Late at night in certain (Miyazaki-animated) regions of Japan it’s possible to catch a ride on the Catbus. So what’s the late night animal transportation situation in other countries? We’re glad you asked! Camera traps set up by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, a nature reserve in South Africa, recently captured these awesome images of an adventuresome Large-spotted genet hitching a ride on the backs of Cape Buffalo and White Rhinos in the middle of the night.

“Large-spotted genets are small nocturnal omnivores related to civets. They are mostly tree-dwelling creatures and prey on insects, birds, frogs, and rodents, although there have been recordings of them killing baby antelopes, a seemingly impossible feat for a creature of their size.”

And now we know genets also like to use much larger animals as transportation. These photos were captured on different nights, which means that these Buffalobus and Rhinobus rides weren’t a one-time occurrence.

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[via National Geographic News]

Western Hemisphere’s* Largest Solar Panel Plant Coming to Buffalo

Elon Musk, known for starting Paypal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors, is planning on breaking another record, only this time it’s in Buffalo. Musk’s company, SolarCity, has just acquired Silevo, the California company slated to move into the clean tech innovation hub at Riverbend.The $225 million Hub @ Riverbend was announced in November by Governor Cuomo as part of the Buffalo billion.

The $350 million acquisition by SolarCity has prompted the company to announce that they plan to create a solar panel plant five times bigger than the Hub’s planned size resulting in the largest plant of its kind in the world. The acquisition of Silevo will allow SolarCity to produce some of the most efficient panels on the market and prompted an 11% jump in shares.

*Some original claims were calling the plant the world’s largest but was downgraded to Western Hemisphere’s largest later on

Artists’ Letters to the Albright-Knox

Since its founding in 1862, the Albright-Knox has consistently prided itself on being an artist-centric institution and on working closely with living artists, especially those represented in its Collection. In the1960s, the museum wrote to a selection of artists to ask for statements about their works. The results were published in 1970 as Letters from 31 Artists to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. In the spirit of then-Director Gordon M. Smith’s vision “to continue publishing these comments by the artists which so frequently add another dimension to our understanding of their works,” we’ll be republishing selections of these letters on our Tumblr blog over the next several weeks.

R. B. Kitaj

“There is no, or very little question of, ultimate meanings,as, I think, issues of meaning are far less clear than is often supposed, evenin simple, abstract art. I wish this could be less the case, or, better yet—Iwould like to develop into a switch-hitter and divide my time among the very complex, the very fresh and simple, the clearer meaning, the very difficult…”

Kitaj was far more succinct on his feelings about Walter Lippmann, 1966, one of nearly eighty works by the artist in the AK’s Collection. “Let me say at once that Walter Lippmann is just about my favorite among the very few pictures I’ve made which I care for at all.”

Walter Lippmann is currently spending the winter in a more temperate climate as part of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ exhibition Pop to Popism: Origins to New Wave 1955–1985, on view until March 1, 2015.

Content taken from Letters from 31 Artists to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo: The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, 1970).

Image: R.B. Kitaj (American, 1932–2007). Walter Lippmann, 1966. Oil on canvas, 74 1/8 x 86 1/8 inches (188.3 x 218.8 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1967. © The Estate of R. B. Kitaj
Rochester’s Ongoing Struggle With Segregation

Rochester, NY is more segregated now than it was in the 1950/60’s. Sadly, this holds true for many other cities, including Buffalo, NY which was once highly revered for its desegregation model in schools.

De facto segregation is much harder to fight. But by shedding a light on the issue and sparking a discussion, we can at least start at step 1: awareness.

Wind Cave: A Cave that Breathes

The name for Wind Cave National Park in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota is a fitting name. The cave is a sacred place for many American Indian tribes. The Lakota tribe tells the story of a buffalo woman that came out of the cave and gave bison to the Lakota people. Sitting Bull’s nephew is quoted as saying that “Wind Cave in the Black Hills was the cave from which Wakan Tanka, the Great Mystery, sent the buffalo out to the Sioux hunting grounds.” (

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