Norway plans to cut a peninsula off of the mainland in memory of the 77 killed in 2011 attacks [4 pics]

March 12, 2014 | 2 comments

On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik mercilessly killed 77 people and injured another 158 in successive attacks. It was a terrifying day, especially for the children on the island of Utøya, as recounted in the haunting GQ article, ”Is he coming? Is he? Oh God, I think he is.” It was the bloodiest day in Norwegian history since WWII.

To memorialize that tragic day, the Norwegian government recently approved a stunning design proposal from Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg. The proposed work, depicted below, calls for an 11-foot gash to be cut through a small peninsula near Utøya, permanently separating a small piece of earth from the mainland. A visitor viewing area will be established on the mainland side, and the names of the victims from that day will be engraved on the far wall—11 feet away.

“The names will be close enough to see and read clearly, yet ultimately out of reach. This cut is an acknowledgement of what is forever irreplaceable,” says Dahlberg.

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How contemporary fashion pays homage to the past by completely ripping it off [48 pictures]

March 6, 2014 | No comments

On her site Part Nouveau, fashion historian Lilah Ramzi keeps an eye on contemporary fashion and fashion photography to see how they are influenced by the past. Then she shares examples of more current work alongside the vintage photos that influenced it.

Sometimes the influence is subtle and other times it’s blatant. Sometimes the newer piece seems to pay homage to the past while adding its own flair; other times it seems more like a straightforward remake. Either way, we’re reminded, nothing is new.

Here are a few of the then-and-now fashion comparisons. Visit Part Nouveau for more info on any of these and for lots more examples…

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Fascinating facts from the funny pages — 27 fun pieces of trivia from comic strip history

March 5, 2014 | No comments

Did you know that in almost 18,000 strips, Charlie Brown never once connected with that football? Or did you know that Bill Murray voiced Garfield in the 2004 Garfield movie by accident?

Hear more about these fun facts and learn 25 more…

Flea talks punk and funk with River Phoenix, demonstrates with Chili Peppers bass riffs

February 22, 2014 | 1 comment

In this interview with River Phoenix from the early 90′s, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers talks about the genres of music that blend to make his style, and then gives a couple little lessons for those of you who want to try his licks out on your own basses later…