A weed store in Seattle called Leira makes pricey cannabis cigars.
From The Potlander:
Seattle-based Leira rolls cannabis cigars, the smallest of which is a petite three-and-one-quarter-inch cigarillo size that retails for $110 in Washington shops, like Freedom Market of Longview, where I snagged mine. They sell out "within hours or the weekend they are dropped," the company told us, as cannabis users splurge on a product that "represents success, luxury, and sophistication."
This cigarillo includes 4 grams of flower, coated with a half-gram of rosin, wrapped in cannabis leaves. It's advertised as burning slowly over an hour. They also sell a six-inch Corona, which retails for $420, and which is filled with 12 grams of flower, sealed with 3 grams of rosin and also covered in cannabis leaves, that they claim will burn for us to five hours.
Leira works hard to make the packaging look lux as well: each cannagar is sold in a corked glass jar, topped with drips of purple wax.
The work of the late artist Amedeo Modigliani (1884 - 1920) is in high demand. In 2015 his painting Nu Couché (1917–18) was purchased at auction by a Chinese art collector for $170.4 million. Naturally, there are a lot of fake Modigliani pieces in circulation. Earlier this month authorities in Genoa, Italy confiscated 21 suspected fakes attributed to Modigliani. They were on exhibit at at the Doge's Palace, where 100,000 visitors have viewed the suspected forgeries, and an art critic said they were lousy fakes. From The Telegraph:
“They did the right thing. This was absolutely shameful,’ said Carlo Pepi, the 79-year-old Tuscan art critic and collector who alerted authorities about the suspected fraud.
“A Michelangelo is a Michelangelo. A Picasso is a Picasso. But when a painting is a fake, it is missing its soul, and these were missing that three dimensional elegance of Modigliani - even a child could see these were crude fakes,” he told the Telegraph on Sunday.
Mr Pepi has spent decades battling art fraud. He began publicly expressing doubts about Genoa’s Modigliani exhibit in February, when the palace first began promoting it with a reprint of the 1918 oil painting “Marie, daughter of the people.”
“My goodness, when I saw the poster of Marie and then looked through the catalogue and saw the others, I thought, poor Modigliani, to attribute to him these ugly abominations.”
Image: "Portrait of Lunia Czechowska." Probably by Modigliani
I'm teaching the Clarion Science Fiction writing workshop at UCSD in La Jolla this week, and tomorrow night at 7PM, I'll be reading from my novel Walkaway at Comickaze Liberty Station, 2750 Historic Decatur Rd #101, San Diego, CA 92106. Hope to see you!
Warped Perception ignited an Estes D12-5 model rocket engine in a glass tank of water.
MIT Media Lab spinoff company mPath has developed a wristwatch-like wearable that measures changes in skin conductance tied to stress, frustration, disinterest, or boredom. Combined with other data, the device is meant to help companies with "emotyping," the process of "undersand(ing) customers’ emotional needs or wants" during market research and product development," according to CEO Elliot Hedman. Their clients range from LEGO to Google to Best Buy. Most recently, they started working with the Boys and Girls Clubs in Denver that could lead to new ways to encourage reading. From MIT News:
This process combines the stress sensors with eye-tracking glasses or GoPro cameras, to identify where a person looked at the exact moment of an emotional spike or dip. Personal interviews are also conducted with all participants, who are shown the data and asked what they think they felt.
This entire process creates a more in-depth, precise emotional profile of consumers than traditional market research, which primarily involves interviews and occasionally video analysis, according to Hedman. “All these things combined together in emototyping tell us a deep story about the participant,” he says.
Emototyping is an especially useful tool when studying children’s experiences, according to Hedman. “It’s hard for kids to describe what they felt,” he says. “The sensors help tell the whole story..."
A study with the New World Symphony found that making songs shorter and performing classical compositions of modern pop music help engage new audiences in classical music. Studying movies such as “The Departed” revealed where some techniques or concepts (such as dark humor) can be implemented in films to keep audiences engaged. At one point, the startup even tracked patrons’ fear throughout parts of a haunted house.
One of mPath’s more unique recent projects was helping a toothpaste company understand people’s experience with brushing their teeth.
University of California San Diego engineer Timothy O’Connor led a team that developed a smart glove that turns the American Sign Language alphabet into text. The project used inexpensive off-the-shelf products totalling about $100. (more…)
Win? Nah, it's more fun just to keep playing.
Allan Pachino Wallace uses edibles to create detailed portraits, like athlete Stef Curry made from curry. He also made Salt Bae of salt: (more…)
Soon after I started using my Paderno vegetable slicer in 2015 to cut sweet potatoes into curls, I bought an oven crisper pan. This thing is great. Instead of drenching the slices in hot oil to fry them, I just put them in a bowl, add a bit of salt and olive oil and stir until the slices are lightly coated.
Boars, Gore, and Swords prepares for the imminent return of HBO's Game of Thrones by going through the list of every current character and their whereabouts as of the end of Season 6 in this refresher episode. Ivan and Red cover who's alive and who's been hardcore merced, what they might end up doing, and even throw in some Baby Driver and Spider-Man talk. And don't forget to check out all the extra episodes and content available on the Patreon.
To catch up on previous television seasons, the A Song of Ice And Fire books, and other TV and movies, check out the BGaS archive. You can find them on Twitter @boarsgoreswords, like their Facebook fanpage, and email them.
Earlier this year, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian was a guest on Snoop Dogg's GGN show. Ohanian talked with Snoop about his recent engagement to tennis star Serena Williams, the basics of net neutrality, what he thinks is the best "superpower" anyone can learn, and more.
Btw, here's that photo the "Doobie brothers" posted on /r/Trees at the end of the show.
As part of the Nicer Tuesdays series, Designer Weirdcore treats viewers to a rare historical overview of his concert visuals for Aphex Twin. (more…)
Rio Celeste is a gorgeous Costa Rican river with a length that's famous for its unusual turquoise waters. After decades of guessing, scientists finally determined the cause was aluminosilicate: (more…)
It's happened to all of us. You are at a party or business meeting and people are greeting one another. One of the people in the group looks vaguely familiar or the contextual clues suggest that you are supposed to know the person. What's the best way to navigate this potentially awkward social situation? Lifehacker has a solution: say, “Hey, do I know you from somewhere...?”
On NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast, they share a simple way to find out if the person you’re greeting is a stranger or someone you should know. Aim to say this in a light or neutral tone so it comes off as natural. As you shake their hand or give a quick wave, say, “Hey, do I know you from somewhere...?”
If they say no, play it off with, “Oh, you just looked a little familiar. Wonderful to meet you!”
If they say yes and mention how you know each other, follow up with, “Yes, that’s right. So good to see you again!” Of course, this only works one or two times with the same person, so if you have a strong feeling you’ve met them before (and maybe used this trick), go for something more general like, “Hey, how are you?”
I used the “Hey, how are you?” line about a month ago at a party. A woman with red hair walked up to the bar where I was standing and she looked at me with recognition and smiled warmly. She looked familiar but I couldn't remember where I'd met her. "Hi, how are you!" I said. She said something like, "It's so nice to see you!" As we chatted about nothing, it dawned on me that she was writer Susan Orlean. We'd never met before. She had mistaken me for someone else. I'm sure she soon realized that she'd never met me. After about 30 seconds of pleasant chitchat we parted.
Artist Annelies Hoffmeyr has a fun Instagram page that mischievously plays with Barbies, jewelry, and provocative "fashion shoots," if you will, including the use of tampons as hair curlers, cigarettes, and nail art. This is the coolest period art I've seen yet.
Cover image: Kaldari
It's not easy to tell that the Barack Obama in this video is a digital fake, but it is.
A man having dinner at a New Jersey restaurant with his family noticed someone poking around his parked car, so he turned on his phone's video camera and walked over to challenge the suspected criminal. The snoop quickly backed away from the car, and the car owner saw a police badge on a lanyard hanging from his neck. When the man asked the cop what the hell he was doing, the cop offered a few mumbled excuses that were as lame as the gargantuan man bun on his head. The cop also tried to get the man to walk over to his police car, but the man wisely kept his distance.
The video is being reviewed by the prosecutor's office in New Jersey.
From Huffington Post:
The Facebook page Mediatakeout shared the video, which has been viewed more than 1.7 million times.
When the man filming asks the officer, “What the fuck is you doing, yo ... What is you in my van for,” the officer shuts the van’s rear door and walks away.
The officer, still walking away, tells the man filming to follow him, but the man refuses. The man asks the officer again, “What is you in my car for when I’m sitting down eating with my family?”
The officer tells the man that “we’re getting a lot of complaints about guns,” to which the man replies, “Listen, I don’t care about none of that. What are you in my van for?”
When the man asks the officer how he accessed his trunk, the officer replies, “It’s open. It’s wide open.”
“Still. Still,” the man filming says in return. “You’re not supposed to be in my van sir.”
“It’s about family, and that’s what’s so powerful about it,” says the late Carrie Fisher.
More than $1 million in marijuana was found hidden inside brand new Ford Fusions at dealerships in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The automobiles were manufactured at plants in Mexico and somewhere along the way, the spare tire wheel wells were packed with pot. Talk about a dealer incentive!
"We're aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously," a Ford Motor Company spokesman said Saturday. "We are working with the FBI and Customs on an extensive investigation. We have confirmed that this is not happening at our plant or at our internal shipping yards."
Trying to open the emergency exit door of an airplane while still in flight is obviously a stupid idea. First of all, you might get a wine bottle smashed over your head. And you most certainly will get arrested. But what would actually happen to everyone inside the plane if someone succeeded in prying the door open mid-flight?
According to Travel and Leisure, there would be a "catastrophic explosive decompression."
Explosive decompression, while rare, has occurred. One such instance happened in 1988 when a section of the airplane’s roof burst open. A flight attendant was sucked up through the hole in the plane, but the pilot managed to land within 13 minutes, avoiding additional fatalities.
Fortunately, according to Travel and Leisure, unless you manage to smuggle a hydraulic jack on board, it's never going to happen, because it's impossible.
“It’s physically impossible,” Jason Rabinowitz, aviation blogger, told Travel + Leisure. “When at cruising altitude, the pressure difference between the outside of the plane and the inside of the plane, which is pressurized, creates a situation where the door cannot open.”
At cruising altitude, there are about eight pounds of pressure pushing against every square inch of the plane’s interior — even two pounds per square inch is more than any human being push. In order to open the door while flying, someone would need (at least) a hydraulic jack. (The reason skydivers can jump from open doors is because those planes are depressurized.)
But just because it's impossible doesn't mean you should try. You'll still most likely get arrested, fined, and possibly clobbered over the head with the nearest object in the galley.
Image: Christopher Doyle