1970s Time Capsule House For Sale

This Framingham, Massachusetts gem is a time capsule of that hideous* era of early 70s interior design. It has been modernized with wifi and such but still retains that amazing style.

*If you lived through the 70s you’re probably glad that design era has passed

(Unfortunately, I suspect that it won’t come furnished. Anyone who puts that much time and energy into acquiring and furnishing their home with all this 45+ year-old stuff will probably take it with them.)


For Sale: $624,900.

5 bed, 2.5 bath, 4,133 sqft house at 3 Hickey Dr. Fantastic Location, Lot & Floor Plan.

Custom Expanded & Impossible to Build at this price. 14 Rooms, 4-5 bedrooms. 4133+- sq ft of ‘elegant’ living.

Flexible living space, perfect for large & extended families. Inside & Outside is an Entertainment Paradise. Inviting 21′ living room, Large formal dining with separate serving room w/built in buffet. St. Charles Kitchen designed for high power cooking & entertaining with separate 12′ breakfast room w/sliders to deck.

Multi room Master suite with sitting room, ‘glamorous’ penny tiled bath, Cathedral ceiling, custom mirrored closets & private romantic deck. Spacious bedrooms with separate shared study/play room. 19′ family-game room w/wet bar. 2 private offices. Custom 40 X 21 heated gunite Pool of Olympic Gold Medal Quality with loads of decking. Park like grounds with brick patios, expensive & professional landscaping. Updated high end garage doors. Commuters Dream locale, fast access to all.

Source: 3 Hickey Dr, Framingham, MA, 01701 – MLS# 72057722 – Estately

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Someday Funnies XVI

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Baby Pete Seeger, 1921

 May 1921. Washington, D.C. “Charles Seeger, a composer, is a brother of Alan Seeger, the war poet. His wife is a distinguished violinist.” And their baby boy will grow up to be folk legend Pete Seeger.

*peteEthnomusicologist Charles Seeger, seated in automobile, with family, standing, L-R: wife Constance Seeger, concert violinist, holding son Pete , and sons John and Charles. The family is ready to leave Washington, D.C., for their 1921 “trailer trip” musical expedition to bring classical music to rural areas.

Source: Shorpy Historic Picture Archive :: If I Had a Trailer: 1921 high-resolution photo

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Personal Sketches Of Harry Potter By J.K. Rowling 

Harry at the Dursley’s

However, some of these sketches were previously unknown to fans, like this picture of Snape on Pottermore’s Potions page.

Some of Rowling’s early illustrations are already well-known, such as a picture of Harry as a baby, which was included in an annotated first edition that sold in 2013 for £150,000 ($198,472).


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World’s oldest needle found in Siberian cave that stitches together human history

The 7 cm (2 ¾”) needle was made and used by our long extinct Denisovan ancestors, a recently-discovered hominin species or subspecies.

Scientists found the sewing implement – complete with a hole for thread – during the annual summer archeological dig at an Altai Mountains cave widely believed to hold the secrets of man’s origins. It appears to be still useable after 50,000 years. It was made of the bone of a large and so far unidentified bird.

Professor Mikhail Shunkov, head of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Novosibirsk, said: ‘It is the most unique find of this season, which can even be called sensational.’ Picture: IAET SB RAS

Professor Mikhail Shunkov, head of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Novosibirsk, said: ‘It is the most unique find of this season, which can even be called sensational.It appears to be still useable after 50,000 years.

 As of today it is the most ancient needle in the word. It is about 50,000 years old.’ The needle is seen as providing proof that the long-gone Denisovans – named after the cave – were more sophisticated than previously believed.

It predates by some 10,000 years an intricate modern-looking piece of polished jewellery made of chlorite by the Denisovans.

The bracelet was carefully polished and grinded, with a heavy pendant added in the centre, probably hanging from a short leather strap. Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya, Anastasia Abdulmanova

The bracelet was discovered in 2008, and scientists have since suggested it showed the Denisovans to be more technologically advanced than Home sapiens or Neanderthals. Scientists found that a hole had been drilled in part of the bracelet with such precision that it could only have been done with a high-rotation drill similar to those used today.


The cave lies in the Altai Mountains around 160 kilometres (100 miles) south of the city of Barnaul. Prof Shunkov said: ‘We can confidently say that Altai was one of the cultural centres…where the modern human was formed.’

Scientist Svante Paabo, from the Max Planck Institute, in Leipzig, Germany, has said: ‘The one place where we are sure all three human forms have lived at one time or another is here in Denisova Cave.’

The Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography is part of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Source: World’s oldest needle found in Siberian cave that stitches together human history

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A full-bodied cabernet sauvignon

Came across this at Grocery Outlet on Geary Blvd. today:

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How San Francisco’s hippy explosion shaped the modern world | Culture | The Guardian

This is another article about the V&A exhibit of which I am to be a part this September and though I am quoted twice in the first paragraph my name is never mentioned.


You Say You Want a Revolution, the V&A’s new exhibition, explores the birth of late-1960s counterculture that helped spawn Silicon Valley. Alex Needham takes a tour of where it all began, guided by former hippies and subversive visionaries …

Source: How San Francisco’s hippy explosion shaped the modern world | Culture | The Guardian

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Tiffany Baze’s Make-up Should Keep You Up at Night

Okay, here is 17 year-old Tiffany wearing her regular look. A nice looking, very pretty young lady. Like many young women her age she is obsessed with make-up. Unlike the rest, she is a twisted genius.

PIC FROM MERCURY PRESS (PICTURED: ) A teen creates amazing gory looks using make-up after experimenting with Halloween make-up.   Tiffany Baze, from Willits, California, started playing with her mumís make-up when she was just 12 and loved experimenting with new looks.   The 17-year-old stumbled on her hobby a couple of years ago after experimenting with fake blood and liquid latex at Halloween.   When she first started posting her work on her social media, she received some nasty comments but says itís what she loves doing so doesnít let it bother her.   Tiffany, who has just finished school and does special effects make-up full time, said: ìMost are positive saying they thought it was real or they really like it, but occasionally there will be a few people saying some nasty things to me. SEE MERCURY COPY

Try to remember that picture is up here when you need a break from her wonderfully horrifying creations below. She is self-taught and uses mostly homemade products for her work. She has ambitions to be a movie SFX artist. I think she has a great career ahead of her.

Here’s her Frostbite Series:

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Okay, let’s take a break. Here’s her tutorial video about creating a bruise with eye shadow:

Here’s her Youtube channel (which so far only has two videos and a few hundred subscribers but I expect that to change)

And she seems to love dismembering and disfiguring her limbs:

She uses baker’s clay for this de-gloved finger’s bones:

Not sure what this is going to be but it gives some insight into her technique:

And of course she is great at cosplay:

You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram if you need something  to haunt you in your sleep.

Source: Tiffany Baze (@tiffanybazesfx) | Insharee

Sweet dreams!

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The Leak Prosecution That Lost the U.S. the Space Race – The Atlantic

This is an amazing article about one of the first high profile leaks that shows how corporatism and Pentagon insiders’ lust for high paying jobs allowed the Soviets to put Sputnik up there first.

Over the past seven years, the Obama administration has prosecuted twice as many leakers as all previous administrations combined.

The accused have worked at the CIA, the National Security Agency, the FBI, and in the military. Their disclosures have ranged from discrete details about an intelligence operation in Yemen to Edward Snowden’s massive revelations about secret surveillance programs.

Dennis C. Blair, Barack Obama’s former director of national intelligence, explained the crackdown to The New York Times: “My background is in the Navy, and it is good to hang an admiral once in a while as an example to the others. We were hoping to get somebody and make people realize that there are consequences to this and it needed to stop.” This “war on leaks” is likely to prove one of the Obama presidency’s more contentious legacies.

The government has other, less dramatic—and less overtly public—ways to punish and deter leakers. In a Harvard Law Review article (for which the author was a research assistant), the Columbia professor David Pozen describes some of those other means: firing leakers, revoking their security clearances, internally shunning them, and so on. Though some may have been inspired by Nickerson, others were surely deterred by his accomplice’s fate. Even when it’s not in the papers, news—especially about a colleague’s misfortunes—travels fast within bureaucracies.

In the end, Nickerson’s prosecutors were left to wonder whether, in criminal prosecution, they had picked the right path. Over half a century later, as the government and the public evaluate today’s “war on leaks,” the question lingers.

Source: The Espionage Trial of Colonel Jack Nickerson – The Atlantic

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Hyper Realistic Cakes By Former NASA Engineer 

Beth Ann Goldberg is the creative cake master behind these hyper-realistic sculptures. The two-time gold medalist champion on the show “Challenge” and former NASA engineer uses her work experience and masters in engineering to creates these incredible works of edible art. She is the owner of Studio Cake, a custom-order bakery in Menlo Park, California.

She says about her edible artworks, “They are cakes that look like anything but if you can dream it, we can create it in cake!”



104 Gilbert Avenue

Menlo Park, California  94025

And here’s a gallery of other [Incr]edibles and various food related stuff:

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