Tuesday, July 06, 2010


For web pages that lack RSS or ATOM feeds I use a little desktop app called webmon to discover what's been updated since I last checked. Most of the sites are tubmblr microblogs in the soup.io camp out of Austria.

Here's some of the stuff I found during this morning's grazing:

{Willie Nelson — Listen to Willie's Shotgun Willie on kivafree.}

{Wanda Landowska (July 5, 1879 – 1959) was a Polish (later a naturalized French citizen) harpsichordist whose performances, teaching, recordings and writings played a large role in reviving the popularity of the harpsichord in the early 20th century. She was the first person to record Bach’s Goldberg Variations on the harpsichord (1931). Photo of Landowska by Herbert Gehr, 1949 - LIFE}

{Albrecht Dürer 1471-1528; A Young Hare 1502}

{There's no caption for this photo; I like how it succeeds even though it doesn't have the usual aesthetic qualities.}

{This is by Nikanorovich Dubovskoy; I don't know where.}

{Some of the soup.io microblogs I follow are run by designers whose taste is severe, like this.}

{This comes from our local weekly freepaper, the Gazette. The caption: "Celebrating Independence Day the Takoma Park way. Thousands attend city's biggest annual event, including Fourth of July parade."}

{This shows a funicular in Lisbon: Elevador da Bica.}

{From a popular urban decay page by someone called ~grigjr.}

{This is called "A Moment Suspended In Time" by *angelreich.}

{Analogies on xkcd}

{The caption: "French Soldier with Gas Mask, 1914."}

{No caption given (or needed).}

This is typical of quotes that the microblogs sometimes contain:
Despite the title, the Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut is sometimes used in music genres besides metäl. Othèr unnæcessåry diácrîtiçal mârks, Faцx Cyяillic, and gratuitøus slashed ø's alsø shów up occâsioñally in mûsic, althøugh theý're Иot as pøpular or icônic of metäl as the ümläüt. Excessive use of this trope becomes £33†.
— Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut - Television Tropes & Idioms

{This says: "I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees. Pablo Neruda."}



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