May 27, 2014
9-year-old Scarlett Johansson reading for a part in 1993
Wrote Anthony Lane of this 39-second clip in the March 24, 2014 issue of the New Yorker, "... the self-consciousness is frightening; not that she is clenched or maladroit, but that she seems like a child impersonating a child, and a spoiled one at that — finding everything a drag and a bind, batting away time with a slow blink. (She still does that, and it always gets results.) For someone of that precocity, adulthood is not another country, many leagues distant, but just around the corner."
The audition was for "Jumanji," a 1995 film: she didn't get the part.
From The Worst Things For Sale: "Now that there is a $31 kit to build a fort at home, your kids need no longer suffer a fort-free life! Before this came along, they definitely didn't have a blanket and some rope to make a fort for free."
[via Richard Kashdan]
Glass Petal Smoke
"Musings from a walking smellopedia, olfactress, and scientualist. Peppered with tasty flavor and fragrance tidbits."
About the author: "Glass Petal Smoke was created out of a personal passion for things olfactive and gustatory. The back story regarding a raw material or finished product is often rich with history, myth and folklore. When all of these aspects are brought together, they tell a story of our common humanity, as expressed through the senses. Because Glass Petal Smoke is a blog, an element of cyber anthropology infuses the space in which it exists. Culture is about human nature and people who love food and fragrance are acutely aware of the connection between the senses and memory. Glass Petal Smoke appeals to readers who possess such awareness and those who aspire to it. I hope you find inspiration, joy and wonder in the pages of Glass Petal Smoke and share whatever happiness it brings you with others. Editorial queries may be sent to the editor at glasspetalsmoke [at] gmail dot com."
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR LONGINGS UNATTENDED
[via Hurricane Vanessa]
The Dimensions of City Blocks
From Seth Kadish's VizualStatistix: "A block is by no means a standard unit of measurement. Depending on the urban plan, blocks can be square or oblong, and can vary significantly in side length. For this plot, I measured the median length of downtown blocks in six cities that have regular grid layouts — that is, the dimensions of their city blocks are consistent. I've included blocks per mile along the outer axes, and the ratio of short to long dimension for each city. For this value, one represents a perfect square while smaller values indicate more oblong blocks."
Data source: Measurements made using Google Earth.
Binarius Ice Tray
Orange or Yellow silicone.