Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Portraits of Time: Ancient Trees

San Francisco photographer Beth Moon's "Portraits of Time" is a series of portraits of ancient trees from around the world that was fourteen years in the making.  She has chosen trees of immense size, great age, and notable history. Locations are researched by a number of methods: history books, botanical books, tree registers, newspaper articles, and information from friends and fellow travellers.

More: LensCulture

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lewis Carroll’s Typewriter

Twenty years ago when Charlie Lovett found a small handwritten note by Lewis Carroll in which he asked for help in operating his new typewriter he did not know that Carroll's actual machine still existed. He wrote an article for a small Lewis Carroll journal titled “Lewis Carroll’s Typewriter” in which he described the Hammond No. 1 typewriter that Lewis Carroll (whose real name was Charles Dodgson) had bought in 1888.

In 2012 it came up for auction at a small auction house in England and Lovett purchased it. He did more research and wrote an article for an exhibition catalogue and was able to illustrate the article with pictures of the actual machine.

Read more here.

Anchor Tracey Spicer Protests 'Extreme Grooming'

Image: James Brickwood/Daily Life

Australian television anchor, Tracey Spicer, did the math and realized she was spending between $500 a month and countless hours a year on basic grooming. She decided enough was enough and tossed the lipstick, the hair products and the layers of pancake.

More: CBC Radio

I Remember Mr. Potato Head Before He Became a Plastic Phoney

The Mr. Potato Head toy, first marketed in 1952, originally came with  facial features on sharp spikes that we kids stuck into a real potato or a carrot, or an apple. "Any fruit or vegetable makes a funny face man," reads the package to the original Mr. Potato Head.

The 1968 Mr. Potato Head On The Moon was one such toy, imploring kids to use a cucumber for a spaceship. It wasn't until the 1970s that child safety laws outlawed the old-fashioned spiky Potato Head pieces.

Mr. Head originally came with a pipe, but had to give up the habit in 1987 when he became a spokespotato for the Cancer Society.


Yukiko Morita's Bread Lamps

Yukiko Morita's lamps are made from actual loaves of bread covered in a layer of resin.

Via: bookofjoe

Monday, November 24, 2014

Got a year old carrot? Turn it into a something tasty.

Ren Redzepi, chef at Copenhagen's Noma, creates a wonderful dish from a year-old carrot. Noma is widely considered to be the best restaurant in the world.

Via  Holy Kaw

Sophie Barbasch – Fault Line

“Fault Line is a project I am doing in the small coastal town of Brooklin, Maine. The protagonist is my younger cousin Adam, who lives there. I also photograph my brother, father, and other cousins. I chose the title because a fault line alludes to where the earth splits in an earthquake (a metaphor for a divided family with a complicated history) and also alludes to fault, or blame (I wonder, how does a family support each other, even when things aren’t perfect?) My goal is to show the weight we all carry and how we are both connected and isolated from each other.” -Sophie Barbasch



Hell hath no fury like a woman with a stolen identity.

In 2011, a woman named Erin Hart stole artist Jessamyn Lovell’s wallet, and eventually her identity, racking up credit card charges, parking tickets, and even a theft charge in Lovell’s name. Did Lovell get angry? Yes she did and then she got even. She created an art exhibition called “Dear Erin Hart” featuring documents, surveillance photos, videos, and interviews documenting Erin Hart’s crime spree.

Erin Hart stole Jessamyn Lovell’s identity, time, and peace of mind. Lovell, in relentlessly pursuing her thief, robs her of her anonymity.

More: Beautiful/Decay

Lovell's project reminds me of some of French artist Sophie Calle's work. Calle is also known for her detective-like ability to follow strangers and investigate their private lives.

Chart Of Cousins

Many of my American friends will be spending time with relatives this Thanksgiving.  This chart helps you figure out exactly how you're related.

Figure out the common ancestor between two relatives. Then select the relationship of the first relative to the common ancestor in the top row. Move down to the row that corresponds to the relationship of the second person to the common ancestor. The result is the relationship of the second person to the first.
Mind boggling, at least to me!


‘Casablanca’ Piano to Be Auctioned

“Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.'  ” Going up for auction at Bonham's today is one of the most famous pianos in the world, the painted upright in Rick’s Cafe Americain in the movie “Casablanca” when Ingrid Bergman uttered those immortal cinematic words.

Catherine Williamson, the director of entertainment memorabilia at Bonhams, explains why this piano is a significant piece of movie memorabilia.
"The piano is central to the plot because of the transit papers — this thing that everyone is searching for so desperately.”
“Fifteen minutes into the movie, he tucks them in there. They’re under there while Sam plays, they’re there for all of the activity that happens in the cafe. The piano is there. It represents the way out for them. That’s what made it so important.”