Greetings, and welcome to your mid-week round of links and fun distractions.
Here’s a little frog riding a beetle, because what could be better? “Hey guys, look at me!”
Dogs are awesome – obviously – and this 5 minute video gives a great picture of how awesome they are with smelling. It’s amazing seeing the breakdown of biology of how smelling for dogs work. For instance, I had no idea dogs breathe in through their nostrils, but out through small slits on the sides of their nose! Whaaaa!
This app, Pivot, looks pretty awesome. An augmented reality sort of thing, where you can be in a place and see the comparison to how it looked through historical photos. So cool! More info is on their Kickstarter.
Local Toronto artist Daniel Rotsztain is visiting every branch of the Toronto Public Library and drawing them – you can see all the sketches here! I think this is my fave so far:
While it’s a bit hyperbolic and silly and US-centric (tis a Buzzfeed production after all), it’s still interesting to see countries compared by their actual sizes and how much different they look when represented not on the Mercator map projection.
Embroidering scenes as she travels, textile artist Teresa Lim creates beautiful keepsakes. I wish I had the skills to try something like this, they’re like little fabric postcards.
I love the patterns created by this artist pouring paint! Super trippy and colourful. I’d love to have something like that hanging in my apartment.
“Better Book Store Sections” has me crying with laughter. Especially “meals you intend to make but never will”. Yeah.
I said dogs are awesome up there – I have a specific love for pups, but I think all animals are amazing. Check out this tricksy praying mantis that makes itself look like an orchid! Next level shit.
I want this. I want many of them, so I can put all the things in them all over my apartment and my desk at work!
Okay, more awesome animals. Because it’s amazing how much fun these squirrels are having. I mean, really.
I forgot all about DD last week because it was a short week and my brain was confused. Obviously. So here’s fun things for you now, friends.
This installation, New Moon, is a pretty awesome visual concept. [More images at the link and a short video here]
Do you want to know why you sun sneeze, or sleep start? Then watch on, good reader, for these explanations of involuntary bodily reactions!
I bet you’ve never combined the words “science fictions buddhas” in your brain before. Well, here now. There you go. For real I want this little Chewie for my desk.
This artist created the symbols for certain vitamins/minerals out of foods they’re present in. Is it just me, or does Iron look REALLY TASTY? Mmmm.
I want to get a big print of this and hang it in a classy frame. (via)
There’s an amazing fox sanctuary in Japan. So many foxes! I don’t think I could handle the cute. Lookit!!
This treehouse is so nice it’s basically like a little wooden castle in a tree, and I’d totally live in it. It must be nice to build something like this as a whim!
My handwriting’s scratchy at best, so I’m always mindblown to see well done calligraphy, especially when it’s really taken next-level like this!
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Artist Denny Dyke makes these intricate sand designs, or what he calls “walkable art”. I don’t think I could bring myself to walk on them and ruin them! But by their location I suppose they’re fleeting anyhow thanks to the tide.
I love photos of abandoned places; I wish I was more of a photo adventurer to get some shots of abandoned places on my own. Until then, I’ll keep appreciating those I come across, like this series of an abandoned, snowy mall.
I love art installations that have a mesmerizing component. This fits the bill perfectly. Hypnotizing, almost..
I think my favourite type of installation, though, is having surreal placements of objects in regular scenes/places. It just tickles my brain so much. So I’m pretty down with these weird bunches of balloons appearing in all sorts of places.
I don’t understand how it’s already Wednesday, but also, how is is only Wednesday? Hump day, you vex me. Onto the fun stuff!
First of all, I’ve been watching and rewatching and sharing this everywhere, but it needs to take first mention here. Magic dogs. I love it.
Animal problems. They’re real, and they’re adorably illustrated by Geoff Hewer-Candee over at this Tumblr.
Let’s talk about some REAL distractions, like the incredible archive of MS DOS games now available on the Internet Archive! There’s a little about the process behind it here. There are so many to play, right in your browser! Have you any idea how awesome that is? Especially for me to relive all those hours of..
Interspecies friends always make me happy. This squirrel is so persistent, and the dog is so patient! Although I imagine it’s nice to have someone combing around in your fur 🙂 There’s a load more videos here!
Speaking of interspecies interactions.. this kitten’s reactions are pretty priceless. GIF included for good laughs. Oh, the look of terror!
Who knew bananas could be a medium for art? Their very browning nature must make this tough..
If I still played D&D, I’d be on these dice like.. a flash! *zing* The only thing that would be better is if they made a *womp-womp* noise on a critical fail.
It’s amazing what folks can do with digital media nowadays.. these GIFs show the colouring of B&W photos so that they look like they were always meant to be that way. It’s incredible!
This dude climbed the ice next to Niagara Falls. It’s terrifying, when you think about it, and especially when you see the scale of it:
I love the style of these pieces – ‘Super Families‘ – there’s something really sweet about the way they are framed. And it’s safe to say I definitely want this one, because have you met me?
I’m usually not too taken with landscapes unless they really stand out to me – and these did. Look how dreamy they are. Finland! Gosh.
While we’re on dreamy, and somewhat humbling (or should that be Hubbling?) in sense of scale. Check out this amazing image of the ‘Pillars of Creation’ taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s hard to believe something that incredible exists, but look at it.
This past weekend I strolled the galleries with Laura and her husband, Chad, plus our friend Lauren. It was nice to head to some of the galleries I don’t normally get to with friends, but also see the usual excellent dino gallery too. Here’s some photos! (Also yes, shush, I know I work here but it’s nice to stroll about with friends!)
Hello all! welcome to the new year. I haven’t forgotten about blogging just yet. I used to do a more frequent random drop of photos, so here’s a few from fairly recently. More to come!
Back when I was working at 500px, one of our team outings was to a Second City show. It was great, and I was doubly excited to see these photos of Colin Mochrie, who I love, in the random old photos of previous Second City actors.
Back in the summertime, when there were outside hangouts for games. Jake hangs with us.
Many of you will know that I’ve recently started working at the Royal Ontario Museum, which is pretty great! I am there in an administrative/executive assistant capacity and it’s amazing to get to go to work in such a fantastic institution every day. And I really love the building.
I’ve been getting to see a lot of the collection spaces too! That’s especially great, because it’s where my interest in museums really lies.
Also I know I shared this already on social media, but it’s me getting to hold some Mars rock and Moon rock and some of the oldest Canadian rock so whatever!
More wandering photos..
And here’s me looking goofy with Jake.
Well, I figure if I’m going to start going ahead with the Digital Dozen links posts, then hump day is as good a day as any to get on with it. Let’s start with something whimsical.
When a beagle knows they messed up, they make up for it. Best ever.
Look at these incredibly dreamy pieces of art/jewelry! Like little bits of galaxy all trapped up in some glass.
Have you ever watched a video of hamsters and a hedgehog eating cake and thought “I bet that’s what I look like when I scoff cake..”? Well, now you can experience what I have gone through.
Absurd and character-based street art are my favourite kinds! I love these captures of some from artist Filthy Luker.
When the Eisners (the Oscars of gaming) announced their digital media nominations, some people felt like there were webcomics that were looked over. io9 decided to compile a list of 51 awesome webcomics and it’s basically a bloody great list of all the great webcomics going on out there. Check it out, especially if you’ve had just a passing interest in comics published online. Many of my faves (Nimona, Girls with Slingshots, Lucky Penny) are on there!
Terrific posters from the Australian Human Rights Commission’s “Know the Line” campaign which aims to prevent and reduce the harm of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. I love how basic the graphics of them is, but they hit home nicely. For instance:
This artist took kids drawings and turned them into finished products. I love it 😀
I don’t know that I have a multitude of metal objects needing something to be stored in/on, but I would sure try and find more if it meant I could store them on this:
I may have lost it when it got to sound bagels. “Better Names For Things”
Some terrifically smarty pants design on this “Resum-ale” package. Chuckle.
And I will leave you with just about my favourite thing I found on the internet this past week. Honestly happy to just watch this over and over cackling to myself.
Today’s post will be a little lighthearted for the sake of amusement and escapism. A while back, when I worked at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, we had a massive inflatable shark up on the roof to promote an exhibition. And one day I was all, “Hey, it’d be hilarious if I snapped a photo that made it look like I was picking up the shark.” And then..
So a tradition was born! It’s been a while since I’ve added to the collection, but there’s over 60 images I’ve taken over the years. I was reminded of the series thanks to the ‘wayback machine’ app Timehop that brought up the photo of me ‘stealing’ the London Eye back in summer of 2010.
I should start it up again.. find some steal-able things around Toronto that aren’t the CN Tower 🙂 Or get some good ones in Halifax when I go in September! Until then, here’s a few of my favourites for a laugh. You can view the rest in a set on Flickr, as I migrated them over there from my original Facebook album a few years back (I keep my photos etc locked down and private there now).
I hope you enjoyed that little diversion from regular photo updates. Have a landmark/thing/place to suggest for this series? Comment!
Ah yes, that time when Nicole remembers all these photos snapped on her phone (Samsung Galaxy S4) that she’d forgotten about/hasn’t shared on social media. Enjoy today’s random selection!
This first one would likely break my layout because it’s a panorama, so i’ll just link to it: the view from my old apartment on the 12th floor, up in the Annex on Spadina Avenue. I like being down near ground floor in our new place because of the nice proximity to trees etc, but I do miss that old view!
And that’s my most recent photo memories, forgotten until I realise how many are adding up on my phone. When I get myself a nice decent camera, I’m hoping to take better quality stuff to upload to 500px instead of the everyday kind of dumping on Flickr (I should upload to social media more for that sharing!)