March 17, 2018
“First Season Competing, first time at Crufts as well…”
On day one of the 2018 Crufts dog show, Tinklebury “Tinks” Bingo the papillon took to the agility course with a distinctive set of moves.
Hidden designs in famous logos
The practice of hiding elements is common to all visual communications, not solely logos. It's as old as the practice of the design of logos itself.
Gravity is Optional
Who are the Compagnons?
Marvel at Tiny, Perfect Staircases Made by a Secret Society of French Woodworkers The name “compagnon” translates to “companion,” relating to the brotherhood between members and the shared identity of a movement that, today, encompasses around 12,000 permanent, active members. Professions usually fall into one of five “groups,” depending on their principal material: stone; wood; metal; leather and textiles; and food. Within these groups are bakers, clog-makers, carpenters, masons, glaziers, and many more. In the past century, new trades have been added and old ones have fallen away. [more inside]
in Monterrey and Cerro Gordo, we fought on as Ireland's sons
In the US and Canada, St. Patrick's is often remembered as a day of drinking and celebrating the achievements of the Irish diaspora in their new homelands. In Mexico, however, the holiday remembers another aspect of the Irish-American diaspora: the two hundred men of the St. Patrick's battalion, who deserted the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War to fight on behalf of the invaded state of Mexico. Anti-Catholic sentiment within the US Army may have played a role, as did Irish identification with the plight of the Mexican people. While Mexico ultimately lost that war and had to cede large swathes of territory to the increasingly expansionist United States, the men of the St. Patrick's Battalion are remembered fondly for their great effort and sacrifice. [more inside]
Never stop chest compressions to slap or yell words of encouragement.
The Other Side of the Opioid Crisis: Untreated Acute & Chronic Pain
The other opioid crisis: Hospital shortages lead to patient pain, medical errors. The flip side of the opioid crisis is just as dark. "Even as opioids flood American communities and fuel widespread addiction, hospitals are facing a dangerous shortage of the powerful painkillers needed by patients in acute pain, according to doctors, pharmacists and a coalition of health groups." [more inside]
I'm a Hot Knife
Martina Vinci organised a flash mob rendition of the Fiona Apple song Hot Knife in the Genoa Metro in Italy. After it was posted to the interwebs... Fiona Apple heard it. [more inside]
The Dreadfully Delightful Existence Of Semi-Spectral Things
Matt Adrian, AKA The Mincing Mockingbird, paints birds. [more inside]
Kiss me, my slave owners were Irish
NO, THE IRISH WERE NOT SLAVES TOO: Historian Liam Hogan has spent the last six years debunking the Irish were slave myth. (Previously)
I am the law!
So was it Alex Garland who actually directed Dredd? Karl Urban says so (and he also wants to keep playing the character). [more inside]
“Luigi’s bulge is about 40 pixels long,”
Bowser Is Only Four Feet Tall, Judging By Luigi’s Penis [Kotaku] “Thanks to this promotional image for the upcoming Mario Tennis Aces, an intrepid fan figured out how big Luigi’s dick is. Let’s use their math to figure out the sizes of other Mario objects and characters. Let’s not beat around the bush here. In this promotional picture for Mario Tennis Aces, you can see the outline of something in his pants that is more than just Ken-doll smoothness. Assuming it’s not a 1-up mushroom that he stashed away for later, that is presumably Luigi’s penis.” [more inside]
Underdogs In More Ways Than One
Since the NCAA men's basketball tournament adopted its current format of four 16-team brackets in 1985, a 16th seed had never, in 135 tries, won its opening-round game against a 1st-seeded team. Until last night, when the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers blew out the University of Virginia Cavaliers, 74-54. [more inside]
It wasn't just Greece: Archaeologists find early democratic societies in the Americas is one of a pair of articles by Lizzie Wade about recent archeological studies of ancient Mesoamerican societies which have uncovered evidence that some were not autocratic but collective and democratic. It takes Tlaxcallan and Teotihuacan as its central examples, but looks further afield, even to societies outside the Americas. The second article, Kings of Cooperation, focuses on one example, the Olmec city of Tres Zapotes, which had seven centuries of collective rule in between times of kingship.
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