Dad’s foolproof parallel parking method (take note, atrocious drivers in fancy cars)

August 18th, 2016 by LB

OK. Having witnessed perhaps the most staggeringly incompetent parallel park of all time by the driver of the $500K US Lamborghini Aventador above—something like a 17 point turn that took about 4 minutes, all at a roaring 90-100 decibels—I feel it’s time to share my father’s foolproof method of parallel parking.

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Double-ended passionflower arrangement

August 7th, 2016 by LB

While disentangling a rampant passionflower vine from my cherry tomatoes, I accidentally broke off a section. It broke at both ends, and then I couldn’t figure out which end needed to be in water, so I just hedged my bet with two vases. I still don’t know which direction the plant’s hydraulic system is going but it doesn’t matter, because it is surviving surprisingly well.

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RIP Alan Vega

July 18th, 2016 by LB

RIP Alan Vega of the band Suicide. I’ve had a crush on him all this time. Goodbye, Alan, goodbye. 2016, you are a pitiless year.

America, America / Is killing its youth:

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I Can’t Stand The Rain – Ann Peebles, 1973

July 8th, 2016 by LB
Ann Peebles, blonde fro

For friends in America in these terrible days, a favourite from my childhood, probably because of the combination of Ann Peeble’s voice and the sound effects of the production. If you like Al Green or Southern soul in general you will probably like this.

Wherever we see racism and violence, may we step in the way of it.

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Requiem for the American Dream

July 4th, 2016 by LB

Someone has uploaded a copy of the film Requiem for the American Dream. In it Noam Chomsky explains the process by which wealth inequality destroys democracy, how fantastic riches are not just intense concentration of wealth but of power, which then further speeds up the cycle of returning ever greater wealth to the rich through the deregulation of the economy that the rich demand.

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The women of the cast of Hair on Broadway, 1968

July 4th, 2016 by LB
Female cast members of Hair on Broadway 1968 - in Esquire Mag

Back row standing: Suzannah Norstrand, Melba Moore, Marjorie LiPari, Lynn Kellogg, Emmeretta Marks. Middle row: Natalie Mosco, Lorrie Davis, Diane Keaton. Front row sitting: Shelley Plimpton, Leata Galloway

Progress isn’t a straight line, so feminism isn’t on a straight line either. There is something in this photograph that now seems entirely lost.

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