09 January 2012

go vols!

The nyt named Chattanooga to it's list of 45 places to go in 2012! 
What they don't know is that it's on my list of places in Tenn I haven't been yet. Who's coming with me!

25. Chattanooga, Tenn.
A city stages a comeback fueled by artists and retailers.

In 1969, Walter Cronkite famously called Chattanooga the “dirtiest” city in America. In recent years, though, it has undergone a dramatic overhaul with a radical gentrification plan and an aggressive citywide push to lure artists. In addition to a $120 million clean-up-and-invest 21st Century Waterfront Plan, an incentive program called Arts Move brings artists of all mediums into town; a yearly Southern arts fair called Four Bridges draws thousands each April; and several arts districts have been cultivated and nurtured.
On the heels of this artistic transformation has come the inevitable, yet not unwelcome, boutique boom in places like the recently restored Warehouse Row, a Civil War-era factory turned shopping center filled with local, upscale and artisanal goods. SARAH WILDMAN

nerd alert: photography

Famous photographs with the subjects removed.
 Can you name all four?

via animal

welcome, babeyonce!

over the weekend, jay-z and beyonce finally popped that thing out. her name is blue ivy carter, and jay-z has already recorded a song about her, featuring some of her babeyonce noises.

the internet speculates that the name represents jay's fave color something about "the blueprint" and the roman numeral for 4, (IV), which everyone knows their lucky number.

somebody's jelly beans are showing

[redacted]:  SEC...I'm so over it

nErD aLeRt!

coolest memorial project ever.
Architect Peter Zumthor designed this memorial on an island in Norway to commemorate suspected witches who were burned at the stake there in the seventeenth century.
The Steilneset Memorial in Vardø comprises two structures, one conceived entirely by Zumthor and a second housing an installation by the late Louise Bourgeois. (via)
The installation by Bourgeois, entitled The Damned, The Possessed and The Beloved, occupies the smoked-glass-clad second structure.


the internet's most obnoxious sports blogger, clay travis, points out that this rendering of future renovations of florida's football stadium shows a florida fan wearing jorts.

nErD aLeRt!

the new york times tackles the evolving nature of parking lots, and the new approaches in their design:
As the critic Lewis Mumford wrote half a century ago, “The right to have access to every building in the city by private motorcar in an age when everyone possesses such a vehicle is the right to destroy the city.” Yet we continue to produce parking lots, in cities as well as in suburbs, in the same way we consume all those billions of plastic bottles of water and disposable diapers.
What to do?
For starters we ought to take these lots more seriously, architecturally. Many architects and urban planners don’t. Beyond greener designs and the occasional celebrity-architect garage, we need to think more about these lots as public spaces, as part of the infrastructure of our streets and sidewalks, places for various activities that may change and evolve, because not all good architecture is permanent. (via)


mad men will return on march 25. here's a recap of the last episode, because there is no way any of you remember what was happening on that show four years ago when it last aired.

common vs. drake

i just learned that they are in a fight! common made fun of drake on his new song "sweet" by saying:
During the interlude of "Sweet" Common says: "Yall n*ggas man, y'all soft motherf*ckers/Singing all around me man, la la la/ You ain't motherf*cking Frank Sinatra/Uh, lil' bitch..../Sweet ass motherf*cker" (via)
then drake showed up on a track from ricky rossy's mixtape, here's the video:

drake says (1:50 mark) :
“It bothers me when the Gods get to acting like the broads
Guess every team doesn’t come complete with [ninjas] like ours
That’s why I see no need to compete with [ninjas] like y’all
I just ask that when you see me you speak up [ninjas] that’s all
Don’t be ducking like you never wanted nothing”
“I’m just reaching my pinnacle
You and p**** identical
You like the [effin] finish line, we can’t wait to run into you”
and today common remixed that song and got him back!

canada dry! burrrnnn!!!!!

its allegedly about common's ex, serena williams. i love you guys. please stop fighting.
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