Did you know the CIA has a gallery of artworks based on important moments in the history of US intelligence? You can't easily get in to see them, though some of the work is viewable online. And now you can check out reproductions of almost all of the paintings at the Southern Museum of Flight near Birmingham Airport in Alabama. The exhibit is titled "Shadow Gallery, The Art of Intelligence." From the Associated Press:
One print depicts a B-26 bomber flying over Cuba during the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961, when Alabama National Guard pilots flew for the CIA in a bid to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. Another print shows World War II spy Virginia Hall tapping out code in occupied France, another a sunken Soviet submarine being lifted off the ocean floor during a secret 1974 operation.
Above, James Dietz's oil painting of an early operation against al-Qa'ida in Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. Below: Keith Woodcock's oil painting of a 1968 operation during which Air America helicopter pilots shot down a North Vietnamese biplane on its way to destroy a US radar base; and Dru Blair's illustration of the A-12 OXCART secret plane's first flight in May 1967.
The Book of Miracles (also known as the Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs) is a compendium of beautiful 16th-century illustrations of cosmic anxiety and apocalyptic surrealism. The new edition from Taschen, edited by Till-Holger Borchert and Joshua P Waterman, is a perfect introduction to the Renaissance obsession with signs, portents and the damned weird.
Artist Brooke Barker uses her Instagram to document both sad animal facts and her delightful sense of humor. You can see some of my favorites below and learn more on her Sad Animal Facts website.
Seungmo Park used clipped squares of wire mesh to create this portrait. See more examples of his work here.
Bamboo has lots of uses beyond just being panda food. Things like bikes, roads, scaffolding, and musical instruments are made from the fast-growing grass. But unless you are participating in a tropical-themed LARP, you probably wouldn’t want a shirt made from bamboo stalks. So why do bamboo bed sheets make any sense? Because yarn extracted from […]
If you want to work in tech, but don’t have any desire to code web apps to help businesses sell things to other business, you might want to consider a career in cybersecurity. Judging from the apparent complete infiltration of Russian hackers in American cyberspace, it seems fair to speculate that there’s a major shortage of […]
All moms are different. But all moms like getting flowers on Mother’s Day, and that’s a fact (not, however a fact we can document in any fashion.) Instead of getting chewed out for forgetting to call her on the second Sunday of May, you can take care of it ahead of time with Teleflora’s flower […]