In what is probably the grossest understatement posted on this blog so far, these be tough times right now. With the hailstorm that is our economy, international policy, unemployment rate, climate change and much more, sometimes it's very difficult to be positive. While it's great to think globally, it's often beneficial to start and act locally. Futurefarmers is an art/design collective who demonstrate the power of doing just that.
I'm an unabashed Flickr
addict. I'd take it over myfriendsterfacebook any day. It's the
ultimate way to feel connected to what my friends and family are up
to, it's great for sharing work with my design students as well as for
them to share their own work with me, and it allows me to transport
myself to places I've been and love with the click of a button (ie:
search> Lake District, England—voila—utter peace and relaxation
The Kill Rock Stars show was great! The floor was full from noon o'clock on, when Portland locals Explode into Colors hit the stage. This three piece trio wowed the crowd outside their Pacific Northwest with Klaudia's vocals and the awesome drumming from Lisa and Heather. The Paper Chase, Horsefeathers, Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down, Marnie Stern, and the Thermals followed!
A group of concerned mothers deeming themselves "Twittermoms" created a petition to remove previously decreed Douchebag Chris Brown from the list of Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards nominees. The petition also called for Rihanna's removal because "had she made the rational decision to accept the no-contact order and end the relationship, she would not be named". Brown withdrew from the competition himself last week, but Nickelodeon would not do remove his name previous to that on their own stating it was up to the kids to decide. Why was Rihanna called to remove herself in the first place? Was Nickelodeon valid in their initial reaction to keep Brown in the running? What about the morality of the other nominees? Read more after the jump!
I originally heard German electronic strongwoman, Ellen Allien in 2003 when her first full length album, Berlinette,
arrived on the scene. Her stop/start beats and the warmth of her spoken
words on top ('Need a planet without cars and wars—no wars—no cars—no
wars—no cars. I wish it could be true...) got me right away. Well, she
hasn't stopped since (and really she'd be going on for quite a while
before that). Her newer works are perhaps less accessible—exploring
sound scapes rather than dance beats, but you can always get your fill
of BPMs with Allien's DJ sets.
Hey Bitch fans! Are you tired of not seeing videos that you made yourself on the Bitch website? Well then, have we got an offer for you! Our upcoming subscription drive will feature parodies of some of our favorite infomercials (after all, a subscription to Bitch is only $19.95). But we need your help!
Between today (March 16) and May 15, we'll be accepting Bitch infomercial videos from YOU! If your video is selected as one of our favorites, we'll run it on our website during the campaign AND you'll win a lifetime subscription to Bitch! Act now while supplies last! Here is a "music vest" infomercial to get you in the mood:
(More info on the contest and the campaign after the jump!)
Last week, John Worboys was convicted of one count of rape and seven counts of sexual assault on women he drugged and attacked in his cab. At least 85 women accused him of assault and the number is believed to be even higher than that. Due to a practice by British police to fail to classify women's allegations of assault as crimes, Worboys and who knows how many other predators got away with their crimes, until last year when those complaints were finally taken seriously. Read more after the jump...
For my turn at Adventures in Feministory, I wanted to give props to the creator of a character that inspired girls to keep spy notebooks and make their own tool belts. A character that was every bit as unladylike as she was fond of gossip. A character who was unapologetically loud and rocked jeans and sneakers everyday. I am, of course, talking about Louise Fitzhugh and (my personal hero) Harriet the Spy.