Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Christmas

Via Plan 59

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


"He who opens a school, closes a prison." - Victor Hugo

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fear Of Heights

A job I couldn't do.

Friday, December 10, 2010


Monday, December 6, 2010

Photo (For Winter)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bicycle: Unchanged

What I like about bicycles is that they never change. They are the same beautifully simple machines they have always been. 1912 photo below via Shorpy.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What Obama Has Done In Two Years

Actually, a lot.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Motor City

Via a post at David Byrne's blog about Detroit.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Maps Of Europe

America's view:

And other perspectives via Strange Maps.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Short Film, Coachella

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's Election Time!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Clown News


Monday, September 27, 2010


Wednesday, September 22, 2010


A poll you can trust.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Video (High Seas)

Rough seas.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Harlem Night Clubs 1932

Details at Big Think.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Photo c.1910

From an incredible series at The Big Picture of color photos taken in Russia a hundred years ago.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Good Tree Gone

Story here.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


This poem, it seems to me, honors anyone ever lost at sea.

New Religion
by Bill Holm

This morning no sound but the loud
breathing of the sea. Suppose that under
all that salt water lived the god
that humans have spent ten thousand years
trawling the heavens for.
We caught the wrong metaphor.
Real space is wet and underneath,
the church of shark and whale and cod.
The noise of those vast lungs
exhaling: the plain chanting of monkfish choirs.
Heaven's not up but down, and hell
is to evaporate in air. Salvation,
to drown and breathe
forever with the sea.

"New Religion" by Bill Holm, from The Chain Letter of the Soul: New & Selected Poems. © Milkweed Editions, 2009.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Short Film


More photos by Johanna Heldebro.

Monday, August 2, 2010


As a fan of a good rack of ribs in summertime, I am compelled to post this poem by William Notter called "Half-Rack at the Rendezvouz".

She had a truck, red hair,
and freckled knees and took me all the way
to Memphis after work for barbecue.
We moaned and grunted over plates of ribs
and sweet iced tea, even in a room of strangers,
gnawing the hickory char, the slow
smoked meat peeling off the bones,
and finally the bones. We slurped
grease and dry-rub spice from our fingers,
then finished with blackberry cobbler
that stained her lips and tongue.

All the trees were throwing fireworks
of blossom, the air was thick
with pollen and the brand-new smell of leaves.
We drove back roads in the watermelon dusk,
then tangled around each other, delirious
as honeybees working wisteria.
I could blame it all on cinnamon hair,
or the sap rising, the overflow of spring,
but it was those ribs that started everything.

"Half-Rack at the Rendezvouz" by William Notter, from Holding Everything Down. © Crab Orchard Review & Southern Illinois University Press, 2009.

Friday, July 16, 2010


"He does most in God's great world who does his best in his own little world." - Thomas Jefferson

Friday, July 9, 2010


Monday, June 28, 2010


"We Americans are the best informed people on earth as to the events of the last twenty-four hours; we are not the best informed as to the events of the last sixty centuries."- Will Durant

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sheer Joy

These videos make me happy.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Graphic (For Father's Day)

Via Plan59.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Graphic (For Flag Day)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Here's a cool video take on this series of photos posted here previously.

Running on Empty from Ross Ching on Vimeo.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Photo (For Memorial Day)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Photo (Random)

The assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald in wax. Via Bad Postcards.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things." - Albert Einstein

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Street Art Boston

Monday, May 10, 2010

For Mother's Day

Q&A from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Thursday, April 29, 2010


Photos by Jean-Pierre Attal

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Quote. For Earth Day

"The best remedy for those who are frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be alone, alone with the sky, nature and God. For then and only then can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature’s beauty and simplicity." - 14 year old Anne Frank who spent more than two years hiding indoors and unable to step outside.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Iceland Volcano Video

Dramatic images here.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tornado Derails Train

Friday, April 16, 2010

Locker Room Honesty

New York Yankee, Chan Ho Park explains why he had a bad game.

Fox News. There's Spinning. And Then There's Lying.

I get that some people are buying into the narrative they sell, and there is a lot of money made from it - but you can make a lot of money selling crack too. At some point they need to ask, "How low can we go?"

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wing Suit Flyovers

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Tale Of Two Open Microphones

I can't help but point to these two recorded open microphone clips and the differences they reveal.
The first from Bush/Cheney:

And this from Obama/Biden:

In the first, the word "asshole" is used in malice against NYT writer Clymer, and almost immediately, Cheney jumps in to validate Bush's comment (like a schoolyard boy mimicking a friend who has just made a bad choice).

In the second, even though Biden uses the F bomb in a moment of excitement (not anger), Obama, as usual, has none of it and continues as if nothing was even said. He doesn't get pulled into sloppy Joe's gaffe. This is Obama's huge advantage. He always comes off as the guy with the most dignity.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Letter From A 12 Year Old Girl 1702

"Beloved Father" via Letters of Note.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I'm Just A Bill

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


From a series of photos taken of an old Soviet project of a plane that flew just above the water. The "Caspian Monster" was designed originally as a fast troop transport. Some versions of the plane still exist. Video here.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Martian Avalanche!

Via Fogonazos.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Friendly librarians North Korea style! And other snaps of "Dear Leader" looking around. Via The Big Picture.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Health Care Facts

No matter what side you fall on in the health care debate, here is a place to get simple facts.

The State Of American TV News

The Onion nails it again:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


"Tis easy enough to be pleasant, when life flows along like a song; but the person worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Short Film

Haiti Earthquake Aftermath Montage from Khalid Mohtaseb on Vimeo.

Monday, March 1, 2010

David Byrne: Music And Space

Here's an excerpt from a talk that David Byrne gave about how space often defines the music performed in it. Via David Byrne's Journal.

Friday, February 26, 2010


"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Best Of Craigs List

Don't worry about getting your computer fixed.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Short Film

Lumitectura from barno on Vimeo.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sophia, Fork, Spoon

by Vahid Sharifian.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Tyson Down

20 years ago today.

Harper's Index

Minimum number of shopping carts that went missing from Los Angeles area stores in 2005: 6,220,000 - Harper's.


By Tony Carnevale via McSweeney's.

World Press Photos 2010

Some of the winners here via Creative Review.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fatal Hilarity

Some folks have died of laughter.

Friday, February 5, 2010


The Angle, Gettysburg. From a series of photos by Shaun O'Boyle taken at the Gettysburg Battlefield. The full series here.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Seat Belts

A very effective seat belt ad:

Monday, February 1, 2010

Lets Go Fishin'!

Here's how it's done!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Best Book Written By A Chicken You Will Ever Read!

It is published!
And you can BUY IT HERE.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Conan Versus Leno

The Chinese animations always bring clarity:

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Paul Cezanne

For his birthday today, his painting The Cardplayers.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Short Film

24 hours, Pavey Ark from Michael Moloney Studio on Vimeo.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Almost There....

"Jimmy The Chicken Writes A Book" is nearly complete! Websites are being designed, proof copies are approved, and the chickens are at the spa getting their botox treatments.


An interview with photographer Richard Mosse (whose work has been featured here before) via BLDGBLOG.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Quote For 2010

"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things."- Albert Einstein