One of my favorite singers (Lotte Lenya) singing one of my favorite songwriters (Kurt Weill).

(found via Chemin faisant)



The Laughing Hearts

"your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you."

- Charles Bukowski


Quote of the day

"We may have to wait for years - we may have to wait for ever, if we wait until life is safe." HG Wells (link)

(photo by Pat Kavanagh)


Random rainy Saturday.

❧There’s nothing metaphorical about “gut feelings,” for what happens in the gut really does influence what we feel: link

❧New Daniel Pinkwater novel being serialized online: link (via boingboing)

Monoculture and the stories that shape us: link

Epic tea house server (16 cups of tea at one time!): link (via TYWKIWIDBI)

Enjoy your weekend!

(image via workman's tumblr)


Quote of the day

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.-- Winston Churchill.

Source: booooooom.com via LB on Pinterest


...Or sometimes, like this.

found via Neil Gaiman.

(Note for the impatient: They don't start dancing until over a minute into the scene. It's worth the wait.)


Italian design

The Moka pot, developed during the Depression by Alfonso Bialetti (from an invention by Luigi De Ponti) so Italians could save money and make their espresso at home. Classic. And I've posted this before, but here's an excellent way to make good stovetop espresso: Stumptown Brewing guide.

Here's the version I'd get if I had the extra cash:

The Alessi 9090, via Remodelista

The Vespa scooter, created by Enrico Piaggio in a post-war ravaged economy, so Italians could have an affordable and inexpensive way to manoeuver through bombed-out roads.

Source: flickr.com via LB on Pinterest