

Iggy Azalea - Bounce

Posted by the Flea at 08:22 AM

November 16, 2013

How I Write

Preparation 1/3: "How do screenwriters begin a new project? We speak to a range of leading experts who offer insights into their working process. Find out why David S. Goyer meditates, how food shopping helps Susannah Grant, and why long walks lead to Richard Curtis writing Love Actually."

The First Draft 2/3: "So you're ready to start writing your first draft - how do you begin? Our screenwriting experts reveal their top tips and techniques, discussing the common mistakes to avoid, overcoming doubts and knowing when you're on the right track."

Re-writing 3/3: "One of the biggest challenges any writer faces is re-writing their script. In our final video, expert screenwriters discuss whether there's a limit to the number of re-writes you can do, responding to criticism, and keeping enthusiastic about your work."

Posted by the Flea at 08:04 AM

Shadow play

"Calder Shadows, which opened last week at Adam Lindemann’s Upper East Side gallery Venus Over Manhattan, is two shows in one. First there are the exquisite mobiles and stabiles by the sculptor Alexander Calder, eleven in all including a wire 'portrait' from 1929 and the tabletop piece 'Bronze Quadrilateral' from 1960. But even more mesmerizing are the shadows these pieces cast on the gallery’s walls and floor."

Posted by the Flea at 08:03 AM

Bill Cunningham - Winter Fashion Begins

"The first blast of cold changed the look of fashion overnight. Men’s coats with brass buttons echoed the military theme, as did trench coats (but not cyclamen-pink fur). Black offset the leaves. "

Posted by the Flea at 08:02 AM

Kings of Convenience & Royksopp - I don't know what I can save you from

Posted by the Flea at 08:01 AM

November 15, 2013

Star Fleet S01E01 - Scramble, X-Bomber

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

Instinct is the nose of the mind

"The top noses in the fragrance industry talk us the dos and don’ts of perfume."

Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Welcome to Dinovember

"Every year, my wife and I devote the month of November to convincing our children their plastic dinosaur figures come to life while they sleep."

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

July Talk - Guns + Ammunition

Posted by the Flea at 08:42 AM

November 13, 2013

The Death and Return of Superman

"A somewhat-mostly-accurate educational parody film by Max Landis, Produced by Bryan Basham @bryan_basham
Starring Elden Henson, Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Morgan Krantz and many more."

Some NSFW language. Hat tip to Mr. Proctor.

Posted by the Flea at 07:04 AM

Aquaman vs Namor

"3) Weakness: Aquaman’s weakness is being removed from water for a longtime. Unfortunately this is no great secret in the DC Universe, so nearly every plan to kill or detain Aquaman starts here. Namor’s seems to be being around beautiful and unavailable women. Obviously, Namor has the more crippling weakness being in the Marvel Universe."

Posted by the Flea at 07:03 AM

This American Life - 178: Superpowers

"We answer the following questions about superpowers: Can superheroes be real people? (No.) Can real people become superheroes? (Maybe.) And which is better: flight or invisibility? (Depends who you ask.)"

Posted by the Flea at 07:02 AM

Tom Odell - Another Love (Zwette Edit)

Posted by the Flea at 07:01 AM

November 12, 2013

Rain (1932)

"Joan Crawford and Walter Huston give powerful performances in this drama directed by Lewis Milestone. Controversial for its time, the film tells the story of prostitute Sadie Thompson and the lustful preacher who tries to 'save her' when their ship makes an unscheduled stop over on the South Sea island of Pago Pago."

Posted by the Flea at 09:08 AM

Camille Paglia - The Stiletto Heel

"The luxury high heel as status marker is directed not toward men but toward other women—both intimate confidantes and bitter rivals. The high heel in its dazzlingly heraldic permutations (as dramatized in Sex and the City) is beyond the comprehension of most men: only women and gay men can tell the difference between a Manolo Blahnik and a Jimmy Choo. In full disclosure, I never wear these shoes and indeed deplore their horrifying cost at a time of urgent social needs. Nevertheless, I acknowledge and admire the high heel as a contemporary icon and perhaps our canonical objet d’art."

Posted by the Flea at 09:07 AM

Philip Marlowe, Private Eye - The King in Yellow (1983)

"'The King in Yellow' is the name of a 1938 short story by Raymond Chandler. It is a crime story in which the narrator has apparently read Chambers' book, and uses the phrase to describe one of the other characters.

Philip Marlowe, Private Eye - Season 1, Episode 2 "The King in Yellow"

Brash musician King Leopardi is at the top of the charts, but somebody has made him Number 1 with a bullet. He winds up dead in a singer's bed, and Marlowe needs to figure out who killed the King. The suspects range from jilted lovers to angry managers, and a threatening note that leads Marlowe to an old mystery and a motorcyclist who trades gunshots before the case is all wrapped up.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Posted by the Flea at 09:03 AM

PHOX - Nineteen Thirty Six

Posted by the Flea at 09:02 AM

November 11, 2013

The Voice of God

"I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November 11th, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the 11th minute of the 11th hour of Armistice Day, which was the 11th day of the 11th month. It was during that minute in 1918, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.
Armistice Day has become Veterans' Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans' Day is not. So I will throw Veterans' Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don't want to throw away any sacred things.
What else is sacred? Oh, Romeo and Juliet, for instance.
And all music is."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions: A Novel (1973)

Posted by the Flea at 06:47 AM

Note the importance of geography lessons

Unassuming people who casually saved hundreds of lives.

Posted by the Flea at 06:44 AM

Taylor Swift, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss - Red

And again with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.

Posted by the Flea at 06:42 AM

November 10, 2013

Ice Planet (2003)

"Ice Planet is a Canadian science fiction film released in 2003. It was produced as a pilot movie for an intended TV series."

Posted by the Flea at 09:28 AM

Starcadian - HE^RT

Posted by the Flea at 09:24 AM

November 09, 2013

Penn Jillette on LOOK - Extended Edition

Via Kathy.

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

You are the Prime Minister

"(c) The year is 2040. There have been riots in the streets of London after Britain has run out of petrol because of an oil crisis in the Middle East. Protesters have attacked public buildings. Seeral policemen have died. Consequently, the Government has deployed the Army to curb the protests. After two days the protests have been stopped but twenty-five protesters have been killed by the Army. You are the Prime Minister. Write the script for a speech to be broadcast to the nation in which you explain why employing the Army against violent protesters was the only option available to you and one which was both necessary and moral."

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Spot the fake smile

"This experiment is designed to test whether you can spot the difference between a fake smile and a real one."

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM


"Our scientific, 100%-accurate test will work out where in the country you belong."

Posted by the Flea at 08:23 AM

Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star

Posted by the Flea at 08:22 AM

November 08, 2013

Victoria & Albert Museum - Xu Bing, Travelling to Wonderland

Travelling to the Wonderland from Victoria and Albert Museum on Vimeo.

"Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing has created an installation for the V&A’s John Madejski Garden that is inspired by poet Tao Yuanming’s Peach Blossom Spring, and by the works in ‘Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 – 1900’. From his Beijing studio, Bing explains his magical V&A installation, the Chinese admiration for the 'stroke of genius', and his desire to “induce different perspectives in the audience” through his art."

Posted by the Flea at 09:58 AM

Poggio Bracciolini

"(Gian Francesco) Poggio Bracciolini (February 11, 1380 – October 30, 1459) served under seven popes, as a Florentine/Roman scholar, writer and an early humanist. He recovered a great number of classical Latin manuscripts, mostly decaying and forgotten in German, Swiss, and French monastic libraries, including the only surviving Lucretius, and disseminated manuscript copies among his learned friends."

Zuhandenheit: "Poggio was famous for his beautiful and legible book hand. The formal humanist script he invented developed into Roman type, which remains popular as a printing font today (as his friend Niccolò de' Niccoli's script developed into the Italic type first used by Aldus Manutius in 1501)."

Posted by the Flea at 09:57 AM

ICA Art Rules


Posted by the Flea at 09:54 AM

Louis Vuitton - L'Invitation au Voyage - Venice (Director's Cut)

The full version of Louis Vuitton's L'Invitation au Voyage - Venice featuring David Bowie and Arizona Muse from director Romain Gavras.

Bowie plays a harpsichord as he sings a rendition of I'd Rather Be High, a song from his latest album, The Next Day, amid a grand Venetian masked ball.

The advert is part of Louis Vuitton's 'L'Invitation au Voyage' campaign, which kicked off last November. The first instalment signalled the brand's first-ever television advert, and showed Muse running through the Louvre in possession of a very important envelope before floating off into the skies in a red-and-white striped hot air balloon.

LVHM news: "Louis Vuitton has picked France's most avant-garde designer, Nicolas Ghesquière, to put the polish back on the 19th-century luxury label."

Caveat emptor: How to spot a fake Louis Vuitton Know your bag!

Posted by the Flea at 09:53 AM

Sirusho - PreGomesh

Hat tip to Alexei.

Սիրուշո, Տաշիր: Live @ Tashir 2013.

Posted by the Flea at 09:52 AM

November 07, 2013

Virginia Woolf - Craftmanship

"This is the only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf's voice. It is part of a BBC radio broadcast from April 29th, 1937. The talk was called 'Craftsmanship' and was part of a series entitled 'Words Fail Me'. The audio is accompanied by a slideshow of photographs of Virginia Woolf.

"The text was published as an essay in 'The Death of the Moth and Other Essays' (1942), and I've transcribed the recorded portion here."

Posted by the Flea at 09:28 AM

4-D printing

"Instead of building static three-dimensional items from layers of plastics or metals, 4-D printing employs dynamic materials that continue to evolve in response to their environment."

Posted by the Flea at 09:24 AM

Cadillac World Thorium Fuel concept

Otherwise known as the Cadillac WTF.

Posted by the Flea at 09:23 AM

Sting - Mackie Messer

Und: The Robbie Williams rendition.

Posted by the Flea at 09:22 AM

November 06, 2013

Julian Barbour - Does Time Exist?

"Julian Barbour, visiting professor at the University of Oxford and the author of The End of Time, addresses the question, Does Time Exist? Barbour explores the history of scientific thought on the concept of time and presents his own interpretations of what time is."

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

He's not a killer. He just wins... Thoroughly.

"To investigate how video games affect the brain, scientists in Berlin asked 23 adults (mean age: 24) to play the video game “Super Mario 64” on a portable Nintendo XXL console over a period of two months for 30 minutes a day. A control group did not play video games."

In comparison to the control group, the video gaming group showed increases of gray matter in the right hippocampus, right prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum, measured using MRI.

These brain regions are involved in functions such as spatial navigation, memory formation, strategic planning, and fine motor skills of the hands. These changes were more pronounced the more the participants wanted to play the video game.

“While previous studies have shown differences in brain structure of video gamers, the present study can demonstrate the direct causal link between video gaming and a volumetric brain increase."
Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Intel - Look Inside, Jack Andraka

"The story of 15-year-old Jack Andraka who, after losing his uncle to pancreatic cancer, invented an early detection method for cancer that won Grand Prize at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)."

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

Grimes - Be a Body

Posted by the Flea at 08:22 AM

November 05, 2013


What is Sriracha? And why is everyone talking about it?

Sriracha was virtually unknown to those in America until 1980 when Vietnamese immigrant David Tran founded Huy Fong Foods and began marketing his own version of the sauce famously packaged in a clear, green-capped squirt bottle with a rooster logo printed on its front.

Chiliheads: "As Collins wrote, hot-sauce production is one of the ten fastest-growing industries in the country, but I didn’t even notice that I had three kinds of it on my desk (sriracha, Cholula, and Tabasco) until someone pointed it out to me."

Hot Pepper Game Reviews: GTV V.

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM


"Working from her studio in Berlin alongside a vast archive of smells (supported since 2004 by multibillion-dollar firm International Flavors & Fragrances Inc), Sissel Tolaas recontextualises the odours of reality by reconstructing them on the molecular level. 2013 has seen the Norwegian map the smellscapes of Calcutta (in process) and Istanbul, with a commission from Jameson Irish Whiskey still to come."

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Moustache cup

"In James Joyce's Ulysses, Leopold Bloom drinks his tea from a moustache cup he received from his daughter Milly for his 27th birthday."

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM


CHVRCHES | Lies from Sing J. Lee on Vimeo.

Posted by the Flea at 08:22 AM

November 04, 2013

Dolce & Gabbana - Spring/Summer 2014

"The collection the designers sent out for spring was roughly part five (it’s hard to keep count) in their long-running serial about Sicily, Domenico Dolce’s place of birth. The thing about that island is that it’s full of archaeology, overlaid with layers and layers of history, religion, drama, and cinematic representation. Endless angles to dig into. This season they excavated the Greco-Roman aspect. Imagine a tour of the Greek ruins at Syracuse in springtime. The other part of the equation was the almond blossom embroidered in sprigs in the ultra-pretty side of the collection. 'It’s a dream of Sicily,' said Stefano Gabbana. 'Like, you go on holiday to Syracuse or Taormina, and you see the Greek theater, then you come home and dream about it.'"

Posted by the Flea at 06:28 AM


"After years of speculation, one of fashion’s most iconic brands is making its comeback with Marco Zanini at the helm."

When Zanini was in London for the summer as a 16-year-old student, he blew his entire food budget on a first edition of Schiaparelli’s autobiography, Shocking Life , he found at a Charing Cross Road bookstore. It cost 50 pounds, but he was fascinated by her personality, her life, her strange mixture of stark simplicity, unique opulence, and unbridled playfulness. He already knew he wanted to be a fashion designer. The son of a Milanese furrier and a Swedish housewife, he’d been so struck by seeing Christian Lacroix’s first couture show on television that he’d written to the designer and received an encouraging reply. He attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, worked with Lawrence Steele, then spent nine years doing couture and ready-to-wear (including Jennifer Lopez’s navel-baring jungle dress) with Donatella Versace, did a brief flyby at Halston in New York, and, by the time he got a mysterious phone call last spring from an intermediary of the Italian accessories tycoon ­Diego Della Valle, he was the much admired creative director of Rochas.
Posted by the Flea at 06:27 AM

Woh - Episode 1

"Woh was a Hindi language Indian television horror-thriller series which aired on Zee TV in 1998. The series starred noted Indian film director, Ashutosh Gowarikar in an important role."

The story line is similar to 'It' by Stephen King and movie, The Omen.

Seven teenagers, Ashutosh, Raja, Julie, Shiva, Ronnie, Sanjeev and Rahul battle a evil force called Woh, who kidnaps children, and rid the town of Panchgani, of his menace. They promise that they'll return, if Woh ever returns. Fifteen years after they part ways, Ashutosh starts seeing balloons, at the places where children are being kidnapped. He immediately recognizes that Woh has returned and calls his friends up to return.

Episode 1 (no subtitles, sadly).

Posted by the Flea at 06:24 AM

Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu - Q.U.E.E.N.

Posted by the Flea at 06:22 AM

November 02, 2013

Jigsaw AW13 Menswear - A Hundred Miles of Wilderness

Jigsaw AW13 Menswear from Jigsaw on Vimeo.

"The autumn/winter shoot took place on Ministry of Defence training land and Noah [Huntley]'s Emmerdale experience would have been great practise for staying cool and looking hot while battling the elements and posing with ponies. Featuring the best of British fabrics and manufacturing the collection includes washed Harris Tweed made in the UK, Sanders brogues, a Camridge Satchel, lush velvets, the brand's signature tartan, elbow patches and Alpaca wool in the knitwear.

"Menswear design director Frances Walker took inspiration from artists Mark Rothko and Sean Scully and invented a new colour for the season, a dark rusty 'squirrel' designed to be worn in rich, dark shirts and roll-necks."

Posted by the Flea at 08:58 AM

Martello conversion

"When these architects say ‘defensible space’, they mean it in a drastically literal fashion."

Posted by the Flea at 08:57 AM

The Elegant Gentleman's guide to Knife Fighting

Posted by the Flea at 08:54 AM

Bee Gees - Country Lanes

Posted by the Flea at 08:52 AM

November 01, 2013

Neverwinter Tale - Fendi Fall/Winter 2013-14 Men's Collection

"The big chill. The great outdoors. Glaciers, wind, sublime adventures and a need for protection. The new Fendi collection caters to heroic human needs for life in extreme conditions. The urge to shield the body from the chilly aggression of the elements brings texture, both visual and tactile, to the forefront."

Posted by the Flea at 07:58 AM

Levi ski resort, Lapland

”When the clouds began to break, there were rainbow colours in the sky and a halo spanning 360 degrees!” continued Hänninen. ”It was worth taking a picture or two.”

Posted by the Flea at 07:57 AM

Harrod's Magazine - Country gent, Menswear (November 2013)

Posted by the Flea at 07:54 AM

MGMT - Alien Days

Posted by the Flea at 07:52 AM