da·guerre·o·type: an early photograph produced on a silver or a silver-covered copper plate; also : the process of producing such photographs
If your discipline involves studying the past but you’re feeling rather undisciplined, today’s Procrastination Destination is just right for you. My Daguerreotype Boyfriendis a Tumblr “where early photography meets extreme hotness.”
Each post features a dude from the past whose appeal we can still today enjoy thanks to the invention of photography. Some daguerreotypes’ sources or subjects are not known (this guy is unknown but bears a strong resemblance to Orlando Bloom) while others are accompanied by interesting trivia or witty comments. Some daguerreotypes might serve as welcome fashion inspiration in these days of sweatpants and flip-flops. What they all have in common: these dudes have got it going on.
Today’s Procrastination Destination, established in 2010, brands itself “your #1 source for breaking news and investigative journalism FLUFFY ANIMALS.” The website, originally intended to be “a scathing indictment of diminishing web journalism standards, or a repository of media about soft, petable creatures,” is brought to you by two editors at tech news site Mashable.
The frequently updated blog features compelling reportage on current issues accompanied by quality photography and the occasional photo story to get you through your day. Posts are conveniently tagged by species (puppies, kittens, bunnies, birds, rodentia, menagerie), enabling you to procrastinate more efficiently. If your free Netflix trial has run out, you can give Petflix a try. Or if you want to share your little bundle of joy with the world, “submit your fluff” here.
Sometimes Bon Iver tenderly whispers, ‘Can I be the little spoon now?’
Sure, there’s procrasturbation in the Olin stacks come reading and finals week, but if that isn’t quite doing it for you anymore, check out boniverotica, or Bon Iver Erotic Stories. This Tumblr serves up bite-size anecdotes of romantic encounters with the band’s reclusive Grammy award-winning folk singer Justin Vernon, each one accompanied by visual stimuli—making it the perfect procrastination destination that isn’t too crass.
As far as I can tell, boniverotica hasn’t yet scored a semi-anonymous interview with Huff Post, but it has been featured on TIME’s website. According to the article, for today’s quality PD we can thank a trio of twentysomething professionals from Colorado, who all find Bon Iver “inexplicably sexy” and “just wanted to ravish him.” In about three days, their Tumblr had received about 100, 000 visitors.
Come to the German Haus today for (Eis)Kaffee und Kuchen: Study Abroad Edition!
In addition to casual German and non-German conversations, the members of the German Haus, Prof. Bork-Goldfield, and our wonderful guests will share their study abroad/work experiences in Germany and other German-speaking countries, and give you helpful tips about program options and the lifestyle abroad.
We look forward to sharing our excitement for German culture and assisting you with any other questions related to campus German life. Bring your questions, maybe your laptops, and stomachs ready for cake!
Date: Wednesday, May 2 Time: 4.30 – 6.00 PM
Place: German Haus, 65 Lawn Avenue
DJs extraordinaire and mad scientists H Biz and B Fiz ’12 send in yet another funky video inviting you to check out the final weeks of their radio show:
Join h-biz and b-fiz for the final weeks of Word…Life Radio on Wednesdays from 11 to 12-30! Tune in at WESU 88.1 FM or wesufm.org. One admirer has described us as at the crossroads of Nikolai Tessla and Big Daddy Kane…. we’d add in some Bella Lugosi…. and a dash of Charlie Rangel….. You can call in at 860-685-7700 to make requests/ seek advice!!
In a recently published article in The New York Times, alum Joss Whedon ’87 weighs in on “the decadent state of contemporary Hollywood entertainment” while also promoting his “giant, tentpole, franchise, action, summer movie,” joking that the contradiction “doesn’t make me a hypocrite, it just gives me layers.”
The Avengers, described by the NYT article’s author as “comicdom’s equivalent of the Dream Team or the Wu-Tang Clan”, sounded like a “fun” writing project to Whedon, because they were “broken and tortured and strange”.
The article features Whedon and his colleagues reflecting on some of his past work; click through to have a read. For now, I’ll leave you with some wise Whedon words that you thesis-writers (congratz, seriously) might have found solace in, especially over the last few weeks: “You have to believe in your work to the point where you can get your heart broken,” he said, “or you wouldn’t have the energy to do these things.”
The Avengers [trailers here], the multimillion (where multi = > 220) and multi-superhero movie from Marvel Studios, is written and directed by Whedon and will be out in cinemas May 4 (the same day that our own fucking film series is screening The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Watch out, nerdz, we’re gonna have SO MANY FEELINGS).
Nam Anh Ta ’12 sends in word about “Bus,” his senior photography project:
This one is not in Zilkha “the gallery” but Zelnick “the glass thingy.” Known among the staff as the “bus stop” for its shape before it was given Mr. Zelnick’s name, the Pavilion is hoped to be an appropriate venue for the show.
Initially inspired by the disconnectivity of the suburban Connecticut, the exhibition seeks to explore the life around the forgotten form of public transportation in the American’s suburb. With that as a mirror of where I have been through, I used that to look back at Hanoi, in Vietnam where I am from.
P.S.: Some of the pictures are taken with an Apple iPhone, tell me which ones.