This guy Fik Shun? He knows how to dance.
The thing he starts doing with his chest around 2:10 is some Exorcist-level shit. (via digg)Tags: dance video
minimalist take on an a-frame/ma-style
…gorgeous…breathe in the beauty…
In Joshua Tree, California, artist Phillip K Smith III has completed Lucid Stead: an optical illusion/installation that modifies an abandoned 70-year-old homestead with mirrors in order to make it appear transparent. The cabin was also fitted with LED lighting to “extract the distilled experience of how light changes over time — how a mountain can be blue, red, brown, white, purple, and black all in one day.” As Smith stated, the project is about light, shadow, and tapping into the quiet of the desert. Check out more images and a video of the cabin after the break!
Images via http://pks3.com/
Male northern elephant seal (Supergiant Animals - BBC)
Hummingbird hawk-moth (Richard Hammond’s Invisible Worlds - BBC)
click through for an awesome camper and a portable treehouse
Meet Jay Nelson, professional fort builder on the coast of California.
After delaying his debut album, it seems like Star Slinger is finally set to let it come out in early 2014. Here is a new taste from the LP, “Free.” The song is a light, groovy, grin-inducing exercise that is, for the most part, drop-free.
Here are some North American dates for Slinger:
11-06 Las Vegas, NV – Commonwealth
11-07 Las Vegas, NV – Ling Ling Lounge
11-08 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11-10 New York, NY – Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
11-13 Philadelphia, PA – The Dolphin
11-14 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
11-15 Montreal, Quebec – Le Belmont
11-16 Toronto, Ontario – Drake Hotel
“Nosetalgia” is one of our favorite jams on Pusha-T’s new solo record My Name is My Name, thanks in part to a blistering verse from Kendrick Lamar – so we’re jazzed that it’s now got a video, a minimalist, black-and-white, single-shot affair. It’s simple, but totally effective to the point of hypnotic – watching Pusha and Kendrick deliver their verses on a nighttime stroll through a silent, empty Compton street, you’ll find it impossible to press pause. Check it out – remember you can pick up My Name is My Name on October 8.
Barn owl (Christopher Taylor)
“I was funny — ha-ha, not peculiar. It was a modest currency, like pennies: pedestrian, somewhat laborious, but a currency nonetheless. I was funny, in public, most often at my own expense.”
― Claire Messud, The Woman Upstairs
Irish Guards remain at attention after one guardsman faints in London, England, June 1966.Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic
Basement Jaxx’s has a video they’ve shared for new single “What a Difference Your Love Makes” and it features a lot of incredible pantsula dancing recorded on location in Alexandra, Johannesburg, so we highly recommend you click play below.
The single is out officially September 30th, and it will reportedly lead to a new album eventually.
Read more articles like "Video: Basement Jaxx – “What a Difference Your Love Makes”" on PMA - Pretty Much Amazing.Tags: Basement Jaxx
“In architecture’s ‘Mad Men’ era, there was a woman.” So begins David W. Dunlap’s eloquent eulogy, published yesterday in The New York Times, to Natalie de Blois. Dunlap explores de Blois’ significant contributions to Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill’s iconic buildings, including the Lever House, as well as the significant hurdles she had to overcome. As SOM partner Nathaniel Owings wrote of de Blois in his autobiography: “Her mind and hands worked marvels in design — and only she and God would ever know just how many great solutions, with the imprimatur of one of the male heroes of S.O.M., owed much more to her than was attributed by either S.O.M. or the client.” Read the entire article at The New York Times.
The Roots' Questlove has some powerful thoughts on the Trayvon Martin verdict:
I'm in scenarios all the time in which primitive, exotic-looking me -- six-foot-two, 300 pounds, uncivilized Afro, for starters -- finds himself in places where people who look like me aren't normally found. I mean, what can I do? I have to be somewhere on Earth, correct? In the beginning -- let's say 2002, when the gates of "Hey, Ahmir, would you like to come to [swanky elitist place]?" opened -- I'd say "no," mostly because it's been hammered in my DNA to not "rock the boat," which means not making "certain people" feel uncomfortable.
I mean, that is a crazy way to live. Seriously, imagine a life in which you think of other people's safety and comfort first, before your own. You're programmed and taught that from the gate. It's like the opposite of entitlement.
Reading about this case and the reaction to it has been a series of gut punches this week.Tags: legal Questlove racism Trayvon Martin
A nice video from Wired that shows how Tesla's sedan is made.
Tesla got the factory for a song from Toyota in 2010, spent about a year or so setting up tooling and started producing the Model S sedan in mid-2012. The automaker brings in raw materials by the truckload, including the massive rolls of aluminum that are bent, pressed, and formed to create the car. Those lightweight components are assembled by swarm of red robots in an intricate ballet that is mesmerizing to behold.
(via ★interesting)Tags: cars how to Tesla video
Ear-deep in watermelon, a boy eats a juicy slice at a festival in Florida, December 1963.
Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic
The use of abandoned boats as sheds is an East Coast of England tradition. These upturned boatsheds are found at the harbour on Lindisfarne, Northumberland, are still used by local fishermen.
The boat sheds at the castle first appeared when Edwin Lutyens restored Lindisfarne castle for Edward Hudson at the turn of the last century.
The Spanish architect Enric Miralles used Lutyens’ upturned herring busses as an inspiration for his design of the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh.
Contributed by Nina Maley.
A balloon vendor runs across a road with a trailing mass of balloons in Buenos Aires, November 1921.
Photograph by Newton W. Gulick, National Geographic
turns out alexander graham bell actually invented the space frame way before buckminster fuller. what a baller. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_frame#History
Alexander Graham Bell’s tetrahedral tower is unveiled in 1907 in Nova Scotia.
Photograph courtesy the Bell Collection
hey guys! i made a chair.
“I am going to tell you a secret. Everything is about wanting. Everything. Things happen because of people wanting. Watch closely, and you’ll see what I mean.”
― David Mitchell, Ghostwritten
This is amazing: Alan Taylor rounds up some homemade inventions from China, including DIY submarines, giant motorcycles, home-built robots, and can't-possibly-fly airplanes. I can't pick a favorite, but this homemade welding mask is outstanding:
Ok, and this giant motorcycle:
Oh, and this rickshaw-pulling robot:
And, and, and... (via @faketv)Tags: Alan Taylor China photography
Victoria amazonica water lilies can reach 20 feet in circumference and support up to 300 pounds each. Perching children atop the massive leaves was all the rage in water gardens of the time. Salem, North Carolina, c. 1892.
Photograph by Frank Hege, National Geographic
“Decide your own life, don't let another person run or rule you.“ This is the first rule of the Hobo ethical code.
In most people's mind hoboes are a thing of the past, frozen in time since the Depression. The hobo’s picturesque image, walking along rails with a light bindle stick, hopping steam trains from state to state to avert his fate, solidifies him as an iconic American figure.
However, one might be surprised that "hoboes" don’t just belong to the past of the US. Small but dynamic communities mindful of perserving their history, their ethics, and their legacy, exist today.
Since 1974, three different generations composing the hobo community converge once a year in the city of Britt, Iowa to celebrate and exchange thoughts, tips, and stories about a penniless lifestyle. They gather to share tales of wandering around the country avoiding troubles and danger, and to preserve their self-taught train engineering and coded languages generated by decades of hoboes.
With the goal of archiving and keeping alive their culture, the Hobo Foundation bought the Britt movie theater and installed a permanent display of artifacts donated by the itinerant workers: extensive memorabilia of such famous hoboes as Frisco Jack, Connecticut Slim, Hard Rock Kid and Pennsylvania Kid, just to name a few.
On display are original hobo crafts, photographs, videos and documentaries depicting the hobo lifestyle, paintings, a historic postcard collection, and a hobo doll collection. Visiting the Hobo Museum is a deep dive into the most americana branch of vernacular archeology.
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“Little Red Treehouse” in Lapland, Sweden.
Contributed by Joan Childs.