Alphabet Blocks for a Geek Baby
"Amateur engineer/designer" Jonathan M. Guberman made his newborn son a set of custom engraved wooden alphabet blocks, with "things that his mother and I were looking forward to sharing with him" on 4 of the 6 sides. (See them all here)
"The only real rule I followed in choosing subjects was trying to maintain an even gender balance" which makes them even more awesome. (Of course, your choices for certain letters may vary)
In Bed With Invader
One night in Paris with street artist Invader (SLYT)
'Rum and Coca Cola' is a 1942 calypso song by Lord Invader
about women on Trinidad prostituting themselves to American soldiers. In 1944, the song was performed in the US by the Andrews Sisters
, with the verses altered but the underlying meaning of the song still intact; the song was banned from radio play, however, because of the reference to alcohol. Both versions of the song were enormously popular, and the ensuing plagiarism suits ran until 1950. The copious Rum and Coca Cola Reader
has the full story
, and over twenty versions
of the song. [more inside]
An Interview with Jhonen Vasquez and Rikki Simons,
the creator and designer for the short-lived Invader Zim.
A great look into what happens when Nickelodeon hires a talent they clearly knew nothing about, and then gives him a cartoon show.