Trading cards of some dangerous minds, deep thinkers & radical intellectuals
09.28.2016
11:55 am

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Feminism
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Walter Benjamin
Judith Butler
Anthony Giddens

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For those with an interest in big ideas, these trading cards from Theory.org should fire up your neurotransmitters.

Between 2000-2001, a set of twelve trading cards was released monthly via David Gauntlett’s website Theory.org. This original set of cards featured theorists (and their concepts) from the world of social and cultural theory, gender and identity, and media studies. The first out of the pack was British social theorist Anthony Giddens who devised the theory of structuration and wrote the book on The Third Way. This was followed by theorist Judith Butler whose book Gender Trouble argued that “biological” sexes were just as much as a social construct as gender. Then came the great controversial French thinker Michel Foucault with his ideas about sexuality, gender and power structures. The deck included some interesting choices like artists Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George and concepts like Postmodernity and Psychoanalysis.

This official set of twelve trading cards was thought by some to lack a few key players and its release inspired various academics, students and alike to produce their own cards. These additions included Karl Marx, Carl Jung, Simone de Beauvoir, Edward Said, Germaine Greer, Walter Benjamin and Marcel Duchamp.

Described as “Creative knowledge you can put your pocket™” these cards can be used to play a game of trumps—in which players can match strengths, weaknesses and special skills. For example, Foucault’s special skill of happily rejecting old models and creating new ones, might not quite beat Duchamp’s ability to confuse the hell out of everyone.

The full set is below—but if you want to own a set of these super brainy trading cards (and who wouldn’t?) then deal yourself in by clicking here.
 
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#1 Anthony Giddens—British social theorist.
 
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#2 Judith Butler—American philosopher and gender theorist.
 
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#3 Michel Foucault—French philosopher, theorist, philologist and literary critic.
 
More thinkers and some big ideas, after the jump…

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Dude spent $26,000 to look like David Beckham (SPOILER ALERT: Well, you’ll see…)
09.28.2016
10:33 am

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This guy right here, yep this one, named Jack Johnson, has spent around $26,000 (so far) to look like his idol David Beckham. Where to start, right? I don’t want to be cruel to the guy but he looks nothing like David Beckham. Nothing! Who the hell was his plastic surgeon? That quack should be tarred and feathered for taking Johnson’s money!

Sad part is, Johnson plans to spend another $40,000 to achieve Beckham’s “exact look.”

You can watch the whole depressing interview below:

 
via Esquire

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Meet lost San Francisco hippie-era band Marvin Gardens
09.28.2016
10:06 am

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The storied San Francisco Bay Area music scene of the late ‘60s produced mountains of enduring albums by the likes of the Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Grateful Dead, and on and on. But of course, in any scene, there are fine bands that for whatever reason slip through the cracks and never find an audience, leaving their name on posters as their only legacy.

Marvin Gardens was just such a band in hippie-era San Francisco. The parallels between them and Big Brother and the Holding company are hard to ignore, but the big one was that both bands sported a distinctive and compelling female vocalist. Carol Duke was no Janis Joplin, but she was in that zone. The band assumed its final form in 1967 when they added Duke on vocals and guitar, and cribbed their name from a Monopoly board. Duke also gave the band direction, transitioning them from a repertoire of top-40 covers to a more traditionalist milieu—Duke hailed from Bakersfield, CA, where a honky-tonk insurgency against slick Nashville country and western had sprung up in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s.

The band built a following with a residency gig in a Sausalito club called the Lion’s Den, which in turn led to a demo recorded for Reprise Records in 1968. No deal came of those demos, nor did anything come of the expressed interest of Epic Records, and the band quietly fractured in 1969, victim to the frisson between Duke’s more traditionalist electric-folk tendencies and rest of the band’s desire to rock out. They released only a four-song 7” of which so few copies were pressed that to call it “rare” is a gross understatement.
 

 

 
Seeking information about the band has been complicated by Jimmy Buffet’s use of “Marvin Gardens” as a songwriting pseudonym, and the existence of a ‘90s Belgian acid house group also of that name. But now, the band is finally being committed to 12” wax. The archivist label High Moon Records is releasing 1968, which collects the Reprise demos, the 7”, and live recordings from the Matrix Club, from whence also came the legendary Velvet Underground Matrix Tapes. The CD version contains five additional live tracks not on the vinyl, and the release is generously liner-noted by Ugly Things’ Mike Stax, supplemented with a generous section of personal remembrances of Carol Duke, who passed away in 2014. It’s Dangerous Minds’ pleasure today to debut the songs “Duncan and Brady” and “I Know You Rider,” followed by a video assembled from archival footage for their version of Dylan’s “Down the Line.”
 

 

 

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Inexpensive ‘Planet of the Apes’ masks and costumes for Halloween
09.28.2016
09:57 am

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Dr. Zaius
 
Since at least the early 90s I’ve always told myself that one day I’d be Dr. Zaius for Halloween. Sadly, each Halloween would come and go and I was never Dr. Zaius. I guess it’s because I never really knew how to go about getting his look down exactly. I wanted it to be perfect. It would be pointless otherwise and everyone would just mistake it for Donald Trump. It seemed like a lot of prosthetics would be involved and that I’d have to hire a professional makeup artist to get it just right. So in other words, something really expensive I couldn’t convince myself to do.

Halloween is soon upon us, and I, now an adult women, still want to be Dr. Zaius. It’s weird, I know, but I just gotta do this at some point in my life. So I got curious and started searching on the Internet if my childish 90s dream was still possible in 2016. And it is. That’s where the website Ape Mania comes in. They sell perfectly expensive latex Planet of the Apes masks but they also have a section called “Economy Masks.” Holy shit I finally struck Planet of the Apes gold, right?! 

Each mask is handmade of durable, high quality latex and a blend of human and synthetic hair. The prices for the masks vary, but they average for about $145 each. That’s not too shabby considering it would probably end up costing you thousands it you wanted to go the prosthetic route and hire a Hollywood makeup artist. And who’s got time for that?

Now if you’re worried about the costume and accessories aspect you can score one of those “Made in China” discontinued Donald Trump suits pretty cheaply these days—just kidding—there’s a whole section on Ape Mania that supplies ape outfits, too. You can click here to view the accessaries.


Cornelius
 

Zira
 
More after the jump…

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