American burlesque dancer Zorita, walking her pet snake; 1937.

Hands down, this is the best mashup of midcentury furniture, cocktail culture, and robotic age styling. Alleged to have been inspired by the moon landing. Vintage bar by Borghesani, 1969. (Photos by an unknown 1stDibs seller and Kelly Wearstler)

"The New X-ray Masquerade Dress", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri; March 15, 1896.

Death Blowing Bubbles, stucco detail on the ceiling in the chapel at the Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg, Germany. (attributed to Johann Georg Leinberger c. 1730, photographer unknown)

Animal Crossing, museum ethics 

Everyone talks about how sketchy Redd is, but Blathers just accepts and displays a donation of the Houmuwu Ding which is a cultural artifact that the Chinese government has forbidden from exhibition outside their country?


Jumpsuits forever, masks as long as necessary. Move over Hot Girl Summer, it's Sweaty Face Season.

- looks at textile cone shell
- looks at early data visualizations of pulsar frequencies
- all conch trumpet cover album of Unknown Pleasures when?

Lioconcha hieroglyphica, a mollusc with a shell that looks like it has an unknown language inscribed on it.

“Love,” location unknown, c. 1940s. Photo from Trent Kelley’s series, “Hidden in the Open: A Photographic Essay of Afro-American Male Couples.” (More photos here:

Selfie, COVID talk 

I'm good at finding small lush spots in otherwise non-aesthetic areas. Also, this is the longest my hair has been in a long time; even though hair salons are allowed to be open (the curve is flattening: the rest of the province has no active COVID cases today but Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley still have hundreds), I'm not going to put anyone at risk just for a haircut.

Selfie, heart glasses 

Speaking of heart-shaped sunglasses, I can recommend them and Zenni's tinted lenses. (These are a different shape from the rainbow ones, but they're almost same size and good on bigger faces.)

1950s Elsa Schiaparelli sequined blowfish walking stick purse. (Pics from a seller on 1stDibs, more pictures of someone standing with it on Instagram:

Half wondering how well this would work on a functional cane because it's fun, half thinking this looks like a shiny pallet swap of Zippy from Rainbow

Insect costume from "La source" ballet, Paris Opera, 1866.

This style of sweetheart brooch was fairly common in the 1930s and 40s, and usually when they turn up on Etsy it's a man and woman's name together. Was this a BFF thing (BE FRI ST ENDS 1935)? Love token? Anyway, Velma & Gladys Forever.

When the ground is as pretty as the flowers. Red, pink, and green go so beautifully together.

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