Darvaza: The Door To Hell

Darvaza: The Door To Hell

According to Wikipedia “In 1971, while drilling for natural gas in Darvaza, Turkmenistan, the ground on which the drilling rig was placed collapsed, leaving a large gaping hole exposed with a diameter of around 60 meters. To avoid poisonous gases coming out of the hole, it was decided to let the gases burn. As of 2008, gases in the underground cavern are still burning without interruption. Locals have named the cavern The Door to Hell.”

More pictures.

( via underground blog (best cross-promotional blog ever?))

Amekaji So Kawaii!

“Alongside the familiar L. L. Bean duck boots, Brooks Brothers shirts and Ray-Ban Wayfarers, there are Filson duffel bags, Gokey boots, Alden dress shoes, Gitman oxford shirts, Quoddy Trail moccasins, Wm. J. Mills canvas totes — to name but a few.”

Apparently, it takes a about 18 months to go from “criminally slept on”to “byword for Americana style in the NYT Styles section.

This is the best part of the article, though:

“What makes today’s prepidemic so fascinating is how it is, surprisingly enough, so Japanese. The look has its roots in the United States, to be sure. But the spirit, rigor and execution of today’s prep moment is as Japanese as Sony.”

This is totally true. Consequently (and with an american-made straw boater tip to Nina), I think rather than referring to this style as “made-in-the-usa/americana/workwear/classic”, we should borrow from the Japanese and just shorten it to amekaji. Here are some sample usages:

“Hey, have you been to the J. Crew Liquor Store?” “Yeah, man, that place is totally amekaji.”

“Have you noticed The Sartorialist has been posting an awful lot of amekaji photos lately?”.

The other thing weird about that first paragraph is that we actually like all that stuff.

I will never know whether it is a diamond or a coin.

Duchamp on “With Hidden Noise”



From Cecil Rhodes’ first will:

To and for the establishment, promotion and development of a Secret Society, the true aim and object whereof shall be for the extension of British rule throughout the world, the perfecting of a system of emigration from the United Kingdom, and of colonisation by British subjects of all lands where the means of livelihood are attainable by energy, labour and enterprise, and especially the occupation by British settlers of the entire Continent of Africa, the Holy Land, the Valley of the Euphrates, the Islands of Cyprus and Candia, the whole of South America, the Islands of the Pacific not heretofore possessed by Great Britain, the whole of the Malay Archipelago, the seaboard of China and Japan, the ultimate recovery of the United States of America as an integral part of the British Empire, the inauguration of a system of Colonial representation in the Imperial Parliament which may tend to weld together the disjointed members of the Empire and, finally, the foundation of so great a Power as to render wars impossible, and promote the best interests of humanity.

This was later scratched, and in his last will and testament Rhodes established the Rhodes Scholarship.