July 20, 2016
Kirby Café [Japanese] Starting this August, several Kirby Cafes will open across the country [Only in Japan]. Here are some of the dishes that will be served. The Kirby Cafe opens August 5 at Lucua 1100 in Osaka’s Umeda and will run until September 4. Similar cafes are slated to open this August in Tokyo and Nagoya. [via: Kotaku]
Who's to Blame for Inequality in America? Bowdoin's Awesome Cafeteria. Malcolm Gladwell says that, "The food at Bowdoin is actually a problem, a moral problem,” because every dollar spent towards snazzy cafeteria food to attract wealthy students is a dollar not spent on financial aid. Bowdoin responds: "Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast “Revisionist History” (aptly named) takes a manipulative and disingenuous shot at Bowdoin College that is filled with false assumptions, anecdotal evidence, and incorrect conclusions."
Seattle-based artist Natasha Marin has started a project called Reparations, intended to go through the end of the year, in which people of color make requests and white-identified people volunteer to fulfill them or make offers of their own. [more inside]
John Cho, star of the new Star Trek movies, Harold & Kumar, and Selfie, as well as the recent internet meme #starringjohncho, gives an honest, insightful interview about his experience as a Korean-American actor in Hollywood. Plus, an answer to the question: should Mr. Sulu have a human husband?
In June of 1979, a song called "Ready 'N Steady" appeared on Billboard's "Bubbling Under" chart and persisted there for three weeks, struggling up to number 102 before vanishing into a legendary obscurity. For the next 37 years, music historians were unable to find any other evidence of the song's existence—no recordings, no memories of airplay, no band or label information. This month, the mystery of the "phantom record" was finally solved: "Ready 'N Steady" exists, and you can listen to it here. [more inside]
Kem Ley, a popular political commentator and critic of Cambodian PM Hun Sen's regime, was shot dead last week while getting his morning coffee (tw: image with gunshot wounds). After over three decades in power, could this spell the end for the ruling Cambodian People's Party? Mu Sochea, an opposition leader and human rights activist, makes the case in a NYT op-ed. [more inside]
Chicago close up magicians: Every Saturday for the past 25 years, a group of friends has gathered in a Lincoln Park apartment to invent and perfect some of the world’s most mind-blowing card tricks.
“To be a witch is to be a woman with power in a world where women are often otherwise powerless.” [more inside]
Donald Trump is officially the Republican nominee for president, but there are still two days left for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH. [more inside]
A new biography and Met exhibit show how she sacrificed her marriage, her friendships, and eventually her life for her career as an artist living on the edge (SL NYMag) [more inside]
"Millions of women are injured during childbirth. Why aren't doctors diagnosing them?" [more inside]
Christoph Klein, director of the Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital in Munich, is considered an excellent doctor with plenty of ambition. Too much? For years, Klein has been pursuing an experimental study. Several of the children he has treated are now dead.[more inside]
After Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones experienced racist harassment on Twitter, blogger Milo Yiannopoulous has been permanently banned from the site.
Joel Cares is a 3D artist who plays with the low rent aesthetic of poser models combined with body morphing glitchiness. Help Us applies that to a familiar genre of commercial (swelling music, confident statements delivered directly to the camera, unsettling wind noises), with bizarre results. You can see more on his personal website.
Bogleech (previously) is currently providing in-depth reviews of every. single. Pokémon. Not every Pokémon game - every individual Pokémon. He's up to #374 now. He can also tell you all about the real-world biological organisms behind such Pokémon as Parasect, Weepinbell, and his beloved Gloom, and explain why they are both grosser and more charming than you ever suspected.
"...in one of the richest countries that has ever existed, about 15 percent of the population faces down bare cupboards and empty refrigerators on a routine basis." (slTheAtlantic)
“Pray for Kumamoto & Kumamon" What is cute? Specifically, what is kawaii? A long read exploration, ranging from earthquakes to mayonnaise and Satan. [more inside]
eBay is full of outsider paintings of aliens, clowns and right-wing politicians, executed with endearing incompetence on scrap wood, and selling for hundreds of dollars to deep-pocketed collectors of authenticity. Now Tom Ellard has a guide to getting into this burgeoning industry. [more inside]