I’ve decided to finally write down my bucket list and begin the process of crossing them off one by one. I didn’t want to use the excuse that I didn’t have any to begin with, so really, I have no excuse not attempt them. I’m going to keep this post tagged on my blog as a reminder, and overtime if…
Of course everyone has seen this LIFE photograph. It is unfathomably famous. Today, it hit the news that Edith Shain, the woman who many believe is the nurse in the photo, has died at the age of 91. That’s not the whole story:
In the 65 years since LIFE’s Alfred Eisenstaedt captured this scene amid the joyous chaos of August 14, 1945, his “V-J Day in Times Square” has become one of the most famous photographs ever made. Showing a sailor planting a kiss on the lips of a nurse as happy New Yorkers look on — shortly after the surrender of Japan effectively, finally ended World War II — the image has entered America’s and the world’s popular, shared consciousness in a way that very few photographs ever have. Today, it remains the picture that, for millions, serves as an elegant visual shorthand for the notion, “War is over!” On June 20, 2010, Edith Shain, the woman in the photograph (or, at least, the woman widely believed to be in the photograph … read on!), died in Los Angeles at the age of 91. But the story of the picture, and of the remarkable man who took it, never grows old.
image from occupy oakland facebook page. amazing art, wow.
Here is a Georgia State Trooper in riot gear at a KKK protest in a north Georgia city back in the 80s. The Trooper is black. Standing in front of him and touching his shield is a curious little boy dressed in a Klan hood and robe. I have stared at this picture and wondered what must have been going through that Trooper’s mind. Before the Trooper is an innocent child who is being taught to hate him because of the color of his skin. The child doesn’t understand what he is being taught, and at this point he doesn’t seem to care. Like any other child his curiosity takes hold and he wants to explore this new thing that this man is holding probably because he can see his reflection in it and that’s a neat thing and he wants to check it out. In this picture I see innocence mixed with hate, the irony of a black man protecting the right of white people to assemble in protest against him, temperance in the face of ignorance, and hope that racism can be broken because this young boy may remember that a black man smiled at him once and he didn’t seem so bad after all.
So, here’s the second phase of my camera half sleeve. Done by Jason @American Tattoo. He’s done every single tattoo of mine since I was 18, great guy.
The Pentax camera was done last year, the new part (obviously the brightest) will eventually fade in with the camera over time while it heals. My arm is really swollen. I sat for 4 hours and didn’t take any breaks, which did a number on my upper arm. We almost left the entire thing black & shaded, but it was a great call to color in the flower. It was worth staying in the chair an extra hour. You can’t really see the film canisters & film well in these two pictures, but here you get a better view. Eventually i’ll start the bottom half to complete my half sleeve, I’ve been doing them in pieces so I can commit to an idea.
I am extremely stoked. Everything turned out beautifully, I have so far two things that have influenced me the most with photography. I’m all smiles.
all of a sudden, it’s sweater weather, and i’m totally loving it. here’s a hot chocolate recipe that involves no packets of mystery powder.
- in a saucepan, pour in 1 1/2 cups almond milk and 1 1/2 cups rice milk. i personally think soy milk is too chalky to drink straight, and i like a mixture of thick almond milk and light rice milk.
- turn the heat on medium low, and add in 1/4 cup pure cocoa powder, 1 tbsp sugar and a dash cinnamon. let cook until the milk is warm, stirring occasionally.
- snap apart a block of dark chocolate - throw a handful of chocolate chunks in the pan and turn the heat to low. (many dark chocolate bars are “accidentally vegan”, just check the labels or look for a “vegan” specific logo if you want to be safe.) continuously stir until the chocolate melts in, which should only take a minute or so. (don’t stop stirring, or else it’ll burn.)
- pour into a mug, and enjoy. this should make enough for 1-2 mugs of hot chocolate.
The Cache: By way of clarification …
1. People complain that the hottest Tumblrs are ones where people randomly post and reblog images all day without adding anything original. I don’t care. Sometimes I’ll spend hours on those random image Tumblrs, trying to guess their themes – bruises, spiders, the TV show you’re watching on Netflix and French noir? Reblogging isn’t original, but it is a type of curation.
2. Tumblr is not destroying original thought in our culture. People say this about all new inventions – even movies with sound – because it makes them sound disenchanted, superior and chic.
3. Tumblrs are to GIFs what the manger was to Jesus.
4. The Tumblr dashboard is an addicting, social way to find interesting articles, art and weird shit. Way better than the Blogger dashboard.
5. Messing with Tumblr themes is one of the best ways to learn web design.
6. The people running Tumblr do it at no cost and still haven’t posted ads all over the dashboard.
7. Old-timer newspapers now have a social place to let their interns play unwatched, making their brand cooler without them knowing it.
8. We can follow the Tumblrs of quasi-celebrities we are obsessed with in order to further our obsessions/ become disappointed that they’re real and not everything they post is pure brilliance.
9. Meme Tumblrs give bored, broke people the dream of getting a coffee table book published someday.
10. Without Tumblr, we wouldn’t have discovered some of our favorite Tangential writers.
avocado, dulse, & chickpea sandwich
i’ve been on pinterest a lot lately, mostly to find inspiration for decorating/remodeling the new house, but i’ve also been collecting great food ideas that i’m dying to veganize. this sandwich came from a sort of BLT with avocado, and though i wouldn’t consider it a replacement, this is still realllllly delicious. (and super simple to make!)
first, mash an avocado with a pinch of salt and a pinch of brown sugar until everything is creamy and consistent. mix in 1/2-3/4 cups cooked & cooled chickpeas. (when you mix them together, it’s harder for the chickpeas to fall out of the sandwich!)
then, crisp up some bread. we had a loaf of sliced french bread, but regular sliced bread would be fine too. just place them on a hot pan until they’re browned on the edges.
finally, crisp up some dulse. if you’ve never used or eaten it before, it’s a type of seaweed that’s a little salty, a little sweet, and has a deep earthy savory flavor. (it’s also great nutritionally.) on medium-low heat, lay out a handful or two of the dulse. heat until each piece is slightly crispy and hot. it shouldn’t take more than a minute.
put the avocado/chickpea mixture on the bread and stick some dulse on top. the combination of the creamy mushy avocado and the crispy, salty dulse and bread is just fantastic. one avocado should make about 8 small sandwiches, enough for two or three people, depending on how hungry you are. enjoy!
edit: dulse can be found sometimes in the international aisle, an asian grocery store/market, or in health food stores. if you live in a coastal area, it’ll be easier to find, but if you can’t, online is always an option if you’re really interested! (here’s the website of the company we bought from.)