A few handwritten pages with poems and photographs from
The road is wider than long
During July and August 1938, as Europe prepared for war, Roland Penrose
and Lee Miller
) drove from Greece through the Balkans.
This was his record of the journey and declaration of love for her.
LEAVE YOUR TONGUE STUCK TO THE BARK
This will avoid all danger
of not meeting next year.
(Previous Lee Miller
posted by adamvasco at 3:23 AM - 0 comments
io9: "After making a mere $84 million at the U.S. box office, Star Trek Into Darkness
is considered by some to be a disappointment. Perhaps the problem is that it was a touch confusing. To help our readers better understand it, we've compiled and answered these Frequently Asked Questions
about the movie." (Maximum Possible Spoiler Warning)
posted by davidjmcgee at 12:27 AM - 51 comments
For the past three months, the Art Institute of Chicago has been putting their Launchpad
videos, designed to provide more context of museum-goers at the Institutes, on YouTube. The short videos include modern artists recreating art using ancient, medieval, and newer techniques in mosaics, glassblowing, pottery, painting, silversmithing, marquetry, and coin production plus conservation of art. There are also a few videos focusing on individual pieces in the collection.
posted by julen at 10:05 PM - 2 comments
"Every teenager out there feels invincible. And they'll never admit it. It's not the kind of invincible like Superman. It's the kind of invincible like - I'll see you in five months.
" [20-minute YouTube documentary by SoulPancake.]
At age 14, Zach Sobiech (previously
) was diagnosed with bone cancer. Given months to live, he turned to music to say goodbye. Zach's song "Clouds
" received 3 million hits, and inspired
a celebrity cover video featuring dozens of actors and musicians. Zach died
today at his home in Minnesota. He was 18.
posted by Sfving at 9:18 PM - 12 comments
"Everyone Only Wants Temps"
- My stint doing "on demand" grunt work for one of America's hottest growth industries
It's not a pretty formula, but it works. With 600 offices and a workforce of 400,000—more employees than Target or Home Depot—Labor Ready is the undisputed king of the blue-collar temp industry. Specializing in "tough-to-fill, high-turnover positions," the company dispatches people to dig ditches, demolish buildings, remove debris, stock giant fulfillment warehouses—jobs that take their toll on a body. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:47 PM - 77 comments
Dance Of Reality
is the first film in twenty-three years
by Alejandro Jodorosky, visionary director of surreal masterpieces El Topo
and The Holy Mountain
, writer of the never-directed Dune film that is the subject of a new new documentary
, and comics like Metabarons.
Both Dance of Reality and Jodrowosky's Dune have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. If that's too much, check out Everything Is Terrible's Holy Mountain remake made with dogs.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 6:44 PM - 9 comments
Several Hours ago a massive tornado hit the town of Moore Oklahoma.
The tornado is now being estimated by some sources
to be to be an EF-5
on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. This means winds at or over 200 mph as well as a damage area of close to 30 square miles. [more inside]
posted by Podkayne of Pasadena at 4:52 PM - 203 comments
Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for The Doors, has died at the age of 74.
Not a lot of links. Just a place to share your thoughts, your faves... and to remember
posted by markkraft at 3:58 PM - 80 comments
, known as Romanthony
, has died
at age 46. [more inside]
posted by Taft at 2:53 PM - 18 comments
59 marvelous photographs taken between 1903 and 1920
by Frédéric Boissonnas
(1858-1946), a franco-Swiss photographer who loved Greece. This is him being hauled up
to the Meteora monastery
in a net. Boissonnas was also a mountaineer and was the first
to scale Mt. Olympus
successfully in 1913. During the first 30 years of the 20th century he became the most influential photographer in Greece, between the two World Wars. Traveling extensively, landscapes, everyday people and life in Greece were photographed in detail for the first time. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 2:21 PM - 8 comments
"In the past inequality in South Africa was largely defined along race lines. It has become increasingly defined by inequality within population groups as the gap between rich and poor within each group has increased substantially
." Is this what's led the BBC to report
a growing sense of insecurity among poor (chiefly Afrikaans-speaking) whites? Or are they just blatantly misreading the statistics? [more inside]
posted by theweasel at 2:02 PM - 21 comments
How to ensure food and drink water safety during a flood or other natural disaster, courtesy of
and the USDA
posted by MartinWisse at 1:12 PM - 12 comments
"YOU SOLD ME OUT AND SHATTERED MY DREAMS TONIGHT; ALL I WAS LOOKING FOR WAS 75 MINUTES OF ONE OF YOUR PEERS' TIME"
It started when Tim Heidecker (previously)
tried to set up a creative meeting between an old friend—Tom Scharpling (previously)
—and an unnamed "high profile player" at the Adult Swim TV upfronts. But then the meeting fell through. [more inside]
posted by Atom Eyes at 11:33 AM - 59 comments
George RR Martin created
, then let it hang around for decades without resolution. In the last couple of years however, there's been renewed interest
, new novels
and a screen adaption
in the works
. No, not Game of Thrones: Wild Cards
! [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:22 AM - 27 comments
The Royal Horticultural Society has temporarily lifted a ban on garden gnomes
- normally deemed too "tacky" - at the Chelsea Flower Show. Garden historian Twigs Way charts the public's long love-hate relationship with these figurines.
posted by marienbad at 11:01 AM - 23 comments
A simple physics game with 2 controls. How far to the right can you go? [more inside]
posted by garlic at 10:06 AM - 30 comments
Tumblr's $1.1 Billion price-tag instinctively seems very high to most of us, but without context, numbers this huge are often literally
unfathomable to the masses. To help readers gain perspective on the huge numbers commonly tossed around by the media, researcher Glen Chiacchieri has created Dictionary of Numbers
, a Google Chrome extension that automatically adds context to huge numbers printed in the web pages that you read. [more inside]
posted by schmod at 7:57 AM - 50 comments
. Because sometimes a guitar bandit needs to be flattened. [slyt | via]
posted by quin at 7:27 AM - 19 comments
Late Friday night, a young man named Mark Carson
, shot point blank, in Greenwich Village. Carson's death was the 22nd anti-gay hate crime
in New York so far this year, and the fifth this month. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:59 AM - 86 comments
, Joyce's famously unreadable masterpiece (read it online here
), was considerably more
readable in one of its earlier drafts.
Watch Joyce cross out decipherable words and replace them with less decipherable ones! Watch him end, not with a whimper, but with a slightly less impressive whimper
! Sadly, Shem's schoolbook
, which in the finished version is a House of Leaves
-esque compendium of side columns and footnotes, was not written until much later
(according to the footnotes of that section). The introduction to this draft by David Hayman, who assembled it, is worth a read
posted by Rory Marinich at 6:39 AM - 50 comments
of this year, Autostraddle
("News, Entertainment, Opinion and Girl-On-Girl Culture") has been running a very interesting series of articles about trans experience (primarily focused on trans women) called Trans*Scribe
. [more inside]
posted by jiawen at 10:43 PM - 35 comments
Geoff Carter's radical view of building in the ancient world, especially the archaeology of the lost timber built environment of Southern England. It is new research into of prehistory of architecture
With the ultimate conclusion that Stonehenge is the remains of a roofed shelter. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 10:14 PM - 74 comments
The Long Swath
is a satellite image by NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission
that captures, in a single continuous image, a strip of land 120 by 6,000 miles stretching from South Africa to Russia. The image can be explored in Gigapan
, Google Earth
, and fly-over videos and high resolution images.
posted by carter at 7:35 PM - 7 comments
Daniel Dennett's seven rules for thinking.
"A deepity (a term coined by the daughter of my late friend, computer scientist Joseph Weizenbaum) is a proposition that seems both important and true – and profound – but that achieves this effect by being ambiguous. On one reading, it is manifestly false, but it would be earth-shaking if it were true; on the other reading, it is true but trivial. The unwary listener picks up the glimmer of truth from the second reading, and the devastating importance from the first reading, and thinks, Wow! That's a deepity."
posted by Sebmojo at 5:56 PM - 102 comments
"My intentions here are simple: avoid discussions about what exactly constitutes Chinese photography, evade overwhelming information, and instead visually examine the role that such photographs play in shaping China’s image
(English, French, Chinese). Some whimsical — Alain Delorme Totems
, others moving — Song Chao Miners
, Migrant workers
posted by unliteral at 4:52 PM - 5 comments
Lee Buchheit, fairy godmother to finance ministers in distress
Lee Buchheit, a lawyer at US firm Cleary Gottlieb, has been present at all the major debt crises of the past three decades. His reputation among investors is as a fearsome and aggressive litigator, but finance ministers in distress see him as something of a fairy godmother. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:12 PM - 5 comments
Web2.Hell collected the names and taglines of real web2.0 start-ups that somehow were actually funded.
"Remember Nothing! Zukmo Everything!" "Unlike on other sites, your posts must be one word long!" (The phenomena of baffling name choice lives on in current day successes like Snotr, LiveMocha, Magoosh, Squidoo etc., etc., etc.)
posted by blankdawn at 2:56 PM - 51 comments
On June 6th, 2013, Mel Brooks will be presented with the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award, but this post is about his Tomato and Onion Omelette. Bon Appétit
talks cooking, coffee, and career with Mel Brooks, Omelette King
posted by Room 641-A at 2:19 PM - 22 comments
Thanks to Smore
, you can now put Microsoft Clippy (or one of its friends) on your websites
posted by barnacles at 8:25 AM - 33 comments
: for our latest
mission we posed as city workers providing a ridiculous solution to the “texting and walking” epidemic in New York.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:14 AM - 39 comments
As Hegel presumably remarks somewhere, all great Tory crises appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as farce, the second as farce. -- Chris Brooke presents a history of "swivel eyed loon" as an insult used against a certain kind of rightwing Tory
. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 3:42 AM - 50 comments
Animated Aliens in 60 Seconds
. (with some barely intelligible NSFW language) [more inside]
posted by fuse theorem at 12:00 AM - 14 comments
The thrill and rush of possibly winning started to wear off after about the twentieth losing ticket. Each card had a couple of “Life” symbols on them, and every time you got a second you just dreamed of seeing the third one under the remaining graphite. However it never appeared and never will and it just kind of turned depressing. How could people put themselves through this humiliation and teasing every day of their lives?
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear at 8:33 PM - 148 comments
The classic criticism of the lottery is that the people who play are the ones who can least afford to lose; that the lottery is a sink of money, draining wealth from those who most need it. Some lottery advocates . . . have tried to defend lottery-ticket buying as a rational purchase of fantasy—paying a dollar for a day's worth of pleasant anticipation, imagining yourself as a millionaire. But consider exactly what this implies. It would mean that you're occupying your valuable brain with a fantasy whose real probability is nearly zero—a tiny line of likelihood which you, yourself, can do nothing to realize. . . . Which makes the lottery another kind of sink: a sink of emotional energy. [via]
Most people visit the city of Burlington, Vermont, for the pleasant waterfront of Lake Champlain, the quirky shops and restaurants on Church Street, and the various cultural benefits that come with being a university town. Those are all the right reasons. I, on the other hand, went to Burlington for the flying monkeys... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:40 PM - 12 comments
Where are my dragons‽
Because if I didn't, some other munchkin would have.
posted by cjorgensen at 5:57 PM - 12 comments
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