A city bus covered in hand-maid embroidery and other artesanal decorations, sits parked at Mexico City's Museo Nacional De Las Culturas Populares

A Museum for the Best of Popular Art

Spend any amount of time in Mexico, and you realize that Mexicans are enamored with paint, form, and color. Everywhere you look there is a detail, an adornment to even the most rudimentary of things. It is a true Mexican Mania that permeates the landscape: a pair of sneakers, a vase, a doorway. Thankfully, the Mexicans also recognize that Popular Art, as a whole, is an international form of expression, so they built a museum in the Southern Part of Mexico City that honors this universal form of human expression: The Museo Nacional de las Artes Populares (National Museum of the Popular Arts.)

You can visit the museum’s web-page here (Spanish Only) and enter a world where the street artist takes a rightful place along music, sculpture, and the ordinary. A truly extraordinary place, this is. Dope!


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Life-size X-wing fighter made out of Legos.

Out of this world Lego Starfighter.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and, for Dope Daddy most things Star Wars (except for a certain thing called Jar-Jar) fit the bill, so when the guys behind the best children parks in the world (Legoland, of course) released this video, I declared it to be, well completely Dope!


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Human replicators: Science-Fiction no-more

If you are a geek, and of a certain age, you must certainly remember the “Replicators” those wonderful little gadgets on-board Star Treck’s USS Enterprise which would print or  every room of the ship, where any one of the crew could stop by, and order it for, well, anything. McCoy felt like drinking a beer? No problem! Step up to the mike, young lad!

In this article, you can read how scientist using biological matter and a US $1,000 off the shelf 3D printer, have created a “bionic designer ear” that actually functions. This impressive advance in, well printing, would have made Gutenberg, and Treckies alike proud, and that people, that is dope!

Bike Heaven...

Bike Culture: Green, clean & fun in two wheels!

The popular Grand Bags stand out and loudly declare themselves the ultimate in accessory depositories. Above; Grand Party Bag for a party girl. Below; Practical elegance.
The popular Grand Bags stand out and loudly declare themselves the ultimate in accessory depositories. Above; Grand Party Bag for a party girl.

High gasoline prices, rising unemployment, bad diets & lots of sunshine are not necessarily the Dopest of things, but as with every dark cloud, there is a silver lining:

Bicycle use is increasing in many parts of the world, and it is now “tres chick” to be seen around ridding one. Copenhagen, Paris, NYC, and even Demoines Iowa…

Superior color match matching bike, bag, color & function.
Superior color match matching bike, bag, color & function.

But nothing beats, the dopest bicycle city of them all, Copenhagen, home of the Cycle Chic

Photographs  Copyright All rights reserved by Franz-Michael S. Mellbin

Andrea Boccelli Sings Elmo a Lullaby

Recently, a friend’s tip on another post, reminded me of the importance of smiling… and to keep being child-like. So, with a tip’o the hat to Cesar, here are three of the best Elmo clips that I could find starring everyone’s favourite Muppet (except for Kermit… and you, Miss Peggy)  Elmo, from Sesame Street.


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