I’m getting sleepy… very sleepy… zzz

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Rare and unusual “Femme Fatale” ring pistol, originates from France, third quarter of the 19th century.

Sold at Auction: $11,350

"I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things"
Tom Waits (via lucies-off-in-wonderland)
Monday, February 24, 2014



It’s our 500th post, and we wanted to bring you something special, so how about the state of the art in medieval anti-book-theft devices: the chained binding. Manuscript books were expensive to make and difficult to replace, so naturally, it was important to have good security. In a chained library, an iron clasp was screwed into the wooden boards binding the book. A chain ran from that clasp to a bar along the shelf on which a number of books were housed, shelved with the fore-edges out (note the title written on this book’s fore-edge in the middle picture). Original chained bindings rarely survive today, but remarkably an entire chained library is preserved at Hereford Cathedral.

Cartagena, Alonso de, 1385?-1456. Lectura arboris genealogiae regum Hispaniae : & specialiter in recta linea Regum Castellae et Legiois : manuscript, [1492]

MS Typ 162

Houghton Library, Harvard University

Saw one of these at the Bodleian Library. Amazing to think that a humble book could be such a treasure that it need to be secured.

Friday, February 21, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014

I don’t watch wrestling…buuuuut I might start.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
"Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte the cenre,
mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað"

"Thought must be the harder, heart be the keener,
mind must be the greater, while our strength lessens”

The Battle of Maldon


Teach Nollaig on Facebook has a collection of albums showing the construction of his tiny house on wheels. The photos are informative and beautiful to look at - he has mini tutorials on how to make a woodburner water boiler (last photo), a gas-bottle stove, and.. well, his entire caravan!

Little things to delight as well, for example the use of raw, untreated sheeps wool for insulation. A wee bit risky as the lack of borax means insects or mice may move in… but sheeps wool’s insulation properties don’t change when it gets wet. With just a breathable membrane and then cladding on the exterior and cladding on the interior, the lack of ply or OSB sheathing makes this lightweight and more affordable.

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