I apologize for any pretentiousness contained herein.

Me at parties.

"How to Make a Great Coffee at Home" by Mr. Porter.  Not too shabby, though the hand grinder is a bit much.

Advertisement for Victoria Arduino by Leonetto Cappiello, 1922.

Levels of Pretentiousness

On a scale of 1-100:

1. Using higher level words in regular conversation.

2. Preferring Classical music on LPs over Mp3s.

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100. Going to McDonald’s for breakfast in top hat and tails with a monocle and a cane, complaining loudly in a British accent about how “Colonials” don’t know how to make a proper breakfast.

"A Visual Compendium of Typewriters" from Pop Chart Lab

"Call Me" by St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

indypendenthistory:

Hiram Bingham, The real Indiana Jones, 1911
“Hiram Bingham (1875–1956) was an American academic, explorer and treasure hunter and politician. He obtained a B.A. from Yale University and a PhD from Harvard. Bingham was not a trained archaeologist, yet it was during Bingham’s time as a lecturer – later professor – at Yale that he discovered the largely forgotten Inca city of Machu Picchu. “

indypendenthistory:

Hiram Bingham, The real Indiana Jones, 1911

“Hiram Bingham (1875–1956) was an American academic, explorer and treasure hunter and politician. He obtained a B.A. from Yale University and a PhD from Harvard. Bingham was not a trained archaeologist, yet it was during Bingham’s time as a lecturer – later professor – at Yale that he discovered the largely forgotten Inca city of Machu Picchu. “

(via countryandtown)

Isle of Skye by Gail on Flickr.

Isle of Skye by Gail on Flickr.

memories-of-erik:

Cover and title page of ‘Mr. Jensen & Cat’, Lenore’s first book, 1965. Set in Copenhagen, a city they both loved, the illustrations abound with details from Erik’s life. (Many of the furnishings on the cover were remembered from his mother’s flat, 8 Borgmester Jensens Allé, though the view from her windows was of red brick barracks, not the Round Tower.) 

Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkien!

Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkien!