Black metal band Immortal meets Benny Hill! (Cherrybombed, thanks Patrick Kelly!)
Marvel at this table-of-contents of a recent issue of Oklahoma's "This Land" broadsheet and then get to reading
WINTER’S CHILL: An Anaheim greaser planted Oklahoma’s psychedelic roots, a trip that died when the wind changed after the Summer of Love. By Brian Ted Jones.
SUBTERRANEAN PSYCHONAUT BLUES: A journey into a psychedelic underworld where secret agents, secretive chemists and secret sects collide to create one of Oklahoma’s most controversial crime stories. By Michael Mason, Chris Sandel, and Lee Roy Chapman. (PLUS: Unusual Analogues: Drugs Used by Gordon Todd Skinner)
DR. JOLLY AND THE PSYCHEDELIC PACHYDERM: Hypothesis and results from when an OU researcher injected a bull elephant with what turned out to be a lethal dose LSD. By Steve Sherman.
"Acid, Agents, Prisoners, and a Zoo" (This Land Press) (via Erik Davis)
Cover illustration by David Wagoner.
Contemporary psych band Wooden Shjips's new record "Back To Land" is just out on Thrill Jockey Records. As I previously posted, the LP is a total head trip that trances me out like Velvet Underground, Love and Rockets, and Spacemen 3 have in previous decades. Above is the video for the deeply groovy title track.
Pioneering fashion design house Alexander McQueen has teamed up with Damien Hirst on a collection of skull scarfs. Alexander McQueen has been creating beautiful skull scarves for ten years and this new series of 30 designs draws from Hirst's "Entomology" artworks. Above, photographer Sølve Sundsbø's short video celebrating the collaboration. "Alexander McQueen & Damien Hirst Scarf Collaboration"
Researchers at the University of Washington scanned the brains of volunteers listening to one of several simple songs. Based on the neural activity they saw, the scientists were able to identify what song the subjects were hearing. Psychology professor Geoff Boynton presented the results of their study at this week's Neuroscience 2013 conference. (via New Scientist) — David
In 1977, the BBC current affairs TV show Brass Tacks ran this episode about punk and concerns of, well, anarchy in the UK. Along with several young punks, it features Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks and famed DJ John Peel. For some historical context, check out this Dangerous Minds post.
Cheese powder, the stuff in boxes of mac and cheese and dusting a variety of snack foods, is just that. It's powdered, dehydrated cheese. Mostly. Well, it used to be anyway.
Charles Barry, 48, of Pasco County, Florida was arrested yesterday for impersonating a law enforcement officer and improper exhibition of a firearm. He was attempting to get a discount at Dunkin' Donuts. Apparently he had been demanding a police discount for quite some time, including on weekends when visiting the establishment with his family, and the Dunkin Donuts manager stopped offering him the discount "because of his abuse.”
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Liberty United turn guns and bullet shells into handsome rings, bracelets, necklaces, and other jewelry. The source gun's serial number is stamped into each piece. Profits go to reduce gun violence and destroy illegal guns through programs in partner communities.
New from our pals at GAMAGO, these wonderful and whimsical objets: a Narwhal Screwdriver Kit and Krayon Spraypaint Crayon. They're in the midst of a 36% off everything sale for the next 36 hours, so it's a good time to get yer GAMA gifts.
NASA just released this breathtaking photo of Saturn, seven of its moons, and Earth in the background. Actually a mosaic of 141 wide-angle photos, this stunning view was captured by the Cassini spacecraft while inside Saturn's shadow. The image covers 404,880 miles (651,591 kilometers). According to a NASA report, "This mosaic is special as it marks the third time our home planet was imaged from the outer solar system; the second time it was imaged by Cassini from Saturn's orbit; and the first time ever that inhabitants of Earth were made aware in advance that their photo would be taken from such a great distance." Click through to NASA to see the much higher-res image including an annotated version: The Day the Earth Smiled (NASA)
The spacesuit that Neil Armstrong wore when he stepped onto the moon was constructed by a bra manufacturer in Dover, Delaware. Smithsonian magazine tells the history of the Apollo suit:
For the suit’s creator, the International Latex Corporation in Dover, Delaware, the toughest challenge was to contain the pressure necessary to support life (about 3.75 pounds per square inch of pure oxygen), while maintaining enough flexibility to afford freedom of motion. A division of the company that manufactured Playtex bras and girdles, ILC had engineers who understood a thing or two about rubber garments. They invented a bellowslike joint called a convolute out of neoprene reinforced with nylon tricot that allowed an astronaut to bend at the shoulders, elbows, knees, hips and ankles with relatively little effort. Steel aircraft cables were used throughout the suit to absorb tension forces and help maintain its shape under pressure.
"Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit Was Made by a Bra Manufacturer"
From the US Air Force's Airman magazine:
The Maui Space Surveillance Complex is located on Mount Haleakala, a dormant volcano on the island of Maui in Hawaii. It’s one of three sites Air Force Space Command operates that makes up the Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep-Space Surveillance network, which tracks man-made objects orbiting the Earth.
I first encountered Eric White's freaked-out figurative paintings in 1992 or so when Bart Nagel, art direct of the pioneering cyberdelic magazine Mondo 2000, commissioned him to illustrate the issue #6 cover story about JFK and LSD. Last weekend, Bart visited Eric's solo art show, All Of This Has Not Occurred, at Los Angeles's Martha Otero Gallery and told me that his mind was suitably blown. Above is one of White's oil paintings, "Mommie Issues 2: The Reckoning" [DETAIL], (2013, oil on canvas, 60" x 60"), from the exhibition that hangs until January 18. Eric White
Cartoonist Rube Goldberg’s absurdly complex mechanisms for achieving easy results are so ingrained in popular culture that the artist/engineer’s name appears in the dictionary as an adjective. A new book highlights his happy mutant approach to engineering.
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