Golden Book Gown by Ryan Juyde Novelline, who used pages from children’s books and pieced them together for most of it. Via Lost At E Minor
Portugese artist David Oliveira specializes in optical illusions that manipulate space. As if drawing in thin air, Oliveira creates wire sculptures that are three-dimensional but resemble line drawings from a distance. When focusing one’s eye on the figures in his sculptures, the backgrounds begin to look like flat pages in a notebook rather than voluminous rooms. MORE: http://hifructose.com/2013/04/04/illusory-wire-sculptures-by-david-oliveira/
Politics aside, Russell Brand’s essay about Margaret Thatcher in The Guardian is a wonderful, thoughtful and imminently readable piece of writing. After encountering the late former British P.M. watering flowers in a public garden, he reflects back on growing up under Thatcher’s government. I have had no particular feelings one way or the other about Russell Brand before reading this. Now, however, Russell Brand: count me a new fan. One among likely many, many new fans.
Perhaps my early apathy and indifference are a result of what Thatcher deliberately engendered, the idea that “there is no such thing as society”, that we are alone on our journey through life, solitary atoms of consciousness. Or perhaps it was just because I was a little kid and more interested in them Weetabix skinheads, Roland Rat and Knight Rider. Either way, I’m an adult now and none of those things are on telly any more so there’s no excuse for apathy.
Here is a 2009 FA interview with him which I am going to go listen to later.
Artist Creates Mural of U.S. from SXSW Trash
“The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festivals are taking place in Austin, Texas through March 17, and people interested in music, film, technology and innovation are all gathering to exchange ideas. Through a collaboration between the Glad Products Company and Keep America Beautiful, one artist is using the festival as an opportunity to create something that’s beautiful, useful and educational all at the same time.
Jason Mecier is a mixed media artist who specializes in making mosaic portraits out of unusual materials like candy, beans, yarn and even trash. In the past, he’s even asked celebrities to send him their trash so he can construct their portraits from their own waste materials.
For SXSW, Mecier is constructing a 10-foot tall mosaic map of the United States out of festival-goers’ trash. The mural is located at Glad and Keep America Beautiful’s booth in the SouthBites section of the festival, where food trucks are located.
Mecier said the U.S. map was chosen because it is easily recognizable, and collecting trash makes people think twice about throwing things away.
Portugese artist David Oliveira specializes in optical illusions that manipulate space. As if drawing in thin air, Oliveira creates wire sculptures that are three-dimensional but resemble line drawings from a distance. When focusing one’s eye on the figures in his sculptures, the backgrounds begin to look like flat pages in a notebook rather than voluminous rooms. Take a look at some of the works below, images courtesy of David Oliveira.
This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism. Subscribe here to receive this round-up by email.
- Syria denied access to a UN team seeking to investigate chemical weapons use.
- A new Human Rights Watch report details “deliberate and indiscriminate air strikes on civilians” by the Syrian government.
- From PBS Frontline: “Syria Behind the Lines: The Bombing of Al-Bara.”
- The Al-Nusra Front, a group fighting in Syria, has formally pledged support to Al-Qaeda.
- Egyptian doctors were ordered to operate on protesters without anesthetic during protests against military rule according to an investigation commissioned by President Morsi.
- According to a UN panel, weapons in Libya are spreading at ”an alarming rate.”
- Yemen’s president has ordered a military command shake-up.
- Saudi Arabia is building a giant fence to seal off its border with Yemen.
- Two Tuareg prisoners died in detention in Mali after being tortured.
- 12 people (5 UN peacekeepers, 2 UN staffers, and 5 civilian contractors) were killed in an ambush on a convoy in South Sudan.
- Obama approved military assistance to Somalia.
- An Iraqi blogger, “Riverbend,” who documented daily life in Iraq from 2003 to 2007 before going silent after leaving for Syria, posted again with a look back on the ten years of the war.
- A French photographer, Pierre Borghi, kidnapped four months ago in Kabul, has been freed.
- A suicide attack in southern Afghanistan killed five, three soldiers and two civilians, one of whom was diplomat Anne Smedinghoff, the first US diplomat to die in Afghanistan since the 1970s.
- A special ops raid in southern Afghanistan resulted in the death of Khiraullah Janan, a man with family ties to Afghan president Hamid Karzai.
- Taliban peace envoys were sent to Qatar for negotiations in 2010. They haven’t left (although they are having children).
- An NPR interview with Afghan photojournalist Farzana Wahidy.
- A candidate for provincial election in Sindh province, Pakistan, was assassinated, the second such killing during the country’s election campaign.
- Tirah Valley in Pakistan has become a nexus of violence as the Pakistani army fights Tehreek-i-Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba, causing an exodus.
- Drone strikes are not actually only being used to target senior terrorist leaders, but lesser suspected militants and other unidentified militants within certain areas.
- Anonymous hacked North Korean social media and networking accounts.
- Japan set up interceptor missiles in Tokyo as a reaction to tensions on the Korean peninsula.
- April 10th was the official fifteenth anniversary of the Good Friday agreement, which ended the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
- Drones will accompany an 8000-strong police force in Northern Ireland to provide security for the upcoming G8 summit.
- A new round of trials seventy years later may bring some former guards at Auschwitz to justice.
- A mysterious disappearance of the defense’s legal documents has delayed pretrial hearings for the Guantanamo war crimes trials.
- Wikileaks published 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence records from the 1970s.
- A judge ruled at a pretrial hearing that Bradley Manning’s prosecutors are required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Manning “had reason to believe” that the files he leaked could be harmful.
- Defense Secretary Hagel has asked Congress to pass legislation that would remove the power of the convening authority to overturn court martial convictions for major crimes like sexual assault.
- An interview at The Nation with the makers of Invisible War.
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Photo: Drapes and curtains are hung all over the city of Aleppo to allow safe (or the closest approximation of safe) passage of residents across streets, a protection from snipers. Conflict photographer Franco Pagetti took a series of photographs of these colorful protective drapes, which can be viewed at TIME’s Lightbox blog.
I am a bit bent by all the mis-quoting and/or fabricated attributions attached to our founding fathers and other siginificant historical/political/religious/philisophical persons.
Thomas Jefferson seems to be one of the most mis-quoted or falsely attributed.
The most recent insult would be the attribution of this quote: “Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.”
I went to the the Jefferson Monticello to fact check this quote.
***So if you are going to quote someone of significance…let’s say Thomas Jefferson, maybe you should actually use his words instead of insulting his legacy and attaching his name to your personal verbal vomit in an attempt to give it credibilty.