background preloader

Interesting articles

Facebook Twitter

Our Dishonest President - Los Angeles Times. It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters.

Our Dishonest President - Los Angeles Times

The Times called him unprepared and unsuited for the job he was seeking, and said his election would be a “catastrophe.” Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck. Like millions of other Americans, we clung to a slim hope that the new president would turn out to be all noise and bluster, or that the people around him in the White House would act as a check on his worst instincts, or that he would be sobered and transformed by the awesome responsibilities of office. Instead, seventy-some days in — and with about 1,400 to go before his term is completed — it is increasingly clear that those hopes were misplaced.

What is most worrisome about Trump is Trump himself. In the days ahead, The Times editorial board will look more closely at the new president, with a special attention to three troubling traits: Obama’s Legacy: Nearly 450 Accomplishments, With Citations. There are a lot of naysayers out there, but those who claim that President Barack Obama was not that great or even “a disaster” as President really do not know what they are talking about.

Obama’s Legacy: Nearly 450 Accomplishments, With Citations

Obama not only brought grace and dignity back to the White House, but he also accomplished a lot. He would have accomplished more, but “we the people” (including the professional left) labeled him “a disappointment” in his first two years, even though his policies prevented an economic depression and gave everyone better health insurance at a lower cost that would otherwise be the case. This was a remarkable man; easily the most “presidential” president we have seen in a while. And he has accomplished a lot, despite the hurdles we placed in his way, not the least of which was a Republican Congress that refused to do anything he proposed because they wanted to damage him. How Taylor Swift Played The Victim For A Decade And Made Her Entire Career. SeaWayBLOG: Mixing water and black ink: Shinichi Maruyama's "Kusho" series. ©Shinichi Maruyama Shinichi Maruyama is a famous japanese artist and photographer that, with his "Kusho" series, has realized something really innovative.

SeaWayBLOG: Mixing water and black ink: Shinichi Maruyama's "Kusho" series

A work that conjugate aestethical perfection, purity of design, japanese tradition and advanced technology.Aiming to to deconstruct the material elements of ink drawing and calligraphy and focusing on the technical and formal characteristics of the photographic medium itself he realized twentythree large scale photographs that represent the interplay of black ink and water, both in midair and on white surfaces.The photographs are realized with many different techniques and are possible thanks to recent advances in strobe light technology allowing the artist to capture as little as an astonishing 20.000th of a second. To view the other images of the series as well as other Matuyama's works and to know more info about the techniques he uses to take these unbelievable pictures visitSHINICHI MARUYAMA'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE. Writing in the Sky - Kusho by Shinichi Maruyama (8 photos)

This looks like fun.

Writing in the Sky - Kusho by Shinichi Maruyama (8 photos)

Born in Nagano, Japan in 1968, Shinichi Maruyama hurls black India ink into water and photographs the millisecond that these two liquids collide. Capable of capturing this phenomenon at a 7,500th of a second, Maruyama takes full advantage of a recent advancement in strobe light technology which can record physical events faster than the naked eye can perceive them. In the series Kusho, which means “writing in the sky,” Maruyama’s goal is to arrest in space and time the sublime intersection of two different media before they merge into one. In some respects, the project resembles a scientific experiment, but in Maruyama’s artistic hands, the total action becomes a form of Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) performance–with the gesture executed in the air rather than on the flat surface of the paper.

“Once your brush touches paper, you must finish the character, you have one chance. Shinichi Maruyama’s website via fabrik. Ask a Librarian: What’s the Strangest Thing You’ve Found in a Library Book? In Claire Fuller’s Swimming Lessons (on shelves February 7), Ingrid writes letters to Gil about the truth of their marriage, then hides them in used books from their library.

Ask a Librarian: What’s the Strangest Thing You’ve Found in a Library Book?

Carefully collected over the years, these books are filled with “left-behind photographs, postcards, and letters; bail slips, receipts, handwritten recipes, and drawings; valentines and tickets, sympathy cards, excuse notes to teachers—bits of paper with which he could piece together other people’s lives, other people who had read the same books he held and who had marked their place.” Inspired by Swimming Lessons, we went to the experts in unexpected ephemera and well-loved books—librarians—and asked them to tell us the most interesting thing they’d found in a library book.

Their answers delighted, disgusted, and exceeded our wildest expectations. It was hard to pick our favorites, but here they are. What’s the most interesting, memorable, or just plain weird thing you’ve found in a library book? Bologna. Bologna.