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Vita brevis, ars longa, occasio praeceps…Life is short, art is long, opportunity fleeting:

Wendy MacNaughton, illustrator—Courtney E. Martin, writer

The background via Brain Pickings:

… this vitalizing call for creative resilience began in response to the political turmoil of 2016, which left so many so dispirited. Hungry for a counterpoint to the despair and apathy of the cultural climate, Martin and MacNaughton created one themselves. Written shortly after Leonard Cohen’s death, the manifesto ends with a tender homage to his famous clarion call for democracy.

Three versions of the poster are available online — red, white, and blue, black and white, and rainbow — with all proceeds donated to Hedgebrook, a rural writing residency for women, whose alumnae include Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler, Dani Shapiro, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sarah Jones.



Get busy. Now.

The Kickstarter campaign has begun for the Frida Kahlo Action Figure:

If funding is successful, delivery will be around September 2017. Make your donations and put in your early orders here…maybe even double up with the Vincent Van Gogh Action Figure with a detachable ear!

Non Sequitir
by Wiley Miller


greenwich village, nyc
photo © Craig Bagno (bagnostian)

Working from home these days…missing the pack…following the muse…

…let’s not get overexcited..

by Jim Davis


Via Open Culture:

The Finnish coffee company, Paulig, has been around for a good long while–since 1876, to precise. But only in 2017 did they get around to doing this–enlisting Helsinki designer Lucas Zanotto “to make the smallest cup of coffee, out of 1 bean.” Zanotto doesn’t need much more than a nail file, candle, and thimble-sized cup to produce that tiny cup of joe.

Wonder what Starbucks would charge for this one? And could they keep up with the orders?

…had to happen…

Blondie by Dean Young

TinTin by Georges Rémi

[Paragraph excerpt from Stoner by John Williams with a h/t to Biblioklept…image of TinTin via Awesome People Reading…]



NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this photo of Earth from Saturn at 1:41 a.m. EDT April 13 (0541 GMT, or 10:41 p.m. PDT on April 12) from 870 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) away. The Cassini spacecraft spotted Earth as a bright speck between Saturn’s broad rings as the craft prepares for its final dive into the ringed planet’s atmosphere.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

[via…h/t to thisisn’thappiness for the lead in…]

Seen in The New Yorker…yes, The New Yorker

BTW – the baristas aren’t happy either


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