When you’re glad to be alive, good ideas come. The reason good ideas don’t come today is because we’re all bottled up with greed and anger. We’re mad.
– Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of The Doors
[Mu1] Madonna, at 60, has apparently reached the “get of my lawn” stage of her career.
[Mu2] Weezer and Toto have been a viral sensation covering each other’s hits, so how did this cross-generation love fest start? The comparison is below, to judge for yourself.
[Mu3] It’s been 50 years since The Band recorded Music from Big Pink in a basement in Woodstock, NY, and Robbie Robertson is reflecting on it.
[Mu4] Among the many shows Amazon is producing, this one by AR Rahman on Indian music might be one of the more unique.
[Ar1] Original comic art is proving to be a very high dollar item.
[Ar2] Maritime art is a personal favorite, but this exhibition of Dutch maritime art is missing some of the more unpleasant aspects of naval history and people are noticing.
[Ar3] The trade war with China is apparently going to affect Chinese art as well.
[Hi1] The Battle of Thermopylae has gotten plenty of treatment both in print and film, but geology had as much to do with the proceeding as anything.
[Hi2] Tis the season…so here are the 5 most destructive hurricanes in Florida history.
[Hi3] Video: History of the Boeing 747. Though now retired from passenger service, specialty and cargo roles will keep the airframe busy for many years to come yet.
[Hi4] With the 10 millionth Mustang rolling off the line, Ford can rightly proclaim the pony car as a piece of automotive history.
[Hi5] Israel, Cyprus, and a Personal Journey Through the Crusades By Nathaniel W Horadam
[Fo1] Turns out “eat a variety of foods” was meant to offset poor quality with quantity, so lean more towards the former, according to this study.
[Fo2] Always fun…the top craziest state fair foods, by state of course. Wisconsin coming on strong here with the deep fried turducken on a stick…
[Fo3] A truly legendary chef, Joel Robuchon passed away this week, and in this profile he attributes his success to, among other things, a mastery of mashed potatoes. His Vegas property at the MGM Grand might be one of the fanciest restaurant I’ve ever eaten in, and was worth every penny.
[Fo4] From a Twitter conversation some of us was having, the question rose along the lines how somewhere with lots of hunting, fishing, and other natural resources like West Virginia be considered a “food desert”. This article does a good job breaking it down, and explaining how it is a complex question with few good answers.
[Ac1] Blurring the line between art and architecture in public spaces.
[Ac2] Fighting colonial influences by designing…really wild churches? This town in India is doing just that.
[Ac3] “Design like you give a damn,” gets tested when debating the merits of “Jenga,” as in the game, architecture.
[Ac4] Seems to me that these things are a natural cycle, but there is a swing to a revival of classicalism. Again.
Video – Skrillex and the surviving members of The Doors. My favorite part is Ray Manzarek going all watch-this-kid by telling him to go back to square one, then improvising what would become the main riff of the song, followed by the subtle advice to “pump the living S#$% out of it, man.”