On safari in Zambia.
The ladies of Chikumbuso singing us a song as we leave. #lusaka #zambia
Chikumbuso #orphanage #lusaka #zambia
Scott Bradlee is back with his rotating cast of talented musicians to showcase Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” in the classic Motown style, complete with piano, tambourine, backup singers and a horn section.
A lost baby sperm whale leaps for joy after finally finding his family off the Azores Picture: Justin Hart/HotSpot Media
markcastator This just says pure happiness. Yay.
The Gerhard Richter show inaugurating Marian Goodman’s heavily anticipated London gallery is nothing short of superb. Curated by the artist, it showcases Richter’s recent experiments with abstraction, while subtly inscribing these within the history of his practice.
Nancy Wake, who has died in London just before her 99th birthday, was a New Zealander brought up in Australia. She became a nurse, a journalist who interviewed Adolf Hitler, a wealthy French socialite, a British agent and a French resistance leader. She led 7,000 guerrilla fighters in battles against the Nazis in the northern Auvergne, just before the D-Day landings in 1944. On one occasion, she strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands. On another, she cycled 500 miles to replace lost codes. In June 1944, she led her fighters in an attack on the Gestapo headquarters at Montlucon in central France.
Ms Wake was furious the TV series [later made about her life] suggested she had had a love affair with one of her fellow fighters. She was too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements, she said.
Nancy recalled later in life that her parachute had snagged in a tree. The French resistance fighter who freed her said he wished all trees bore “such beautiful fruit.” Nancy retorted: “Don’t give me that French shit.”
"strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands"
"too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements"
"don’t give me that French shit."
Good Advice on staying Ebola Free.
At the studio on a Sunday doing what I love to do.
Best lesson from a Disney movie
This is an underrated movie
This is a grossly underrated movie.
Can I take a minute to rant? Good. Cuz I’m gonna.
I FLOVE this movie. And I HATE all the stupid hatred it gets. For a long time the buzz was “finally a black princess yay!” and now everyone is like “Fuck this movie, first black princess and she spends the whole movie a frog.”
You know what? Fuck that. Because Ariel spent a good majority of the movie not talking. Mulan spent the majority of the move pretending to be a man. Aurora and Snow White? Asleep (Hardly in the movie at all). They’re all just plot devices, not designed to take away from the traits of the women.
And you know what else? Unlike some of the other princesses, Tiana is in control of her destiny every step of the way. When she turns into the frog does she lose hope and need rescuing? Hell naw. She busts Naveen over the head and gets the job done. She is consistently responsible and capable even after having her dreams crushed and turning into a freaking frog.
So don’t tell me that Tiana is “less than” just because she gets turned into a frog. She’s still one of the most hardworking, badass, and capable chicks in animated history and I love her like crazy cakes.
Also? She’s based on a real person. A real woman who is 91 and is still cooking in her kitchen. She’s still widely respected in the culinary community, she’s fed presidents, she’s had songs written about her and her restaurants. She’s 91, and she still wakes up every morning to run things, because she still believes in hard work and good food. And if you don’t think that’s truly fantastic, then you can just fuck right off.
Tiana is the BEST princess
The Champagne Pool
This hot spring is found in an area known as the Waiotapu geothermal area on New Zealand’s North Island.
The hot spring sits in a crater 65 meters across and reaches temperatures of ~75℃. The vivid colors around the edge are produced due to elements that are dissolved in the hot waters as they travel through the ground.
The waters dissolve arsenic and antimony from the ground as they circulate. When they reach the edge of the pool and cool, those elements precipitate out of the water and form sulfide-rich minerals that give the reddish color. The name Champagne Pool derives from another dissolved compound, carbon dioxide, which dissolves in the water and bubbles up to the surface in the pond.
Image credit: Trey Ratcliff https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/4500083965