[favorite things. march 2012]

click on the names for links.


MUSIC

Die Antwoord - I Fink U Freaky

This music is 100% too insane not to share. They hail from South Africa and take full advantage of the black-white contrasts, the filth and the beauty in their really experimental, but awesome electronic-hip-hop-rapness. 

Sharon Von Etten - Serpents

I’m not entire sure what Von Etten is singing about. I think it’s about longing ultimately. Really digging her voice and the slight rock revival thing she’s got going on.

INSPIRATION

Changing Education Paradigms - Ken Robinson
So I’ve been a HUGE proponent of RSA’s really awesomely animated videos for a while. Here’s one about how we can think about education in a new way.

The Coming Spiritual Revolution - Rainn Wilson

Mr. Wilson, who is unsurprisingly wise and articulate, as he is on The Offive, offers some thoughts about political, scientific and personal empowerment. Preach!

ART

Yayoi Kusama.

Does amazing things with polka dots. 

The Obliteration Room



























Paul Kuczynski.

Is probably the most satirical, yet brilliant and accessible artist I have come upon yet.

Cell Birds

























NEWS

Centrist Women Tell of Disenchantment With G.O.P.

Go women! As one Iowa evangelical Christian put it to Republicans who have most definitely been overstepping their separations of Church (personal and State) re: reproductive rights (Rush Limbaugh calls Georgetown Law student a “slut” for being pro-contraception rights), “If they’re going to decide on women’s reproductive issues, I’m not going to vote for any of them. Women’s reproduction is our own business.” I agree and am extremely glad that this country’s most powerful group of voters is opening their eyes and ears!

How India became America

Akash Kapur offers a really engaging article discussing the rise of globalization (specifically, Americanization) in India, and how American values haven’t (completely) compromised the wondrous, spiritual and wholly austere beauty of India. Apparently Starbucks is opening up shop in New Dehli and other cities in North India. I’m not sure if I’m down, but if it can help India grow then I guess it’s not that bad?


TECHNOLOGY

Lytro camera.

So this camera is super cool, I’m not sure it’s practical for me but the science behind it is really cool. Basically it captures all the light in the camera’s visual field so you can monkey around with it and focus on anything you want to focus on, after the picture has been taken!

Google goggles.

This article explains a really fantastical yet not-altogether-that-far-off reality that Google is trying to create. It basically is Smart eyewear. Once upon a time, google had an app that used augmented reality (look it up!) software to capture, with the user’s guidance, images from the real world, and then use them to identify the objects. It was pretty cool. I will never forget the way my friend Gabe thought that you had to say “Google goggles” to activate this application. The way he shouted rapid fire “Googlegogglesgooglegogglesgooglegoggles” at my screen will forever go down as one of my favorite memories.


[favorite things. 2011]

Haruki Murakami: 1Q84.

Wool socks.

India.

Milton Glaser: Inform & Delight.

Postmodernism.

Steve Jobs.

Lana Del Rey: Lana Del Rey.

Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis.

Life in a Day.

Animation.

Instagram for iPhone 4S.

Barefoot Moscato.

Hugs.

Jonathan Safran Foer: Tree of Codes.

Kat Dennings.

How Stuff Works.

Saunas.

Gotye: Making Mirrors.

Haikus.

The word: Mamihlapinatapei.

California sun.

Louis C.K.’s Louie.

Turning 21.

Playing Yann Tiersen’s Comptine D’un Autre Ete on the piano.

Handmade presents.

Dexter: Season 6.

Garth Stein: The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Microlending.

Unanswered questions.

Ellie Goulding’s song: Lights.

Proper endings.

Beautiful, whimsical art

What happens when artist Yayoi Kusama gives children thousands of colored dot stickers to put on what was an all-white environment, transforming the space into a vibrantly speckled color explosion. 

Baths - Apologetic Shoulderblades

Apologetic Shoulderblades - Baths

A helpful visual for Stephen Hawking’s words, “Burst into existence.”