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Saturday, May 31, 2003

Dreams walking in broad daylight

Robots are always fun.

Interesting article from The Guardian: "Some so irritated by Gould's singing that they dismissed his seminal recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations and Partitas...But was Gould's singing - and is the humming of pianists in general - an embarrassing encumbrance, even a sign of mental instability, or might it be inseparable from the expressiveness of their playing? " (via ArtsJournal)

The Guitar is Art. (via J-Walk) and South African oil can guitars.

Fluxus manifesto and history.

Van Gogh's letter sketches and illustrated letters by others; Ray Johnson; artistamps and Dia de Los Muertos artistamps; collage postcards; mail art envelopes; eraser carvings and rubber stamps; "The Devil's Picturebook" playing cards; paper penguins; The Naked Gaymes; Mona Lisa (warning: midi) and Rt. 66 mail art; Monster Behind The Door.

Also, Australian censored letters and the Postal Censorship site.

A collection of artists' books. May be worthwhile to poke around a bit, while you're there.

Cynical children's books here and here. (first link via The Presurfer)

The Pope on coke.

Surreal photographs of figurines of Japanese authors (more midi goodness). (via Geisha Asobi)

Sewers of the World, Unite! Artists' riffs on the manhole cover, real Japanese ones. (last via Sensible Erection)

Nikki S. Lee, camouflage artist. (via Grow-a-Brain)

Shoebox sculpture. (via obliterated)

The Doomsday Diet: "The following conditions will probably prevail in the event of a nuclear attack. Fresh milk will be impossible to obtain and canned evaporated or dry powdered milk must be substituted. Fresh eggs will be scarce. Since chickens have great tolerance for radiation, fresh eggs will probably be one of the first staples available after a nuclear attack."

Propaganda leaflets from WWII.

"Wants pawn term, dare worsted ladle gull hoe lift wetter murder inner ladle cordage, honor itch offer lodge, dock, florist. Disk ladle gull orphan worry putty ladle rat cluck wetter ladle rat hut, an fur disk raisin pimple colder Ladle Rat Rotten Hut."


Thursday, May 29, 2003

Fiddle faddle

New Russian media: drink labels, lapel pins, monuments and posters. (via The Solipsistic Gazette)

The Cross Subject Gallery. Interesting stuff, including pics and articles about cross tattoos, why Chick-fil-A closes on Sundays, sculpture, government posters, the Cross man and more.

Microcars on cards.

Drawings of Prodigies: "As curious a collection of Anomalous Humans as one is ever likely to see gathered together on these shores! They are pronounced by all who see them as the Greatest Curiosities in Existence! This Congress of Oddities awaits your intimate and learned inspection!" (via The Presurfer)

Also, 19th Century Medical Curios.

To The Hilt: "Being the definitive website on the history, traditions and performance of the perilous art of sword swallowing."

The liger? The wolphin? Cross-breed animals. (via Plep)

Figurative Mixed Media Sculpture. Especially this gallery, and this one, and this, and these.

Photographs of dead birds.

Aircraft nose art from World War II, the Korean War, Royal Canadian nose art, the pinup influence. Lots more here.

Japanese kites. (via Geisha Asobi)

Kodak girls: images of female photographers.

I love this site so much. Get an apology, look at chewed-up gum, knock down teddy bears, make some music, or just do a little dance. Lots and lots and lots more.

A handlebar mustache gallery. (via Grow-a-Brain)

Famous asthma sufferers.


Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Erratic excursions

Every American born will need...846 lbs. of zinc?

The Lost Synagogues of Detroit: "They are beautiful. They are poignant. In their totality the former synagogues of Detroit outline a once closely knit neighborhood from the days when Detroit was a conglomerate of vibrant immigrant and ethnic communities, of a time when families walked to places of worship which stood in the midst of their neighborhoods."

Photographs of outdoor art by Cleveland artist, Scott Radke.

Portraits of Chairman Mao. I liked this one. (via obliterated)

Lovely little carved fruit pits. (via The Presurfer)

Mechanical Marvels of the Nineteenth Century: History of robots in the Victorian era.

Creativity with weiners. Which reminds me: Penis Origami. (via Geisha Asobi & Sensible Erection, respectively)

A gallery of candy cigarette packages.

Drawings by comic artists of cliffs and jars. (via iconomy)

Calculate how much money you spend on drugs and booze each month.

A website about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Includes articles, player biographies, photographs, rosters, etc. More bios and photos here.

How to Name Your Emo/Post-whatever Band: Formula C (Unusual male/female name) + 'of' +
(Noun/verb, usually something odd) = '13 Degrees Of Larry'

Crepuscular rays and anticrepuscular rays.

I thought this collection of chants, jump rope rhymes, and clapping games would make me all nostalgic, but it actually just reminded of how disturbing childhood is in reality.

Last Words: A collection of famous last words, epitaphs, obituaries, farewells and last stands. Poor Eugene O'Neill, "Born in a hotel room--and God damn it--died in a hotel room."


Sunday, May 25, 2003

Brain stew

A brief history of spirit photography, and a gallery of pictures.

The Art of Shoplifting: "Shoplifting is a topic that is practically relevant to many and it should therefore not become an exclusive craft confined to a small shoplifting elite. On the contrary, shoplifting is an art that deserves the widest possible dissemination. For your convenience we have printed below a step by step guide to shoplifting. Good luck."

A phrenological chart and images.

Russian desk games of the 19th century.

A small collection of Polish circus posters.

GPS drawings: "GPS Drawing is about recording lines using one's journey as a mark making medium. The GPS receiver automatically records your journey like a geodesic pencil." (via obliterated)

Stained glass windows by Marc Chagall.

The Bromoil Homepage: "Bromoil combines the skills, nuances and attibutes of fine art photography,
printmaking and painting. This historic process is truly a happy marriage of craft and art." Some very cool stuff in the members' gallery. I just wish the images were a bit bigger. (via Grow-a-Brain)

Instant Sensual Karma: "This time you brought someone the unmistakable sensation of explosive urination right in the middle of a 'moment of silence' at a state funeral."

"Oh my God! There's an axe in my head!" (via Sensible Erection)

Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories.

"The Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch Hammer), first published in 1486, is arguably one of the most infamous books ever written...It served as a guidebook for Inquisitors during the Inquisition, and was designed to aid them in the identification, prosecution, and dispatching of Witches...It set into the general Christian consciousness, for all time, a belief in the existence of witches as a real and valid threat to the Christian world. It is a belief which is held to this day."

Female merit badges. (via geisha asobi)

The Silicon Zoo, teeny-weeny pictures of animals on silicon computer chips. (via Metafilter)

Unsettling flash at r-a-n-d-o-m. (via iconomy)


Friday, May 23, 2003

To see your shoes and your spirits rise

Aubrey Beardsley's "Salome".

And Art Nouveau doors.

Mermaids sculpted out of sand.

"Les Grimaces", "Statuaire" and "L'ataque". More at Dididuc.

Needlework after Pablo Picasso.

Cereal box fan art.

"Trepanation is the oldest surgical procedure practiced by mankind. The earliest evidence of trepanation dates back 10,000 years." Trepanation related artwork, interesting articles, pictures and bios of people who've had the procedure done, and even a coloring book!

How to create a Golem. (via Metafilter)

Freakshow In My Pocket is quite freaky indeed. (via iconomy)

Chinese paper cuts and Mexican papel picado and Polish wycinanki and Jewish ketuba and Japanese kirie and German scherenschnitte. (most links via this page)

Info. about the symbolism of Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs.

Hello Kitty: variations on a theme and Hello Tarot. (via quasimeta).

The antique vibrator museum. (via Plep)

Really terrible projector humor from Hewlett-Packard.

A guide to indie rock hairstyles. (via Gawker)

Tales of Mere Existence. Funny comics and little Quicktime clips. I especially liked "Horny" and "Pickle".


Wednesday, May 21, 2003

And I'll meet you at the station

How to become a werewolf: "DISCLAIMER: If you choose to follow one or more of the instructions on this page, you're doing that on your own risk. I cannot be held responsible for eventual side-effects, loss of money or property, loss of humanity or death itself." (via The Presurfer)

Check if it's going to be a bad hair day. Sorry, the U.S., little bits of Canada and the top of Mexico only. [warning: loads rather slowly]

Karagoz: Shadow theatre in Turkey.

Pics of 'latrinalia' around Tokyo, MIT, a lot more here, and another one here. And it looks like someone's trying to put together a coffee table book.

The Chairman Smiles: Posters from the former Soviet Union, Cuba and China.

The Knockoff Project. [warning: zillions of images on one page] (via iconomy)

A gallery of antique police photographs.

Whaletooth scrimshaw.

Some really nice optical illusions. (via Plep)

Terrifically bizarre wax anatomical models.

A collection of swizzle sticks.

Paul's dead? (via Grow-a-Brain)

Pick up some ancient rude words at The Charles Bukowski Center for Classical Latin Studies.

Spank the naughty secretary. (via Sensible Erection)

P.S. The 'J' doesn't stand for Jonathan, silly :)


Monday, May 19, 2003

Nicht, Nien, Frankenstein!

The Favorite Poem Project: "Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, founded the Favorite Poem Project shortly after the Library of Congress appointed him to the post in 1997. Since its launch, the Favorite Poem Project has been dedicated to celebrating, documenting and promoting poetry's role in Americans' lives." Includes RealVideo clips of people reciting their favorite poems and a favorite poem database. (via plep)

Library cats from around the world! (via iconomy)

Odd Books has some fun things to read, including silly poems about constipation and breastfeeding, pages dedicated to obscure writers, and reviews of well, odd books (including this wacked-out specimen).

Bad Porn Scrapbook. [warning: highly unerotic nudity] (via Sensible Erection)

Bible-Approved vs. Bible-Forbidden Undergarments. Will your knickers send you to the lake of eternal fire?

And for the gents, Vintage Skivvies.

A 3-D recreation of The Beatles' roof-top performance of "Get Back". Kickin'. (via Grow-A-Brain)

Nerd gym. (via Geisha Asobi)

The Miracle of Dolphin-Surfing: "The marine deities and sea gods that ride on the backs of fishes or dolphins are embodiments of freedom of movement in the water; or metaphorically, of universal possibility. Adapting to the spirit of the times, the elegant exercise of surfing has replaced the simple action of riding a marine creature. Paradoxically, however, this miracle has not always figured in the curriculum at Valhamönde because the instructors were divided. Those responsible for course content felt that, aside from athletic ostentation, surfing monks would impress very few people in the age of jet skis and waverunners." (via dirty beloved)

A collection of poison bottles.

Photographs, postcards and stereoviews of Tunnel trees.

Someone who loves slurpees a lot. A whole lot.

Wonderful posters by Eduardo Munoz Bachs, 'el maestro del cartel cubano de todos los tiempos'.

Her-cu-nut gives me the giggles. And he's only $8! More Folk Nuts.


Saturday, May 17, 2003

Diversionary measures

Lego sculptures by Henry Lim. His works include incredibly detailed mosaics, sculptures and even a working harpsichord!

"Wigs, Coifs and Other Idiosyncrasies of English Judicial Attire". Another article on the same subject at the NY Times (reg. req'd).

A gallery of Gustave Doré biblical illustrations .

A gallery of Hans Bellmer's photographs of dolls, a small collection of prints and an article about the artist.

Photographs of gargoyles from around the world. More gargoyles here

An illustrated glossary of architectural terms for cathedrals.

Chinese pop posters. (via gmtPlus9)

The RMS Titanic's dinner menus.

The food timeline.

Super neato: The Simpsons...if they mated. Lisa + Milhouse = haha. (via Milk and Cookies)

We may have art in our house that we are unaware of! (via obliterated)

Things that look like monsters. More cute, funny drawings and such at have some hats.

Textile postage stamps.

A picture guide to the changing face of Barbie over the years.

Crackpots & Visionaries Card of the Day! (via The Ultimate Insult)


Thursday, May 15, 2003

I say go, go, go!

Laver's Law: a timeline of style.

Parodies of Grant Woods' famous "American Gothic". (via iconomy)

The Gentleman's Page: A practical guide for the 19th century man.

A gallery of illustrations from The Divine Comedy. (via Sensible Erection)

The revolutionary art of Peru.

Soap that will never, ever be used for washing anything.

Guerilla Parenting. (via b3ta)

Bagpipe paintings and etchings.

Galleries of miniature shoes.

Images from the Ophthalmodouleia Das ist Augendienst. (via Incoming Signals)

Kaodashi Signboards.

Really terrific student artwork from the Sriwittayapaknam school (a real school, not a style of art). The recycled and paper art are particular highlights.

A history of paper dresses.

Mount Zion sepulchral portraits. (via The Solipsistic Gazette)

LSD blotter art.


Monday, May 12, 2003

Understand we'll go hand in hand

"Chronophotography is the name Étienne-Jules Marey (1882) uses to describe the time (chronos) photographs of movement sequences..." (via The Apothecary's Drawer)

Instructions on how to make your own King Tut ceremonial death mask out of paper.

Edgar Governo, Historian of Things That Never Were. (via things mag)

A gallery of antique mouse and rat traps.

Favorite soups of the stars.

What are you? (via Sensible Erection)

Visual poetry at The Gates of Paradise. (via Metafilter)

Uh-oh...Shoe-size, Penis-size conversion charts. (via Cup of Chicha)


Writers reading aloud.

SongMeanings: Submit and comment on song lyrics.

Create your own band online! (via Fimoculous)

Boyzz: Nude weirdness and a kicky little tune. (via Geisha asobi)


Saturday, May 10, 2003

Why is the path unclear?

Mary Read and Anne Bonny, Pyrates!

Cool idea: Echocloud is a music recommendation engine. Type in a favorite band and get back a list of groups you'd probably also enjoy. (via Reenhead)

Soviet Patriotic Music has lyrics and mp3s for all your favorite Red anthems. "Debout! les damnes de la terre/ Debout! les forcats de la faim!" (via memepool)

The Surgery of Ancient Rome: a display of surgical instruments from antiquity. Eek...the speculum shivers me timbers. (via Sensible Erection)

A detailed listing of calories burned during various sex acts.

Mystery books. (via iconomy)

"Sylvia Plath Stuck Her Head in an Oven . . ." & Disturbing Deaths in the Literary World.

Hell: A Biblical Description.

And, 211 Euphemisms for Death.

A Dictionary Of All-Consonant Words.

Simon Swears, now available in English, German, French, Portugese, Russian, Japanese and French Canadian. (via b3ta)

Web zen. (via Cup of Chicha)

How to make your own hooves.

The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Funky clocks. (via Boing Boing)

66 Polaroids That Never Existed. (via Speckled Paint)


Friday, May 09, 2003

Where do we go from here?

How to make a grass couch.

The Hans Holbein Dance of Death.

Strange Sisters: An archive of lesbian paperback artwork from the 1950s and '60s.

The Aberdeen Bestiary. (via The Apothecary's Drawer)

A gallery of mechanical automata. (via Sharpeworld)

Joseph Wu's origami page has articles, galleries, links and even tutorials on the ancient craft.

Hand-carved emu eggs. (via Speckled Paint--is it really over?)

"The Art of Urban Warfare (AUW) is a game that is played in the streets of our cities...promoting the movement of street interventions
in the name of art...The streets belong to us. Victory is in reach."

Treefiti: Fight the, erm...attacking trees?

Mythical Plants of the Middle Ages.

The Table of Condiments that Periodically Go Bad.

A rather comprehensive site with pictures and information about products made from bakelite and plastic.

When I Was Little: The Baby Picture Project. (via Geisha asobi)

The Weekly's Hurrah/Bah archives are good for a giggle: "I am a whimsical fiction. I see you, reader."


Sunday, May 04, 2003

Oh, the places you'll go!

Food-Eating Battle Monkeys! I'm a gruel-eating cave monkey myself. (via Plep)

The sad tale of Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse.

Suicidal Mickey Mouse comic strips. (via Speckled Paint)

The Tacky Postcard Archive. I want to send 'Dance of the Diapered Nihilists' to my parents, for obvious reasons.

A terrific flash movie for The Beatles' "I'm in love with her (and I feel fine)." (via Sensible Erection)

"Imagine that the history of the universe is compressed into one year—with the big bang occurring in the first seconds of New Year’s Day, and all our known history occurring in the final seconds before midnight on December 31."

Coool...the World Processor. (via Geisha Asobi)

Vicar-sniffing: "Delightfully dusty. Hairpiece adhesive. Peppermints."

Panic Encyclopedia: The definitive guide to the postmodern scene.

And the postmodernism generator.

Gum wrapper origami. (via The Ultimate Insult)

The Angel Tour has all kinda of fun stuff including a gallery of Charlie's Angels logos, screen captures, instructions on how to replicate the hairstyles, and even a page with pictures of 'counterfeit' Angels.

A Flash juggling sim. (via Milk and Cookies)

Some nicely cheesy thrift store album cover art here.

Speaking of cheesy...

Get slap happy.


Saturday, May 03, 2003

We can go where we want to... the survival guide to living in a vehicle. (via The Presurfer).

How to make your very own flogger. [warning: mature content.]

Needlepoint frogs.

LP covers done in cross stitch

Cool idea: "Art*o*mat machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art. Currently, there are 49 active machines in museums and various locations throughout the country." (via memepool)

"Oh please draw me a rubbish monkey?"

Lamp doodles.

Body Play...not for the faint of heart.

Some funky purses, or 'Mixed Media Wearable Sculpture', if you want to be snooty about it. (via reenhead)

A gallery of origamic architecture.

The art of the illustrated letter. (via Cup of Chicha)

These lucky kids got to make edible sculptures for homework.

I hope they didn't repay the favor by giving their teacher a cheesy gift.

A gallery of amazing vegetable and fruit carvings.

The Delphion Gallery of Obscure Patents. (via Speckled Paint)

You can do anything at, anything at all!