The Taino people who inhabited the islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica in Precolumbian times created works of art that are distinctly their own in form and style. Some of the forms are so unusual that it is hard to understand their function. This stone head carved on one side with a plain, rounded back has the deep eye sockets and broad open mouth characteristic of Taino faces on the front. The empty sockets probably once held inlays of gold and/or shell. The object may have been part of a group of objects the Taino called zemís which were central to their religion. Zemís or idols represent deities and ancestors worshipped by the Taino and were used in public rituals and ceremonies.
We still do use Zemis in Ceremony…. We are still here!
Patton Oswalt’s improvised Parks And Recreation filibuster will make you wish he was writing Star Wars: Episode VII | Coming Distractions | Trailer | The A.V. Club
Who coined the term ‘robot’? A Czech writer and journalist called Karel Capek. He wrote a play called ‘Rossum’s Universal Robots (R.U.R.)’ in 1920. In it the robots take over the world and kill the human race. Remarkably, he wrote the play way before robots even existed! It’s no wonder, that with this kind of genesis, we are afraid they actually will erase the human race.
Here’s a cool Star Wars inspired illustration featuring the badass galactic bounty hunter Boba Fett. It was created by Beast Wreck. The art has a great pulp style feel to it. For those of you interested in buying a print click here.
This year, Owen Davey will release his third picture book, entitled Laika. According to Owen, “Laika is based on a true story of a stray, living on the streets of Moscow who is chosen to be the first ever animal launched into orbit.” The spreads…
If Mark Hamill is going to be back to reprise his role in Star Wars: Episode VII, I imagine he’s going to end up getting in shape. I don’t know if you’ve seen him lately, but he doesn’t look like a Jedi Master. If he does end up goin…