1. A response to those terrible instagram post

    Ghana sculptor El Anatsui finds inspiration in the waste caused by modern consumption. He creates colorful wall sculptures out of discarded aluminum bottle caps, seals and labels produced by local distilleries in Nigeria, where he’s lived for most of his career.

    No. Instagram copywriter, that is entirely fucking wrong. Saying this guys art is inspired by trash is like saying a photographer is inspired by his cameras that use film.

    I’m not saying art can’t be an entirely visceral exerpince, but that is not what El Anatsui communicates with his work. This work is about the culture of East Africa   that is so complex that as Americans we can barely appreciate it. These pieces are about the changes brought about by modern culture. The purpose of consumption is something that didn’t exist here before. You didn’t have massive industries abstracting entire forms of production. Huge, literal mountains of discarded materials sweeping over the landscape.

    El Anatsui  is disseminating what it means for an entire culture to be turned inside out by it’s heart. Weaving traditional patterns out of the material of the new age. Creating a bridge where a dialogue about the changes happening through this massive technological shift. Things that were once a luxury are now common place, as the basic needs will still go unmet. The true needs of humans are the hardest to provide for. Booze is cheap, plentiful and powerful. There is a literal reshaping of how these countries work happening on a daily biases.  

    When I saw this work in person I was dumbfounded by its power. 

  2. 1950s rocket landing design. I wish this is how it worked.

    1950s rocket landing design. I wish this is how it worked.

  3. I’m considering going to this show. Not that there is much to consider.

    I’m considering going to this show. Not that there is much to consider.

  4. Portland Maine Screamo. 

    Solid.

  5. I expect him to do his job and I’m not going to do it for him. And if he can’t do it, he’s going to have to find some other employment

    Lessons from Human Space flight: 

    The—I had a simulation training run that was starting to unwind on me. I had propellant leaks onboard the command module. I was faced with some type of an abort. And as you approach the final seconds of attaining Earth orbit, your options are dwindling very rapidly. But one of the keys is, you have options to continue to go forward, to try to get into orbit, as well as you have another option that brings you back into the Eastern Atlantic—Atlantic Ocean. And my FIDO [Flight Dynamics Officer] couldn’t make up his mind as to which abort option he wanted to call, and I proceeded to do his job for him.

    I exercised what they call a MOTR [multiple object tracking radar] abort, which was trying to drive the spacecraft back to the Atlantic. And I called the abort that he should’ve called. And I passed it on. The Capcom [capsule communicator] relayed it to the crew. The crew executed this thing, and it was obvious that with the time delays, as in this entire process, that I had picked the wrong abort mode. And the spacecraft, instead of ending up in the Atlantic, ended up in Spain! Well, this wasn’t a good landing point. And, you know, you feel real bad when you blow one of these training runs.

    But the instructor really drove the stake in that I had done the wrong thing when he says, “Not only did you put the spacecraft down on land, you killed the crew because the mountains that you brought them in are above 10,000 ft. And that’s where the parachutes should open.” So basically, they hit the mountains before the parachutes opened. “And you will debrief these runs.” But the key thing was, I was reading the flight dynamics officer’s displays. I can read them. I know when you get into the, you know—into the cutoff box. I know when you’re running out of the abort modes.

    But basically, I usurped his responsibility to make those calls. And this is the process of training that teaches you very profound lessons. And this is a lesson I never forgot, is that I am going—anybody who ever works for me, from that day forward, whether it be in Mission Control or in my organization, I expect him to do his job and I’m not going to do it for him. And if he can’t do it, he’s going to have to find some other employment

  6. (Source: myheartandsoulxo)

  7. BRO

    LETS GO TO TO THE CLUB 
    DRINK SHITTY WARM PBR 
    DANCE WITH ALL THE SKANKS

  8. Breakfast will help  (it didn’t) - AB Babcock

    Breakfast will help  (it didn’t) - AB Babcock

  9. Rick Deckard’s “Vid Phon” card///Blade Runner, 1982

    That ma Bell

    (Source: larvalhex)