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Faith or Foolishness? Babies Thrown From Building For Good Health
08.01.2009
11:28 am
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Nirmala George from Associated Press sez, “Rights activists lashed out Friday at local officials who allowed hundreds of infants to be dropped from the roof of a mosque in western India in the belief that the fall ?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.01.2009
11:28 am
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The Astral Projection: Astral Scene
08.01.2009
12:30 am
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More from Dr. Schluss:

It could be the two manhattans that I just drank speaking, but I find this one exceptionally groovy. Even more than the Millennium’s Begin, I feel like these cats are trying to induct me into some strange hippy cult. We’ll dance around like the Brady Bunch on the days that Greg got high, sugarcubes in hand. That said, this sunshine pop is not musically in the same league as Curt Boettcher’s productions (like the aforementioned Millennium), but I would go for this one before the 5th Dimension, and it’s far trippier than the Mamas and the Papas. The Allmusic Guide mentioned that this was a studio construct and mostly exploitative of the counterculture scene, but I’ll admit that I’m pretty well fooled.

It’s a pretty awesome album, actually. I listened to it on Venice Beach recently. Kind of perfect.

Link here.

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.01.2009
12:30 am
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Taste the Unwearables: Food Fashion
07.31.2009
08:09 pm
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Style Bubble has a fun post about De Culinaire Werkplaats’ “Taste the Unwearables” edible fashion installation and menu created for fashion week. The designs are made from fruit and vegetable gelatin-based fabrics (no meat, they’re vegetarian.) Style Bubble says, “So we entered and immediately I went on a camera frenzy snapping everything and anything… fruit gelatin-based fabrics form neckpieces, dresses over chicken wire and dried fruit/vegetables make earrings, rings and bracelets. They’re even constructing an edible wedding dress this weekend that will be eaten in a communal feast.”

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Style Bubble’s “Eating with Eyes”

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07.31.2009
08:09 pm
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Atheist Summer Camp for Kids Offers “Godless” Alternative
07.31.2009
07:16 pm
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BBC News posted this wonderfully neutral report about a Summer camp for parents who would prefer that their children not be fed religious propaganda.

It’s hard to imagine something like this on US news. If a story like this was on Fox News, they’d probably make it out like only “bad parents” would send their kids to a camp like this and turn it into some form of child abuse.

For the “centrepiece” of its scientific approach to religion the camp asks its participants to search for two invisible unicorns.

The unicorns cannot be seen or heard, tasted, smelt or touched, they cannot escape from the camp and they eat nothing.

The only proof of their existence is contained in an ancient book handed down over “countless generations.”

A prize - a ?Ǭ

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.31.2009
07:16 pm
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Golan Levin’s Looking At You
07.31.2009
05:23 pm
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The fine people at TED just posted a talk by Carnegie Mellon-based artist and educator, Golan Levin.  One of its more, ahem, eye-catching moments involves Levin’s demonstration of the Opto-Isolator.  As Levin’s website, Flong., explains it:

The sculpture presents a solitary mechatronic blinking eye, at human scale, which responds to the gaze of visitors with a variety of psychosocial eye-contact behaviors that are at once familiar and unnerving.  Among other forms of feedback, Opto-Isolator looks its viewer directly in the eye; appears to intently study its viewer’s face; looks away coyly if it is stared at for too long; and blinks precisely one second after its visitor blinks.

Levin’s entire talk is a fascinating one, and Flong. itself describes a number of his projects, each one exploring “the intersection of abstract communication and interactivity.”

 
Golan Levin @ TED

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.31.2009
05:23 pm
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Tim and Eric Interview on Vanity Fair.com
07.31.2009
03:49 pm
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Happy to find this long Tim and Eric interview on VanityFair.com. We certainly know which side of the Tim and Eric equation we’re on here at Dangerous Minds. We love them!

You’ve just finished shooting the fifth season of Awesome Show. Is this going to be the big one, when Tim and Eric finally win over the hearts and minds of the mainstream?

Eric Wareheim: Season Cinco represents a very dark side of the Awesome Show series. I think people are going to be very scared and very disturbed by it.

That is the worst pitch for a TV show ever.

Eric Wareheim: Really? You think so?


Q&A: Tim and Eric on Child Abuse, Diarrhea, and Yerba-Mate Tea by Eric Spitznagel

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.31.2009
03:49 pm
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Public Health Care Now! Send Senator Ben Nelson a Message!
07.31.2009
02:39 pm
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07.31.2009
02:39 pm
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A Trip Through Muzorama
07.31.2009
12:55 pm
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Here’s a delightfully trippy 3-D short based on the work of French illustrator, Jean-Philippe Masson (Muzo).  It’s certainly got a candy-colored shell, but the contents inside smack of something darker!

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.31.2009
12:55 pm
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A Peek Inside The Vortex Cannon
07.31.2009
12:40 pm
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My Halloweens of yore would sometimes revolve, unwisely, around tin cans, tennis balls, propane and a Bic lighter.  I remember one year quickly shucking off a highly flammable Adidas tracksuit as it started to go up, so, yeah…unwise.  But, oh, what I might have achieved with a Vortex Cannon and its 200 mph “cloud!”  I’m not sure it’s any more safe or stable than what I was packing, but I’ve got a feeling I would have ended my Halloweens with a ton more KitKats.

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.31.2009
12:40 pm
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Surviving Camp Runamuck, Mosley’s Rules
07.31.2009
12:15 pm
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Day-to-day economic fluctuations aside, pockets of the country seem to be either dissolving fast, or mutating into something, well, Thunderdomish.  In today’s NYT, Dan Barry’s excellent “This Land” column sketches a portrait of Camp Runamuck in Providence, Rhode Island, a tent city for the homeless governed by its own compact and leadership council.  The subtext, here?  Cities like this, sadly, might soon become an unavoidable part of the American landscape.  With that in mind, the current issue of The Nation includes an article by author Walter Mosley, Ten Things You Need to Know to Live on the Streets.  Mosley’s survival tips include everything from how to find food and clothing, to the always needed, always appreciated reminder that, “housing is a human right!”

In the NYT: Living in Tents, and by the Rules, Under a Bridge

Walter Mosley’s Ten Things You Need to Know to Live on the Streets

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.31.2009
12:15 pm
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