04 March 2011

the dodos - no color

stream the new album. thomas wilhelm LOVES these guys, btdubs.

this bear looks like he's been gettin' sleazaay(k).

hipster indiana jones



¿texas for amnesty?

well...for people who hire illegal aliens to tend their houses, pools and yards.
As proposed, House Bill 2012 would create tough state punishments for those who "intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly" hire an unauthorized immigrant. Violators could face up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

But it is an exception included in the bill that is drawing attention. Those who hire unauthorized immigrants would be in violation of the law -- unless they are hiring a maid, a lawn caretaker or another houseworker
i mean, don't get texas wrong, people coming into this country illegally is wrong! and people hiring illegal aliens is also wrong! and all of those people deserve to be punished. but...c'mon! the people hiring them are white, so... besides, it would be so damn expensive and time consuming to arrest all the white people hiring illegal aliens. it just doesn't make sense!
Texas state Rep. Aaron Pena, a Democrat, said the exception is a wise one.

"With things as they are today, her bill will see a large segment of the Texas population in prison" if it passes without the exception, he said.

"When it comes to household employees or yard workers, it is extremely common for Texans to hire people who are likely undocumented workers," Pena said. "It is so common, it is overlooked."
now, what to do about the seven to twelve million illegal aliens who aren't cleaning houses and mowing lawns? duh, deport them! they're brown.



it's pretty much my favorite natural phenomenon ev, and also my answer to the what-super-power-would-you-want question. now, i'm not sure i totally understand this story, but here's the gist:

somewhere near tasmania, there was a buttload of fires caused by thunder and lightning that burned for 69 days. then came a 100-year-flood, washing all these weird ashes with crazy minerals into some lakes. the following summer, as the lake water heated up, an algae outbreak occurred, turning the water bright green. the best part: it was a new species!

and guess what! ........it was bioluminescent!!!!1111
the glowing is activated by motion, which makes it insanely fun to play in, i bet.
read the full story here, and look at a gallery of pixies here.

let's see just how smart you are

i only got 3 out of 10 right.


Photo from Architectural Forum August 1952. New York City. Architect, Victor Gruen. Graphics consultant Alvin Lustig. (via)
upon further internet poking, i found that the store was the leading manufacturer of kosher candy in brooklyn! they sold candy in wonderful tins like this one.

bonus link : a brief history of candy-making in brooklyn.

nErD aLeRt!

remember polshek partnership (or whatever)? well, they're called ennead now, and they just completed a renovation of mckim, mead, and white's great hall at the brooklyn museum. this weekend, an installation by situ studio opens in the new space.
Situ Studio, a Brooklyn-based creative practice specialising in design and fabric, has created a site-specific installation to fill the classically ordered Hall of the Americas of the Brooklyn Museum.

Opening tomorrow, reOrder: an Architectural Environment is the first installation to appear in the impressive 10,000 square-foot, double-height space of the colonnaded hall, newly renovated by Ennead Architects.

Each of the hall’s 16 traditional columns has been transformed and distorted by canopies made from Sunbrella fabric. The fabric – all 2,200 yards of it – has been stretched over steel tubing and plywood rings of varying sizes, and suspended from the columns, giving each one a new unique look. (via)
looks kewl!

here's a time lapse fly-through (huh?) of the installation process :

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