Sunday, April 02, 2006

PRADE Weekly Update 4.3.06

Surprisingly, I think more people visit PRADE on the days when there are no updates. But in order to test this theory, here's what is catching my eye from around the "interweb." Feel free to shout out your responses in the comments.

Skylines Beginning with 'S'
Diserio.com posted its list of the 15 Best Skylines in the World. I can't say I agree with all the placements, but it is a fairly diverse list in terms of Western and Eastern cities. And all the pictures of the skylines are pretty spectacular. Although San Francisco is glaringly absent, Singapore, Sydney and Shanghai are probably my favorites on the list. I had never seen a picture of Shenzhen before, but the colorful lights definitely make for a unique skyline (pictured below).

A Daily Dose has a great feature on a series of photographs by Chris Jordan entitled "In Katrina's Wake: Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster." The photos don't seem exploitive at all, but rather seek to unearth personal and intimate images set against the bleak backdrop of the destruction of the storm. One of my favorites appears below

Baptist church, Ninth Ward neighborhood

de Youngian
Tropolism shares its take on San Francisco's de Young museum (which I am embarrassed to say that I've only toured from the outside).

Drops of Jupiter
Pruned gives us a new way to look at the heavenly body courtesy of recent images from the Cassini spacecraft.

Snootchie Bootchies
A humorous yet intimate story of drug addiction courtesy of director Kevin Smith, aka Silent Bob. Smith relates the history of his buddy Jason Mewes' battle with addiction in the frank, conversational style he is known for - a great read. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4 still yet to come.

Fishscales on The Corner
Two tidbits from the music world. XXL's Elliott Wilson has a great column on all the samples featured on Ghostface's new album, Fishscale. Sampling has a long history in hip hop, and the unwritten rule is that you don't blow up someone's spot by pointing out where they dug out a hot sample from. However, Wilson points out only the samples that have been officially cleared by the label.

And if you dig music, be sure to check out the new blog from Thomas the Intergalactic Soul Child called The Corner. You can r
ead about the first ever performance of Funk Sway (a supergroup featuring Erykah Badu, Questlove and Jazzy Jeff) or explore his feature on Taiwo Duvall - one of the most prominent figures in the history of African Drumming in the U.S.

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