Monday, 31 January 2011

King of Hollywood AND the jungle

Two marvellous photos of one of the MGM lions doing his whole ROARRRRRR  RAR schtick for the opening credits. Like Mariah Carey, his contract allegedly stipulated a fresh basket of kittens in his studio dressing room.


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Friday, 28 January 2011

Dirty Digger

This has all the hallmarks of a genuine WTF (or che cazzo in Italian) - a woman's clothes are removed and placed on a hat stand by a digger operated by an obese Italian in under 5 minutes, there is some respectful and truly appreciative clapping from the studio audience and I'm sure you can hear Berlusconi's distinctive wolf whistle at some point.

It's EXTREMELY suspenseful and dangerously titillating. The only thing it's missing is some Eurotrashy music.

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Make your words count

Word Count is a site which lists 86,800 English words 'ranked in order of commonness'. Good old "the" is number 1 and my favourite "brouhaha" comes in at 71,595.

It's a sleekly designed site and rather enjoyable to play around on - I'm quite fond of where my name lies and you can get some good four and five word sentences randomly linked together which look like badly translated headlines.

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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Bricks and mortar with a sprinkling of the 4th Dimension

Belgian photographer Filip Dujardin shoots buildings and then creates fantastical, impossible structures out of the images.

File Magazine writes:
Some of Dujardin’s resampled buildings are structurally impossible, constructed in ways that defy engineering. More often they are subtly implausible; for instance, they may be window- or doorless, or juxtapose materials in unlikely combinations or at improbable scales. Some of the most intriguing buildings seem perfectly ordinary at first glance, revealing their fictional nature as the viewer registers missing or incongruous details, such as a staircase several stories up on a modern apartment block, with no guardrail.

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Just say WOW

A piano key gap may not be for everybody but in model Lindsey Wixon's case I think they give an extra something to an already extraordinary mouth. Her lips look like a cherrybomb firework exploding in her face. Girl crush. 

Photo by infamous perv Terry Richardson

The Wall Street Journal has reported that dentists are now being asked to create diastemas (gaps) instead of 'fixing' them. Don't try that at home...

Photo from W

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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

How many eyes DOES horror have?

If anyone out there knows anyone who is likely to make a wonderfully shitty horror film can you put me in touch so I can fulfill my only true ambition of starring in something like Zoltan: Hound of Dracula, Leprechaun in the Hood, or Death Bed: The Bed That Eats. Check out the AV Club's wonderful compilation Night of the Killer Lamp: 23 Ridiculous Horror Movie Adversaries - it be excellent and includes Night of the Lepus - as featured below, a film about giant snarling mutant killer rabbits.

This looks frickin' A*
Via Bunnylicious

Plan 9 from Outer Space is also worth a look at for excellent horror shoddiness, it has the most wonderous continuity issues due to its lead actor dying part way through filming and being replaced with the director's brother-in-law who is at least a foot shorter and bears no resemblance whatsoever to the original, a fact he disguises by acting behind a cape - see below. Head to the Mistakes section on this Wiki page for more. Also, go watch it because it's amazing.

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Eat my feet.

Sweet stuff from Uncommon Goods.
I am particularly taken with the Sushi Slippers $32
 (see also their Freudian Slippers).

                                                        Awww, crocheted cat's ears headphones. $38

Big Top Table Cloth $68

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Saturday, 22 January 2011


I am back on English soil after an 18 hour flight on a Qantas A380 - so far most famous for having their engines blowing mid-flight, luckily no such excitement for me. So here's a sum up of some stuff from down under:

Australia has better pigeons than everywhere else (as well as an abundance of the shit ones). They also have the lyre bird which features on their 10c coins and puts that noise impression chap from Police Academy Infinity TO SHAME.

I suck at riding a bike and don't much care for two wheels, but this Aussie magazine Treadlie looks good for a fixie-porn-fix if that's up your alley.

Designer Ellery who started out as a stylist at Russh magazine makes wonderfully chic dresses, managed to pick one up in the sales and have spent time simply sighing in delight at it. 

Other noteworthy Aussie designers are Manning Cartell, Life with Bird (beautiful summer dresses), Something Else by Natalie Wood, Kylie Hawkes (great jackets), Bird and Kite, Antipodium. Also, Woodford and Co - got this jacket from them which I am heartily in love with. Oh and Black Milk for an intergalactic lycra fix.

For the menfolk it's easier to mention specific shops - General Pants (used to be full of lacklustre surf crap, now stocks excellent t-shirts, Modern Amusement etc), Incu, BluBird Denim - which stocks Mr Simple.

Bloodthirsty trivia: I went with my ma and Myles Baldwin who is a landscape gardener to look around some beautiful gardens he's designed in the Southern Highlands. We drove through Hill Top which was home to Ivan Milat - aka the Backpacker Murderer upon whom Wolf Creek is based - Heebie Jeebies plus. Aussies in their 30s were particularly scarred by the film as John Jarrett who plays the murderer most foul used to present kids tv show Play School in the 70s and to see him trying to sever a woman's head off with spine intact when they grew up singing along while he made spaceships out of egg cartons was understandably disturbing.

Nature: saw loads of cool birds, two dead wombats and shitloads of spiders (OMG) but I'd give 'em all up to see a nudibranch again.

The White Rabbit Gallery - does contemporary Chinese art, very cool website.

Bondi is always excellent for gawping at meatheads - HOW does anyone get a neck as wide as their shoulders? But the Bronte Bogey Hole is top for slightly terrifying but excellent swimming.

Good times were had.  

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Minimal Melbourne

Sadly didn't make it to Melbourne this year, so here are some rather lovely Minimal Melbourne shots by Tom Blachford on Behance.

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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

In loving memory

of Paul, the Psychic Octopus. Paul was known as much for his design flair as his psychic abilities so it comes as no surprise that this amazing chair has surfaced in the wake of his untimely death. 

It's best not to mention the S&M qualities of the chair for legal reasons (unfounded murmurs that Paul's death was the result of octo-erotic asphyxiation are being unwaveringly quashed by Paul's lawyer, who insists that despite his fame and fortune, Paul was a very private octopus and it's unseemly to speculate on what may or may not have been his sexual proclivities).

The Octopus Chair is one of Maximo Riera's incredible series of animal chairs.
Via Design Boom. Thanks Emerald

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011


This could all go horribly wrong and is your cat's idea of lunch with pudding, but Duplex, the fish-bird tank-cage by Constance Guisset is really wonderful.

Perhaps it doesn't go far enough though, maybe it could become a totem pole of increasingly neglected pets with a Russian Dwarf hamster named Hammy at the top who hasn't eaten for weeks.

No that would be cruel. Everyone knows Russian Dwarf hamsters must live in pairs.  

via 1designperday

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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Sort of secret weapon

The Tactical Pen from Smith and Wesson. Erm, so that's a pen which you can write with AND protect yourself with. It's a heavy metal bastard with a pen at one end and a pointy bit at the other, I think this means you can cosh or stab someone unconscious and then draw a cock on their forehead and it's all totally legal (in the States).

My favourite review is by Phil Elmore at The Martialist:

While Smith and Wesson entice by saying that the Tactical Pen excels in the boardroom and in protection, Phil concludes that as a pen, it's nothing special, and as a weapon it fails in not looking innocuously enough like a regular pen, but he'd still buy one.

I can't remember how I found this.

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Sunday, 9 January 2011

Don't I let you wash the car on Sundays?

Don't I warn you when you're getting fat? Ain't I gonna take you fishin' with me someday? Now a man can't love a woman more than that.

Christ I love a bit of country music on Mondays.

First up Put another log on the fire by Tompall Glasser - not sure he's the original but he's what's here for now.

And then Ruby by Kenny Rogers detailing a paralysed Vietnam Vet's relationship with his whoring wife.

Key line: "If I could move, I'd get my gun and put her in the ground, Oh Ru-by, don't take your love to town." Corking.

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Thursday, 6 January 2011

Saw straight through that one

 This is a negative space billboard in Vancouver by architect artists Lead Pencil Studio. Two thumbs up and ten points,

Via Unurth

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Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Wellity well

2011 could be a year for shameless self-promotion so feel free / obliged to join the Wellity Wellity Well Facebook group here or Twitter feed here, or click the follow button in the 'followers box' at the top and don't forget to TELL YOUR MOTHER ALL ABOUT IT.

I believe this is called Search Engine Optimisation and I paid a consultant a princely sum for this advice. Thanks.

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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Harbin-er of JOY, and frostbite

"It's like Burning Man, but with ice, and in China" - Boing Boing. SOLD! 

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the Heilongjang province looks batshit wonderful, it starts tomorrow and lasts for a month. It's been going since 1985 and looks like how I wish Disneyland really was (it includes a glowing neon ice replica of the Great Wall which is a SLIDE.)

Can't decide which I prefer out of these two: 

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Monday, 3 January 2011

Big fat fatty fat asses.

Bizarre art project by Liu Di. You sure as hell wouldn't say no to that panda...

Via Who Killed Bambi?

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Knocked me for six

Went to Bondi market yesterday with my ma to spend cash in a frivolous fashion, since the exchange rate is so god awful for UK to Australia at the moment the only way to get your kicks without feeling massively ripped off is by using the plastic - by which I mean Aussie cash, which is plastic.

I ended up finding a jewellery stall called sixD run by a girl named Daisy where I wanted to spend all my dollar - inspired by the Aztecs and 70s rock, Daisy's pieces are in simple shapes but with strong details - all made from recycled brass and silver and damned reasonably priced. I went for a polished brass triangle necklace (see below) which is of the right weight and length to hang perfectly below your collarbone. I plan to head back next Sunday for one of her beautiful Sun rings (second row on the left).

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