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Keep Cool with a Popsicle

One of my Tumblr faves, Roger Wilkerson, The Suburban Legend!, has a timely archive of popsicle-themed images, various summertime delights, and nostalgic Americana. Enjoy a few selections here, then hop over to check out more here.

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[Photos] ‘100 Iconic Photos That Forever Define..’

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First purchase of legal marijuana in Colorado, 2014

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Astronauts go for a walk

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A young Afghan woman shows her face in public for the first time after 5 years of Taliban Sharia law, 2001.

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…100 Iconic Photos That Forever Define The 21st Century So Far


[VIDEO] Phenomenal Women: Jazzwomen Makin’ Waves and Breakin’ Free

One of my favorite simmerin’-sauce jazz bloggers, Jazzybeatchick, has an item you’ll want to see more of…

Jazzybeatchick writes:

I wanted to feature the Phenomenal Women who have influenced and were inspirational in my life particularly in the 1960’s when civil rights was not solely relegated to race.  Mom was my role model.  my B1FF and beside the fact that she was the best mom; it’s because she was an educator who believed and promoted multiethnic culturalism including women  to assimilate into American cultural life.  That meant not to segregate but the inclusion where we all would learn about diversity and to respect and appreciate one another.  My father, forced to deal racism in the jazz world, chose not make waves however it was whole different talk show when it came to allowing women to participate in performances because that would’ve make the situation worse on both fronts.  Neither agenda survived!

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[VIDEO] Hong Kong Nipple Freak-Out Ad ‘Out-Japans Japan’: Rio Mints (Subtitled)

Rio Mints: ‘Surprisingly fruity’, as this Ogilvy & Mather spot shows.

Rio Mints Hong Kong site   —  Ogilvy & Mather site

Factoids about this ad from bestadsontv.com

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[VIDEO] House of Cards Season 2 Trailer [HD]

Get ready for another lost weekend, another bout of binge-viewing, here it comes…

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[VIDEO] To Interrupt a Street with Dancing

I love browsing the tag “Hong Kong” in my WordPress Dashboard in the middle of the night, when the western world is asleep, I never know what I’m going to discover. Travel writingnoodlesnew life, history, seafoodurban photography, more noodles, romance, really strange noodlesadventure… and now poetry, whimsy, dance.

Here’s a charming bit of fun from Write a tree. Make sure you don’t miss the ‘it gets crazy’ part at around 1.01, the music is infectious.


Liquidman lets you dance like a maniac on a busy street from the comfort of your own living room

RocketNews24 reports: Have you ever wanted to start dancing like a madman in the middle of a crowded urban street, but felt restrained by the conventions of society? Our reporter Mr. Sato sure has. So when he learnt about the Halls throat lozenges’ YOUareLIQUIDMAN campaign, he got right on it.

YOUareLIQUIDMAN encourages sheepish individuals to upload a photo of themselves to the Halls website. Their photo is then displayed on liquid man who proceeds to dance like Michael Stipe in front of total strangers.

In case the idea of uploading a photo to project onto the face a man in a tight-fitting outfit with a glass cube for a head is a little difficult to comprehend (and you’d be quite forgiven for being confused there), here’s Halls’ official intro video.

More! via RocketNews24.


Photos: Christian Aslund

shonnydutta writes: Stockholm-based photographer Christian Aslund payed tribute to retro 2D video games using the streets of Hong Kong as a backdrop. The photos were taken as part of an ad campaign for shoe brand Jim Rickey utilizing models who would lay flat on the streets or sidewalks to create the unique perspective. I really LOVE the ‘Thinking out of the box’ photography, and it goes to show that photography can be more than ‘Just taking snaps’, it can be fun and exciting too!!!

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Hot Air LOVES the New York Times

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Loves it. Truly, madly, deeply. Can’t make it through a news cycle without reading every page. Generously linking to NYT articles, daily. Sometimes, multiple articles in a single day.

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Unbeknownst to the rest of us, apparently, It’s a must-read paper! Can’t miss it. While many of us could go several weeks without reading a single word of the increasingly-irrelevant New York Times Editorial page, even several months, and not miss a thing, or even notice, the folks at Hot Air? Unthinkable! Hot Air staff would be in acute withdrawal, if they miss a single day.

Bravo, Times Editors. You’ve got fans in conservative media, some of them depend on you, and hang on every word! A toast to Brooks, Krugman, Friedman, security guards, janitors, everyone. To the whole NYT staff and management. Courageous talents, tastemakers, and trendsetters in Manhattan media, your input is truly needed. Keep up the good work.


Vertical Hong Kong

ByRosa de Acosta

Hong Kong is famed for its skyline, but graphic artist and photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze captures a different vision of the city: looking up.

In his “Vertical Horizon” project, the 26-year-old Frenchman photographs the city’s vertical angles through a wide-angle Sigma lens with a 10 mm focal length. The lens, he says, avoids distorting the urban landscape’s straight lines.

“Fisheye lenses bend the edges of the photos to make it curvy, while my lens doesn’t,” he said. “I think it fits better architectural shots and it’s more faithful to reality.”

Mr. Jacquet-Lagrèze arrived in Hong Kong in 2009 and bought his first single-lens reflex camera the following year. He started shooting vertical images in 2011, and in early 2012 decided to capture as much of the city as possible.

The project, now a book, comprises 80 photos taken between January and July of that year. A dozen of them are currently being displayed in Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui district as part of Le French May cultural festival.

Images were taken from the ground at eye level, a height that reinforces the viewer’s feeling of immersion and verticality. But, the photographer notes, looking up at the sky sometimes has its risks.

“Many times I have to stand in the middle of the road, but I’m cautious and haven’t suffered any accidents,” he said.

When he needs to hold his camera still, for instance for night shots, “I use what I find around me: a sign, a chair, a sidewalk fence,” he added. “I try to avoid using the tripod.”

As for what motivates him to take pictures?

“Hong Kong is an incredible source of inspiration to me,” he said, adding that photography is “the best way to share my feelings.”

“Vertical Horizon” is on view through June 24 at Hotel Panorama by Rhombus

via  Scene Asia – WSJ.