In this month's issue of Nature
, Haruko Obokata and colleagues have made a breakthrough in the field of stem cell research, where they describe a unique cellular reprogramming phenomenon in which skin and blood cells could be converted into stem cells without the need to physically manipulate the nucleus or over-express reprogramming genes. Rather, the researchers subjected them to stress "almost to the point of death", by exposing them to various events including trauma, low oxygen levels and acidic environments. One of these "stressful" situations was simply to bathe the cells in a weak acid solution for about 30 minutes. Within days, the scientists found the cells had not only survived but had also recovered by naturally reverting into a state similar to that of an embryonic stem cell.
The research suggests human cells could in future be reprogrammed by the same technique, offering a simpler way to replace damaged cells or grow new organs for sick and injured people. [more inside]
- How 25 years ago Future Sound of London brought Acid House to the mainstream.
A life well lived.
On October 4, 1973, Josh Miele (4) was permanently blinded in an acid attack by his neighbor (pdf)
. 40 years later, Dr. Miele has worked for NASA on the Mars Rover project, he's helped develop "WearaBraille
", a virtual Braille keyboard interface, and has a new project launching this month: the Descriptive Video Exchange (DVX)
, which will allow "sighted video viewers to seamlessly add audio description to DVDs as they watch.
" [more inside]
Bolshoi Ballet Director Is Victim of Acid Attack: [NYTimes.com]
"A masked man threw acid in the face of Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the legendary Bolshoi Ballet, on Thursday night, leaving him with third-degree burns and possibly threatening his eyesight, Bolshoi officials said on Friday morning."
Twitter user hella_brad
stumbles upon a new and novel use for the platform: Livetweeting an acid trip
Jean Genet meets the Black Panthers
In an excerpt from Edmund White's biography of Jean Genet, the French writer visits the US and encounters Black Panthers, Jane Fonda, Ken Kesey on acid, and Jessica Mitford.
A few months back, SB Nation's Matt Ufford went to the Westminster Dog Show with a mission to pet every dog
there. From the similarly awesome ideas file, Vice sent a reporter there
who’d never done acid before to experience the Westminster Dog Show on acid. [more inside]
Cleopatra Loves The Acid
and Roland's Jam
is pretty wild. Acid music is still here...
We want to sing a big shout
to U.S., and to all ravers in the world! And to Westbam
, Steve Mason
, The Mystic Man, DJ Dick
, Carl Cox
, The Hooligan
, Cosmic, Kid Paul
, Mijk van Dijk
, Jens Lissat
, Lenny D.
, Sven Vath
, Mark Spoon
, Marco Zaffarano
, Paul Elstak
, Mate Galic
, Roland Casper
, Sylvie, Miss Djax
, Jens Mahlstedt
, Laurent Garnier
, Special, Pascal F.E.O.S.
, Gary D
,... and to all DJs all over the world!
Come on down to Funk Junction, we've got it all! Songs about cats
, songs about orange things
, songs about dolls
, and songs about Canada
! We have IDM
, and harsh noise
! Do you like jazz
and modern classical music
? Great! We've got that, too, chopped up
for easy digestion! A whole world of sound
, created by Aaron Funk! A veritable city of Venetian Snares
! And we have a biography, too, after the break (or you can skip the background, and go directly to the streaming music
). Please note that kids should probably stay outside the Funk Junction, as it'll get loud, angry and obscene
at times. [more inside]
Charanjit Singh on how he invented acid house ... by mistake.
The Guardian interviews an unlikely pioneer of Acid House
. With the aid of a TR-303
and a TR-808
was born somewhat earlier than traditionally appreciated for the genesis of the genre. "So far ahead, in fact, that it appears to pre-date the first Acid House
records to come out of Chicago by about five years."
Its enough to make you smile
Pump Up The Volume - The History Of House Music
was a three part documentary (1 Time To Jack
, 2 Can You Feel It
, 3 From Hardcore To Handbag
) first shown in the UK in 2001, telling of House’s origins in the Chicago underground, it’s crossing over the Atlantic and evolving into illegal Acid raves before entering into the mainstream in Britain. (Some NSFW language) [more inside]
Video footage of an experimental LSD session
from the 1950s, which concludes with a short discussion with philosopher Gerald Heard.
Cary in the Sky with Diamonds.
"Before Timothy Leary and the Beatles, LSD was largely unknown and unregulated. But in the 1950s, as many as 100 Hollywood luminaries—Cary Grant and Esther Williams among them—began taking the drug as part of psychotherapy. With LSD research beginning a comeback, the authors recount how two Beverly Hills doctors promoted a new 'wonder drug,' at $100 a session, profoundly altering the lives of their glamorous patients." [Via]
Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No by James Blagden
(SLYT). MetaFilter is no stranger to the late Dock Ellis and the legendary no-hitter he pitched under the influence of everyone's favorite indole phantasticant (previously: 2001
), but this animation takes the story to a new level.
Drop the acid just before the bus leaves the station:
In this January 14, 1967 broadsheet, probably distributed along the Haight on telephone polls, walls, and in windows, ComCo passes on some learned tips on good Bay Area headventure trips. ( Via digaman's twitter
Black Acid Co-op
is a new installation by Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman at the Deitch Projects
annex on Wooster St. in NYC. It just opened and you can check out a video tour here
It is the third collaboration between the two artists on the same theme. The first version, "Hello Meth Lab in the Sun"
was in Marfa, TX and the second incarnation, "Hello Meth Lab with a View"
was at last year's Art Basel Miami.
A high school teacher's account of an LSD trip
he didn't mean to take.
"At an age at which I should be putting on a wedding dress, I am asking for someone's eyes to be dripped with acid,
Four years ago, a spurned suitor poured a bucket of sulfuric acid over [Ameneh Bahrami's] head, leaving her blind and disfigured. Late last month, an Iranian court ordered that five drops of the same chemical be placed in each of her attacker's eyes, acceding to Bahrami's demand that he be punished according to a principle in Islamic jurisprudence that allows a victim to seek retribution for a crime. The sentence has not yet been carried out. [more inside]
Dock Ellis, an American baseball pitcherprev
, won more games for the champion 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates than anyone else that year. Of course, he was under the influence of the performance-enhancing drug known as LSD
on at least one no-hit occasion. Ellis died yesterday at the age of 63. [more inside]
The Mumbai terrorists took cocaine,
acid, and other drugs
to stay awake during the attacks. Not the first.
303, 909, FX, MIXER
= ACID VARSITY.
In other words, two virtual 303s, a 909, effects and a mixer running for free right in your browser.
ANSI art gets the respect it is due.
On January 12th, 2008, ACiD Productions
produced an art show
of legendary MS-DOS
and Lord Jazz
. Their digital art was turned into hangable pieces
scrollable LCD light boxes
hung on the gallery walls. [more inside]
Visions From LSD Psychotherapy.
Artwork created by patients undergoing LSD psychotherapy, from the book by Stanislav Grof
. There are more resources on psychedelics at the Bibliographia Studiorum Psychedelicorum
. [Via Mind Hacks.]
Is there no humor in public relations?
The public relations blog PRBlogNews included a post last week on PR and LSD (a long strange happy tradition
). It appears to have been a joke, mixing a selection of early youth-on-acid videos with a vintage discourse about LSD by Dr. Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass
) re-imagined as a history of successful "tripvertising." It must have stirred some sort of trouble; there's been a follow-up, "LSD and PR don’t mix" post (Don’t eat the brown acid
) which warns against
mixing PR and LSD (and hot dogs).
Raves not dead!
The British subculture the government tried so hard to kill
is alive and well in Cornwall and Essex.
From Inner Sounds to Astro Sounds
Session guitarist Jerry Cole
made several albums of instrumental surf rock
as the leader of Jerry Cole & His Spacemen
, but after playing on sessions that produced the Byrds' Mr. Tambourine Man
and the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds
album, he realized he had to adapt to new musical trends. In the summer of '66, Cole responded by bringing several session buddies together to record The Inner Sounds of the Id
, a psychedelic studio creation that was at least a year ahead of its time. The story might have ended there if the producer hadn't stolen the Id's session outtakes...
Acid Round the Clock
: stories. No, not stories about acid. (Or are they?)
"This isn't my fucking persona," he said, louder, more forcefully, turning over more tables as he headed for the door.
But instead of using the door when he got there, he jumped through the plate glass front window beside it, and, while he was still in midair, continued intoning, even louder, "And THIS isn't my fucking persona EITHER!"
How to pitch a no-hitter while on acid.
Lessons from the career of baseball legend Dock Ellis.
91 pounds of LSD?
...at that dosage level, Pickard and Apperson possessed 2 billion hits of acid—enough to give every person in the Western Hemisphere two doses and still have 250 million hits left over.
is writing about acid again at Slate.
"My Acid Trip with Groucho"
In the preparation for a highly zany/psychedelic/recommended movie called "Skidoo
" (directed by Otto Preminger
, starring Jackie Gleason
, and featuring music by Harry Nilsson
), Groucho Marx takes LSD.
Where Has All the Acid Gone?
(Anyone think our old friend will be making a return trip any time soon?)
wow. [ via newstoday ]
Author Ken Kesey
in critical condition in Eugene. . .He's been sort of a local celeb around here. Cuckoo's Nest is still one of the major works of the 20th Century even though he never wrote anything approaching it. I hope that he survives to write more and is seen again cruising in his Caddy convertible.
Acid.org is cool...
I just noticed ACiD redesigned it's main page. It's good to see groups like ACiD and iCE
are still organized producing art. For those who remember those ANSI and BBS days, don't go there expecting to see that sort of stuff.