Thursday, August 25, 2016

Watch a Fully Motorized Bathtub

From British Pathé in 1960, the joyous segment "Bath on Wheels" features engineering students from Kingston College who demonstrate a fully motorised bathtub and take it for a drive on the streets.

The Time Lapse 'Sparks' Captures the Magnificence of Western Norway

The short "Sparks" by photographer Jonas Forsberg captures the magnificence of the fjords, mountains and northern lights in western Norway.

'37,000 Ft. Mixtape': An Upbeat Mix by Flight Facilities

Flight Facilities' "37,000 ft. Mixtape" is a great upbeat mix that will add to our day.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Free Curated Music Service 'Radiooooo' Lets You Discover Music from Any Country Over a Century

The free and curated music service lets you discover and stream music from any country over a century. The initial idea for the project came to Benjamin Moreau when he drove his father's classic French sportscar:

In 2012, Benjamin Moreau, an artist and d.j., was test-driving his car-collector father's most recent acquisition, a white 1966 Renault Caravelle, in the French Riviera. "As we drove along this road, lost in time, my fingers came across the splendid old radio on the exquisite wooden dashboard," he recalled. When Moreau switched it on, the speakers belched "a wave of awful commercial music," he said, "instantly bursting the time bubble we were so happily swimming in." The moment led to an idea: what if you could organize music, not based on genre or complex algorithms but instead as a part of time and space? What if, instead of scrolling through artists and songs arranged alphabetically, you could explore them historically and geographically?


Radiooooo employs curators who spend hours every day combing through hundreds of submissions from almost thirty thousand contributors, from all over the world (Troubat refers to them as "treasure hunters"). The curators make sure the audio files are high quality, and judge whether or not the song fits the Radiooooo aesthetic, which can be difficult to define. For Moreau, the decisions about which music to include are instinctive, and "the music is only selected based on how we feel when we start listening to a track. The ability of a song to touch us instantaneously, in a completely subjective way. I would almost say in a naive way . . . We are not trying to apply ethno-musical criteria. We are keeping what we believe are true musical treasures." Troubat told me that the strength of the editorial line leaves lots of good music, about ninety per cent of submissions, out of the collection.

Donald Trump's Letters to Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter Show His Hand Circled with a Gold Sharpie

When Vanity Fair's editor-in-chief Graydon Carter worked for "Spy" magazine that he had co-founded with Kurt Andersen and Tom Phillips, he wrote something about Donald Trump that resulted in Trump sending him envelopes every now and then, even to this day, carrying a photo of Trump with his hand circled in gold Sharpie.

Like so many bullies, Trump has skin of gossamer. He thinks nothing of saying the most hurtful thing about someone else, but when he hears a whisper that runs counter to his own vainglorious self-image, he coils like a caged ferret. Just to drive him a little bit crazy, I took to referring to him as a "short-fingered vulgarian" in the pages of Spy magazine. That was more than a quarter of a century ago. To this day, I receive the occasional envelope from Trump. There is always a photo of him—generally a tear sheet from a magazine. On all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers. I almost feel sorry for the poor fellow because, to me, the fingers still look abnormally stubby. The most recent offering arrived earlier this year, before his decision to go after the Republican presidential nomination. Like the other packages, this one included a circled hand and the words, also written in gold Sharpie: "See, not so short!" I sent the picture back by return mail with a note attached, saying, “Actually, quite short.” Which I can only assume gave him fits.

To read "Spy" magazine, visit the archive at Google Books.

The Documentary 'The Big Fat Fix' Debunks Myths About Eating Fat

The new documentary "The Big Fat Fix" deals with the subject of the Mediterranean diet and what good it can do for your overall health, and some of the most common myths about dietary fat and cholesterol.

I'm eager to see this one, especially after having watched an interesting lecture not that long ago by an Swedish doctor and author that talked about the same subjects and the attempts of major players in the food industry to mislead consumers with harmful dietary advice.

'Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape': A Photo Series Inspired by the Work of Photographer Carleton Watkins

In their photo series "Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape", artists Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman were inspired by the work of American photographer Carleton Watkins and our modern production of food.

Processed Views interprets the frontier of industrial food production: the seductive and alarming intersection of nature and technology. As we move further away from the sources of our food, we head into uncharted territory replete with unintended consequences for the environment and for our health.

In our commentary on the landscape of processed foods, we reference the work of photographer, Carleton Watkins (1829-1916). His sublime views framed the American West as a land of endless possibilities and significantly influenced the creation of the first national parks. However, many of Watkins' photographs were commissioned by the corporate interests of the day; the railroad, mining, lumber and milling companies. His commissions served as both documentation of and advertisement for the American West. Watkins' images upheld the popular 19th century notion of Manifest Destiny – America's bountiful land, inevitably and justifiably utilized by its citizens.

We built these views to examine consumption, progress and the changing landscape.

Fruit Loops Landscape:

Marshmallow Chasm:

The Short 'Steel Town' Directed by Robin Mason

The short film "Steel Town" directed by Robin Mason takes us to the town of Port Talbot in South Wales, the home to one of UK's largest steelworks.

There's a feeling of rawness and authenticity in this short that I think the filmmakers managed to convey in an excellent way.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Gerd Ludwig's Photo Series 'Sleeping Cars': The Secret Lifes of Cars

In photographer Gerd Ludwig's photo series "Sleeping Cars", cars are something more than just ordinary objects, they are full of life with a strong presence all of their own.

There are more than seven million registered vehicles in Los Angeles County, California/USA. Images of traffic jams are omnipresent. But where do all those cars go to rest? These photographs examine where LA cars are spending their nights.

In middle-class neighborhoods people often have 1-2 car garages but rather use them for storage. So cars are left on the streets to park overnight, often getting covered during holidays, or when their owners are out of town.

The series shows cars that have a presence. They command their space. They are mostly loners and shy away from being too close to others. Many sleep in covers, wearing them like nightgowns, though some sleep in the nude. Some take daytime naps, a few lucky ones sleep in pairs.

Sunset Plaza Drive #5, 2012:

Appian Way, 2012:

Los Feliz Boulevard, 2012:

Van Ness Avenue, 2012:

Featured image: Beatrice Street, 2012.

Via Lens Culture.

'Trump: What's the Deal?': The Resurfaced Documentary That Donald Trump Doesn't Want You to See

Elements of extortion, poor working conditions, exaggerations and dissatisfied and overcharged tenants – it's all here in the resurfaced documentary "Trump: What's the Deal?" that Donald Trump successfully managed to prevent from airing 25 years ago until now.

The film was commissioned in 1988 by Leonard Stern as the first of a series on celebrity businessmen and finished in 1991. Back then, the only way for a film to be seen was on television or in the theater. Donald threatened to sue any broadcaster or distributor that took on the film. In effect, it was suppressed. It was screened twice in back-to-back standing room only showings at the Bridgehampton Community House on July 3, 1991, the same day that Donald announced his engagement to Marla Maples.

Rent or buy "Trump: What's the Deal?" on Amazon, Vimeo or iTunes.

It's currently also on YouTube (the documentary begins at the 5 seconds mark):

I have mentioned this excellent documentary in passing in an earlier post, but find it such an important watch that I want to remind about it once again. Especially since Trump's business ethics looks the same in British filmmaker Anthony Baxter's documentary "You've Been Trumped" (2011). See Baxter's full version below.

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