Arms Wide Open.
Inside Rio's iconic statue of Cristo Redentor.
The amazing time-lapse "Rio" by Joe Capra
may be one of the most visually striking things you see all day.
With Rio hosting the 2016 Olympics, a series of ads for a little-known sport have appeared: Rugby: It Will Be Big In Brazil
(Youtube) [more inside]
for the future of multilateral action on the environment are fading
, the draft negotiating text
of "The future we want", the Rio+20
declaration was leaked
, showing where the US delegation was seeking to remove
any and all references to equity.
The Burton Holmes Archive
has information about Burton Holmes, the travel writer who became the first person to make filmic travelogues. More importantly, they also have a lot of film clips by Holmes
and his associate, André de la Varre
, who was also a great travelogue maker himself. Watching these clips is not quite time travel, but it is as close as we can get. Take a look at Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1926
, Lake Michigan in 20s
, Cairo in 1932
and the 1955 Rio de Janeiro carnival
. The later films have sound and narration, but I prefer the silent ones. [Burton Holmes previously, André de la Varre previously, and the Travel Film Archive, which runs Burton Holmes site, previously]
Good morning. I know that every second of weekend freedom is precious to you so I won’t waste your time with superfluous verbiage. Or superfluous links, for that matter. So here goes: Leo Justi is a DJ from Rio De Janeiro. He has quite a few tracks on his Soundcloud page
but the three that come highly recommended are: "Dunno Riddim (Kid Conga Remix Instrumental)"
, "Floor Crank 3.3"
and (mildly NSFW language)"Blacqstar – Go Get My Gun (Leo Justi Remix of Carli’s Remix)"
Complexo da Maré is one of the oldest favelas
in Rio, and a new short documentary, Te Vejo Mare
, shows how, despite the headlines and violence, a community and culture manages to thrive there. As featured on today's Guardian website: Welcome to Complexo da Maré (10:16)
, The Samba Is Infinite (10:22)
, Fighting for Peace (11:00)
Women are finally putting Rio's favelas on the map
. They're competing for a journalism scholarship by loading the most data from their GPS-enabled phones to Wikimapa
(a name easily confused with Wikimapia). The data
, including addresses, photos, and business details are not likely to be collected by Navteq's and Google's high-tech vans anytime soon due to the notorious danger
. [more inside]
First person video of Gabriel flying his model plane around Rio and landing it through the balcony of his 10th story apartment.
Here's a greatest moments compilation
that includes him launching and retrieving the plane from a boat, a moving train, through tunnels and around high rises. Here
he is flying a plane with no engine, using only his car's windshield to generate lift. Also, RC Groups' "What to Buy For Video Piloting."
Oh and Brazil is very pretty.
There was a time when it seemed that groups like Frederic Galliano presents Kuduro Sound System
and Buraka Som Sistema
would do for kuduro
what groups like Diplo
and Bonde do Role
did for Funk Carioca
: make it popular with hipsters in the United States. But it hasn't happened yet. Why?
Lightning strikes world's largest Jesus.
Masonry + nature + photography = awesome.
Should you be attending this year's carnival in Rio, you probably won't be seeing a huge float rolling down the parade route depicting an enormous pile of emaciated corpses
and a samba-dancing Hitler. But that's only thanks to a Brazilian judge's decision
Coke. Guns. Booty. Beats. In the slums of Rio De Janeiro, drug lords armed with submachine guns have joined forces with DJs armed with massive sound systems and rude, raunchy singles. Welcome to the most exciting—and dangerous—underground club scene in the world.
a visitor to rio takes a bunch of disposable cameras
and hands them out to children in the favela of rocinha to take pictures of their lives (via k5) (scroll down)
The City of God
(#29 IMDB top 250
) is a film about life in Brazilian "favelas"
(shantytowns) where poverty, drugs, violence and crime rule the streets. At murder rates of more than 40 per 100,000, one person shot every 30 minutes in the city, Rio ranks as the world's most dangerous places
along with Cali, Colombia and Johannesburg, South Africa. Rio has over 600 favelas and the crime and violence is becoming so bad corporations are fleeing the city
while the military is under direct assault
and the prison system is breaking
down. Favela guided tours available
or see the movie available now on DVD.
Brazil Wants to Build a Wall
Social and economic problems out of control? No problem. Brazil plans to literally build a 10 foot wall to separate the haves from the have nots.
Rio Blames It On The Simpsons.
'The Simpsons...visited Brazil last week (and) made some offbeat observations. (They) found that Rio de Janeiro is a city where all men are bisexual, where fearsome monkeys roam the streets, and tourists are kidnapped by taxi drivers and mugged by children. Unfortunately, the Rio tourist board did not see the funny side and is preparing to sue the producers, Fox, for damage to its international image and loss of revenue. The issue threatens to become a diplomatic incident.
How something so obviously ripping the shit out of stereotyping can be so misinterpreted is beyond me, but now 'The Brazilian president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, has entered the fray claiming that the cartoon "brought a distorted vision of Brazilian reality.
Surely the shows makers were trying to do a service to Rio by rubbishing the stereotypes? Apologies, I ain't seen the show, but if you did, what did you think?
Not Flying Down To Rio For The Carnival?
Never mind! Beat the crowds but catch the beat by listening to this year's terrific sambas
before the rest of the world can. This is the real
shanty-town stuff, not the watered-down touristy rubbish[WindowsMedia required
]that passes for Samba. This year my favourite for first prize is Mangueira
. What's yours? The Brazilian Carnival
[learn all about it here
] starts Saturday and goes on straight through to Tuesday. For the latest inside information - including the Bin Laden Mask controversy - O Globo's
special web site[In Portuguese
]is unbeatable. Enjoy!
Brothel Goes Live on Net RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro's Vila Mimoza (Pamper Village) brothel is propelling the oldest profession in the world into the 21st century. Within the next two weeks, the Vila Mimoza prostitution cooperative, just north of downtown Rio, plans to launch a Web site (http://www.vilamimoza.com.br) aimed at luring customers and making the "village'' a major stop on the tourism trail.
Oh boy. Not much different than porn sites, but the "sex workers' labor movement in the 1970s" history tidbit could be interesting.