Details magazine has a fun interview with the always-entertaining John Waters, in which he discusses how he supports the troops in Iraq, Hairspray, and Alvin and the Chipmunks. From Details:
Q:People always talk about your outlandish fascinations. Do you have any normal ones? A: I do love The Chipmunks. I’m erotically obsessed with Alvin. I talk about that on my Christmas show, how I wanted to have sex with Alvin and the Chipmunks. And a real animator–I’m not going to tell you what period he was from–just drew one for me of Alvin jerking off. One of the best fan presents I ever got.
Q:What’s arousing about a chipmunk?A: Nothing! But the idea that you’re so excited that you suddenly turn into another voice by getting worked up: "Alvin. . . Alvin . . .ALVIN!!! OKAY!" It’s beyond speed. It’s like you’re at the wrong speed. I’ve always lived my life at the wrong speed, I think, so I kind of love the idea. It’s probably the only thing everybody else likes that I like.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
The Lytro Illum dares to be different, boasting even more robust features than its first generation predecessor and a sleek design reminiscent of professional DSLRs. What’s so cool about it? Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing a statoc 2D image.
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