The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus “Sochi used to be much prettier... These days crooks from Moscow come here to build and sell skyscrapers and apartments, although it used to be such a small, lovely town."
via The New York Review of Books
article on "Why Sochi"
Putin explicitly links the Games to the humiliations of the recent past: “There is also a certain moral aspect here and there is no need to be ashamed of it,” he said. “After the collapse of the Soviet Union, after the dark and, let us be honest, bloody events in the Caucasus, the society had a negative and pessimistic attitude.” The Olympics, he explains, are a necessary part of an effort to “strengthen the morale of the nation.”
posted by spamandkimchi
on Feb 6, 2014 -
In his meticulous diaries, written from 1846 to 1882, the Harvard librarian John Langdon Sibley complains often about the withering summer heat: “The heat wilts & enervates me & makes me sick,” he wrote in 1852. Sibley lived before the age of air-conditioning, but recent research suggests that his observation is still accurate: summer really does tend to be a time of reduced productivity. Our brains do, figuratively, wilt. [more inside]
posted by whyareyouatriangle
on Jul 23, 2013 -
It's not the season for this song but it's certainly the right day for it: Summer's the Worst
, a ballad about love and idiocy that's melancholy, clever, and (ahem) really quite lovely.
posted by Rory Marinich
on Feb 14, 2013 -
NBC is being heavily
criticized for its handling so far of the 2012 Summer Olympics. From delaying the broadcast of the opening ceremonies by four hours (and then having to endure terrible commentary
) while the rest of world watched live, to cutting out a tribute to terror victims everywhere to not showing
Michael Phelps' first medal attempt live (and then spoiling it on a news broadcast before the race actually aired). This is in addition to online viewers not being able to access
live video online unless they have a cable subscription as well as problems with the actual stream
. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger
on Jul 29, 2012 -
An unbelievable collection of Roddy McDowall’s never-before-seen silent home movies from the summer of 1965 were uploaded onto YouTube yesterday, featuring impossibly young, impossibly gorgeous stars like Natalie Wood, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Hope Lange, and Rock Hudson frolicking on the beach. You simply MUST go to the website and watch them all. The takeaway for me, though, is Sal Mineo slinking out the back door with a guilty-looking blond who may or may not be Bobby Sherman. What were THEY up to? Also mesmerizing: The closeup of Natalie Wood’s freckles, Jane Fonda sticking out her tongue, and Paul Newman’s hunky son.
posted by BoringPostcards
on Sep 5, 2011 -
The long-polluted New York rivers
are getting cleaner, but can still be dangerous to swim in
. There are efforts underway to clean up the Bronx River
, but that will take years, if not decades. Until then, signs are posted, warning would-be swimmers
, yet people still risk sickness to battle the heat. One current safe solution is the Floating Pool Lady
, a barge that was remade into an 82-foot-long city parks department swimming pool. She first arrived in the Bronx in 2008
, and she'll return to the Bronx in a week
. There's a new Big Idea to bring swimmers back into the rivers: the +Pool, a floating swimming pool located within a river
, designed with a series exterior walls to filter the river water and make it safe to swim in. While that's in the early design stages, you can take a chance and jump in a swimming hole
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 24, 2011 -
"Starting in an austere room where they are made to sit quietly, symbolizing Europe, the children will pass through an obstacle course to arrive at a brightly decorated party room (the New World). Red-white-and-blue confetti will be thrown. But afterward the kids will have to clean up the confetti, learning that with freedom comes responsibility."
This, and many other fun activities from The Paideia School of Tampa Bay's Tea Party Summer Camp
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Jun 15, 2011 -
The House Next Door
has kicked off this year's installment of the "Summer of..." series, where they look back at the summer movies from 25 years ago. For the next few months they'll be revisiting the summer movies from 1986
, and you can check out the previous installments to relive the glories of 1985
, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
, St. Elmo's Fire
), and 1984
(including the magical day Gremlins
, and Top Secret!
posted by Horace Rumpole
on May 5, 2011 -
Lessons from a Tailor
— directed by Galen Summer
and filmed by Ed David
. The inspiration for this film came directly from the man himself. When I first met Martin Greenfield at his factory, with the intention of interviewing him for a lifetime achievement award he was receiving for his efforts as an employer and business owner in Bushwick, Brooklyn, it became clear that there was more to his story than mere success in business. Here was a man who had pulled himself up from tragedy and hardship, who had survived one of the most horrific events of the 20th century, the Nazi holocaust, and yet still possessed a lightness of spirit. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Jul 22, 2010 -
Summer Mix Series
is the soundtrack to your summer. Created by yewknee.com
, this collection of user submitted mix CDs encourages submissions to have unique, specific themes, giving many of these mixes a more cohesive edge than "Bill's Favorite Tunes June 2009". Listen to summer, 48 CDs and counting! [more inside]
posted by CharlesV42
on Jul 24, 2009 -
Today, astronomically speaking, is one of the four Cross-Quarter days
, exactly midway between the solstices and equinoxes. To some people, that makes today the start of summer
- after all, why would you begin the season that's supposed to be bright and hot on the day when the only direction to go is darker? (Yes, I know they say May 1 - the first site I linked to figures out the exact dates and times mathematically, so I'm more inclined to trust it).
posted by wanderingmind
on May 5, 2006 -
Watching Grass Grow
is an appropriate activity now that the Dog Days of summer are upon us. For those who are watching their grass lawns wilt and turn brown in the hot weather, there's hope that it will recover as pictorially documented on this site.
posted by RonZ
on Aug 1, 2005 -
has been dead
for a few days
. He was not mentioned here and I somehow missed all this. He was a player in the music biz in his day and kinda looks like me if I stopped trimming my beard for a week or two. RIP.
posted by arse_hat
on Jul 8, 2005 -
It's Summer Camp Time!
Looking at summer camps to send your
beloved children to for a week personal sanity at home? Look no further! Here it is!
Students will discover the deception of evolution, the importance of purity and morals in a free society, and the pagan connection to the radical environmental movement. Your teen will learn the importance of prayer and action. Most importantly, students will learn that in order to restore America, we must return America to Christ.
Now get out of here and go sign your little tykes up today! It's the patriotic and Christian thing to do. And don't forget the camp needs volunteers.
posted by nofundy
on Jun 25, 2003 -
Try Saying Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Tea And Mint Julep Without Smiling:
it can't be done. Coz June is busting out all over in Bourbon country and the mint is as high as an elephant's eye. For this we all rejoice. But - wait - did you know that, for that most perfect Summer drink, the thirst-quenching nec plus ultra
they call the Julep
, "the most important ingredient is a T-shirt for the mint juice extraction
"? Oh yes! The time has come. Here comes the sun. Mmmm...
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jun 5, 2002 -