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This is an incredible piece put together by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee for The New York Times about how the now infamous earthrise image came about. It’s a long time ago but what a magnificent achievement (to put men on the moon).
This country belongs to whomever shows up. And do you know who shows up for every election? Old people. But only 46% of people 18-34 years old voted in the last election.
I’ve voted in every election since I was 20 and I’m 66 now. My parents drilled into my head that voting is the most important right a U.S. citizen has and no matter what, it should never be taken for granted.
This is an incredible video documenting Morten Hilmer spending 15 hours in a photo blind on the Finland/Russia border.
Morten has a youTube channel with lots of other amazing videos: Morten Hilmer: Wildlife Photography.
There are many things to like about the video and the post where I found it up on PetaPixel:
I can feel Morten’s excitement, wonder, and awe of being in that blind and being so close to amazing things. We live in a rural place and have bears, foxes, bobcats, hawks, and other large wild animals come close to the house and it excites us just as much after 25 years of it. It’s thrilling and Morton’s post and video allow us to experience that.
The video and images are wonderful and the narration works well. Just enough music but not overly dramatic, the animals and situation provide more than enough drama without overdoing it with music.
What caught my attention was Morten’s comment about going from Nikon to Canon and not having enough familiarity with the Canon body to use it without thinking. This is a crucial point for folks who regularly consider sea changes of gear and it’s true for any kind of tool we use frequently. Car dashes come to mind.
These videos are from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. The museum also has a Flickr account with all of their still photography posted.
VOX has an excellent history/explainer on how the term “OK” or “okay” came to be. If you think you know, you might not have it right. Best to watch, okay?
I recently read a great, short New Yorker piece by Priya Krishna: The Indian Filmmaker Who Made His Dad’s Village Cooking a YouTube Sensation.
Arumugam Gopinath decided to make videos of his father Jaymukh cooking huge meals in Tamil Nadu, rural southern India. For me this has much the same appeal as the Primitive Technology series: it’s about process but also documents a different culture.
I’ve only just begun to explore Arumugam’s YouTube channel: Village food factory. Here are a few videos I found fascinating and wonderful:
King of Chicken Legs
2500 eggs and 10 KG Chicken cooking in single pot
These videos and many others have been viewed millions of times on YouTube, mostly from people outside of India and have earned the family more than seven million rupees (close to $100,000) in advertising revenue.
The Tables from Jon Bunning on Vimeo.
“A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to gangbangers.”
Brilliant. I’ve never noticed them and I walk by there often.
“Nudibranchs may look cute, squishy and defenseless … but watch out. These brightly-colored sea slugs aren’t above stealing weapons from their prey.”
PBS Digital Studios takes a fascinating deep look into the world of sea slugs. Zoom this out full screen, the colors alone are worth it.
[via The Kid Should See This]
Hobos were and still are traveling workers who live on the road. Over time they came up with a written sign language to communicate among themselves. Things like “this house has a kind woman” or “beware of dog”.
A while back I built a HyperCard stack that was a collection of hobo signs. Not sure whatever happened to it but it was fun to scan and translate them.
This is a terrific compilation and commentary on Aretha’s roots in gospel and how she was able to bridge into blues and rock.
I’m glad VOX mentioned Jerry Wexler, a producer at Atlantic Records but I wish they’d mentioned Tom Dowd (pictured in a few of the stills) who was Atlantic’s engineer and helped produce much of Aretha’s work at Atlantic (and numerous other artists).
Here’s a great post at the Atlantic Records/Warner site: The Record Man: Ahmet Ertegun, Founder of Atlantic Records.
I highly recommend two documentaries if you can find them:
Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built
Tom Dowd and the Language of Music (out of print, expensive, hopefully streamed at some point).