You Gotta Be Other Places, Places I Know

From the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

A gallery worker poses with pop artist Roy Lichtenstein’s “Whaam!” during a media viewing of the Lichtenstein: A Retrospective exhibition, at Tate Modern in London. The exhibition which opens on February 21 runs until May 27. Photograph: Luke Macgregor/Reuters

It’s the extra-level of metaness in this image – The person taking the picture of the person looking at the painting that’s stolen from another source – that appeals to me, here.

Who Will Buy My

From the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

A woman shelters from heavy rain under an umbrella while selling Valentine’s Day roses in central Singapore. Photograph: Stephen Morrison/EPA

There’s something about that caption in particular that feels… I don’t know. Poetic, I guess? But melancholy, too. It feels like the start of a short story or something, which I appreciate.

Oh God (Email Edition)

You’ve heard of “Inbox Zero,” but I bet you didn’t know that “Inbox One Thousand” was the new cool thing, did you?

(In my defense, the unread emails are mostly spam and/or PR mails, and it’s also not my main mail but a back-up that gets a bunch of re-directed email from old sites I’ve written for. But still, yes, I should deal with that.)

And The Number One Threat For The Week Is…

From the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

A young female bear plays with a barrel in the South Kamchatka Sanctuary, Russia. The sanctuary occupies 225,000 hectares of land and is listed as a Unesco world heritage site. More than 1,000 brown bears live there. Photograph: Igor Shpilenok/Barcroft Media

Sure, it looks cute now, but one day we’ll look back and think of this pic as the first hint of things to come in the Planet of the Apes-style bear-centric world in which we’ve come to know.

“They Will Kill You”

Finally, finally finished watching the second season of The Hour this past weekend. It remained a wonderfully watchable show – Smart, suspenseful, funny when it needs to be – and continued to feel like Mad Men with simultaneously more self-importance and less self-satisfaction; for those who haven’t seen it, you should check it out. Even if the final episode’s climax is somewhat telegraphed, it’s a really nice piece of television.

What’s interesting looking back at the trailer for the season is how much of it comes from the last half – and the last episode – of the season, and yet, all of those scenes played out fresh when I eventually saw them in context. A nice piece of editing, BBC trailer makers, and a nice argument for having the entire season of a show in hand before cutting trailers, too.

“Most Important Ingredient: Chocolate”

I can only imagine the excitement at the BBC when they discovered Rachel Khoo. “It’s like someone crossed Jamie Oliver with Nigella Lawson!” they must’ve exclaimed in glee. Despite the weird, almost too perfect for television quality about her, I have to admit; I really enjoy The Little Paris Kitchen, and find Khoo terrifically watchable.

I mean, come on. Who doesn’t want to make that cake? Or just eat it?