leisure 04.12.06

Hump Day

Our monthly spin around the web…

Like Blanche DuBois, the Museum of Temporary Art, depends on the kindness of strangers. Play curator by sending in an image of something you consider art — it could be anything from three pieces of glass, to a mizuhiki brooch (Japanese gold or silver string, pictured), to a receipt for a free lunch called Who Says There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?

The Chalk Guy
We've written before about Julian Beever, who does these incredible trompe l'oeil chalk works on city pavements. These more recent works include a laptop, a Coke bottle, and Julian Beever creating a chalk work.

One of those sites that should be completely dopey but is charmingly instructive. We remember how hard how it was to get the whole shoe-tying thing down — this website will come in handy for those new to the game and anyone needing a refresher course.

Hal Morris Museum
Who was Hal Morris? Exactly. He was a talent agent with Morris for a last name, but William Morris he was not.

This video of Einstein the Bird, from an Animal Planet segment, shows Einstein doing animal imitations (penguin, chimp, pig), sound effects of a spaceship and a laser, and when asked if he's famous, confides that he's a 'superstar.'

Money Shirt
A good bar trick: instructions on how to fold a dollar bill into a crisply pressed, short-sleeve shirt.

We're not sure this a cause we'd take up with any enthusiasm, but one self-described 'work-a-day stiff' New Yorker has a blog called Taco Bell Champion which has this stated purpose: "I wish to be the single snowflake that begins an avalanche, an avalanche of Taco Bell Enthusiasts demanding Taco Bell in midtown."

Early TV
The earliest known collection of TV photographs including Felix the Cat from 1929. That's when RCA began transmissions by station W2XBS (not a typo) in, of all places, Van Cortlandt Park (before it moved to the New Amsterdam Theater building).

The Getty Museum's exhibit Devices of Wonder
features gizmos you're unlikely to have ever seen before: an artificial fireworks machine called a chromatrope from around 1880, a sorceress's mirror from the 1700s, and the UniBug 3.1 from 1998.
You've probably read about this, but we thought it's worth reprinting the URL (thanks to a reader for the reminder). The GetHuman database provides the tricks of avoiding companies' entangling voice mail systems and getting a real-live customer service rep.

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