Director Daniel Askill

i remember seeing these videos when they came out and even though i never watched one all the way through at the time the visuals haunted me…

part taboo, part innocence, but all good. i’d take this over any beyonce video.

saw them again the other day and thought to say a word or two as they are still relevant… i am not a fan of the music in any way, i actually find the visuals to be a disconnect with the type of pop music sia has been putting out since 2014, but we live in an age where high meets low, and not always by choice, but rather by need and design. its an age where vanessa beecroft’s work ends up in kanye west’s videos, and where marina abramović battles with jay z in a gallery (every one needs to eat i suppose, and bread alone wont do no more, they all need caviar) in this time all bets are off, unless you can decipher for yourself. all that said and regardless of why and how, daniel askill did create some amazing and haunting imagery that questions the best of us on what it is in these that works on such a deep level. i prefer to watch these without the audio and just take in the amazing choreographer ryan heffington’s play with space and askills beautiful cinematography. much credit also to the little girl and “dance moms” (what a strange thing) talented maddie ziegler… part taboo, part innocence, but all good. i’d take this over any beyonce video. by xy

a love letter to cinema: from caligari to hitler and onward to holly motors

from caligari to hitler – german cinema and how it lead to nazi rule, narrated by kyle kallgren.

i was researching the german films pre WWII and specifically robert wiene’s the cabinet of dr. caligari and came across this. i somehow like this guy, kyle kallgren, and i agree with so much of what he says if only he would pronounce the names of some of these greats just a little bit better. but that didn’t stop me, i wanted more and look what i found… what i consider to be one of the best films of the last decade… saw it in theaters when it came out and i even have the dvd hah!

from the man with a movie camera to leo carax’s holly motors!

ok this boy has some taste. well done kyle and i thoroughly enjoyed watching your rants. let’s have a coffee soon. by uh

be afraid. be very afraid: chilly gonzales + jarvis cocker

coolest of cool, jarvis cocker for the 20th issue of of another man, what a great shot!

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can’t wait to get this album in the mail… vinyl $23 CD is $14 you say you stream, and i say you suck. musicians get penny’s to the dollar on streaming not to mention your listening to crap quality unless you have title, and if you have that you are paying the boss (that would be shawn carter a.k.a. jay z) not the actual musicians…. maybe it’s me, but i hate paying monthly fees for things that could be otherwise mine. you say you get a million songs? i say who wants a million songs? if i can find 3 albums a year that i actually like that would be just f#@in amazing. full review to come but get it anyway. by dd+pp

WWII and the rise of the SS in full color recently restored

a civilian political leader, adolf hitler, with only “good intentions” for the mother land…

young idyllic german youth with initially good intentions

the rise of the SS to power

 and the propaganda which followed that poisoned the minds of ordinary citizens.

remember that this already happened.

this is a great historic documentary in these very trying times. regardless of your current political views this is a good lesson in history and the events that lead to a disaster, not just for the nation itself, but for the world as a whole. worth a watch if you have any interest in the past or the future. enjoy and feel free to share it. by ar

go read your history: you don’t read you say… then download the podcast – amazing stuff!

dan carlin

this is dan carlin, i just wish our history teachers where this enthusiastic and this intelligent to understand that history can be taught in a manner that is fascinating and beneficial for future generations…

dan carlin  is an american political commentator and podcaster. he has several episodes on historical topics that can be downloaded from itunes onto your phone under the titles: “common sense” and “hardcore history.”

he is genuine enough, and intelligent enough, to always point out what parts are recorded facts and what parts are interpretations by various historians, all of which should be taken with a grain-of-salt and researched independantly. you will NOT find any alternative facts in these pod casts, “believe me.”

my favorite is the series hardcore history, blueprint for armageddon. when this was first recommended to me by hk i thought, a) i don’t do podcasts, and b) there is no way i’m going to listen to so many hours of some dude talking. mind you, i have gone through the entire episode and i listened to the last one several time because i simply did not want to end it. highly recommended. here is the link to dan’s website, or you can simply go to the podcasts icon on your i-phone and type in “hardcore history.” its free for the time being (but i think dan should start charging for these). enjoy the show. by uh

handcraft your fetish

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fleet ilya leather fox mask

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fleet ilya leather cage harness photographed by rita minissi

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fleet ilya leather hand craft technique in video segment

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fleet ilya leather half web corset

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fleet ilya leather cross back bra photographed by rita minissi

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hand crafted fetish is the founding aesthetic of the leather accessory collection named fleet ilya.  artist rita minissi’s explored the collection through her photographic lens in the images above.  one can view more of this project as well as rita minissi’s complete body of work on instagram thingspowerthemselves.   some of the traditional saddle making techniques used to produce fleet ilya are artfully revealed in this black and white video.  by jj

blow [me] up

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the lingering obsession with antonioni’s 1966 film blow up might have been answered in an upcoming book titled the antonioni adventure by george porcari.

excerpt from page 84 and 85

“siegfried kracauer described the detective as an essentially modern figure who is on a rational quest for meaning and narrative closure.  it is the detective who uses logic, keen observation and deductive skills to assemble fragmentary details into a meaningful narrative and thereby arrive at the truth, but does he?  blow-up is a meditation on this question.” – george porcari

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observing life’s narrative, to search for a truth that may or may not be obtainable, might be exactly what creates intrigue.  for me, i can’t help but meditate on that. by jj

RIDE BIKES

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for those of you who save your cycling for europe because you’re not into dorky helmets or lugging clumsy equipment into the office, there are now a few convenient collapsible versions to check out. Such as this little number by closca. by KL

mit der Liebe aus Deutschland: good friends advice from across the pond

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us elections 2016: which guy had the loud voice? couldn’t be rand paul… maybe ben carson? naaah. jeb? sorry i meant jeb! help us out please…

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one man’s promise to the great german people: “… to overturn the terrible, terrible, treaties that made germany weak, and prayed upon by other countries. to bring pride back to the humble and good people, and make deutschland great again. specifically the middle and lower classes who he was to defend from the elite. he leveraged their desperation and fears. he promised to bring stability to the german citizens who were afraid of foreign ideologies (in that case communism). the turmoil and aftermath of the stock market crash, simmered up hate for the status-que, so much so that it even prompted big business to contribute funds to help his party. he asserted that germany was weak, corrupt and in a state of immediate collapse, he deflected all such responsibility to the immigrants, with tremendously alien religions (in that case the jewish people) and promoted a new future to make germany great again.” the rest, as they say, is history.

the good news is, adolf hitler was not as orange as donald trump, and he never admitted to grabbing any fräulein by the pussy… however… he did comb his hair to one-side, screamed at the top of his lungs, used hand gestures when speaking, belittled everyone around him, and had delusional knack for “winning” battles. now go figure! by xy