Dorwart Neon Signs salesman’s sample case, Lancaster PA, ca. 1935.
“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
The Triangular Theory of Love
for the next time Haddaway asks “what is love”
Chiefs at Voodoo Festival 2009 in Ouidah || Benin || West Africa || © Luca Gargano
Ẹ ku alẹ!
At the Strand Bookstore, Thursday, March 26, 7pm (828 Broadway @ 12th St.).
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.
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.
the digitization of the holy body
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.
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.
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.
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?
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers, from Fantastic Four Annual #1.
The kid and I came up with this last night.
Names of Demons from Collin de Plancy’s ‘’Dictionnaire Infernal’’, 1818.
Black violins in play #santamonica #blackviolins #santamonica #myblacknerdposse
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:
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.
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.
What If Guardians was made in the 80’s?
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.
Wrapped arrow #Dubai (at AlSerkal Avenue; Dubai)
This interview with Vibe editor/write Danyel Smith is hilariously tweegro.