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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Dance number from Adavi Donga that makes Lidsville look less drug-induced

June 17th, 2016 by LB

The 1985 film Adavi Donga, with Chiranjeevi, Radha, Sharada, Rao Gopal Rao. And various animals. Directed by K. Raghavendra Rao.

A favourite among my many favourite Indian film numbers.

And if you don’t know what Lidsville is…

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Stripes on those parking lot pillars: urban design

June 8th, 2016 by LB

I was parking in a tiny parking spot today and suddenly noticed these stripes at side view mirror-height on the pillar I was squeezing next to. Multiple scrapes in different colours, on a paint job masking previous scrapes. While it’s true that some people don’t know where their cars are in space (I want to start looking at people’s side view mirrors now before I get into their cars), I think it’s also fair to say that when parking spots are much too small, you’re inevitably going to get cars mashing concrete.

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