Tuesday, June 30, 2009
According to Greek mytholgy, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs, and a head with two faces. Fearing their powers, Zeus split them into two parts; condemning them to spend the rest of their lives in search of their other halves.(via ambivalently)
Friday, June 26, 2009
The Chrysanthemum is a centerpiece designed by South African designer Michaella Janse van Vuuren. It’s a combination of bowl/candle holder made with rapid prototyping (and manufacturing) using laser, so it’s a perfect combination of art and engineering:
The centrepiece reflects my passion for the textures, shapes and patterns found in nature. I especially like to interpret those objects that have a repetitive mathematically founded pattern. Some objects are immediately recognisable, such as the Chrysanthemum, others are more abstract. Direct 3-dimensional manufacturing methods, such as selective laser sintering (SLS) used to create the Chrysanthemum allows me to design intricate textures and objects. These textures and objects would have been impossible to execute by hand, yet the centrepiece still retains the beauty and tactile feeling of a natural object.
The Chrysanthemum is directly manufactured with the EOS P380 using the PA2200 polyamide material.
Capybara owner Melanie Typaldos gave a great interview about her unusual pet on the Estatic Days blog. Her pet is named Caplin Rous as in Rodents Of Unusual Size from the Princess Bride. Some of her stories about walking Caplin Rous are priceless. Read the whole thing for some great fun, but here’s a few highlights:
“In a single word, I would describe him as needy. He always wants to be with me and can “eep” loudly if he knows I am nearby but he can’t get to me. He follows me around the house and the yard and expects me to watch him while he swims or grazes. He panics if he doesn’t know where I am. When he thinks it’s time for me to come home from work, he will go to the gate and wait for me.”
“When people hear him they are always amazed. His voice is often mistaken for a birdsong. When he’s nervous he sounds like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. When he’s happy he sounds like a Geiger counter.”
ROSE O'NEILL. "THIS KEWPIES CAREFUL OF HIS VOICE" very scarce KEWPIE listed in MASHBURN at $90-120 on page 200. This series of large KEWPIES was the work of artist ROSE O'NEILL and PUBLISHED by the EDWARD GROSS CO. 1921 written on back/mailing side but never mailed.
Approx.Size: 5.4X4.1 inches (14X10.5 cm)
Publisher: photo by Revanov St.Petersburg
Fawn / Apricot.
Please let me know if you want it painted 'in the image of your dog' or as pictured.
We will then go ahead and make to order.
Please let me know if you want male or female!
email firstname.lastname@example.org with the pictures (one from each angle ie front, left, right, back and close up of the face or any other detail you would like added.
Cast in fine marble-like sculptors resin, 5.1/2" high x 6" long x 4" wide 1.1kg in weight
Only available exclusively from us (the manufacturers) not available in any shop. We sell direct to the customer.
Approx.Size: 5.5X3.5 inches (14X9 cm)
Publisher: PP, Russia
Caption: Easter Greeting
Undivided back: No
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Love You ForeverLove You Forever started as a song.
"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
as long as I'm living
my baby you'll be."
I made that up after my wife and I had two babies born dead. The song was my song to my dead babies. For a long time I had it in my head and I couldn't even sing it because every time I tried to sing it I cried. It was very strange having a song in my head that I couldn't sing.
For a long time it was just a song but one day, while telling stories at a big theatre at the University of Guelph, it occurred to me that I might be able to make a story around the song.
Out popped Love You Forever, pretty much the way it is in the book.
My regular publisher felt that it was not really a kid's book and I ended up doing it with another publisher.
One day the publisher called up and said "This is very strange. It is selling very well in retirement communities in Arizona. It is selling in retirement communities where kids are illegal. This is supposed to be a children's book. What is going on?"
"Grownups are buying it for grownups!"
In fact, it turned out that parents buy it for grandparents and grandparents buy it for parents and kids buy it for everybody and everybody buys it for kids.
As a matter of fact, everybody buys it for everybody. That's why it sells a lot of copies. I think it's my best book. So far it has sold about 15,000,000 copies.
Everybody makes up their own song for this book. I would like to put different versions of the song up on this site, now that the site has sound on it. If you send me your version, either as a tape or an audio file or a MR3 file, I will try to put it up in the LOVE YOU page. If lots of people send me their versions, I will not be able to put them all up, but I would like to hear them even if I can't put them on the site.
The way I sing it in the story is just MY version. You are supposed to make up your own.
Posted at TMBO by bopp
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Katie Price is really going hard on the post-break up partying, bringing out the ultimate 'former glamour model' get-up for a night out in Ibiza with her new rebound guy, model Anthony Lowther.
The mum of three, whose husband Peter Andre filed for divorce last month, looked like her trashy old self in a super-revealing Wonder Woman-meets-Xena ensemble and thick black eyeliner.
Katie spent the evening partying hard at Boho nightclub — eventually needing some help from her new man walking out of the place at the end of the night.
While we hope she eases up on the partying, we've got to say we're stoked to see a little bit of 'Jordan' back on the scene!
- Melted butter, to grease
- 450g (3 cups) self-raising flour
- 150g (1 cup) plain flour
- 440g (2 cups) caster sugar
- 300g butter, cubed, at room temperature
- 310ml (1 1/4 cups) milk
- 6 eggs, at room temperature
- 3 tsp vanilla essence
- Preheat oven to 140°C. Position a rack on the second lowest shelf of the oven. Brush a round 25cm (base measurement) cake pan with the melted butter to lightly grease. Line base and sides with non-stick baking paper.
- Place the self-raising flour, plain flour, sugar, butter, milk, eggs and vanilla essence in a large mixing bowl. Use an electric beater to beat on low speed for 30 seconds or until just combined. Increase the speed to high and beat for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture is thick and all the butter is incorporated. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon.
- Bake in preheated oven for 2 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside for 10 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack for 2 hours or until completely cool.
Notes & tips
- Have the butter at room temperature, soft enough to beat, but not melted. The undecorated cakes will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
VariationsRich chocolate cake: Reduce the self-raising flour to 300g (2 cups). Sift 95g (1 cup) cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda, and add with the flours. Increase the milk to 435ml (1 3/4 cups). Omit the vanilla essence.
- Orange cake: Reduce the milk to 185ml (3/4 cup) and add with 2 tbs finely grated orange rind and 125ml (1/2 cup) orange juice. Omit vanilla essence.
- Carrot cake: Add 1 tsp ground cinnamon with the flours. Reduce the vanilla essence to 1 tsp. Add 285g (3 cups) coarsely grated carrot and 100g roughly chopped walnuts.
- Banana cake: Sift 1 tsp bicarbonate soda and add with the flours. Reduce the milk to 125ml (1/2 cup). Add 390g (1 1/2 cups) mashed very ripe banana with the milk. Reduce the vanilla essence to 1 tsp.