His body isn’t even cold yet and the New York times has already put out a shameful article declaring Nelson Mandela to be an “icon of peaceful resistance”. News outlets around the Western world are hurrying to publish obituaries that celebrate his electoral victory while erasing the protracted and fierce guerrilla struggle that he and his party were forced to fight in order to make that victory possible. Don’t let racist, imperialist liberalism co-opt the legacy of another radical. Nelson Mandela used peaceful means when he could, and violent means when he couldn’t. For this, during his life they called him a terrorist, and after his death they’ll call him a pacifist — all to neutralize the revolutionary potential of his legacy, and the lessons to be drawn from it.
Don’t fucking let them.
L’Ultimo Dio, 2012-13 by Lamberto Teotino
“L’ultimo Dio (The Last God) is a project which explores the psychological aspects of the individual, a work on human consciousness, examining ontological and anthropological principles, analyzing the depth of the self as being. ‘Self-consciousness and introspection related to processes such as the intellect proves to be the main place where it produces insight which is also the basic principle of knowledge, above reason, which simply acts as a tool and shows an intuitive and universal order,’ Lamberto explains. As complex this inspirational thought might seem, as fascinating looks the resulting series.”
My friend Bill just posted this video from his high school days, and it is the best for five million reasons.
A 1993 high school news piece on an upcoming production of “Grease.” This is all sorts of awkwardly amazing and worth the 3 minutes of your life.
Cellulose nitrate was used to make dice from the late 1860s until the middle of the twentieth century, and the material remains stable for decades. Then, in a flash, they can dramatically decompose. Nitric acid is released in a process called outgassing. The dice cleave, crumble, and then implode.
From Dice: Deception, Fate & Rotten Luck by Ricky Jay and Rosamond Purcell, 2002.