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09 Mar 02:41

"A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn’t think he’d...

"A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn’t think he’d remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn’t see me at all, but I’ll bet a month hasn’t gone by since that I haven’t thought of that girl."

— Mr. Bernstein, “Citizen Kane”

06 Mar 13:28



The Huffington Post, March 5, 2015

"Over the course of human history, women faced the adaptive problem of a forwarded-shifted center of mass during pregnancy. Women with a greater degree of lumbar curvature … were able to redistribute this center of mass to reduce the strain of pregnancy. Thus, we hypothesized that men should have a psychological adaptation to prefer these women as mating partners."

In short, male preference for this specific anatomical form likely evolved because it enabled women to sustain multiple pregnancies without injury and to forage productively during pregnancy.

07 Mar 20:43

Let us not forget this.

08 Mar 14:08

jenny holzer

jenny holzer

08 Mar 04:03


06 Mar 18:30

Instant Regret

04 Mar 05:00

Idle Hour in Los Angeles, California

Cary Renquist

Didn't know that they fixed it up and opened it... I used to live very close, but it was closed then (I think that someone ran a graphic design shop or something out of it).

Idle Hour exterior.

The Idle Hour is a whiskey-barrel shaped bar in North Hollywood that recalls the glory days of novelty roadside architecture.

By the dawning of World War II in Los Angeles, quirky commercial architecture was in full swing, particularly "programmatic" or "mimetic" design, which often meant a building's facade actually resembled what it was selling. The style was ostensibly meant to catch the eyes of passing motorists cruising amongst LA's ever-more-crowded roadside landscape.

Universal Studios film technician Michael D. Connolly originally commissioned the Idle Hour Cafe in 1941 as a taproom in the form of a giant whiskey barrel, which was then built by engineer George F. Fordyk. It operated through the 1960s, then became the La Cana Flamenco dinner theater. With the changing owners and declining quality of the space the building seemed destined to fall into roadside ruin like so many other erstwhile edifices. However in 2010, it was designated as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #977.

Thankfully, Idle Hour has been lovingly revamped and revived by the vintage-inspired bar-impresarios of 1933 Group. Now, the cedar whiskey barrel design is as good as new. Original stained glass on the ceilings and doors are still in place, with reclaimed ceiling planks on the floors and photos of other programmatic buildings on the walls. There's a fire pit on the patio, along with a reproduction of another novelty gem in the form of a pipe-smoking canine that pays that homage to the Bulldog Cafe, itself in operation from 1928 until the mid-1960s. Today, it serves as Idle Hour's private event space.

Still, it's the whiskey barrels that will make you hit the brakes.

03 Mar 22:36

Aoshima, Miyazaki, The Southern Japanese Island That Plays Host to Over 120 Feral Cats

by Lori Dorn
Cary Renquist

My wife would be in heaven -- she loves orange cats.

Aoshima, Miyazaki

Photographer Thomas Peter has captured gorgeous images of Aoshima, Miyazaki, the southern Japanese island that plays host to over 120 feral cats who outnumber the resident humans at a ratio of 6 to 1.

Originally introduced to the mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen’s boats, the cats stayed on – and multiplied. More than 120 cats swarm the island with only a handful of humans for company, mostly pensioners who didn’t join the waves of migrants seeking work in the cities after World War Two. Aoshima, a 30-minute ferry ride off the coast of Ehime prefecture, had been home to 900 people in 1945. The only sign of human activity now is the boatload of day-trippers from the mainland, visiting what is locally known as Cat Island.

Aoshima Cats

Aoshima, Miyazaki Boat

Aoshima, Miyazaki Lone Cat

photos by Thomas Peter

via The Atlantic

04 Mar 19:25


05 Mar 03:12

.... that's a smart farmer.

05 Mar 14:18

“A bit of advice Given to a young Native American at the time of...

“A bit of advice Given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation: 

As you go the way of life, 

You will see a great chasm. Jump. 

It is not as wide as you think.” 

Joseph Campbell

04 Mar 20:43


04 Mar 22:50

Another Table Design Inspired by Natural Bodies of Water

Do you remember Greg Klassen's River Collection of tables? To refresh your memory, the Pacific-Northwest-based craftsman used two slabs with live edges to make one tabletop—but he flipped the live edges over to the inside. By precisely cutting a piece of glass to match the edges, the resultant table looks like a natural river:

A paradoxically similar-but-totally-different table is London-based designer Christopher Duffy's Abyss Table. This one also uses glass and wood:

As you can see, Duffy's gone with plywood (CNC-cut, we imagine) rather than Klassen's natural wood, and references the ocean rather than a river.

It's fascinating how each additional layer of glass filters the light in the same way that ocean water does, creating visually murky depths.

Duffy and his team reportedly spent a year getting the design right. And as you can guess, it's not for mass production: The handmade table's run is limited to just 25 units.

04 Mar 22:46

Jam-Packed Spring/Break Art Show Pulls into Moynihan Station

by Allison Meier
Spring/Break Art Show

Brent Birnbaum’s installation of painted treadmills, curated by Elizabeth Denny & Craig Poor Monteith at the 2015 Spring/Break Art Show (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

In its fourth year, Spring/Break Art Show is temporarily transforming the disused offices of Moynihan Station into an art fair based on the theme of “transaction.” With more than 80 curators and over 100 artists, it’s more a series of microshows than the other fairs opening this Armory Week, ranging from solo installations to eclectic group exhibits.

Spring/Break Art Show

Exterior of Moynihan Station, hosting the Spring/Break Art Show (click to enlarge)

This is Spring/Break Art Show’s first year out of the Old School on Mott Street in Nolita, which is for planned conversion, of course, into condos. Moynihan Station is also in the midst of its own conversion, but the old office spaces still have their glass-windowed doors, wood-paneled walls, and ripped up carpets. Spring/Break Art Show officially opened on two floors of those offices today after yesterday’s previews, although there’s been a bit of early internet attention for Dustin Yellin’s paintings made with the shredded remains of $10,000. Visitors can now contribute to said destruction and future art in a chaotic space created by the Bazaar Teens who are heading the monetary mutilation. While money is the most obvious link to the theme of “transaction,” including roses of currency and barbed wire by Margaret Bowland and a broom of dollar bills by Mark Wagner, there is also some work centered on the exchange symbolized by Moynihan Station itself. The James Farley Post Office has operated in the building since 1914, and work by some artists, like Riitta Ikonen’s assembly of mailed objects (ping pong paddle, pieces of shelving … ), recalls this century of use.

The art is all over the spectrum. A pounding light and sound installation by Visualpilots, an immersive cloud projection piece by Christine Sciulli, and Fall On Your Sword’s uncanny “Greed Is Good” video playing on an orb encircled by a carousel of empty bottles are all engaging new media works. A large-scale collage piece by Adam Parker Smith, astronomy-inspired metalwork by Steven Pestana, a kinetic pile of painted treadmills by Brent Birnbaum, and futuristic totems of stone and feathers by Christian Berman are also all standouts. On the other hand, the inclusion of Brian Whiteley’s attention mongering clown performance piece, which somehow got the media to pick up on his lurking in a Brooklyn cemetery last year, has a room full of clowns that feels more like spectacle.

Below are photographs of some highlights from this year’s Spring/Break Art Show, which continues through this Sunday.

Spring/Break Art Show

Fall On Your Sword, “Greed Is Good,” curated by Andrew Gori & Ambre Kelly

Spring/Break Art Show

Mail art by Riitta Ikonen, curated by Yulia Topchiy

Spring/Break Art Show

‘Trust Fall’ curated by Jennifer Sullivan, with the central sculpture by Andrew Ross

Spring/Break Art Show

Art by Adam Parker Smith, curated by Erin Goldberger & RJ Supa

Spring/Break Art Show

Installation by Myla DalBesio, curated by Ambre Kelly & Andrew Gori

Spring/Break Art Show

David Shaw’s “Vast,” curated by Karl Adelaide & Max Razdow

Spring/Break Art Show

Installation by Taezoo Park, curated by Peter Gynd

Spring/Break Art Show

Christine Sciulli’s “Propulsion Field 4022″ light installation, curated by Tracy Causey Jeffrey

Spring/Break Art Show

Money art by Mark Wagner, curated by Tess Sol Schwab

Spring/Break Art Show

Roses made from money and barbed wire by Margaret Bowland, curated by Tess Sol Schwab

Spring/Break Art Show

Installation by Cate Giordano, from the film After the Fire is Gone, curated by Eve Sussman & Simon Lee

Spring/Break Art Show

Bazaar Teens installation, curated by Dustin Yellin

Spring/Break Art Show

Bazaar Teens installation, curated by Dustin Yellin

Spring/Break Art Show

Part of an installation by Alex Lombard where a shoe smashes a train, curated by Claire Mirocha & Vanessa Thill

Spring/Break Art Show

Wyatt Burns, “Fair Trade/Kool-Aid,” curated by Claire Mirocha & Vanessa Thill

Spring/Break Art Show

Art by Leah Piepgras, curated by Corey Oberlander & Lindsey Stapleton

Spring/Break Art Show

Art by Steven Pestana, curated by Corey Oberlander & Lindsey Stapleton

Spring/Break Art Show

Art by Christian Berman, curated by Alejandro Jassan

Spring/Break Art Show

Art by Christian Berman, curated by Alejandro Jassan

Spring/Break Art Show

Visualpilots light and sound installation, curated by A. Moret

Spring/Break Art Show

Painted books by Daria Irincheeva, curated by Kris Chatterson & Vince Contarino

Spring/Break Art Show

Sculpture by Rachel Klinghoffer, curated by Marly Hammer

Spring/Break Art Show

‘A Chorus of Objects’ curated by Krista Saunders Scenna, with art by Amanda Valdez at right & Nyeema Morgan at left

Spring/Break Art Show

Installation by Anne Nowak, curated by Cassandra M. Johnson

Spring/Break Art Show continues at Moynihan Station (West 31st Street and Eight Avenue, Midtown West, Manhattan) through March 8. 

04 Mar 15:41


Cary Renquist

I wish that I was that age again... I don't think that I have the guts to do that anymore.

04 Mar 17:00

Soap Options

by Anna Fitzpatrick
by Anna Fitzpatrick

Fetus soapfetus"Each soap is created one at a time using a fetus mold made by yours truly. Casting mimics gestation and birthing with its long production process and patience in curing."

Poo soapturd"COLOR – brown
SCENT – vanilla bean

Mold soapmmmmm "Leave it in the soap dish for some fun. Your guests will either think you’ve lost your mind, or are a really bad house keeper…LOL"

Razor blade soapim gonna cut you just let me wash my hands for two hours first"Over time, the razor blade may rust inside the soap, as glycerin soap has hydrophilic (water-loving) properties."

Pickle soapogre dick"So you've been longing for a pickle soap, but haven't been able to find it. Well, today is your lucky day!"

Grenade soapsay kaboom! to dirt"Throw one of these in the shower with your loved one and they'll "blow up" with excitement!"

More poo soapnever feel clean again"The soap will be wrapped in plastic film to ensure freshness."

Reindeer poo soapdammit prancer"This is definitely a gift for someone who has everything, or at least they thought they did!!!
I bet they don't have this!"

Baby hands soaplove meeeeee"Some may call them creepy, others cute, but whatever the case, these baby arms soaps will embrace you with their soapy clean lovin'."

Baby head soapmommy?"Cleaner than a baby's butt!"

The "Rae" Soapfunhouse"Each batch of soap is custom-made to order so there may be slight differences in color and texture, or scent."

03 Mar 14:49

Egg Queen

Cary Renquist

She looks rather eggstatic

Egg Queen

03 Mar 19:03

game stats [x]

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03 Mar 20:44

The important question of our time has been answered!

by PZ Myers

What is the average size of a human penis?

The enduring question now has a scientific answer: 13.12 centimetres (5.16 inches) in length when erect, and 11.66cm (4.6 inches) around, according to an analysis of more than 15,000 penises around the world.

In a flaccid state, it found, the penis of the average man is 9.16cm (3.6 inches) in length and has a girth of 9.31cm (3.7 inches).

I shall sleep easier tonight, knowing that knowledge has been acquired.

This also has a practical purpose. Many men will realize that their dimensions sound much more impressive in centimeters, which may finally motivate Americans to use the metric system.

03 Mar 14:40

What a map of the United States would look like if an Amendment...

What a map of the United States would look like if an Amendment were passed mandating that any state containing more than 5% of the population had to divide and that any state containing less than 1.5% of the population had to be absorbed by it’s lowest-population neighboring state.

by BeingDS

03 Mar 03:35

Dr. Seuss

02 Mar 13:33

What Your Testicles Say About You

by John Khoury
Cary Renquist

Don't listen to mine -- they are filthy little liars!

Pants_downOur bodies tell us much about who we are, and ain’t nothing more integral to a man than his family jewels. What may surprise you is that a man’s testicles also say a lot about women. You see, a tool is made to do something but is designed as it is because of the environment it operates in. Wheels tell us not only about cars but also about roads. In this same vein (no pun intended) testicles tell us as much about women as they do about men. I write a lot about human nature. Testicles paint a vivid, concise picture of our nature. We know what they’re for: producing sperm. Big deal. But take a closer look. Disgusting, I know. But what about testicles […]

The post What Your Testicles Say About You appeared first on Dumb Little Man.

02 Mar 19:32

office of my dream

02 Mar 21:24


02 Mar 21:32


28 Feb 02:06

"It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else."

“It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.”

- Arthur Schopenhauer

28 Feb 05:29

Most illogical

28 Feb 15:28


28 Feb 15:44


27 Feb 14:22