Yeah, so the site is busted! Not for long, I hope.
What does it look like to stand in the same spot for 40 years?
Camilo José Vergara has spent more than forty years photographing and rephotographing the same forgotten corners of American cities. From crumbling housing blocks in the Bronx and an abandoned Detroit mansion, to dwindling row houses in Camden and the many lives of a Los Angeles baptist church. In all cases Vergara eschews the monumental to focus on a city’s discreet pockets. Returning year after year to the same positions, he regenerates images even as the structures in front of his lens decompose and are reborn in a cycle of photographic renewal. Architecture given shape by time and neglect takes on an organic quality—a reminder that edifices are as temporary as the lives they shelter. Vergara’s urban generation loss depicts fluid cities as a mirror of the present aging into obsolescence. Ultimately his images force a reckoning with death, confronting our inability to grasp the undercurrents relegating urban space and time.
My Son, The Prince Of Fashion.
In time I came to understand the nature of my job as the father of this sartorial wild child: I didn’t need to fathom Abe or his stylistic impulses; I needed only to let him go where they took him and, for as long as he needed me, to follow along behind.
Kottke.org, the fall 2016 edition.
One of my favourite websites on the internet redesigns. I think he’s done two major redesigns since I started reading his blog, but there may have been more. One day maybe he’ll return to that iconic weird green. The new site is nice clean and readable. I should really update the design of this site. It’s remained unchanged since I switched from the old not so immaculate conception layout.
At the other end of the D&D actual play spectrum we have HarmonQuest, which features actors and is pretty slick in it’s production. Still, as these sorts of things go it’s also amazing. (The DM rolling all the dice is weird, though.)
"Fucking hit the main dude."
I Hit it with My Axe is back. It’s one of those shows where they film people playing D&D. The main difference with this one is that most everyone playing is a porn star. That (probably) makes this gaming group outliers in the wider world of D&D groups, but I think this is a much truer presentation of what D&D games are like compared to a lot of these sorts of web shows, where the DM and players all happen to be actors (or voice actors) and everything feels so polished and scripted. This first new episode is more of an introduction about the group and one of the players, Kimberly Kane.
The Horrific, Predictable Result of a Widely Armed Citizenry.
By having a widely armed citizenry, we create a situation in which gun violence becomes a common occurrence, not the rarity it ought to be and is everywhere else in the civilized world. That this happened amid a general decline in violence throughout the Western world only serves to make the crisis more acute; America’s gun-violence problem remains the great and terrible outlier.
America is fucked.