Aaron Huey

"Aaron Huey is a photojournalist who freelances regularly for The National Geographic magazines, Harper's, The New Yorker, the Smithsonian magazine, the New York Times, GEO and dozens of others. He is also a Contributing Editor (photographer) for Harper's magazine."

And he did a TED talk last year about the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The Golden Rule

In case you haven't seen it already. Bonus video included!

Product Design

Primary Colors

Just watched this the other day. It's a sort of political drama about a southern governor's presidential bid, drawing a lot on controversies surrounding Bill Clinton. I thought the movie raised some good moral questions. Do you stay honest even though the truth will destroy you, or lie and keep your reputation? Would you use a piece of information to destroy someone if you knew it would get you ahead in life without any repercussions?

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

"Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (February 6, 1736 – August 19, 1783) was a German-Austrian sculptor most famous for his "character heads", a collection of busts with faces contorted in extreme facial expressions."

"It appears that for many years Messerschmidt had been suffering from an undiagnosed digestive complaint, now believed to be Crohn's disease, which caused him considerable discomfort. In order to focus his thoughts away from his condition, Messerschmidt devised a series of pinches he administered to his right lower rib. Observing the resulting facial expressions in a mirror, Messerschmidt then set about recording them in marble and bronze. His intention, he told Nicolai, was to represent the 64 "canonical grimaces" of the human face using himself as a template. During the course of the discussion, Messerschmidt went on to explain his interest in necromancy and the arcane, and how this also inspired his character heads."

I first saw his work in a book in the ACAD library a few years back (really wish I could remember the name of it), and recently his work has popped up on blogs. In case you haven't seen his sculpture, here it is...

The Cube Project

A home 3x3x3 metres on the inside, in which one person could live a comfortable, modern existence with a minimum impact on the environment. The Cube Project is an initiative of Dr Mike Page at the University of Hertfordshire.

A tour of the Cube from Mike Page on Vimeo.

via twbe

Wednesday Wikipedia Article

Funny how I've stopped posting every day now that I have less to do. To make things more consistent, Wednesday is Wikipedia day.

This was the last article I read. Foreign interference and civil war in Afghanistan.

And a more positive picture of Afghanistan via the Big Picture.

MMVbutonwednesday: Behemoth-At The Left Hand ov God

Probably the most metal video ever. This video has it all: face paint, snakes, apple turning to maggots, burning church (several!), ripping pages out of the bible, upside-down-drumstick-cross, people writhing on the floor, "of" replaced with "ov", and SPECIAL BONUS: de-winged angel in dungeon.

Curb Dance by Harmony Korine

via TWBE

Harmony Korine is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and author. I need to see more of his movies... I watched "Gummo" a while ago and it was quite good. Trailer below.

MMV: The Black Keys-So He Won't Break

Been on kind of a Black Keys binge recently.

Not really a music video, but whatevs.