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Mad Quickies: What do we say to the God of Chaos on Friday the 13th?

Happy Friday the 13th, you lot! And what do we say to the God of Chaos? Not today, Satan! Although I have a handful of interesting links for you, they are presented here in an orderly fashion with zero superstition attached. I am all about the order and the lists.

As the amazingly wise Mr. Wendig sez:

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Today’s super-cool photographer spotlight at Flavorwire is the diversely talented Stephen Wilkes.

Gallery: Stephen Wilkes’s ‘Day to Night’

“Most photographers count themselves lucky to land a book, a film, or a major show; Stephen Wilkes is so talented, he’s landed all three at once. He directed the independent documentary Jay Myself, which is currently in theaters and garnering excellent reviews; out later this month is Day to Night, a book of his photography from Taschen. He extends the style of those photographs, which combine several photographs of a single location over a single day from a fixed perspective, in his new show “A Witness to Change” (opening tonight at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery); while his initial time-lapse photos focused on urban locations, he’s now taken his camera out into the natural world, documenting both its beauty and worrisome deterioration.”

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This is such a a wonderful feature about a lovely human being. Do treat yourself to the 9-minute video of Molina and his life of saving these “Treasures in the Trash”.

A Look Inside the 45,000-Piece Collection of Trashed Treasures Curated by Sanitation Worker Nelson Molina

Nelson Molina, a “veteran New York Sanitation worker, who retired in 2015 from his East Harlem route, has collected over 45,000 items of interest, all culled from his professional immersion in what New Yorkers discard.

His curatorial efforts have been widely chronicled over the years, including a 2012 profile in The New York Times, and particularly at inflection points when the collection’s future is uncertain. A new short documentary film by director Nicholas Heller meets up with the contagiously enthusiastic Molina for a look inside his curatorial process and the present state of the collection. There is currently a fundraising effort to create a permanent home for Molina’s ‘Treasures in the Trash,’ which you can contribute to here. If you’re interested in more anthropological trash projects, check out Jenny Odell’s Bureau of Suspended Objects, an archive created out of Odell’s time as an artist in residence at a San Francisco dump.”

 

Before you throw something out, think about it. Everything could have a home. — Nelson Molina

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Hey if you’re in the market for an exquisite art book and have a handy fifteen grand, have I got the book for you!

The Ai Weiwei Papercuts

A limited-edition portfolio reflecting on his oeuvre

Ai Weiwei reflects on his life and work through the Chinese art of papercutting in this limited-edition portfolio. Meticulously cut in large-format, colored fine-art paper, each of the eight pieces represents a decisive moment within the artist’s oeuvre—from his time in New York in the ’80s, his exploration of Chinese crafts in Beijing in the ’90s, to the political activism of his recent work—offering a beautiful, personal retrospective in a unique format.”

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Incredibly sad but deeply poignant.

Person Honors The Dog Heroes Of 9/11 That Are Often Overlooked In A Beautifully Sad Twitter Thread

“Search and rescue dogs are some of the unsung heroes of 9/11, most of them now forgotten. However, these adorable yet determined animals were indispensable to the rescue efforts and saved countless lives. What’s more, they brought back a sliver of hope to a nation under attack and reeling from the horror. One Twitter user gave canines the attention they deserve in an incredibly profound and viral thread that once and for all proves that dogs really are our best friends.”

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A bit of a murder mystery, tragically true.

Archaeologists unearth mass graves from Mongol invasion of Russia

DNA says several people buried in a mass grave after the 1278 attack were related.

“Archaeologists excavated part of the old city center of Yaroslavl, Russia, between 2005 and 2010 as part of an effort to restore its cathedral. During the digs, they discovered nine medieval mass graves holding the remains of at least 300 people, dating from the sack of the city by Mongols. It took another several years for their bones, the ancient DNA preserved within them, and some centuries-old blowfly larvae, to reveal a family tragedy set against the wider backdrop of Mongol expansion.”

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A Paranoid Tech Bro, a Homemade Nuclear Bunker, and a Shocking Death.

In the tunnels beneath a placid suburban home, an angel investor turned into an angel of doom.

It was late afternoon on September 10, 2017, and Bruce Leshan was at home repairing a crack in his car’s windshield, in the placid Maplewood section of Bethesda, when he heard a scream. “Get out!” the voice cried. “Get out!”

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Since it’s Friday, I thought I would share this bit of a rabbit hole with you.

The Shirk Report – Volume 542

“Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Digg, Kottke, Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere.”

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A Bonus Comic for you from The Oatmeal because I totally owe you a sweet and funny thing about pups:

How to walk a human being. A guide for dogs.

Thanks for this to my fellow dog lover, Dan, who is walked daily by his boy Dr. Parker.

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Wearing my battle armor today.

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Donna

Geologic Universe, vault-keeper. Sheer Brick Studio, principal. Empty Set, designer. Bethlehem Mounties, media. WDIY 88.1FM NPR station programmer. Skepchick.

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