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Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Ishkabibble, diddle diddle

Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America.

The stranger side of Leonardo da Vinci. (via iconomy)

Feral children, also known as wolf children, are children who've grown up with minimal human contact, or even none at all. They may have been brought up by animals (often wolves) or somehow survived on their own. In some cases, children are confined and denied normal social interaction with other people." Fascinating, but ultimately rather sad. (via J-Walk)

Lunch box adverts.

A gallery of vintage phonographs.

"What They Really Get: A Discussion of Stellar Salaries From the Press-Agent's Typewriter to the Cashier's Desk": an article discussing silent film stars' salaries.

Images of singers, composers and more at Historic Opera.

Backmask Online: "This site is the absolute best source on the Internet for information about hidden messages in popular music. We have only the cream of the crop of satanic, suicidal, funny, and weird messages compiled from various sources." Has mp3 examples and brief notes about each song.

James Joyce's Ulysses for dummies. (via Sensible Erection)

A small collection of bloodletting images.

Typewriter art. (via Grow-a-Brain)

Author pseudonyms and autographs.

Stanford's Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls site is very nice. Includes guided tours of the genre, a timeline of its development, and of course lots and lots of images.

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Sunday, June 22, 2003

Crunch crunch burble buzz

Sculptural robotics by Dan Roe.

Mosaic lampposts. (via obliterated)

Contemporary pop art paintings.

Children's drawings of U.S. presidents.

"Both the origins and the eventual abandonment of Destino are for most, a mystery. No one seems to know exactly where or when Walt Disney and the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali met...." (via Sensible Erection)

The official Josephine Baker photo gallery.

Love graffiti. (via iconomy)

Wilson Bentley's wonderful photographs of snowflakes.

Leather puppets of India. (via Plep)

You Must Choose: "A lunatic is cutting off your arms. A) Chainsaw B) Circular Saw. (via The Ultimate Insult).

Final meal requests .

Hindu Hells. (via Cup of Chicha).

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Thursday, June 12, 2003

Whistlin' Dixie

A Beginner's Guide to Flying Indian Fighter Kites. Combat rules. Some background on the different varieties. A photo essay about Makar Sankranti, an Indian kite festival.

An article about kite-flying from The Seattle Times, with pictures. A gallery of non-fighter kites, very nice ones here and here. Also, miniature Chinese kites (more mini kites). And Robert Trepanier.

Tragic Beauties. (via Plep)

Lipsticks of the stars. I don't know.

The Army Women's Museum has an odd collection of costumes used in Army recruitment shows. The connection seems a bit tenuous to me: "During the four years of war in Europe, fashion came to a virtual standstill. Although this emerald green suit is sumptuous and fashionable, the long flared tunic and shorter fuller skirt were also typical of women's military uniforms which were designed for utility." Right.

Calligraphy by Hassan Massoudy.

Blues Lyrics and Hoodoo. (via Incoming Signals)

The Art and History of Street Painting: "Street painting has been recorded throughout Europe since the 16th century and is considered an important expression of popular art. In Italy, street painters are called "madonnari" after their historical practice of creating chalk paintings of the Madonna." A gallery of photographs, another, and another, yet another, last one, I promise.

Theatre Emphemera.

Photographs of neon signs in Times Square.

Stamp art. (via Sugar 'n Spicy)

Manimals, which reminded me of Le Brun and the 'science' of comparative anatomy.

Japanese big rigs. (via Metafilter)

GI Photo Joe: Combat Photographer. Excellent. (via J-Walk)

Phil Borges' photographs of indigenous peoples. Lovely, though they're probably not saved, so you'll have to pray for them.

The Web Fridge Project. This one is perfect. Similarly (well, not really), The Clown Sweater Project. Truly frightening. (second via Sarcasmo's Corner)

Movie parodies...with thumbs.

eugenemirman.com. Hee! (via Geisha Asobi)

Public Service Announcement: I'm going to be away for a little while, but expect new posts beginning June 22nd. Thanks.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Widdershins

Scottish clan tartans, crests and origins.

Haight Street Fair posters. (via iconomy)

Info. about Kabuki makeup, some Kabuki faces, morphing Manjiro, a few pictures (his other photographs are great. More--not his--here), and Kunisada's woodblock prints.

Also, The Noh Mask Effect. (via Sensible Erection)

Firecracker labels.

A list of people who've gone over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Now why would you bring your elderly pet turtle with you?

Environmentally-friendly sex. The Ecological Footprint Quiz. Find out your community's environmental scorecard (US only) and if you have a car, get its fuel economy. (first two via Incoming Signals & Grow-a-Brain, respectively)

"Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!" (via Incoming Signals)

Love and courtship during the Victorian era: "The following actions were considered extremely rude in the presence of company; crossing your legs, adjusting your hair, winking your eyes, laughing immoderately, beating time with your feet and hands, shrugging up your shoulders, placing your hand upon the person with whom you were conversing, looking steadily at one, and so on." The fan flirting info. is especially fascinating. And a snazzy little ragtime midi to boot!

The Futuro House! (via Retrolounge)

Lip tattoos.

The Strange Story of Napolean's Wallpaper: "....[S]amples of Napoleon's hair, when analysed using modern scientific techniques in the 1960s, [were] found to contain significant quantities of arsenic. Suddenly the cause of Napoleon's death was being debated all over again....[H]ad the British really poisoned their most famous prisoner? Or were the French Bourbons so unwilling for Napoleon to return that they had had him poisoned? Did one of his staff have a secret grudge?"

Drawings of Paris music hall costumes.

"Shakespeare and the Players is a survey through postcards of the many now unfamiliar English and American actors who played Shakespeare's characters for late Victorian and Edwardian audiences." Aw, This guy didn't even bother with the pancake makeup. Lazy!

Ahem. What Bird Did That? The art of 'orinthological dejecta'.

Anagrammed versions of "Jabberwocky". Brillig!

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Sunday, June 08, 2003

Slithy toves

Herbarium Berolinenesis digitalis. Very nice.

And beautiful radiographs of flowers.

Whimsical road signs at Changed Priorities Ahead: "The closest thing we've got to an agenda is a desire to re-enchant some of those many people out there who've got stuck in a very dull, rigid version of reality."

The Electric Ballerina: Quicktime animations of dance steps.

Also, a huge collection of ballerina photography.

The Inflation Calculator. What cost $100 in 1900 would cost $2075.60 in 2002. Eesh.

A photo gallery of mehndi hands and feet.

Bollywood LP covers. (via Retrolounge).

"It is clear that the word cunt is a powerful taboo within Western society, and has been so for over five centuries, though there is also evidence that, at one time, it was a word with no social stigmas or offensive connotations..." Interesting paper, if your eyes can take it. (via Empty Bottle).

NY City Snaps. Excellent.

Famous monkeys through history. (via J-Walk)

Mandala art by Dagmar Krasna. (via Sensible Erection)

The symbolism of hand mudras. (via Plep)

"Bottle whimseys...are constructions or scenes assembled inside bottles. The earliest known examples of the art form date from the eighteenth century, but most seem to date from 1880-1930. The most well-known form is a ship, but almost anything that can be built or whittled has been put into a bottle..." (via iconomy)

Unusual pianos here and here.

4000 Years of Miniature Books: Thumb Bibles, miniature libraries, and some modern examples.

A fun beatbox thingy. (via b3ta)

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Friday, June 06, 2003

Cabbages and kings

British pub signs. More here, here and here.

Also, microscopic views of beers from around the world,

Marquee signs. (via iconomy)

Press and backstage passes for Joan Jett, The Rolling Stones (more), Genesis, Berlin, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, David Bowie, The Grateful Dead (more), The Beastie Boys, etc, etc.

Musical automata by Maxime de la Rochefoucauld. "Alentour" is quite sexy.

The Art of James Bond and a guide to James Bond teasers. (first via retrolounge)

Wayang Kulit: Indonesian shadow puppets.

Surreal photographs of food. (via amberglow)

"Sally decides not to become a veterinarian after all."

Anamorphosis.

Photographs of the American West by Edward S. Curtis. Larger scans here. And controversy, of course.

Zane Grey dust jackets.

The Art of Illustration.

Word game images. More than 1300 images to load...rather hypnotic, actually. (via Incoming Signals)

Invented and artificial languages. (via New World Disorder)

Modern Living: darkly humorous flash.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Of shoes and ships and sealing wax

Torture methods of the Spanish Inquisition. (via Sensible Erection)

Bootleg toys from around the world: Super-deformed superheroes, Coca-cola Batman, sad little Mexican Darth Vadars, and more amusingly bad knockoffs.

Miniature Chinese liqueur bottles.

Trench Art of the Great War: "Prolonged entrenchment of troops and a vast supply of the detritus of war provided an ever-expanding canvas for the talents of soldier-artists." Some highlights include vases made out of spent shells, a holy water font, painted helmets, embroidery, and this 'hate belt'. (via The Solipsistic Gazette)

Baby mops.

Gloriously Colorful Kodaks: Very cool art deco cameras.

Authentic voodoo dolls.

Some terrific mosaics in the London underground, all inspired by Alfred Hitchcock films. (via iconomy)

Philatelic philosophy.

The Periodic Table of Dessert and The Periodic Table of Poetry. (first via Apothecary's Drawer)

How to write your name in Mayan glyphs.

"Tijuana Bibles were pornographic tracts popular in America before the advent of mass-market full-color glossy wank-fodder such as Playboy. A typical bible consisted of eight stapled comic-strip frames portraying characters and celebrities (eg. John Dillinger, Popeye, Disney characters) in wildly sodomistic situations. Many could be considered grossly racist, sexist, and otherwise wholly 'politically incorrect'." (via Daze Reader)

The Medieval Macabre Gallery and Grotesque, Marvellous And Monstrous Images. (latter via iconomy)

Propaganda leaflets from the Vietnam War.

Someone's turned their llama barn into an outsider art gallery: "We have a different situation than most galleries as there are llamas wandering in and out all of the time. They are rather critical of some of the paintings, judging by the green spit on some of them. Another problem we have is that a few of our llamas love to chew on the paintings....To stop the llamas from eating the paintings, we spray the paintings occasionally with a mixture of water and llama droppings. This works quite well, even though it may be construed by some as a comment on the quality of the art."

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Monday, June 02, 2003

Quickly, before Blogger betrays me once more

Peter Max's tennis shoes.

The Internet Museum of Flexi/Cardboard/Oddity has a nice collection of odd records, like these record stamps from Bhutan, yodeling hankies and that #1 smash hit from 1968, "Nixon's the One".

BDSM on a budget.

Dicks. (via dangerousmeta)

Kids from Cleveland High School take on the masters. I kinda liked Corey's Picasso and Xochitl's Kahlo.

A history of pop-up and moveable books.

Macrame owls.

Twists, Slugs and Roscoes: A Glossary of Hardboiled Slang: "You dumb mug, get your mitts off the marbles before I stuff that mud-pipe down your mush--and tell your moll to hand over the mazuma."

Parisian metro entrances by Hector Guimard. (warning: site loads very slowly and is in French).

Find out what your name would be in Latin.

Imagery from the history of medicine. (via Sensible Erection)

Tokens and Treasures: Gifts to Twelve Presidents. Pretty San Francisco for Hoover, kickass boots for Ike, but Bush Sr. was gifted with this scary chair.

Drawings done with the non-dominant hand. The first one is amazing.

The Artist's Inner Vision tarot and The Playing Card Project. (latter via The Solipsistic Gazette)

Fantasy coffins from Ghana. (via Grow-a-Brain)

The World's 100 Best Real People Websites. Oh, that title just killed me dead, it did.

You in 1905: "Get a snapshot of your life as it might have been had you been living in Britain 100 years ago"...based on gender and father's occupation. (via The Presurfer)

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