Wednesday, April 27, 2011

His name is Axel and he eats images for breakfast

Here's one witty post from Observando

He's a journalist & blogger from Argentina. On his website, Observando.net you'll find the pictures and images that he finds on the web and catch his attention.

It's well worth a scroll through his many posts of images. There are a number with quotes or saying on them which are sometimes poignant and other times just plain hilarious.

Did you know "observando" means "watching" in Spanish?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bubble wrap still amuses me

Okay, I know it's sad but I still get a kick out of popping the bubbles in bubble wrap.

Don't say I didn't warn you but it'll tickle your fancy just as it does mine.
Click on the bubble wrap and start popping!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Vancouver makes Top Ten List of hippie travel destinations

I was surprised to see Vancouver listed as number 2 (or 8 depending on which way you read the Top Ten List) as a "hippie travel destination" on this website.

But then when I read the description of why Vancouver made the list, I just had to go HMmmm. Here's what they wrote:
"San Francisco may receive all the attention when it comes to the hippie movement, but Vancouver has many charms. Besides, a city with some of the most liberal marijuana policies and a distinctly multicultural vibe deserves to be on the list.
There is a lost of nostalgia here about the 1970′s, and it is readily apparent in the groovy Kitsilano district where tie-dye  is ubiquitous and old hippies with long hair and ponchos still wander about the streets (emphasis mine).
It’s also the birthplace of Greenpeace. Now, let’s talk about a revolution."
I live in the heart of Kitsilano and I haven't seen tie-dye or ponchos around my neighbourhood lately. However, if you're talking about a "revolution", the Vancouver retail phenom lululemon has taken yoga clothing to the world.
The one and only original lululemon store on West 4th Avenue just a few blocks from my place.

Factoid: the name lululemon doesn't mean anything. It was thought that a Japanese marketing firm would not try to create a North American sounding brand with the letter “L” because the sound does not exist in Japanese phonetics.  By including an “L” in the name it was thought the Japanese consumer would find the name innately North American and authentic. Allegedly, Chip Wilson, the owner, thought it would be funny to hear Japanese buyers pronounce lululemon. I would rate that comment as an urban legend as someone as savvy as Mr. Wilson wouldn't be going around telling that story. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Time is fluid

When you really need to know the correct time, click here.

The classics in a minute or less

The folks at Book-A-Minute-Classics have come up with a solution for those who think they should read the classics.

They have taken all kinds of great works of literature and boiled them down to their essence, extracting all the filler (and believe me, there's a lot of it sometimes). In just one minute, you can read entire books and learn everything your teachers will expect you to know.

"That's nice," you say, "but I don't believe you." Yah hah, skeptical soul! They have everything from Shakespeare to Steinbeck! See for yourself!

Here's one of my favourites:

Pride and Prejudice
By Jane Austen
Ultra-Condensed by Anu Lahtinen






Mr. Darcy

Nothing is good enough for me.


Ms. Elizabeth Bennet

I could never marry that proud man.
(They change their minds.)


THE END

Emily's Revenge

Revenge can be sweet. Click on the image to see a larger version and to read the text.

Experimenting with digital collages

I've been playing around with Photoshop Elements 9 trying to make digital collages.
Here's a few of my "masterpieces" avec quotations to over-explain the imagery as I am want to do often.




Making books into art

If books could speak, what would they say?

Check out Books of art.

Sketch of Voronoi


Friday, April 15, 2011

Poke the penguin & others if you're bored

I just can't help myself sometimes!


Feed my fish, please


Click on my fish tank to feed my fish, please. Get your own fish HERE.

Picture yourself as a Parisien, Berliner or Londoner

Ever wonder what you might look like if you were from Paris, London or Berlin?

The website to generate your photos is in Dutch but not to worry. Our friend The Presurfer translates the basics for you.

Check out his post, The Great Metamorphosis and then jump to the site to morph yourself into photos like I did.
Oui, Larry as a Parisian
Larry as a Berliner
Larry as a stuffy Londoner (it was better than choosing the Elizabeth body!)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

50 Inspiring Vintage Ads

How times have changed. How products have changed. Imagine companies using so much text on their ads? And the subtle colours instead of the bright, clean and sometimes text free ads of today? Remember rotary phones? Remember your first record player?

Here are some of the 50 Inspiring Vintage Advertisements chosen by one blogger.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Paris countdown

The countdown is on. It's less than a month when sister-friend Brenda and I will strolling along the Seine on our way to shop at Galeries Lafayette.

Kching, Kching, credit cards work too easily even in Paris. And now ATM's are on every corner making it even easier to buy a trendy and chic bit of French couture.

Mais non, we will be on a total culture trip -- museums, galleries, Versailles. And maybe, just perhaps, a side visit to

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Housewife's Tarot reads well

Tired of those old hackneyed graphics on tarot cards? Well now there's an alternative developed especially for housewives.

Check out The Housewife's Tarot.

Here's my reading -- even though I'm not a housewife!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The bunnies are back!

I thought the 30-Second Bunnies Theatre had gone forever.

The series debuted in 2004, when website creator Jennifer Shiman was looking to create a funny web series. She created a version of The Exorcist, re-enacted by animated bunnies in only 30 seconds. It was a huge hit, prompting Shiman and company to create more "30 second bunny movies".

On June 13, 2010, Shiman announced on the 30-Second Bunnies Theatre Website that, after six years and 68 shorts, she was placing the series on hiatus to move on to other pursuits. The final short at the time was a re-enactment of the film Evil Dead II.

As of February 2011, Shiman is creating two more re-enactments: Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, and Freaks (1932). The Birds was released just a few days ago on April 1, 2011.

Lost in timeless horizons

For those times when the world is in a hurry and you need something to slow you down and think about how infinite time really is.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Best 106 street art projects listed

Artists have taken to using the urban landscape as their canvas. Streets, buildings, signs have all been transformed by the vision and talent of these artists.

Street Art Utopia lists their choices for the 106 most beloved street art for 2010.

Here's just one photo of the 106 street art photos selected.




Sunday, April 3, 2011

Because I am not one of your Faaaaaaans!

Just when you thought you'd had enough of "no more wire coathangers" along comes the YouTube generation with video remixes of Faye Dunaway chewing the scenery in the campy movie classic, "Mommie Dearest."

  Warning: the following videos contain mature subject matter,
violence and profanity.  

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Keep the plastic shopping bags

Stores are now charging for plastic shopping bags. Everyone is encouraged to bring along a re-usable bag.

Check out just how creative Shopping Bag Designs have developed.

This shopping bag is for "the breakfast of champions" -- Wheaties.

Sloganize your favourite saying

Did Somebody Say Back Off Monkey Girl?
Enter a word for your own slogan:

Eight buffalos make grammatical sense


This is a grammatically valid sentence in the English language, used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated linguistic constructs. It has been discussed in literature since 1972 when the sentence was used by William J. Rapaport, an associate professor at the University at Buffalo.

If the capitalization is ignored, the sentence can be read another way:
Buffaloa buffalon buffalov Buffaloa buffalon Buffaloa buffalon buffalov.
That is, bison from Buffalo intimidate (other) bison from Buffalo that bison from Buffalo intimidate.

In case you think I was trying to "buffalo" you, a somewhat similar un-punctuated example is "James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher".

Now how is that for you to think upon.

There are people who . . .

 Viruscomix.com muses graphically on the age-old question of what is normal. Check out the various takes on the subject  There are people who . . .
Just one of many graphic takes on
the subject of what weird people do.

Mapping by stereotypes

Yanko Tsvetkov describes himself as a "Graphic Designer Slash Visual Artist."

He's a talented graphic designer, illustrator and photographer. Working in London, UK, his conceptual art projects are well worth taking a look at.

His collection of Stereotype Maps is both witty and incisive. Here are just a couple of the maps that caught my eye. Click on the captions to see the map in full size.

The World According to the USA
Penis Size Across Europe

WestJet makes improvements to save costs

WestJet, Canada's low cost airline, today introduced a new state-of-the-art money-saving feature on board all flights aimed at countering the rising price of jet fuel. Effective today, WestJet will be using air mixed with helium in the ventilation system to lighten the weight of the aircraft.



Test your internet connection speed

It seems there's a huge difference in the speed with which various countries can connect to the Internet. Around the globe the average speed is 8.61 Mbps. Fastest on average is Japan with 61 Mbps.

The average in the USA is 4.6 Mbps. My plan says I could get up to 15 Mbps but as you can see, I'm at less than half that.
My internet provider speed test results
The average of my friend The Presurfer in the Netherlands is 9.0 Mbps. However, The Presurfer's individual connection is a blazing 94.72 Mbps.

If you want to compare your provider with a global speed test, try out Speedtest.net. Here's the results of my internet connection using their speedtest. Almost the same as my provider, lucky for them!

Results from Speedtest.net

Friday, April 1, 2011

After the museum closes . . .

This re-post from my old blog received the highest number of page views I ever had. I found the six gifs someplace on StumbleUpon but can't find the original source site. You wanted to know. Now you do. This is what Mona does after the museum closes!




The Garden

AAAARG! Living in Vancouver means living with compromise. If you live in the city (like I do), houses are expensive and condos rarely have yards. I am blessed to live in a condo with a back yard albeit a small one.

Fountain and terraced wall in garden.
My garden is about 26' wide by 30' long. When I first moved in, the entire back yard was one big heap of backfill from the initial construction of the 3-unit condo complex. And I do mean backfill. Huge concrete pieces, rocks, and soil that was anything but useful.