1) CHICAGO DIBS

A proposed caption for every pic archived by Chicago Dibs: “Move along, parking space hunter. We got dibs on this shoveled-out space, as you can see from all the creative ways we’ve marked our territory.”

2) THE IPHONE 5S SUNDANCE FILM: TANGERINE

“Yes, you can make a beautiful-looking film on a shoestring budget,” says Tangerine writer and director Sean Baker.

“But you have to know 100 years worth of filmmaking.”

Still, though, filming a critically acclaimed flick entirely with an $8 app on an iPhone 5S? Congrats, Mr. Baker.

3) HAIRCUTS FOR THE HOMELESS

Treating people with equal respect, care, and attention in the the barber chair—especially people who so rarely receive human affection—it’s a beautiful, powerful, dignifying thing. Check out this 76-second clip showing men from the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles getting shaves and trims.

4) HAND-PAINTED MAPS OF SKI TRAILS

Thanks, kottke.org, for sharing James Niehaus’ hand-painted ski trail maps.

“Each view is hand painted by brush and airbrush using opaque watercolor to capture the detail and variations of nature’s beauty. In many instances, distortions are necessary to bring everything into a single view. The trick is to do this without the viewer realizing that anything has been altered from the actual perspective.”

5) THIS HIGH PRAISE FOR RAY RAY’S HOG PIT

When Josh Ozersky speaks meat, please listen—especially when he’s reporting on the heaven-sent spare ribs at Ray Ray’s in Columbus, Ohio:

“I don’t know if I ever ate better spare ribs in my years in thrall to barbecue addiction. Even when I was supporting a $300-a-month rib habit, it was rare that I found one that was served at that perfect steak-like temperature, that yielded easily to teeth without just giving it all up like a rattled snitch under questioning, that blended the taste of pork and wood so intimately that you couldn’t tell where one picked up and the other left off. Also, these ribs are juicy. Soup-dumpling juicy. You could dress wounds with their fat.”

 

BONUS: This photo of Rick Steves

Rick Steves, provisions first! Where is your Rick Steves Fanny Pack?