Sunday, April 26, 2015

These Kids Rock "Crazy Train"

The Louisville Leopard Percussionists is a non-profit organization offering extracurricular music opportunities to local children at little or no cost. Listen to these kids rock Led Zep's Crazy Train on xylophones.

You can help them keep this awesome program going by donating at

Via:  Holy Kaw! 

Garden Inspired By Art

Columbus artist James T. Mason produced the visionary concept that would eventually become a topiary park in Columbus, Ohio. In 1988 Mason created the frames that coax the yew trees into their current shapes and in 1992 his vision was fully realized. There are fifty-four figures, eight boats, three dogs, and a monkey. The topiary above was inspired by the pointillist painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by French artist Georges Seurat.

Source: Futility Closet

Thanks Bruce!


The origin of baklava is hotly contested but Imam Çağdaş restaurant in Gaziantep, Turkey has been making it since 1887. Their baklava is highly regarded and orders have regularly been received from Turkish presidents and from as far afield as Fidel Castro.

Baklava from Mode Stories on Vimeo.


Executed Today Playing Cards

"Take 13 of the most (in)famous executions in English history, 13 more from the French, another 13 from the Germany, and 13 from Russia and what have you got?                Executed Today‘s one-of-a-kind Execution Playing Cards."

Buy them here

Via Blort

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Red Wine Flow Chart

Dry, sweet, with food or not?

Cupcakes & Cashmere

Aurora Borealis Cocktail

Who needs the northern lights when you've got one of these babies in your hand? Originally conceived in 2006, it is a drink that is pink in natural light, but glows aqua-marine in black-light due to the quinine in the tonic water. You have kept that black light from your university days, haven't you?

  • 2 liters Gin or Vodka
  • 9 Liters Tonic Water
  • 3-4 Bottles Roses Mojito Passion, OR 3-4 Canisters of Pink-Lemonade Concentrate
  • Ice
  • Mix all ingredients together shortly before the party begins.
  • Add ice as late as possible before drinking.

Via Boing Boing 

Kim Fleming's Alien Landscapes

Kuriositas blog features Kim Fleming’s remarkable macrophotography of slime mold. The photos are taken within an 86 acre plot of land that includes creeks, a pond, woods and field in Abbeville County, South Carolina.

Tubifera ferruginosa, aka red raspberry slime, has fruitbodies that are bunched together like the fruit. The above specimen is about one centimeter across and these can form up to fifteen centimeters.

These look as if they should be in an aquarium but they grow on the surface of a piece of wood. Like fungi they form spore bearing structures that look like those of the real thing.

The spore cases of these cribraria cancellata are empty. The spores would have been a reddish purple color but have long since been released to the wind. This one can reach a massive four millimeters in height.

See more slime mold wonderfulness and other nature macrophotography at Kim Fleming's Flickr Photo Stream

Steamer Trunk Bar Cabinet

Vintage look combined with alcohol? This compact cabinet is a piece of furniture after my own heart. What looks like an old British steamer trunk opens to reveal a very nifty bar.

Buy it at  Dot & Bo


Dry Dog Wet Dog

Dry Dog Wet Dog is a funny photo series by Australian based photographer Serena Hodson. Her work revolves around her dogs, Rocco, Ralph and Simon

More: My Modern Metropolis

Spinster Cut Out Dolls

In honour of Kate Bolick’s new book Spinster, Crown has created lovely cut out dolls featuring pioneering women writers who were spinsters:

Wharton was born to the affluent class she chronicled (and brilliantly satirized) in The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth. Both works offer a heartbreaking commentary on unwed women and the destructive power of tradition. An architectural designer as well as an author, Wharton’s estate, The Mount, operates today as a museum and testament to her legacy.

“My candle burns at both ends, it will not last the night…” America’s first rock-star poetess, Edna St. Vincent Millay toured the country after winning the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, bringing her revolutionary lyrics and bohemian lifestyle to the masses. Millay’s work, including the poem “First Fig,” was definitive and revolutionary for her generation, yet her lyrical voice is timeless.