The art world's food fetish is nothing new, triggering equal parts salivation and repulsion we gorge on so-called 'food porn' every day, saturating our screens with sugar. But beneath that candy-cane filter there's a darker side to our fetishisation of all-things sweet. With their Twix noses, salami decolletage and strawberry laces spewing from donut-shaped carverns, James Ostrer'
s saccharine-warped creations are delectably disturbing. Born out of a textbook childhood junk addiction, his new series Wotsit All About
takes sugar worship to the extreme, sculpting mutated, larger-than-life candy characters from truck-loads of pick 'n' mix favourites. Pushing his sitters to the extreme he smothers them in cream cheese, frazzles and ice-cream cones, the food masks leaving a claustrophic, bitter-sweet taste on the tongue. Interview
with the photographer. [NSFW]
posted by Room 641-A at 7:38 PM - 5 comments
India's Mars Orbiter Mission
In 45 mins from now (watch a webcast
), India's Mars Orbiter Mission
's satellite will insert itself into orbit around Mars. This is the final hurdle
for MOM to overcome to achieve a big milestone for the Indian Space Research Organization.
posted by dhruva at 5:34 PM - 50 comments
an Inuk throat singer
, has won the 2014 Polaris Prize
for her album Animism
. The Polaris goes to the best Canadian album of the year based on "artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation". Her acceptance speech was a little more controversial than usual for the Polaris, with Tagaq saying "People should wear and eat seal as much as possible" and "Fuck PETA." Her performance. Her acceptance speech.
posted by GuyZero at 4:07 PM - 66 comments
From the ever-fertile brain of Ben Cooper (aka Radical Face
, half of Electric President
) and pals comes Clone
, a musical-visual story in six acts, posted weekly starting today. Act I: The Laboratory.
posted by FelliniBlank at 3:58 PM - 1 comment
The other epidemic.
From 2006 to 2013, the United States had an average of 28 cases per annum of chikungunya
, a viral disease. So far, this year, there have been 1052
. Once confined to Africa and Southeast Asia, localized outbreaks have appeared in Italy, other parts of Europe, and the Americas. Although the first known locally acquired case appeared in the Caribbean in 2013, it has achieved epidemic levels with an estimated 738000 cases
. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 3:54 PM - 18 comments
Screens generate distraction - biologically impossible to resist - in a manner akin to second-hand smoke. Allowing laptop use in class is like allowing boombox use in class - it lets each person choose whether to degrade the experience of those around them. [CITATION PROVIDED]
I've stopped thinking of students as people who simply make choices about whether to pay attention, and started thinking of them as people trying
to pay attention but having to compete with various influences, the largest of which is their own propensity towards involuntary and emotional reaction.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 3:32 PM - 72 comments
The New York Times
reports on a new way medical professionals are gaming the system (to the tune of $2.8T a year) - by making end runs around cost controls through out of network consultation calls
posted by NoxAeternum at 3:17 PM - 17 comments
Nicholas Felton datafied all his conversations in 2013. ALL of them.
You may remember Felton
, a performance artist, from previous
. In 2013, he kept detailed records of every conversation he had - with anyone, in any medium. Last month, he released the Report
posted by BaffledWaffle at 2:12 PM - 14 comments
As hospitals struggle to cope with the ebola epidemic, where are patients with other emergencies finding care? In Monrovia, Liberia, it's Cooper Adventist Hospital
. Without proper isolation facilities to handle ebola, they are instead tackling everything else. This August 17, 2014 San Bernardino Sun article
discusses the challenges the doctors are facing. Dr. James Appel's blog
(Dr. Gillian Seton's article appears in the side bar), and his recent remarks on international aid
posted by probably not that Karen Blair at 12:47 PM - 18 comments
Starbucks Is Testing a Drink That Tastes Like Guinness (Without the Alcohol)
by Samantha Grossman (@sam_grossman
The new drink, called the Dark Barrel Latte, is being tested at select locations across Ohio and Florida, Grubstreet reports. It doesn't contain any alcohol, but it supposedly contains the dark, toasty, malty flavors of Guinness. A BuzzFeed writer who got his hands on one in Columbus confirmed that it really does taste like stout. Several customers who've tweeted about the drink agree that it tastes like Guinness — but the jury's still out on whether or not that’s actually a good thing. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:24 AM - 154 comments
When I asked a colleague who was born and raised in Dublin (Guinness's birthplace) how he felt about all this, he responded first with this GIF. Then, as he mulled it over a bit more, he added, "Holy hell. Worst." Then he posed a question: "American Guinness already doesn't taste like Guinness. So what will this taste like?" Then he barfed all over me and my stupid American ignorance.
Between the limited amount of titles on streaming services and the fact that Netflix seems to be shifting away from DVDs altogether
, are you just out of luck if you want to watch a non-blockbuster like "Sweet Sweetbacks' Baadasssss Song" or "Raising Arizona"? KQED investigates
posted by Clustercuss at 10:59 AM - 97 comments
Blizzard cancels Titan.
After 7 years of work on the MMO
, the successor to World of Warcraft has been cancelled.
We didn't find the fun," Morhaime continued. "We didn't find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that's the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no."
posted by blue_beetle at 10:46 AM - 114 comments
There are 47 episodes of Scandal (so far). In advance of the start of season 4 on Thursday, Vulture runs down the 50 most shocking moments
. [Spoilers within, naturally] [more inside]
posted by donajo at 8:56 AM - 41 comments
Angry Letters to the One Member of Congress Who Voted Against the War on Terror
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Lee's story is how little credit she or her constituents receive for what they got right. Even though a majority now considers the war most understood the AUMF to authorize to be a mistake; even though it has been used to justify military interventions that no one conceived of on September 14, 2001; even though there's no proof that any war-making of the last 13 years has have made us safer; even though many more Americans have died in wars of choice than have been killed in terrorist attacks; even though Lee and many of her constituents were amenable to capturing or killing the 9/11 perpetrators, not pacifists intent on ruling out any use of force; despite all of that, Representative Lee is still thought of as a fringe peacenik representing naive East Bay hippies who could never be trusted to guide U.S. foreign policy. And the people who utterly failed to anticipate the trajectory of the War on Terrorism? Even those who later voted for a war in Iraq that turned out to be among the most catastrophic in U.S. history are considered sober, trustworthy experts. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:28 AM - 99 comments
In 1997, Smith retired from the police force. He needed a job to help cover his two daughters' college expenses, so he signed up as an investigator in the Broward County Public Defender's Office. He had little idea that he'd end up a key player in a bold experiment in criminal justice, one that aims to give tens of thousands of people who can't afford lawyers a fighting chance in a system stacked against them. It's an effort that suggests new ways for court-appointed attorneys to get at the truth, despite their insane caseloads. And a big part of it is getting former cops to police the police
posted by ellieBOA at 3:21 AM - 21 comments
Noting the passing Saturday
of Eric S. Lynch, a.k.a. Eric the Actor, a.k.a. Eric the Midget
, a regular caller to The Howard Stern Show. [more inside]
posted by NedKoppel at 8:12 PM - 14 comments
For the cat and free speech lover in your life are these fabulous Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un scratching posts
Also a variety of more affordable litter trays
posted by brookeb at 6:36 PM - 11 comments
The Great Authorial Hookup Chart
), or how to connect Bram Stoker to Arthur Miller in 12 connections, and from Oscar Wilde to Roald Dahl in 12 romances (or how to make distracted students pay attention to English and History), from Black Balloon Publishing
's Airship Daily blog
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 6:16 PM - 24 comments
Grantland writer Rembert Browne journeys into the "dark heart" of 90s nostalgia via Central Perk
, the museum / tourist trap / coffee dispensary dedicated to the popular television show Friends. The modestly popular show premiered 20 years ago today
, and had a number of memorable moments
which are fondly remembered by its small, but dedicated group of fans. Friends previously
posted by codacorolla at 5:38 PM - 113 comments
It's a simple game, really. You just click the box that's a different color
than the others.
posted by kafziel at 3:26 PM - 147 comments
They say that one night of ayahuasca
is like ten years seeing a psychiatrist.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 3:23 PM - 109 comments
You were warned.
posted by cjorgensen at 12:43 PM - 106 comments
pulls back the partition on Hollywood, Health, and Society
, a CDC-funded clearinghouse for popular media to better understand modern medicine - and modern medical legislation like the Affordable Care Act.
posted by NoxAeternum at 12:41 PM - 5 comments
posted by alms at 12:40 PM - 6 comments
wants something. A cat to human translation
reveals what it is. [Previously, Via]
posted by homunculus at 11:56 AM - 26 comments
After two decades of very little activity (with one notable exception
), Pink Floyd has announced that a new album, titled The Endless River
, will be released in November. Arriving in a variety of formats with the now-obligatory bonus tracks and multimedia content
, The Endless River
is based on material developed during writing and recording sessions for the group's last album, The Division Bell
, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary
. [more inside]
posted by gern at 11:18 AM - 96 comments
When I won, as a high school junior, a state-wide essay writing competition, I was invited with sundry other academic winners to a celebration at the capitol. Rick Perry was to preside. All of us — champions in debate, calculus, physics, music, literary criticism, and more — gathered on the floor of the Texas state senate to accept Governor Perry’s congratulations.
Perry took the podium as he does, with all folksy gravitas, gripping its edges in each hand. But when he addressed us he didn’t talk about academic achievement. He talked about football.
The Homecoming Queen
: Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig writes about Texas, football dreams, and homecoming mums
. [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz at 11:10 AM - 14 comments
Ten years ago today, LOST premiered on ABC. EOnline posts an interview with Damon Lindelof
, about the show's legacy. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:48 AM - 215 comments
The Solace of Oblivion by Jeffrey Toobin [The New Yorker]
"In Europe, the right to be forgotten trumps the Internet."
posted by Fizz at 9:47 AM - 22 comments
(Jamal Moss), head of Mathematics Records
, is an old school Chicago House DJ who jams together a messy clump of styles to try to keep things "giddy, impatient and unpredictable."
Sun Ra, Peter Gabriel, Native American chants, Brian Eno, and Mr. Fingers all bump up comfortably next to each other. To get you through your Monday afternoon...
posted by Going To Maine at 9:40 AM - 5 comments
Whoever saves a life -
In a war with many villains, these are the good guys
. Earlier this month Khaled Hajjo and the majority of the Hanano team were briefly arrested by a rebel brigade in the city, and then forced to flee to Turkey
posted by TheProudAardvark at 9:27 AM - 4 comments
An international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI)
is a unique number, usually fifteen digits, associated with Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) network mobile phone users. An IMSI catcher is a device, used by the NSA drone program
, the police
, Chinese spammers
and spies all around Washington DC
and the world
to spoof the identity of a GSM cell tower and intercept cellular voice and data communication. They come in
all sizes and flavors, from tiny
professional surveillance devices, to easy to order off the shelf solutions
, to Chinese DIY
(links in Chinese) and have spawned efforts to retaliate with an IMSI-catcher-catcher
. IMSI-catcher technology has become increasingly widespread
, with far-reaching constitutional
posted by T.D. Strange at 8:32 AM - 10 comments
[Vice News Video] Women across America who are seeking abortions are accidentally booking appointments at crisis pregnancy centers—pro-life, government-funded religious centers that don't provide abortions, but instead try to talk women out of terminating their pregnancies. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 8:12 AM - 41 comments
Alaskan television reporter quits on-air in spectacular fashion
Charlo Greene (apparently her real name) quit her job on-air, after outing herself as the owner of the marijuana exchange on which she was reporting.
posted by Optamystic at 5:13 AM - 125 comments
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