Bo Burnham: Welcome to the Internet

•June 7, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Bo Burnham spent the past year painstakingly making a “comedy” special alone in his room.

I particularly liked this Tom Lehrer homage. (It’s about the internet, so some parts are obscene.)

The show (on Netflix) is an hour and a half of touchingly relatable, melodramatic self-absorption. It feels like watching someone singing into their hairbrush, only with excellent sound and clever one-man-band lighting effects. The grinding ennui familiar to so many of us is combined with bursts of inventive physical and verbal energy that douse the whole sad story with splashes of joy.

Alexandra Kehayoglou’s Tapestries

•May 24, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Alexandra Kehayoglou creates lush, irresistible landscapes in tapestry.





See more amazing art at Alexandra Kehayoglou’s website

Found on Everlasting Blört

Student New Yorker Covers

•May 11, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Tomer Hanuka gave his third year illustration students an assignment to create a post-pandemic New Yorker cover. Here are some of their illustrations.

Katrina Catacutan


Man arriving with flowers


Amy Young


Large family gathered for dinner


Dou Hong


Woman on park bench with human-shaped empty space beside her


Jane McIlvaine


Woman leaving apartment with cat watching from computer desk chair


More great illustrations here.

Beautiful Washington Places

•April 26, 2021 • 2 Comments

Inspired by Reddit, I thought I would post some photos of beautiful places in our beloved Washington State.


Washington Coast

Waves splashing against rocks at Cape Disappointment lighthouse


Lone figure on wet Benson Beach under stormy sky


Two friends in silouhette gaze at orange sunset over Benson Beach




 Ivy covered apartment house with leaves turning red


View of Seattle Steam Plant from the viaduct


the Wonder Freeze ice cream stand at Pike Place Market




Winter view of the Wenatchee River from Leavenworth





Baker Lake seen through trees


  Diablo Lake


Sitting under cedar tree at the foot of Rainbow Falls


Mount Rainier







High Desert

















IKEA Worker’s Fantasy Comebacks

•April 21, 2021 • Leave a Comment

A little vicarious catharsis for service workers.

more at The Poke

Loveliest of Trees, by A.E. Housman

•April 4, 2021 • 2 Comments

Loveliest of Trees

by A. E. Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.


Photos from the Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle.

Corner of a 19th-Century Hand-Sewn Sail

•March 18, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Thanks, Nag!

OK Go: This Too Shall Pass

•March 17, 2021 • Leave a Comment

OK Go.

Deja Coup

•February 24, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s largest newspaper, has a new article interviewing two German neo-Nazis about the inner workings of Germany’s far fight. I was really struck by the accompanying video. It’s footage of Neo-Nazis attempting to storm the Reichstag last August.

Saksa | Kaksi entistä sisäpiiriläistä kertoo HS:lle Saksan äärioikeiston toiminnasta, vaikka he joutuvat olemaan varuillaan koko loppuelämänsä

There’s an article about the incident in the English-language Deutsche Welle.

Psychedelic Pro-drug Ad from 1968

•February 6, 2021 • 1 Comment

An uncredited promotional film from 1968 praises the virtues of good, strong coffee.

Part of the British Film Institute’s Orphan Works archive.

h/t to Nag on the Lake

More advertising.

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