Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Random Gif - works of art


Source [An Open Window]

so true


Source [i can read]

Woman Reading


Artists: Iman Maleki

Source [Women Reading]

Monday, May 30, 2011

Goodbye Horses


Goodbye Horses by Q Lazzarus

This is actually a pretty good song... of course it's even more awesome that Buffalo Bill did his dance and tuck to it.

Nerd Talk: Sex with Vampires


Look I won't lie, if said vampire is Eric Northman/Alexander Skarsgard then yeah, we can make it happen, otherwise, I'm not into dead people, but we all have our one exception right?

Monday Morning Links

When (some) important internet stuff was launched/founded

I couldn't pick which image I was going to use this week, so here's a bonus image:

Image Source [Modern Met (1), Come in with a smile... (2)]

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Photography by Ruth Orkin


I like these photos.

Source [Everyday I Show]

Maya and Malcolm


Maya Angelou with Malcolm X in Ghana, West Africa in 1964.

Source [Vintage Black Glamour]

I'm Pretty


Source [inspire please]

Saturday, May 28, 2011

RIP Gil Scott-Heron


I heard of the death of Gil Scott-Heron on twitter last night and it brought back many memories from my childhood.

I grew up with the poetry and music Gil Scott-Heron because my Dad and Uncle were "cool cats" from the 60s and 70s who were down and had swagger before it became an internet meme. They can occasionally throw out words like "ya dig" and "on the black hand side." After a couple beers they might be inclined to spout spoken word poetry. Seriously they are cool. They also loved Gil Scott-Heron.

You see his poetry and music spoke for many who experienced the turmoil of the 1960s and 1970s in America, especially the Black experience during that time. His poem The Revolution Will Not Be Televised can be easily quoted from many who grew up during that time. In this video Gil discusses what the poem means. Another great song of the era was Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) written by Marvin Gaye, if you want to get an idea of the time check out Gil's cover of the song.

My Uncle Richard was a Vietnam veteran and would discuss the "shit" (his words) that happened over there. He had photo albums littered with photos, news clippings and poems he wrote while he was overseas and I would eagerly browse them when I came over his house. One of my favorite quotes when I asked him how he survived the war was, "You see the problem was, these guys would go to Vietnam sane and cool but once you see that shit you can't be sane or cool afterwards. Now, when I went to Vietnam I was already crazy so it didn't effect me the way it effected others. Those other cats came back to the States and became crazy, I was just me."

Gil's poetry articulately depicted the frustrations and plight of many African Americans but he also sung about the hopefulness and beauty. I encourage you to listen to I Think I'll Call It Morning, Your Daddy Loves You, A Lovely Day, Lady Day and John Coltrane and It's Your World.

Pieces of a Man album is perfect... every single track. 

I was trying to compile some of my favorites by this great artist when I realized there isn't anything he recorded I didn't like. So search around and get into Gil Scott-Heron... his words will help paint the picture of a particular time in American history.


Also see:

Friday, May 27, 2011

because you think being a girl is degrading


Interesting point! Damn you society!

Image Source [half-assed errthang...]

Marlene Dietrich

I love this photo... I want to dress in black-tie one day too.

Source [Everyday I Show]

Pictures speak a thousand words… what does this one say?


Dominique Strauss-Kahn meets Barack and Michelle Obama at a dinner during the G-20 conference in September 2009.

Source [The Obama Diary]

Then don't come!


Slam! -  I love onomatopoeia.

Source [just feeding unhealthy obsessions..]

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Keep Calm and...


Source [Word Painting]

Never Forget: Maria Callas


The ridiculously talented, Maria Callas singing the aria Habanera from the opera Carmen... I'm sure you're familiar with it, click play already.

A lazy Sunday afternoon


This... I want to experience this exact moment.

Source [Everyday I Show]

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Marilyn Monroe Reading


There are SO many photos of Marilyn Monroe reading I'm surprised she still has the stereotype of a "dumb blonde" but then again, there was her celebrity life and her real life...

Source [Everyday I Show]

Random Gif - Droogs


Source [Not Exactly]

Kids smoking

You know how I'm fascinated by newsboys smoking... and well, I had to post this photo.

Source [Shorpy]

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Book Review: The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Bird


The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Bird
Rating: 3/5

A nice little contemporary romance... my only concerns were
  1. Lizzie was too much of a Mary Sue character and
  2. After a guy accuses you of being a gold digger TWICE you still want to be with him? I think not, unless of course, you are a gold digger, which I don't think she was, but in the back of her mind, she gotta think, "dude, he's a billionaire, I'll deal with some crap."
A quick easy romance read and to be honest the title kind of peaked my curiosity. I was planning to mock this book but was pleasantly surprised. Lesson learned, never judge a book by its title (well most of the time).

Edith Wharton

Source [Lady of Glencoe]

Meet Arno Raunig - a male Soprano


Arno Raunig has an amazing voice, I mean, did you listen to that? How did he train his voice to do that? That's not falsetto, that's SOPRANO. I didn't even know men could sing soprano!

Of course, I heard of castrato, where they use to castrate boys before puberty to preserve their singing voice (can you say barbaric!) but luckily that isn't done anymore. Arno is a natural soprano, or rather my limited internet research revealed he trained his voice to do that.

Anyway, I wanted to share that YouTube clip and if you're interested in learning about other natural sopranos, check out Natural Castrati (which weirdly appears to be upset there aren't more castrati's in the world even if they would have to be castrated).

Monday, May 23, 2011

me to...


Exactly! Or at least that's what I tell myself.

But to be honest, I do a lot of investigating on the internet.

Image Source [stay positive]

She's pretty


Source [Pretty Dark Things]

I Love Linda Perry and music comments

Linda Perry was the lead singer and guitarist for the group 4 Non Blondes, I was obsessed with the song What's Up? back in the 90s. So listen to this:

Isn't her voice amazing! On top of that she's a wonderful songwriter and producer, you might be familiar with some of her work (she either wrote or produced the following):
  • Beautiful - Christina Aguilera (beautiful lyrics and wonderful singing - perfect)
  • Tomorrow - Lillix (I didn't know this song but the lyrics are pretty good and I love the hook)
  • Mono - Courtney Love (whatever, not a Love fan)
  • One Word - Kelly Osbourne (not feeling this)
  • Hurt - Christina Aguilera (beautiful... if you've ever lost someone, just listen to this)
  • Nothing But - Skin (the lyrics are great but I feel this should be sung with more strength or something... he voice is too sweet for this song. With that said, I loved her in this song - Secretly)
  • Superwoman - Alicia Keys (another empowerment song like Beautiful - perfect)
Impressive, huh? Now watch this biography on Linda Perry.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

I just wanted to tell you about this awesome woman.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hello darkness, my old friend


Romantic Photo


Source [Everyday I Show]

The original lipstick lesbians


Source [Chateau Thombeau]

Saturday, May 21, 2011

That's an interesting notion


Source [inspire please]

Bar girl in a brothel


Bar girl in a brothel in the red light district, Havana, 1954.

Source [Everyday I Show]



Image Source [A Raging Angel in an Eagles Flight...]

Friday, May 20, 2011

Clothing in The Year 2000


Well they got it right about the walking around with a telephone - cellphones!

But really, dahlings -- sixty apples a day!


That's a quote by Tallulah Bankhead after being advised by a doctor to eat an apple each time she craved a drink.

Image Source [Rantings Of A Modern Day Glamour Girl]

Great Migration 1951


Migrants from Florida, Long Island, 1951.

My family moved from the South (South Carolina actually) during the 1930s to the North (and settled in Philadelphia). Learn about the Great Migration.

Source [Everyday I Show]

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Book Review: The Children of Men by P.D. James


The Children of Men by P.D. James
Rating: 4/5

I saw the movie years ago (well, I guess not that long ago) and was fascinated by the idea: what happens if humans stop reproducing….

I have to say this novel differs from the movie in drastic ways, yet I found them both quite enjoyable. By matter of fact, the book is better because you can make your own interpretation reading the passages, whereas the movie was acted well and had some great action scenes.

The novel follows Theo, a history professor as he describes his thoughts and feelings living in a world with mass infertility (the last baby was born 25 years ago). Theo at times appears to just be going through the motions of living (which I can only assume is common, when you know humanity will end in 80 years), until he meets a woman who solicits his help trying to change the government, run by his cousin.

To avoid spoilers I won't say much more but this novel was more of a cerebral view of this world, than an action packed adventure depicted in the film. If you've seen the movie first, no worries, it won't spoil you for the novel.

Random Gif - The Deathly Hallows


Source [Teacups & Rhapsodies]

Leaving for war


Source [Everyday I Show]

Literary Terms

Allegory — A symbolic representation
(i.e. The blindfolded figure with scales is an allegory of justice.)

Alliteration — The repetition of the initial consonant. There should be at least two repetitions in a row.
(i.e. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.)

Allusion — A reference to a famous person or event in life or literature.
(i.e. She is as pretty as the Mona Lisa.)

Analogy — The comparison of two pairs which have the same relationship.
(i.e. Shoe is to foot as tire is to wheel)

Assonance — The repetition of similar vowel sounds in a sentence.

Climax — the turning point of the action in the plot of a play or story. The climax represents the point of greatest tension in the work.

Foreshadowing — Hints of what is to come in the action of a play or a story

Hyperbole — A figure of speech involving exaggeration.

Metaphor — A comparison in which one thing is said to be another.
(i.e. The tiger’s eyes were jewels, gleaming in the darkness.)

Onomatopoeia — The use of words to imitate the sounds they describe.
(i.e. The burning wood crackled and hissed.)

Oxymoron — Putting two contradictory words together. (i.e. Bittersweet, jumbo shrimp, and act naturally)

Personification — is giving human qualities to animals or objects. (i.e. The tulips nodded their blue heads.)

Pun — A word is used which has two meanings at the same time, which results in humor.

Simile — A figure of speech involving a comparison between unlike things using like, as, or as though. (i.e. She floated in like a cloud.)

Source [Word Painting]

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cold blooded


Source [feeding unhealthy obsessions]

Never Forget: Diamonds are Forever


Shirley Bassey singing Diamonds are Forever

Her voice is amazing.

Art Noir


Source [Chateau Thombeau]

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ethel Waters, Carson McCullers and Julie Harris


Awesome ladies - singer Ethel Waters, author Carson McCullers and actress Julie Harris

Source [Everyday I Show]

Tell it girl...


Source [inspire please]

Female Athletes - Height & Weight


I love this... I wish I could find better quality scans and knew what magazine this was from.

Source [inspire please]
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