Category: Visuals

The universe in a single image

Sure, the Miami Heat throttled the Chicago Bulls by 37 points on Wednesday night to even the semifinals at 1-1, and that’s great and I’m sure somewhere else on the Internet someone is discussing just what it all means (it just means that the Heat and Bulls are tied at 1-1, and also that when the Heat get into an offensive groove they are essentially unstoppable, and oh also based on all of the technicals and the ejections the rest of this series will probably be nothing but calm and placid basketball with lots of friendly repartee between the teams). Me, I’ll just be over here staring at this picture taken when Joakim Noah was ejected, trying to figure out the secrets of the universe. [UPDATE: Good lord, her real identity is somehow crazier than anything I imagined.]

This Is Water: The Short Film

I’ve written before about David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement address at Kenyon College (of course, so has half of the Internet). It’s a really great speech and even if Wallace isn’t your particular brand of whiskey, I highly recommend giving it a read.

But if you don’t feel like reading it, perhaps you’d enjoy this short film created by the folks over at The Glossary. It doesn’t cover the entire speech, instead using an audio excerpt to bring some of it to life:

You can listen to audio of the entire address here.

Listen to “Love This Giant” now

NPR is streaming “Love This Giant,” the collaboration between David Byrne (of the Talking Heads) and the wondrous Annie Clark (better known as St. Vincent). They’re streaming the album right now. The album doesn’t come out until next Tuesday, but you can listen to it right now, so I have to wonder why you are even still reading this? Also, the album won’t be streaming for forever, so go forth and enjoy.

You can also check out a video from said album below (via):

What’s In Your Bag?

This photo taken by ViolaMoni.

I’m always a little curious about what people choose to carry in their bags. Maybe it’s because I usually carry almost nothing in my bag aside from food and reading material, so I’m fascinated by what items other people want or need with them at all times. Maybe I’m just nosy. Either way! I had no idea there was an entire Flickr group dedicated to people sharing what they have in their bags. If you’re like me, you will enjoy seeing the artfully arranged items that make up people’s everyday lives. (These photos are doubly pleasant if you, also like me, enjoy images of things organized neatly.)


This Is Now

I do not know how you feel about Instagram (do you love it? I assume you love it). Personally, I am a fan. I rather like the geotagging feature that lets you see what other people captured and shared from the same places. So I am intrigued by This Is Now, a new site collecting Instagram photos from specific cities. It only pulls photos from five cities right now (New York, London, Tokyo, Sao Paulo and Sydney). Images pop up as they are shared, making the site an active feed into the lives of that particular jurisdiction’s Instagram users.

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Tom Wilson Is Terrific

Shaun Usher, the guy behind Letters of Note, shared the following image earlier today. (I am mentioning Usher and Letters of Note right here up front to encourage you to visit his site. Check it out!) It’s a card that Tom Wilson, who played Biff in all three “Back to the Future” movies, hands to people to preemptively answer their questions.

(As the card notes, Wilson is also a comic and a musician. Remember that time he was wonderful on “Freaks and Geeks”? You can check out his YouTube channel here and or visit his personal site.)

(Image actually via the A.V. Club, because the original URL wasn’t working; the whole thing via Gawker)

Stanley Kubrick Rides The Subway

Before he was Stanley Kubrick, demigod of cinema, the man who would go on to direct “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “A Clockwork Orange” worked as a photographer for Look magazine.

Kubrick rode the New York City subway in 1946 for a story on commuters, capturing scenes on the trains, platforms and escalators. The image above is one of many photos from the story available here, courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.

Here’s more on Kubrick and Look and, if you are so inclined, a bit more on the subject. Many of the magazine’s photographs are archived at the Library of Congress. This list seems to be a fairly thorough inventory of Kubrick’s photographs.

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Nicolas Cage performs John Cage’s 4’33”

When the machines take over and we wonder whether or not our incessant need to improve and develop and invent — which led to a world where our creations could rise up and overthrow us — was actually worth it, we will look back at this video and know that the answer is yes.

I give you Nicolas Cage performing John Cage’s 4’33”.