July 31, 2002
The above photo of gargoyles comes from Tom Pilston's photographs of the restoration of Hereford Cathedral in England which can be found on The Independent's very nice photography page.
Beware the Snowgator.
Congratulations to Vancouver's Juliet O'Keefe on one year of her awesome blog, the highly literate Eclogues.
July 29, 2002
C'mon baby, let's spoon. Why cuddling feels so good.
Well, we're glad that's solved. Scientists have discovered why lobsters turn pink when you boil them. BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Lobster mystery solved
July 23, 2002
July 21, 2002
Congratulations to Portage fave, and good Lambton County girl, Emm Gryner on the release of her excellent new album Asianblue. Emm has been consistently awesome over the last few years and admirably devoted to going it alone. Despite winning a major label contract with Mercury Records, she left them to continue on with her own label Dead Daisy Records. Her new album liner (or CD liner or whatever you call them now) has the following statement prominently displayed,
Baby, fix me one more drink and hug your daddy one more time
Shake It Up, Baby All about the Malted. (NYTimes Magazine)
Guardian article/interview with Springsteen whose new album, the first with the E Street band in over 15 years, is due out later this month. Meet the new Boss
Dung-fired power stations, stallions in iron underwear, psychic butt-readings - all this and more at Australia's The Age oddspot. The funniest odd news site we've seen.
"Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?" The NYTimes analyzes the success of SpongeBob Squarepants.
July 19, 2002
Noh Masks & Facial Expression Perception: Fascinating study on Noh theatre and how the masks work. A skilled Noh actor can express different emotions with the same mask by tilting his head a certain way. Cool. It seems, however, that Westerners will never really 'get' Noh because they interpret the emotions the masks portray differently from Japanese. Noh subtlety for the British.
July 17, 2002
We're back from our sailing trip feeling rested and looking tanned and lovely. Well, I am. Jack the dog, on the other hand, is not feeling so rested. Jack, you see, had a few harrowing adventures on the trip and has vowed never to sail again. Jack fell overboard and had to be rescued, then, during rescue operations, the captain fell in while trying to rescue Jack. It was a scene, that's all we're going to say on the matter. Back on dry land, things were no better. Out for an evening stroll Jack was snuffling along in the bushes when he suddenly gave out a mighty yelp. Jack had met his first porcupine! He was not happy. He had about 15 quills stuck right in his nose. I had to sit on top of him and hold him down while I pulled them out, they're barbed and hurt like hell coming out. It was just awful. Jack hit the couch last night when we got home and hasn't moved since.
July 15, 2002
Yousuf Karsh, 1908-2002
The great Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh has died at the age of 93. Although Karsh is most widely known for his portraits of famous people he also took a series of photographs of ordinary people, such as the one above of steelworker 'Tiny' Stirtzinger, or an anonymous steelworker, or spraypainters at Ford's Oshawa plant. These photographs came from a very nice collection of Karsh portraits at the George Eastman House. There is also an excellent collection of Karsh photos at the National Gallery of Canada's CyberMuse site. (You'll have to login as a guest, then do a search for "Karsh", it can't be linked directly.)
July 08, 2002
Gone up North. Back July 17.
July 05, 2002
The KodakGirl Collection is a great site devoted to images of female photographers. The primary focus (ho ho) is on the advertising of the Kodak company, which for many years has used images of women taking pictures to sell cameras and film, but there's other stuff here too including calendars, catalogs, toys, and filmstills. Very interesting.
Martha Cooper, the photographer who runs KodakGirl, has a great collection of photographs of New York City at NYCity Snaps
We've been exploring the amazing Joe Fishstein Collection of Yiddish Poetry. Joe Fishstein was a garment worker from the Bronx who had an enormous love of Yiddish poetry. Throughout his life (1891-1978) he amassed a remarkable library of over 2300 volumes of poetry and ephemera. He protected most of these volumes with gorgeous handmade bookjackets that he crafted himself. After his death his wife, who refused to sell the collection, wanted to donate it to a library that would care for it as her husband had and which supported a strong Yiddish studies program. Several libraries refused the gift before she offered it to McGill University in Montreal which eagerly accepted it. Now they've created a wonderful website so that the whole world can share Joe Fishstein's passion.
"In poor homes there is so much joy,"The Fishstein Collection is another fabulous project of McGill's Digital Collections Program which is run by the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the McGill Library. Every time we visit one of their sites we are wowed. They're really setting the bar for what digital collections can and should be.
Torontonians are enduring an angry strike by city workers, including garbage collectors, this hot, hot summer. With temperatures reaching 36 Celsius (almost 100 F) there are piles of garbage rotting on the streets and, obscenely, in many city parks, which have been turned into dump sites. We assure you it is not pretty, certainly not as pretty as these photos of compost by John Pfahl. The photos are from the super George Eastman House collections.
July 02, 2002
Great New Yorker article on Carolyn Gilbert and her annual Great Obituary Writers' Conference.