- Tuesday, March 19, 2013
From surveillance tool to weapon of war, drones have quickly captured the attention of the world. Most notably used by the U.S. military in Pakistan as a part of the “War on Terror”, many have come to only see the violent side of this technology. In some circles, the word drone has become synonymous with civilian casualties. With the number of civilian deaths, it is hard to argue against this view.
- Thursday, February 28, 2013
Perhaps it is the effect of four years spent as a DJ on my university's radio station, but events in the news often make me think of songs, and the coverage of France's Mali mission is bringing to mind the song “Franco-Unamerican” by the seminal California punk band NOFX. The song was written in 2003 and drips with sarcasm over the neo-conservative/interventionist foreign policy of then President George W. Bush.
- Monday, February 25, 2013
Tomoyuki Shinki (b. 1982, Osaka) is an outsider artist with a penchant for contact sports, namely wrestling and boxing, with some judo and Muay Thai mixed in here and there. Shinki uses a computer to draw contorted opponents, sometimes black and white but more often vividly colored. In bold cartoonish scenes, Shinki’s fighters maul, punch, grab, pull, smash, and flip each other around. The figures are hulking and muscular, and the activity leaps off the paper.
- Friday, February 22, 2013
Here's a touching anti-bullying message from the poet Shane Koyczan.
According to the artist:
This animated piece is the result of a group of individuals coming together and binding their talents in an expression of solidarity and compassion. I am humbled by the extraordinary efforts of those who selflessly gave their time and committed themselves to bring out this message in such a beautiful way.
- Friday, February 15, 2013
As a people living under an occupation [in Kashmir] which is camouflaged within a patina of democratic set-up and draconian laws, there is a constant erasure of our bodies, memories, and identities. We are inflicted with active forgetting in order to survive. At the border where the direct gaze of prose is constricted with barbed wires of multiple coercions, poetry spurts forth. Poetry makes one a witness, rather than just an archivist. One’s life-blood, all that is political and emotional; lived, remaining, and forgotten coagulates into a poem.
- Monday, February 11, 2013
‘An elemental narrative’ is the description we should use for a story that transcends genre. Our understanding of ‘elemental’ relates to what is ‘essential’ or ‘a basic part.’ It means that our elemental narratives always bear the premise that we are writing a ‘basic’ story that touches at the heart of who we are and what we have become. The goal of the writer will be to write a story that is as elemental as a shared humanity, those recognizable qualities that makes us human, and sometimes inhuman.
- Thursday, February 7, 2013
Above are two photos selected by Twitter creator Biz Stone for his upcoming Longliveimagination film project with Canon.
LLI gives fans the opportunity to submit themed photos which 5 celebrites will then comb through and select for their own personal films. This year's crop includes Stone, Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria, Georgina Chapman and former LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy.
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- Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Notes* on the evolution of the depiction of the infamous Biblical allegory of Adam and Eve.
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
- Tuesday, February 5, 2013
To observe is to pay attention, to notice. The objectification of women is not a new topic, by any stretch of the imagination, and you won’t find a thorough discussion of it in this post. Still, I couldn’t help but pull together commentaries, images, and videos from some of my recent travels through books, magazines, and videos, which highlight the pervasiveness the phenomenon.
- Friday, February 1, 2013
As I write this post, North Korea has declared martial law in preparation for nuclear testing. My cynical side wonders when the people of North Korea aren’t under martial law, but even so this move shows Kim Jong Un’s expectation that the international community will retaliate for the unauthorized tests.