Category Archives: Art

Wintergatan Marble Machine

“The Marble Machine is a handmade music box that powers a kick drum, bass, vibraphone and other instruments using a hand crank and 2,000 marbles. With dozens of beautifully carved wooden parts, tracks, pulleys and funnels for collecting and rerouting spent marbles, it’s a true work of art and though marble machines as an art form of their own have a long and complex history, Molin’s is one of the best.”

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Yamabushi swords


Part of the exhibit Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms & Armor at the Cincinnati Art Museum. I love Japanese culture, and their swords in particular, so I had to visit. From the description:

Large ken, like this one, were once used as weapons by yamabushi, religious hermits living in seclusion in the mountains. Provincial lords hired yamabushi as couriers of secret messages because they could travel undetected throughout Japan on mountain routes known only to them. Yamabushi also fought alongside samurai in battle. Some became professional spies, known as ninja.

It’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission

Students at a school in Bristol were asked to rename houses, and they chose to name one after the elusive street artist Banksy. They were surprised to arrive one morning and find he had painted this mural overnight…


…and left this note:

Dear Bridge Farm School, thanks for your letter and naming a house after me. Please have a picture, and if you don’t like it, feel free to add stuff. I’m sure the teachers won’t mind. Remember, it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission. Much love, Banksy.