Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 19th 2018, feeling amused and philosophical

Mesmerizing and fun.
A fabulous culture mashup and intergenerational mashup in one. Japanese high school kids dressing up like their middle aged mothers (in short haired permanent hairstyle wigs and 1980s fashions) and dancing to 1980s songs.

Brilliant choreography.
2015, choreography by akane

1980s Aerobics style costumes, 2016, Tokyo Metropolitan Komae High School

Viral dance crazes highlight a generational shift

Leading the charge is a dance troupe from Tomioka High School in Sakai, Osaka. The Tomioka Dance Club first caught the public’s attention when they won second place at Dance Stadium, a national high school dance competition, in August.
The troupe’s hilarious routine was a throwback to Japan’s bubble era of the ’80s, featuring teenagers sporting brightly colored shoulder-padded suit jackets and wildly teased hair held aloft with copious amounts of hair spray, all dancing to Yoko Oginome’s 1985 hit “Dancing Hero (Eat You Up).”
YouTube audiences were quick to spot the in-jokes that were incorporated in the exuberant dance moves, with one viewer named Mosa saying, “I was laughing and thinking ‘Wow’ at the same time.”
Celebrities who were referenced in the routine were also quick to respond.
Comedian Nora Hirano, whose catchphrases such as “ottamage” (“I’m shocked”) and “shimo shimo” (a wordplay on the telephone greeting “moshi moshi“) appear in the soundtrack, tweeted her approval and ended her message by saying, “You are sickeningly fantastic.”
Another 2016 one, really coolOsaka Prefecture Tomioka High School

The earliest known photographs of 15 great cities across the world.

A fantastic collection of photographs, called Untamed Borders, taken in Afghanistan and South Asia
Untamed Borders offers bespoke trips and small group tours to some of the most interesting bits of South and Central Asia. We specialise in trips to Afghanistan, Pakistan and North East India.

I want to learn to think clearly and logically, these are important thinking tools:

24 Cognitive Biases

31 logical fallacies

Oxford’s Free Introduction to Philosophy: Stream 41 Lectures

tee hee

Some witty visual mashups by Shusaku Takaoka on Instagram

If Art History Icons Were Hipsters

Who could imagine all the fun and interesting sounds to be made playing around with a magnet?

The making of disposable clay cups in India.

Another video of the making of disposable clay cups in India, used for tea on the train or in shops selling yogurt/curd, desserts of all kinds.The name for these clay cups in Hindi is kulhad/kulhur/kullar.

elegant impermanence, video, one of many wonderful works of art by Duane Keiser
Love the witty, existentially playful gifs by Nicolas Monterrat. Via madamjujujive
Color Therapy

What are we made of?
Honey, we need to reset the view. Again.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday, February 25th 2018

One of the most powerful, life enhancing videos i've ever watched

Fault Vs Responsibility by Will Smith FULL SPEECH

Ah. Spring is almost here.
A beautiful voiced robin sings for his breakfast in a pet food store

Every morning, this little robin comes into a store in Swansea to start his 'shift'... 🎶 Singing by the bird food!
The full Ghetto Spider Ah Ha dance

Huh, so interesting
Medical History of American Presidents
George Washington · John Adams · Thomas Jefferson · James Madison · James Monroe · John Q. Adams · Andrew Jackson · Martin van Buren · William Harrison · John Tyler · James Polk · Zachary Taylor · Millard Fillmore · Franklin Pierce · James Buchanan · Abraham Lincoln · Andrew Johnson · Ulysses Grant · Rutherford Hayes · James Garfield · Chester Arthur · Grover Cleveland · Benjamin Harrison · William McKinley · Theodore Roosevelt · William Taft · Woodrow Wilson · Warren Harding · Calvin Coolidge · Herbert Hoover · Franklin Roosevelt · Harry Truman · Dwight Eisenhower · John Kennedy · Lyndon Johnson · Richard Nixon · Gerald Ford · James Carter · Ronald Reagan · George Bush · William Clinton · George W. Bush · Barack Obama

An interesting post on Reddit
There are lots of posts about:
  • "I make money, but it's not what I love."
I recently stumbled on the graph below and it definitely explains a lot of these feelings and puts it into context.
This site has the Venn diagram.
  • What you love is either a mission or a passion.
  • What you are good at is either a passion or a profession.
  • What you can be paid for is either a profession or a vocation.
  • What the world needs is either a vocation or a mission.
  • What you love & what the world needs is a mission.
  • What you love & what you are good at is a passion.
We all strive for ikigai, but most will not find it. However, if you find a vocation or professionduring your years working for financial independence, then you can focus on either a passion or mission, since you do not need anyone to pay for it. Effectively, you have created your own ikigai, over a lifetime, rather than simultaneously.
If you had a profession during your earning years, you will likely be searching for a mission later. If you had a vocation during your earning years, you will likely search for a passion later.
As a CPA (working in finance), I'm squarely in the profession category. The world doesn't, really, need us, I'm good at it, I get paid for it. I do love parts of it. There are days when I feel, "satisfaction, but a feeling of uselessness" on the days I love it. Other days, I feel, "comfortable, but a feeling of emptiness" when I'm doing work the world needs, but I don't love. Therefore, I'm constantly searching for a mission. I know what I want to do post-career, that will negate these feelings.
I can't speak to the software engineers here, but I imagine, you're in the section between profession & vocation in terms of feelings. Depending on where you work, you may even be between the mission & vocation. Therefore, you're likely searching for the passion, post-career.

Sweet, gentle birdsong
Marvelous collection of vintage photographs of celebrities by Allan Tannenbaum   
More wonderful vintage photographs

Ken Schles: Invisible City

Schuhmachergäßchen, Riquethaus. Leipzig, East Germany. 1980.
NY Lens presents “One Wall, Two Germanys

More vintage pics of celebs, many taken in the 1980s
Jodie Foster


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Tail end of Winter, heading into March, 2018

A feast of Italian songs, for free, online:

Canzone Italiana is a platform allowing users to listen online to the invaluable musical heritage of over a century of Italian song, from 1900 to 2000

Sublime, often witty gifs by Nicolas Monterrat

Stop it already
Ooh, this lovely gif , The Night Sea — Non Repeating Patterns #1, by the-mitr, reminds me of Chinese traditional paintings of clouds and water

Brilliant about sabotaging oneself

Superb article on women's work as emotional caregivers going unpaid.

“Where’s My Cut?”: On Unpaid Emotional Labor

Housework is not work. Sex work is not work. Emotional work is not work. Why? Because they don’t take effort? No, because women are supposed to provide them uncompensated, out of the goodness of our hearts.
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And this article as well:

shame, anger, alienation, and other hallmarks of the masculine psyche

Teaching Men to Be Emotionally Honest [NYT]: "By the time many young men do reach college, a deep-seeded* gender stereotype has taken root that feeds into the stories they have heard about themselves as learners. Better to earn your Man Card than to succeed like a girl, all in the name of constantly having to prove an identity to yourself and others."
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Most visited websites in the USA
cool collages
Rembrandt was never shy about showing naked bodies or erotic subjects in a realistic way. In the 1640s he created several scenes of courting couples outdoors, and The Monk in the Cornfield is one of the most sexually charged of these prints. Despite the print’s tiny size, the graphic depiction of an unchaste monk and an enthusiastic milkmaid coupling surreptitiously makes for a powerful sculptural grouping. The etched suggestion of a farmer with a scythe in the background reinforces the temporary nature of their haven in the wheat field and emphasizes the voyeurism of the viewer.

Pretty cakes for Spring! Pastel buttercream works of art.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

late January 2018

created by tedacus

Lepidoptera Obscura by Vladimir Stankovic

Animations by Nancy Liang

Marvelous sculptures by Massimiliano Pelletti
Striking Contemporary Sculptures Inspired by Ancient Art

Crystal Venus, 2017. Mexican onyx madre cava. 72 x 75 x 38 cm
Crystal Venus, 2017. Mexican onyx madre cava. 72 x 75 x 38 cm
Niobe 2016
Patinated Bronze
38x40x73h cm

Inside God (Zeus) 20
Patinated bronze and quartz geode
19 x 20 x 30 cm / 20 x 24 x 16 cm
Gold Fly 2016
White marble and gold
49x35x26 cm

Broken Blue 2017
Bolivian sodalite 
56 x 41 x 35 cm

The United States mapped by trees and forests by 


My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror

New type of northern lights discovered, named Steve

A newly named type of northern lights, called Steve, 
captured over Kakwa, Alberta around midnight on September 15, 2017 (Catalin Tapardel)
You might wonder what Steve means. At first it didn't mean anything. It was just a name. Steve comes from the animated movie Over The Hedge. In the movie, the main characters were watching bushes rustle. Out came an animal that they didn't know. So they named it Steve.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 22nd 2017, drizzly Saturday afternoon

Canadian artist, Ali Harrison's papercuts

Poodle haircut confuses kitteh. Who are you!?

When Is the Brain Dead?

Interesting. Last year, a bizarre experiment showed that human brains can be restored to a life-like electrochemical state after death, raising questions about what exactly constitutes life, consciousness, and whether or not there is a ‘soul’. Now, a recent publication by a team of Canadian doctors has shown that significant brain activity can continue long after patients are declared “dead,” adding mystery to the search for the exact moment consciousness ends during death.
According to their published study, doctors in a Canadian intensive care unit observed cardiac and brain function in four terminally ill patients in the moments just before and after clinical death was declared. All four patients showed vastly different electroencephalographic (EEG) activity, or brain waves, in the moments before and after death, indicating that death might be experienced differently by each individual.
Great pics of hippies in the 1960s and 1970s by the photographer, Garofalo

Tampopo is one of my favorite films. Marvelous to watch on YouTube how to make the Tampopo ramen.

And ooh, it's been restored in high definition. Sweet!


This beautiful art piece is called Pendulette de table avec Planetarium (Planetarium Table Clock). The planetarium clock pictured below is an absolute work of art made in 1770 in Paris. It keeps time, the earth rotates around the sun in perfect real time. The other five planets rotate as well(see: The timeline of discovery of Solar System planets and their natural satellites), up, down, around, in relation to the etched constellations of precisely positioned stars on the crystal globe, which if you are smart enough will reveal what season it is.

The planetarium clock can be found at the Beyer Museum of Time(Bahnhofstrasse 31, Zurich 8001, Switzerland). The Uhrenmuseum Beyer (Beyer Watch and Clock Museum) is located in the heart of the city of Zürich, Switzerland and is one of the world’s leading private museums dedicated to the horology.


A marvelous website covering old, beautiful, fabulous clocks. In French but the pics are stunningly wonderful.

Videos on the site of marvelous automata

Mini biographies of famous clock makers

Exquisite watches of the 18th Century

Images and videos of incredible table clocks of the 16th Century

A cool modern wristwatch, orrery by . An orrery is a mechanical model of the solar system, or of just the sun, earth, and moon, used to represent their relative positions and motions.

Such fun roaming around this excellent website, Museum of Artifacts, which has pics and histories of amazingly cool stuff.

Whoa. The horned helmet of King Henry VIII
It formed part of a magnificent armour, commissioned in 1511 by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I as a gift for the young king, who would have worn the armour for court pageants rather than in combat.

The Horned helmet is technically called an armet, with protection for the skull, hinged cheek pieces, and a face defense. An armet is a type of helmet which was developed in the 15-th century. It was extensively used in Italy, France, England, the Low Countries and Spain.

According to legend, Pier was around 7 feet (around 2.13 m) tall, and was so strong that he could bend a coin using just his thumb and forefinger.

Grutte Pier's helmet

Another very cool site: 3Otiko blogspot
The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is the most liquid part that is not in one of the two poles of the Earth. Somewhere in the desert, the Pan-American Highway, there is a small road that leads to a huge concrete hand, which has a height 36 feet. Called La Mano del Desierto, the Hand of the Desert.
nifty pic of the Statue of Liberty, taken in the 1930s from the torch flame. Circa-1930 tourists peer out of the Statue of Liberty's crown at a photographer on the torch, which has been closed to the public since a 1916 explosion on a nearby island. From the flame's tip to the ground is 305 feet (93 meters). 

Cradled in the statue's left arm is a tablet bearing the date of U.S. independence in Roman numerals: July IV, MDCCLXXVI. Independence Day 2009 will see the reopening of the Statue of Liberty's crown.
—Photograph from Fox Photos/Getty Images

Mona, duck face selfie
teh baby bun bun