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Tue, 17 Feb 2009 04:37:12 GMT

iCiNG Transformation Challenge


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Sat, 31 Jan 2009 08:07:31 GMT



This is another little gem that has been washed out by the erosion on the spillway. I found this on the same visit as I found the round rock within a round rock.

The fossil is about three inches in diameter, which makes it good sized for what I commonly find in my woods.

The notion that this critter lived its full measure of years on the earth (before anyone was around who could even call it the earth), begat its own offspring, pondered its own philosophy, then contributed the harder structures of its body to build up the bedrock that one would one day be called Roundrock fills me with a kind of interspecies awe.

I suspect there are all sorts of wonders hidden in the ground at Roundrock. I may have to become a burrowing animal if I want to find them though.

Missouri calendar:

  • Eastern moles are active in tunnels deep underground.

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Sat, 31 Jan 2009 02:04:45 GMT

Interview With A Cannibal

Interview With A Cannibal
On the afternoon of June 12, 1981, Issei Sagawa walked into the woods in Bois de Boulogne, France, carrying two suitcases. The postgraduate student at the Sorbonne had shot and killed female Dutch exchange student Renee Hartevelt the day before. After eating portions of her body, he tried to dump the corpse in a remote lake. Witnesses saw him and he was soon arrested.

French psychologists found Issei Sagawa to have been legally insane at the time of the crime and, therefore, unfit to stand trial. He was subsequently exempted from prosecution. He returned to his homeland, where Japanese authorities tried to put him on trial for murder. French justice officials refused to hand over the necessary documents to carry on and he was again set free.

(thanks Rory)

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Fri, 30 Jan 2009 18:17:07 GMT

The Most Extravagant Dinner Parties In History

The Most Extravagant Dinner Parties In History
Before you splurge on that Super Bowl Party, or make arrangements for that lavish Oscars Dinner, keep in mind that you can go too far in your quest to impress friends and neighbors.

Here are ten examples of historic hosts that got caught up in the excitement of party planning and may have suffered just a touch of remorse the next morning.

(thanks Ken)

Posted by: Gerard      Read more     Source

Thu, 29 Jan 2009 01:15:26 GMT

Ring of fire

Ring of fire

Doesn’t look like much, does it? This is the fire ring near the shady tarp overlooking the frozen lake. As you can tell, we haven’t used it for a long time. At our original site, we built a fire ring (still there) that is about ten feet in diameter. That was dumb. First of all, what was I thinking I needed that much space for, a signal fire? Second, when I spread the ashes after the first couple of fires, I realized that I had made a great circle of soot that I had to step through to tend any fire I had burning.

The ring you see above is our second attempt. It’s smaller, and it’s made with those formed blocks that my good friend Todd gave me when he cleaned out his garden shed prior to moving to some place he calls Nevada. (Really, what’s with these wacky-sounding place names? It’s not like anyone believes they actually exist!) I had high hopes for this fire ring. I was inspired by a ring I saw at a Scout camp several years ago. The wall around the fire was more than three feet tall. It had been built up over the decades as the ash accumulated. I loved the idea of the continuity, of the perhaps thousands of fires the people gathered around for fellowship and warmth.

The trouble is that the ground around this site slopes too much. You can’t put a table on it and expect anything to stay in place. Even chairs will tip you out of them if they’re not positioned exactly right. The ground is also uneven, with rocks and holes lurking in the leaves to twist your ankle.

The fire spot we have at our new camp is much smaller. In fact, it is small enuf to allow a steel cooking grate to span the fire. I find this much more manageable — a cooking fire doesn’t have to be all that big, and we’re so rarely at our woods after dark that we don’t have much need for a campfire site.

So this fire ring sits idle. The scrub is reconquering the area, and I expect we’ll never use it again. That’s fine though. Fire in the forest scares me too much for me to enjoy it.

There is a poll and a conversation going on about using your blog to earn money over at Nature Blog Network. I have a strong opinion about the matter, which you can read about if you go over there. Consider leaving your own thoughts too. They have to be more coherent than mine.

Missouri calendar:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (observed)
  • Watch for mourning cloak and comma butterflies on warm days.

Posted by: Roundrockjournal      Read more     Source

Sat, 17 Jan 2009 00:08:45 GMT

Inside the Mercer Union

Inside the Mercer Union
The new Mercer Union moved up to Bloor and Lansdowne last year but it wasn"t until earlier this month that I finally found some time to go by and check out the new space. And it was good timing too. They"ve just unveiled their latest exhibit featuring selections from UbuWeb.

Find our more about the gallery and exhibit in my profile of Mercer Union in the gallery section.

Posted by: Derek Flack      Read more     Source

Wed, 07 Jan 2009 03:33:05 GMT

Four Decades of Realism

Four Decades of Realism

Ralph Goings, classic American photorealist painter. Since 60’s.

Posted by: Dmitry      Read more     Source

Fri, 26 Dec 2008 16:27:12 GMT

The Most Elegant Home I've Ever Seen

The Most Elegant Home I've Ever Seen
.... belongs to Carole Benazet of Departement Feminin.

It was always a fantasy of mine, as a kid, that someday I would put on suits and go on business trips. Now, of course, nothing sounds more appalling.  A suit!  Can you imagine?  But I do pinch myself when I occasionally get to go on a work related voyage.  The owner of this remarkable store (whose website I work for), periodically shuttles me by TGV to Toulouse, where the shop is based.

Carole has one of the most elegant homes I"ve ever seen in person.  Would you believe a countess used to live there?  Of course you would!  The space is incredible, and she"s filled it with of gorgeous antiques, and frightfully chic contemporary pieces, not to mention the piles and piles of art books and magazines that I just devour. 

I would gladly empty out all the items in my home and pour in every objet of Carole"s if it were possible; it's that good.

My quick snaps surely don"t do justice -- it's all in the details you know -- but I hope you enjoy.  When I arrived in Toulouse last time, grimy from the train, I got to dip into the bath you see below, while listening to Zooey Deschanel sing this.  I felt entirely countess-like!  

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Fri, 26 Dec 2008 00:50:33 GMT

Bulgarian Artist Adriana Gerasimova

Bulgarian Artist Adriana Gerasimova

Adriana Gerasimova is a Bulgarian photographer/ Art Director / Stylist - She created Addminimal Agency and they have a pretty amazing portfolio…More info and Pics

This is just a small part of her portfolio - You guys should check it and be aware that there is great talents in Bulgaria :)

Via Cyana Trend Land
PS : Merry Christmas to all of you Nerds ;)

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Thu, 25 Dec 2008 09:26:02 GMT

The Kingdom Series

The Kingdom Series
An eye-catching series of artwork by Christopher Hewitt.

From the artist’s bio:

Christopher Hewitt is a self taught Director, Designer, Photographer and occasional Writer located in East London.

Link via Scene 360

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