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This is Your Brain on Marijuana
10.04.2012
01:14 pm

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Intricate glass microscope marijuana pipe by Elbo Glass and Glass Munky

A video by AsapSCIENCE that cuts through the long-winded explanation of how marijuana affects the brain and summarizes it quite nicely in under 3 minutes.
 

 
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LeBron James-brand heroin
10.02.2012
07:36 pm

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Police in the Philadelphia area have busted a heroin dealer selling LeBron James-branded skag:

LeBron James has endorsed McDonald’s, Nike and State Farm, but there’s one product right now on the streets of Philadelphia carrying his name that he most certainly did not endorse - heroin.

Upper Darby police said that they busted a major heroin dealer from Philadelphia on Thursday who had 140 packets of the deadly drug - all of which were stamped with the silhouette of a basketball player and the name “LeBron James.”

“I don’t think LeBron James would be too happy with this drug-dealer dude using his name on these street bags,” said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

Probably not. What’s next, Usain Bolt brand crystal meth? (“The Fastest Speed in the World!”)

And speaking of meth, since when is heroin blue? This looks like something Walter White cooked up.

The suspected dealer is being held on a $250,000 cash bond.

Via The Philadelphia Inquirer/HT Brian Tibbetts

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Kushed cans: Porcelain weed pipes that look like soda cans
10.02.2012
02:30 pm

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Humorous design for your weed smokin’ needs: Kushed Cans by Herbal Innovations. The porcelain soda can bowl is handmade, one-of-a-kind and no two are alike. 

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Princess Leia’s ‘coke nail’ in ‘Return of the Jedi’
09.28.2012
11:31 am

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So some smartypants on reddit believes they’ve spotted Carrie Fisher’s coke nail in Return of the Jedi. I have no comment, other than it’s normally the pinky finger, right?

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Did you know The Replacements liked to drink?
09.27.2012
02:13 pm

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This photo was taken before band pictures on railroad tracks became a cliche
 
It’s nice to know that in this crazy world, there are some things you can count on; this drunken 1987 radio interview with The Replacements does not disappoint.

Infamous for shooting themselves in the foot professionally with hard partying, frontman Paul Westerberg got sober in 1990, prior to the band’s fizzling breakup. He still produces awesome solo stuff, though he gives off the impression that he’s somehow in hiding because he keeps a pretty low profile these days.

A documentary on the band, Color Me Obsessed: A Film about the Replacements is due out in November; fans await with bated breath!
 

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‘Breaking Bad’ Halloween costumes for kids
09.26.2012
05:54 pm

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It’s getting to be that time of year again…

Two young’ins dressed as “Walter White” and “Jesse Pinkman” from Breaking Bad. I’m pretty certain this was for mommy and daddy’s amusement.

It feels like “Mr. White” is lacking his “Heisenberg” hat, however, the kid dressed as “Jesse” sure has the face down!
 
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Suck on that: ‘Alien’ facehugger bong
09.25.2012
12:23 pm

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Not exactly what I’d want in my mouth (and over my face) if I was getting high, but horses for courses.

Thanks to Rutch Dudder, by way of Grizz.

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Ken Kesey: On the Bus in old England, 1996
09.24.2012
06:34 pm

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Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters traveled to England on their bus ‘Further’ in 1996, where they were interviewed by Rene Akker for this short video, in which Kesey explained part of The Pranksters’ philosophy:

“We stumble along and bumble along, and pretty soon, more and more stuff begins to stumble along and bumble along with us, until we’ve got a great group of stumble-bummers…

...You just don’t want to be entertained. If you want to be entertained, you’ve got MTV. But people want to feel part of a ritual, they want to be out there doing something with people. They want to sing and dance and make dance and they feel their input has some effect.”

Beautiful to see and hear the wonderful Mr. Kesey again.
 

 

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Ken Russell: Pages from a scrapbook on ‘Altered States’
09.21.2012
07:36 pm

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Ken Russell thought he was all washed up after his 1977 film Valentino failed at the box office. Things became so bad that “nobody in Hollywood would give me even a B-movie to direct,” he told Nancy Mills at the Guardian in 1981.

Then he was offered a second chance - to direct a troublesome script called Altered States, by the Oscar-winning author of Marty and Network, Paddy Chayevsky .

“I was the twenty-seventh director Warner Brothers approached for Altered States. Arthur Penn had stuck it for six months and then left. They tried everyone else before they dared risk me.”

Strange to think that a man of Russell’s genius was considered a risk. A sad reflection on the lack of quality at the very top of Hollywood. Eventually, the studio did take the risk and Russell was appointed director.

“They wanted a director who has a very visual imagination, and they knew I had that. They were a bit doubtful about my ability to handle actors. I must say, I don’t bother about actors too much. The Warner Brothers people screened two of my films that showed I could handle actors if I had a mind to - Savage Messiah, which was just two people talking, and Song of Summer about Delius. Between the two, they thought they’d take a chance.”

Once on board, Russell came to “loggerheads” with Chayevsky, which ended in the writing walking off the picture, as Russell explained:

“I couldn’t work with someone else judging everything I did. Chayevsky told me, ‘I’ll just be on the set as a benign influence.’ The producer said, ‘How do you spell benign, Paddy?’ He answered ‘W-I-C-K-E-D’ He was joking but he wasn’t joking.’

Russell thought Chayevsky’s script ponderous, pretentious and labored. He had the actors mumble their lines, or give speeches in between mouthfuls of food or wine. It worked as the film centered on the relationship between Dr. Eddie Jessup (William Hurt) and Emily Jessup (Blair Brown). It also allowed Russell to concentrate on the incredible visuals.

“There are scenes in Altered States that are on screen for a third of a second, and they took perhaps three days to shoot. That’s $30,000 or maybe $300,000. They are expensive. In this case the studios realized the visuals were very much key to the story.”

Yet, when it came time for the film to be released, the executives at Warner Brothers started to get worried. But when the film was first shown to a preview audience of mid-western housewives, they were left mystified, which confirmed the studios unease. But when a young audience saw the film, it received a highly favorable reactions, leading the cinema manager to assure Warners they had a hit.

He proved to be correct, and Altered States proved Russell was a far greater talent than Hollywood had ever imagined.

These are pages from one of my scrapbooks on Ken Russell, looking at the response to one of the most daring and original Hollywood films of the 1980s.
 
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More clippings on ‘Altered States’ plus trailer, after the jump…
 

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Mirrored drink coasters with digital lines of cocaine
09.21.2012
01:10 pm

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A nice housewarming gift for that special “Tony Montana” in your life, perhaps?

This 4-piece mirrored coaster set with digital lines of imprinted blow on them, is by New York City-based artist Nir Hod. The coasters are titled “The Night You Left” and can be yours for $95.00.


 
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