The idea for Cannabis Catering came to (Chef Frederick) Nesbitt when he learned that his friend's diabetic mother had been diagnosed with cancer. "I would bring back edibles [from the dispensary], but they're so high in high-fructose corn syrup that she was high off sugar rather than being medicated," he says. So Nesbitt began experimenting with his own pot food--starting with mashed potatoes."Meet the Personal Chef of Pot" (Thanks, Mathias Crawford!) Read the rest
Club-footed rubber-band woman visits us from the French Connection dimension, Melbourne, Australia The criticism that Ralph Lauren doesn't want you to see! Photoshop retouching of model Searching for the skinny on Ralph Lauren ad (UPDATE: "We are ... Ralph Lauren opens new outlet store in the Uncanny Valley - Boing ... Odd Victoria's Secret image analyzed with Photoshop forensics ... Xeni on Rachel Maddow Show: Ralph Lauren's Photoshop of Horrors ... Read the rest
They started in the '90s, and they were spurred by the federal government's Safe and Drug Free Schools Act, which required schools to implement zero tolerance for certain things like weapons. What schools have done across the country in the last 15 years is to expand greatly what falls under zero-tolerance policies. So they extend to not just deadly weapons and drugs but sometimes fighting and prescription drugs and other types of substances. What they mean is that if you're caught violating this broad rule, there's no discussion and no elaboration of why you did this. No investigation. We just punish you with the one-size-fits-all punishment.Read the rest
We're teaching kids what it means to be a citizen in our country. And what I fear we're doing is teaching them that what it means to be an American is that you accept authority without question and that you have absolutely no rights to question punishment. It's very Big Brother-ish in a way. Kids are being taught that you should expect to be drug tested if you want to participate in an organization, that walking past a police officer every day and being constantly under the gaze of a security camera is normal.
Here's video of the triumphant success of an elaborate kids' Rube Goldberg machine, created at an "informal Rube Goldberg summer camp for kids ages 3-8." I know nothing about this summer-camp, but it seems like one of the great Good Things of our era -- especially judging from the awesome elation of the kids after the successful run!
How to Get a Beach Ball Into a Galvanized Bucket (the Hard Way) OK Go's Rube Goldberg music video Rube Goldberg rat-run sends a neutral balloon through dozens of ... RFID Rube Goldberg device Rube Goldberg Machine animation from Sesame Street Rube Goldberg Cream Egg killer Ideal toy commercials from 1963 Read the rest
Any ethical claim to ownership over a scan of a public domain work should be treated with utmost suspicion, not least because of all the people with stronger claims than the scanner! To be consistent with the ethical principle that one should never use another's work without permission (regardless of the law or the public domain), every scanner would have a duty to ask, at the very least, the corporations whose products are advertised in these old chestnuts (the very best of them are for brands that persist to today, since these vividly illustrate the way that our world has changed - for example, see the very frank Lysol douche ad). For if scanning a work confers an ownership interest, then surely paying for the ad's production offers an even more compelling claim!Read the rest
And the publishers of the magazines and the newspapers - to scan is one thing, but what about the firm that paid to physically print the edition that we make the scan from?
TipEx (a Commonwealth analogue for Wite-Out and other correction-tape products) has an ingenious and engaging YouTube marketing campaign: a video called "NSFW: A hunter shoots a bear," branches off into a kind of video-text-adventure, where you are invited to type verbs into a box and see what the bear and the hunter do with one another (you can get funny results out of "fuck," of course, and also "gets high with" and "dances" -- I'm sure there's more). It's a kind of next-generation Subservient Chicken, and the (no doubt blisteringly expensive) creative reworking of YouTube's familiar user-interface makes it even more click-trancey than its forebears.
This is how to use YouTube to sell a product. (Thanks, Copyranter!) Subservient Chicken's X-Rated Bits Exposed by Code Food Porn -- Burger King Subservient Chicken HPOA (HOPA?) girl "Jenny Whiteboard" is obvious troll LULZ - Boing ... Lego boulder threatens civilization. Update: ugh, "stealth" viral ... Motorola, could you please tell your viral marketer to get out of ... Cellphone popcorn hoax revealed as viral marketing scam - Boing ... Read the rest
The Merry Cemetery (Thanks, Michael!) Great Caesar's Ghost: Dery on Rome's Cemetery of the Capuchins ... German cemetery nixes sexualized tombstone for sex-worker ... Cemetery 2.0: networked tombstones Highgate Cemetery photos Pet cemetery dug up to clear way for Hampton Inn Writer who photographed HP Lovecraft's headstone ordered to delete ... Walt Disney's grave Read the rest
All the adults in the study were shown what they were led to believe was a test version of a new online news magazine. They were also given a limited time to look over either a negative and positive version of 10 pre-selected articles.Older people enjoy reading negative stories about young (via /.) Read the rest
Each story was also paired with a photograph depicting someone of either the younger or the older age group.
The researchers found that older people were more likely to choose to read negative articles about those younger than themselves. They also tended to show less interest in articles about older people, whether negative or positive.
But younger people preferred to read positive articles about other young people.
I've started a digital media and contemporary arts lab on a remote island in the South Pacific, and I'm setting up a Kickstarter campaign to help defray the costs. In tandem with islandsfirst.org, a United Nations affiliated non-profit that focuses on the needs of South Pacific islands, I'm setting up a situation where cultural exchange between artists from different geographies can take time to do residencies on the island and create projects with local artists and creatives in conjunction with an agenda that focuses on sustainable arts practices.Read the rest
The Funds - Anything you contribute will cover the construction of an initial 'outpost' on-site, a feasibility assessment and design of the first phase solar electricity systems for one village and three new structures between now and May 2011, when our first invited artists will arrive.
In December, local leadership, DJ Spooky, Engineers Without Borders and the Vanuatu Pacifica Foundation have arranged for R. David Gibbs, a New York-based solar and energy engineer with remote-location experience, to undertake a feasibility study with local renewables engineers, village electricians and tech trainees. The first goal is to replace diesel generators with solar PV and thermal systems that can power villages and initiate the design of the Tanna Center for the Arts' off-the-grid retreat, cultural preservation and eco-education facility.
You've probably noticed we're starting at $10,000 here on Kickstarter but with $20,000 we can complete the solar design phase, engage local craftspeople to build the initial structure(s) and create an 'outpost' that allows us to invite collaborators from around the island and the world to begin realizing this vision.
LSD therapy peaked in the 1950s, during which time it was even used to treat Hollywood film stars, including luminaries such as Cary Grant (at left, dropping acid). By then, two forms of therapy had emerged. Psychedelic ("mind-manifesting") therapy was practised mostly in North America and involved intensive psychotherapy followed by a single megadose of LSD. It was thought that the transcendental experiences induced by such large doses, as well as heightened self-awareness, would enable the patient to reflect on their condition with greater clarity. Psycholytic ("mind-loosening") therapy, on the other hand, was practised mostly in Europe, and involved regular low to moderate doses of the drug in conjunction with psychoanalysis, in order to release long-lost memories and reveal the unconscious mind."The secret history of psychedelic psychiatry"
Food Court Musical, by Improv Everywhere Improv Everywhere: mass twins on subway Improv Everywhere welcomes strangers arriving at JFK airport ... Improv Everywhere: Star Wars Subway Car Latest Improv Everywhere perfomance: man gets "lost" at Knicks ... Subway yearbook photos from Improv Everywhere Read the rest
Batman & Robin *BUY NOW* (via Geekologie) Porn parody of 1960s Batman show Batman Lightsaber Shark Pug sings Batman TV theme Great blooming agave, Batman! Great Batman panels Science of becoming Batman Eccentric dude puts lyrics to famous film scores (like Batman ... Bat-Manga: the lost Japanese Batman comics of 1966 Read the rest