Intrigue: Heavy Joik

Joik (or yoik) is the traditional Sami form of almost exclusively vocal song. Long pressured by cultural and environmental threats, the Sami culture seems to be going through a revival phase. Joik, too, is being re-invented by a new generation of singers. Intrigue is a Norwegian band that combines heavy rock(!) and joik. Just listen to  Orbina by Intrigue, for example:

Not a combination you’d intuitively make, but, wow, it works!


Real Female Role Models as Disney-Style Princesses

Artist, cartoonist and illustrator David Trumble created a series of 10 princesses based on real women, first published at The Huffington Post in May. He re-shared the images and his reasons for making them with the Women You Should Know site:

“This was a response to the furor kicked up over the glossy ‘princessification’ of Pixar’s Merida character, both in image and doll form. I drew this picture because I wanted to analyze how unnecessary it is to collapse a heroine into one specific mold, to give them all the same sparkly fashion, the same tiny figures, and the same homogenized plastic smile.


“Fiction is the lens through which young children first perceive role models, so we have a responsibility to provide them with a diverse and eclectic selection of female archetypes. Now, I’m not even saying that girls shouldn’t have princesses in their lives, the archetype in and of itself is not innately wrong, but there should be more options to choose from. So that was my intent, to demonstrate how ridiculous it is to paint an entire gender of heroes with one superficial brush.”

Disney Style Princesses by David Trumble

David Trumble.

I’m all for more options – even the sparkly kind. 🙂

Check out all of Mr. Trumble’s princesses either at The Huffington Post or Women You Should Know.

Thoughtful Star Wars Cosplay Photography

Photographer Bill Hicks takes very impressive portraits of Star Wars cosplayers.

Star Wars cosplay; photo by Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks; via Comics Alliance.

Star Wars cosplay; photo by Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks; via Comics Alliance.

Star Wars cosplay; photo by Bill Hicks.

Bill Hicks; via Comics Alliance.

Found via Fashionably Geek; photos via Comics Alliance.

Because it takes effort to research, create and portray a character, just as it takes effort to create, light and touch up an “effortless” photograph.

Not Your Grandmother’s Crochet

For handy design lovers yarning(!) for something new to do: check out the crochet patterns by Molla Mills. And not just another new take on granny squares!

Molla Mills

Molla Mills.

Molla Mills / Nemo Kustannus

Molla Mills / Nemo Kustanus.

She was into punk in her teenage years, and not afraid to show it, which raised a quite few eyebrows in her small home town at the time. Even though punk is behind her now, she’s still inked, delightfully unapologetic and very much down to earth. (Details from a feature in Helsingin Sanomat.) And she’s committed: Molla is planning to produce a whole series of crochet pattern books with the same fresh take.

(Virkkuri crochet book only in Finnish for now, with an English translation on the way. 2nd book in her series [on shapes and surfaces] is aimed at men. Also Virkkuri Tumblr blog.)

Because when you find your thing, you might just get swept away by it.

Interactive Music Video for the Win! reported on a new kind of music video. In writer Devon Maloney’s words:

“Nearly 50 years after its release, Bob Dylan’s classic “Like a Rolling Stone” has finally got an official music video, and it’s pretty much the best thing ever: an interactive video that lets the viewer flip through channels on a virtual television and watch such luminaries as Drew Carey on The Price Is Right, Marc Maron on his WTF podcast, and the dudes from Pawn Stars lip-syncing to the 1965 recording of the song.”

Follow the link to to see the video. Pick from 16 channels in all. On every channel, everyone lip-syncs. Everyone!

My mind is simply. blown. Simply brilliant!

(Note: It helps if you’ve seen U.S. television – easier to appreciate types of channels & shows.)

Dinovember: For Sense of Wonder

Refe and Susan Tuma devote the whole November to convincing their children that their plastic dinosaurs come to life while they sleep. They do it by posing the dinos doing various (sometimes destructive) things in the house. Like raiding the fruit bowl…


Refe & Susan Tuma.

…or tearing down toilet paper…


Refe & Susan Tuma.

Mr. Tuma explains their motivation:

“Why do we do this? Because in the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs.

“Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.”

More power to these parents!

(See also the article & slideshow on Yahoo News.)