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28 Sep 22:09

Trump’s word salad about intelligence

by naunihal


26 Sep 12:48

embiggenedcromulence: Hillary 2016 Remember to watch the...


Hillary 2016

Remember to watch the debate tonight with the burning fury of a Paris from “Gilmore Girls” denied.

14 Sep 18:11

One more reason to be wistful of politics north of the border

by Chris Blattman

5/5 would vote for again

In the midst of this US election season, I bring you the first and last time that Canada’s Rhinoceros Party was allowed to appear on national public broadcasting. Hat tip.

From Wikipedia, various elements of their platform over the years:

  • Providing higher education by building taller schools
  • Instituting English, French and illiteracy as Canada’s three official languages
  • The Queen of Canada would be seated in Buckingham, Quebec.
  • Rather than awarding money as prizes in the lottery, the winners would be appointed to the Canadian Senate.
  • Making the Trans-Canada Highway one way only.
  • Changing Canada’s currency to bubble gum, so it could be inflated or deflated at will.
  • Amending Canada’s Freedom of Information Act: “Nothing is free anymore; Canadians should have to pay for their information”.
  • Adopting the British system of driving on the left; this was to be gradually phased in over five years with large trucks and tractors first, then buses, eventually including small cars, and bicycles and wheelchairs last.

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14 Sep 19:08

Marvel and espnW Teamed Up to Turn Women in Sports Into Superheroes

by Stubby the Rocket

espnW and Marvel, IMPACT25, Serena Williams

Last year, espnW did something special for their second annual IMPACT25 list–a group of 25 female athletes and influencers that broke boundaries and inspired–they combined forces with Marvel Comics and had the entire group drawn up like the superheroes they are. The results are every bit as stunning as you would expect them to be, starting with the unmatchable Serena Williams as a hero named Super Galactic Slam by Elizabeth Torque.

More of these gorgeous covers below!

Many of these protraits are even more exciting in the wake of the 2016 Olympics, such as Kevin Wada’s rendering of Simone Biles:

espnW and Marvel, IMPACT25, Simone Biles

Simone Biles by Kevin Wada

Or Simone Manuel by Laura Braga:

espnW and Marvel, IMPACT25, Simone Manuel

Simone Manuel by Laura Braga

X Games’s youngest gold medalist ever, Chloe Kim (RB Silva, Walden Wong, and Rachelle Rosenberg):

espnW and Marvel, IMPACT25, Chloe Kim

Chloe Kim by RB Silva (pencils); Walden Wong (inks); Rachelle Rosenberg (color)

Special Olympics Gold medal winner at the 100 meters–who put off chemotherapy to compete with stage-4 breast cancer–Olivia Quigley (Alti Firmansyah and Jessica Kholinne):

espnW and Marvel, IMPACT25, Olivia Quigley

Olivia Quigley by Alti Firmansyah (pencils & inks); Jessica Kholinne (color)

And of course, Annie Wu’s stunning depiction of Misty Copeland, the first African-American woman to bear the title of principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre:

espnW and Marvel, IMPACT25, Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland by Annie Wu

There are 20 more of these heroic illustrations, so head over and take a peek!

24 Mar 18:43

Simulacra by Theo Tagholm

by I need a guide

"Simulacra" by Theo Tagholm

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22 Sep 17:00

Small in Japan: Tokyo’s Unique Museum of Miniature Architectural Models

by Kurt


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ]

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The first of its kind, this Japanese museum focuses exclusively on showcasing architectural models through rotating displays of miniatures, treating these crafted works as their own subset of art. The Archi-Depot in Tokyo is a huge warehouse space with 17-foot ceilings and a dazzling array of models from everyday architects as well as famous designers alike.

model warehouse

architectural models

Each model comes with a QR code that provides information about the work, including blueprints, renderings and photographs of finished works as well as details about the architects.

model shelves

model storage

Special lighting and climate control features help preserve and protect the models, just like art in an ordinary museum. The institution is as much oriented toward maintaining these works as it is toward displaying them.

model mini

model space japan

These miniature buildings can be fantastic in their details and visual expression, but are often only seen behind closed doors in architecture firms. This museum takes these carefully-constructed works and puts them on public display.

model city

model figure gound

Featured architects include Kengo Kuma, the designer selected to create the 2020 World Olympics Stadium, as well as Shigeru Ban, famous for his work with paper and cardboard.

model visitor

model racks

Not all of the models represent buildings either under construction or already completed. Some feature conceptual pieces or draft works that for financial or other reasons will never be built. Shelf space is also rented out to architectural firms needing a place to store their models (and, of course, wanting to advertise their skills to a broader audience).

model neat

model making

“Most architects have a store room full of lovely models that no one gets to see. But the situation is worse in offices in Japan, where space is really at a premium,” explained Klein Dytham co-founder Mark Dytham. “So this initiative is really brilliant – it’s a win-win for the architect and Archi-Depot. You rent a set of tall shelves, display your models on the lower shelves, and store the boxes and cases on the upper shelves. Hey presto, an instant architectural model museum with works by most of Japan’s leading architects.”

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14 Sep 07:57

The first fuckwit

by Lauren Gawne

The definitive Australian swear blog.

The recent launch of the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary (AND) gave me a chance to indulge in my long-time hobby of looking up the swear words. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my favourite home-grown colourful language in a future post, but I want to start with an entry that gives me the kind of pride that others expended on the Olympic Games last month.

The entry for fuckwit (p. 647) includes the note:

Used elsewhere but recorded earliest in Australia

That’s right. Australia is the home of the fuckwit. The earliest citation in the AND and the Oxford English Dictionary is from Alex Buzo’s 1970 play The Front Room Boys. The earliest non-Australian citation in the OED is from a 1992 article in Making Music magazine from America.

The second edition of the AND expands the citations for fuckwit, makes a clearer distinction between nominal and adjectival use, and (most importantly) adds an earlier citation for fuckwitted. Here are the entries, along with the earliest few citations:

A. N. A fool, an idiot

1969 A. Buzo Front Room Boys (1970) 89 ooh, temper! Well, ta-ta for now, fuckwit.
1970 D. Williamson Coming of Stork (1974) 5 ‘I’m a trainee marketing executive…’ ‘You’re a fuckwit’
1977 Southerly i. 48 I object to trendy words like fuckwit and avoid it even in Scrabble.
1980 F. Moorhouse Days of Wine & Rage 79 The present government consists of the finest set of fuckwits seen since federation.

B. adj. Stupid, foolish, idiotic

1979 Meanjin 464 It sounded like a load of fuckwit shit to me
1993 Picture (Sydney) 27 Oct. 25/5 An interesting Seppo has taught his pet… to roll over, play dead, walk up a ramp, and stand on a  barrel. Big fucking deal, you say, any fuckwit dog can do that.

Derivative: fuckwitted adj.

1972 J. Hibberd Stretch of Imagination (1973) 20 you two-timing, fuck-witted mongrel of a slut.
1973 D. Williamson Coming of Stork (1974) 152 That fuckwitted agent of yours is really driving me right off my brain.

That Seppo, in case you’re wondering, is a glorious example of Australian rhyming slang; Seppo > Septic Tank > Yank.

Another change that the AND have made to the entry is to label fuckwit as derogatory. These labels were omitted from the first edition based on the very Australian logic that:

There is a danger that using labels to indicate register can be overinterpretative and over-restrictive. This seems particularly true of Australian English, which allows easy movement between formal and informal usage. It should be clear from the citations if a word belongs mainly in colloquial use or to the slang of a particular group, and equally clear if it is for some reason taboo in some contexts. Labels like coarse, colloq., derog., slang, and vulgar, which tend unnecessarily to categorize, have therefore been omitted.

The labels Offens. and Derog. have been added to entries in the second edition of the AND in case you’re too much of a fuckwit to tell if something is offensive.

[Update: If you were wondering why Coming of Stork is given the date 1970 in the noun entry and 1973 in the derivative entry (and I know you were), I got in touch with the AND team to ask. The derivative entry is actually from the play What if I Died Tomorrow (performed 1973); these two plays were bundled in the same book, with different performance dates, which is where the confusion of the texts comes from.]

24 Sep 20:42

Pentatonix & Dolly Parton – Jolene

by naunihal


22 Sep 08:00

Martin Müller designs covers for Specious Books that don’t, but could, exist

by Owen Pritchard

“The project was inspired by the dilemma graphic designers and illustrators are so often faced with in commissioned projects – all your efforts won’t heighten the quality of a poorly written book,” says Martin Müller of Berlin-based Dicey Studios. “And more importantly, why become an accomplice in spreading preposterous, even malignant works by helping to give them a more appealing visual form?” Martin’s response to this was to design a series of speculative and absurd book covers for the likes of Martin Heidegger, Beyonce and Canadian president Justin Trudeau.

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21 Sep 19:37

Strictly correct plurals of flower names

by Geoffrey K. Pullum

I plan to use all of these, authoritatively.

It has come to my attention that many laypeople, even Language Log readers, are using incorrect plurals for flower names. "Geraniums" indeed! "Crocuses", for heaven's sake! Please get these right. There follows a list of 30 count nouns naming flowers, together with their approved grammatically correct plurals. Don't use incorrect plurals any more. Shape up.

agapanthus agapanthi
amaryllis amarylles
antirrhinum antirrhina
azalea azaleae
begonia begoniae
camellia camelliae
carnation carnatia
chrysanthemum   chrysanthema
cosmos cosmoi
crocus croci
daffodil daffodilia
dahlia dahliae
delphinium delphinia
edelweiss edelweisser
forget-me-not forget-us-not
geranium gerania
gladiolus gladioli
hibiscus hibisci
iris ires
lilac lilaces
lotus loti
mimosa mimosae
narcissus narcissi
nasturtium nasturtia
orchid orchides
petunia petuniae
rhododendron rhododendra
snapdragon snapdraga
statice statistics
zinnia zinniae

Oh, one other thing before you go: I'm kidding (though I bet until you were a few seconds into the list you thought I wasn't)! Nearly all the above are ridiculous. In certain cases it is completely clear that I simply made stuff up. (People nearly always get away with making stuff up about language; they assume no one will call them on what they say, and they are very largely right.)

Most flower names take ordinary regular native English plurals (camellias, crocuses, forget-me-nots, geraniums, snapdragons, …). For a few, the Latin plural may be common (as with gladioli, for example). A very few may be on the anglicization cusp, showing variation between ordinary regular plurals and irregular classical ones; non-flower nouns in this state include focus (focuses or foci), index (indexes or indices), etc. And some names of plants with small flowers (like maybe cosmos) may act like mass nouns rather than taking plural forms (We planted a whole lot of cosmos over there).

Don't be bullied by prescriptivist or purist nitwits who imagine that status can be achieved by learning the formation of Latin and Greek plurals, and that you're a bad person if you say The data is complex rather than The data are complex. (Once upon a time — say 50 years ago — data was widely regarded as simply the irregular plural of the Latin word datum "that which is given", so it took plural agreement; but now it is an English non-count noun meaning something like "information that could be subjected to scientific analysis" and generally takes singular agreement.)

Look at ordinary practice in order to decide what is probably correct English, and accept that there may be variation within Standard English morphology. (But do get phenomena right: it's the Greek plural of phenomenon. One must have some standards. You will not be invited to the right literary lunches if you say *It was a strange phenomena.)

21 Sep 17:00

Design in Stitches: 45 Artistic Embroidered & Cross-Stitched Creations

by SA Rogers
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This is definitely not your grandmother’s embroidery. It’s stitched into the helmets of soldiers, onto car doors and fences, producing cats that pop out of shirt pockets and portraits so painterly, it’s hard to believe they’re made of thread. In fact, needlework stands in for everything from spray-painted street art to living moss in these extraordinarily artistic stitch-based creations.

Floral Cross-Stitch Urban Murals by Raquel Rodrigo




Cross-stitched street art is in bloom all over Madrid this week thanks to floral creations by artist Raquel Rodrigo, who wraps thick string around a wire mesh form and then affixes it to urban surfaces.

Cross-Stitched Microbes by Alicia Watkins




Rather than flowers and the other pretty things that are typically stitched within an embroidery hoop, artist Alicia Watkins puts the spotlight on nasty germs and microbes ranging from the measles to mad cow disease.

Pets in Pockets by Hiroko Kubota




Adorable, strikingly realistic cats and puppies pop out of pockets in this fun clothing line by Hiroko Kubota called Go!Go!5. The project started when the Japanese embroidery artist’s son asked for a custom cat-adorned shirt, and took off from there. You can even have a custom pet portrait created just for you.

Embroidery Gone Wild by Danielle Clough






Virtually anything that can be punctured or woven with embroidery floss is fair game for Danielle Clough, whose wildly unique creations have appeared on tennis rackets, shoes and fences.

Splotchy Embroidered Fashion by Olya Glagoleva and Lisa Smirnov




What appears, from a distance, to be splotches of paint roughly applied to textured textiles turns out to be hyper-detailed embroidery in abstract forms. Russian artist Lisa Smirnova paired up with fashion designer Olya Glagoleva to collaborate on this fun project for the eco-friendly clothing line GO!

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23 Sep 04:03

whynotbothco: Happy Bisexual Visibility Day!


Happy day!


Happy Bisexual Visibility Day!

22 Sep 23:10

Instead of everybody is beautiful, maybe say beauty doesn’t matter / has no moral worth

by naunihal


Let’s just hold up for one second– what if I told you, and meant in sincerity, that beauty is worthless?
No apology, no justification that everyone is beautiful in their way and everyone just needs to show their inner beauty to the world like blah blah blah. Just a simple premise from which to operate for the sake of argument: beauty is worthless. Say it’s like whistling, maybe. Nice, but also who cares.
If you spent even one day operating under this principle, what would change? What about yourself would you value and be valued by others? When you looked at those other women, assuming beauty = null, what would you value about them?
There are valuable things about you that have absolutely nothing to do with how you look, and with every single one of them as well. Honesty, decency, tenacity. Maybe a gift for poetry. Maybe the ability to identify what mushrooms are poisonous. Who knows! But if we focus all our energies on what every woman looks like, we may never get the chance to appreciate their limericks or benefit from knowing which mushroom is a death cap. (aaaa, it’s that one!!!)
As I’m sure you’re aware through your readings here and elsewhere, through forced femininity, women are conditioned to believe that they must be beautiful or else they have no value; that the value of other women must be a function of their attractiveness; that love is only for attractive people. That’s why there is so much emphasis, even among progressive circles, in emphasizing that “every girl is beautiful”– when it’s used as a synonym for “having value,” it gets pushed as mandatory.
None of these things are true. You can literally be the ugliest person alive and still be a whole and good and valuable person. Even if you had a tooth growing out of your forehead you would still be a whole and worthwhile person. [link]

16 Aug 13:53




20 Sep 16:00

Put Your Head Into Gallery

by Annika Wittrock


Georgian artist Tezi Gabunia wants to trigger a dialogue about hyper realistic issues in art. His modus operandi is falsification. In his work “put your head into gallery”, Gabunia wanted to bring the galleries and the art to the people, and not the other way around. He created miniature models of famous museums like the Louvre (Rubens) and art galleries like Gagosian (Liechtenstein). People can put their head into the models, see the exhibition, take a picture and become an exhibit themselves.

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All images © Tezi Gabunia via Designboom
20 Sep 10:30

Julius Shulman, Modernism Rediscovered

by Francesca Soler

Worth clicking through.

Julius Shulman, Modernism Rediscovered

There’s a tendency for architectural photography to be cold and impersonal, favouring the building and its details over its place in the real world; its context, surroundings, and perhaps most importantly, its inhabitants. Not so […]

20 Sep 20:53

sounds like your recurrent depression is just lazy syndrome. who the fuck cries looking at dirty dishes? grow the fuck up jesus chrisy



I’m starting a Lazy Syndrome club! Anyone else who has on occasion cried at inanimate objects and definitely does not have “depression” is very welcome to join! Password is ‘jesus chrisy’ 

19 Sep 16:47

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CXCXVII)

by MessyNessy

Ok, no 7, that hidden room. Best. Thing. I have. Ever. Seen.

1. Extras on the set of Spartacus


Extras playing corpses on the set of Spartacus assigned with numbers so that Stanley Kubrick could address them individually and give them instructions.

Found here.


2. Keith’s Bicycle Track





A bicycle track, only described as “Keith’s Bicycle Track,” circa 1901.

Found originally in this Pubic Domain folder of images of the NY Times, and then found the other photos on the Museum of the City of New York.


3. “Perfect time capsule”: Explorer’s long-lost ship found


The second of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a storied expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage has been found. The Arctic Research Foundation said Monday that the HMS Terror has been located by a research ship.

The Terror was discovered in 26 yards of water in Terror Bay, a small indentation on the coast of King William Island west of the community of Gjoa Haven. It was located right where an Inuit hunter said it would be.

Read the full article on CBS News


4. A Time Capsule Discovered For The Year 2957


MIT recently discovered a time capsule filled with some amazing materials from 1957 inside. It’s not supposed to be opened until the year 2957, and thankfully MIT is honoring that wish.


Full article over on Gizmodo.


5. The New York Public Library’s little-known “human Google” service answers any question by phone


Set up in the 1960s, the line is manned by nine librarians and information assistants. The team gets a lot of calls from people who want to fact-check things they’ve heard on the news, says Caballero-Li. “Around the time that Prince died, we had a caller who wanted to know if they had found out what the cause of his death was,” she recalls.

Full article found on Quartz


6. Leonardo DaVinci’s To Do List

Leonardo da Vinci exhibition

Buried in one of these books, dating back to around the 1490s, is a to-do list:

[Calculate] the measurement of Milan and Suburbs

[Find] a book that treats of Milan and its churches, which is to be had at the stationer’s on the way to Cordusio

[Discover] the measurement of Corte Vecchio (the courtyard in the duke’s palace).

[Discover] the measurement of the castello (the duke’s palace itself)

Get the master of arithmetic to show you how to square a triangle.

Get Messer Fazio (a professor of medicine and law in Pavia) to show you about proportion.

Get the Brera Friar (at the Benedictine Monastery to Milan) to show you De Ponderibus (a medieval text on mechanics)

[Talk to] Giannino, the Bombardier, re. the means by which the tower of Ferrara is walled without loopholes (no one really knows what Da Vinci meant by this)

Ask Benedetto Potinari (A Florentine Merchant) by what means they go on ice in Flanders

Draw Milan

Ask Maestro Antonio how mortars are positioned on bastions by day or night.

[Examine] the Crossbow of Mastro Giannetto

Find a master of hydraulics and get him to tell you how to repair a lock, canal and mill in the Lombard manner

[Ask about] the measurement of the sun promised me by Maestro Giovanni Francese

Try to get Vitolone (the medieval author of a text on optics), which is in the Library at Pavia, which deals with the mathematic.

Found on Open Culture.


7. This Hidden Room


Designed by architect Consuelo Jorge, more photos found on The Contemporist.


8. These Crazy Hats






All for sale on this Etsy Shop.


9. These Chinese Lantern Plants


There’s a whole Pinterest page dedicated to them here.


10. A Miniature Apothecary Cabinet from Delft, 1730




Found here.


11. 7UP’S Psychedelic LSD-friendly Ad Campaign of the 1960s


In 1967 ad execs at J. Walter Thompson Company in Chicago pitched a radical repositioning of 7Up as a way of reviving dormant sales of the drink—the idea was to capture the new hippie market for 7Up. The Uncola campaign stretched from 1969 to 1975. The Uncola campaign was perhaps advertising’s most adventurous foray into truly psychedelic imagery, even to the point of appearing to endorse LSD use as an activity fit for 7Up-consuming adults.







Full article found on Collector’s Weekly


12. A Nazi DJ spins records at a radio exhibition in Berlin, 1932



Designed as propaganda of the Nazi gramophone plate industry which produced only records of the national socialist movement.

Found here.


13. The First Rolls Royce in Nepal?


The internet is a little undecided about this photo. Some sources say it’s a Rolls Royce gifted by the Queen in 1961, others say it’s Adolf Hitler’s Mercedes gift to the King of Nepal in 1939. Another source says it was the first car ever in Nepal. Who has the right answer?!

And here’s the video of Nepali men carrying a (the) car? to Kathmandu.

Image found on Reddit.

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18 Sep 20:45

and how! 

and how! 

21 Sep 01:51

timmanley: The Feels Episode 16: Men! Super-short episodes...


Are you guys(? - I am not sure who is out there) following this video series? If not: do. 14 days to go!


The Feels Episode 16: Men!

Super-short episodes about a bi guy with way too many feelings. New one released every day in September – 30 total.


19 Sep 05:30

unknown author - staplescape

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20 Sep 06:30

Nayser missed the boat … and now he’s being forced to miss his family

by MichelleBennett

More in Australian political news, fyi

Fleeing persecution, Nayser Ahmed was separated from his family en route to Australia. While they rebuild their lives in Sydney, he remains stuck on Manus Island. In this Fairfax produced video Daniel Webb speaks to The Age’s Nick McKenzie about Nayser and his family and the situation for the men on Manus Island.


20 Sep 21:31

25th Anniversary of Armenia's Independence


Ok. What. I want to see THIS Back To The Future.

25th Anniversary of Armenia's Independence

Date: September 21, 2016

Today’s Doodle marks the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s Independence from Soviet rule with an illustration of the Yerevan Opera Theatre (The Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet). Opened in 1933, this architectural treasure is emblematic of the country’s deep cultural roots, and a must-see attraction in the vibrant capital.

On Independence Day, Yerevan comes alive with festivities galore, from fireworks to festivals. Tricolor red, blue and orange flags wave in the breeze, traditional culinary treats abound, and Armenian pop stars and dance ensembles perform in the open air on Republic Square.

Amid the festivities, Armenians also mark the milestone by commemorating their countrymen who crusaded for freedom. On September 21st, 1991, Armenia carried out a referendum on independence from the USSR after 70 years of Soviet rule. The Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic henceforth became known as the free, self-governing Republic of Armenia. Happy Independence Day, Armenia!

Location: Armenia

Tags: National Holiday, Architecture, Yerevan Opera Theatre, ballet, republic

20 Sep 12:33

We are touring King Baby in some schools and I love the kids



We are touring King Baby in some schools and I love the kids

19 Sep 11:30

icandrawthings: theblackoaksyndicate: justindennis4: godshideo...


Yeah, I think I've shared this before, but it's so great.






The Perfect Explanation of Privilege – In One Powerful Punchline

“The Pencilsword” is a comic strip by Toby Morris, an illustrator from New Zealand. His most recent comic, “On a Plate” hits hard at the heart of the issues of concerning wealth and privilege.

How many times have you heard the “I’ve never been handed anything on a platter” argument in regard to social security and other social benefits?

Toby wrecks this argument by showing how two children can grow up, be loved and supported, and yet still have two very different outcomes.

Make sure to follow all the way to the end for the powerful punchline. This comic is an increasingly sad reality for far too many of this nation’s children and families.

Reblogged from the source since someone deleted the text at the bottom.

this is so amazing

Not gonna lie this got me a bit emotional.

I’ve been thinking about this comic recently and suddenly it came up on my dash. It still hits me hard.

19 Sep 11:25

agentscullz: im sorry if this isnt the most beautiful thing...




im sorry if this isnt the most beautiful thing youve watch all day

13 Sep 15:31

The Pagan Wild Men of Europe

by MessyNessy


Slightly terrifying, right? Not the sort of crowd you want to run into alone, in an empty field, with the sounds of chanting coming from the woods yonder. But don’t worry, they only come out at Christmastime to haunt the innocent souls of children. You see, while the rest of us are celebrating the most magical time of year with red-nosed reindeers and tinsel-covered everything, in most Austrian Alpine towns, it’s tradition for the men to dress up as Krampus, a horned figure described as “half-goat, half-demon”. Ancient folklore warns of the horned beast who punishes naughty children and squabbling families who lose their festive spirit.


In the winters of 2010 and 2011, photographer Charles Fréger journeyed through 19 European countries, documenting the various pagan rites he encountered along the way. Dressed in bear heads and bell, behaving like beasts, he called them the “Wilder Mann.”


Mamuthones, typical of the carnival of Mamoiada in Sardinia.


Kurentovanje is one of Slovenia’s most popular carnival events. Its main figure, known as Kurent or Korent, was seen as an extravagant god of unrestrained pleasure and hedonism in early Slavic customs. In today’s festival, groups of kurents wear traditional sheepskin garments and are believed to “chase away winter”. Being a kurent was at first a privilege offered only to unmarried men, but today, married men, children and women are also invited to wear the outfit.



Mechkari costumes of the bear handler in Prilep, in the region of Pelagonia, Macedonia.



Bearded Djolomari of Macedonia.


The Bulgarian Babugeri, to scare away evil spirits.







Survakari, Bulgaria



Old-Slavic pagan traditions held on the Easter Monday in Poland include symbolic acts of purification after the wintertime and the evoking of fertility for the arrival of spring is performed by throwing water on people from the community.  The symbolic ancestors, dziady, wear costumes made of woven straw and masks of sheep skin. They can’t reveal their real identity or talk, and only murmur, whistle and hoot. They usually carry small baskets, into which they get small offerings such as food, or are greeted with a sip of vodka. They perform ritual dances and pull small pranks by each house they stop by.



Juantramposo, a mischief-maker, appears on Mardi Gras in Alsasua, Spain. The festival ends with all the participants taking part in a celebratory dance.

The Gallarones, Spain



On Christmas Eve in Germany, Pelzmärtle appears in the village of Bad Herrenalb with the Christkind (Baby Jesus) to scold naughty children and rap them with a stick. The straw costume is sewn on to the wearer.

Strohmann at Carnival in Germany.



Schnappviecher the snapping beast on Shrove Tuesday.


Stag on New Year’s Day in Romania.

Charles Ferger is an expert at sourcing out the world’s most interesting subcultures. I suggest you check out his website here.

You can also buy his book on Wildermann here.

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15 Sep 01:00

Cats, Not Ads: Feline Photos Take Over London Tube System

by SA Rogers
[ By SA Rogers in Design & Guerilla Ads & Marketing. ]

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The same ad spaces that shouted about insurance and laundry detergent last week now contain nothing but fluffy cats, as an art collective uses the internet’s number-one obsession to temporarily transform the London Tube system. The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (CATS) is the result of a Kickstarter campaign by brand-new collective Glimpse aiming to “create a rip in the space time continuum.”

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The group raised enough money to buy all of the ad spaces in the Clapham Common station – a total of 68 – for a two-week period, and the new posters feature cats from the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and the Cats Protection charity. The organizers are careful to note that they’re not against advertising per se, but rather hope that the project will “inspire people to think differently about the world and realize they have the power to change it.”

The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service replaced 68 adverts in Clapham Common tube station with pictures of cats. Organisers say they hope the pictures will help people think differently about the world around them. Credit:

But the broader point – and appeal – of CATS is the citizen takeover of public spaces, with everyday people getting to decide what they want to look at as they navigate their cities. Wouldn’t you rather be surrounded by what essentially functions as an ad for animal rescue services than dozens of posters pushing a bunch of junk corporations want you to purchase?

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“Back in February we asked ourselves to ‘imagine a world where friends and experiences were more valuable than stuff you can buy,’” says Glimpse founder James Turner in a post on Medium. “The team began thinking about crowdfunding to replace Tube adverts with something else. Beautiful forests? Time spent with family? Hmmm. We wanted this to become famous, so we needed something the internet would love. Frame it that way and the answer’s obvious. Cats.”

The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service replaced 68 adverts in Clapham Common tube station with pictures of cats. Organisers say they hope the pictures will help people think differently about the world around them. Credit:

“We’ve been on the news in China, and one of our backers is flying in from America to see his cat in one of the final posters. This project has uncorked a kind of energy that I haven’t experienced before. When you talk about CATS, eyes light up and new ideas start to flow. We don’t know exactly how Glimpse is going to work, but we want to carry this energy with us as we grow up.”

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16 Sep 16:06

Ghost Detective

by Reza


16 Sep 13:49

Time for a New Look at the Old Reader


Ehhhh, this is no big deal I think. But I really hope this is only a logo change. I am a giant RSS nerd and interface design changes always seem to disrupt my flow. :/


In our effort to constantly evolve sometimes you need to look from the ground up. When The Old Reader started, it was (and still kinda is) “the ultimate social RSS reader for The Open Web.” Our old logo represented multiple RSS feeds coming together in one place. But if I had a slice of pizza for every time someone asked us “what’s RSS?” we’d have a lot of pepperoni. 

The Old Reader stands for delivering you content you love, all in one place. It’s the one website to rule them all. You don’t have to know what RSS is. Just plug in some websites and go. So we wanted to give ourselves a little facelift so that people knew this is for everyone. You OR you OR you. If you like technology OR design OR cat videos. If you’re on desktop OR tablet OR mobile. There are feeds of content for you to tap into. And we think our new logo achieves that. 


Look for the new look and design in the app itself in the near future. But as always, you are a part of this community. We want this community to grow so it’s a better experience for us all. Do you think this logo will help us do that? Does it feel more approachable? Will it blow up the internet like the new Instagram logo? We hope so. Will there be millions of posts on “designers react to The Old Reader logo redesign?” Our designer hopes not. We don’t care about their opinion, we care about yours. This mark stands for us all. Read on!