Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Neil Young's Watercolors of Classic Cars

In cars and in music, Neil Young has never been afraid to try something new. He learned to paint watercolors to go along with his new memoir, Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars and didn't let his colourblindness get in his way.

1930 Rolls-Royce Shooting Brake ‘Wembley’
After finishing a tour with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Young bought himself to a
1930 Rolls-Royce Shooting Brake. It soon after broke down in Belgium.
At the same time, Young writes, his relationship with actress Carrie Snodgrass was
 breaking down as well.

1959 Lincoln Continental Mark V
Young’s love for classic cars and the environment came together with his 1959 Lincoln
Continental Mark V Convertible. In 2008, Young assembled a team to convert the 6,200-pound
car to run on electricity and biofuels. ​

1951 Willys Jeepster
Young would drive through the Santa Cruz redwood forests in his 1951 Willys Jeepster.
He bought it in Santa Ana in 1968 for $750. Despite the “raggedy” convertible top and
 “funky” gear-shift linkage, Young immediately knew he wanted it.


Via Blort

The Evolution of the Desk

A team at the Harvard Innovation Lab has illustrated the evolution of the office desk circa 1981with cork boards, rolodexes, dictionaries and fax machines cluttering its surface to today's uncluttered desk with a laptop and smart phone.

Producers: bestreviews.com 
Videography: dougthomsen.tv
Engineering: Anton Georgiev

Actual vintage items were sourced by the team of photographers and entrepreneurs:the macintosh classic, corded phone, fax machine, globe, corkboard, polaroid camera, and rolodex were all purchased through individual sellers on ebay, while the rest of the items were found unused in basements and at garage sales.

Via: WebUrbanist

Sperm Whales Power Napping

Rare footage from the nature series Big Blue captures a pod of sperm whales sleeping vertically, floating in a state of suspended animation.

Via TwistedSifter

Menswear Dog

Menswear Dog (aka Bodhi) is a 5 year old shiba inu living in NYC who loves to model men's clothing and reportedly earns about $15,000 per month. (If my pets made that kind of dough I' would have retired a lot earlier and my house would have new windows and doors.)

According to his Tumblr "His interests include never washing his selvage denim, lurking around Soho for someone to notice his steez, and sniffing fine a$$ bitches."

Elegant or casual, Menswear Dog can do it all.



This Kickstarter Project gives you a little more storage room in the icebox by suspending your bottled drinks from its ceiling. bottleLoft, the world's first magnetic bottle hanger for your refrigerator, frees up space and makes your refrigerator cooler! I think it's a great idea.



This Chocolate Dress Is Delicious Couture

At The Chocolate Show London, a Chocolate Fashion Show presented stunning couture outfits made and inspired by chocolate. The dress below was created by Downton Abbey costume designer, Caroline McCall, and required 132 pounds of chocolate to make.

If I wore a dress like this I'd be sure to carry a stick to beat off would-be nibblers.

Via Foodiggity.com

Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, 1972 and 2014

When Dorothy Pitman-Hughes' father was beaten nearly to death by the KKK she turned to activism to help others. She teamed up with fellow feminist Gloria Steinem to found the Women’s Action Alliance, which created the first battered women’s shelters in history. They attacked women’s rights issues through boots on the ground activism, problem solving, and communication. Together they started Ms Magazine in 1971.

That same year photographer Dan Wynn took this photo (below) of Steinem and Hughes signalling their solidarity with the raised-fist salute first popularized by members of the Black Power movement. Today it  resides at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

Earlier this year they recreated the pose for photographer Dan Bagan.

Via Ferocious Sprout

Monday, October 20, 2014

The 5 sketchiest dishes in New York City

Strip club pasta, bowling alley haute cuisine and more! The New York Post reviews meals served at venues you might not expect food to be served.

Rating: ★★
Verdict: We’ve heard that some strip clubs, including the Penthouse Executive Club in Hell’s Kitchen, have amazing food. At NYC Gentlemen’s Club, the pasta was rudimentary at best, with soggy noodles and a canned-sauce taste, reminiscent of a school cafeteria lunch. For both dancers and food, you have better options.


Crowd Dynamics Test Using Miarmy for Maya

Miarmy  (read My Army) is a Human Logic Engine based Maya plugin for crowd simulation, AI & behavioral animation, creature physical simulation and rendering. Don't understand what that means? Me either but this video by Dave Fothergill vfx demonstrates what can be done with it:

I've fallen, and I can't get up! from Dave Fothergill vfx on Vimeo.

Thanks Bruce!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Deep-Fried Maple Leaves Are a Popular Snack in Japan

Maple Tempura is a fall delicacy that originated 1000 years ago in Japan.  Before you grab the rakings from your back yard for a tv snack here is the process:

  • The leaves are  selected and preserved in salt barrels for over a year. 
  • Then, they’re removed from the salt and dipped in a batter made from flour, sesame seeds and sugar. 
  • These batter-coated leaves are then deep fried for over 20 minutes, until crisp.
  • Enjoy!

Via: I Have Seen The Whole Of The Internet