Behind the Polaroid
A (relatively) new book by Christopher Bonanos explores the life and inventions of Polaroid founder Edwin Land.
On the companion site to the book, Bonanos, an editor at New York Magazine, writes:
Instant: The Story of Polaroid is a book about a very unusual company. In the 1960s and 1970s, Polaroid was what Apple is today: the coolest technology company on earth, the one with irresistible products, the one whose stock kept climbing way past the point of logic. In its heyday, Polaroid was an absolute innovation machine—a scientific think tank that periodically kicked out a fantastically profitable, covetable product. In fact, the late Steve Jobs expressly said that he modeled his company to a great extent after Polaroid.
Instant film should be treasured by everyone!
From The Guardian:
Video footage has emerged of a police officer beating an Iraq war veteran so hard that he suffered a ruptured spleen in an apparently unprovoked incident at a recent Occupy protest in California.
The footage, which has been shared with the Guardian, shows Kayvan Sabehgi standing in front of a police line on the night of Occupy Oakland's general strike on 2 November, when he is set upon by an officer.
He does not appear to be posing any threat, nor does he attempt to resist, yet he is hit numerous times by an officer clad in riot gear who appears determined to beat him to the ground.
Sabehgi, 32, an Oakland resident and former marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has since undergone surgery on his spleen. He says it took hours for him to be taken to hospital, despite complaining of severe pain. Police have told the Guardian they are investigating the incident.
From Josh Stearns Storify site:
I’m tracking, confirming and verifying reports of journalist arrests at Occupy protests all over the country since September. So far 26 journalists have been arrested, 10 of which were arrested in NYC on Nov. 15. Help me by sending tips and tweets to @jcstearns.
Students rioted over the firing of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno because they felt the media unjustly characterized Paterno as negligent concerning the accusations against former coach Jerry Sandusky that he raped boys for over a decade. But have they read the Grand Jury investigation? Read this excerpt below. See where it says “Paterno called Tim Curley…?” It should read “Paterno called the police” or “Paterno called local law enforcement” or “Paterno called 911” or “Paterno called Child Services.” You get the picture.
Read the full investigation.
Joseph V. Paterno testified to receiving the graduate assistant’s report at his home on a Saturday morning. Paterno testified that the graduate assistant was very upset. Paterno called Tim Curley (“Curley”), Penn State Athletic Director and Paterno’s immediate superior, to his home the very next day, a Sunday, and reported to him that the graduate assistant had seen Jerry Sandusky in the Lasch Building showers fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young boy.
Approximately one and a half weeks later, the graduate assistant was called to a meeting with Penn State Athletic Director Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz (“Schultz”). The graduate assistant reported to Curley and Schultz that he had witnessed what he believed to be Sandusky having anal sex with a boy in the Lasch Building showers. Curley and Schultz assured the graduate assistant that they would look into it and determine what further action they would take. Paterno was not present for this meeting.
One of our reporters went to last night’s Occupy Oakland general assembly to capture the thoughts of protesters a day after Oakland Police, and other agencies, dispersed them with tear gas.
Original link and story here.
On October 5, 2011, Occupy Wall Street protesters took to the streets of Lower Manhattan. 15,000 people gathered together and Turnstyle News contributor Miguel Macias spoke to a diverse group of protesters to gather their answers on one pressing question: What do you want from the Occupy Wall Street protests? Above, protesters responses, along with insight from director and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore.
People of all ages and race are participating. This movement is really growing.
Jelani Gibson had never slept on the street before visiting the Occupy Wall Street movement in Lower Manhattan’s Liberty Plaza. But when his grandmother mentioned wanting to travel from Pontiac, Michigan, to New York City to see the growing protests firsthand, he decided he couldn’t miss it.
“I’m always hearing how banks are being bailed out, how companies are getting tax cuts, and how resources are being robbed from other countries…but I don’t ever hear of people protesting about it in a large group. So when I heard about [the Occupy Wall Street protests], I’m like ‘Oh wow. Grandma’s going so maybe I can just ask her to take me with her and she did.’”
Jelani, a 4.0 student, says the best thing about the Occupy Wall Street protests is the compassion. To hear more, check out the video above by Turnstyle News contributor Adele Pham.
Kid makes me want to get on a flight to New York City!
International Bucket-Lists Captured in Polaroids
“What do you want to do before you die?” It sounds like the beginning of a very long late-night conversation with friends. In this case, the question is the catalyst for a photo project by Nicole Kenney. Kenney has traveled all over the world, from Kansas to Kerala, India, with a Polaroid camera and sharpie, capturing the faces and pre-death aspirations of thousands of people. Kenney also took the project to a hospice care-center for those who are terminally ill.
In a number of years, Kenney said she will check in with the subjects of the photographs to see how close they are to achieving their wishes. She said she hopes that the photos will serve as a tangible promise to themselves to go forward and make their life-goals a reality.
This is such a great project. I want to own a business and then move to Tulum for at least a few years. Yes.
Statement by the President on the Attack in Mexico
I strongly condemn the barbaric and reprehensible attack in Monterrey, Mexico yesterday. On behalf of the American people, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this difficult time.
The people of Mexico and their government are engaged in a brave fight to disrupt violent transnational criminal organizations that threaten both Mexico and the United States. The United States is and will remain a partner in this fight. We share with Mexico responsibility for meeting this challenge and we are committed to continuing our unprecedented cooperation in confronting these criminal organizations.
Real lives lost over greed, addiction, misguided legislation, aggression, arrogance and, I’m sorry Mr. President, but neglect.
I’m also troubled by the lack of coverage on this. LA Times has had the story front page since last night. Washington Post, NY Times, and CNN have buried links. Al Jazeera has the story on its top 10, and MSNBC has a more prominent link. Maybe the “look at Mexico all fucked up” angles should be replaced by “there’s a war raging on our continent.” Would that get attention?
In a 2007 interview with al-Jazeera television, Gadhafi spoke of Rice in glowing terms. “I support my darling black African woman,” he said. “I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders … Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. … I love her very much. I admire her and I’m proud of her because she’s a black woman of African origin.”
If she’s good enough for Jack Donaghy…
HERE AT LAST The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is seen Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 in Washington, ahead of its dedication this Sunday, on the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. The monument, carved from granite, stands 30 feet tall and is the first monument not “dedicated to a war, president or white man,” according to Reuters. (Photo: Charles Dhaparak / AP via MSNBC.com)
Ok. Now I’ll try and visit D.C.