ratak-monodosico:Dorwart Neon Signs salesman’s sample case,…



ratak-monodosico:

Dorwart Neon Signs salesman’s sample case, Lancaster PA, ca. 1935.

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“Is it really even accurate to consider us alternative?”This…



“Is it really even accurate to consider us alternative?”

This question was posed by my fellow Black Girl Nerd contributor Candice in her piece “On The Black Alternative Experience“. In her article, Candice discussed how her lack of interest in a certain recording artist caused her to receive a condescending comment about how “different” her music taste was.  from Is it Accurate to Consider Blacks Alternative

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bitchywhitebrunette:The Triangular Theory of Love (Robert…



bitchywhitebrunette:

The Triangular Theory of Love
(Robert Sternberg)

for the next time Haddaway asks “what is love”

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Harold Nicholas

HaroldNicholas2-His first film was 1932's PIE, PIE, BLACKBIRD.
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Limerickania (4)

NancyGrapesFoxy Fritzi's niece gapes at a cluster…
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itscolossal: Drawings in Space: Wooden Wireframe Sculptures of…











itscolossal:

Drawings in Space: Wooden Wireframe Sculptures of Everyday Objects by Janusz Grünspek

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hragv: #textme



hragv:

#textme

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beautiesofafrique:Chiefs at Voodoo Festival 2009 in Ouidah ||…



beautiesofafrique:

Chiefs at Voodoo Festival 2009 in Ouidah || Benin || West Africa || © Luca Gargano

Ẹ ku alẹ!

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The Unconquerable (39)

macinnesThe Last Days
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Edward Bellamy

bellamyHe wrote a bestselling work of socialist utopianism.
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In bed with Raymond Williams

I was on the verge of writing B. an email earlier - "Getting into bed with Raymond Williams" - only I realized that what I really needed was a straight-up nap, not nap-pretending-to-be-reading-a-book! I have been remiss in not mentioning this here sooner - Facebook and Twitter leach energy away from this sort of announcement - but I've got a fun gig tomorrow night, joining Geoff Dyer (one of my literary heroes) and Nikil Saval (Columbia grad and author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, which I haven't read yet but which I sent a copy of last year to my father, longtime "cube" occupant) for a panel discussion of a new reissue of Politics and Letters: Interviews with New Left Review.

At the Strand Bookstore, Thursday, March 26, 7pm (828 Broadway @ 12th St.).

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dark-recesses-of-the-soul:☽ dark, horror, eerie, macabre ☾…



dark-recesses-of-the-soul:

dark, horror, eerie, macabre

Is my slip showing?

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divinemoon: Oshumare ~ Oshumare is the Orisha of the Serpent…



divinemoon:

Oshumare ~

Oshumare is the Orisha of the Serpent and the Rainbow, represents the union between heaven and Earth, the balance between the men and the Orishas. It is androgynous and represents the movement, the permanence and the wealth. He is the assistant of Chango and the Crown of Yemaya. He is the son of Nana Buruku  Iroko and Babaluaye are his brothers. His cult comes from territory Yewe, this reached its peak in the 19th century, but has been lost due to the few who have the secrets. It is said that you helped cure the blindness of Olodumare, when it offered him to reside in the Orun. His colors are related to Oya and worship him through Yemaya. Oshumare’s cult is also through the Babalawos. His Elekes are made with 7 transparent accounts interspersed with 11 yellow and 11 Golden.

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But over the last few weeks, a California-based computer…



But over the last few weeks, a California-based computer engineer — we’ll call him Patrick — has pitted heterosexual male against heterosexual male. Patrick’s program identifies two men who “like” one of his bait profiles (the first used prominent vlogger Boxxy’s image; the second used an acquaintance who had given Patrick consent) and matched them to each other. The suitors’ messages — some aggressive, others mundane, but all of them unabashedly flirtatious — are then relayed, back and forth, to one another through the dummy profile.

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animus-inviolabilis:The Sisters 1952 Leonard Baskin



animus-inviolabilis:

The Sisters

1952

Leonard Baskin

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polychroniadis: Gif by 30.000 frames per second.



polychroniadis:

Gif by 30.000 frames per second.

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gifopera: the digitization of the holy body



gifopera:

the digitization of the holy body

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10 Best Adventures of 1940

chandler thumb10 best adventures from 75 years ago!
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Fellow travelers

The Cat Tracker Project.
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Women and clothes

Diana Athill on luxury.
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musicistheart:Adolf Hiremy Hirschl



musicistheart:

Adolf Hiremy Hirschl

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Ub Iwerks

Ub-iwerksHe invented the manic, spongey cartoon style we take for granted.
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The Mark

I led the entire UX and UI suite for the entire digital experience of the Mark, Seattle’s newest destination skyscraper in the middle of downtown that’s being built right now. I’ve always been a architecture fanboy and fan of Seattle’s futurist history, so this project felt like home. Created with the good people at Tether.

 

 

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Primer Stories

Recently, one of my oldest friends and I launched Primer, weekly-updated interactive visual narratives about everything from science and math, to culture and art, and all for free. The project allows us to experiment with how we wish the internet looked, and also to fuse our love of many things, like comics, podcasts, articles and documentaries, into a single entity that we hope informs as well as entertains. We’ve had a lot of early success, have rebuffed a few interlopers, and are committed to keeping some small part of the web weird and zine-like. If you like the look of it, please go and subscribe. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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A List Apart

I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to step into the very large shoes of Kevin Connell and do some illustration work for the seminal web magazine about the web, A List Apart, who I was introduced to through my colleague at Editorial.ly, Jason Santamaria. I can say without a doubt they, and art director Mick Pick, are one of the best and easiest clients I’ve ever had.

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David English

Got the Sunday Times, which I don’t usually do, and in the Book Review letters section I saw a familiar name:  David English, of Somerville, MA.  I started noticing this guy when I was in grad school.  He writes letters to the editor.  A lot of letters to the editor.  Google finds about 10 pages of hits for his letters to the Times, starting in 1993 and continuing at a steady clip through the present.  He wrote to the New Yorker and New York Magazine, too. And I thought I remembered him showing up in the Globe letter column, too, but Google can’t find that.

Who is David English of Somerville, MA?  And has he actually had more letters to the New York Times published than anyone else alive?


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marvelbah:Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers, from Fantastic…



marvelbah:

Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers, from Fantastic Four Annual #1.

The kid and I came up with this last night. 

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her name is ‘iambic pentameter’

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chaosophia218:Names of Demons from Collin de Plancy’s…









chaosophia218:

Names of Demons from Collin de Plancy’s ‘’Dictionnaire Infernal’’, 1818.

little devils

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New York living

One of the services the professional catsitters provide is a very funny note to greet you on your arrival home (NYC often outdoes even your most extravagant imaginings!)....
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New York living

One of the services the professional catsitters provide is a very funny note to greet you on your arrival home (NYC often outdoes even your most extravagant imaginings!)....
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New York living

One of the services the professional catsitters provide is a very funny note to greet you on your arrival home (NYC often outdoes even your most extravagant imaginings!)....
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New York living

One of the services the professional catsitters provide is a very funny note to greet you on your arrival home (NYC often outdoes even your most extravagant imaginings!)....
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Radium Age: Context (38)

mental thumb1900 poster for the MENTAL MARVEL.
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The Sunday Series: Sunday March 22, 2015



Sunday No. 11

Sunday March 22, 2015

In my many moments of pure crisis, I often find myself at the Santa Monica Pier - not only for the view of the Pacific Ocean, but more importantly, Zoltar the Fortune Teller.   I tend to make the wrong choice at the worst times in my life, so I choose to let fate take a hold of me, by giving my role of chance to Zoltar.   Like others in my troubles, I tend to look at a higher power to lead me out of the darkness into the lightness.  For whatever reasons, I have always been attracted to the Santa Monica Pier, not due to its tourist attractions, but the darkness that seems to lurk in the shadows between the arcade games.   It is one thing to be here in bright daylight with others, but to be surrounded by the machines themselves in the dead of the night, is almost a spiritual re-awakening.  I have to admit I felt fear when I'm here alone in the arcade, but also feel that I'm only a foot away from my existence, and therefore feel more alive than anywhere else or time. 

The Santa Monica Pier opened in 1909, which was a very much different world then.  The extension from land or beach to the sea, must have been a sign of significant meeting - in that one is honoring the horizon that the ocean represents.    For me, when I look out at the edge of the pier to the vast amount of water, I think there is no turning back once one makes that journey beyond the shore.  So, instead of going forward to the horizon, I turn my back to the ocean, and head towards Zoltar. 



This particular vending machine only cost a quarter, and lucky they had a change machine near-by.  I put my quarter in, and received a fortune from Zoltar saying: "You are a strong believer in fate."   At that moment, that belief was extremely strong.  I looked into Zoltar's eyes to see if I can receive a recognition of some sort.  Oddly enough, I couldn't get a fix on his eyes.  It seemed that he was looking away from me, perhaps as far away as my past.  "You feel you have no control over your destiny."   No shit Zoltar!  I often wander around the pier after midnight, hoping to see a sign saying 'don't jump into the ocean."   



Instead I look at my fortune card that came from the vending machine, and it tells me that my lucky numbers are 10, 12, 13, 2, 1.   Since today is the 22nd, and I didn't see 22 as among my lucky numbers, I felt I was on very dangerous ground.  All I could hear was the hum of the Zoltar machine, and the waves hitting the pier.  For whatever reason, I thought of a piece of music by Edgar Varése "Arcana."  The original arrangement consists of an orchestra with 120 musicians, and yet, here I can just hear Zoltar and the ocean.  Both have an organic quality, and I always thought of Varése as a composer tied closely with rural and urban sounds.   And here I'm, standing by the fortune vending machine, and only feet away from the majestic ocean, which is calling out to me.


As I was very much alone, I felt more romantic.  It started to rain, and I had no desire to hide myself from the tears.  Alas, I read the last part of my fortune, which reads "fate will be kind to you and you can expect your life to run on a smoother pattern."  I looked back at the ocean, and immediately realized that my destiny lies not there, but with Zoltar.   I made a promise right there, that I would never leave the pier, nor will peer pressure will ever make me jump into the ocean.  My thoughts, my life, are an island of contentment. 


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Black violins in play #santamonica #blackviolins #santamonica…



Black violins in play #santamonica #blackviolins #santamonica #myblacknerdposse

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(via fuckyeahmaryblair)



(via fuckyeahmaryblair)

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Code-X (56)

toyotaMuseum Quality
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Paul Fussell

Paul FussellHe could write to amuse… or irritate.
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Emerald City Comicon

I’ll be tabling at the always-lovely Emerald City Comicon, along with Periscope Studio comrades, in booth #1214.

Still figuring out exactly what all I’m bringing, but I’ll definitely have lots of copies of Bad HousesComic Book Tattoo or two, & assorted minicomics.

I will not have copies of Sensation Comics: Featuring Wonder Woman #29 & #30with parts one and two of my story “VIP,” because so far they exist only in the digital etherverse.

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But I will have a tablet so folks can browse & see how a T-shirt with the slogan #problematic, dinosaur selfies, and the word mansplaining figure into the plot.

Also, here’s a panel that has already been modified and put into service in a college lab where a friend works:

 

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Why SpaceX photos aren’t public domain (yet)

Sometimes people who license their digital content aren’t really thinking it through. They may have something else on their minds or copyright nuance may not be their thing. I think it behooves us copyright advocates and activists to (at least) politely try to push the envelope towards more open content licensing. Here’s the example I enjoyed from today.

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This is interesting especially because Flickr uses Creative Commons licensing, but does not use CC-0 which is an intentional choice. Photos from cultural heritage organizations which are in the Flickr Commons have an additional “no known copyright restriction” option that is only available to specific accounts, not any Flickr user. There are many ways this specific issue can be resolved but just the fact that it’s generally a hurdle that has to be overcome indicates that there is still a good role for copyright reform advocates to play. More supporting links: Original article & SpaceX photos on Flickr.

Update: I made this into a longer Medium post.

Why SpaceX’s photos (maybe) aren’t public domain

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horrorsoflife:What If Guardians was made in the 80’s?



horrorsoflife:

What If Guardians was made in the 80’s?

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5 Fascinating Facts About the Bowerbird

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Lots of species will go all out to land a mate, but few courtship routines are as elaborate as that of the bowerbird. These birds craft nest-like structures, known as bowers, and decorate them with attention-getting items. Females tour many of these local bowers, assessing both structure and suitor before selecting a mate.

  • Male satin bowerbirds festoon the front terraces of their bowers with shiny or colored objects, preferring those of a vivid blue hue.  
  • Bowerbirds don’t discriminate when hunting for objects to add to their bowers, displaying natural treasures like fresh flowers, feathers, and cicada wings alongside objects like ballpoint pen lids and bottlecaps.
  • Decorating a bower doesn’t end at displaying objects. Some satin bowerbirds mix plant material with saliva to make a “paint” they spread over their bower walls.
  • Competition for bower decorations is fierce, and male bowerbirds will steal desirable trinkets from other bowers to improve their own.
  • If a female admires a bower, she enters it, but the mating ritual isn’t over. The male then proceeds to perform a dance while holding a favorite trinket in his beak.

Find out more about bowerbirds and their mating rituals in Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species.

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Jurgen (2)

jurgen thumbWhy Jurgen Did the Manly Thing
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hragv:Wrapped arrow #Dubai (at AlSerkal Avenue; Dubai)



hragv:

Wrapped arrow #Dubai (at AlSerkal Avenue; Dubai)

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“When we moved to East L.A., we lived on a very integrated block. We had a lot of Jewish people,…”

“When we moved to East L.A., we lived on a very integrated block. We had a lot of Jewish people, black people, Mexican-Americans, Asians. It was a little magical block on Highpoint Street. Frankly, it was hell for me in other ways, but in terms of friends on my block, we were a tight group. My elementary school was a magnet school that brought in kids from around the city, so I had kids in my life from all races and stuff.”

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Why Can’t I Be You: Danyel Smith


This interview with Vibe editor/write Danyel Smith is hilariously tweegro. 

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