Birkebeinerne, by Knut Bergslien, 1869This weekend, we islanders will be reenacting the epic smuggling in 1206 of Prince Håkon, the infant son of King Syverresson and Inga of Vartieg, from Lillehammer and likely death at the hands of the Baglers, to the safe haven of Østerdalen, strong with peaceful Birkebeiners. Prince Håkon was later able to ascend the throne, reconcile with his jealous enemies and bring peace to Norway. Thank you Torstein Skjevla and Skjervald Skrukka for your bravery and fine skiing. Hiya hiya hiya!!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Photo by James QuineDan Auerbach rocks. And he folks. And he certainly has soul. His is a voice that is equally able to soar over his screaming guitar, and just as easily sing in whispers. Many of you probably know him as one of the members of the Black Keys, which I've also been into lately, considering the current political environment, and my search for Birkie pump-up music. (More on the Birkie later this week) What I particularly appreciate is his generosity on his myspace: 14 songs for your listening pleasure. I've also thrown in a few videos--2 of Dan and 1 of him in the Black Keys (pg-13!). Enjoy!
Photo by MCT campus
Monday, February 21, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
This song has been in my head lately, partly because I just saw the Wailers a couple weeks ago, and partly because I think it applies quite nicely to the senators on the run and all. The chorus is pretty jammin too...
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Photographer unknownThe Middle East is not from the Middle East as we conceive of the region, though perhaps the band shares some of the same geosocial qualities. The band is actually from Australia, a large island somewhere to the south (or north, depending on your perspective) of Miles Island. Enjoy!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Heart Reef, Whitsunday Islands, Australia - photo by Penelope Beveridge
This post is to my valentine. And also to my wonderful family. And to my fantastic friends. Thank you for loving! Do pass it along to those you love... Have a lovely day!
The Kiss, Corsica
Heart in the rocks, Corsica
Voh (Mangrove Swamps), New Caledonia, photo by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
from The Birth of Venus by Sandro BotticelliWe on Miles Island love museums. So you can imagine how excited we were to discover Google's Art Project. It's basically like Google street view except in a museum... and with extremely high resolution of the various artworks--these photos are examples. Right now there are almost 20 museums to explore, ranging from MoMA in New York to Gemäldegalerie in Berlin to The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. Of course it's best to explore and wander in person, but this is a distant second! Check the clips below for a visitor guide and a behind the scenes look (Hint: watch in HD). Oh, and you can create your very own gallery with paintings from around the world...dig it!
from the Bedroom, Vincent van Gogh
from The Cathedral by František Kupka
from The Harvesters by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
from The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
from Young Knight in a Landscape by Vittore Carpaccio
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Photographer unknownToday's island music is from the beautiful Oumou Sangare of Mali. Being Wassoulou, she is commonly known as 'The Songbird of Wassoulou'. She is also known as the Songbird of Miles Island! I've had one of her albums for almost 10 years now, and it still sounds refreshing. Many of her songs advocate for human rights, particularly with regard to issues such as child marriage and polygamy. Hear her music over at her myspace, and look below for a song and a video. As she says: "Oumou Sangare is greeting you. Listen hard to what I have to say."
Monday, February 7, 2011
Photo by Karim Sadli
Kilian Martin for Man About Town magazine...photo shoot by Karim Sadli, film directed by Stylianos Pangalos. No doubt about it, the guy's got style.
Photo by Karim Sadli
Screengrab via Rojak Site
Screengrab via Rojak Site
via Scout Holiday
Friday, February 4, 2011
Photo by Muhammad AsranurWell, it's been a slow week here on the island... apologies for the lack of posts. See, we've had a blizzard here, and basically life got to be a whole lot more about snow than computers. This is how we prefer things on the island. In any case, just had to share this new band (to me) with y'all, so here's a special edition Music Friday.
Geographer is a San Francisco-geographically based band made up of Mike Deni on vocals, guitar, keys, synths, and bass, Nathan Blaz on cello and electronics, and Brian Ostreicher on Drums. Thanks to my hip neighbors for sharing--apparently they're friends with the lead singer. I don't know much about this band except that I may have listened to their song Kites (and the remix) on repeat for a good hour or so at work yesterday. It promises to be bangin dance hall classic for years to come. And of course I'm a sucker for bands that have a cellist--rock on! In fact, I'm getting more and more inspired to pick up the ol' cello again after a 12-year hiatus... only on Miles Island. Enjoy Geographer, and have a great weekend!