notes from an island

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But this…

bauldoff:

Sculptor Andy Yoder spent two years building this lovely globe from individually-painted matchsticks. His son, reddit user yoderaustinexplains that the frame is a mix of foam, cardboard, and plywood. One by one, Yoder attached the hand-painted matches to this skeleton with wood glue, before lastly—in an effort that one may consider to be of both precaution and irony—dousing the entire form in flame retardant.

Be sure to note Hurricane Sandy collapsing upon the eastern American coast in the final photo above.

The piece will be exhibited by Winkleman Gallery at this year’s PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair, May 8–11.

latimes:

Until last year, more than 100,000 Muslims lived in Bangui, the decaying capital of the Central African Republic. Since the country plunged into anarchy a year ago, brutal sectarian violence has led tens of thousands to flee.

L.A. Times reporter Alexandra Zavis and photojournalist Rick Loomis followed a convoy of Muslim refugees on their harrowing 400-mile journey to safety in Cameroon, one of a handful of neighboring countries that are taking in refugees from the Central African Republic. This is the first of several of their reports on the region.


this is miyazaki rain, which means that every frame was hand-drawn

this is miyazaki rain, which means that every frame was hand-drawn

(via lipstick-feminism)

8bitrevolver:

This was meant to be a quick warm up, but it turned into a comic that I’ve wanted to draw for a while. This is something that is extremely important to me, and I appreciate it if you read it.

A while ago, I heard a story that broke my heart. A family went a cat shelter to adopt. The daughter fell in love with a 3-legged cat. The father straight up said “absolutely not”. Because he was missing a leg. That cat was that close to having a family that loved him, but the missing leg held him back. Why?!

Many people have the initial instinct of “nope” when they see an imperfect animal. I get it, but less-adoptable does NOT mean less loveable. 9 out of 10 people will choose a kitten over an adult cat. And those 10% that would get an adult cat often overlook “different” animals.

All I want people to do is be open to the idea of having a “different” pet in their lives. Choose the pet that you fall in love with, but at least give all of them a fair shot at winning your heart.

Don’t dismiss them, they deserve a loving home just as much as any other cat. They still purr, they still love a warm lap, they still play, they still love you. Trust me, next time you are in the market for a new kitty, just go over to that one cat that’s missing an eye and see what he’s all about!