Indelible Ink: The Deep History of Tattoo Removal
By the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, documentation of tattoo removal was often found in accounts of Europeans in contact with cultures overseas—particularly, although not exclusively, societies in the New World. The failed effort to remove the English pirate’s facial tattoo was not the only attempt at such a procedure in the early modern Atlantic world. A number of French, Spanish, English, and Native American sources suggest that people of the period could regret their permanent body modifications just as much as modern people do.
Tattoo removal in the past, however, reflected something more powerful than transient personal taste. [more inside]
Create a high-powered microscope from a cheap webcam by following Mark's simple step-by-step instructions. Because your microscope is connected to your computer, you can save and share your images easily.
Japan Times journalist Mark Schreiber
, exposes the Japanese eyeball licking story as the hoax that it was
for the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. Sadly, none of the news sites that reported the story pulled their posts and only one site added an addendum after the fact.
Late Friday night, a young man named Mark Carson
, shot point blank, in Greenwich Village. Carson's death was the 22nd anti-gay hate crime
in New York so far this year, and the fifth this month. [more inside]
Her Majesty the Queen
has been pleased to approve the appointment of Mark Carney as Governor of the Bank of England from 1 July 2013. He will succeed Sir Mervyn King. [more inside]
Jay Mark Johnson takes two dimensional photographs, like just about everyone else. But he's chosen an unusual pair of dimensions: One in space, and one in time. Slate article
, artist's webpage
UK expatriate in China, Mark Kitto, who previously ran a publishing business in China that the state took over
and wrote a book about that experience
, is leaving China where he has lived for 16 years
Modern day mainland Chinese society is focused on one object: money and the acquisition thereof. The politically correct term in China is “economic benefit.” The country and its people, on average, are far wealthier than they were 25 years ago. Traditional family culture, thanks to 60 years of self-serving socialism followed by another 30 of the “one child policy,” has become a “me” culture. Except where there is economic benefit to be had, communities do not act together, and when they do it is only to ensure equal financial compensation for the pollution, or the government-sponsored illegal land grab, or the poisoned children. Social status, so important in Chinese culture and more so thanks to those 60 years of communism, is defined by the display of wealth.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Cigarette
is back! [more inside]
[Mark Twain] did not squat down to be heard and understood by children, but asked them to stand on their tiptoes—to absorb the kind of language and humor suitable for adults
, currently of influential political site The Page
, founder of groundbreaking Washingtonian blog, The Note
, has been a journalist and political analyst for twenty years. Until yesterday, he was a popular talking head
at the MSNBC network. Halperin drew criticism and landed himself out of a job after calling President Obama "a dick" on the air. Reactions are delightfully mixed
Of course, Halperin has already apologized
is Canadian director's Bruce McDonald zombie (?) flick about language virus. In real life, Toronto's
Global News Mark McAllister
suffers a bizarre on-air episode on Wednesday, reminiscent of the CBS Serene Branson
Activists in the UK are currently rather angry about the news that undercover cops have been sleeping around in order to infiltrate largely peaceful environmental groups - one officer even married an activist
. "Everybody knew it was a very promiscuous lifestyle," ... "You cannot not be promiscuous in those groups. Otherwise you'll stand out straightaway."
"The mark of a real
writer is that she cares deeply about literary joinery, about keeping the lines of her prose plumb. That’s what makes writers writers: to them, prose isn’t just some Platonic vessel for serving up content; they care about words
. Any chief product officer who says “quality online does not equal craftsmanship” is channeling the utilitarian gospel of the managerial class, an instrumentalist vision of journalism that presumes writing, online, is just a turkey baster for injecting content into the user’s brain." Mark Dery, on writing for the web
Mark Bittman, foodie and (accidental) BSG punster.
Retired MLB star Mark McGwire admits taking steroids.
In an interview with ESPN, McGwire admits he used injectable steroids*, but for injuries. He claimed he could hit home runs without them. [more inside]
Mark is looking for his Goddess
. From Mark's site: My Global Vision addresses and integrates a large number of disciplines. Its ultimate goal is to greatly reduce human suffering on planet Earth. It is deep, complex, and mind-boggling. [more inside]
"American air superiority has been so complete for so long that we take it for granted. For more than half a century, we’ve made only rare use of the aerial-combat skills of a man like Cesar Rodriguez, who retired two years ago with more air-to-air kills than any other active-duty fighter pilot. But our technological edge is eroding. ... Now we have a choice. We can stock the Air Force with the expensive, cutting-edge F‑22—maintaining our technological superiority at great expense to our Treasury. Or we can go back to a time when the cost of air supremacy was paid in the blood of men like Rodriguez." - The Last Ace
, a feature article in this month's The Atlantic
by author Mark Bowden.
101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics
(NY Times link irritatingly spread across multiple pages) from Mark Bittman, who also gave us 101 20-minute appetizers
and 101 10-minute meals
Overlooked or ignored for far too long by the medical establishment, twisty balloon dog anatomy
and gummi bear anatomy
are just two of the crucial areas that Moist Production
's Jason Freeny
is working to bring wider attention to. He's also to be commended for his tireless efforts in raising awareness of Disney character suicide and death by unexplainable circumstance. And there's free downloadable desktops, kids! [1 or 2 of the pages at Moist maybe NSFW] [more inside]
Forgive Some Sinner
. "With age 70 bearing down hard upon him, Dad had by then written for better than 40 years, during which he had become celebrated, later disgraced, and I would like to think ultimately redeemed... Good as some of his old stories are, it always seemed to me that his own was better than any of them; I only wish he had written it himself."
Mark Kram Jr. examines his late father's complicated legacy.
Anyone CAN Cook
[NY Times link] 101 incredibly simple 10-minute recipes from Mark Bittman
"In January 2005, Mark E. Smith and The Fall (described as 'one of the most enigmatic, idiosyncratic and chaotic garage bands of the last 30 years') were the subject of a BBC 4 TV documentary, The Fall:
The Wonderful and Frightening
World of Mark E. Smith." parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Meet Mark Penn.
Pollster to Hillary Clinton and Corporate America
. Penn came up with terms like "Soccer Moms" and "Office Park Dads", and if you're reading metafilter you're probably an e-fluential
(you can take a quiz to find out. And don't forget about the momfluentials! Oh, and remember, when talking about the war, don't ever use the word mistake. Hillary Isn't
Mark Leung's College Saga (pt 1) (2)(3)(4)(the entire 40 min. youtube)
is many things, but it's mostly a massive live action homage to Final Fantasy and having way too much free time at Babson College. Points for tremendous effort. (Related Retrovideogamepopcultery: Collegehumor's Street Fighter: The Later Years
Speaking truth to power: when power speaks back
Graduating senior Jean Rohe
& Senator John McCain spoke at the New School
's graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden this Saturday. Rohe's speech attacking McCain's actions & positions has been hailed by many on the Left as "speaking truth to power". McCain staffer Mark Salter
thinks Jean isn't being fair to his boss. Scroll down to read his reaction.