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May 19th, 2017: TCAF was super great! It is my favourite show every year and this year DID NOT DISAPPOINT. Thanks to everyone who came by and said hi!

– Ryan

24 May 02:28

Henderson Island is a 14.4 square mile uninhabited landmass in...



Henderson Island is a 14.4 square mile uninhabited landmass in the South Pacific Ocean. Recent studies have revealed that this area has the highest density of plastic that has washed up onshore of any area on the globe. It is estimated that the island’s shores now contain 37.7 million items of debris that weigh a total of 17.6 tonnes.
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Source imagery: DigitalGlobe

22 May 18:44






13 May 08:28

The Joy of Watching Miniature Japanese Meals Being Prepared

by Johnny


There are books on the wall, a table in the middle of the room, a plant, maybe a floor lamp or two. But something doesn’t feel right in this room, like it’s a set. Suddenly, a gigantic hand reaches into the frame, revealing that the room was indeed a set built entirely in miniature form. The chopping board is maybe the size of a pinky; the knife slightly smaller. This is the world of Japanese miniature enthusiast and YouTuber ‘Joken’ aka AAAJoken, or triple-A Joken.

Currently a member of the YouTuber management agency UUUM, Joken got his start by introducing toys for kids and creating stop motion animations using those toys. But since 2014 he’s created over 200 videos on a YouTube channel called Miniature Space. In it, he creates all kinds of miniature Japanese meals like tempura and okonomiyaki, but also everyday foods like spaghetti carbonara and corn dogs.

The channel currently has over 1.2 million subscribers. And many of the videos have views in the hundred-thousand range; some in the millions. It’s hard to verbalize what exactly we find so mesmerizing and satisfying about these videos. (Heck, we even have a sub-category dedicated to the art of miniatures.) Kelley Kitely, a mental health expert based in Chicago, suggests that control is behind our undeniable appeal for things shrunken to a fraction of their normal size: “It can give you a sense of control when we’re able to fit an entire scene into what feels like, the palm of our hands,” she explains.

But for me, another joy comes from imagining the meticulous planning that goes into each set. And then seeing the creative substitution that is also required. For example, in his tempura video Joken substitutes shrimp with sakura shrimp, a species that grows to about 4-5cm. In his okonomiyaki video he substitutes cabbage for its miniature equivalent: a single Brussel sprout.

Of course then again there’s the other theory: tiny things are just damn adorable.

12 May 17:10

Incredible Canine

12 May 16:47

List: If People Talked About Other Things the Way They Talked About Gender Identity


Oh, some of these are really useful analogies!

Fiction: “It’s either a short story or a novel. There’s no such thing as a novella.”

Subatomic particles: “Now they’re saying they discovered ‘tetraquarks’ and ‘pentaquarks’. How many combinations of quarks are there? I can’t even keep up these days. What ever happened to just talking about good old atoms?”

Cats: “A Manx is not a cat. Cats are defined as having tails. Maybe it’s a koala.”

Ice cream: “Avocado is not a valid ice cream flavor because I’ve never heard of it and it does not appeal to me.”

Language: “I don’t care what linguists say, I know a dialect when I see one, and Pennsylvania Dutch English is not a dialect.”

Water: “Water is H20. Ice might parade around pretending to be something different, but we all know that it’s also H20 and therefore also water. It’s chemistry.”

Colors: “The cultural imposition of boundaries on a color gradient has nothing to do with it. A rainbow has seven colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and another kind of purple.”

Murder: “If you think murder is just the unlawful and premeditated killing of one person by another, then how do you explain the fact that animals murder each other all the time in nature?”

Doctors: “You can’t just put on scrubs, go to medical school for eight years, pass a licensing examination, and gallivant around calling yourself a doctor. You’re either born a doctor or you’re not.”

Heat: “Careful, that compound is rich in phlogiston. Oh, sorry, ‘kinetic energy.’ You have to be politically correct these days.”

Sex: “The missionary position is the natural sexual position. People are genetically predisposed to it.”

Politics: “‘Libertarian’? Stop trying to be a special snowflake. You’re a Republican or a Democrat, end of story.”

Fields of Thought: “I don’t believe in quantum mechanics because some people on the internet say things about it that I find outrageous.”

Theater: “I’m not an actor. I’m really Hamlet. And I don’t care if they kick me off the set, I’m not calling you imposters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern!”

Movies: “Sean Connery is really James Bond because I’ve seen him be James Bond a bunch of times. I think Daniel Craig is just dressing up and pretending to be James Bond, though.”

12 May 16:16

(via (14) Horse Walk Tests - YouTube) Via.


I am not sure what I just watched

12 May 16:12



This... makes me hungry?


12 May 08:02

beekeeping manualwritten using a predictive text...


I ❤️ love these

beekeeping manual

written using a predictive text interface

source: flow beehive instruction manual

method: chose a word from 15 options at each step. set favorite whole sentences to images.


for optimal beekeeping, book a beekeeping journey before you put bees in your jurisdiction.

insert screws on each side of your yard or rooftop or your window. cap the front of the hive when appropriate and remove the crystallised honey from the prevailing frames of play. the honey flows out of a warm box on the front of this manual.

to reset the mechanism of blotchy beehive boxes, affect a great sunny position until you are going rectangular. the bees will create a gallon of contents that you will probably find instructional.

some bees can liquefy humans by inserting a severe bit of honey in their water hose. some bees cannot get injured and will return for your neighbours when you do not have relevant reactions. some bees are wild with their wax of the box.

so that bees cannot escape your super hive or disturb local amateur state primary industries, you should push no nectar greater than your neighbours. this is particularly important to consider when neighbours are out foraging in the northern hemisphere for northerly honey.

if you suspect your bees are dangerous to consider, you can open the gap between humans and pets etc. leave a little bit of honey in hot position until it is the standard langstroth super queen. bees will be attracted to the original site of children.

soaked in warm weather, your neighbours harvest every last drop of your new body.

12 May 06:42

Abnormal and Important

by joberholtzer
08 May 16:41

Pour some out for the sites that aren’t here

by Tim Carmody

Google reader. Never forget.

Some of the best things ever seen or used on the web can’t be saved. They’re already gone. These are some of them, nominated by Kottke readers.

Google Reader. On the one hand, Google kind of ruined RSS, up until then the best distribution method for serial content, by turning it into a product. At the end, some of the best RSS readers weren’t even RSS readers, just frontends for Google Reader, which handled all the resource-intensive work.

On the other hand, Google Reader was a really wonderful community. It had a lightweight social graph component, but it was really oriented around news and stories and blog updates that people shared. Everything that people wanted online comments to be, Google Reader was. And when it ended, it took all of that away, leaving social media networks — which were really never designed to do content distribution — as the only game in town. I honestly don’t know if we’ve ever recovered.

Geocities. Geocities was a lot of people’s first experience making and reading home pages, putting their lives, personalities, contact information, getting email addresses, and anything else they wanted to share out on the web. The “cities” conceit made it sortable and browsable: they weren’t quite geographical and weren’t quite thematic, but a weird combination of the two. It got bought by Yahoo, back when Yahoo was buying and blending everything, and went the way of all such things.

Now Geocities exists only in Japan, but, like a lot of “first websites,” you can emulate it if you want using Glitch. As Anil Dash writes, “millions of people created their own websites in the era before today’s social networks took over. Learning to tweak HTML to create a GeoCities page, or to customize CSS to make a MySpace page look perfect, was a rite of passage for the first 10 or 15 years of the web.”

Think Secret was an early tech blog focused on Apple, back when Apple was very far from the biggest company in the world. Writing and reading about it, especially rumors about new products, was just a weird obsession for a handful of people. Anyways, Think Secret and its editor Nick “de Plume” Ciarelli got sued for violating trade secrets, and Think Secret was shut down as part of a settlement right as the iPhone was turning Apple into the company everybody was talking about all of the time. Things break another way, and that site’s worth millions of dollars today. Then again, that didn’t save Gawker — so who knows.

Television Without Pity practically invented the genre of TV episode recaps, starting with Dawson’s Creek. Now they’re everywhere! It got bought by NBC in 2007 and shut down in 2014, but supposedly it’s coming back. We’ll see. Nope, turns out it’s just the shell of the website; TWOP won’t running new material after all. But the founders of TWOP went on to start (Thanks, @adrienneLaF, @michelet.)

Nothing lasts forever on the World Wide Web. Even death.

Update: So many people, after this story went live, answered “what about” that I had to make an update.

Reading Suck is bizarre now, because on the one hand, its wry, teasing, sweetly cynical voice has shaped so much of what we know of the web, but its style is actually quite different. It’s like reading Don Quixote and realizing that Cervantes’s book somehow contains, in miniature, every novel that came after it, but that it is also somehow older and stranger and more imaginative than all of them. Also, that every tech or media hype or hustle is exactly the same as one that happened twenty-odd years before it. This is why reporters who’ve been covering Silicon Valley forever have such a twisted sense of humor.

Anyways, the archive still exists; the best way to get it, in my opinion, is the Suck Again email newsletter, which posts every instance of Suck twenty years after its original publication date. Suck is dead; long live Suck.

Tags: best of the web
07 May 01:28

Check out this awesome drone shot of the Botanical Garden in...


Beautiful! Have also walked up Mount Lofty and can confirm it is pretty from the ground, too.

Check out this awesome drone shot of the Botanical Garden in Mount Lofty, Australia! The garden is situated on 240 acres on the eastern slopes of Mount Lofty in the Adelaide Hills. The garden includes plants from all around the globe, including South America, China, East Africa, New Zealand, South East Asia and North America.
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Found on: From Where I Drone
Photo by: Bo Le

07 May 01:13

Technological Innovations in the Afterlife

by Juan

These are always amazing!


New The Secret Knots comic.

Some of the people in the convention audience are Patreon supporters!

07 May 00:34

Google Earth’s Incredible 3D Imagery, ExplainedLatest episode...


That first gif!

Google Earth’s Incredible 3D Imagery, Explained

Latest episode of Nat & Friends gives insight into making the contemporary Google Earth and its highly impressive capture of terrain (and arguably the highest profile example of computational photography):

Google Earth is the most photorealistic, digital version of our planet. But how?! Where do the images come from?  How are they they put together? And how often are they updated? In this video, learn about the pixels, planes, and people that create Google Earth’s 3D imagery. 


06 May 00:16

Longest Domino Line

by swissmiss

So. Relaxing.

Watch these 15,524 dominoes fall for 5mins. Impressive.

04 May 07:08

Photo Library Management


Oh nooooo :(

A good lifehack is to use messy and unstable systems to organize your photos. That way, every five years or so it becomes obsolete and/or collapses, and you have to open it up and pick only your favorite pictures to salvage.
30 Apr 12:11

unexplained-events: I had no idea Coconut Crabs were this...


Terrifying armoured spiders


I had no idea Coconut Crabs were this fast.


30 Apr 11:32

Pet crocodile survives house fire unscathed


Australia 🇦🇺

A 4-metre, 70-year-old pet crocodile called Albert has survived unscathed in his backyard pool after his owners' house caught fire.
27 Apr 05:08

© elena belmann - 3d qr code - 2011


This is tremendously pleasing

© elena belmann - 3d qr code - 2011

25 Apr 05:14


by Daniel Benneworth-Gray

"Some adventures are so small, you hardly know they’ve happened. Like the adventure of sharpening your pencil to a perfect point, just before it breaks and that little bit gets stuck in the sharpener. That, I think we will all agree, is a very small adventure. Other adventures are so big and last so long, you might forget they are adventures at all – like growing up."

— Anne Michaels, The Adventures of Miss Petitfour

11 Apr 11:19

Comedian Doug Stanhope rants about Presciption Drugs.Animated by...

by ericmortensen

Oh no

Comedian Doug Stanhope rants about Presciption Drugs.

Animated by TheRealJohnnySix.

09 Apr 06:49

Gender Bias Riddles


Ouch, the ending

A father and son get in a car crash and are rushed to the hospital. The father dies. The boy is taken to the operating room and the surgeon says, “I can’t operate on this boy, because he’s my son.”

How is this possible?

40-75% of people can’t solve this riddle because they’re unable to imagine the surgeon is a woman. The surgeon is the boy’s mother.

- - -

A boss and his secretary are at a hotel for a business conference. They’re given rooms on the eleventh floor. There’s a fire in the hotel before the conference begins. The hotel burns to the ground and everybody dies. The secretary says, “At least I got to see the PowerPoint presentation.”

How is this possible?

65-90% of men can’t solve this riddle because they’re unable to think about anything other than porn after reading the first sentence.

- - -

A forty-something celebrity actress visits her holiday home on a tropical island. A hurricane strikes, destroying the oceanfront property. The actress manages to escape and save Pebbles, her teacup Chihuahua. Afterwards, she says she feels blessed because all she needs in life is to be with precious Pebbles. No one who reads the news story the following day believes her.

How is this possible?

100% of people who follow celebrity news cannot imagine a childless forty-something actress feeling blessed or fulfilled.

- - -

A group of STEM professors assess identical resumes. Half are told that the applicant is called ‘Jennifer’ while the other half are told the job seeker is called ‘John.’ Overall, Jennifer is perceived as less competent, is offered a lower salary, and is deemed to be more likely to mishandle a nerve agent and cause the death of thousands.

How is this possible?

Despite their purported objectivity, 70-85% of male biologists, chemists and physicists possess the same emotional maturity as Mr. Morris, your 8th grade Earth Science teacher who interrupted a lesson on metamorphic rocks to guess the bra sizes of the girls.

- - -

A seasoned journalist travels to a tropical island to cover the story of a calamitous hurricane which has destroyed the beachfront property of a famous celebrity and left thousands of people homeless. Her in-depth reporting on ordinary people facing poverty and hardship wins a prestigious human interest journalism award. One month later, she’s turned down for the job of television news presenter.

How is this possible?

The journalist is a woman over the age of 50 and… do I really need to explain this one to you?

- - -

Jennifer, a junior executive, is told by her boss that her coworkers find her to be passive, aggressive, passive-aggressive, overly masculine, overly feminine, overly emotional, bitchy, bitchy resting face-y, undeserving of bonuses, and generally offensive for having had a baby and taken the four week family leave package offered by the company. Meanwhile, her colleague John is promoted.

How is this possible?

John’s wife had a baby and his staff threw him a surprise party with his favorite cream cheese topped carrot cake. 93-95% of the staff gushed about how “natural” and “gracious” John was at the party. The CEO felt he had no choice but to promote him.

- - -

A journalist who was recently turned down for the job of news presenter writes a memoir about her time as a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Iraq. The book becomes a bestseller and is optioned to be made into a movie with a major film studio. A male author is asked to write a review of three different war correspondent memoirs and lauds two of them, but describes this one as “whiny” and “self-absorbed.” He also attributes its success to “dumb luck.”

How is this possible?

The male author had just asked a woman out on a date and felt assured of receiving a positive response since she was 10-15% older than his usual companions. She said no.

- - -

John asks Jennifer if she wants to have sex on his desk and she tells him to fuck off.

How is this possible?

John can’t believe it either! He and the male author are commiserating at a strip club this very moment.

- - -

An actress whose holiday home was destroyed in a hurricane auditions to play the role of a war correspondent in a film based on a true story. She reads a heart-wrenching scene in which her love interest is killed in a drone strike and the director is brought to tears. The role is given to Dakota Johnson.

How is this possible?

Dakota is so hot right now. There’s an 80-90% chance that John and the male author are talking about her hotness in the strip club.

- - -

A woman graduates at the top of her university class and has an enormously successful career as a lawyer and public servant. With her extensive experience, formidable knowledge and composed temperament, she runs for a powerful government position. Yet the election is won by a two-bit blowhard salesman who has limited understanding of the world and the impulse control of an untrained teacup Chihuahua. He and his male cabinet proceed to destroy everything in their path with a unique combination of racism, arrogance, and stupidity.

How is this possible?

46% of voters are like, “You had me at I have a big penis.”

09 Apr 02:27

A talented pufferfish creates an underwater “crop circle”

by Jason Kottke

What a great fish

The elaborate courtship rituals of animals from around the world are featured heavily in every BBC nature documentary series. (See, for instance, these birds of paradise…if you haven’t seen this before, wait for the giant clicking smile.) In the video above featuring a scene from the 2014 series Life Story, watch a Japanese puffer fish create an elaborate pattern in the sand in order to attract a mate. Narrator David Attenborough calls the puffer fish “probably nature’s greatest artist” and I gasped at the full reveal of his creation.

Tags: David Attenborough   Life Story   TV   video
09 Apr 01:49

Japanese Architect Tests the Limitation of Large Hats

by Johnny

Confirming I would wear the giant hat

The Edwardian era of fashion in the early 1900s was perhaps best known for gigantic hats. Oversized hats were having their moment on the heads of high society women despite complaints that they were obtrusive. But how can a hat really be while still being, well, a hat? Japanese architect Kosaku Matsumoto decided to try and find out.

Matsumoto collaborated with Japanese hat maker Japan Braid Hat to create “The Hat’s Limitation.” The company is known for their sanada hats, which are woven seamlessly together and are completely jointless. Utilizing their knowledge and technique, Matsumoto was able to create a hat 5 times larger than the standard, “stretching the technical limit of the craftsman, and extending the very definition of we can see as a hat.”

The project was more of an experiment, and I don’t think the company has any plans to start selling this hat. But it was definitely worth it, if only for these great pictures. Oddly, this actually looks like something I can picture people wearing. The best part would be that all your friends can benefit from your shade!

09 Apr 00:24

Pete Souza’s Alternate Timeline

by Adrienne LaFrance

Come back :(

In the days leading up to the presidential inauguration in January, Barack Obama’s supporters began mourning the outgoing White House administration.

Prolonged disbelief over the outcome of the 2016 presidential election had given way to the realization that even deep disappointment would not stop the march of time. People shared their grief for the future and their gratitude for the quickly dissolving present where they share everything these days: on the web.

Pete Souza was among them. In the twilight of the Obama presidency, Souza—who served as the White House photographer for Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan—used his official Instagram account to publish some of his favorite images from the Obama years.

There was the president, making snow angels with his daughters after a 2010 blizzard. There was the president, painting the tiny section of a monarch butterfly’s wing on a mural of Martin Luther King Jr. There was the president, feet on desk, in the drab office where his Senate career began. There was the president on the White House basketball court, chucking a ball into the air with a grin.

And, finally, there was the president and the first lady relaxing with their daughters—Malia between them and Sasha on her father’s lap. It was the last photo Souza posted to the account. “So proud of this family and how they have represented our country the past eight years,” Souza wrote in a caption. “A great honor to have documented their lives for history.”

That was it. The next president would be inaugurated two days later, and Souza’s official Instagram account and its 2,113 photos were handed over to the National Archives and Records Administration, saved for history and frozen in time.

But then Souza started posting again.

This time, he published photos from a personal account with the user name petesouza. The first image he shared, on Inauguration Day, was an overhead view of the president exiting the east door of the Oval Office for the last time. A few more images followed—another view of Obama leaving the Oval Office, a shot of him waving from the steps of a helicopter after the inauguration, and a photo showing Obama looking out of the window of the aircraft at the White House below. “Farewell,” the final caption read.

Souza said in the caption of one of these photos that he planned to take “a little break” from Instagram. That little break, if he ever took one, didn’t last. To the delight of Obama devotees, Souza began sharing photos of Obama that seemed to take little digs at the new president. On January 21, amid reports that Donald Trump redecorated the Oval Office with buttery gold drapes, Souza shared an image of the office as Obama had decorated it. “I like these drapes better than the new ones,” Souza wrote. “Don’t you think?”

“I like the president more than the current one, too,” one commenter replied.

Souza’s Instagram feed has continued this way—with occasional breaks for other subject matter. (“I realize people want their daily Obama fix,” he said in a caption to a non-Obama photo in January.) On January 24, as the new White House press secretary attempted to defend President Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud, Souza shared an image of a TV screen broadcasting a press conference from when Obama was still president. On January 25, amid questions about when Melania Trump and Trump’s 11-year-old son would move into the White House, Souza shared an image of Obama carrying his daughter, Sasha, in a White House elevator.

For Souza’s fans—and Obama’s—the Instragram account has been a source of solace during the chaotic beginning to Trump’s presidency. The responses to Souza’s recent photos of are full of comments like this:

“Missing him terribly.”

“Thank you for continuing to share. It’s comforting to see!”

“I miss him sooo much!”

“No Drama Obama I wish you were still my POTUS”

“Beautiful, saudade.”

“I miss our president.”

There’s some criticism for Obama in the comments, too, but the overwhelming tone is one of homesickness for the recent past. One person who commented on one of Souza’s photos called his recent feed “almost a form of therapy” during a Trump presidency, saying, “I look at them to calm down and things feel a little more peaceful for a bit.”

Souza’s account demonstrates the power of nostalgia as a salve for anxiety. (Ironically, Trump tapped into this same sentiment with his presidential slogan: “Make America Great Again.”) But Souza’s photo choices aren’t merely wistful; they’re often playful and pointed.

After The New York Times reported that Trump’s aides had to “confer in the dark because they cannot figure out how to operate the light switches in the cabinet room,” Souza published an image of an Obama-era meeting in the room with a short caption and winky-face emoticon: “Those damn lights ;)”

Those damn lights ;)

A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

In January, with Trump’s questionable ties to Russia making headlines, Souza shared an image of Obama meeting with Vladimir Putin taken several years ago. In February, the day after Trump’s national security advisor, Michael Flynn, resigned, Souza posted another image of Obama and Putin. (Flynn was forced out after admitting he had misled the vice president about his communications with a Russian diplomat.)

Two days after Trump signed a sweeping immigration ban, Souza posted a photograph of Obama smiling and chatting with a young refugee in 2015. The next day, Souza shared a photo of Obama meeting with a 6-year-old boy who had written to him about “the Syrian boy in the ambulance,” an iconic image of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, bloodstained and caked in dust. “Can you please go get him and bring him to [my home]?” the boy had written to Obama, “Park in the driveway or on the street and we will be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother.” On March 6, when Trump signed an updated version of his controversial immigration ban, Souza shared an image of Obama meeting with students at the Islamic Society of Baltimore Mosque and Al-Rahmah School.

Viewed one way, Souza is giving a masterclass in presidential criticism—highlighting the differences between Obama and Trump in a way that portrays Obama as far more thoughtful and dignified than his successor. As the Republican health-care proposal fell apart last month, for instance, Souza shared an image of Obama working on his own push for health-care reform—the photo shows a heavily marked-up speech that Obama would give to Congress six months before the Affordable Care Act passed.

Some images are more nuanced than others—and require close attention to current events for context. On Monday, as Trump tweeted about meeting with the president of Egypt at the White House, Souza posted an image of the Situation Room in 2011, when protesters in Cairo were calling for then-President Hosni Mubarak to resign. It was, Souza wrote in a caption, “the only time during hundreds of meetings in the Situation Room that I ever remember the TV being turned on.” This is an interesting tidbit in and of itself, but also a possible jab at Trump, who is known as a dedicated viewer of cable news. On the day the Senate confirmed Trump’s controversial pick for secretary of eduction, Betsy DeVos, Souza posted an image of Obama meeting with a pre-kindergarten class in 2013. And after a phone call between Trump and Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister, that was reportedly tense, Souza posted an image of Obama laughing with Turnbull and the former prime minister of New Zealand.

It is these images—presented without explicit commentary about today—that create the most dissonance for the person casually scrolling through Instagram. Encountering them can leave the fleeting impression that Obama is still the president. They force the viewer to seek parallels to the current political moment. And Souza can remain mischievously quiet about why he’s publishing certain photos at certain times. (Souza didn’t respond to an interview request for this story.)

Still, taken as a collection, even his subtlest photo choices seem meaningful. It’s hard to ignore the possibility of metaphor in, for example, Souza’s decision to share an image of a dark storm cloud gathered over the Washington Monument.

In other cases, Souza’s commentary is clear. The day Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Souza shared an image of Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden meeting with Merrick Garland, Obama’s Supreme Court nominee whom Republicans refused to consider. Souza’s caption: “Merrick Garland. Just saying.”

After the Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, cancelled his meeting with Trump, Souza posted an image of Obama and  Peña Nieto sampling tequila together during a meeting in 2013. On the day of Trump’s meeting with Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, Souza posted a photo of Obama and Trudeau meeting. And in early February, as Trump’s administration took shape—his cabinet is more white and more male than any president’s since Reagan’s—Souza published a floor-level photo he took of Obama meeting with three top advisors. Obama is in slacks and dress shoes, his advisors are all in skirts and heels. “I guess you’d say I was trying to make a point,” Souza acknowledged in the caption.

Meeting with top advisors. This is a full-frame picture. I guess you'd say I was trying to make a point.

A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

Souza’s Instagram account also highlights the different approaches to photographing the 44th and 45th presidents of the United States. For a president who so highly values having his own direct line of communication to the American people, Trump’s administration seems strangely unconcerned with the president’s public visual representation so far. Consider the photos that dominated in the press after Trump’s meeting with Trudeau in February, for instance. One widely shared image showed a skeptical-looking Trudeau looking at Trump’s hand—perhaps considering Trump’s tendency to yank the hands of fellow world leaders during public events, some suggested.

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump meet for a photo-opp in the Oval Office in February 2017.
(Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

These images, juxtaposed against Souza’s photograph of Obama and Trudeau appearing at ease together, seem to be further evidence of a rocky start to the Trump presidency—especially when depicting as close an ally to the United States as Canada. (Or Germany, for that matter.)


A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

That’s in part because Shealah Craighead, Trump’s official photographer, has shared little of her work so far. Trump’s Facebook page has a special photo gallery dedicated to the first 50 days of his administration, but most of the photos are from events—meaning they resemble the sort of imagery already available in news stories. The president can be seen giving a thumbs-up to a crowd, shaking hands with colleagues at official events, and posing for photos with the vice president. There’s nothing yet that approaches the level of intimacy in Souza’s depictions of Obama. The one photo that comes closest shows Ivanka Trump holding her baby son while talking on the phone in the East Colonnade of the White House.


A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

Instead, as Sean O’Kane pointed out in an essay for The Verge, some of the most iconic images of the early Trump administration have come from “bystanders taking photos with their phones, like when a Mar-A-Lago guest snapped a photo of Trump using his cell phone’s flashlight to look at what appeared to be sensitive documents.” It’s possible, O’Kane says, that the public will glean a more accurate representation of the president from photos taken without his explicit approval. Souza’s images for the White House may have appeared candid and authentic, but he was still working for the president, after all.

“Many people are surprised to learn I also worked as a White House photographer for President Reagan,” Souza wrote in the caption to a 2009 photo depicting Obama and Nancy Reagan, which he posted to Instagram on January 24. “I have always looked at this job as documenting for history. It was never about politics.”

Now that Souza’s job in the White House is over, however, he seems to be relishing his ability to extract political context from his rich trove of Obama images. And those who miss their old president appear to be charmed by Souza’s newfound political streak. For others, remembering the former president now that Trump has replaced him may be too much to bear.

One commenter, in response to one of Souza’s recent images of Obama on Instagram, seemed frantic: “Please! OMG, PLEASE COME BACK!”

“Don’t go,” wrote another commenter on the image of Obama in a helicopter flying over the White House.

And another: “COME BACK!!! Come back!”

08 Apr 22:21

(via Vintage Booklet Teaches People How to Use a Telephone «...


I have fond childhood memories of our family rotary dial phone...

08 Apr 05:57

the fake news threshold

by kris

Fakeness that is too real :/

your number 1 source for a number 1 source

08 Apr 01:32

Squarepusher - My Red Hot Car (Girl)A seemingly unofficial video...

by ericmortensen

This was surprisingly calming to watch?

Squarepusher - My Red Hot Car (Girl)

A seemingly unofficial video full of kung fu fight scenes edited by someone agile enough to keep up with Squarepusher’s drum programing.

07 Apr 02:36

Fine food for thought …

by Nicholas Gruen


07 Apr 02:16

felixcolgrave: Oh hello! Look, I just made you this film right...


This is weird, and weirdly excellent


Oh hello! Look, I just made you this film right now, it’s called DOUBLE KING and it’s for you, here you go!