I was an NPR listener long before I went to work for my local station, NIPR. The view's in my blog, are just that--mine.
We know you’re not supposed to play with your food, but we couldn’t resist posting these illustrations by artist, Hong Yi. For nearly a month now, she has been creating fun illustrations with food. The parameters for the project were that only a backdrop of a white plate could be used and that the image had to be entirely made of food. You can see more of her illustrations here.
newyorker: The New York Historical Society reopens today, following a three-year renovation, and among its new exhibits is “Freedom Now,” by the New Yorker photographer Platon. Each lit individually in the dark gallery, the photographs make for contemplative viewing. Many of these images, including those of the Little Rock Nine, Muhammad Ali, and the Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos, first appeared in the pages of this magazine as part of our multimedia Portfolio “The Promise.” The exhibition runs through April 15th, 2012.
“The Promise” is an interactive portfolio about the civil-rights era, with contemporary portraits by Platon, historical photographs, interviews, and audio commentary by David Remnick, whose written introduction appears below the portfolio. Click here to view it: http://nyr.kr/vEMVHg
Welcome to NPR’s Back-Seat Book Club, where author Neil Gaiman is here to answer your questions about The Graveyard Book. Gaiman explains how Nobody Owens, a young boy raised in a graveyard, learns the value of life from the dead.
Illustration: Emily Davis for NPR
If I had kids, they’d totally be involved in this!
Tōhoku Japanese Earthquake Sculpture by Luke Jerram.
About the piece:
This sculpture was made to contemplate the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. To create the sculpture a seismogram of the earthquake, was rotated using computer aided design and then printed in 3 dimensions using rapid prototyping technology. The artwork measures 30cm x 20cm and represents 9 minutes of the earthquake.
You may remember Luke Jerram for placing pianos all over Grand Rapids during ArtPrize 2010.
Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.
Robert Fulghum (via lesalina)
I want to Crayola bomb the world!
Naked mole rats are neither moles nor rats, although they are naked. They have tiny eyes and piggy noses and have been described as looking like sausages with teeth. Lists of the world’s ugliest animals sometimes include them. But scientists who have just analyzed its entire genetic code say this bizarre little creature has an inner beauty — unique traits that could aid research on cancer and aging. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.