Etymology of “Shorty” in Hip Hop

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A perfectly over analyzed look at hip-hop’s beloved “shorty,” Matthew Daniels’ investigative website dedicated to the term takes a look at its debut via Too Short in ’85, the popular use throughout the mid ’90s when it changed spelling to “shawty,” as well as its shift in meaning at the beginning of the current century. With heaps of quotes and credible research, the site breaks …

Glass Alpine Installation

Robert Capa's surprising color photos, Google's 2013 Zeitgeist, Nico Muhly's review of Beyoncé and more

Atop the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak, 3,396 feet above a valley in the French Alps, rests the new Chamonix Skywalk. This glass box allows visitors to have an unprecedented view—across, above and even below—of the extreme surroundings. The experience is guaranteed to be vertigo-inducing, and is appropriately titled “Step into the Void.” With Mont Blanc being in the line of site, the view is …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Robert Capa's surprising color photos, Google's 2013 Zeitgeist, Nico Muhly's review of Beyoncé and more

1. Japanese Temari Spheres Temari spheres, a craft brought to Japan from China in the seventh century, are hand-embroidered using bits of thread—often from old kimonos—which are carefully crafted into spherical balls (though they’re most certainly not meant for kicking around). A Flickr user recently discovered her grandmother’s collection of over 500 of the the folk art masterpieces, each revealing a unique geometric pattern with …