Archive for June, 2012

I have a beautiful old Cramerotti with some elegant machining in the lugs, but they’re nowhere near as nice as the heart-shaped loveliness in this lug joint. I came across this excellent photograph at the Ride On blog.

"I heart bicycle" from rideons.wordpress.com

“I heart bicycle” from rideons.wordpress.com


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I love these periodic compilations by Matt Harding – a video game designer and Internet celebrity known as “Dancing Matt” whose story is subtitled “Dancing Badly Around the World”.

Keep your eyes peeled for the heart in Boise, Idaho! (Can’t find it? You can see it here.)

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Let’s play the association game. When you hear the words “heart-shaped”, what’s the first thing that pops into your head.

Cinnamon hearts? The wrinkled tattoo on your grandfather’s bicep? Minnie Mouse’s shack in Disneyland’s Toontown?

Me…I often think of that climactic scene in the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) with Boris Karloff as both the narrator and the voice of the conniving, noise-intolerant Grinch. Every year in the weeks before Christmas, me and my sibs would watch for it to come on channel 4 (one of the three channels our rabbit-eared TV got back in the good ol’ days). For the record: the Grinch was unforgettably despicable, but it was little Cindy Lou Who who stole the show!

The big scene begins at 23:00…

From "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" (1966): And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day!

And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!

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That’s what the White Queen would have us believe.

In Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010), she conjectures that the menacing Red Queen (a spectacularly nasty Helena Bonham Carter, whose head was digitally inflated to three times its actual size in the film) has a tumor pressing against her brain – the reason for her gargantuan head as well as her deranged behavior.

A synthesis of the Red Queen, the Duchess and the Queen of Hearts, Burton’s character’s disproportionately large head was inspired by the original John Tenniel illustrations of the Duchess.

I’m just a fan of those heart-shaped lips.

Iracebeth, the Red Queen

Iracebeth, the Red Queen

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On State Street in Santa Barbara, there’s a spiffy little shop owned by an equally spiffy woman – Amy Cooper – who keeps it plumb full of items fun and funky, unexpected and irresistible. It’s called Plum Goods. You should go. (If a visit to Santa Barbara isn’t in your immediate future, make a virtual visit.)

My wife snapped the following Plum Goods pix during her last visit. Hearts galore!

Plum Goods (Santa Barbara) » handcrafted • fair trade • upcycled • eco-chic

Plum Goods (Santa Barbara) » handcrafted • fair trade • upcycled • eco-chic
Driftwood heart by Cortnie (lifeandsunshine.com)

More Plum Goods goods: A heart-warming stop in Santa Barbara

More Plum Goods goods: “love where you live, love what you give”

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Heartened by the fact that my Monday pun garnered only one public groan, I thought I’d try my luck with another…

Have you noticed the trend in horror films of villains tearing the still-beating hearts from their victims’ chests?

I find such scenes very disheartening.

For a peek at 14 gory movie scenes that tug (rather violently) at the heartstrings (including the scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom that started it all), follow this link – definitely not for the faint of heart!

And if you’re the DIY type, here’s a handy instructional video (worth watching just for the silliness that unfolds from 2:56 to 4:24)…

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A heart-shaped pun

On a busy downtown street, Dr. Corwyn saw a stranger clutch his chest and fall to the ground. He hurried to the stranger’s side and performed cardiac massage.

After he came to, the stranger gushed with heartfelt thanks.

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