3 May 2013

Friday List!

Sarah's List:

Check out The New York Times haiku generator. Ever wish you could turn those headlines into haiku? Well, here ya go. Everyday the NYT uses an algorithm to find poetry on the front page.

I'm willing to risk
the weird tilapia they
put in a taco.

This list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants was released this week. Been to any of them? The closest we're going to get is via this obsession of ours. Seriously, best 70 hours (or entire year of television) ever. 

Finally a map to go with the sweet, sweet smell of this part of the world. And when I say sweet, I mean smokey. But I secretly love it because it means we're here.

Image from NASA, found here.

Egypt's Birthrate Rises as Population Control Policies Vanish. Looks like Mr. Mubarak had a very good reason why birth control was so uncontrolled when we lived in Egypt. Oh the aches and pains of building "democracy." 

Tara Todras-Whitehill for The New York Times from here.

Just came across this new travel blog. Which highlights Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls. What a ridiculous place! Little known fact: Guess who owns the record for pregnant-est mama to swim there? That would be me.  

Unborn baby Charlotte on the edge of the world.

And this...

From here.

Jill's List:

I've sent Sarah about 20 new headers today.  She keeps saying, "Yeah, that's nice" and then finally said, "Why don't we just do a rotating header thing like Google?"  Thanks for all of your thoughts on our design process.  Here are our current favorites:

Do you ever think about dropping of the face of the internet?  This guy actually did.  And he didn't exactly experience the revolution of culture and calm he was expecting...

Image from The Verge.

Image from 12hrs.net

I really believe in Salt Water Sandals.  LouLou wears them everyday.  Here's an ode in their honor.

Beautiful image from Hither & Thither.

The non-power of the slactivist.  Go UNICEF.  Say it like it is.

Image from The Atlantic.

I'm searching for an artist.  Last year, at the TASOK Rummage Sale, I bought an incredible screenprint from an artist who told me that he was the arts plastiques teacher at Lycée Français René Descartes (better known as "the French school") here in Kinshasa.  Now, I want more of his work, but I can't find him! Can anyone help me out?  Here's the print I bought:

However, found this artist while searching for the mystery artist online today. I wrote him an email because his work (or oeuvre - I love that word) is really amazing.  Fingers crossed he doesn't mind my bad-ish French.

Image from Hippolyte Blog

As I write this on the porch, the thunder is cracking and the lightening is flashing.  Which makes me remember the good ol' lightening strike map.  Just look at Congo...

Image from NASA..

Sarah's product list this week made me remember how much I love foreign product lists.  Like this one.  And this one.  And this one.

Jessica Diehl
Image from Into the Gloss.

Happy Weekend!


  1. Sarah, that picture of you on the falls made my stomach lurch. I can't look at it.

    1. Yes, it was actually quite terrifying. We were foolishly lured by the locals who told us no one had ever gone over the edge. Good thing I didn't Google that until afterward. (Several people and even an unlucky elephant once in a while.)

    2. Do not even TELL me that, good grief.

      Also, fyi: I lovelovelove the first header---the pink one. It's so...Mama Congo.

    3. Yay! I really love the pink one too. We've just been wondering if it looks too "Miami Vice". Ah well. There are worse things in the world...

  2. Is there any sort of signature, identifying mark or edition number on the back of the print or hidden somewhere in it? I have been searching, but can't seem to find anything.

    1. Allison- I've been looking too. I feel like there must be something in all of the detail, but I'm not in the know enough to figure it out... I also wrote a very random email to the French school in hopes that they can help me out. This has officially become a mission.

  3. Hey Sarah, Hippolyte did a great article in the January 2012 issue of Revue XXI entitled "Les Enfants de Kinshasa". Thanks for reminding me of that one. I am a HUGE fan of Congolese caricaturists and BDeists, of which there are many talented ones. Your wonderful screen print looks like that kind of work. I am assuming that you already went to the French school and asked about your mysterious artist. Given that the artist was teaching at the French school he probably had some formal training...and most likely at the Academie des Beaux Arts on 24 novembre. Maybe someone there could help you?

    1. Hello there! Thanks so much for these ideas. I have been obsessively interviewing anyone I come across that might have clue as to the identity of my mystery artist. I will have to take a trip, screen print in hand, to Beaux Arts. I am awaiting a response from the French school as well.

      Do you have other connections for the world of Congolese BDeists and caricaturists? I'm entranced...


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