Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Beautiful images of Horse Drawn Travelers in England.

Thanks much to Kaleb and Michelle for the book! Be sure to check out Iain McKell's other work at his website.


Being of Chinese-American descent myself, I am particularly interested in the Chinese Railroad workers of the mid/late 19th century. Although my family line was on the East Coast, the time period roughly coincides with the insurge of Chinese Immigrants to the west, and I wonder what kind of opposition my great-grandfather might have faced; the Chinese Exclusion Act wasn't legally repealed until 1943.

Here are some photographs of Chinese laborers (mostly rail).

Chinese America Placer Miner, circa 1860s-70s. Courtesy of Nevada Historical Society. Found at On Gold Mountain.

Surviving Central Pacific Chinament, Wong Food, Lee Chao, Ging Cui. Unidentified Artist P1967.727 gelatin silver print, 1919. Courtesy of Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas. Found at On Gold Mountain.

Photo by Roy Graves, found at Bay Radical.

found at Michigan State University.

found at Golden Gate Model Railroaders, Inc.

above two images from Library of Archives Canada, found at Rocky Railroad High.

found at GoldSea.

found at BakitWhy.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Have you seen the movie "Bluegrass Roots?" I haven't but I'd love to! Here's a blurb about it from youtube: "Way back in 1964, New York filmmaker, David Hoffman was headed down with his new 16mm hand help camera (weight 49 lbs!) to spend three weeks driving the backcountry around Madison County, North Carolina, in the center of Appalachia, with the 82 year old founder of the pioneer Asheville Mountain Music and Dance Festival, Bascom Lamar Lunsford. The resulting film, 'Bluegrass Roots' lets you hear and experience the hard scrabbling, dirt road real people sounds that dominated the back country of the southern mountains 40 years ago. It presents a string of the most extraordinary singers, players and dancers the BlueGrass Mountains had to offer. Many later became famous. Some were never heard from again. Most of the songs are classics, including Lunsford's own tune, 'Mountain Dew.'"

One of the best scenes was "filmed at Bascom's home with a local dance group came to dance in Bascom's living room", but unfortunately it's not embeddable.Click here to view the clip - you'll just have to trust me.

Or, just trust these stills.

Saturday, October 08, 2011


A few summers ago I was obsessed with this song. Still love it, and really really love the video.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Photos from Michelle's parents' garden in Kennewick, WA.

And finally, this guy. Might I just say this is not exactly what you want to see inches from your face upon looking up from being engrossed in composing a shot.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Top of the Pops has sure changed...


What on God's good earth are these? Inventive photoshop work? Nope - these are all real fruit! Here's the snippet from Wikipedia:
"In Japan, farmers of the Zentsuji region found a way to grow cubic watermelons, by growing the fruits in glass boxes and letting them naturally assume the shape of the receptacle. The square shape was originally designed to make the melons easier to stack and store, but the square watermelons are often more than double the price of normal ones, and much of their appeal to consumers is in their novelty. Pyramid shaped watermelons have also been developed and any polyhedral shape may potentially also be used."

Also - shaped cucumbers.

Somehow I find this so, so wrong, yet I am tempted to try it myself. It's not GMO or a chemical alteration, merely a creative gardening "solution". Would you eat a geometric fruit?


Here's what to do on your next lazy weekend, preferably a warm one.

You will need:
A bottle of vodka
A watermelon
A knife
A towel
Time to kill

First, trace around the mouth of the bottle with the knife.

Following the circle, cut a hole in the watermelon about 3 inches deep.

Pull the plug!

Place the watermelon onto the bottle, lining up the hole you just cut with the mouth of the bottle.

Flip the whole shebang over, and make sure the bottle isn't going anywhere.

With a towel wrapped around the base of the watermelon for stability, let the bottle slowly drain into the melon. This should take a few hours.

Et, voila! Beautiful (stock photo of) vodka soaked watermelon. Perfect for munching on whilst lounging around the pool.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


I love these late afternoon walks when the sunlight pours across petals.