Sure Ellen Page came out of the closet but could she draw in the third grade? Macklemore investigates
Bed-Stuy’s Volunteer Ambulance Service
Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood is well past the notoriety it had in the 1980s and 1990s, when the area was neglected and crack dealers violently ruled the streets. Back then, two men began providing much needed help to their underserved community. The Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corp was founded in 1988 by Captain James “Rocky” Robinson, an EMS tech, and Specialist Joe Perez. Rocky is still at the helm today, 26 years later, training a new generation to follow in his footsteps. With the community now much safer and better served, he has changed the BSVAC’s original mission of saving lives to changing lives — helping young men and women who may not have any other options receive free training and eventually find jobs in the medical field.
What do you think?
Uhhh… Nuclear and coal plants in both their, and neighboring, countries? Where else?
Tropes is a tongue-in-cheek architecture magazine from Reality Cues made for the era of Tumblr reblogs and Pinterest fantasies. The Eco-Porn issue skewers the tendency of urban planners and architects to “put a green roof on it” to make a project sustainable and the blithe proliferation of images of green architecture and ecological urbanism.
(Found via an interview on the Reality Cues fake viral images)
I asked if any of his other clearly photoshopped creations had gone viral. This, of course, was a stupid question. One person’s obvious fake is another person’s proof that the world truly is a beautiful and magical place.
Tropes: The Eco-Porn Issue is the first in a series of manuals that will investigate tropes in architectural representation. Through open competitions and invited submissions, Reality Cues presses architects to explore the techniques and conventions upon which architects rely to communicate ideas concerning space, form and use, with a special concentration on the visualization of contemporary social values systems. Reality Cues hopes to amass a collection of exemplary tropes, analyze their value, and re-disseminate them to be exploited smartly and with precision.
The Eco-Porn Competition has launched!!!
OMG. YES. MUCH YES.
'He sold 300,000 with no promotion,' Jackson says, citing the label's worldwide sales figures for 'Finally Rich.' 'People can say it was a stupid deal, but the project is in the black. Our marketing spend on it was literally crumbs.' Jackson points to the video for 'Love Sosa,' which has more than 36 million views on YouTube. 'We spent $1,500 on that. I know videos that they've blown $500,000 on that don't have that many views.'
- Crucial statistical context from Chief Keef’s A&R, Larry Jackson. (via Billboard)
Finally! This show brings the dystopian future into the mix!
Almost Human is a decent buddy cop procedural with cool futuristic cyberpunk-meets-minority-report-type aesthetics.
I’m a geek. You can put nearly anything sci-fi in front of me and I will gorge myself. Karl Urban is great and so is Michael Ealy.
The intro of the show talks about how police couldn’t cope with criminals who had super advanced tech yadda yadda police got androids in response yadda whatever. During this intro tonight, I was like, “Hold up. The cops pretty much have everything on lock down. Surveillance, drones, biometrics, you name it. Where is all the insane chaos of crime they hint at?”
OVER THE WALL.
This last episode, ‘Unbound’, there is mention of a wall of some sort and accompanied by anxiety and fear from the cast. AWESOME.
Now we’re getting somewhere! I’ve been resold. EXCEPT!
They act like over the wall is some off-the-grid hellscape.
There’s no way this is true. Present day conditions tell us this would never be true. You only need look at how the occupier acts in Palestine. There are two ‘over the wall’ conditions that are similar and yet different.
You have the West Bank which is formally self-governing but which in actuality has to bend to the whims of an occupying force that oversees all their lives and is ever-present through: surveillance (telecommunications, drones/satellites, informers), physical form (checkpoints, towers, WALLS), and capitalist (occupier goods and materials are sold to the occupied or produced by the occupied for the occupier be it colonial dwellings or ice cream).
Then there is the Gaza Strip where a strict military wall of bullets and bombs, not concrete, enforce separation and the population must subsist on aid and largesse from its occupier. The dynamic is very master-slave. And yet they still surveil through aerial means or forcing information from individuals in exchange for medical care for either themselves or loved ones.
And that is just two examples from my very limited personal experience of how The Man just won’t tolerate people doing their own thing. He is gonna be all the way up in their business dictating trivial aspects of daily life.
So…. Thanks for eliminating my suspension of disbelief, Almost Human. You Almost Hadme.
What they do from this point could still be really cool. They could burn everything to the ground. That would be the ideal. Not be so cop-y would also be acceptable.
DJ Quik f. Mausberg - Change the Game on Motown Live (1998-1999)
"jumping up out of the burb / parked more than 18 inches from the curb"
This is the second scene set with some illegal parking behavior I’ve heard in the last week. The other was how Chinxx Drugz drops into the second half of his song 'Laugh' with Young Thug.
It’s so commonplace and minor but also just it’s own middle finger to the law and the presentation is so on point. The phrases/images are just so on point.
fuck i wish i had friends to karaoke with.
Come to Durham, NC for our once in a while Karaoke nights. It’s magical.
Its all fun and games until you discuss politics and learn how intellectually and morally impoverished the people you’ve surrounded yourself with are.
And then real life things happen and you realize you’re no better than them.