February 6, 2013

Looking to jump into a particular genre of professional photography? Instead of shelling out money and time for lessons, workshops, and/or internships, check out the handbook, “How to be a Photographer in Four Lessons.” Written by Brussels-based photographer Thomas Vanden Driessche, it offers the basic gist of how you can instantly become great in contemporary photography, war photography, conceptual photography, and more!

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January 2, 2013
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Yokoo Tadanori’s poster for Nagisa Ôshima’s Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (1969), courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
from the MOMA exhibition:


Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde
November 18, 2012–February 25, 2013
In conjunction with the film exhibition Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1960–1986

keyframedaily:

Yokoo Tadanori’s poster for Nagisa Ôshima’s Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (1969), courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

from the MOMA exhibition:

Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde

November 18, 2012–February 25, 2013

In conjunction with the film exhibition Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1960–1986

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November 28, 2012

RIP

Mickey Baker, also known as Mickey “Guitar” Baker (October 15, 1925 – November 27, 2012) was an American guitarist. He is widely held to be a critical force in the bridging of rhythm and blues and rock and roll, along with Bo DiddleyIke Turner, and Chuck Berry.

nice interview here by NYC photog Jim Herrington.

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November 23, 2012

This Is Not an Artwork

A thought-provoking exhibition of artwork deemed, by insurance companies, no longer art.

No Longer Art

through Dec. 20 at the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery at Columbia University 

article By  at Slate

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November 12, 2012

youmightfindyourself:

Tom Waits recites “The Laughing Heart” by Charles Bukowski

November 12, 2012

A city map scattered with over 10,000 red dots: the Spatial distribution of executions in Stalin’s Moscow, a ‘database of purges of Moscow residents in 1930s-50s’ taken from data provided by The Memorial Society. Linked via an article by Daniel Sandford via the BBC News magazine.

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November 12, 2012

Exploring dark energy with the world’s largest camera - Rough Cuts


Astronomers at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile hope to unlock secrets of our changing universe with the most powerful sky-mapping camera ever built. A five-year study beginning in December aims to discover some 300 million galaxies and 4,000 supernovae. (November 9, 2012)

November 10, 2012

Without the All American Red Heads, there would be no WNBA 

The Arkansas-rooted professional team showed the world that women belong in basketball.

by 

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September 28, 2012


Buddhist Statue Taken by Nazis has Extraterrestrial Origins


The fascinating history of a priceless Buddhist statue could be the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster; it spans millennia and brings together Nazis, Buddhism, and meteorites. The statue, thought to feature the god Vaisravana, first received notice in the 1930s, when it was brought back to Germany by a Nazi-funded expedition sent to Tibetto find the origins of the Aryan race. In a surprising new turn of events, researchers have now identified the extraterrestrial origins of the 1,000-year-old artifact. It appears to have been carved from a piece of the Chinga meteorite, which crashed on Earth about 15,000 years ago


The fascinating history of a priceless Buddhist statue could be the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster; it spans millennia and brings together Nazis, Buddhism, and meteorites. The statue, thought to feature the god Vaisravana, first received notice in the 1930s, when it was brought back to Germany by a Nazi-funded expedition sent to Tibetto find the origins of the Aryan race. In a surprising new turn of events, researchers have now identified the extraterrestrial origins of the 1,000-year-old artifact. It appears to have been carved from a piece of the Chinga meteorite, which crashed on Earth about 15,000 years ago

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September 27, 2012
The Flâneur
Derived from the French verb flâner, meaning “to stroll,” a flâneur is one who walks without a destination. Refined by French poet Charles Baudelaire, the idea of the flâneur as a person who travels a city on foot in order to experience it has been embraced by thinkers in fields such as photography and urban planning. Disengaged yet aware, the flâneur wanders without any purpose except to observe without interacting.

The Flâneur

Derived from the French verb flâner, meaning “to stroll,” a flâneur is one who walks without a destination. Refined by French poet Charles Baudelaire, the idea of the flâneur as a person who travels a city on foot in order to experience it has been embraced by thinkers in fields such as photography and urban planning. Disengaged yet aware, the flâneur wanders without any purpose except to observe without interacting.

September 26, 2012
Photograph of the black board in the New York Gold Room, September 24, 1869, showing the collapse of the price of gold. Handwritten caption by James A. Garfield indicates it was used as evidence before the Committee of Banking & Currency during hearings in 1870.
Black Friday (1869)
In 1869, American financial speculators Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market by trying to prevent the sale of government gold, which they hoped to achieve by influencing President Ulysses Grant. The plan backfired when Grant discovered the plot and released $4 million of government gold for sale. On a day that came to be known as Black Friday, the price of gold plummeted, panic ensued, and thousands were ruined—though not Gould or Fisk.

Photograph of the black board in the New York Gold Room, September 24, 1869, showing the collapse of the price of gold. Handwritten caption by James A. Garfield indicates it was used as evidence before the Committee of Banking & Currency during hearings in 1870.

Black Friday (1869)

In 1869, American financial speculators Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market by trying to prevent the sale of government gold, which they hoped to achieve by influencing President Ulysses Grant. The plan backfired when Grant discovered the plot and released $4 million of government gold for sale. On a day that came to be known as Black Friday, the price of gold plummeted, panic ensued, and thousands were ruined—though not Gould or Fisk.

September 26, 2012
The Godfather of Brazilian Soul

By David Haglund


" Tim Maia would have turned 70 this Friday. The musician was a superstar in his native Brazil, but he never made it big in the U.S.—despite beginning his career here, arriving in Tarrytown, N.Y., illegally at age 17. He got deported back to Brazil after a marijuana arrest in Florida and hit it big back home a few years later. But not here.


Now David Byrne’s record label Luaka Bop is introducing him to American audiences withNobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia. The collection includes recordings from throughout the 1970s, including songs he wrote for a spiritualist group called Energia Racional, which believed that humans would eventually be saved by aliens in flying saucers who would return us to our real home. For a year Maia dressed in robes and only performed for his fellow believers…”
kinda sounds like a Brazilian Sun Ra.

The Godfather of Brazilian Soul

" Tim Maia would have turned 70 this Friday. The musician was a superstar in his native Brazil, but he never made it big in the U.S.—despite beginning his career here, arriving in Tarrytown, N.Y., illegally at age 17. He got deported back to Brazil after a marijuana arrest in Florida and hit it big back home a few years later. But not here.

Now David Byrne’s record label Luaka Bop is introducing him to American audiences withNobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia. The collection includes recordings from throughout the 1970s, including songs he wrote for a spiritualist group called Energia Racional, which believed that humans would eventually be saved by aliens in flying saucers who would return us to our real home. For a year Maia dressed in robes and only performed for his fellow believers…”

kinda sounds like a Brazilian Sun Ra.

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September 26, 2012

Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever

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September 25, 2012

If I had an extra $1,100 this would be pretty cool. It’s a great set list AND it’s on sale for the next 14 hours on ebay ! 13% off. Save $162.50 !

SONIC YOUTH LIVE IN SLOVENIA 1985/87 EXYU CASSETTE TAPE For sale is very rare, original exYugoslavian cassette tape: SONIC YOUTH - LIVE IN LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA (5.10.1985/24.6.1987), (SKUC FORUM ZK-FV 22); Condition cassette tape cover: EXCELLENT; Condition cassette tape, visually graded: VERY GOOD (writings on both labels). “

September 25, 2012

Not to be confused with Noble Rot…it’s the Ig Noble Prizes !

SpeechJammer Earns Ig Nobel Prize

If you have ever had the desire to silence a blowhard, you need the SpeechJammer, a device that disrupts a person’s speech by playing it back with a slight delay, confusing the speaker just enough to stop talking. Its inventors were among those honored this year with Ig Nobel Prizes—a parody of the Nobel Prizes—for achievements that “first make people laugh and then make them think.” Other awardees include levitating a frog, psychologists who found that leaning to the left makes the Eiffel Tower seem smaller, physicists who devised an equation that predicts the shape of a ponytail, and a Russian company that converted old ammunition into diamonds

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