January 05, 2009
Cigar Boxes Galore
Ever since I became aware of my grandfather's habits, I discovered he would escaped the house at least once a day, taking long walks with cigar in hand. He allowed us to walk with him, however, at an early age it became apparent these walks were no time for frolic... for fun and games. Like him, we had to remain quiet. Contemplative. Introspective. Enveloped in the warm ceremonial scent of cigar smoke. This was fine by me. Somehow it made me feel a little more grown up... walking silently, side by side with this silver haired giant. Wrapped in his smokey halo.
There were cigar boxes galore scattered around Grampy's house; they were a mysterious and wonderful artifact of my grandfather smoking habit. I think my brother still has one.
Flickr user PopKulture has photographed dozens of similar cigar boxes... I recently stumbled across them; they're definetely worth checking out.
December 29, 2008
Bubbles on the Beach
I've never been to Cape Romano Florida and, unless someone forces me, I won't be going there any time soon. From the looks of it, there's pretty much nothing to do or see there except this dome house, which supposedly managed to survive hurricane Wilma without a scratch. Though it looks to me like it's slowly slipping off into the ocean.
November 25, 2008
My cousin took this photo during a recent trip to Japan. I have no idea where or what it is, but it pleases me.
August 06, 2008
The Mysterious Silver Tinsel Weed
As Tinselman (and the founder of the Republic of Tinselman), I'm always on the lookout for all things tinsel (and wondrously tinselistic). Which is why I ran across flickr photographer Cobalt 123 and his mysterious silver tinsel weed. He noticed the tinsel while wandering through the Tonto National Forest, in Arizona. As he says...
This is the first photo of many I shot of this amazing "tinsel" plant I found hiking around in the near dark. It was so shiny and silver that it caught my eye. I really thought it was trash of some sort and was amazed to find it was part of the plant. Any ideas on what this could be?
Other than these few flickr photos, I've found no other references to tinsel weed.
click photos to enlarge (flickr link)
April 07, 2008
Hugely Great Small
As devoted tinsel-readers already know, tinselman is a ginormous fan of the miniature. That's why his brain practically exploded at the tinselmagically amazing Musée des Plans–Relief! Why, he asks, are there no tourists at this remarkable collection of historic diminutives?... especially when they're housed in such a central location: in the heart of Paris' 7th arrondissement, at the Musée de l'Armée.
click images to enlarge or click here for flickr set
April 03, 2008
Without a doubt, one of my favorite museums in all of Paris is the Galeries de Paléontologie et Anatomie comparée. I've really never seen anything like it... though I know it can't be true, there's a sensation it hasn't changed for 100 years, since it's inauguration for the Worlds Expo, in 1898.
Click on any of the photos to see them enlarged (via flickr), or, for more photos of the museum, go to this Flickr set.
March 14, 2008
This bizarre (and grossly oversized) alarm telephone looks like it's about 100 years old. It never fails to catch my attention when in the Paris Musee d'Orsay RER stop: I always wonder if it even works. And why it has to be so big!
Click on the above photo for a wallpaper-sized version (though I apologize for the graininess of the photo: it was dark).
This photo (to left) may give some context.
March 13, 2008
Dead in Paris
I recently took this photo at the Le Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. The skull's surface texture is especially fascinating: a texture which you can now study from the comfort of your cubicle! Just click on the above photo and it will enlarge to almost life-size proportions (though not quite that big).
Load time is fast. Firefox is preferred (for zooming in and out).
September 07, 2007
Return of the Pink
Pink Victory, 2007, by Maurycy Gomulicki
September 04, 2007
20 Feet Below Paris
Just beneath the shimmering glamor of the Parisian streets is a tunneling web of mayhem that boggles our little brains. This is the secret underworld of Paris.... miles and miles of limestone quarries, which were used to construct the French capital.
According to explorers, dangers abound in the some-185 miles of tunnels: falling into wells, cave-ins, loss of light, lack of oxygen, or just getting lost. But, if you're willing to risk it, you may be lucky enough to encounter intrigue and wonder beyond your wildest imagination! (or something to that effect)
photos copyright© 2007 boreally