Tuesday, May 31, 2011
By the Last Poets, off of "Right On"
, 1969/1970. The three pieces were by Gylan Kain, Felipe Luciano, and David Nelson respectively.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The jellyfish Crossota alba. Delicate jellyfish such as this thrive in the deep sea, where no wind, waves, or turbulence threaten to tear them apart, and are successful predators in spite of their fragility. In the quiet, dark environment this transparent, inch-wide animal sits motionless, with stinging tentacles arranged like fishing lines in a circle, and waits to encounter prey—ambushing, rather than stalking its food.
“Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”
On this day in 1931 alto saxophonist Jackie Mclean was born.
He played on the Miles Davise album “Dig” with Sonny Rollins when
he was but 19 years old and went on to perform and recorded with
Charles Mingus and George Wallington.
Jackie was known for his hard bop style and later in his career
became an exponent of modal jazz without abandoning his roots.
In 1970, he and his wife, Dollie McLean, founded the Artists
Collective, Inc. of Hartford, Connecticut an organization dedicated
to preserving the art and culture of the African Diaspora. It provides
educational programs and instruction in dance, theatre, music and
Monday, May 16, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
“The goal is to capture the structure of supercell thunderstorms, the feeling of standing in wind gusts breaching 50 MPH, the lightning, the rumble of hail. I’ve never seen anything like these storms before… . They are born everyday, they fight against their environment to stay alive, change their form as they age, they lose their strength, and eventually they die. The hope is that the images presented communicate how I feel while standing in front of these amazing forces of nature”.
37 year old Joséphine Mpongo practises the cello in the Kimbanguiste neighbourhood of Kinshasa. She plays with the Kimbanguiste Symphony Orchestra, and practises here 5 days per week. During the day, Joséphine sells eggss in Kinshasa’s main market.
Moon jelly by Alexander Semenov
Porpita porpita—the blue button jelly —is a neustonic species mostly found in the tropics; that is, it floats right neat the surface of the water. The circular disc is made of chitin and filled with gas, allowing these jellies to float. The tentacles (zooids) radiating from the disc do all the feeding.
Even now, when I try to remember… the darkness does not lift but becomes heavier as I think how little we can hold in mind, how everything is constantly lapsing in oblivion with every extinguished life, how the world is, as it were, draining itself, in that the history of countless places and objects which themselves have no power of memory is never heard, never described or passed on.
“A lot has been said about Japanese resilience and their response to the March 11 disaster,” writes Associated Press photographer David Guttenfelder. “But the stoicism hides the deep personal suffering. The humble efficiency makes it seem like help is not needed. I hope that our photographs will help people understand and continue to help Japan.”
NPR: Japan, Two Months After the Disaster
Photo: Christoph Bangert