My first attempts at creating art from found objects and junk


The 40 Most Amazing Pictures Of The Blizzaster Of 2011


A car landed vertically in a snowbank in an accident involving several vehicles on Interstate 93 north of Salem, N.H. No one was injured.


Diane Watry skis down Michigan Avenue as she makes her way to work.


A man watches as large chunks of ice crash into the break wall at the Milwaukee Marina in Wisconsin.


Hundreds of cars are seen stranded on lake Shore drive Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 in Chicago.


Another picture of Lake Shore Drive.


Snow accumulates on the driver seat of a stranded Chicago Transit bus after the door was left open during a severe winter storm on Lake Shore Drive.


Another picture of the bus.


Snow accumulates in a pickup truck that was stranded and left open on Lake Shore Drive.


Another picture of the pickup truck on Lakeshore Drive.


A dog named Muldoon waits in the snow for its owner who stopped for coffee in Vermont.


Snow finds its way inside through a revolving in Iowa City.



An aerial shot of Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.


I-70 near Boonville, Missouri.


The Chicago lakefront is lost in blowing snow on the second day of the storm.


A dog wanders above Lake Shore Drive where dozens of vehicles were stranded in the storm.


A pedestrian leaps over the median on Lake Shore Drive toward vehicles abandoned in the storm.


Abandoned vehicles litter northbound Lake Shore Drive.


Jacob Hansen playing ice hockey on Grand Avenue in Castleton, Indiana. (Via Indystar.)


Mary Blake ice skates in the street in front of her home in Noblesville, Indiana. (Via Indystar.)


Gary Phillips uses a $10.00 torch to melt the ice on a $30,000 truck in Indiana. (Via Indystar.)


Interstate in Ohio.


Interstate in Ohio.




High waves pound along a break wall near a lighthouse in Lake Michigan.


A fallen tree weighed down with ice sits on Old Herhey Road in Elizabethtown, Pa.


A bicyclist makes her way in Milwaukee, Wis.


Cars are buried as a woman tries to clear her windshield in Milwaukee.


Ice and freezing rain covers sidewalks as early-morning commuters carefully walk to the Metro-North commuter train platform in Ossining, N.Y.


Grafton, Wisconsin.


Grafton, Wisconsin.


Cedarberg, Wisconsin.


Iowa City, Iowa.


St. Louis, Missouri.


Drifts build around an overturned tractor-trailer on westbound Interstate 44 near the Allenton, Missouri. Via STLToday.


St. Louis, Missouri. Via STLToday.


St. Louis. Via STLToday.


Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Lake Michigan.




Via Reddit.

Insane Coincidences You Won’t Believe Actually Happened |

A Terrifyingly Accurate Prediction by Edgar Allan Poe

In 1838, future horror-god Edgar Allan Poe released a book called The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, his only full novel. The book was such a bomb that Poe eventually agreed with his critics that it was “a very silly book” (yet still good enough to inspire heavyweights like Jules Verne and Herman Melville to write Moby Dick and An Antarctic Mystery–yes, Poe was a badass).


Where it Gets Weird:

Poe did a Blair Witch thing with his novel, which claimed to be based on true events. This turned out to be a half-truth: The real life events simply had not happened yet.

One scene in The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket visits a whaling ship lost at sea, taking with it all but four crewmen. Out of food, the men drew lots to see who would be eaten, the unfortunate decision landing on a young cabin boy named Richard Parker.

Before fathering Spider-Man and being double-crossed by the Red Skull!
Editor’s note: Change that. You’re an idiot.

Forty-six years later, there was an actual disaster at sea involving the Mignonette. It became famous due to the legal consequences of some gruesome events on board, specifically the way the men drew lots and decided to eat their cabin boy…

Where it Gets Even Weirder:

…who was named Richard Parker.

Richard Parker: aged 17 years.

The bizarre story was discovered decades later by Nigel Parker, a distant cousin of the Richard Parker who got eaten. You can only imagine what the fuck went through his mind when he stumbled upon the connection.

Hell, this was us!

And that would go down as the freakiest unintentional prediction of future events in a work of fiction, if it were not completely blown away by…

Morgan Robertson Writes About the Titanic… 14 Years Early

A hundred years before James Cameron turned douchebaggery into an art form at the Oscars, American author Morgan Robertson wrote a shitty book called Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan, about the sinking of an “unskinkable” ocean liner. When you see the cover, you figure you’re pretty clearly looking at a fictionalized version of the Titanic story.

No surprise there; it’s a story that’s been told over and over (there were 13 Titanic movies before Cameron’s, including one by the Nazis) but Robertson’s book was first.

Where it Gets Weird:

He was so eager to be first, apparently, that he didn’t bother to wait for the Titanic to actually sink before writing about it. The Wreck of the Titan was published in 1898, 14 years before RMS Titanic was even finished being [cheaply] built.

The similarities between Robertson’s work and the Titanic disaster are so astounding that one has to imagine if White Star Line built Titanic to Robertson’s specs as a dare. The Titan was described as “the largest craft afloat and the greatest of the works of men,” “equal to that of a first class hotel,” and, of course, “unsinkable”.

Both ships were British-owned steel vessels, both around 800 feet long and sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic, in April, “around midnight.” Sound like enough to keep you up at night? Maybe that’s why Robertson republished the book in 1912 just in case enough people didn’t know that he wrote it.

And you thought this guy was an ass.

Where it Gets Even Weirder:

While the novel does bear some curious coincidences with the Titanic disaster, there are quite a few things that Robertson got flat wrong. For one, the Titanic did not crash into an iceberg “400 miles from Newfoundland” at 25 knots. It crashed into an iceberg 400 miles from Newfoundland at 22.5 knots.

Wait, what the fuck? That’s one hell of a lucky guess!

What 41.1 million square miles looks like.

But maybe the weirdest thing about Titan were points that had nothing to do with the story, but check out after numerous inquires and expeditions to the Titanic wreck site.

For one, both the Titan and the Titanic had too few lifeboats to accommodate every passenger on board; the Titan carrying “as few as the law allowed.” While Robertson decided to be generous and include four lifeboats more on his ship than Titanic, it’s an odd point to bring up when you consider that lifeboats had nothing to do with the fucking story. When Titan hit the iceberg (starboard bow, naturally), the ship sank immediately, making the point made about lifeboats inconsequential. Why the fuck mention this?!

It’d be like HAL 9000 addressing the danger posed by O-rings at low temperature decades before the Challenger disaster.

There’s four more ‘insane coincidences’ at the original source article on, but none top these two. In fact, they’re quite unremarkable by comparison.

Detroit in ruins | Art and design | The Observer

Beautiful architecture abandoned to decay. What fantastic bookstores, condo conversions, antique malls, mixed-use centres of community they could be if only Detroit could be turned around. Extraordinarily sad, these grand places will likely fall to the wrecking ball instead and be paved over.

The ruined Spanish-Gothic interior of the United Artists Theater in Detroit. The cinema was built in 1928 by C Howard Crane, and finally closed in 1974 Photograph: Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

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The world’s greatest bookshops – travel tips and articles – Lonely Planet

I can’t think of a better trip than to spend an entire summer hunting through these and other great bookstores around the world.

The world’s greatest bookshops

Browsing the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco.

  • City Lights book shop - San Francisco, California
  • El Ateneo bookstore, housed in an old 'Gran Splendid' theatre building from 1919, Av Santa Fe 1860, Recoleta.
  • The amazing staircase in Livaria Lello e Irmao bookstore.
  • Exterior of Shakespeare and Co. bookshop in the Marais.
  • Patrons inside The Bookworm Cafe.
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Bookshops are a traveller’s best friend: they provide convenient shelter and diversion in bad weather, they’re a reliable source of maps, notebooks, and travel guides, they often host readings and other cultural events, and if you raced through your lone paperback on the first leg of your trip, the bookshop is the place to go for literary replenishment. Taken from Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011, here are our picks for the best spots to browse, buy, hang out, find sanctuary among the shelves, rave about your favourite writers and meet book-loving characters.

1. City Lights Books, San Francisco, USA

Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Books is still one of the world’s coolest bookshops, almost 60 years after it opened for bohemian business. Having been a meeting point for American literary icons, from beat writers like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg onwards, it’s still central to the city’s vibrant cultural scene. As well as three floors of tomes, including those published by City Lights, the shop offers weekly readings and events. More than the nearby Beat Museum, this is the place to feel the boho buzz that once inspired Kerouac et al to drive across America to the Bay Area.

Check for details of upcoming events; and you can do that pretty much anywhere in wi-fi-blanketed San Francisco.

2. Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina

It’s grand, it’s splendid, it’s a strong contender to be the world’s most beautiful bookshop. Occupying a 1920s theatre in downtown Buenos Aires, El Ateneo has kept the sumptuous auditorium’s original furnishings – and added books. Beneath the painted ceiling, shelves have been built into the spectator balconies. When you’ve finished gawping at the ornate carvings and it’s time to put finger to page, the former theatre boxes are now intimate reading rooms. There’s a cafe on the stage, between red velvet curtains, and the final firework in the literary spectacle is the round-the-clock opening hours.

Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid is located on the south side of Ave Santa Fe, 50m west of Ave Callao.

3. Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal

A little over 100 years old, this art nouveau gem in Portugal’s second city remains one of the world’s most stunning shops – perhaps of any kind. Competing for attention with the books are wrap-around, neo-Gothic shelves, featuring panels carved with Portuguese literary figures. A track, used by the staff for transporting stock in a cart, leads from the entrance to the lolloping red staircase, which winds up to the first floor like an exotic flower. Books are available in English as well as Portuguese, and there’s a small cafe upstairs beneath the stained-glass skylight.

You can continue the Art Nouveau tour of Porto at Café Majestic and streets such as Rua Galeria de Paris.

4. Shakespeare & Company, Paris, France

Where did the American beat poets go to share cigarettes and profundities when they were in Europe? Shakespeare & Company of course – located in Paris’ Latin Quarter, a tome’s throw from Notre Dame Cathedral. George Whitman, the eccentric American bibliophile who opened the cosy store in 1951, has handed the reins to his daughter as he approaches 100. Nonetheless, much of Shakespeare & Co’s creative, chaotic spirit remains. It’s still a prime spot to fill your rucksack with paperbacks, hang with the Left Bank literati, and admire the packed shelves, wooden beams and poetic posters.

Nearby transport links include St-Michel (metro line 4) and St-Michel Notre Dame (RER lines B and C). Visit for more information.

5. Daunt Books, London, England

London is an armchair explorer’s dream, offering high-quality, travel-focused book dens such as Stanford’s and The Travel Bookshop. Our favourite is Daunt Books. The mini-chain stocks a lot more than guides and maps, and everything – from biographies to fiction – is handily arranged by country. The green Daunt Books sign is found in five well-heeled enclaves of London, but the Marylebone branch is the original and best. Occupying an Edwardian bookshop, its long oak galleries with polished floors and shelves, graceful skylights and William Morris prints create a peaceful atmosphere. The perfect place for some serious browsing.

The branches at 83 Marylebone High St, Chelsea, Holland Park, Hampstead and Belsize Park open seven days a week; visit

6. Another Country, Berlin, Germany

The commendably eccentric Another Country is a hub for everyone from Berlin’s expat community to indie bands. The Kreuzberg institution is more of a library than a conventional bookshop; you can pay for the book, return it when you’ve read it, and get your money back – minus €1.50. In addition to some 20,000 books, the sprawling shop-cum-club offers much-loved events, including the Tuesday-night film club, Thursday TV night and Friday dinner. In the finest tradition of leftfield bookstores, Another Country inspires as well as sells creative efforts, and its website features a comic and a story about the shop.

Located at Riemannstrasse 7, Another Country is open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 8pm and weekends from noon to 4pm. The film and TV nights start at 8pm; the dinner at 9pm; visit

7. The Bookworm, Beijing, China

The Bookworm does everything a good bookshop should do – which is a lot more than sell books. The Beijing mothership, which has spawned branches in Suzhou and Chengdu, has played a huge role in promoting both local and foreign literature. Not only is it one of the few places in China where you can pick up books which are banned in the country, it has a lending library with 16,000-plus titles. The library is also the setting for a healthy program of events, from gigs to an annual literary festival. There’s even a whisky bar and monthly wine club.

The Bookworm International Literary Festival takes place in Beijing, Suzhou and Chengdu over two weeks in mid-March; see

8. Selexyz Dominicanen, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Occupying a 13th-century Dominican church – which Maastricht’s cyclists had appropriated for bike storage – Selexyz Dominicanen consists of a steel bookstack rising towards the heavens. Cunningly, this both leaves the nave’s grandeur intact and creates 1,200 sq metres of selling space – despite the 750-sq-metre floor area. Staircases and a lift lead to the top of the three-storey stack, where you can eyeball 14th-century ceiling paintings. The altar has been superseded by a cafe, with a halo of lights hanging above a cruciform table. It’s an award-winning architectural triumph and a peaceful haven for page thumbing.

Close to both Liège in Belgium and Aachen in Germany, Maastricht is connected to Amsterdam, some 220km northwest, by train.

9. Bookàbar, Rome, Italy

Just the thought of big, sexy art books makes us consider diverting our travel dollars to collecting coffee table beauties. Alright, it’s rash talk; but even hardened travellers might agree when they ogle the arty tomes in Bookàbar – the perfect setting. With a curvy ceiling and long, smooth shelves, the shop’s coolly contemporary, snow-white interior hordes books, catalogues, CDs, DVDs and merchandise. It looks like a space station staffed by extremely well-read astronauts. The neighbours certainly don’t lower the tone, as it’s part of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni exhibition centre. Bookàbar’s adjoining cafe serves dishes inspired by the centre’s exhibitions.

Palazzo delle Esposizioni, which normally has a few exhibitions covering various art forms, is near the junction of Via Nazionale and Via Milano.

10. Atlantis Books, Santorini, Greece

In an age when independent bookshops are being replaced by chains and websites, a gang of American and European university graduates realised the dream of opening one – on a Greek island. ‘We found an empty building facing the sunset, drank some whiskey and signed a lease,’ explains, though we suspect it was more of a mission than that. The shop occupies the basement of a whitewashed, cliff-top villa, which the communally minded staff also call home. The terrace overlooking the Aegean hosts cultural happenings, and inside are more cult novels and quality books than you can shake a quill at.

Santorini is to linked to Athens by Blue Star Ferries, Hellas Flying Dolphins ferries, Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines.

24 Rooms in a 30 Square Meter Apartment? Gary Chang Shows How It’s Done.

In one of the most populated cities in the world, where 30 square meter apartments are a way of living, one has to be creative. But we would say that this home crosses the creativity line and becomes a work of genius. Gary Chang, an architect from Hong Kong figured it was time to bring a little change to the design scene in China. His apartment was the first to suffer a major transformation. How many rooms can fit in a 30 sq meters apartment? One? Ok, maybe two, if you count the hallway.Well, prepare to get shocked: Gary managed to fit 24 rooms in such a place and each and everyone of them has its unique personality. This was possible due to an ingenious system of sliding walls which can be moved around in order to reveal more room and utilities.


Chang has been living in this apartment since he was 14 years old. After his parents moved out, he tried a series of modifications:

Sean Connery turns 80 | Film |

Connery says he is retired from acting now, does not plan to be in any more films. a sad piece of news indeed. I wish him well, and hope he changes is mind. he has done so many wonderful films – my favorite is The Untouchables. The scene with the baby carriage on the stairs is classic, what a nail biter that was.

Image of toaster appears on Virgin Mary painting. Hail toasted bagel, full of grace, the lox is with thee!

Image of toaster appears on Virgin Mary painting

FAIRFIELD – Parishioners packed the Fairfield Church of Nazarene this week as word of the toaster apparition spread throughout the community.  The phenomenon continues to prompt waves of intense emotion as people try to comprehend the heavenly message.  Throughout viewing hours set up by the church, people can be seen weeping, fainting, and praying.

The miracle toaster appears embedded and glowing within the painting of the Virgin Mary hanging at the front of the church. Many feel the apparition is somehow intended to convey the opposite message of many heavily publicized sightings the Virgin Mary on pieces of toast around the U.S. in recent years. 

Church officials report the toaster appears to be a KitchenAid KMTT200OB which is a medium quality four-slice toaster that comes with a one year warranty.  The unit generally retails for $69.99.

Church Pastor, Paul Edwards commented, “Although we don’t yet understand the meaning of this phenomenon, we do understand the Lord works in mysterious ways.  Possibly this is meant to benefit our parish financially.   We are considering offering the painting on eBay.”

I like this prayer offered by a follower at the alter: “Hail toasted bagel, full of grace, the lox is with thee!”

“PostSecrets Through History” I’m dead, but my conscience is still bothering me.

“I’m dead, but my conscience is still bothering me.” In the same vein as the historical Facebook statuses I posted earlier, there comes this set of PostSecret postcards sent by historical people wanting to clear up a few things on their conscience….. I personally love the one from Helen Keller. and yes, i know obama is not dead. for this series, let’s just pretend he is for the sake of consistency.

PostSecrets Through History

by Chase Mitchell May 04, 2009

PostSecret is a place where guilty people upload handmade confessions, allowing them to combine ‘art’ with ‘anonymous complaining.’ But it’s been around longer than you think.

Art by the incredible edible Katie Marino.

These kids were born as I was graduating from Gallaudet

The closest thing to the internet we had back then was the VAX text system. and there were just two print servers doing printouts of homework. when the one in the basement of Benson hall broke down, as it frequently did, one had to trudge across campus to the EMG building and go to the basement there to get it picked up. and woe to you if you discovered a proofing error at that point, because it meant trudging back to Benson, signing into the logbook and waiting for an available [1st generation] IBM PC to redo your work on, and then saving it to a 5.25 floppy, and sending a fresh print command to EMG and another trudge across campus. [and back, too, since the dorms are back there where Benson is…]

‘what’s a floppy?’ some youngster asks innocently. ‘look it up on your cell phone, kid.’ I reply.

For most college freshmen starting school this fall, e-mail is passe and wearing a watch on your wrist is, well, unnecessary, according to the Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2014, most of whom were born in 1992. The list was first created by the Wisconsin school in 1998 to remind professors what cultural factors have gone into shaping the lives of their students. While e-mail was revolutionary for their parents, today’s college freshmen find it terribly slow, instead choosing to use their opposable thumbs to send dozens of text messages a day on their smartphones, which they use for telling time rather than strapping on a watch and surfing the web. Home computers have always been a part of their lives, although the ones they first played on in preschool are now in museums. The PCs and Apples of the early 1990s had hard drives with smaller capacities than today’s flash drives, used monochromatic monitors and were not connected to the internet. [see more at the link below]