HTML5: The future of the Web is finally here

HTML5, the long-in-the-works update to the language that powers the Web, is “feature complete,” according to an announcement made Monday by the standards-setting Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C). There’s still some testing to be done, and it hasn’t yet become an official Web standard — that will come in 2014. But there won’t be any new features added to HTML5, which means Web designers and app makers now have a “stable target” for implementing it, W3C said.

via HTML5: The future of the Web is finally here – Dec. 17, 2012.

The Least Common Denominator – Concept Vehicle by Oliver Elst » Yanko Design

imageMercedes MakeoverThis award-winning project by Oliver Elst applies the theme of reduction to the aesthetics and structure of this Mercedes concept, in the process creating an entirely new material and light-weight technology. The “sandwiched” material visible throughout the vehicle would consist of 3 layers- 2 for interior and exterior protection and an inner reactive filling that is used for temperature and lighting adjustment. The resulting aesthetic is an organic skin-like shell synthesized into a classic metal framework.Designer: Oliver Elst

via The Least Common Denominator – Concept Vehicle by Oliver Elst » Yanko Design.

Soledad O’Brien: Who is black in America?

Soledad O'Brien- Who is black in America(CNN) – Yaba Blay, Ph.D. created the (1)ne Drop Project, a multiplatform endeavor that hopes to challenge perceptions of black identity. Blay, a consulting producer for “Who Is Black in America?” spoke to hundreds of those who may not immediately be recognized as “black” based on how they look, including CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien.  In this edited excerpt from her forthcoming book, Blay spoke to O’Brien about what makes a person black, and why the conversation is important.

via Soledad O’Brien: Who is black in America? I am – In America – Blogs.

Residents Will Move Into DC’s First Passive House In January

Empowerhouse, DC’s first passive house, celebrated its completion today and will be welcoming its first residents in January.

The home was originally constructed on The National Mall by a team of students from Parsons The New School for Design, The New School for Public Engagement, and Stevens Institute of Technology during the Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathalon. After the event ended, the home was moved to 4609 Gault Place NE (map) in Deanwood, where it was completed as a two-family home.

via Residents Will Move Into DC’s First Passive House In January.

Sophia Loren, 1961 | Sophia Loren: Rare and Classic Portraits |

Sophia Loren, 1961 | Sophia Loren: Rare and Classic Portraits |

This is the story between a photographer and his subject. I must admit, this was the beginning of my fascination with the tasteful  beauty of woman, and Sophia set the pre-adolescent standards (1964, I was 7 at the time) for my future selection of women. Need I say, I tried hard, but…!

Powerful, enduring relationships sometimes develop between photographer and subject, and such was most definitely the case with LIFE’s Alfred Eisenstaedt and the luminous Italian movie star Sophia Loren. Over the course of their decades-long friendship, Eisenstaedt would take countless pictures of the Oscar-winning legend — most of which never made it into LIFE magazine, and many of which were never intended for the magazine.“Eisie must have shot thousands of pictures of me,” Loren once told, fondly recalling her camera-toting “shadow.” Here, on the Rome native’s 78th birthday, presents a series of Eisenstaedt’s finest portraits of Loren — many of which were not published in LIFE — made at the very height of her international fame.

via Sophia Loren, 1961 | Sophia Loren: Rare and Classic Portraits |

Gordon Parks was a natural and I was inspired by his art as a photographer. Let’s celebrate his greatness as an American Legend!

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Photographer Gordon Parks, who captured images of racism and poverty for Life magazine, the Farm Security Administration, and in documentary films, would have been 100 years old Friday. Take a look back at his work.

via Gordon Parks: 100 Years.

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