Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter eve 2013

The goddess Ostara by Johannes Gehrts. It is from the old Germanic name for this goddess, that the word for Easter came, Ēostre.

This is pretty amazing and memorable.
Surreal trancedancing, powerful, hypnotic singing. Sufis dance Zikr in Chechnya

From the New York Times article: This is a zikr, the mystical Sufi dance of the Caucasus and a ritual near the center of Chechen Islam.

Nothing like some sublime perspective: The Known Universe

Cat plays fruit ninja on iPad

Greek ferry boat arriving, docking, passengers disembarking and re-embarking at a small port on Kimolos Island under heavy weather conditions.

Crows are really smart, not just tricky, smart.

Vintage Jesus posters from India

From the album "Pop Yeh Yeh - Psychedelic Rock From Singapore And Malaysia: 1964-1970". M. Osman & Orkes Nirwana - Kisah Disampang

Available at Sublime Frequencies

A trailer for forthcoming SUBLIME FREQUENCIES film.
this WORLD is UNREAL like a SNAKE in a ROPE
A collage of sights and sounds from the eternal never-ending collage that is INDIA. A trip through the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu featuring Hindu trance ceremonies, free jazz nagaswaram improvisations, impossibly loud cities, processions, devotion, blessings, color, abstractions, detail, music and more. India is impossible to know: it is too vast, too rich and too much of a dream, it is impossibly old and impossibly new. Offered here is one perspective, one dream, subjective and flawed, hanging by a thread, captured live and in the moment and in the midst. One journey revealed in the order it happened. Not quite ethnography. Not quite documentary. A film by Robert Millis. DVD from Sublime Frequencies.

Lots of vintage Asian pop to explore on this site, POP YEH YEH RESEARCH TRIP

Normadiah & Omar Suwita - Joget Go The Hell


Belle Nuntita Thailand's Got Talent Audition 2011

Explanation: The graceful arc of the Milky Way begins and ends at two mountain peaks in this solemn night sky panorama. The view was created from a 24 frame mosaic, with exposures tracking Earth and sky separately. In the final composition, northern California's Mount Lassen was positioned at the left and Mount Shasta at the far right, just below the star and dust clouds of the galactic center. Lassen and Shasta are volcanoes in the Cascade Mountain Range of North America, an arc of the volcanic Pacific Ring of Fire. In the dim, snow-capped peaks, planet Earth seems to echo the subtle glow of the Milky Way's own faint, unresolved starlight.

More playing with food.

Another surprise. A lollipop street artist. Magic!

Charmed by some of the Patience Brewster designs, like this one
One of my favorites of hers:

Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter weekend 2013

Su Ami is a group of five Vietnamese, who are knitters of micro and miniature creations. Their Etsy shop.
With the size of an actual finger:

Socrates (In The Form Of A 9-Year-Old) Shows Up In A Suburban Backyard In Washington Via These Birds of a Feather  on MetaFilter

Bunny Rabbit Storytime
and her website,

If your cat insists you get off the computer 

You can set cat traps like this.

When I listen to beatboxing (and this guy is *brilliant*) I end up watching the screen and making faces sympathetically.

Did you know there's a term for plastic bags snagged in tree branches? Witches' knickers.

Interesting culinary art

It's that time of year again.

Peeps kebabs

It's the bunny hop! Funny and cute. via Miss Cellania.

Malaysian grandfather sings Unchained Melody beautifully

Two guys in their 90s racing the 100 meter dash!

Love these fun ones by
Artist Hong Yi

The Enduring Allure of Vintage Snapshots

Love this. Sylvia Plath's children's book, 

The It Doesn't Matter Suit

Des Hommes et des Chatons Via MetaFilter

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It's the full moon tonight, the first one of Spring 2013

It's the full moon tonight
Moon Magick
Going all out on the tambourine

Bake A Cake Inside An Egg

Interesting to check out all the expensive stuff, the rich people's CraigsList is called

Something interesting to think about:
How do you think you'd react if you met yourself?

So cool. Mapping the connections artists had with others.
MOMA has this cool website where one can click on an artist's name and see the names of people with whom they were connected.

My Tibetan teacher, Geshe Ngawang Dhargey made me memorize this sentence in Tibetan:
གོམས་ན་སླ་བར་མི་འགྱུར་བའི། །དངོས་དེ་གང་ཡང་ཡོད་མ་ཡིན།
Transliterated it says: 
gom na la war ming gyur way ngo day gang yang yeu ma yin.
It means, basically: There is nothing that does not become easy with familiarity.
It is from one of my favorite Buddhist texts, the Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra, written by Shantideva about 700 AD.

Some vintage illustrations and ads from hprints

Henri Matisse 1943 Jazz, Le Cheval, L'Ecuyère, Le Clown

                                                      Pavel Tchelitchew
Pavel Tchelitchew
Pavel Tchelitchew
Ruth and Henri collected Pavel's work during his lifetime and after.
Pavel Tchelitchew
at work in his studio

Hmmm. My sympathy to the daughter, Shelley. I can only imagine what kind of painful life she endured.

When Ruth Ford, the late actress and wife of Hollywood star Zachary Scott, died last year at age 98, she left behind two apartments at the storied Dakota building at 1 West 72nd Street — to her Nepalese butler. Her will, accepted last month in the Surrogate’s Court in Manhattan, revealed that with the exception of her clothing and costume jewelry, Ford’s entire, $8.4 million estate has been turned over not to her daughter, Shelley Scott, or to either of her two grandchildren, but to Indra Tamang, the butler, cook and caretaker whom she employed for more than 30 years. 
In South Asia fish traps are woven out of bamboo. When they are taken to market to sell on bicycle they look like this
Three bicycles loaded with bamboo fish traps leave Tat Vien village in Vietnam's northern province of Hung Yen.