Drifting ~ Odd Nerdrum
Drifting ~ Odd Nerdrum
"World War II affected our college life as most of the male student body joined one of the services. Women assumed some of their roles by taking jobs in armament industries. During the summer, I worked from early morning to evening in a public school caring for infants whose mothers were working in aircraft factories or other related industries."
"But now, before starting our careers, we decided that the coming summer after graduation would be the ideal time to have our adventure. We had a limited period of time to accomplish this. I had signed a contract to begin teaching first grade in Middleport, New York, on the Erie Canal on September 4, 1944. And so - with the leanest of equipment - we made our preparations and were ready to leave on June 22, 1944."They camped outside, slept in barns, hitched rides on riverboats, went to church on Sundays, and worked at a Walgreens serving Cokes when their money ran low. They wrote letters to their families, and nearly every day Thelma wrote in her diary. The entire diary was transcribed and can be read here.
Bill de Blasio’s plan to ban horse-and-carriage rides in NYC has hit some setbacks, but the mayor says he remains committed to getting the despondent animals off the street. Today at the New York Auto Show, the anti-carriage organization NYCLASS unveiled the electric, vintage-style car it has long touted as an alternative.
“My distinct honor and challenge has been to design a vehicle that celebrates the nostalgia and romance of the early 1900s, while eliminating a lot of the not-so-great realities of that time,” said Jason Wenig of The Creative Workshop, the firm that manufactured the car.
It’s much bigger than we expected. Wenig compared the car’s dimensions to those of a contemporary full-size SUV, which feels about right. NYCLASS claims eight-passenger capacity, but six might fit more comfortably. Two bench-style seats face each other in the car’s rear, atop large, exposed wheels and a host of vintagey brass accoutrements, chief of which is the goofy manual Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-style horn. But it won’t exactly be flying around Central Park: the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive electric car packs 84 horsepower and tops out at about 30 miles per hour.
Also on hand at the unveiling was Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who supports the horse-and-carriage ban. After thanking Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Vivierto for their leadership, he announced passing the legislature and introducing the cars as a replacement was only a “matter of time.”
“I believe New York City is about being progressive. And being progressive also means to protect our animal rights,” he added. “That’s why I’m standing here and saying having dozens of horses going through accidents in the streets of New York City is unacceptable.”
Your move, Liam Neeson.
(Photos: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)
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Canadian singer Christo Graham has turned the water of one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most beloved musicals into the wine of glorious, everlasting parody, recasting Webber’s musical life of Christ with an all-felt cast with Muppet Christ Superstar. Casting Kermit as the Messiah, Gonzo as Judas Iscariot, and Miss Piggy as Mary Magdalene, Graham has re-recorded all the musical numbers from Jesus Christ Superstar. He also does fairly good impressions of all the various Muppets, including backup vocals from the Electric Mayhem, Beaker, and Gonzo’s chickens.
Apart from the fact that they’re sung as Muppets, the songs are more or less faithful—and also apart from a few lyrical changes. For example, Piggy sings, “He’s a frog… he’s just a frog…” in “I Don’t Know How To Love Him,” while Gonzo asks what happens “If you strip away the myth from the frog ...
Great news, ladies of Brooklyn! If you’re currently a little light on cash and an extra $175 sounds like just the thing to help you make rent this month, then one local man is answering your prayers this week. According to a very unique Craigslist ad posted on Saturday, this gentleman, a foodie perhaps, is looking for a woman who will come over to his apartment for a half hour, and he doesn’t even have to be there. Instead, he’ll let you in, probably show you around a little in case there’s a problem and you need to know where a fire extinguisher or phone is, and then it’s up to you to put on a bathing suit and sit in a bathtub filled with Ramen noodles for 30 minutes.
I know, I couldn’t believe how good this sounded either!
Because some people like to be pranksters on the Internet (is nothing sacred?) the Daily Dot already reached out to this connoisseur of fine but affordable pasta to see if this was indeed an actual opportunity, or instead an elaborate ruse to shame some unfortunate soul. Me? I’m a believer in man, so I’m just going to assume that it’s real.
After all, I live in Florida, so a guy who likes to eat Ramen noodles after a woman has bathed in them for 30 minutes would probably be the 43rd strangest thing that I could see on a random Tuesday.
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The new stamps from the Finland postal service are gay. Like really gay. Like overtly gay. And that's the point. The new stamps feature artwork from Tom of Finland, an artist known for the in-your-face homoeroticism of his illustrations.
Family Circus is a single-panel comic that has been in existence since 1960, and it makes light of life’s everyday family foibles. True Detective is an eight-episode HBO series about serial murder and the nature of good and evil. A new Tumblr called Time Is A Flat Circus takes Family Circus panels and pairs them with quotes from True Detective, creating a creature that that should not exist by natural law. It also proves that the light’s winning.
drama and snake-friendship.
I was gonna make like a 2 page comic just for fun and then it ended up with 6 pages, woops
So I visited hell itself this weekend
This is my new favorite thing in the history of life
In case you were wondering — and let’s be real, surely you were — right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh weighed in CBS’ decision to hire Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman this afternoon on his AM radio hot air party, and basically Colbert replacing Letterman is the end of everything America holds precious and dear.
“CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America,” Limbaugh said this afternoon. “No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatives…now it’s just going to be wide out in the open. What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny and a redefinition of what is comedy.”
So there you have it, folks. Straight from the horse’s ass’ mouth. Also, note that Limbaugh believes comedy as it currently exists is a “covert assault on traditional American values.” I’m pretty sure they say the same thing about comedy in North Korea.
“It’s been a lot of explaining,” Vanessa Omoregie told The Guardian when her camgirlsproject first got picked up. “Explaining that I’m not stealing pictures or pulling pictures of girls off random sites. These are real girls who want to contribute to what the project discusses.”
The submission project paired famous paintings of nude muses – Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus (1486), Amedeo Modigliani’s Nudo Sdraiato (1917) and Guerin Pierre Narcisse’s Morpheus and Iris (1811) — with overlaid crops of camgirl-style self-portraits. The project has now ended, but its influence persists, particularly in the theme of agency. Like Addie Wagenknecht and Pablo Garcia‘s Webcam Venus project, camgirlsproject simultaneously addresses the nuances of a posing, self-presenting participant of an online interaction and how provocative bodies have been used in art through history.
What is especially interesting here is Omoregie’s emphases on the agency, the consent, the fully participatory self-evaluation that is happening — all in a fun and aesthetically enjoyable context. Considering the rolling changes in today’s online culture, as the perpetrators of revenge porn and other creepy hijackers of identity are finally being punished for their crimes, it’s nice to see a project focusing on an exchange like this.
Of course, there were some issues with the project, as The Guardian pointed out: “An almost complete reflection of the subject matter of the originals, the modern day nudes are mostly pale, nearly all white, and have stereotypically ‘good’ bodies (skinny, hairless – you know the drill). Omoregie, herself a black woman, is disappointed, although she has herself participated in the project and is proactive in trying to encourage more women to join in: ‘I was hoping that women who are not usually represented by the media would see this as a way to get their voice out there,’ she says.” (Images: camgirlsproject)
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When she takes…?
The thing about this is…
What I mean to say is…
I think that about sums it up. This is the role Sofia Vergara should win an Emmy for.
Vintage drag is always a treasure, but my excitement over these gorgeous pictures increased exponentially upon learning they come from the Midwest and they were only recently discovered, by total chance. In 2006, an undergrad named Robert Heishman was rummaging through a Kansas City salvage yard in hopes of finding a subject for...
Every year German engineering firm Festo develops a new robotic animal to try and learn from nature how to create a more efficient killing machine. Or, to build better industrial robots. Whatever you want to believe, poindexter.
This year it was the robot kangaroo, in order to figure out how kangaroos work because science. (Australian readers, this robot is more of a wallaby, because it’s smaller than a kangaroo, and also it’s more adorable.)
Apparently kangaroos (wallabies) are super good at jumping because they’re magically imbued with demon powers. And that’s how the robot works.
Okay, no it isn’t. Kangaroos have special tendons that recover energy when they’re mid-air, so they can keep jumping without asking coach for a water break. Festo did the same thing using an elastic spring and pneumatic cylinders. This robo-roo weighs 7 kilograms and is a meter high, and can jump 0.4 meters vertically and 0.8 meters horizontally.
In order to jump as far as possible, the kangaroo pulls its legs forward during the flight phase. This creates torque at the hip, for which the artificial animal compensates with a movement of its tail. The top of the body thereby stays almost horizontal.
According to IEEE Spectrum:
Of course, an internal power source is necessary as well, and BionicKangaroo relies on either a small compressor or a storage tank to provide high pressure air for the pneumatic muscles that power the jumping. Lightweight batteries drive everything, and a sophisticated kinematic control system keep the robot from toppling over. Control, as you might have noticed in the video, is gesture-based, via a Thalmic Labs Myo armband.
The Germans are calling it BionicKangaroo? That is just so boring. Robo-roo (Ro-ballaby?) needs a name.
The image above should really require no explanation, but just in case: the Juggalos, a proud and noble group of facepaint and off-brand soda pop enthusiasts from the midwestern United States, are debuting their own cryptocurrency to compete with the likes of Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and Coinye. The Juggalos behind JuggaloCoin explain why on their website:
1. Keeping funds in the family. The most important thing to understand about Juggalo culture is that it is all about Family and helping each other out. By spending Juggalo Coins, Juggalos can be certain that their money is going to someone who is “down with the clown.”
2. Promoting the positive aspects of the Juggalo lifestyle. Juggalos receive a lot of bad press, and our goal is for Juggalo Coin is to present the message that you shouldn’t believe all the hysteria you may read, and that we are a community standing together to help and support our own. This could actually produce some positive news stories about Juggalos for once.
3. Supporting Juggalo charities. There are already Juggalo-specific charities, and we’re hoping that Juggalo Coin will become the preferred way to donate to them. To facilitate this, we are offering an enormous reward to the first two certified Juggalo Charities that sign up to accept Juggalo Coin. See details in the “bounties” section.
4. Promoting recognition of February 17 as international “Juggalo Day.” The first Juggalo Day was celebrated in 2012, and in a couple of short years it has grown into a huge event featuring special shows by ICP and several days of madness. Of course, we understand that Juggalo Day is probably never going to become an official national holiday. That’s not the goal. The goal is for recognition, in the same way that 4/20 is recognized as a marijuana holiday.
Whoop whoop, ninjas.
This thursday I am going to have my leg sleeve worked on for the first time in almost 4 years. I am really excited!
I got an ask in my box about all the genitals I have tattooed on my body. These are it, although, my leg isn’t done yet.
The last photo is on my left arm. A lot of people miss that it is abstract, and not anatomically correct.
Vo Anh Kiet (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam). Finalist: Travel. Terraced fields during harvest season. Mu Cang Chay, Vietnam, September 2012.
Carol Lynne Fowler (Seeley Lake, Montana). Finalist: Americana. A champion bronco bucks a champion rider at the Helmville Rodeo. Helmville, Montana, September 2013.
Sergio Carbajo Rodriguez (La Garriga, Spain). Finalist: Travel. Portrait of a young Suri boy going with his father to take care of the cattle. Ethiopia, August 2013.
Graham McGeorge (Jacksonville, Florida). Finalist: Natural World. McGeorge spent a quiet 6 hours trying to get the perfect image of this eastern screech owl out of its nest. Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia, April 2013.
Christopher Doherty (North Palm Beach, Florida). Finalist: Natural World. Breath at sunset, captures a sea turtle at a dive site called Black Rock. Kāʻanapali, Hawaiʻi, August 2013.
Karen Lunney (Brisbane, Australia). Finalist: Natural World. During their annual migration, wildebeests are forced to find new river crossings in the Serengeti-Mara region. “The animals were being taken by the unfamiliar currents of deep water and had to struggle to get close to the far bank. There were few rocks on which to land and the initial orderly progression soon became a desperate struggle of clambering,” says Lunney. Mara River, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, September 2013.
Nidal Adnan Kibria (Dhaka, Bangladesh). Finalist: Travel. Action Hero. As part of a show called “Well of Death,” a biker performs a stunt at a village fair to celebrate Rath Jatra, a Hindu festival. Dhamrai, Bangladesh, June 2012.
Vincent Cheng (Burnaby, Canada). Finalist: Travel. A group of locals playing billiards by Namtso Lake. Tibet, China, June 2013.
Dina Bova (Petach Tikva, Israel). Finalist: Altered Images. “Babylon—Made in Italy is inspired by the story of the Babylon tower, the painting by Pieter Bruegel and by a trip to the beautiful Cinque Terre in Italy,” says Bova. Cinque Terre, Italy, October 2013.
Aspen Wang (Hong Kong, Hong Kong). Finalist: Natural World. Penguins on Ice. “Although my photo hardly does justice to describing the tenuous balance in Antarctica’s ecosystem, it has served to crystallize in my memory one of the last stretches of untamed and inarticulate lands on earth,” says Wang. Antarctica, December 29, 2010.
Smithsonian Magazine just announced the finalists of their 11th Annual Photo Contest. This year’s competition saw a whopping 50,000 submissions, from which 60 finalists were selected in 6 categories including: Natural, Travel, People, Americana, Altered, and Mobile. The contest is now open for a Readers’ Choice vote which runs from today through May 6, 2014. Vote here. All photos courtesy Smithsonian Magazine and the respetive photographers.