It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note - it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.
Van Gogh Path by Daan Roosegaarde
Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path is made of thousands glowing stones inspired by ‘Starry Night’. The path charges at daytime and glows at night. Here innovation and cultural heritage are combined in the city of Nuenen NL, the place where Van Gogh lived in 1883.
via Daan Roosegaarde
Standing at 12,389 ft, Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan. Fuji is an active volcano that last erupted December 16, 1707. The eruption did not result in any immediate deaths, but many people died as a result of the volcanic ash that significantly reduced agricultural production, causing many people to starve. It is estimated that between 200,000 and 400,000 people climb Mount Fuji every year.
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the distinction between “crafts” and “fine art” is probably driven by misogyny and the devaluation of women’s labor
art forms that have traditionally been practiced by women like embroidery are devalued and called just “crafts” while art forms that women historically were mostly barred from (painting, sculpture) are “fine art”
It’s also driven by racism in Western art appreciation courses in my experience. African art tends to be viewed as crafts rather than fine art, especially when it’s art that can have functional uses in households.
“My parents disappeared during the last dictatorship. They were political activists. My father was taken first in 1977. My mother was taken a year later during the World Cup. We were standing in a public square, and two cars stopped, and they grabbed me and my mother. They let me go. But my mother was never heard from again. I learned all of this later because I was only three at the time. My grandparents raised me. When I was a child they would tell me that my parents were working. I used to imagine them building a skyscraper, wearing helmets, and getting closer and closer to the top. It wasn’t until the age of ten that I learned what really happened. But even then, my parents were only ideas to me. They were two-dimensional. But when I turned seventeen, I visited the town where they first met. I found their old friends and they told me stories. I learned that my father loved the Beatles. He also loved to dance. A man gave me a costume that my father would wear when he danced. And suddenly my parents weren’t ideas anymore. They were people. They were Daniel and Viviana. And for the first time, I cried for them.”
(Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Diane Guerrero photographed by Braden Summers
Any chance you’re considering a future in politics?
It does interest me. I actually studied political science and communications in college. It was really hard which is probably why I want to sing and dance. This is a lot more fun, but I feel like things are coming full circle. Once you do a little growing up and look at the news and say “wow, I’m not OK with a lot of stuff that’s happening,” it’s hard not to look the other way. I’ve shifted my negatives into positives but that needs to happen for everyone—I can’t be the only one who feels this way so I want to do everything I can to help.
It’s tempting to keep the computer running late and promise yourself an extra 30 minutes of bed rest in the morning. It’s tempting to do it again the next night, too. But sleep inevitably loses out to getting up early for school or work.
There’s a simple way to combat this: End all artificial lights at night for at least a weekend and drench your eyes in natural morning light, says Kenneth Wright, a professor of integrative physiology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and senior author on a study on resetting sleep cycles. The most straightforward way of doing this is to forbid any electronics on a camping trip.
In the study, published Thursday in Current Biology, Wright reports on the latest of a series of experiments where he sent people out camping in Colorado parks to reset their biological clocks. Small groups of people set out for a week during the summer, an experiment published in Current Biology in 2013.
This most recent study shows the results of camping a week in winter and once over a winter weekend. Others stayed at home to live their life. Along with sleep, Wright kept track of people’s circadian rhythms by measuring their levels of the hormone melatonin, which regulates wakefulness and sleep.
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Hidden Figures Official Trailer
The film recounts the story of the African-American mathematician Katherine Johnson and her two colleagues, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who helped NASA catch up in the Space Race. Using their calculations, John Glenn became the first American astronaut to make a complete orbit of the Earth.
I have been waiting for this movie since I first heard whispers that it would be produced. I wasn’t sure how much muscle would be put into bringing this story to the big screen, but you can tell a lot about the scale of a movie based on who they hired for the music. Pharrell is working on the music, which isn’t a surprise because he’s also one of the producers of the film, but Hans Zimmer is also composing for the score. This is a big movie and I think they might be putting it into Oscar consideration.
The official release date is January 13th, but to be considered for an Academy Award, a film must premiere in Los Angeles County by December 31st. A lot of January movies have a limited preview just before the Oscars cutoff so the film will still be fresh in the minds of voters, and then they’ll open wide post-holiday. That has to be what’s going on here because I can’t see them putting this film out just after the cutoff when it feels ripe for Oscar bait.
Then again, it’s a movie about Black folks being heroes and nobody is getting whipped. Y’all know the Academy loves to hand us White Guilt awards when we’re downtrodden. Keep me posted if you hear anything about a limited release or a For Your Consideration… campaign.
When current science news is filled with pictures of planetary bodies 3 billion miles away, it’s easy to forget what’s happening on the soil beneath our own feet. In many ways, our need for a full pantry is decimating the planet. But there are ways to approach agriculture differently for the sake of everybody.