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Blue Meth Fingernails
07.16.2012
11:50 am

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Nail artist Kayleigh O’Connor‘s ode to the season premiere of Breaking Bad: “Blue Sky” meth fingernails.

Try texting with those puppies.

Via Neatorama

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Sex, Drugs & Rock and Roll on ‘The Point’
07.16.2012
11:30 am

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Dr Christopher Ryan Ph.D., co-author of Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality, hosted Huffington Post science blogger Cara Santa Maria, Pasadena College professor and Jezebel blogger Hugo Schwyzer Ph.D. and myself discussing the titular topics, plus SSRIs and orgasm, “boner pills” and interrogating someone on Ecstasy (beats water-boarding, apparently) on The Point, a production of The Young Turks Network.

Also featuring contributions from Dr. Julie Holland and Harry Shapiro, author of Waiting for the Man: The Story of Drugs and Popular Music.
 

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Velvet Underground eye test chart
07.16.2012
11:08 am

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A nifty Velvet Underground eye test chart modeled after “the classic eye chart developed by Dutch ophthalmologist Herman Snellen in 1862” from Etsy shop Waste and Wounded.

It’s selling for $65.00 + shipping.

The Velvet Underground Eye Test Chart

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Bowie, Iggy & Tony Visconti sign the guest book at Hansa Studios, Berlin, 1975
07.16.2012
09:29 am

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Via EOMS/The Quietus

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Killer Nun poster contest: Win a signed limited-edition poster by Jay Shaw
07.15.2012
10:40 am

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Artist Jay Shaw’s exhibit of poster art based on films released by Blue Underground is currently running at Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. Shaw’s work is impressive in its ability to distill the essence of a movie into bold, elegant and evocative imagery. Because we like Shaw’s art so much and you, Dangerous Minds’ readers, we’re giving away a signed, by Shaw, limited-edition (of 50) poster inspired by Giulio Berruti’s nunsploitation classic The Killer Nun starring Anita Eckberg and Joe Dallesandro. Banned in Britain for over 20 years, this Catholic creepfest is sure to put your habit in a twist and so you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about, we’re also giving away a beautifully restored Blu-ray copy of the movie.

In order to receive the poster and Blu-ray, you must come up with the best caption for the photo below (featuring Dallesandro and Paola Morra) in a scene from The Killer Nun . The winner will be chosen by Dangerous Minds readers based on the number of “likes” a caption receives. In order to qualify for the contest, you must “like” the Dangerous Minds’ Facebook page and follow us on twitter.
 

 

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The mondo world of rock ‘n’ roll: Punksploitation (NSFW)
07.14.2012
11:44 pm

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I am so curious about the plot to get Patti Smith. Aren’t you?  I’m going to track down that “collectors” issue of Punk Rock Stars magazine and get to the bottom of that headline. Stay tuned.

The whole notion that punks were sex-crazed is far from the truth. Most hardcore punks I knew back in the ‘70s were apathetic when it came to sex. Free love was for the hippies. And the S&M thing was more about fashion than action.
 

 
More shocking photos after the jump…

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Conservatives troll Condoleezza Rice with unintentionally hilarious forwarded email


 
Have you seen the “Liz in Ohio” conservatard chain email laying out the case against Thurston Howell III Mitt Romney picking Condoleezza Rice as running mate (Not that this was ever going to happen, of course. The whole “Condi as VP” flap was to distract idiot Fox News viewers the way that you might shake your keys at a cat).

For Dangerous Minds readers without the dubious benefit of a Teabagger relative or co-worker, here’s the note that’s been going around from “Liz in Ohio,” who helpfully provides a link to the “highbrow racist” website Vdare at the very end.

To: Everyone

Please forward this and post it on your websites.

———- Forwarded message ———

I just forwarded this popular chain email to everyone in my address book. Please forward this to everyone you know. Urgent.

———- Forwarded message ———

Say No to Rice!!!

I hereby vow not to vote for Mitt Romney if he chooses the liberal Condoleezza Rice as his running mate.

We thought the open-borders Rubio was bad. Rice is even worse. Check out some of her positions:

On most social issues, Rice is a liberal.

Like Rubio, Rice supports the Third World invasion of the US. Both legal and illegal immigration are driving down American wages, but Rice doesn’t seem to care. Like Cultural Marxists engaged in social engineering, Rice wants to destroy the historic American nation.

Rice is tied to the disastrous foreign policy of the Bush years. Romney should be trying to distance himself from the disastrous Bush years, not embracing them.

Rice is inexperienced, uninspiring and uncharismatic. (In fact, she’s quite unattractive.)

Rice has never held elected office. The selection of her as a running mate would be blatant affirmative action — much like Obama getting the early blessing of the Democratic Party was blatant affirmative action. Aren’t Republicans supposed to be against affirmative action?

If it’s a female that Romney seeks as his running mate, there are much better choices, such as Jan Brewer, who would inspire and energize conservatives.

If Romney is so naive to select someone like Rice as his running mate, he doesn’t deserve conservatives’ votes.

Please take the conservative pledge with me and promise not to vote for Romney — either don’t vote for vote third party — if Romney chooses Rice as his running mate.

Thank you.

Please forward this to everyone you know.

Liz in Ohio

———- Forwarded message ———

NeocCons are Bullying Romney into choosing Rice:

http://www.vdare.com/posts/neocons-condi-rice-for-vp-no-white-men-need-apply


Jan Brewer!!!! (spits out coffee)

Via Wonkette

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Shocking: Was Woody Guthrie a racist?
07.13.2012
06:19 pm

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Tomorrow will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Woody Guthrie, and here in Los Angeles, where Guthrie lived pre-fame, a town square will be re-dedicated in his honor. But in the midst of all of the nostalgic left-wing lionization of the singing poet of the Dustbowl, the downtrodden and the little guy (and the songwriter of “This Land Is Your Land”), a seldom-discussed aspect of the great folk singer’s life has come to light…

In a post titled “Little Known Fact: Woody Guthrie Was a Big Ol’ Racist” by Jonny Whiteside on the LA Weely’s blog, Whiteside lays out the case (supported by several Guthrie biographies), that Guthrie was not always the enlightened, politically progressive Okie sage who influenced Bob Dylan:

Having blacked-up as a teenager in Okemah to perform a half-baked minstrel show, Guthrie while living in Echo Park took time out from championing oppressed white Okies to doodle his innumerable cartoons of what he described as “jungle blacks,” a group he also referred to as “n*ggers,” “darkies,” “chocolate drops” and, yes, “monkeys.”

After encountering a group of African-Americans on Santa Monica Beach one day in 1937, Guthrie immortalized the meeting in a lengthy poem that included stanzas like “What is that Ethiopian smell / upon the Zephyrs, what a fright!” and “We could dimly hear their chants / and we thought the blacks by chance / were doing a cannibal dance.”

Broadcasting on Pasadena’s KFVD, Guthrie often indulged in on-air employ of ebonics and was stunned when a black listener characterized the singer as “unintelligent” after hearing Guthrie perform songs with titles like “Run, N*gger, Run” and “N*gger Blues.” Fortunately for him, recordings of these tunes do not survive.

(Guthrie apologists are quick to point out that “n*gger” was then in common usage. But it’s intended meaning was pejorative then—and, yes, racist—just as it is now.)

Later, Guthrie said, “A young Negro in Los Angeles wrote me a nice letter one day telling me the meaning of that word [n*gger] and that I shouldn’t say it anymore on the air. So I apologized.” He next “tore all the n*gger songs out of his songbook.”

Sounds like he had a change of heart. And, indeed, he went on to pen anti-racist songs.

But the bottom line is that Guthrie was clearly not the simple, working-man’s champion that he’s portrayed as. The full story is the full story, and glossing over the man’s faults does everyone a disservice. Even if it is his birthday.

You can hear two of the four recently unearthed Woody Guthrie songs, “Big City Ways” and “Skid Row Serenade” here.

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On Location With Eric Sykes and Hattie Jacques: Rare interview from 1973
07.13.2012
06:14 pm

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Here’s an interesting little curio for those who love British comedy - an interview with Eric Sykes on the set of of his little known feature film directing debut, You Better Go In Disguise in 1973. To the younger generation, Sykes may be best known for his performances in Harry Potter, The Others and even The Tele-Tubbies, but for those who grew-up in the seventies, he will always be remembered for his classic sit-com Sykes.

Long before Schwarzenegger and De Vito, Sykes and the wonderful Hattie Jacques were the original comedy twins. Over 9 series, Eric and Hat were essential Monday night viewing, and were the perfect neighbors, and the kind of relatives I always wishes I had.

Sykes was a comedy genius, who started his career writing brilliantly surreal monologues for Frankie Howerd, his first script was the tale of Frankie taking two elephants on a journey by train. Sykes then went onto write The Goons, when Spike Milligan was indisposed, and formed a legendary writing group with Milligan and Alan Galton and Ray Simpson (the talent behind Tony Hancock and creators of Steptoe and Son). Then in the 1950s, Sykes started a partnership with Hattie Jacques that would last until the beautiful Hat’s untimely death in 1980.

Hattie makes an appearance in this clip along with sixties TV ‘tec, Stratford Johns who looks like he’s being interviewed by a giant. Of course, Johns was best known for his role in Softly, Softly, Barlow and Watt and Brond. Sykes gives a purposely confusing description of You Better Go In Disguise, which bombed and was later remade in a slightly different version by Eric in 1981 as If You Go Down to the Woods Today.
 

Eric Sykes interview after the jump…
 

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Steam-powered robot from 1870
07.13.2012
06:08 pm

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This photograph of a steam-powered robot was taken sometime around 1870. The robot has human-like head and hands and can actually walk while drawing a supply cart. The engine operates his legs and his hands steer the wheels. His pants are removed in order to show the gears and levers in the legs. The photo was probably used as part of patent application. I would like to own one.

 

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