Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September 19, 1959 – Khrushchev barred from visiting Disneyland

In one of the more surreal moments in the history of the Cold War, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev explodes with anger when he learns that he cannot visit Disneyland. Government authorities feared that the crowds would pose a safety hazard for the premier. Khrushchev, still fuming about the debate with Skouras, exploded. “And I say, I would very much like to go and see Disneyland. But then, we cannot guarantee your security, they say. Then what must I do? Commit suicide? What is it? Is there an epidemic of cholera there or something? Or have gangsters taken hold of the place that can destroy me?” Khrushchev left Los Angeles the next morning.

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Nigel Stanford is a New Zealand based film composer, musician, and entrepreneur. KUKA industrial robots play guitar, keyboard, bass and drums in the video for his electronic track Automatica.


Handcrafted Japanese Shop Signs Of The Edo Period

The Edo Period in Japan (1615–1868) was marked by domestic peace and rapid economic and cultural development with a thriving merchant class. Commercial streets in the major cities were lined with handmade shop signs known as Kanban that advertised goods and services. These were crafted by professional artisans known as kanban-shi.

Early-20th-century shitta kanban for eyeglass shop

A 19th-century mokei kanban for geta shop

Front view of a late-19th-century shitta kanban for a blade shop

About 60 examples of kanban are currently on view at San Diego’s Mingei International Museum in an exhibition curated by Alan Scott Pate.

Artist Turns 9,000 Drug Bags Into Art to Highlight City's Drug Problem

Chicago based cinematographer/photographer/artist, Ben Kurstin, has 8,816 dime bags in his apartment, but he’s not a drug dealer. He's been collecting them over 2 years to draw attention to his city's drug problem and has spent hours cleaning and turning them into mosaics and collages organized by colour and design.


Eggs baked in hash browns!

Make a breakfast that would take me days to recover from: eggs baked in hash browns and topped with bacon.