Saturday, August 29, 2009

You can never have too many hats, bags, or shoes

Add this to my list of museums I absolutely MUST visit!

Amsterdam's Museum of Handbags and Purses is a rare place. It offers an historical survey of Western bags and related accessories from pill boxes to luggage. On view are some 400 objects from a collection almost ten times that size. Most of the material was acquired by Hendrijke and Heinz Ivo, a married couple who began collecting in earnest 25 years ago, after he retired at 51 (he was president of the food division at Mars).

Sigrid Ivo, an art historian and daughter of the museum's founders, directs the foundation that now owns the collection and runs the museum. But this is no mere mom and pop affair. Here, in a very glamorous setting, the matter of handbags is taken seriously, stylishly and with a light touch. The museum occupies a double-fronted 17th-century house on the city’s grandest canal, the Herengracht. Exhibits are displayed in chic, modern glass cases and lit as if each handbag or lipstick case was a jewel. A great many are.
Tassen Museum Hendrikje Museum of Bags and Purses

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Can you guess what this ad is selling? MAMoWTF, observed.

I'm in love with this spot.  The clothes are gorgeous and the transitions are well done.  When I first saw it I thought Mad Men?  Target?  Cotton?

Nope ...

Incontinence products.   The gauntlet has been thrown down.  Your move, Depends. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Future Fashion- Oh, Swish!

It's difficult to know what the future holds, and many predictions are just wildly off base. I'm still waiting for the flying car I was promised by Blade Runner. But the prognosticators behind this newsreel actually got quite a few things right.

Dresses made of transparent net? Big crazy hair? Check and check. Okay, maybe it's just JLo.

Cantilever heeled shoes. Why not?  Marc Jacobs agrees.

Electric belt adapting the body to climatic changes. Sort of.

Candy for cuties? Yes. You're wearing it.

YouTube - 1930s Futuristic Fashion Predictions

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Candyphile - mail order deliciousness

Much love to my partner in whimsy CandyBuffet, for alerting me (and now you) to Candyphile,
a monthly club which sends delicious underground candies from miracle making confectioners all over the world, straight to your door and ready for you own gastronomical adventure.
4, 6, and 12 month subscriptions are available for their 4-pack of secret sweets.

CandyBuffet: Lollyphile

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Librarians and ink, two of my favorite things

The Texas Library Association is now offering its 2010 calendar, showcasing "the charms and often concealed art of 21 women of the Texas library community".

Proceeds go to the TLA's Disaster Relief Fund, providing support to communities and libraries along the Gulf Coast still recovering from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The Tattooed Ladies represent both urban and rural libraries; public, school, academic, and special libraries; and the state's geography from El Paso to the Gulf Coast and from North Texas to the Rio Grande Valley.  You'll meet seasoned professionals and passionate lay advocates, retired librarians and library school students.  Libraries thrive on and promote diversity and freedom of expression.  The Tattooed Ladies of TLA calendar is a testament to both.
Tattooed or not, librarian are BAD. ASS.

Also on the literary tip, check out the fantastic art over at contrariwise.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Supernatural Season 5 : Only 3 Weeks To Go!


Bloody hell, people.  This new promo gives me CHILLS!!!  Chills, I tell you!  Oh, this season is going to be so good!!

The song "Oh, Death" is performed by R.I.S.E. (Rising Appalachia).  According to Kristen at eonline the singer is Jen Titus, and the arrangement was done especially for the promo.

The sound you hear in this next vid is the collective "squee" of Supernatural-nation

British Friday, observed: hot Scots edition, Part of the Second

via io9

British Friday, observed: hot Scots edition

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Guiding Light at the Paley Center: First thoughts


Onward to Adventure! NYC with Mom

Mom retired on Friday (YAY!) and to celebrate, we hit the city.

First, the train ...

... and then some more trains. Escalators and baggage friendly turnstiles. That's all I'm saying New York.  All I'm saying.

After we settled into our hotel - big ups to the Helmsley Middletowne for the free suite upgrade, btw, we struck off for Central Park.

Where we decided to flaunt the local rules and regs

Afterwards we went in search of dinner.  In general, it's a bad idea to make a choice based purely on the fact that they have air con and you're too hot to walk any further, but we got lucky.

We ended up at Opal on 2nd Avenue.  It's a locals place with a nice afterwork crowd.  The DJ seemed a bit much for a Tuesday evening, but the duck spring rolls were well worth the price of admission.

There is no picture of the duck spring rolls because I was too busy eating them.  I eated them all up.  They were guuuud.

Tomorrow - NBC Studios, Rockefeller Center, and the real purpose of our trip ...


Sunday, August 16, 2009

In my next life, I want to be a set decorator for a genre show

Amy Wells has one of the coolest jobs EVER.

She's the set decorator for Mad Men (Season 3 premieres tonight on AMC).  It's her job to make sure the background details are true and authentic, from the upholstery and appliances to the gum under the desks.

The detail that people went through in those days was just so well worth it. I mean, when I look at it, I just - I really appreciate it ... I think it's those details in life that make life more interesting. It seems like everything is so homogenized and bland compared to how it used to be.

I don't envy her production schedule, or the resulting stress, but the idea of spending my days scouring thrift stores or pouring over old catalogs for inspiration?  Sign me up!

Passings: Les Paul, 1915-2009

Musician and inventor Les Paul passed away on Thursday. A hit maker in his own right, with 36 gold records and a string of #1's, he will best be remembered as the father of the solid-body electric guitar that bears his name.

He's the man who gave the gods their hammers.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy 25th Birthday, Buckaroo Banzai

Wow, this is one of those cult classics you kind of forget about, but I'd say I'm definitely overdue for a re-visit. I remember seeing this at the Naro Theatre back in the day and not really knowing what was going on, and then reading the novelization and feeling even more lost.  But hearing the closing credits song again just makes me happy.  

The Hong Kong Cavaliers are looking out for us.

Tell him yes on 1, no on 2.

Happy 25th Birthday, Buckaroo Banzai - Adventures of buckaroo banzai in the 8th dimension - io9

Thursday, August 13, 2009

It's the Final Countdown: Supernatural Season 5

Only a month to go ... 

io9 has a super spoilery recap of the Supernatural panel from last month's Comic Con.


The CW, miracle of miracles, is actually promoting the show, and seems to want people to watch it.   They've even put out a rather well done catch up vid to get everyone up to speed before September 10.  

And the zeitgeist has clearly decided that we're on our own.   I love, love, love that Paul Bettany cuts off his wings (grace?  What grace?) and that halos are actually God's dog collars.   How meta is it that Jess is the mother of humanity's savior?


I hope Dennis Quaid has salt in that shot gun

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Toon Tuesday: Mice Follies

Starting things off with one of my all time favorites.  When I was a kid I was certain you could really do this.  I'm still not convinced that you couldn't.

Handcraft of the Week: d20 Handbag of Holding

When I was in 7th grade a couple of my guy friends tried to teach me how to play D+D. It didn't appeal to me, and I never got into it, which is weird because I generally love all things fantasy. Clearly I needed to have the game presented in a way that better spoke to me, because if they had broken this out? Oh, I would have been all over me some D+D!

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories has detailed instructions for d20 and d12 bags, with patterns and pre-cut kits in the works. 

d20 Handbag of Holding: How to build it - Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Kurtis Blow!

He just wants you to know these are the breaks!

Rapper Turned Minister Kurtis Blow Is 50 : NPR

Eventually I became a librarian instead

I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark when I was 10. By the time we got home from the theatre I had decided I wanted to be an archaeologist when I grew up. I held on to that dream right up until college, and Archaeology 101. Do you know how much math is involved in the field? Probability, statistics ... I never saw the first bull whip.   

I switched to the museum track instead.

Now, don't get me wrong.  I have nothing but respect for those who do pursue the discipline, and for the work they do.  I offer this simply as a friendly FYI.

Click Click Bloody Click YES TO THIS!!

BEHOLD! The ChefStack Automatic Pancake Machine, generating flapjacky goodness as a rate of 200 pancakes per minute.

Automatic buttering and syruping machines sold separately.

Mmm ... technology. The cause of, and answer to, all life's problems.

I want to go to there

Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka (TWAN)

Astronomy Picture of the Day via io9

Saturday, August 8, 2009

No frogs were harmed in the making of this confection

The evil geniuses at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories have been hard at work in the kitchen, and the fruits of their labors is this.  BEHOLD!  An actual crunchy frog.

Clickie on the linkie for the complete recipe.  I think they're still working out the kinks in the ram's bladder cup.  It's a fair cop.

But if we took the bones out... - Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

via Neatorama

Friday, August 7, 2009

Passings: John Hughes

UPDATED AGAIN!: NPR has a brief interview with Alison, talking about her relationship with John Hughes.

UPDATE: You need to read this tribute to John Hughes RIGHT NOW.  For two years, 1985 - 1987, he and Alison Byrne Fields were pen pals.  Her story reads like something out of one of his movies, only so much better.

News comes that  John Hughes has died of a heart attack at 59.

Prolific as a writer and producer, he directed his last film in 1991.  But he ruled the 80's.  He defined that decade's (okay, my) teenage experience in a way that was funny, smart, and thoughtful.  I'd go so far as to say that Buffy Summers and Veronica Mars wouldn't have been possible without him.

Somewhere in heaven the angels are saying, "Hey sexy girrrrrlfriend!"

Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Andi totes should have been with Duckie.   I never quite understood why she was the outcast.  I would have killed for her clothes.  The prom dress not so much, but still.  Also, I had her hair.  I gave myself the home perm.

Does Barry Manilow know you raid his closet?

My best friend Becca and I were obsessed with this movie.   I think I still have the soundtrack on cassette somewhere ...

And he actually ended up with the right girl! 

But the ultimate, ZOMG, is 16 Candles.  Not only is it chock full of classic lines and moments, but it's like, about my life.

Although sadly, I did not end up with the hot senior I was in lurve with when I was a sophomore.

Sixteen Candles - Final Scene - Movie Ending - The best video clips are right here

It's only teenage wasteland

British Friday, Part of the Second: Swing Low Sweet Posh

It's British Friday! It's British Friday!

O'Keefe center, Toronto 02/28/1976 


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Come on Judy, let's put on a show!

The new school year is right around the corner, so it's not too early to start planning for the drama club's big production.  You want something that's challenging for the young actors and accessible for the audience.  Why rely on those hoary old chestnuts like "Our Town" and "Guys and Dolls" when you can put on a show with modern appeal.

Amazon makes it easy with these handy lists that will help you stage Pulp Fiction, Boogie Nights, or Scarface.

Timex Men's Easy Reader Brown Leather Watch: 

"Get the scary kid to nail the awkward pauses and minute of Christoper Walken's epic monologue."

Tubbs Costume (Miami Vice):

"I don't treat you gently ... That's right: I'm Brock Landers. So I'm gonna be nice and I'm gonna ask you one more time ... 

Where the fuck is Ringo?"

Bratz Large Baybz Spa/Bathtub:

"Yell at your trophy wife from the tub while watching a bird show on TV. 

'Money, money, money, money, money; that's all I ever hear in this house.  Manny, look at the pelican fly. Come on, pelican!' "

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

This one goes to one hundred

Musician Brodie Cumming has put together a pretty amazing medley of 100 well known and influential guitar riffs. I am appalled - appalled - to say that I could only positively identify 41 of them. There were another 13 that I recognized but couldn't name, and then 46 that I just had no clue. You will be shocked, I'm sure, to discover that I'm not very well versed in the works of Pantera, Motorhead, Judas Priest, or Dokken.  I also whiffed on the Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen.  Brian L., wherever you are, I am deeply, deeply sorry.  

I also discovered that I don't know the actual names of any Led Zeppelin songs, although I instantly knew that's what they were.  

Check out Brodie's website for a list of all the songs.  He loves him some Van Halen and Zeppelin, but you know, who doesn't?   Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen are geniuses.  Geniuii?  I was a little disappointed that Heart's "Barracuda", ZZ's "La Grange", and "Satisfaction" weren't included.  But props for including Living Colour.  

Previously on wax|wendy: Meet the Hera to all these gods.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Fabulous Etsy Find: cupcakesandmace

Ms. Constantine of Cupcakes and Mace is the creator of "laser cut acrylic jewellery for ass kicking girls".

I'd been thinking about ordering a name plate for a while, and then finally did.

First, the packaging. Ooh, pretteh!

Then, the necklace.  Woot!  Sweet!

Well,  let's see what she looks like ...

Kick ass!  An added bonus was the unsolicited compliment I got from a total stranger the first time I wore it.  

Check our her etsy shop for pre made pendants, rings, bracelets, and earrings.  Custom pieces (like mine) are also available upon request.

Your Monday morning moment of WTF??

My tv boyfriend Anthony Bourdain has said some pretty harsh things about tablescape maven Sandra Lee.  Such as:
The most terrifying thing I've seen is her making a Kwanzaa cake. Watch that clip and tell me your eyeballs don't burst into flames. It's a war crime on television. You'll scream.

To be fair, he's not wrong.  Seriously, what is going on there?  Corn nuts?  Corn nuts??

But you can only talk smack for so long until your words ... and the object of derision ... catch up with you.

I'm pretty sure, judging by the vestigial ectoplasm on my jacket that I was sideswiped by pure evil.

An icy, tendril of fear runs down my spine. I turn and find myself looking straight into the deceptively attractive and reasonable looking face of Sandra Lee.

Now, I've said some unkind things over the years about Sandra. Far too many and far too terrible things to ever apologize for. Plus, I pretty much meant every word. Once you've seen Sandra making Kwanzaa Cake on YouTube, there's no backing down.  Sandra is talking. I know this cause her lips are moving and she's saying--overtly anyway, nice things. Like "You're a very naughty man," and she's chatting amiably with my wife. But one hand is picking over me like the meat buyer at Peter Luger selecting a rib section--like some demonic bird of prey is poking and prodding, deciding where the weakest, most tender point of entry is, giving, as I recall, a point by point review of her investigations to my wife--who ordinarily, I have to say, would have been across the table with a tomahawk chop elbow to the top of the skull by now, but who, like me, sits mesmerized and grinning insanely, frozen by the ..bizarrenessof the moment which seems to go on forever as Sandra's hand wanders upward, tugs an ear lobe and asks if my ears are red yet. (They were.) Having had her way with me, she leaves the emptied husk of my carcass teetering at the table and moves on.

I felt like the victim of a drive-by shooting. "What just..happened?" I said with a weak, trembly voice. I looked around to see if anyone else had noticed the quiet but very thorough disembowelment that had just occurred. Nothing. It had looked, to anyone who'd care to notice, like any other cocktail party conversation--but I knew better. I had looked into those eyes. I'd seen. Oh, she was smiling all right, but I'm pretty damn sure you could have dragged a rusty butterknife across my carotid artery right there at the table and her expression would not have changed, maybe only the eyes, they'd roll over white as I geysered onto the chafing dishes.

All things considered, I think their encounter went pretty well.  Team Tony!

via via via Eat Me Daily