"There were great loaves of brown bread, mounds of turnips and sweetcorn and pease, immense hams and roast geese and trenchers dripping full of venison stewed with beer and barley."

— A Clash of Kings, page 262 (via trenchersofwords)

wbezmusic:

Guess who’s on Sound Opinions this week…

wbezmusic:

Guess who’s on Sound Opinions this week…

(via soundopinions)

theatlantic:

Here, but Not Here: Family Portraits Held Together by Skype

We live in a world in which some of the people we are closest to are often not near us at all.

When we document our day-to-day existence in photographs and Instagrams, these people are absent. Their presence in our lives is absent in our digital memories. 

Photographer John Clang’s series Being Together seeks to correct this. Using Skype and projectors, he captures families visually as they are virtually. 

“In these images,” Clang told me over email, “I am marking the time for these families, enabling them to remember these strange moments of togetherness with the technology presently available. The picture doesn’t stop here, it lingers on in their memory. It embraces the intimacy and closeness of a family, no matter how far apart they are.”

Read more. [Images: John Clang]

(via npr)

theatlantic:

Is This the World’s Weirdest Pedestrian Bridge?

Look at this thing. Is this the weirdest pedestrian bridge you’ve ever seen?

All signs point to “yes.” Created by an obscure group called Massiv for AC-CA’s “Iconic Pedestrian Bridge” challenge, the bridge looks like pedestrians would need a map to cross it. And perhaps a fishing pole and gutting knife to forage for food in case they get lost.

What motivated the design team to spawn this architectural version of amorous tapeworms?Gezelligheid. That’s the impossible-to-translate Dutch term for “convivial, cozy, fun, quaint or nice atmosphere” or maybe “belonging, time spent with loved ones, the fact of seeing a friend after a long absence or general togetherness.” Gezelligheid is what Dutch culture is all about, so the designers tried to build a bridge that illustrates the happy concept.

Read more at The Atlantic Cities. [Images: Massiv]

(via npr)

soundopinions:


No the Stones never sang about canned beans, but Don Draper was right about the Rice Krispies commercial.

Pretty good post, but I guess this guy has never heard of Sound Opinions (or This American Life, for that matter).

pitchforkreviewsreviews:

On Sunday afternoon, the last day of the Pitchfork Music Festival, it is 94 degrees outside and me and Jim DeRogatis are sitting on a bench, under a tree, in the dugout of a baseball field behind one of the main festival stages and talking about Jim DeRogatis’ highly coveted and super rare…

An appropriate images today, too.
bemyfriend:

An abandoned Bulls tie, not quite in the gutter in NW Chicago. My hunch is that a disgruntled fan, angry about their G1 loss to Atlanta, threw it in disgust as he walked home from the corner bar. 

An appropriate images today, too.

bemyfriend:

An abandoned Bulls tie, not quite in the gutter in NW Chicago. My hunch is that a disgruntled fan, angry about their G1 loss to Atlanta, threw it in disgust as he walked home from the corner bar. 

"I get worried for young girls sometimes; I want them to feel that they can be sassy and full and weird and geeky and smart and independent, and not so withered and shriveled."

— Amy Poehler, awesomest of all people (via mattie)

(via samabernethy)

bemyfriend:

1960 map of municipal parking in Chicago. Perfect artifact for parking lot historians!
Via Forgotten Chicago (access more maps by clicking the map).

bemyfriend:

1960 map of municipal parking in Chicago. Perfect artifact for parking lot historians!

Via Forgotten Chicago (access more maps by clicking the map).

It’s like they took this Trib profile of Grant Achatz and turned it inside out. They even recycle the same story about running into each other on an airplane.