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31 Jul 22:47

badgyal-k: This is why we dont call the cops. Stop asking why.

















badgyal-k:

This is why we dont call the cops. Stop asking why.

02 Aug 00:36

futubandera: no todos los héroes usan capa



futubandera:

no todos los héroes usan capa

01 Aug 12:07

Rosa Parks was the TRAINED Civil Rights activist who REENACTED the events that took place when the AVERAGE Black woman Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on the bus because HER feet hurt.

taurean-the-bully:

urnaturalbae:

blackladyjeanvaljean:

17mul:

unknownlinkk:

un-adult:

sharkbaitwhohahaa:

sapphiredoves:

I wish more people knew and understood this.

Why didn’t my teacher teach this smh

The More you know =O

The civil rights movement didn’t want to use Claudette because she was pregnant without a husband.

lmsig

Claudette didnt become pregnant until the summer afterwards. theNAACP didn’t want to use Claudette because she was poor, dark skinned and her father was and alcoholic. they felt white people wouldn’t sympathize with her. stop trying to clean up history

Wayament what?!

Let’s hear it from Ms. Colvin herself:

“When asked why she is little known and why everyone thinks only of Rosa Parks, Colvin says the NAACP and all the other black organizations felt Parks would be a good icon because “She was an adult. They didn’t think teenagers would be reliable.”

She also says Parks had the right hair and the right look. “Her skin texture was the kind that people associate with the middle class,” says Colvin. “She fit that profile.

Also, there were other black women who refused to give up their seats but were “quietly fined.” Unfortunately, their stories never made headlines. (source)

01 Aug 13:12

joyeuse-noelle: carnival-goldfish: Spider legs, white...



joyeuse-noelle:

carnival-goldfish:

Spider legs, white stoneware, 2014

This feels like something that would appeal to byzantienne.

01 Aug 13:00

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Queen of Decay

by Gila Lyons

There’s something about watching a beautiful woman self-destruct that we can’t turn away from. Asif Kapadia’s new documentary, Amy, that follows Amy Winehouse from age 14 until her death at 27 in 2011, had the chance to redeem her from the paparazzi-fueled spectacle of tragic victim martyred to the media and the music industry. But Kapadia seems, at least in part, to pick up where the media left off—cashing in on images of Amy’s wasted body, eyes rolling back in her skull, her smeared makeup and scratched-up face, her crumbling teeth, coke-lined nostrils, scenes of her desperately clinging to her husband, her father, her bodyguards, and managers. Her musical genius is almost an aside in the film, dashed off most convincingly in two short scenes in the beginning and a scene with Tony Bennett at the end.

I liked watching Amy. I loved hearing her voice again, catching rare but precious glimpses into the sharp-witted sparkling young woman she was before ravaged by addictions and celebrity. I’m also guilty of rubbernecking—what happens when a person finally submits to their darkness is fascinating to watch, and lets a viewer vicariously experience the relief of just giving up the fight. But there is a fascination with decay, a person dying before our eyes, the skeletal, the ghosted, that is covertly harmful. It’s the same fascination that uses emaciated models to sell dresses, and models posing dead-eyed and hollow-cheeked, legs askew, to sell designer handbags. Women’s death and suffering sells. It’s sickly sexy, and it’s dangerous.

Amy-Winehouse-Documentary-Trailer-Makes-Debut-FDRMX-1024x576In her article for Pitchfork, Molly Beauchemin contrasts Amy with Montage of Heck, Brett Morgan’s biopic of Kurt Cobain that came out this January. She claims a comparison of the two films displays the sexist double standard of the music industry and the media, one in which a man’s musical brilliance is showcased with almost tangential mention about his struggles with addictions, whereas the narrative of the woman focuses on her downward spiral sensationalized by paparazzi and a public hungry to watch a celebrity unravel.

This double standard is well-precedented. Beauchemin cites coverage of other deaths of young women in the music industry—Janis Joplin, Billie Holliday, Whitney Houston—who were rendered as “substance-addled messes,” while reporters depicted the deaths of men like Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and Keith Moon as flamboyant geniuses with some “sensual excesses.” Beauchemin writes that in Amy:

A slurry of ugly tabloid images fly across the screen and we see paparazzi preying upon her existential nadir—meanwhile, Montage of Heck posits a cache of neat magazine covers that offer obsequious, reverential coverage of a man whose drug addiction was portrayed as incidental to his supreme talent.

In an interview with the Guardian, Amy’s father, Mitchell Winehouse, deemed the film “horrible.” After a private viewing, he told the filmmakers, “You should be ashamed of yourselves. You had the opportunity to make a wonderful film and you’ve made this.” He also claimed the film was “both misleading and contains some basic untruths” about her family and management. Granted, Winehouse has copious reasons for discrediting the film. It portrays him as an absentee father who reenters his daughter’s life to ride on the coattails of her ascent to wealth and fame. Winehouse claims he was always trying to protect his daughter and work tirelessly for her best interest. It’s hard to know where the truth lies, probably, as it usually does, somewhere between the two narratives. But his point is well-taken—the film eschews Amy the artist for Amy the addict, and that’s a show we’ve already seen.

I wanted more footage of outstanding performances, improvisations and songs I hadn’t yet heard. The film does grant some access into the private archives of Amy as friend, daughter, lover, and wife. But we hardly learn anything about her early musical training, we rarely see her brilliant performances, triumphs, and successes. More outstanding performances and improvisations69a61bf9 can be found in a cursory YouTube search. We do see some notebook scribbling, some shots of Amy recording in the studio, but this storyline is overshadowed by the much larger focus on Amy as victim.

And she was a victim of so much—bulimia, depression, an absent father, an enabling mother, drug and alcohol addictions, co-dependent relationships, men in power over her—namely her father, her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, her manager, Raye Cosbert, all of whom, the film implies, pushed her past her breaking point for personal gain. As Tony Bennett points out towards the end of the film, she was also a victim of her youth. He said, “ Life teaches you how to live it if you live long enough.” Amy did not live long enough to learn that lesson, nor how to manage worldwide celebrity, Internet stardom, and all the baggage she brought with her.

There’s no doubt that Amy’s depression and addictions are part of her story—in fact they charged her music with the depth, urgency, and strength that made it so famous and well-loved. It gave her voice its distinctive haunt. Without her demons her lyrics and melodies may have joined the rest of the pop music at the time, music she herself criticized as shallow and unoriginal—one-offs about romantic love or lust or money. She made her music because she desperately needed it—it was her lifeline, therapy, medicine. In the film she dismissed medical treatment of her depression saying that she can pick up her guitar for an hour and feel better. But music can’t replace treatment, and while drugs and subsuming herself in her passion for Blake delivered temporary respite from her inner black, it was enough. The film doesn’t focus on her demons in service of her music, it dips into them on their own, brings us with her into the darkness she couldn’t see her way out of.

If this film had a thesis it would be: Amy, a brilliant talented artist, was led astray by men in power. She self-medicated with music but also with bulimia, drugs, and alcohol, and this killed her. I wish it had been: Amy was a brilliant and tortured artist. Lets explore her brilliance. Let’s watch her perform. And, like Montage of Heck, let’s portray her death quickly, with dignity. Perhaps this is a naive wish. I know sex and scandal sells. But we had plenty of that during her life. I wanted someone to come and raise her out of that in her death.

Kapadia failed to elevate Amy from that swirling mess of media filth, but Amy did succeed in exposing the paparazzi’s ruthlessness and carnivorous appetite and the way that can drive a person mad. Much of the film’s footage comes from the paparazzi who hounded her. Anthony Lane writes in the New Yorker, “You ask yourself if ‘Amy’ might not be half in league with the tabloid frenzy that it purports to scorn.” Towards the end of the film, Amy’s bodyguard, Andrew Morris, reports that the night of her death she was watching YouTube clips of herself. He reports that she said to him, “Man, I can sing.” And then, “If I could give it all back just to walk down the street with no hassles, I would.”

amy-winehouse-last-videoIf Kapadia fell short of restoring the focus on Amy’s life to its rightful place—on her music—he did so with the complicity of the free world. With his film, he gave us what we’ve proven we want—to tear down and watch fall what we’ve built up—like we’ve done with Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Miley Cyrus. Their dissolution sells magazines. But why?

Beauchemin believes that successful women upset a major cultural convention, one we are hungry to set right again. Beauchemin writes, “When women succeed as Winehouse did, we anticipate their downfall and pounce hard, relish the sillage of failure when we get a whiff… We martyr our women because we fear their greatness.”

One of the hardest things for me to see in the movie and in pictures online is how stripped down and ravaged her body became from her eating disorder—in some shots she is reminiscent of skeletal prisoners and torture victims. And we all watched, hungrily, and still she sang, was photographed, interviewed. This kind of intrigue is that it strips women of their power, of their very flesh—it gives the impression: ladies, if you want to be noticed, suffer like this, starve like this, bleed out in public like this, die like this. We’ll pay good money to watch.

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Photo credits: featured image, image #2, image #3, image #4.

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01 Aug 13:40

littlepapercone: Los Angele’s Pacific Electric Red Car system...



littlepapercone:

Los Angele’s Pacific Electric Red Car system in 1925. It covered over 1000 miles, today new York’s subway system covers about 800.

This thing literally covers most of Los Angeles County and more. Also it was hydro electric

01 Aug 17:49

#AliveWhileBlack is the heartbreaking response to...

















#AliveWhileBlack is the heartbreaking response to #CrimingWhileWhite

The hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite became a platform to illustrate what often happens when white people engage in criminal activity. It was a powerful moment, as white people openly acknowledged that they don’t face nearly the same punishment or brutality experienced by their black counterparts. But despite the good intentions of those who participated, many others felt like the hashtag detracted from conversations about the value of black lives.

In response to that first trending hashtag, Jamilah Lemieux, senior digital editor for Ebony magazine, started #AliveWhileBlack.

01 Aug 23:52

Photo

Cary Renquist

The Bluescreen of Meh



30 Jul 21:30

Frozach Submitted

Cary Renquist

Is Sharp Turkey any better than Moon Turkey?

30 Jul 13:29

The Milky Way Over Yellowstone Will Take Your Breath Away

25 Jul 17:34

ashprincessmidna: starlightgakuen: Living the life. Me





















ashprincessmidna:

starlightgakuen:

Living the life.

Me

28 Jul 22:00

itsafuckingflashlight: Reminders.

Cary Renquist

Must not give the wife any ideas...



















itsafuckingflashlight:

Reminders.

29 Jul 00:11

vault-tec-industries: cat-cosplay: According to Robert House,...











vault-tec-industries:

cat-cosplay:

According to Robert House, Cat’s are extinct in the Wastes.

Vault Cat perseveres… traversing the harsh terrain and skirting the irradiated horrors in search of his own kind, so that once again the denziens of this warped world might know the joys of Caturday!

How did this make the top trending

27 Jul 03:17

Finally

by Lunarbaboon

 

26 Jul 18:03

Wi-Fi at the oasis: Dubai using solar-powered ‘smart palm trees’ to distribute free Internet access

by iDigital Times
Meet Dubai’s New Smart Palm Trees Dubai’s beaches have smartphone addicts and gadget lovers covered with new state-of-the-art trees that allow visitors to have Wi-Fi access and the capability to charge their smartphones. The so-called “smart palm trees” are installed in the beaches of Dubai, w...
26 Jul 23:39

chiefrockkaa: vernaintshit: lebritanyarmor: atomblk: Honey...

Cary Renquist

I used to peel the chocolate layer off first and then unroll them to lick off the creme and then, perhaps, I would eat the cake part.



chiefrockkaa:

vernaintshit:

lebritanyarmor:

atomblk:

Honey buns all day

zebra cakes b .

Swiss rolls, I’m tired of honey buns. And I can only eat oatmeal pies with peanut butter. But if you REALLY got the munchies, you would eat anything. So that’s a trick question

Gotta go with the Swiss rolls.

26 Jul 15:11

Postcards from the Arrowhead Bridge

by Paul Lundgren
Cary Renquist

I always thought that going over the Arrowhead bridge was the coolest thing when I was a kid -- not sure why (probably because it was wood and because there was a chance that it would open up)

New Arrowhead Bridge 1927b

Arrowhead Bridge in the 1940s

The Arrowhead Bridge connected West Duluth to Superior’s Billing’s Park neighborhood across the St. Louis River for 57 years. Built by the Arrowhead Bridge Co., it opened on March 15, 1927. The company charged a toll to cross the bridge until 1963, when Minnesota and Wisconsin state officials paid $200,000 to make it a toll-free public bridge.

The Arrowhead Bridge was dismantled in 1985 after the opening of the Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge.

Arrowhead Bridge Slow

Arrowhead Bridge postcard

Arrowhead Bridge is the main artery for traffic between Duluth and Superior

The post Postcards from the Arrowhead Bridge appeared first on Perfect Duluth Day.

26 Jul 16:09

aaronsgift:nubiana-mericana: rightsidebrains: Gold He just...











aaronsgift:

nubiana-mericana:

rightsidebrains:

Gold

He just pouring all the tea before his term is up

Hello. This is crazy

26 Jul 12:48

Fertilized roses with his own blood

Cary Renquist

Roses can be Metal!! rose \m/(>.

Ralph Farrar suffered from hemochromatosis, which meant that his blood accumulated too much iron. The treatment was to have a pint of blood taken from him every week. This blood couldn't be used for other patients. So Farrar used it on his roses as an "iron-rich fertilizer instead of the commercial rose food containing dried animal blood."

After eight years of weekly blood-drainings his condition began to improve, so much so that he only had to have blood taken once every two months. No word on what happened to his roses as a result.

Info source: Newsweek - Sep 2, 1963

Ralph Farrar pouring blood on his roses



The Tuscaloosa News - Jun 29, 1963



Update: Curious about how long Mr. Farrar could have lived with hemochromatosis, I did a google search and found what I'm pretty sure is his grave. He died at the age of 76 in 1989.
26 Jul 15:00

Recipe: Homemade Marshmallow Fluff — The Baking Aisle

by Tessa Huff
Cary Renquist

If I had this recipe as a kid, I would likely be a potential Biggest Loser contestant.

Sometimes there are so many reasons why we should DIY instead of buying pre-made goods at the store. From being more cost-efficient to making things healthier, building your own homemade pantry might seem to be more hands-on, but it sure has its perks. Even something as commercialized as marshmallow cream can be made better and tastier at home. This marshmallow fluff recipe proves just that.

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26 Jul 15:52

(via A Pigment Library That Launched American Art...



(via A Pigment Library That Launched American Art Conservation)

When the Harvard Art Museums reopen this Sunday after a six-year expansion project, historic pigments foundational to the field of art conservation in the United States will be on public view. A new display will showcase the Forbes Pigment Collection as part of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies.

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26 Jul 17:44

maryjanes-reflection: sosuperawesome: Morgan Davidson, on...

Cary Renquist

I think that my pencils must be defective...





















maryjanes-reflection:

sosuperawesome:

Morgan Davidson, on Tumblr

YO. this should be on EVERYBODY’S BLOG

My pencil crayons never worked this much magicXD

26 Jul 18:27

peggaycarter: #free marvel actresses from shitty questions...













peggaycarter:

#free marvel actresses from shitty questions 2kforever (x) (x) (x)

25 Jul 06:41

There's really nothing quite so sweet as tiny little baby feet

26 Jul 01:37

How I think American media works

24 Jul 00:13

Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple?“Predating Stonehenge by...

20 Jul 07:55

bersiker: Spiderman

Cary Renquist

The luckiest unlucky motorcyclist.



bersiker:

Spiderman

20 Jul 11:30

Add Tie-Down Points to Any Car with Simple Nylon Straps

by Alan Henry

If you’ve ever had to awkwardly tie a mattress, kayak, or anything else to the top of your car, you know what it’s like to wish you had a secure place to tie the thing down on your car. Luckily, all you need is some nylon straps and you can give your car, whatever type of car it may be, some secure, easily-hidden tie down points.

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20 Jul 16:44

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20 Jul 17:33

Perovskite solar technology shows quick energy returns

In the solar power research community, a new class of materials called perovskites is causing quite a buzz, as scientists search for technology that has a better 'energy payback time' than the silicon-based solar panels currently dominating the market. Now, a new study reports that perovskite modules are better than any commercially available solar technology when products are compared on the basis of energy payback time.