Hear the first single from HudMo's debut album.
“This was love: a string of coincidences that gathered significance and became miracles.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun
“The trick of enjoying New York is not to be so busy grinding your way to the center of the earth that you fail to notice the sparkle of the place, a scale and a kind of wonder that puts all human endeavors in their proper place.”
— David Carr, The Night of the Gun
"I shall go on shining as a brilliantly meaningless figure in a meaningless world."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned
Cord Jefferson with a beautiful piece about his mother, illness, and the importance and difficulty of being kind.
I'd just returned home from a meeting when she called again. It had been only a few hours since we'd last talked and, as she stammered when I picked up, my heart sank with the anticipation of more bad news. "I didn't tell you everything I wanted to earlier," she said after gathering her tongue. "I wanted to say that I'm scared. I know you can't do anything to change this, but it makes me feel better to let you know that I'm afraid."
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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.
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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.