" is one of the most strange and powerful episodes to come out of the Children's Television Workshop. It is impossible to imagine this film being made now. Here's the pitch:
Yeah… Jim. Look, I thought we would show how milk gets made with no script and no dialogue. Yeah. Let's just go shoot footage of farmers and the milk truck, maybe throw in a crying baby and some weird, monotone music crafted by some composer who likes jazzy stuff played by a chamber ensemble. Sunny day? Nah. Let's not make it cheerful or happy. We should make it gloomy and unsettling. Oh, and Jim? To do it right, we need some crane shots, a huge decal for the truck, and about four and a half minutes running time.
Read on, for an interview
with Robert Dennis
, composer of Milk and other clips (including Cow Feeding
and the Mad Painter series of shorts
posted by filthy light thief
on Nov 15, 2013 -
Do you like classic pin-up girls? Do you like milk? London based photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz put the two together
in these mind-boggling high speed photos featuring dresses made of milk.
posted by jess
on Oct 8, 2013 -
"During the most recent ice age, milk was essentially a toxin to adults because — unlike children — they could not produce the lactase enzyme required to break down lactose, the main sugar in milk. But as farming started to replace hunting and gathering in the Middle East around 11,000 years ago, cattle herders learned how to reduce lactose in dairy products to tolerable levels by fermenting milk to make cheese or yogurt. Several thousand years later, a genetic mutation spread through Europe that gave people the ability to produce lactase — and drink milk — throughout their lives. That adaptation opened up a rich new source of nutrition that could have sustained communities when harvests failed." - The Milk Revolution - how a single mutation expanded (some) of humanity's diet. (Nature.com)
posted by The Whelk
on Aug 2, 2013 -
The Desi Cow – Almost Extinct
"The idea of the cow, of course, is also emotively charged because of its mythical place in Hindu iconography, religion and culture: it is quite literally worshipped as goddess Kamdhenu
: the cow of plenty
... Again, this veneration is founded in hard pragmatics. Traditionally, India has been home to some of the most varied stock of cows in the world: the red-skinned Sahiwal that milks through droughts, the mighty Amrit Mahal with swords for horns or the tiny Vechur that stands no taller than a dog."
posted by dhruva
on Jan 27, 2013 -
India mourns Dr Verghese Kurien who passed away today
at age 90. If you have eaten butter in India, or been able to add a spot of milk to your tea, then you've experienced the impact
of Operation Flood — the largest dairy development program
in the world. Operation Flood helped India become the world's largest milk producer by 2010–11, with close to 17 percent of the global production. Gujarat-based co-operative, the "Anand Milk Union Limited", often called Amul, was the engine behind the success
of the programme. While much more can be said
about Dr Kurien's work with dairy farmers, cooperatives, milk production as well as his awards and honours
, his best known
legacy is perhaps the creation of
the Amul brand. The little girl who knew
just how to poke India's funny bone has her very own Previously
posted by infini
on Sep 8, 2012 -
While mothers breastfeeding their babies goes in and out of fashion over the ages, so to does another facet of breastfeeding – wet nurses
. [more inside]
posted by Megami
on Aug 22, 2012 -
Once upon a time, cows were milked in Brooklyn's Prospect Park
. The city dairy provided a safe, affordable source of nutrition for children in 19th-century New York, and was an important bulwark against one of the city's most insidious killers: swill milk. The dairy and its cows have disappeared, but the story of the swill milk scandals
lives on. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes
on Sep 15, 2010 -
Dutch artist Esther Polak uses GPS, white sand, and a robot to explore traditional versus industrial milk economies in Nigeria.
posted by shakespeherian
on Jul 12, 2010 -
April 26, 1979, Andy Kaufman performed for a sold-out crowd in Carnegie Hall, who were welcomed to their seat by a "press kit" containing a bag of jelly beans, a program and flier for the show, and other copied material
, supposedly put together by Andy's mother. The show starting off with an impersonation of Tony Clifton
and ending by taking the audience of 2,800 out for milk and cookies
. About 10 months later on February 20, 1981, Kaufman hosted an episode of Fridays
, ABC's attempt to duplicate the success of NBC's Saturday Night Live
. Instead of performing the show as rehearsed, he took the entire cast and crew, the studio audience and a nation of television viewers hostage
. Video links and more details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jul 1, 2010 -
Yeah, yeah, it starts with a cow. But really, where did your milk come from? Decode
the product info on your milk or other dairy product, then pinpoint its origin at Where is My Milk From?
posted by gemmy
on Apr 22, 2010 -
Michael Schmidt has been found not guilty
of selling raw milk in the province of Ontario. Schmidt owns a dairy co-op
where consumers can purchase shares in a dairy herd and receive a portion of the raw milk
those cows produce in return. His farm was raided
and his equipment seized at gun point back in 2006. Experts are predicting this decision could have wide ranging effects on the rights of consumers to choose what they purchase and eat.
posted by talkingmuffin
on Jan 21, 2010 -
If there's one thing that MeFites are absolutely universal in loving, it's the TV show Mad Men. Right? Right? Well, here's something that even the haters will enjoy : Milk Men - A Mad Men Parody
posted by Afroblanco
on Nov 7, 2009 -
On August 12, President Obama will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom
-- the nation's highest civilian honor -- to the late gay-rights pioneer
. Lesbian tennis star Billy Jean King and Teddy Kennedy will also be honored that day. Previous recipients
include Martin Luther King, Aung San Suu Kyi, Colin Powell (twice), Muhammad Ali, Mother Theresa, Elie Wiesel, Vint Cerf, George Tenet (Bush fail
), Irving Kristol (WTF?) Dick Cheney, Walter Cronkite, Julia Child, and Lucille Ball. Now about that DOMA thing
posted by digaman
on Jul 30, 2009 -
Dr. Richard F. Daines, NY Dept. of Health Commissioner
wants you to understand why a soda tax
should be approved there. It's the new youtube video soda vs milk
, and if you dream of seeing a guy standing in his kitchen sliding trays and cans across countertops like he just stepped out of 1978, you're in for a treat.
posted by cashman
on Dec 31, 2008 -
Thirty years ago yesterday (November 27, 1978) San Francisco Board of Supervisor Harvey Milk
and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated
by Dan White
, another city supervisor. Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the U.S. Prior to his death he championed a movement against a California proposition (Proposition 6, dubbed the Briggs Initiative
) which sought to ban gays and lesbians, and anyone who supported gay rights, from working in California's public schools. In the midst of a national right-wing, conservative, religious movement heralded by folks like Anita Bryant
the proposition was soundly defeated. Fast forward to today. A new film "Milk
] (starring Sean Penn in the title role) is garnering critical acclaim
and is relevant to current events. "Harvey came up against a lot of obstacles, which I think is the case for any gay man now," says Brolin, who plays Dan White [in the film]. "The irony is that Prop 8 is now what Prop 6 was then
posted by ericb
on Nov 28, 2008 -
Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear.
"Monsanto already dominates America’s food chain with its genetically modified seeds. Now it has targeted milk production. Just as frightening as the corporation’s tactics–ruthless legal battles against small farmers–is its decades-long history of toxic contamination."
posted by homunculus
on Apr 3, 2008 -
It's a cheezy, calcium-fueled enticement, but the implementation is rather good. A single player 3d board game with a milky message.
posted by Sparx
on Apr 5, 2007 -
the origin of fun bags.
The age old question of where breasts came from may
have finally been answered!
[boobs] first evolved as an immunoprotective gland that produced bacteriocidal secretions to protect the skin and secondarily eggs and infants, and that lactation is a highly derived kind of inflammation response. [...] Milk is actually a kind of anti-microbial snot mixed in with a lot of fat and sugar.
All vertebrates have an innate immune system consisting of molecules which are hostile to microbes. It appears that the nutritional content of the milk is a product of mutation and repurposing of these immunological molecules! Xanthine oxidoreductase, which produces natural preservatives and disinfectants is also responsible for the essential role of encapsulating fat droplets which promotes suspension in water. Lactose (sugar) "requires a specific synthetic complex consisting of β-1,4 galactosyltransferase and α-lactalbumin for its production." As it turns out, α-lactalbumin is a modified (mutated) version of an awesome little molecule that literally skins bacteria alive - lysozyme!
posted by Tryptophan-5ht
on May 20, 2006 -