Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Sad Lunches American Office Workers Eat At Their Desks

Sad Desk Lunch is so, so sad.

Here we are. Eating our sad tupperware lunches. Oh yeah, just to make it better? Eating lunch at your desk can expose you to more bacteria than a toilet seat.

Via 22 Words

Monday, April 14, 2014

Japanese Speaking Bird

The Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) is not only a pretty bird but is also intelligent. These birds are renowned for their ability to imitate human speech. This video shows one having a conversation with its owner.

I don't understand Japanese but comments on reddit say the conversation  translates as follows:
Bird:” ‘Uhm Hello, this is the Ono family.” 
Bird: “What’s wrong?” 
Owner: “Abe-chan, you’re a little too early. Once the phone’s picked up, then properly say hello.” 
Bird: “Okay, understood.” 
Owner: “Do you really understand? I’m counting on you. Hello, this is the Ono family residence in Gifu.” 
Bird: “Okay, I understand!” 
Owner: “Got it.”
Via TwistedSifter

Herding Cats

"Anybody can herd cattle. Holding together 10,000 half wild shorthairs, now that's another thing altogether!" A clever ad for EDS.
This has been around for a long time but it made me laugh so I had to post it.


The Library Dioramas of Marc Giai-Miniet

French artist Marc Giai-Miniet constructs tiny bookish worlds. These incredibly detailed dioramas, while lovely, have a decidedly sinister air about them.

More: Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design

Fed Up

This documentary takes a frightening look at the relationship between the food industry and childhood obesity.

Fed Up blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history.

Via Blog on a Toothpick

From Peru With Love

Voyage Peru from House of Nod on Vimeo.
Music by Kanaku & El Tigre
Cinematography and Editing by Robert Kolodny
Produced by Bennett Elliott
House of Nod created this scrapbook of snapshots from their journey to beautiful Peru. After watching the video I'm checking out travel deals to South America.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Horror Of Leftover Spaghetti

You need never experience the horror of leftover pasta again if you use The Spaghetti Tower developed by Ori Saidi and Daniel Gassner of the Israeli design studio Ototo . The specially designed cap allows you to cook just the amount you need.

Via Neatorama

Creating The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s latest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is set in a gorgeous Eastern European hotel on the eve of World War II. Unfortunately you can't stay in this beautiful pink confection because the hotel doesn't exist. Set designer Adam Stockhausen created the miniature model we see in the movie.  National Geographic talks to him about creating the Grand Budapest Hotel and other sumptuous locations in the movie.

The Republic of Zubrowka, where the film is set, is a fictional country that takes its name from a Polish bison grass vodka.
Design group Watson/DG teamed up with Anderson to create Akademie Zubrowka, an interactive website that offers a made-up college course on the made-up country, called “The Republic of Zubrowka Before the War: a Central European Case Study of Social, Political and Cultural Upheaval.”

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie

A rare recording of “Motherless Child Blues,” owned by the collector Richard Nevins.

In the world of early-20th-century African-American music and people obsessed by it, who can appear from one angle like a clique of pale and misanthropic scholar-gatherers and from another like a sizable chunk of the human population, there exist no ghosts more vexing than a couple of women identified on three ultrarare records made in 1930 and ’31 as Elvie Thomas and Geeshie Wiley. There are musicians as obscure as Wiley and Thomas, and musicians as great, but in none does the Venn diagram of greatness and lostness reveal such vast and bewildering co-extent. In the spring of 1930, in a damp and dimly lit studio, in a small Wisconsin village on the western shore of Lake Michigan, the duo recorded a batch of songs that for more than half a century have been numbered among the masterpieces of prewar American music, in particular two, Elvie’s “Motherless Child Blues” and Geeshie’s “Last Kind Words Blues,” twin Alps of their tiny oeuvre, inspiring essays and novels and films and cover versions, a classical arrangement.
So begins an article by John Jeremiah Sullivan that held me from beginning to end. Over the years ethnomusicologists had uncovered little about these two women. Sullivan set out to see what he could find and his journey is a fascinating one.

Much more at  NYTimes.com

The Legend of Dōgo Onsen

To celebrate the 120th birthday of Dōgo Onsen, Japan's oldest bath house, Brad Kremer created this remarkable mixture of animation, time lapse, and real time footage.

The Legend of Dogo Onsen - subtitled from Brad Kremer on Vimeo.

Via Kuriositas