Wednesday, October 01, 2014

German Alcoholics Offered Beer To Clean City

Essen, an industrial city in Germany, is set to pay alcohol and drug addicts to clean the streets in return for beer, tobacco, food and small amounts of cash. The project, dubbed "Pick Up", will have a team of six people who will sweep streets and collect rubbish in return for $1.50 an hour, a warm meal and three bottles of beer after their shift, as well as tobacco for smokers.

The plan has drawn sharp criticism, with one aid group for the homeless labelling the "cheap labour" project dehumanising and asking why alcoholics should be given beer on the public tab.

More: Al Jazeera English

Castro Rainbow Crosswalks

The finishing touches are coming to rainbow crosswalks at 18th and Castro in San Francisco.  The crosswalks will span all four corners and will celebrate the neighborhood’s rich and storied LGBT history as well as serve to alert drivers to people crossing the street.

More: Hoodline

A Great Day in Harlem

One morning in August 1958 fifty-seven of the greatest jazz musicians gathered together on the steps of a Harlem brownstone to sit for one of the most celebrated ensemble jazz portraits ever taken. Art Kane, a freelance photographer working for Esquire magazine, took the picture for the magazine's 50th anniversary issue.

Jean Bach, a radio producer of New York, recounted the story behind it in her 1994 documentary film, A Great Day in Harlem. The film was nominated in 1995 for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature.

Forty years after the historic shoot Life magazine hired photographer Gordon Parks to recreate Kane's picture, and invited the surviving musicians to gather once again on the same brownstone steps on 126th Street. Just eleven musicians had survived: Gerry Mulligan, Marian McPartland, Milt Hinton, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Hank Jones, Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson, Chubby Jackson, Eddie Locke and Johnny Griffin—as well as Taft Jordan Jr., the small child who had sat beside Count Basie on the curb nearly forty years previously. All but Sonny Rollins turned up.

"We were told to stand where we had stood in the original picture.
I was so sad because I had to stand alone. The people who stood on either side of me had died.
It was very sad to have just the eleven of us." — pianist Marian McPartland

All About Jazz  collected the memories of some of the surviving subjects of the shoot.

These are the artists who appeared in the original photo:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wolf Hunting With Eagles in Mongolia


Dumpster Living

 The dean of University College Jeff Wilson (aka Professor Dumpster) lives in a green dumpster behind the women’s residence halls in a back corner of Huston-Tillotson University’s campus in Austin, Texas. Almost everything he owns is in his 36-square-foot dumpster, which is sanctioned and supported by the university as part of an ongoing sustainability-focused experiment called The Dumpster Project.

“The big hypothesis we’re trying to test here is, can you have a pretty darn good life on much, much less? This is obviously an outlier experiment. But so far, I have, I’d say. A better life than I had before.”
Much more: The Atlantic


Monday, September 29, 2014

Water Meets Sound

It's amazing what one can do with a speaker, rubber hose, water source, tone generating software,  a 24hz sine wave and 24fps capable camera.

 Jaw Dropping Science

The Missing Scarf

This animation by Vancouver - based Eoin Duffy (narrated by George Takei) follows a squirrel who encounters various animals on his path to find his lost scarf.

The Missing Scarf from Eoin Duffy on Vimeo.

Via The Awesomer

Combat in XVth Century Armour

This exhibit at Le Musée National du Moyen-Âge de Cluny in Paris recreates battles of the fifteenth century. Contrary to popular belief, the armour of the knights allowed combatants to move without restriction.

Via Messy Nessy Chic

Pepperoni Pizza Cake

I love pizza but don't you agree that this looks like too much of a good thing?

Eyes of Hitchcock

Eyes of Hitchcock from Criterion Collection on Vimeo.

Created by :: kogonada
Music: "Anything can happen, and usually does... On the Orient Express" by Rob Cawley
Via The Curious Brain