(finch sport), or vinkenzetting
(finch sitting) is a Belgian, primarily Flemish, sport
involving a box,
and a counting stick.
The bird that sings the most times in an hour wins. Here
is a short and somewhat doubtful documentary.
Twilight in the Box.
"The suicide statistics, the squalor and the recidivism haven’t ended solitary confinement
. Maybe the brain studies will." [Via]
The Finnish welfare state gives every parent a box for their child.
While so many politicians gnash their teeth and "think of the children", while cutting benefits
or ignoring the massive number of kids dying from firearms
, the Finns give every expectant parent a box
. The box contains everything a parent needs to get started, including the box to sleep in (with a little mattress), and has been credited by public health officials with massively reducing infant mortality.
The Royal Air Force Museum London
will be launching in Summer 2013 a signature exhibition commemorating and celebrating
the national institution
that is Airfix
. This will chart the history
of this Great British Institution
by displaying original Box Art
as well as
Airfix’s most popular models
from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s in the Museum’s Art Gallery
, this post will
focus upon the history
* of the company
, its founding in the late 1940s by a Hungarian immigrant
, through its boom years in the 1960s, the later years of decline
and under investment, and finally its current resurgence
in the market place. Look at the ways
in which Airfix products are developed, including
research and the cutting edge
technology used to design and manufacture modern kits
. (text inspired by numerous sources
) [more inside]
Cardboard box vortex cannon. [3:26]
With simple instructions to make your own.
"You've seen boring unboxing videos. How about a cool boxing video?" A Korean postal worker demonstrates his superior packaging skills
: "At the beginning of his first school year – on his first day of kindergarten in fact – my wife was preparing my son Andrew's lunchbox. As I sat sipping my coffee, she handed me a 3 x 5 blank index card and asked me to draw something for his lunchbox
." [more inside]
Stanley Kubrick liked things just so. Including cardboard boxes
. (2:05 .wmv)
Who needs real instruments? cf. Balloon Bass and Box
Open For Questions.
Metafilter's Own™ box
"skim the White House's Open For Questions
, posting the best and brightest queries the American public can manage." [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
Cigar Box Labels
are among the finest works of commercial art ever produced. Package designs proliferated during the 1800s, thanks to the development of the stone lithography
technique. "Each label could involve a dozen highly skilled specialists,
, take a month to create, and cost upwards of $6000.00 (in 1900 dollars) to produce." Images range
, offering a glimpse into the changing popular fascinations of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Cleveland bloggers are organizing
against a giant suburban-style shopping plaza called Steelyard Commons (to be built on the site of the city's historic steel factories), which will include an immense Wal-Mart at its core. After City Council passed legislation in February to prevent Wal-Mart from adding a grocery store (causing the Bensonville bullies to "pull out" and scuttle the project), the developer was aided and abetted behind closed doors
by Cleveland's mayor, Queen Jane. Despite the mayor's proclamation of "no public money" or tax abatements for the project, there's plenty of evidence
to the contrary.
Man charged in Blaine paint attack
"A 28-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage for allegedly throwing pink paint at the box illusionist David Blaine has made his temporary home." It's not the first time he has been attacked
. Here are the stunt details
, a progress report
and the box's location