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Since there’s been a trend of music and music videos lately, here’s a music video my bandmate shared with me. We do a pretty hilarious cover of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” already but this literal video parody cracked me up. The good ole scary 1980’s…

 

Seriously, what was going on in the 1980’s to create videos (and a lot of them) like this?

Ew bugs? Not these ones. Caddisfies, also known as sedge-flies or rail flies, are small pond and stream insects closely related to moths and butterflies. The caddisflies begin as aquatic larvae that uniquely make protective casings of silk, initially sticky, and decorate their developing bodies with twigs, gravel, sand, and other small fragments. In nature one would find a caddisfly larvae and its casing like this:

 

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Frank Greenaway c. Dorling Kindersley

Frank Greenaway c. Dorling Kindersley

French artist Hubert Duprat has been collaborating with the larvae since early 1980. Familiar with the ways of the caddis larvae since childhood, an artistic idea dawned upon him while watching men panning for gold a stream in Southwestern France. Duprat carefully catches the larvae from their natural habitat and relocates them to his studio where he removes their natural sheath and places them in a tank filled with materials from which they can recreate their casing. The materials include gold, opal, pearls, rubies, stones precious and semi-precious. The result is as follows:

Cabinet Magazine Org.

Cabinet Magazine Org.

Cabinet Magazine Org., Hubert Duprat

Cabinet Magazine Org., Hubert Duprat

Who knew insects could be art? Check out a video of Duprat’s larvae in action here . Read up on Duprat’s work on Cabinet Magazine Online here.

english or dutch?

Dutch. Design. Development. Details, Produkte + Ideen

“welcome to details, we are a manufactur and distributor of furniture, lamps, accessories, good products and idea.”

I love the simplicity, but the undeniable amount of thought and good idea put into every design is wonderful. The corner picture frames and the table cloth, table shirt are ingenious. And I think we all could use a linen pillow with an integrated kleenex dispenser, “for all teardrops caused by your romances, lovesickness, hayfever…” Oh, and I would DIE over having the MT-USB (Mix Tape USB). ugh. Don’t you love good design?

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I was a really good student in grade school. However, I failed to grasp the fascination of science and math. In my opinion, science and math is like music or art – certain people can apply. Others (like me) don’t have the skill/finesse/interest to “get” it. But if my science teacher popped in a VHS of “Look Around You” in which we’d examine the magnetism of sulphur, and that the largest number in the universe is 45,000,000,000, shoot, the education would have taken me down a different path. I probably wouldn’t have a job.

“Look Around You is a BBC television comedy series that satirise and pay homage to 1970’s and early 1980’s educational films and school programs. A different scientific subject is covered in each video, such as Germs, Maths, and Sulphur.”

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Write this down: Look Around You airs randomly on Adult Swim (TV-PG) and Seasons 1 and 2 are available on DVD. Be sure to test your new knowledge by taking quizzes on BBC’s Look Around You website. Check out my favorite subject examined: Music.

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My friend Emily introduced this blog Cakewrecks to me. “When Professional Cakes Go Horribly, Hilariously Wrong” the motto states. Blogger Jen has a team of “Cakewreckers” all around the nation who send pictures of cakes or CCC’s (Cupcake Cakes) that are either too gorgeous or too disturbing to eat.

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate – you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it’s simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I’m not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Jen’s commentary on the photos are pretty hilarous. It’s better than watching a Food Network Challenger’s 6-hour $10,000 prize gourmet cake crash to the floor.

Mmm… cake… I indulged myself in an eclair last night and I feel pretty good because I wasn’t able to finish it!