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10 Aug 01:31

Friday Haiku Too: Eternally Fuzzy

by Brinke

Furry little friend
So soft, cuddly and quiet
Wants eucalyptus.

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Via Cutest Paw.


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Friday Haiku, Koalas
12 Aug 19:00

マシュマロの狂気 (Marshmallow Madness)

by Brinke

In the grand tradition of, um, this post, the great folks from The Far East are handing us our asses heads on a QTE plate.

Again.

We saw this once before, but not to this degree. Check the detailed hovers c/o RocketNews24. The company that makes these is called Yawahada- their FB is here. RN24 says they only ship inside Japan- but maybe if you contact them and whine a lot, they might change their minds. The FB page says “We are working on enabling international shipping and hope to make a good announcement to you in the near future.”

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Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Big in Japan, TAKE MY MONEY
10 Aug 22:30

Bugly Ducklings

by pyrit

News Flash: Ducks eat bugs. They don’t only dabble in pond weed ‘n stuffs. We have proof!

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Buzzy Bug Birds are go! Watch out, buzzy bugs.

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Somebody’s more interested in making ripples.

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Meanwhile … Look, Ma! No hands winglets! Glomp! Got one!

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“I was taking a walk through the park tonight when I realized that the pond was full of the smallest, cutest, fuzziest baby ducklings. They were all jumping into the air to eat bugs (hence the picture of the little yellow-bellied guy in the air). Cutest thing I have EVER seen. Photos taken by me, Kelsey.”


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Birds, Ducks
27 Jul 19:50

They May Not Be From Jurassic Park

by pyrit
Penguin.nyo

this was the source of the gif!

but this kitty full of rawr and tyranny on two legs makes a rather superb T-Rex. And, watch out behind you Kit-T-Rex,

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(earth shakes) Here come the Parakeetasaurs! Ka-boom …boom …boom …boommmm!

“My cat Moisie totally looks like a velociraptor… she’s channeling Jurassic Park, in a softer, fluffier, not-so-dangerous-if-you-blow-a-raspberry-on-my-tummy kind of way.” -Anne F., Small Animal Talk blog writer and veterinarian. Parakeets running in slow motion via YouTube


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Birds, Impending Doom, Kittens
25 Jul 16:00

始めまして (Nice Ta Meetcha)(Update!)

by Brinke

UPDATE!!! Cuteporter Andrew Y. just alerted us to a BIG OL’ HONKIN’ BATCH of new photos. Voilà!

Clipboard01 From now through September 13th, visitors to Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park in Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, can actually shake hands paws with Asian small-clawed otters. (English version of the site is here.) Folks dip their finger in Wakasagi Smelt extract, then poke it thru the hole.

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Quoting Steve L. of Petslady.com, “The program is open daily from 11:50am on weekdays and from 12:40pm on weekends and holidays. Admission is 500 yen (about $5) and reservations can be made by phoning the Park directly. Due to the popularity of the program, you really ‘otter’ call before visiting.(+81-46-880-0152.)”

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~Creditos~
* Updated images 1-10 + video spotted on Rocketnews24.com.
*Remaining images (I think) originally from Kawausosu.com.


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Big in Japan, Otters
26 Jul 01:47

Japan Will Not Let Up

by Brinke

The Land Of the Rising Sun consistently kicks our butt outperforms the US when it comes to The QTE. We’re just helpless ovah heah. We just saw the otters shaking hands deal, right? Now this. Cuteporter William D. sends in an email with the subject line “Oh my, the one with the duck on his head.”

That gets my attention.

A duck on someone’s head? (FYI the top row that comes on at about 1:07.) Must check it out. So William goes on to say “Animated cute, but…have you seen this? It’s amazing. Japan wins the cute arms race again.”

Yes. Yes, they do.

Again.


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Big in Japan
09 Jul 22:00

Two Words: Churro Cheesecake

by Jill Harness

What could be better than a tasty cinnamon-sugar pastry? A cinnamon-sugar pastry mixed with cheesecake. According to the recipe creator, "two squares later these babies changed my life!" 

Link

10 Jul 11:00

Facial Expressions--How Do They Work?

by John Farrier

Oh, so that's why demons sometimes appear when I'm trying to hail a cab! I should keep Reza Farazmand's handy chart nearby.

Link

11 Jul 16:20

Another real-life ouroboros

by Minnesotastan

One explanation for this unusual behavior was offered in the Reddit thread discussing the gif:
Snake-owner here. One reason snakes do this is because they are agitated from getting too hot. Judging by the fact the snake is in the water bowl I would suspect this is the reason. EDIT: Snakes are cold blooded so their metabolic rate is controlled by how they regulate their body temperature, a hot snake has an increased metabolism and would likely feel hungry if it hasn't eaten recently, which could drive this behaviour. Turning off the heat-lamp and spraying them with cool water will cause them to spit themselves out.  I hope in this case it was ok :(
Another example was posted in 2009.  For details about the mythical Ouroboros, see my 2008 post.
21 Jun 15:14

A "motley crew" dance for you

by Minnesotastan
Via Boing Boing.

A good excuse to review "motley":
The word motley is described in the Oxford English Dictionary as a cognate with medley, although the unrelated mottled has also contributed to the meaning... When used as a noun, it can mean "a varied mixture." As an adjective, it is generally disparaging — a motley collection is an uninspiring pile of stuff, as in the cliche motley crew.

The word originated in England between the 14th and 17th centuries and referred to a woolen fabric of mixed colors. It was the characteristic dress of the professional fool...

[M]otley did not have to be checkered and has been recently thought to be one pattern with different colored threads running through it.
Motley is the only wear.
—Shakespeare, As You Like It, ii. 7
24 Jun 13:02

Excerpts from "Wings of Life"

by Minnesotastan
"Wings of Life, known as Pollen in France and Hidden Beauty: A Love Story That Feeds the Earth in the United Kingdom, is a 2011 French-American nature documentary..."
This is a high-definition, super-slow-motion video of insects and bats pollinating flowers (and of butterflies in flight).   If you don't take advantage of the full-screen button for this video, you might as well not have one.

A hat tip to reader Lloyd in Spokane for sending me the link.
27 Jun 16:28

Ice cream + flour + microwave = bread

by Minnesotastan

Make bread from any flavor ice cream in five minutes.  Instructions in the video, found at Laughing Squid.

The YouTube comments are, as expected, worthless.  Perhaps someone here can try this and report back on the results.  I'm on a diet at the moment, and the last thing I need in the house is mint chocolate chip bread.
24 Jun 16:21

Live from The IBKC FUNdraising Headquarters - The Return of the 150th Kitten

by Laurie Cinotto
Penguin.nyo

AWWW so cute


Hello, Friends!  Remember last year when that handsome orange kitten presented the tiny check for the giant amount to the Humane Society?  

Well, that was me!  Charles Laurent Gibson, the 150the IBKC kitten!


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I go by Finne now.  See.

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I am back to take a shift on the phones because I wanted to support the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County -the shelter that means so much to me.  They gave me a chance.  They gave me my start in life.  Without them, I never would of found my awesome parents and my brother.

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Now, if you could please give me a moment to get familiar with the new set,  I'll be ready to take on the phones shortly.

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OK.  I think I'm ready. 

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Hello there.    I would like to have a pizza delivered. 

Extra large, thick crust, cheese and double anchovies. Yes, you heard me right, DOUBLE anchovies.

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This is much easier than I remember it being.   

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OH, dear.  I think you might be a little rusty, Charles. I mean Finne. Perhaps we should do a little re-training session before we set you loose on the phones again.




While he gets up to speed, please please pay a visit to our FUNdraising page and show your support by making a tax-deductible donation to this wonderful place that helped all of our IBKs get an awesome start in life.

Thank you!

Please stay tuned - we'll be back shortly with more pics of this handsome boy!
31 May 10:21

YouTube Channel Trailer

by James Gurney

(Direct link to video) YouTube has been bugging me to upgrade my channel's home page by adding a one-minute-or-less introductory video, so I finally got around to it.

Clicking the "Subscribe" button does a few things for you. If you want, you can tell YouTube to email you when new videos come out, or if you prefer, you can have them show up on your own YouTube channel page.

On my channel home page, I've curated the videos into some playlists, such as Book Trailers, Painting Dinosaurs, Do-It-Yourself Projects, DINOTOPIA, and Plein-Air Painting. You can see ALL the videos by clicking on the Videos button just to the right of the house icon.

Let me know if you like the user experience on the channel, and if you have any suggestions to improve it. What new videos would you like me to make? And let me know in the comments what other YouTube channels you like.


01 Jun 15:33

Monet, Sargent, and “Impressionism”

by James Gurney
Most histories of Impressionism define the movement in terms of the outward stylistic features of the paintings. These features typically include such things as small strokes, broken color, white ground, high key palette, rapid execution, sketchy handling, and commonplace subject matter.

(Above: Monet, "Houses of Parliament, London, Sun Breaking Through the Fog" 1904)

This approach to defining a trend in painting is natural for art historians who spend a lot of their time categorizing paintings and trying to make sense of them after the fact.

But to really understand Impressionism from the inside out, it would be helpful to know what the artists themselves said they were trying to accomplish in visual terms. In particular, it would be interesting to know what Claude Monet was trying to do, since Monet was the one that Edgar Degas called “the Sole Impressionist.”

The problem is that Monet was intuitive in his approach, modest in his statements, and averse to theorizing.


(Above: "Claude Monet Painting at the Edge of a Wood," by John Singer Sargent, 1887)

One place to find answers to this important semantic question is the American expatriate John Singer Sargent. Sargent was perfectly bilingual, was close friends with Monet, he admired him greatly as an artist, and painted outdoors with him.

According to Sargent's 1927 biography by Evan Charteris Sargent didn’t agree at all with the way people were starting to use the term "impressionist."

"My dear MacColl,
I daresay I muddled what I said about Impressionism last night and perhaps this is a clear definition of what I think Monet would mean by the word, "The observation of the colour and value of the image on our retina of those objects or parts of objects of which we are prevented by an excess or deficiency of light from seeing the surface or local colour."
Of course to a very astigmatic or abnormal eyesight the whole field of vision might offer phenomena for the notation of an impressionist, but to the average vision it is only in extreme cases of light and dark, that the eye is conscious of seeing something else than the object, in other words conscious of its own medium—that something else is what the impressionist tries to note exactly. . . .
Yrs. sincerely,
John S. Sargent.
Continuing to quote Charteris: The two letters which follow were written [by Sargent] to Mr. Jameson, a close friend of Sargent and the author of a volume on art which forms the text of the letters.
31, Tite Street,
Chelsea, S.W.,
My dear Jameson, March 20th
I have been reading your book with great enjoyment, and feel as if my ideas and my vocabulary had gone through a very satisfactory spring cleaning and I like the opposition of your clear processes of reasoning and analysis as far as that will take one and the ultimate mystery that you lead one up to from the different directions. There is one point only that I should quibble at and that is your use of the word Impressionism and Impressionist, 
These words were coined in Paris at a particular moment when Claude Monet opened the eyes of a few people to certain phenomena of optics, and they have a very precise meaning which is not the one that you use them for, so that in the exact sense or to a Frenchman, [George Frederick] Watts' saying "All art is Impressionism" would be a misuse of words. "Impressionism" was the name given to a certain form of observation when Monet not content with using his eyes to see what things were or what they looked like as everybody had done before him, turned his attention to noting what took place on his own retina (as an oculist would test his own vision). 
It led to his doing 50 pictures of the same subject under varying degrees of light and the phenomena which he recorded would be more or less apparent when there was excess or deficiency of light and the fact that he is astigmatic accounts for his having an excellent subject for his own discoveries in this line. 
A person with normal eyesight would have nothing to know in the way of "Impressionism" unless he were in a blinding light or in the dusk or dark.
 If you want to know what an impressionist tries for (by the way Degas said there is only one Impressionist "Claude Monet") go out of doors and look at a landscape with the sun in your eyes and alter the angle of your hat brim and notice the difference of colour in dark objects according to the amount of light you let into your eyes—you can vary it from the local colour of the object (if there is less light) to something entirely different which is an appearance on your own retina when there is too much light. 
It takes years to be able to note this accurately enough for painting purposes and it would only seem worth while to people who would wear the same glasses as the painter and then it has the effect of for the first time coming across a picture that looks like nature and gives the sense of living—for these reasons Monet bowled me over—and he counts as having added a new perception to Artists as the man did who invented perspective. 
This observation or faculty does not make a man an Artist any more than a knowledge of perspective does—it is merely a refining of one's means towards representing things and one step further away from the hieroglyph by adding to the representation of a thing the conscious Will of the Medium through which one sees it. One of these days some genius will turn it to account and make it part of the necessary equipment of an Artist. 
For the present in its exact sense "impressionism" does not come within the scope of your considerations. Of course I agree with what you say, given the rough and tumble and un-Jameson like use of the word. 
You can make impression stand for whatever you like but not add-sm or -ist without being challenged by the astigmatic.
Yours sincerely,
John S. Sargent
...and the next letter by Sargent:
My dear Jameson, April (dated 1911 or 1912).
Thanks for your kind letter. I am glad you take my bit of special pleading good naturedly. I was afraid after having posted my letter that I had not made clear that I was not quarrelling with what you said about Impressionism but only defining the term. Of course your meaning is the general accepted one and the right one in the context as long as the precise meaning is so little known it will be years before the idea itself will have become familiar even to most painters—when it is, there will have to be a foot note in your book. 
The habit of breaking up one's colour to make it brilliant dates from further back than Impressionism—Couture advocates it in a little book called "Causeries d'Atelier" written about 1860—it is part of the technique of Impressionism but used for quite a different reason. Couture, Delacroix, Orchardson break up their colour but they are not Impressionists.
 Yours sincerely, John S. Sargent.
Did Monet agree with Sargent's correction of Jameson? Charteris shared Sargent's letter with Monet, and Monet recalls the famous origins of the word from the critic Louis Leroy, and he seems less willing to split hairs:
"Impressionism it is only the immediate sensation. All painters were more or less impressionistic. This is especially a matter of instinct. All this is simpler than Sargent believed. The term Impressionism was invented by the satirical newspaper as ridicule, which angered Manet. I did a lot wrong, because I was a bad example of it. . . I needed to create a cooler sensation. Yes it is the fading and passing tones within a tone. It is a nuance, for example between blue and yellow. It is something that can only be expressed in painting. It is true that the sun decomposes everything.

Monet then turned to recollections of Sargent:

(Above: Sargent "Venetian Bead Stringers")
"I remember for the first time meeting Sargent and [Paul] Helleu at the Rue de la Paix 1876. Sargent was making a fuss over me, saying, “Is that really you, Claude Monet?” Then he invited me to dinner. He wanted to take us to the Cafe de la Paix, and he had many friends with him. I suggested the Cafe du Helder, and requested a private room. Unfortunately there were several of my pictures there, I was embarrassed as we entered, ashamed that Sargent and the others might think it was because of my paintings I had brought us to Cafe Helder."
Monet continued that when he saw Sargent in London, Sargent claimed that Sargent himself was not an Impressionist in the sense that he understood the word because he was too much under the influence of his teacher Carolus-Duran. Carolus-Duran drew his inspiration more from the Spanish school of Velazquez, which put its emphasis on correct values.

Monet said further, with great modesty, that "Sargent is greater than I am...I have a horror of theories. At least I have the merit of having painted directly to nature by seeking to make my impressions of the most fugitive effects. I am sorry to have been the cause of this name that has been given to a group, most of which had nothing impressionism."
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This revelation has made me revise my assumptions about the relationship of Sargent and Monet, and about the intent of Impressionist painting. It has made it easier for me to look beyond some of its more obvious, extreme, and external features. I am especially surprised to see the term cast in terms of the eye's response not only to very bright light, but also very dim light.

23 May 16:24

Clever pommel horse routine

by Minnesotastan

Some YouTube commenters think this is FAKE! (allcaps with exclamation point), while another asks why he has a face on his chest. *sigh*

Via Neatorama.
17 May 16:05

NMA on Rob Ford's crack video

by Cory Doctorow

Taiwan's Next Media Animation -- basically, news-of-the-weird, made weirder with instant machinima-esque videos -- weighs in on the allegation that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was caught on video smoking crack.

Crack smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford caught on tape!

    


17 May 17:59

Computer scientists to FBI: don't require all our devices to have backdoors for spies

by Cory Doctorow

In an urgent, important blog post, computer scientist and security expert Ed Felten lays out the case against rules requiring manufacturers to put wiretapping backdoors in their communications tools. Since the early 1990s, manufacturers of telephone switching equipment have had to follow a US law called CALEA that says that phone switches have to have a deliberate back-door that cops can use to secretly listen in on phone calls without having to physically attach anything to them. This has already been a huge security problem -- through much of the 1990s, AT&T's CALEA controls went through a Solaris machine that was thoroughly compromised by hackers, meaning that criminals could listen in on any call; during the 2005/6 Olympic bid, spies used the CALEA backdoors on the Greek phone company's switches to listen in on the highest levels of government.

But now, thanks to the widespread adoption of cryptographically secured messaging services, law enforcement is finding that its CALEA backdoors are of declining utility -- it doesn't matter if you can intercept someone else's phone calls or network traffic if the data you're captured is unbreakably scrambled. In response, the FBI has floated the idea of "CALEA II": a mandate to put wiretapping capabilities in computers, phones, and software.

As Felten points out, this is a terrible idea. If your phone is designed to secretly record you or stream video, location data, and messages to an adverse party, and to stop you from discovering that it's doing this, it puts you at huge risk when that facility is hijacked by criminals. It doesn't matter if you trust the government not to abuse this power (though, for the record, I don't -- especially since anything mandated by the US government would also be present in devices used in China, Belarus and Iran) -- deliberately weakening device security makes you vulnerable to everyone, including the worst criminals:

Our report argues that mandating a virtual wiretap port in endpoint systems is harmful. The port makes it easier for attackers to capture the very same data that law enforcement wants. Intruders want to capture everything that happens on a compromised computer. They will be happy to see a built-in tool for capturing and extracting large amounts of audio, video, and text traffic. Better yet (for the intruder), the capability will be stealthy by design, making it difficult for the user to tell that anything is amiss.

Beyond this, the mandate would make it harder for users to understand, monitor, and fix their own systems—which is bad for security. If a system’s design is too simple or its operation too transparent or too easy to monitor, then wiretaps will be evident. So a wiretappability mandate will push providers toward complex, obfuscated designs that are harder to secure and raise the total cost of building and operating the system.

Finally, our report argues that it will not be possible to block non-compliant implementations. Many of today’s communication tools are open source, and there is no way to hide a capability within an open source code base, nor to prevent people from simply removing or disabling an undesired feature. Even closed source systems are routinely modified by users—as with jailbreaking of phones—and users will find ways to disable features they don’t want. Criminals will want to disable these features. Ordinary users will also want to disable them, to mitigate their security risks.

Felten's remarks summarize a report [PDF] signed by 20 distinguished computer scientists criticizing the FBI's proposal. It's an important read -- maybe the most important thing you'll read all month. If you can't trust your devices, you face enormous danger.

CALEA II: Risks of wiretap modifications to endpoints

    


17 May 22:00

George Takei responds to "traditional" marriage fans

by Xeni Jardin
Penguin.nyo

Go! George Takei!

Star Trek star and noted homosexual George Takei responds to bigots who believe in restricting the right to love to straight people only: an image gallery on Imgur. Oh, snap, oh glorious snap.

    


17 May 22:16

Grizzly bear eats video camera: close up of terrifying maw

by Cory Doctorow

Here's a video of biologist Brad Josephs's GoPro camera being eaten by a grizzly bear in Alaska; he'd set it out in order to get footage for a BBC documentary. The grizzly went above and beyond the call of duty.

A grizzly Ate My GoPro!!! GoPro HD (Thanks, Hugh)

    


14 May 21:00

Shorts: The Septendecennial Sing-Along

by Jad Abumrad & Robert Krulwich

Every 17 years, a deafening sex orchestra hits the East Coast -- billions and billions of cicadas crawl out of the ground, sing their hearts out, then mate and die. In this short, Jad and Robert talk to a man who gets inside that noise to dissect its meaning and musical components.

10 May 17:47

Sargent watercolors at the Brooklyn Museum

by Charley Parker

John Singer Sargent watergolors at the Brooklyn Museum
John Singer Sargent, long dismissed by the art establishment as a facile painter of society portraits, has finally in recent years been getting something of his due as a painter.

Beyond the technical mastery and delicious painterly flourish of his formal work in oil, Sargent was one of the great masters of the medium of watercolor; and it was in his watercolors, often painted while vacationing or traveling, that he found his greatest joy as an artist.

The Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston have put together an exhibition that draws on the Sargent watercolors in the collection of both museums.

Titled simply John Singer Sargent Watercolors, it consists of ninety-three works in watercolor with mixtures of opaque watercolor, bodycolor, graphite and whatever else Sargent could find to achieve his goals. To these they have added nine of Sargent’s oils — just in case the watercolors aren’t enough to leave you completely dazzled.

I consider this a must-see show if I can possibly make it, and hope to give you a subsequent first-hand report.

In the meanwhile, there is a catalog from the exhibition, John Singer Sargent Watercolors, that James Gurney reviews here.

I can also recommend an older book, The Watercolors of John Singer Singer Sargent by Carl Little, but judging from Gurney’s review, I would go for the new catalog first.

The exhibition will be at the Brooklyn Museum until July 28, 2013. (Incidentally, the Brooklyn Museum, as I write here, is a terrific museum in general, often unfairly overshadowed by its more famous counterparts in Manhattan.)

The exhibition then moves to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where it will be on display from October 13, 2013 to January 20, 2014. The last stop will be at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for which dates have not yet been set.

There is a small slideshow on the Brooklyn Museum page for the exhibit, but with a bit of clicking you can search their collections for John Singer Sargent Watercolors and access more works. Use the blue arrow at right of the top section of thumbnails to access more objects (their search interface needs work). On the page for an individual work, click on “Download” and choose a large size for larger images.

The MFA has an easier to navigate search; click on “Zoom” for larger images.

[Via Gurney Journey]

14 May 02:00

The Resurrectionist

by Alex Santoso

The following is an excerpt from The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black
by E.B. Hudspeth

Philadelphia, the late 1870s. Doctor Spencer Black, a son of a grave robber and a gifted surgeon, had a revelation: what if mythological creatures like mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs were, in fact, evolutionary ancestors of humankind? The good doctor dedicated his life studying the anatomy of such beasts, until he mysteriously disappeared years later, leaving only a body of work called The Codex Extinct Animalia, detailing the anatomical structures of mythological beasts.

In the first half of the sci-fi/fantasy book The Resurrectionist, author and illustrator E.B. Hudspeth, retold the fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black - beginning from his humble childhood, medical training, travel with the carnivals, and his mysterious disappearance. In the later half, Hudspeth included the meticulous anatomical drawings of mythological creatures.

If you love Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the gorgeous anatomical drawings of Gray's Anatomy, The Resurrectionist is the book for you.

Publisher Quirk Books has graciously supplied a sample of the marvelous illustrations you'll see in book:

Many details regarding the heraldry of the sphinx are still unknown. These creatures varied widely throughout the African continent. In Egypt, there are great statues of this animal - the sphinx sol, the protector and scourge of Ra, the sun god. Sphinxes are shown bearing a ram's head (a criosphinx) or a goat's head. These species are typically depicted without wings; I suspect that, like many flightless birds, the sphinx lost its need for flight because of geographical isolation. This evolution likely occurred before the animal's arrival in Egypt or Africa; however, I cannot determine whence it originated.

The famed sphinx of Thebes appears strikingly similar to the specimen in my record. Though few in number, the species had a developed human mind with an advanced intellect; they were more than likely fierce and successful predators.


Philadelphia. The late 1870s. A city of cobblestone sidewalks and horse-drawn carriages. Home to the famous anatomist and surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a “resurrectionist” (aka grave robber), Dr. Black studied at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis: What if the world’s most celebrated mythological beasts—mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs— were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind?

The Resurrectionist offers two extraordinary books in one. The first is a fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black, from his humble beginnings to the mysterious disappearance at the end of his life. The second book is Black’s magnum opus: The Codex Extinct Animalia, a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts—dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus—all rendered in meticulously detailed black-and-white anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize they are the work of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his story.

E. B. HUDSPETH is an artist and author living in New Jersey. This is his first book.

Get it from The Resurrectionist official webpage | E.B. Hudspeth's official website


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10 May 17:46

Dear Diary…My Food Dish Is Now Only Half Full….

by Brinke

What happens when all hope is lost? You put a video on YouTube and plan the hoomin’s downfall hope for the best.

“You are going to love this! This man has a direct line to the feline mind. Thank you for making my day BETTER on a steady basis.” -Cuteporter Shari E.


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Cats
18 Apr 16:44

Combat juggling

by Jason Kottke
Penguin.nyo

this is all kinds of amazing

Major League Combat is a sport that combines juggling, rugby, Capture the Flag, and maybe Quidditch? I can't make out how you score, but keeping your juggle from end-to-end seems important.

Weird sport or the weirdest sport? It's definitely up there with chessboxing. (thx, benjamin)

Tags: juggling   sports   video
23 Apr 18:05

Computer-vision boob-tracker

by Cory Doctorow

There's precious little info available about Mizirk "Boob Tracker," a computer vision project (based on a Kinekt?) that automatically detects boob-like objects and masks them with user-selectable bitmaps, following them as they move around the field of view. Mizirk's total delight in the performance of this little confection is what makes it.

(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

    


21 Apr 15:35

Street scenes from Edwardian England

by Minnesotastan
YouTube link.
This video displays vastly better images than conventional archival material, because it has been "motion stabilized" and the speed has been corrected from 18 to 24 frames per second by a computerized "frame interpolation." The music is "Chanson du Soir" and "Arco Noir" from Harvey's Strings of Sorrow album.

I recommend enjoying this in full-screen mode.

Via Metafilter, Nag on the Lake and Neatorama.
19 Apr 13:22

Belleh Up To The Bar

by Brinke

I’ll have a couple of shots. No, make it seven. And none of that lo-fat stuff, either. High octane, please.

Submitted by Cuteporter Ray R.


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Cats, Cows
19 Apr 16:24

Sorry, This One’s Taken

by pyrit
Penguin.nyo

the swan looks like he has a neck problem doesn't it...

He’s MINE! Mine! Mine! Mine!

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All we can say is, thank you, Mel J., for another ResQte story. And we all know how very important that is.


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Birds, Interspecies Snorgling, ResQte
21 Apr 15:40

Cutest Sing-a-Long Ever

by pyrit
Penguin.nyo

call and response kitty!

It’s sing-a-long time! Now playing, the beautiful folk song, Tonkaya Ryabina.
Let the mewsic begin!

If this kitty takes requests, wouldn’t Johan Strauss’ The Blue Danube be purrfect?
Tra la la la laaaa. meep meep, meep meep
Tra la la la laaaa. meep meep, meep meep

Barbara B. found this video, “circuitously, from Wimp, which came from YouTube, via Russia. It has Cute Overload written all over it. P.S. It’s on my bucket list that ONE OF THESE DAYS, something I send to the Qute will get posted.”


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Kittens, Sleppy