We’re heading to Austin for SXSW! We’ll be down there for all of Film, Interactive and Music and would love to hang out.
Are you going to be there too? Let’s us know and we’ll send more details about our SXSW plans.
Matchstick by jeff scher
Prepare your eyeballs for a psychedelic color journey. This video for American Royalty’s song “Matchstick” was created frame by frame with watercolors and water-soluble crayons on three-foot-long sheets of paper. Things made by hand really warm our hearts!
The front page of the Drudge Report ran a message above the lead image today in honor of Andrew Breitbart, who played a key role in building the site:
DEAR READER: In the first decade of the DRUDGEREPORT Andrew Breitbart was a constant source of energy, passion and commitment. We shared a love of headlines, a love of the news, an excitement about what’s happening. I don’t think there was a single day during that time when we did not flash each other or laugh with each other, or challenge each other. I still see him in my mind’s eye in Venice Beach, the sunny day I met him. He was in his mid 20’s. It was all there. He had a wonderful, loving family and we all feel great sadness for them today… MDRUDGE
Breitbart has a mention on HuffPo’s front page and a brief mention in this article of his role in building the site. EDIT: Dave Weigel reports via Twitter that the “Big” media empire he’s built will likely continue without him.
140 years ago today, Yellowstone National Park became America’s first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world’s most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Pictured above is Old Faithful erupting, which is from Ansel Adams series of photos of National Parks and Monuments taken from 1933-1942.
Photo: Ansel Adams, U.S. National Archives
More than half the world’s 7 billion people now live in cities or towns. More than 1 billion of them are children! What’s this going to look like by 2050? For one thing, 2 out of 3 people will live in urban areas. See which countries will have the most urban growth: http://www.unicef.org/sowc2012/urbanmap/
We have a mountain of The Lifespan of a Fact for sale at #awp12. Come talk to us about it at booth 201.
Rest in peace, Davy Jones! A couple of us here at Radiolab are big fans, and sad to hear of his death. Here’s one of my favorite Davy-fronted Monkees songs, “Valleri.” This version doesn’t have the bombastic horns or the guitar line that you hear at the start of the single version, but it’s a worthwhile tradeoff for this video of a young, fired-up Davy leading the band. Authenticity be damned!
It’s hard to believe that there was a time when there were no Jack Ziegler cartoons in The New Yorker, now that well over a thousand have been published. But to paraphrase the ancient Chinese sage Lao-Tzu, the journey of a thousand cartoons begins with a single one.- In a new series on Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff’s newyorker.com blog, New Yorker cartoonists share the story behind their first cartoon published in the magazine.Above, Jack Ziegler’s first cartoon. Click to read the story behind it: http://nyr.kr/Au1eap