Monday, September 21, 2020

Coconut and sesame oil presses

When I do these small factory videos for some reason I often end up in India or Bangladesh. I look for nicely filmed videos with ambient sound rather than cheesy elevator music and/or sales pitches. For some reason that sparseness is the style for a lot of videos out of southeast Asia. 

These two videos show small factories that have presses that produce coconut and sesame oil for cooking (although that's a guess on my part, perhaps the oils have different uses). Neither looks even remotely hygienic to me.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Louie Louie

Get ready for a mumbled weekend with The Clarke/Duke Project (Stanley Clarke & George Duke)


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Fifteen years

Celebrating 15 years together with our dear readers

Today is the 15th anniversary of the first post on Flares into Darkness, hence the beautiful crystal (the recommended gift for a 15th anniversary) pictured above. Flares started as a group blog by people who were regular commenters on Roger Simon's pre PJ Media blog. Gradually the other contributors drifted away to more fruitful pastimes leaving only me. 

This will be the 6,321st post on this blog. The most popular post is Opening Act by Charles Martin (you may recognize his name from elsewhere) with ~52.5k views. My most popular post is The secret life of booth babes with ~21.2k views. However, this is not a high traffic blog, most posts draw from 100 to 500 views. Since well thought out opinion posts are a bridge too far for me, I guess I should do more cheesecake picture posts if I want more traffic.

I do enjoy my time here. I pretty much ignore the issues of the day, they are covered much better elsewhere, and instead I just make cheesy jokes and fixate on whatever odd corners of the universe I stumble upon. Enjoy.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Drinking in art

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This is a small collection of paintings showing people drinking. Of course it is not the act of drinking, rather it is the character of the drinkers that the artists focus on. From revelry to the solitary drunk crying  in their beer, the artists capture the emotion behind the lure of alcohol.

Friday, September 11, 2020

September 11

Nothing could have been prevented. But still you know that somehow something wasn't watching. Something let attention lapse, releasing everything that follows, as the weight falls from the air. ― Madison Smartt Bell


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Nuuk, Greenland

 In my last walking in cities post we visited Heraklion, Crete for a stroll. This video isn't a walk, it is a compilation of scenes filmed in and around Nuuk, the capital and largest city in Greenland. It is an interesting contrast of island cities. 

Monday, September 07, 2020

Happy Worker Bee Day

Worker Bee by Eric Fan

Happy Labor Day all. If you are a slave to the time clock enjoy your day off (if you get it off). If you're working from home these viral days be sure to move to a different room for a change of scenery. Regardless, whatever your work status, enjoy the day.