The latest from The Magazine: Living New Deal, Old Bones, Body-Part Modeling, and More
The latest issue of The Magazine, an ad-free, subscriber-supported publication, is out! Issue #28 features five stories, brought to us from Malta, England, Arizona, New York, and California. Submarines, hidden places in hospitals, aging bodies, body-part models, and the living spirit of the New Deal among us. Read on for details.
"His Life Aquatic": Elisabeth Eaves' account of taking a ride into the briny deep in Malta in a U-Boat Worx C-Explorer 2, a two-person submarine that can dive as deeply as 3,300 feet (1,000 meters), and that only millionaires (maybe billionaires) can afford.
We sit at a table on the upper aft deck of the Alk, a steel-hulled 100-foot former research vessel anchored in the clear blue sea off the island nation of Malta. The sun blazes, and the air temperature, even on the water, is in the eighties. In the middle distance off the stern, something breaches the surface and rises up out of the sea: a five-foot-wide clear acrylic sphere and what looks like two bright yellow pontoons.
It is a C-Explorer 2, a two-person sub made by Bert Houtman’s company, U-Boat Worx. The submarine obsession he called “a fantasy that became a passion” had also produced something real.
You can read this whole article at Boing Boing; we're sharing one here each week.
"Some of Their Parts": What is it like to be treated like a collection of parts instead of a whole person? For a body-part model, it's familiar, if not entirely enjoyable, as Chris Stokel-Walker uncovers:
“I did a Weight Watchers campaign. And my role was to squeeze a cod liver capsule between my lips as it all squirted into the camera.”
Saare grimaces at the recollection of it. “We did it over and over and over and over again.” By now she’s laughing at the memory. “That was real cod liver oil, all over me, in my mouth. Everywhere. And that was awful!”
"A Separate Peace": Hospitals have secret places, call rooms and chapels and roofs and other spots that medical professionals escape to for a bit of relief from the intensity of work, Dr. Saul Hymes, a pediatrician, tells us:
One of my co-residents (I’ll never remember exactly who it was) saw me struggling to cope with all of this and took me aside. “Come on, let’s go get pudding.” She led me up to the 8th floor obstetrics postpartum area, to a fridge in the patient and family pantry that was filled with pudding snacks. A chocolate pudding cup and spoon were thrust into my hand, and, ignoring my slack jaw and incredulous face (how could I not have known?! pudding!), I was led up to the roof.
"Best Used By": If our bodies are our temples, they may need spackling and a new roof, says Rich Mogull:
“Rich, this is Dr. Bailey calling with your test results.”
“How close are you to the hospital? Is someone around who can drive you?”
"Works in Progress": The New Deal’s infrastructure and arts program left a legacy that’s being rediscovered, Celeste LeCompte has uncovered:
Coit Tower attracts more than 150,000 visitors each year, generating over $600,000 in revenue for the city’s parks department, of which a tiny fraction is used for its upkeep. While I (unsurprisingly) wasn’t able to find the official records about the investment made in the Coit Tower murals, other sources indicated that 25 artists and 19 assistants worked on the murals, at an average wage of $33.22 per week, for six months. That’s just over $35,000 in labor costs, or about $625,000 in 2013 dollars.
The Magazine pays authors and artists entirely from subscriptions. Issues are published every other Thursday, and it's $1.99 per month (10+ articles) or $19.99 per year (over 130 articles) to subscribe, whether through the App Store or our Web site. A single subscription provides access to issues through our iPhone/iPad app and our mobile-friendly Web site, and EPUB and MOBI downloads.
Coit Tower photos by Carol M. Highsmith, from the Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. In the public domain.
Today a future without schools. Instead of gathering students into a room and teaching them, everybody learns on their own time, on tablets and guided by artificial intelligence. Flash Forward: RSS | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook | Web | Patreon | RedditIn this episode we talk to a computer scientist who developed an artificially […]
Where are our petabyte drives? Brian Hayes takes us through the reasons storage is “stuck” in the low terabytes. The tl;dr is that we got such exceptional capacity growth in the late 90s and early 00s we don’t need much more right now, so the focus since then has been on SSDs, networking, interfaces, etc, […]
Amélie Lamont, a former staffer at website-hosting startup Squarespace, writes that she often found herself disregarded and disrespected by her colleagues. One comment in particular, though, set her reeling — and came to exemplify her experiences there.
Much of what goes into creating an amazing photo happens in the digital darkroom. Here’s your chance to master all things photo editing: the Ultimate Adobe Photo Editing Bundle, now available in the Boing Boing Store for just $29.99.Across 8 courses and over 41 hours of intensive instruction, you’ll learn the fundamentals of Adobe’s suite of photo […]
3D printers are hot, but they’re also pricey. While the prospect of cranking out everything we can dream up is enticing, cost is often one factor that keeps us from jumping onto the 3D printing train.Now, thanks to M3D, that doesn’t have to be the case. You can now get its flagship 3D printer–plus four reels of filaments–for just […]
It’s no secret that technology is changing the way we all work—but it’s also transforming the way we play. The games of today look nothing like those of 10 or even 20 years ago: these days it’s all about mobile and 3D. And now you can learn to design 3D mobile games with the Intro to Unity 3D Game […]