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ianference:

You know you’re in the South when… First light broke over Staunton, VA, one morning in early March of 2011.  And there I was, with my partner at the time and my favorite exploring buddy (amyheiden) in one of the long wards in the Wheary Building, stripped of its low partitions, but staring out of a window - the bottom frame askance - at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel.  The Wheary Building was the ward for patients at Western State Hospital that were on suicide watch; very little privacy was accorded, due to the previously high rate of self-harm at this asylum.  When it was converted into a prison, the partitions were removed altogether.  Guard booths were installed, and it became a common dorm - ironically enough, for the least troublesome prisoners.
The Stonewall Jackson Hotel would appear in my life just a little over a year later.  NBC was pitching a show where three people - myself included - would go into abandoned buildings.  But instead of pretending to find ghosts, we would talk about history!  Brilliant, right?  A VP of development over there asked me if I knew any hotels in town worth staying in.  Boy, did this photograph pop back into my head!  For two nights, we stayed in the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, filming a teaser pilot for a show that interested exactly no networks.  Apparently, a bunch of young people with sexy haircuts pretending to be afraid of creaking pipes sells better than serious historians, anthropologists, and sociologists poking around old buildings and talking about things that actually exist.  But man, did we enjoy some wonderful steak there!
I’ve seen the Stonewall Jackson Hotel once since then; a little over a year later, I walked beside a beautiful woman (hi raynetupelo) down the streets of Staunton after a day shooting inside of one of them.  We stopped inside a wonderful Southern antique store, where I procured an old medicine box with some delicious type set on the front.  We ate at one of the few restaurants open that day - a nice little Mexican joint with some vegan options and a rockin’ tortilla soup.  Sadly, we didn’t make our way to the lobby of the Stonewall Jackson, though - we didn’t have time to check out its motley collection of relics from the Civil War, and its rather silly homages to a brilliant military commander done in by his own troops.  We headed back home, the Stonewall Jackson fading into pleasant memory, as the asylum it looked upon has faded into the collective memory as it has been slowly converted into condominiums.
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ianference:

You know you’re in the South when… First light broke over Staunton, VA, one morning in early March of 2011.  And there I was, with my partner at the time and my favorite exploring buddy (amyheiden) in one of the long wards in the Wheary Building, stripped of its low partitions, but staring out of a window - the bottom frame askance - at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel.  The Wheary Building was the ward for patients at Western State Hospital that were on suicide watch; very little privacy was accorded, due to the previously high rate of self-harm at this asylum.  When it was converted into a prison, the partitions were removed altogether.  Guard booths were installed, and it became a common dorm - ironically enough, for the least troublesome prisoners.

The Stonewall Jackson Hotel would appear in my life just a little over a year later.  NBC was pitching a show where three people - myself included - would go into abandoned buildings.  But instead of pretending to find ghosts, we would talk about history!  Brilliant, right?  A VP of development over there asked me if I knew any hotels in town worth staying in.  Boy, did this photograph pop back into my head!  For two nights, we stayed in the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, filming a teaser pilot for a show that interested exactly no networks.  Apparently, a bunch of young people with sexy haircuts pretending to be afraid of creaking pipes sells better than serious historians, anthropologists, and sociologists poking around old buildings and talking about things that actually exist.  But man, did we enjoy some wonderful steak there!

I’ve seen the Stonewall Jackson Hotel once since then; a little over a year later, I walked beside a beautiful woman (hi raynetupelo) down the streets of Staunton after a day shooting inside of one of them.  We stopped inside a wonderful Southern antique store, where I procured an old medicine box with some delicious type set on the front.  We ate at one of the few restaurants open that day - a nice little Mexican joint with some vegan options and a rockin’ tortilla soup.  Sadly, we didn’t make our way to the lobby of the Stonewall Jackson, though - we didn’t have time to check out its motley collection of relics from the Civil War, and its rather silly homages to a brilliant military commander done in by his own troops.  We headed back home, the Stonewall Jackson fading into pleasant memory, as the asylum it looked upon has faded into the collective memory as it has been slowly converted into condominiums.

Print available here.

(via destroyed-and-abandoned)

We all have a thirst for wonder. It’s a deeply human quality. Science and religion are both bound up with it. What I’m saying is, you don’t have to make stories up, you don’t have to exaggerate. There’s wonder and awe enough in the real world. Nature’s a lot better at inventing wonders than we are.

Carl Sagan, Contact (via whats-out-there)

(via sagansense)

blacknoonajade:

This is the incident report that the Ferguson police just produce. Now if you don’t know, this morning they FINALLY named the killer of Michael Brown as Darren Wilson. Along with naming Darren as the killer, the Ferguson police are now trying to link Michael Brown with a robbery that happened supposedly MOMENTS before. 
Michael was killed at 12:01 and this robbery was at 11:54. 
There are so many questions.
We’ve seen the surveillance photos they’ve produced that shows someone who looks like Michael being aggressive with a store owner over an apparent box of swishers. (If you don’t know, Swishers are cigar papers you can pick up for like…2 for .50.
They are saying that Officer Darren Wilson was responding to that robbery.
They are calling it an STRONG ARMED ROBBERY
 A strong armed robbery is using, involving, or threatening the use of physical force or violence to gain an objective:
Okay, got that bullshit out of the way
The dispatch tapes that were released mention NOTHING ABOUT A ROBBERY.
NOT ONE WORD
THE ONLY THING MENTIONED WAS A SHOOTING AND REQUEST FOR CROWD CONTROL.
THAT’S IT
So how did Officer Wilson FIND OUT about the robbery? 
They’ve now listed Dorian Johnson (THE ONLY OTHER EYEWITNESS WHO WAS THERE) as the second accomplice to the robbery. 
The same Dorian Johnson who has been trying (in vain) to talk with the Ferguson Police Department about Michael’s Death since LAST SATURDAY.
So this man who is this SECOND SUSPECT IN A ROBBERY CASE IS PLEADING WITH YOU AND IS ALL OVER NATIONAL NEWS AND YOU ARE REFUSING TO SEE HIM. BUT HE’S A SUSPECT IN A ROBBERY. OKAY
When Officer Wilson sees both Michael and Dorian his initial reaction was "GET THE FUCK ON THE SIDEWALK."
Not any kind of reaction dealing with them being robbery suspects. 
From some of the pictures (I’m not going to post them due to the family’s wishes) if you compare the footage from the store and the footage from Michael’s death, he’s swapped from Nike sandals to Sneakers. This red hat cannot be found (this is speculation).
If the reason Office Wilson approached them was because they were suspects in an robbery WHY DIDN’T HE CALL IT IN? WHY DIDN’T HE FOLLOW PROCEDURE? WHY WOULD HE ROLL UP ON ROBBERY SUSPECTS IN HIS VEHICLE? WHY DID IT TAKE 6 DAYS FOR THIS TO BE ANNOUNCED?
I implore you. IMPLORE YOU to take a look into the presented facts of the case. This is just an incident report, we do not have access to the investigative report. There has been no reports presented of Michael’s autopsy and this report is contradictory of the second eye witnesses report.
None of this makes sense. 
They are putting Michael on trial to dehumanize him, villify him, to make him less human to justify his murder.
And at the end of the day, LET’S JUST SAY MICHAEL DID DO THIS…is petty theft (it was like 5 swisher sweets they say. That’s a two dollars and fifty sense) IS HIS MURDER, HIS EXECUTION, THIS UNARMED SURRENDING TEENAGE BOY, justified by this?
NO.
It’s not.
This is murder. Don’t let them put Michael on trial for HIS DEATH.  

blacknoonajade:

This is the incident report that the Ferguson police just produce. Now if you don’t know, this morning they FINALLY named the killer of Michael Brown as Darren Wilson. Along with naming Darren as the killer, the Ferguson police are now trying to link Michael Brown with a robbery that happened supposedly MOMENTS before. 

Michael was killed at 12:01 and this robbery was at 11:54. 

There are so many questions.

  1. We’ve seen the surveillance photos they’ve produced that shows someone who looks like Michael being aggressive with a store owner over an apparent box of swishers. (If you don’t know, Swishers are cigar papers you can pick up for like…2 for .50.
  2. They are saying that Officer Darren Wilson was responding to that robbery.
  3. They are calling it an STRONG ARMED ROBBERY
  4.  A strong armed robbery is using, involving, or threatening the use of physical force or violence to gain an objective:
  5. Okay, got that bullshit out of the way
  6. The dispatch tapes that were released mention NOTHING ABOUT A ROBBERY.
  7. NOT ONE WORD
  8. THE ONLY THING MENTIONED WAS A SHOOTING AND REQUEST FOR CROWD CONTROL.
  9. THAT’S IT
  10. So how did Officer Wilson FIND OUT about the robbery? 
  11. They’ve now listed Dorian Johnson (THE ONLY OTHER EYEWITNESS WHO WAS THERE) as the second accomplice to the robbery. 
  12. The same Dorian Johnson who has been trying (in vain) to talk with the Ferguson Police Department about Michael’s Death since LAST SATURDAY.
  13. So this man who is this SECOND SUSPECT IN A ROBBERY CASE IS PLEADING WITH YOU AND IS ALL OVER NATIONAL NEWS AND YOU ARE REFUSING TO SEE HIM. BUT HE’S A SUSPECT IN A ROBBERY. OKAY
  14. When Officer Wilson sees both Michael and Dorian his initial reaction was "GET THE FUCK ON THE SIDEWALK."
  15. Not any kind of reaction dealing with them being robbery suspects. 
  16. From some of the pictures (I’m not going to post them due to the family’s wishes) if you compare the footage from the store and the footage from Michael’s death, he’s swapped from Nike sandals to Sneakers. This red hat cannot be found (this is speculation).
  17. If the reason Office Wilson approached them was because they were suspects in an robbery WHY DIDN’T HE CALL IT IN? WHY DIDN’T HE FOLLOW PROCEDURE? WHY WOULD HE ROLL UP ON ROBBERY SUSPECTS IN HIS VEHICLE? WHY DID IT TAKE 6 DAYS FOR THIS TO BE ANNOUNCED?

I implore you. IMPLORE YOU to take a look into the presented facts of the case. This is just an incident report, we do not have access to the investigative report. There has been no reports presented of Michael’s autopsy and this report is contradictory of the second eye witnesses report.

None of this makes sense. 

They are putting Michael on trial to dehumanize him, villify him, to make him less human to justify his murder.

And at the end of the day, LET’S JUST SAY MICHAEL DID DO THIS…is petty theft (it was like 5 swisher sweets they say. That’s a two dollars and fifty sense) IS HIS MURDER, HIS EXECUTION, THIS UNARMED SURRENDING TEENAGE BOY, justified by this?

NO.

It’s not.

This is murder. Don’t let them put Michael on trial for HIS DEATH.  

(via bothinequalparts)

vintagebooksdesign:

WATERLOG - Roger Deakin

In 1996 Roger Deakin, the late, great nature writer, set out to swim through the British Isles. From the sea, from rock pools, from rivers and streams, tarns, lakes, lochs, ponds, lidos, swimming pools and spas, from fens, dykes, moats, aqueducts, waterfalls, flooded quarries, even canals, Deakin gains a fascinating perspective on modern Britain.

For the cover we wanted to portray the native swimmer‘s right to roam. Water ripples were painted and cut out of various papers and plastics to create a image that flows across the cover. These were then layered on top of each other, and the idea of starting from the ‘o’ of the title made perfect sense. The swimmer was added as a finishing touch, and you can see an earlier version of the cover above.

Waterlog is out now from Vintage Classics.