Picture of the Day & The Weekly Round-Up

Torbjørn-Rødland

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Last Week…
 
We visited Erin M Riley’s studio

Vantablack became the blackest black

We ogled BIGFOOT

There were models in jet skis

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Juliana Herz was our Muse
 

The First Rhyme He Learned Was The Alphabet

GZA and the genius of science.

Sound Advice 204: Shipley & Halmos

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We are pleased to present our 204th installment of Sound Advice featuring music selections from Shipley & Halmos. Based in New York City, Shipley & Halmos is a fashion label and creative firm founded by CFDA Award-winning designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos.
 
Sound Advice 204
 
01. Deadly Combination by Big L (ft. 2Pac)
02. Oh No by Mos Def (ft. Pharoahe Monch, Nate Dogg)
03. Tonight’s Da Night by Redman
04. Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka by Heltah Skeltah
05. Work by Gang Starr
06. Bucktown by Smif-N-Wessun
07. Grown Up by Danny Brown
08. Memory Lane (Sittin’ in da Park) by Nas
09. Fast Life by Kool G Rap
10. Paparazzi Live and Video by Xzibit
11. Party and Bullshit by The Notorious B.I.G.
12. Step Into A World (Rapture’s Delight) by KRS-One
13. Shook Ones, Pt. II by Mobb Deep
14. Straighten It Out by Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth
15. Ante Up by M.O.P.
16. Waves by Joey Bada$$
17. It Was A Good Day by Ice Cube
 
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Weekend Watching: The Sure Thing (1985)

Directed by Rob Reiner

“College freshman Walter (Gib) Gibson decides to go cross country to visit his friend in California during winter break. Awaiting there is a bikini-clad babe whom his friend assures him is a “sure thing”. Meanwhile, Allison, a cute (but somewhat anal retentive) girl at Gib’s college has also decided to head out to Cal. to see her boyfriend during break. Gib and Allison are thrust together on a road trip from hell, and somewhere along the way, they find each other’s company to be tolerable. Now, what will become of Gib’s “sure thing?””

What’s It All About?

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Dave Schubert shares with us the story behind his photograph Highway 101
 
This long exposure photograph was taken in 2010 while sitting in the passenger seat of my friends car as he drove up Highway 101 into the mountains of Northern California. He pointed to the trees in the distance and mentioned that once we reached the woods we would be in them for the rest of our trip. I don’t remember the length of the exposure—it could’ve been five or 10 minutes, something like that—I just pushed my camera against the glass of the windshield held the shutter open until we hit the trees.
 
Dave has a new show Scattered Scraps of Memory opening tonight (7/18) at MUDDGUTTS gallery in Brooklyn
 
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Reminisce Over This

Intelligent Hoodlum, The Posse, 1993

— @TheNameIsJerald

Taonius borealis

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Odd Creatures is a recurring column about the World’s Weirdest Animals written by award-winning science writer and author Bec Crew, and illustrated by the super-talented Aiyana Udesen
 
Cartoons aren’t just for television. Sometimes they infiltrate the deep sea and turn serious sea creatures into bulgy-eyed, spiky-haired goofs. Meet Taonius borealis, a species of transparent glass squid that lives up to a kilometre below the surface of the North Pacific Ocean.

With a pair of soulful blue eyes and a cigar-shaped digestive gland visibly suspended in its bloated, sac-like body, the glass squid has got a real look going on. The species is often found with its mass of stumpy tentacles, or arms, floating above its head like a crest, so scientists have given it another great nickname – the cockatoo squid. There are many species of glass squid found all over the world; some have orange polka dots, others have iridescent moustaches, and many have googly eyes, but none look quite as weary and in desperate need of a vacation as T. borealis.

Don’t let those under-eye bags fool you though; T. borealis is as spry as the next guy. Those dark red eye bands are actually special light-emitting organs called oracular photophores, which help the squid to disguise itself from its predators. By projecting a steady beam of light beneath it as it moves through the ocean, T. borealis can conceal its shadow from anything lurking below. And for extra control over how and where this light is projected, T. borealis can shift its eyes and its photophores from the front of its face all the way around to sit on either side of it. Known as ‘counter-illumination’, this is one of the most popular camouflaging strategies in the deep sea.

Another camouflaging strategy T. borealis takes full advantage of is bright red pigmentation. The further you plunge into the depths of the ocean, the less sunlight you’ll encounter, and this affects how visible different colors become. The color blue is great at penetrating the deep sea, and so is green, so when sea creatures want to be seen, they’ll produce these colors. Exhibit A. Red, on the other hand, needs a lot of sunlight to be seen, so in the deep sea, if you’re red, you might as well be black. Like a ninja.

Glass squids range from tiny – some of the polka-dotted adults are just 10 cm long – to colossal. The aptly named colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) can grow to three metres long, and that’s not including its arms. Add the arms on, and you’re looking at a length of around 14 m. With a body that’s around 60 cm long, T. borealis is pretty reasonably sized. It feeds on just about anything that it can catch using the hook-like teeth that run along its arms, including small crustaceans and fish.

Here’s a video of T. borealis’s close relative, T. pavo:
 

 

—Bec Crew / @BecCrew

Meanwhile in Benidorm…

Jamie Harley directed this video for Koudlam’s new song “Negative Creep” off the forthcoming album “Benidorm Dream.”

Blue Suede G2’s

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The Spring Court for when you’re off the clay court.

There’s No Beer at the Dogfish Inn

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Ironic? Yes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your way down the road to the Dogfish brewpub for some suds, or head in the opposite direction to the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery for some Bocce, and brews to bring back to the inn. Thoughtfully designed by Studio Tack in Brooklyn, the Dogfish Inn is a 16 room escape on the quiet coast of Delaware, home to some of the cleanest beaches in America. Rates start at $250 / night

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Artist Eats: Michael Swaney

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For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Michael Swaney to share his favorite place to eat. Michael is a Canadian artist based in Barcelona, who is currently featured in the three-person exhibition, Salat 3, at Center of Contemporary Art Andratx in Mallorca, as well as in the Summer Times group show at Galeria Yusto/Giner in Marbella. Continue reading for his answer.
 
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Lunchtime Laughter

Unaired Stand-Up Cuts from the Chappelle Show.

25 Grams: Henrik Purienne

25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.

Henrik Purienne is a Los Angeles-based photographer.

He can be followed on instagram at @purienne_

Nu Liife

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Our weekly comic by Andrew Jeffrey Wright / @ajw4ever

 

And for those in NYC, the NEW DREAMZ will be performing in a double whammy Saturday and Sunday. (Info after the jump)

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Trailer Party


 
All of the movies worth watching in theaters this weekend
 
I Origins

A molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye makes a discovery that complicates his scientific and spiritual beliefs. GO SEE THIS.
 
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Linked Out

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Every week Chris Black uses his superior internet reading abilities to provide you with a list of links to things you’re bound to find interesting
 
Reclaiming Our (Real) Lives From Social Media

The Secret History of MOCA

Meet Chuck Taylor: The Man Behind The All Star

Next Big Sound

Drugs Exposed To Film

The Science Of Cool

A Pre-History of the Electronic Music Festival

Do We Choose Our Friends Because They Share Our Genes?

Muscle Shoals Revisited

I’m sorry for coining the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”

Where Online Services Go When They Die
 

— Chris Black / @donetodeath

Morning Dose of Thirty Seconds of Happiness

Friday’s Vault

Ron Chatman in 60/40

Art Tonight in New York

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A bunch of nice things happening
 
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