Monday, March 19, 2018

Bird Of Paradise Makes A Spectacle of Himself

This male bird of paradise goes to great lengths to impress a potential mate.


Cuban Quincea├▒eras

Melany Linares Díaz, La Habana, Playa, Miramar, La Puntilla

In Latin America the age of 15 signals a woman’s transition from childhood to adulthood and the Quince is a rite of passage for young women. German photographer Frank Thiel's Quince (15) series features Cuban millennials celebrating this event in their own neighbourhoods.

Image © Frank Thiel / Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Donna Gladys Machado Sánchez, La Habana, Plaza de la Revolución, Rampa
Images © Frank Thiel / Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York


Sunday, March 18, 2018

What Is Beauty?

Look at how often the definition of beauty changes:

What is Beauty? from Anna Ginsburg on Vimeo.

Via everlasting blort

Beautiful Hand Painted Animation

The Old Man and the Sea is an award winning 1999 paint-on-glass-animated short film by Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov, based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway.


Sunday Links

Miss Popularity in the 1970's: 35 Vintage Photos of Prom Queens and Their Groovy Court Via

En Garde! The history of duelling.

Deaf Cat from Hermitage Museum Named Russia's Official World Cup Oracle

The Box of Vacations William, if nothing else, was rather quantitative... a great story Via

The Devens Literacy Test was used in WW1 to measure reading comprehension.

Urban Explorers Scuba Dive Through an Abandoned Submerged Soviet Prison Camp 

Why You Shouldn't Eat a Slug (In Case You Need Reasons)

She shoots, they score : Hutterite women find ways to respect culture, faith while playing hockey. Thanks Bruce!

NPR Music's The Austin 100:  Stream or download 100 great songs by artists performing at SXSW 2018Via 

A Garage Sale Find of Rare Beatles Photos Took a Collector on a Magical Mystery Tour  Via

What's the Filthiest Animal?

The Worst Roommate Ever: “You’ve got your whole life in front of you. You’re pretty, you’ve got this house — well, you don’t have this house anymore.This house is my house.” Via

The Mesmerizing Mundane Objects of Ordinary North Korean Life

Did you overindulge last night? Greasy, Good Foods for the Day After a Night Out

Harold Bloom's Laugh and Delillo's Bronx Accent: On listening to the archival audio of the Writers at Work Interviews in the Morgan Library.

Side-By-Side Photos of Paris and Its Chinese Knockoff Thanks Bruce!

Stephen Hawking Picks the Music (and One Novel) He'd Spend Eternity With: Stream the Playlist Online 

The Uber Impact: Photographer Matthew Joseph examines the impact of Uber around the world 

How to Make Bagpipes Out of a Garbage Bag and Recorders (actually they call it a bagpipe-like instrument).

The Activist Who Uncovered The Russian Troll Factory Named In The Mueller Probe

'DNA bungle' The "phantom of Heilbronn" was described by police as Germany's most dangerous woman. But was she