Excellent surfing shots from Mark Boster – Los Angeles Times.
From LA Times:
A storm near Antarctica, Australia and New Zealand has created a strong southwest swell that is hitting the Southern California coast. Pedestrians had to take take quick steps back as waves crashed over Strand Way in Oceanside. The portion of the popular oceanfront street was closed after a pedestrian walking through puddles reported being shocked. Familiar spots like the Wedge in Newport Beach are reporting waves up to 15 feet high.
Elvis and Jesus are not the only icons of the world worthy of being immortalized on a velvety canvas.
Bruce White’s Black Velvet Paintings take me back to being hauled around by my parents to flea-markets and garage sales. Best line from Bruce, “Elvis and Jesus are not the only icons of the world worthy of being immortalized on a velvety canvas.” Amen.
About Bruce White:
North Carolina native Bruce White is a tattoo artist and painter. Bruce has been tattooing for over 13 years and has recently turned his artistic eye towards an often under appreciated medium: black velvet. Bruce feels that working with velvet gives his paintings a degree of visual contrast that cannot be replicated by painting on any other surface. He also believes that Elvis and Jesus are not the only icons of the world worthy of being immortalized on a velvety canvas. He has chosen this medium to channel his admiration for many of pop culture’s most iconic characters.
From Wikipedia / Velvet Painting:
Black velvet paintings originate in ancient Kashmir, the homeland of the fabric. These original paintings were generally religious and portrayed the icons of the Caucasus region which were painted by Russian Orthodox priests. Marco Polo and others introduced black velvet paintings to Western Europe, and some of these early works still hang in the Vatican Museums.
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico was a center of velvet painting in the 1970s. A displaced Georgia farmboy, Doyle Harden, was the pioneer who created an enormous factory, where velvets were turned out by the thousands by artists sitting in studios. One artist would paint one piece of the picture, then slide the velvet along to the next artist, who would add something else. Velvet paintings mass produced by hand in this manner fueled the boom in velvet paintings in the 1970s in the United States.
Well, I just saw Win Win, and I now have another go-to wrestling movie. Best line in the movie goes to Bobby Cannavale’s character, “That kid’s got man-strength.” 1
If Paul Giamatti is not the best actor in the world, then I don’t know who is. I can’t name another living actor who could have pulled this character off with the weight and humor that Giamatti pours into this role.
I’m going to talk Mrs. Garcia into watching this movie tonight. Although I’ll probably need to negotiate a movie trade. I hope it’s not Scarface again.
Vision Quest (1985) was always the wrestling movie to watch. HBO use to play it once a day – or so it seemed like. To this day, it leaves me completely powerless over my remote.
• Win Win :: Starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Alex Shaffer.
• ‘Win-Win’: Tom McCarthy Wrestles With Morals :: NPR Interview
• Vision Quest (1985) :: Starring Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino, Michael Schoeffling, Ronny Cox.
Excellent interactive infographic that breaks down a serve in tennis. Having played tennis, I spent hours trying to perfect my serve. Having played baseball as well, serving reminds me of pitching when it comes to placement, speed and tempo. Be interesting to see this mechanical breakdown in other sports: football, soccer, hockey, etc…
From NY Times: In the blur of the serve, there can seem to be a variety of techniques used, but for the world’s best players, the essential components are the same. Here is a look at how all the body’s segments intricately combine to produce tremendous racket-head speed.
+ Source: The Serve: Creating Racket Speed :: Tennis Infographic :: New York Times
+ Credits: By XAQUÍN G.V. and JOE WARD :: ILLUSTRATIONS By CAROL FABRICATORE