Saturday, November 19, 2016

Anna's Horse in "Frozen" is an Actual Horse

So a quick Frozen recap and because I haven't seen it I asked IMdb

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

OK then.

The movie depicts a horse with a decorative mane. I didn't notice the horse at all however I've seen a few pages where images were posted of the actual horse after which Pixar patterned Anna's.

Pixar's horse:

I got this picture here
Actual horse:

I got this photo of a well dressed Fjord here

Look at that face!!!
Unless otherwise cited, photos come from here

This beautiful horse is called a Norwegian Fjord. It has a two toned mane with a dark stripe in the centre between two blonde stripes. As someone said here, sort of like a two toned Mohawk and who wouldn't want that in a horse? Or any four legged family member?

Of course they don't go around their daily routine all decked out. Here is the natural look, although Pixar's horse's mane is still trimmed:



Natural N-fjord mane

Check out this page for more images of Norwegian Fjord's of all ages.


When grooming the mane, artistic Norwegian horse owners will snip patterns into the mane because: why not? Horse.

And voila:








I got a lot of these pictures on this page so check them out for more pictures of Norwegian Fjord haircuts.

Also, from the comments, check out this farm where I plan to visit the next time I'm in Idaho!

Here is the Wiki page describing Norwegian Fjords. They're small, strong, good natured, hard working and pretty much all the same colour in five varying shades of dun. So kinda nice they got that black stripe in the mane.

Friday, November 4, 2016

DIY Carrot Clarinet

Always wanted to play the clarinet but never had one hanging around the house? You're in luck.

Linsey Pollak crafts a clarinet using a carrot, a kitchen funnel, some power tools, a veggie peeler and brings the whole project in under five minutes

Then the magic happens.


 




This is Linsey Pollak's website where you can see and hear what other unusual instruments he's made, like a contra bass clarinet made with a garden hose.

This is his YouTube channel.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Living Bridges of Northern India

[The Meghalaya region of northern India is home to some amazing bridges. This is a repost of one of the most interesting and beautiful examples of living and useful art I've ever come across. It bears another run]

A living bridge [photo: Timothy Allen]

Going through the pictures I found on the internet, I couldn't help but imagine hobbits using these bridges. Literary and movie references point to the fact that they built their homes and structures as organically as possible, living and blending their structures into nature so well that they became part of the landscape. Unlike hobbits these bridges actually exist. Bridges around the world, constructed of steel and concrete, have a kind of beauty, these bridges are beautiful in an entirely different way. 

[photo: Timothy Allen]

[photo: Timothy Allen]
During monsoon season the Meghalaya region of northern India is said to be the wettest place on earth. Bridges build of materials available to them - wood or woven vines - would decay and rot quickly in the humid conditions. The living bridges only grow stronger with time.


Ficus Elastica tree

The Ficus Elastica tree is a kind of rubber tree that has aerial or secondary roots. These are the trees growing along the river banks in the Meghalaya region of India. The local engineers use hollow betal tree logs to train aerial roots and branches in the direction they are needed to form the bridge structure. Once the tree roots have grown long enough, the builders allow the root to come in contact with the earth on the other side of the river and anchor there.

The bridge's structure is filled in by training branches and roots to form the body of the bridge and the bridges even handrails.

A bridge trainer at work [photo: Timothy Allen]

[photo: Timothy Allen]

This is bridge formed around a rock cliff face [photo: Timothy Allen]

In some places the bridges are so steep they're ladders
[photo: Timothy Allen]

[photo: Timothy Allen]

Living ladder [photo: Timothy Allen]

[photo: Timothy Allen]

As you can imagine the planning for these bridges and the actual bridge formation take ten or fifteen years to become fully functional. Unlike other bridges, these structures grow stronger with time and some are said to be over 500 years old. Also, bridge maintenance is minimal as they leave the growing and maturing to the host trees. 

Larger bridges are over 30m (100 ft) and can hold up to 50 people.










Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tautology is my favourite "ology"




Defined as the "needless repetition of an idea, especially in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness, as in “widow woman.” Does "salsa sauce" count?

Wouldn't it be better if it was spelled: Tauttautology? Just for fun?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

You Gotta Eat Here - Roy's Place


Good and honest on the outside, good, honest food inside [photo]
Continuing the series on eating at the places my sister tells me I gotta eat at after she watches Food Network Canada's "You Gotta Eat Here", here is Roy's Place, Claresholm, Alberta. Recently featured with John Catucci. Owner and Chef, Kieth Carlson, was a Chopped Canada runner-up and he shows why just because you didn't win a competition doesn't mean you aren't a serious and worthy contender.

This is a one pound sticky bun with a scoop of kaluha cream cheese frosting [photo]

[photo]

I had the dill pickle soup (above) with the steak sandwich. Perfection! Everything was generously portioned, which is wonderful when you're travelling with a gigantor son who's low on blood sugar. The flavours were layered and complex but not pretentious.

It was a bit of a drive but worth it and I'd go back just for the sticky bun. Our server told us they've gone from making a dozen a week to 120. One bun is family sized even if one of those family members is a gigantor son.




Check out Keith Carlson on Twitter @roysplacerest, catch him on Facebook here and this is his website. Even better, if you're in the area, drop by.