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Mixing Memory and Desire: Music, Poetry, Sound, and Remembrance

Songwriter, singer, poet, memoirist, artist, icon Patti Smith performs in WNYC's The Greene Space. In a program of songs and poetry coordinated by her daughter Jesse Paris Smith, Patti Smith performs with Tree Laboratory (Jesse Paris Smith and Eric Hoegemeyer) and her long-time collaborator guitarist Lenny Kaye. They titled the event "Mixing Memory and Desire: An Evening of Music, Poetry, Sound, and Remembrance," celebrating the "chaos and transformation of spring." [~1h30m, scroll down for video] [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Apr 29, 2014 - 1 comment

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Two of these Java class names from the Spring framework are made up. One of them is real. Can you guess the real one?
posted by schmod on Apr 18, 2014 - 60 comments

Happy cows are happy

For those of you trapped in frigid climes, here is a vision of spring to look forward to: Happy Cows [more inside]
posted by jammy on Feb 15, 2014 - 18 comments

Lake Erie is sick.

Spring Rain, Then Foul Algae in Ailing Lake Erie: [New York Times]
"A thick and growing coat of toxic algae appears each summer, so vast that in 2011 it covered a sixth of its waters, contributing to an expanding dead zone on its bottom, reducing fish populations, fouling beaches and crippling a tourism industry that generates more than $10 billion in revenue annually."

posted by Fizz on Mar 24, 2013 - 17 comments

Kinetic art

Unstable Matter - Spring Field - Orbita - and more kinetic art from Grönlund and Nisunen
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 5, 2013 - 4 comments

Mars: Cosmic Bullseye?

Will Mars be rocked by a massive comet in 2014? Maybe a little. Maybe a lot. A comet will definitely pass close to the Red Planet on October 19, 2014. [more inside]
posted by IvoShandor on Mar 1, 2013 - 41 comments

A Portland Time-Lapse

Weathering Spring
posted by OverlappingElvis on Jun 25, 2012 - 8 comments

'OK, we are on our emergency plan'

Raising the Dead:'At the bottom of the biggest underwater cave in the world, diving deeper than almost anyone had ever gone, Dave Shaw found the body of a young man who had disappeared ten years earlier. What happened after Shaw promised to go back is nearly unbelievable—unless you believe in ghosts.'
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 17, 2012 - 68 comments

OH GOD GRASS YES

Cows being released from winter housing react to being let free in a meadow
posted by The Whelk on Mar 25, 2012 - 169 comments

Galanthomania

Snowdrops, or Galanthus, are those little white flowers you often see in the early Spring, sometimes poking up from under the snow. At first glance, they're charming, but not terrifically interesting. Galanthophiles of the world think otherwise. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Mar 4, 2012 - 15 comments

"It's not a race where you need good luck. It's a race where you've got to make sure you don't have any bad luck."

With Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (results), the Belgian professional bicycle racing season has begun. Races are contested in the capricious spring weather, on devastatingly steep hills called hellingen, winding roads, and the cobbles known as pavé. Only cycling's true hardmen win these Spring Classics. [more inside]
posted by entropone on Feb 27, 2012 - 9 comments

Get your pussy willows and squirt guns ready!

Happy Dyngus Day! Like St. Patrick's Day for the Polish.
posted by ridiculous on Apr 25, 2011 - 22 comments

Holi, celebrating the arrival of Spring in India

Holi is a wild, sexy celebration in India. People wear white and then throw or squirt colored powders and water at each other. There are bonfires, marijuana drink parties, mischief, all kinds of sweet pastries, venting of sexual heat, dancing in the streets and happy, colorful mayhem. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Mar 18, 2011 - 90 comments

Whats the arabic for Anschluss?

Gulf states send forces to Bahrain following protests: authorities urged the population to "co-operate fully and to welcome" the troops.
posted by dash_slot- on Mar 14, 2011 - 34 comments

P-BRRR! P-BRRRRR! PUH-BRRRRRR!

Puppies vs spring door stops.
posted by bwg on Dec 23, 2010 - 25 comments

Yes, He Parachutes

Primavera by Victor Novikov. WALL·E checks out the scenery. [slv]
posted by netbros on May 31, 2010 - 9 comments

Uninvited Googley Guests

It's the wrong time of year for Street View to come to the Ether City
Google Street View is in Winnipeg this week, and some of us are absolutely appalled by this idea - but not for the reasons you may think. Winnipeg has several beautiful seasons ...but early spring isn't one of them. We're having a flood, the streets are f - i - l - t - h - y and the city lies exhausted from a long winter. It's the wrong time of year for Google Street View to come for a visit...
posted by sporb on Apr 9, 2009 - 48 comments

Every day is holy and special

Looking for a reason to celebrate today, or just a reason to skip out on your obligations? You could look through Religious seasonal days of celebration and holy days , check if today is covered by Holiday for Every Day yet, or keep things simple and rely on a Calendar of the Saints like the Catholic feast days or Greek Saints Days from the Orthodox Ministry Access Calendar. If you like to be more traditional, you could go with the Medievalist's On-line Calendar of Saints, which only lists people recognized as saints in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Or, if you feel lucky, check for special Google logos (designed by Dennis Hwang). For instance, today is the first day of Spring, and the 40th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 20, 2009 - 6 comments

Dance of the Young Girls -- Stravinsky

(SLYTP-filter) What choreography goes best with Igor Stravinsky's "Dance of the Young Girls" from his Rite of Spring? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Sep 4, 2008 - 43 comments

Lilacs

They are members of the olive family, among the earliest flowering plants imported to the United States. Planted near the front doors of flat, bare early Colonial house facades, they helped to create "dooryard gardens," which softened and brought beauty to a rough-hewn early America. Jefferson planted them; at Monticello, some of those bushes still bloom.. They gave Pan his pipes. They are employed as evocative symbols in American literature, song, and poetry, where they symbolize the sensuousness of love in its earliest stages. Festivals celebrate their blooming, and NOAA tracks the earliest leaves and flowers for evidence of climate change. The inability to smell it may be an early indication of Alzheimer's disease. No wonder people like to steal them.
posted by Miko on May 23, 2008 - 31 comments

Mmmmm. Maple Syrup in Pancakes.

"The sweet aroma of sap permeating the air, still harkens the arrival of Spring"* in New England, Canada and other U.S. states. The Eastern Woodland Indians discovered that maple sap cooked over an open fire produces a sweet sugar [video], resulting in maple syrup. Many associate the syrup with Quebec (which produces most of the world's supply) and Vermont where about "one of every four trees...is a maple."* Vermont even has a "maple cop." He enforces "Vermont's maple regulations for the state Agency of Agriculture, which strictly regulates how Vermont's most famous export is made, marketed and sold."* [more inside]
posted by ericb on Apr 6, 2008 - 36 comments

Turn Turn Turn!

The art of spin. No, not that spin silly. This one. Yeah, that's the one I'm talking about. Don't worry--it's really simple. All you've got to do is follow these instructions, practice, practice, practice, and then you'll be as good as these guys someday. But try not to act like a dick. [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Mar 26, 2008 - 11 comments

Tweet

Birds start singing in the spring because of a biological response to longer days.
posted by chuckdarwin on Mar 20, 2008 - 26 comments

Happy St. Brigid's | Candlemas | Imbolc | Groundhog Day

Celebrate the most underappreciated holiday of the year! February 1st is St. Brigid's Day or Imbolc or Candlemas. St. Brigid of Ireland, the woman who some make a good case that she should be the Patron Saint of Ireland before Patrick. Others say she was the pre-Christian fertility or fire goddess of the Celts and that the Catholic Church co-opted her day as they did with many pagan pre-Christian holidays. Whether one celebrates Candlemas as a Catholic holy day or as a one of the Pagan cross-quarter days, it is also the Festival of Lights. Regardless, I have loved February 1st and 2nd since college as Groundhog Day is the most whimsical holiday of the year, thankfully it does not have a 2 month retail buying season building up to it. Tomorrow, I shall take a photo to Puxsutawney Phil to St. Brigid's Well in Kildare to celebrate properly.
posted by msjen on Feb 1, 2006 - 11 comments

Don't you just love Spring in a cold climate? (Courtesy of The Onion and Dack.com)
posted by leafy on Apr 19, 2001 - 10 comments

Springing into redesign

Springing into redesign
Orbiting has been redesigned for Spring, and I've seen a couple of others. Have y'all seen any other good ones (besides Derek's, which is fantastic)?
posted by Melanie on Apr 2, 2000 - 11 comments

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