October 16, 2010

"Mahalia used to kid me. She'd say, 'Girl, you need to go sing by yourself.' "

Albertina Walker, the reigning Queen of Gospel, has died at 81. [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe at 10:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Book Sculpture

Jacqueline Rush Lee is an artist drawn to objects that record physical processes or bear the imperfections and scars of life. She transforms used books into sculptures that explore and redefine the book as familiar object, medium, and archetypal form. Also, inspired by gesture drawing and painting, her Paintures are figurative sculptures created from paint skins and paint scrapings affixed to scrap metal armatures. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 9:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Zaha Hadid's first school.

"Zaha Hadid is a celebrated architect. You have probably read the articles by now: most famous woman architect in history, Pritzker prize winner, forceful character, born in Iraq or possibly, if the journalist hasn't done their research properly, Iran. She has just completed her first school, a powerful, singular object in Brixton, south London." Story. Slideshow. Some photos from Flickr. [more inside]
posted by lapsangsouchong at 8:59 PM PST - 53 comments

These Are Paintings

"These paintings became a way to explore how driving in weather shifts and changes the views outside the car as well how the driving experience informs our basic interpretation of environment." The work of artist Gregory Thielker.
posted by fantodstic at 8:56 PM PST - 8 comments

This post is all wet

Water Balloons without the Balloons. How it's done.
posted by jacquilynne at 8:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Zombie Vs. Kids

Japanese children fight valiently to protect their home from a zombie. There's no way this isn't the cutest thing you see all day. (Don't forget to turn subtitles on). Full 7 min video, albeit without subtitles.
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 7:40 PM PST - 86 comments

I'm proud of the BBC. A song.

I'm proud of the BBC. A song. [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 3:23 PM PST - 55 comments

Gee, Mrs. Cleaver ...

"Gee, Mrs. Cleaver, your kitchen always looks so clean. Why, thank you, Eddie. My mother says it looks as though you never do any work in here." U.S. television and film actress Barbara Billingsley, mother of Theodore 'Beaver' and Wally Cleaver on the television series 'Leave It to Beaver,' has died. [more inside]
posted by ericb at 2:21 PM PST - 71 comments

Dig Senalonga

Twenty-four vintage book covers from Portugal
posted by kenko at 2:14 PM PST - 11 comments

2001: a whistleblower odyssey

WikiLeaks and 9/11: What if? That is the question posed by former FBI Special Agent Coleen Rowley and former Federal Air Marshal Bogdan Dzakovic.
posted by grounded at 11:47 AM PST - 112 comments

Half Déjà Vu

"This family album isn't all-encompassing. 'The Sopranos' had many parents and grandparents, and it spawned many more offspring than can be covered in one slide show. We've just focused on some of the more colorful ancestors and descendants in the family tree."
posted by griphus at 8:06 AM PST - 19 comments

panda defence

The panda: surprisingly good at life - "New research has revealed that, contrary to popular beliefs, pandas are surprisingly well-equipped for survival." (via ners)
posted by kliuless at 6:32 AM PST - 35 comments

Some Dudes Marry Dudes. Get Over It.

FCKH8 Fundraiser with Lots of F-Bombs; NSFW.
posted by bwg at 1:02 AM PST - 56 comments

"the ballot measure would "significantly undermine" efforts to keep California communities safe."

"We will vigorously enforce the CSA against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law," -- Eric Holder on prop 19.
posted by delmoi at 1:02 AM PST - 169 comments

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