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How the Rainbow Became Associated with Gay Rights

The first time Roy G. Biv flew in the name of LGBT rights was on June 25, 1978, in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. Reportedly inspired by Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow,” artist Gilbert Baker hand-dyed and thirty a banner with eight stripes, each with symbolic meaning: Hot Pink: Sexuality Red: Life Orange: Healing Yellow: Sunlight Green: Nature Turquoise: [...]

4 Public Works of Art Gone Terribly Wrong

by Elizabeth Lunday 1. Diego Rivera’s “Man at the Crossroads” The Moral: Never hire a communist to do a capitalist’s job. During the Great Depression, Mexican artist Diego Rivera was on a roll. In 1931, he painted a massive mural for San Francisco’s Pacific Stock Exchange. And by 1933, he’d completed two more enormous murals of Ford’s assembly [...]

Netflix Rental Patterns, or, Minnesotans Love to Rent “The Bucket List”

A bit of nerdy interactive fun for you today: the New York Times has an Interactive Map of Netflix Queues covering 100 “frequently rented” titles from 2009, including very heavily-rented titles like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and less-rented titles like Happy-Go-Lucky and Adventureland. The map is interactive, allowing you to slide or step through [...]

4 Great Documentaries Currently Free on YouTube

So, recently YouTube started showing whole movies for free — much like Hulu, there are occasional ads interspersed, but they’re not too bad. The video quality is better than average for a YouTube video, and of course, it’s free, so what do you have to lose? In this roundup, I’ll point you to four great [...]