slappin my new sticker series up around the city
Hah that’s cute XD
slappin my new sticker series up around the city
Hah that’s cute XD
New York City video blogger and web producer Evan Puschak (a.k.a. “The Nerdwriter“) has created a supercut video of words of wisdom an sayings from seasons 1-3 of Game of Thrones.
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This made me smile.
In this video, BuzzFeed has a group of kids create their own sound effects and vocals for popular movies, such as: Frozen, The Avengers, and Fast & Furious 6. The end results are quite funny.
Last week, the FBI arrested Robert James Talbot Jr., 38, of Katy, Texas. Talbot was the self-styled head of the American Insurgent Movement, which openly plotted to massacre Moslems at mosques and kill them with automatic weapons, sought to rob armored cars, and recruited followers to sow more mayhem. Talbot is a violent Christian fundamentalist who advertised his intention to murder people wholesale.
Kudos to the FBI for arresting this fellow, but as Death and Taxes point out, where the hell was the national panic that attends every arrest of a jihadi terrorist, no matter how cracked and improbable his plan happened to be? Nowhere to be seen.
Now, if this was a recognition by the press that lone kooks are not an existential threat to the world -- even if they are capable of committing horrible, isolated crimes -- I'd be standing up and cheering. But if Talbot had been a brown-skinned conservative Muslim who'd been arrested after planning to attack Christian churches in America with bombs and machine-guns, I suspect there would have been screaming front-page headlines and round-the-clock intensive CNN coverage for days, not to mention grim, determined reporting on Fox News.
Dialect coach Andrew Jack offers a tour of the British Isles through the various accents of its residents in this fascinating short video. Jack has provided dialect training on many film and theater projects, including the Lord of the Rings trilogy, for which he developed the Middle Earth accents. The video was created by PJamBarker and is based on a BBC Radio 4 feature.
Christopher E Smith is the white father of a black, biracial son, and it is through his son's experience of being black in America that he has learned just how pervasive and humiliating and violent officialdom is to black Americans, a fact embodied perfectly through New York City's notorious, racist stop-and-frisk program. Smith describes how his son, interning on Wall Street, has been repeatedly stopped by police, once made to lie face down on the filthy sidewalk in his best suit while police went through his pockets (former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg was a staunch supporter of this program). He describes the experience of his black in-laws, who are stopped by police-cars en route to family gatherings, who have guns aimed at their heads, and who are then released with a shrug and a nonsensical excuse. He describes how driving over the US/Canadian border with his son is totally different from driving on his own, and how the customs guards routinely stop the two of them, and make them wait out of sight of their car while it is searched.
As an aside, I've experienced this myself. I've driven across the US/Canadian border literally dozens of times and the only time I was stopped was when I gave Nalo Hopkinson and David Findlay -- who happen to be black -- a ride to a Clarion reunion at Michigan State University. At both border crossings, the car was searched from top to bottom, with officers taking out books and shaking the pages to look for contraband. It's never happened since. The only difference between that drive and all the others was that there were some brown-skinned people in evidence.
Smith proposes a thought experiment in which stop-and-frisk searches were mandatorily applied in keeping with overall demographics, so for every three black people that the NYPD pull over and humiliate without warrant or suspicion or probable cause, they would have to do the same to ten white people -- and suggests that this would end the program of stop-and-frisk in a heartbeat.
I think he's right.
Proponents of stop-and-frisk often suggest that the hardships suffered by young men of color might be tolerable if officers were trained to be polite rather than aggressive and authoritarian. We need to remember, however, that we are talking about imposing an additional burden on a demographic that already experiences a set of alienating “taxes” not shared by the rest of society.
I can tell myriad stories about the ways my son is treated with suspicion and negative presumptions in nearly every arena of his life. I can describe the terrorized look on his face when, as a 7-year-old trying to learn how to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk in front of our suburban house, he was followed at 2-miles-per-hour from a few feet away by a police patrol car—a car that sped away when I came out of the front door to see what was going on. I can tell stories of teachers, coaches, and employers who have forced my son to overcome a presumption that he will cause behavior problems or that he lacks intellectual capability. I can tell you about U.S. Customs officials inexplicably ordering both of us to exit our vehicle and enter a building at the Canadian border crossing so that a team of officers could search our car without our watching—an event that never occurs when I am driving back from Canada by myself.
If I hadn’t witnessed all this so closely, I never would have fully recognized the extent of the indignities African-American boys and men face. Moreover, as indicated by research recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the cumulative physical toll this treatment takes on African-American men can accelerate the aging process and cause early death. Thus, no “special tax” on this population can be understood without recognizing that it does not exist as a small, isolated element in people’s lives.
What I Learned About Stop-and-Frisk From Watching My Black Son [Christopher E. Smith/The Atlantic]
(Image: stopfrisk_june17_DSC_1073, Michael Fleshman, CC-BY)
Sorry for all of the GoT shares. Also, sexposition.
“Busk” is a documentary short by Icarus that explores the lives of five musicians making their living by performing on the streets and subway stations of New York City. Released through Vimeo in 2013, the doc follows a diverse group of performers, including Japanese beatboxer Reo Matsumoto, bluegrass banjo player Morgan O’Kane and bucket drummer Anthony Smith-Little.
ScreenJunkies has returned with a five-minute-long honest trailer for the popular HBO series adaptation Game of Thrones. The Game of Thrones honest trailer covers seasons 1-3, so be warned it contains spoilers from those episodes. They also created a “non-spoiler” version of the trailer, with blurred out imagery and such but if if you haven’t caught up on the show I wouldn’t trust it. Watch the Game of Thrones honest trailer embedded after the jump.
Honest Trailers: Game of Thrones
Directed by Andy Signore
Series Created by Andy Signore & Brett Weiner
Episode Written by Spencer Gilbert, Gilli Nissim, Dan Murrell, and Andy Signore
Edited by Dan Murrell and Casey Donahue
Voiceover Narration by Jon:
Try not to get preeeegant watching this video.
Ze Frank describes the “marvelous” octopus, one of the most intelligent animals of all the invertebrate, in his new video “True Facts About The Octopus.” Parts of the video were shot on location at Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California. We’ve previously written about Ze Frank and his funny True Facts web series.
music by Tom Moore
Wow, homestar runner. I haven't thought about him in a long time. Homestar got me through many a lonely night when I used to work the overnight call center at Indiana University UITS.
The classic Flash-animated Internet series Homestar Runner from The Brothers Chaps updated today for the first time since 2010. The new animation, just in time for April Fools’ Day, features the character Homestar Runner updating a number of goofy tidbits on the website like Hairstyle Runner before Strong Bad shows up with a few updates of his own. The new animation replaces the traditional intro and is currently available on the series’ website.
Wow, you think natural selection is cruel? The level of competetion amougnst memes is savage. I'm glad to know that there is a place for them to live out their golden years.
OH MAH GAWD, SOMEONE HELP THAT POOR MAN!!!!1!
This. Best way to judge someone is how they treat their opponents.
Kankava has been credited with a lightning reaction to save Dynamo Kiev captain Oleg Gusev after he had swallowed his tongue following a horror collision with Dnipro goalkeeper Denys Boyko.
A Kiev attack came to nothing when a cross was plucked out the air by Dnipro keeper Denys Boyko, however the keeper wiped out Dynamo captain Oleg Gusev when he claimed the ball.
In a horrific accident, Boyko knocked out Gusev with a high boot, and immediately it became appeared that the unconscious Gusiev had swallowed his tongue.
Players from both sides instinctively ran to Gusev's aid as the worst fears began to seem a reality, and the medics soon followed to take over.
Kankava has been credited with pulling Gusev's tongue out from his throat, thereby saving his opponent's life.
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artwork by Audrey Pongracz
Gallery1988 and Cartoon Network have joined forces to present Adventure Time, a group art show featuring over 65 artist’s work that was “inspired by the awesome cartoon series.” The show will open Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 from 7 – 10 PM at Gallery1988 (West) and be on display through Sunday, April 6th. The exhibit is RSVP only. To attend, it is required that you RSVP by emailing Gallery1988 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
artwork by Stephen Andrade
artwork by Nicole Gustafsson
artwork by Andrew Heath
artwork by Brad Hill
images via Gallery1988