Halloween Sunset

Sunset Eclipse

Hey, kids. Don’t want to spook you, but something’s going down tonight…

[Found in here. Related posts here.]

A One-Man Halloween Party

Halloween Party Man

A hayseed, a jug o’ hard cider with a corncob bung, and a pumpkin. The guy’s ready for anything.

[Found here.]

9-volt Battery-Powered Transistorized Solid State Hot Links


This is both interesting and annoying at the same time. “Electric Pow Wow Drum” by A Tribe Called Red [via].

Like logic puzzles? Try this. For more variety, there’s this.

Very cool physics trick. Took me five tries to get it right [via].

Parking Pron from the handsome and fetching Ms. Cellania. [Update – The vid was pulled by the user, from that link, but here it is from another source.]

Escape from the kitchen.

Interesting story about President Herbert Hoover and Jan Paderewski. Turns out to be true.

Never heard that story, and my first reaction was that it was Urban Myth. $2,000 in 1892 dollars could purchase a spacious two-story home with multiple fireplaces. That seemed to be an extravagant fee, even for a popular piano virtuoso. It’s about $50K in 2013 dollars. That young Hoover could have raised $1,600 (+$40K / 2013) in a short amount of time is just as astounding.  But it appears the story is true.



Great cartooning with amazing .gif animations by Neil Sanders.

“The transistor was probably the most important invention of the 20th Century, and the story behind the invention is one of clashing egos and top secret research.” True.

Top image from here.

Saturday Matinee: Ray White, Priscilla Ahn & Tom Waits

Talking Feet: 6-1/2 minutes of awesome. Watch the whole thing [via].

Priscilla Ahn‘s got a cool version of Tom Waits‘ “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up.”

Tom Waits was indicted [sic] into The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2011, and Neil Young introduced him. Great intro, great clips, great quotes. Someone said that Waits doesn’t sing the same song the same way twice.

“I think what I try to do is write adventure songs and Halloween Music.” –Tom Waits

That last quote cracks me up, because back when we still had trick-or-treaters coming around, we’d do up the front entry and blast Mickey Hart’s “Planet Drum” and Wait’s “Bone Machine” to the neighborhood. Great Halloween music.

Have  a great weekend, see you back here tomorrow.

The .Gif Friday Post No.303 – Halloween: Zombie Colonel, Alien Attack & Panic Spaz

Zombie Colonel
Panic Spaz

[Found here, here and here.]

It seems like it’s too far off to do proper Halloween posts, but here’s our Halloween Archive anyway.

The Artwork Of Pierre Brassau


In February 1964, four paintings by a previously unknown avant-garde French artist named Pierre Brassau were exhibited at an art show in Göteborg, Sweden. Also at the show were works by artists from England, Denmark, Austria, Italy, and Sweden, but it was the works of the French artist that attracted all the attention.

Art critics, journalists, and students, glasses of wine in hand, silently contemplated Brassau’s creations. Their praise was almost unanimous. Rolf Anderberg of the morning Posten later wrote that most of the works at the show were “ponderous,” but not those of Brassau:

“Pierre Brassau paints with powerful strokes, but also with clear determination. His brush strokes twist with furious fastidiousness. Pierre is an artist who performs with the delicacy of a ballet dancer.” Continue reading “The Artwork Of Pierre Brassau”

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